For the last several years (8-10) a very special and select group of my friends and I have attended Comic-Con together in San Diego. This isn’t just a couple of us going to this event, we averaged 8-12 of us depending on the year and who all you count. Comic-Con has become a part of our DNA and we even called ourselves the CONtourage. It’s really one of the things that convinced me to move to California to begin with.
And now, I am sad to say, much like poor Frodo and the Hobbits, our Fellowship is broken. This is the first year none of us, I repeat none of us, were able to get tickets for any of the four days. I am so bummed about it! Comic-Con had become a religious pilgrimage of sorts. It didn’t matter if we got married, moved away or had kids, we all still found a way to go (wives and children included) and now it is no more. I know there will be a sale of returned tickets at some point but the odds of getting tickets were already slim enough that I dare not get my hopes up. I in particular had a tragic tale of woe.
I woke up around 8:45 AM and logged on to the Comic-Con ticket sales waiting room like tens of thousands of nerds did across the world. I sat with my laptop, anxiously wondering if we will get in or not. I watched the seconds tick into minutes as the 9:00 AM launch time approached. Fifty-five, Fifty-six, fifty-seven, fifty- wait, what? Something is wrong! Much to my horror the dreaded “lost connection” warning came across my screen. I glanced in horror at the internet icon. Nooooooo! I got up and ran to check the router. It was code orange, as in a lost signal, as in disconnected at the worst possible time, as in epic fail. I quickly unplugged and try to reset it in the two minutes I had before log in but it was too late. By the time I got it restarted the 9:00 AM time bomb had gone off and I was not a part of it. No Comic-Con no longer.
I don’t know what I will do now. I will try for the rerelease but I should probably start looking for a different vacation alternative. At least I don’t have to worry about hotel sales yet.