Comic-Con tickets officially went on sale today and for fanboys (and girls) everywhere, the race to get tickets has begun. So many people were trying to get tickets, in fact, that the online ticketing system crashed earlier this morning. According to the LA Times.
Minutes before the 9 a.m. Saturday start, the site was telling users that it was “currently over capacity” and to try again momentarily. Some buyers saw a page saying, “We’ll be right back. TicketLeap is currently down for maintenance.”
It was a stressful kickoff for what is sure to be a fun event in July... if you are a dork. Oh come on now. Don't get your Superman underoos in a bunch. I am just kidding around. Sort of.
This year's Comic-Con in San Diego (not to be confused with the New York one) will run July 21-24 and there are many creative explanations on social media today from fans frustrated by the ticketing fail. Here are some:
One tweet, from shaylrose, said:
freaking Twilight girls invading
Most of the users seem to blame Robert Pattinson, or at least the movie he stars in. Twilight and its presence in the past at the event was the main reason people seemed to think the servers were over capacity.
Another from HiImRichard:
AnitaWhat also blamed Twilight:
Idea for smoother #ComicCon registration. Give twilight its own convention somewhere as crazy as their fans. Like Egypt
This kind of anger is not surprising, of course. Old school fanboy types are not especially supportive of the invasion of screaming teenage girls (probably because these are the girls who rejected them socially in high school). But Twilight was not the only theory being thrown around.
Another buyer, Jim Zix, wrote into NBC News with his Comic Con conspiracy theory:
If Comic Con "needs" to move from San Diego because the Convention Center is too small -- then why can't they figure out how to sell tickets for the event here? Clearly [they] can't handle the 110,000 guests expected for this year -- and they want to move to a bigger place, and sell more tickets.
Shawn Gustafson blamed TicketLeap -- the company responsible for the online ticketing -- on Twitter:
I guess no one told Ticket Leap that they might need to beef up their servers a bit when the #sdcc tickets went on sale. Having no luck!
Whatever the reason, TicketLeap quickly responded, in a tweet:
@Comic_Con fans, if you see an over capacity message hit refresh. We are under heavy load right now and it should smooth out. #sdcc.”
Comic-Con tickets are not available over the phone. Some fans suggested that organizers renew tickets for attendees who have gone to the show in the past. Whatever the reason, it does appear that many fans are going to be disappointed today.
Why do you think fans are struggling to get tickets?
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