Comic-Con registration postponed after crash

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After registration opened briefly on Monday for Comic-Con International 2011, the website crashed after only 20 badges were sold. On November 8, the site will reopen announcing a new date when registration will resume.

The annual Comic-Con International extravaganza of comic books, science fiction/fantasy and film/television in San Diego had scheduled November 1 as the first day to register for the next event, July 21-24, 2011. All ticket purchases are now delayed following the website crash.

The official announcement states: "We are really sorry for the problems with registration today. We do not know what the technical issues are, so we have temporarily closed registration. Thank you for your patience, and again, we all are truly sorry for this inconvenience."

At the world's largest Comic-Con conference last July, 15,000 4-day passes, including entry for the preview night, were sold out in advance for 2011. The 4-day passes - without preview night - are priced at $105, and single day tickets are also available. Tickets and passes for the remaining 130,000 attendees are expected to sell out quickly.

Comic-Con will continue to be located at the San Diego Convention Center for another five years after Los Angeles and Las Vegas pitched a move of venue. Guests from the comic book world are already booked.

Other Comic-Con events in the US include the New York City conference, which happened in October, and WonderCon in San Francisco, which has grown from a regional comics convention to include comic book creators and television and film celebrities, for an attendance of 34,000. The 25th annual WonderCon, April 1-3, will offer a preview of the July blow-out. Registration is not open yet but will not have the same demand as the flagship event.