Next July may seem a long way off, but now is the time to save your spot for Comic-Con International 2019 (July 18–21) in downtown San Diego. Badges go on sale at 9 a.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 13—but only for people who attended Comic-Con in 2018.

 

What if you want to go for the first time? Now is the perfect time to position yourself for an open sale of badges—which will happen at a later date (if, indeed, it happens at all, due to high demand). To participate in such a sale, you first need an ID at Comic-Con’s Member ID registration, so start by doing that.

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Keep in mind that the member registration site for 2019 could close down before an open sale, and with little notice. To keep tabs on this, follow the Comic-Con pages on FacebookTwitter, and Toucan—the official blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim.

If you went to Comic-Con 2018 and want to go in 2019, check the rules and tips first. For instance, you’ll have to go through a couple steps to get your personal registration code, and you can only buy badges for other folks if they have their own member IDs. A nice perk: kids 12 and under can go for free with a badge-toting adult.

Either way, you can always enjoy downtown San Diego’s festive atmosphere during Comic-Con, even if you end up without a badge. Check out our tips on How to Hack Comic-Con.