We all know Comic-Con is broken. All of us except the Comic-Con organizers, because from their point of view the money keeps rolling in.
But the show floor is dying, while the TV/Web panels are growing.
Comic-Con should be ticketed like a film festival. Plain and simple.
This is worth a read. Shifting to this kind of system at SDCC could potentially be a nightmare for the organizers but it would definitely be an improvement to their current system.
Re: “nightmare”. CCI might balk, but there are plenty of world class festivals that use this kind of system. I’ve seen them from every side of the rope: as an attendee, employee, and journalist. The know-how isn’t just out there, it’s abundant.