The Comic Con exclusives raffle is now over. You can log onto the portal to find out if you’re a winner. Spoiler alert: you’re not.

Or at least very few of you are. Text messages between me and my friends have been going on since the results were available. Between us and friends of friends, very few got anything. And those that did, no one got everything they wanted (which is to be expected; I think the odds of that happening are astronomical).

Some take-aways from my conversations and the process in general:

  • A lot of people still prefer the old method, even before the drawing results were disclosed. This is where I’m the outlier in the opinion polls because I hated that iPad game. Wait for hours and hours for a chance to win? No thanks. My preferred method is first come, first served. That wouldn’t have made the wait so bad.  When this new method was announced, I actually thought it was better in the sense that it removes that whole time commitment. And it did, but…
  • More people are likely to enter the raffle. Because entry for the raffle is online, it requires zero effort. So why wouldn’t more people try to enter? And with more names in the pot, your chances of winning are reduced.
  • People will sign up for things they had no intention waiting in line for. See point #2: it requires zero effort. So I myself signed up for some WB signings because why the hell not. Pretty sure non-LEGO fans signed up for the same reasons.
  • There are listings on eBay now for the exclusives. Naturally. Expect prices to be in the hundreds. I predict the average asking price to dip during and maybe a few days after the con as supply increases. In some cases, the prices will even go down and stay down. If you’re desperate, I would start looking there in a week and a half or two.

I ended up not winning anything. And like I said, I even entered for stuff I wouldn’t normally waste my time at if the line method was still used. Autographs, Funko, UCC, every available option and I came up dry. Why? Zero effort.

In years past, I did everything I could to secure a set of exclusives. Even multiples to help out friends. And if I didn’t get something, I’d have to go to the aftermarket or wheel and deal with fellow convention goers. It kicked up the basic caveman hunter instinct. But that instinct is gone now. I got nothing and I’m okay with that. I find myself at peace strangely. I don’t have that feeling of need to get them all like I used to.

In my various conversations, I recognize now that I have a completely different perspective from how I used to be before, and even different from some of my friends. I’m not disappointed, but my friends are. And I feel bad for them. I understand better now that the iPad method is better from one point of view. Because your chances are actually better than the online raffle. And if you were willing to put in the time in line at a con a couple days out of the year, it might seem worth it. I’ve been putting time into this blog nearly daily for years. And maybe that’s why, for me, the idea of putting in x number of hours every day at Comic Con is asking too much.

I kinda rambled a bit there and probably strayed off-topic. So I’ll just stop talking now.


  1. SDCC has been a disappointment in general.

    I heard great things about it through my college years in the 90’s but never got to go. I dreamed and dreamed of going and finally got my first chance 8 years ago. While I was impressed by the cosplay characters, pretty much everything else turned me off to going. More crowded than Disneyland on a busy day, long lines with nothing to show at the end, sold out exclusives going to vendors + scalpers, too much competition to even think of getting into Hall H, etc. And, $60 parking?!?! I’ve been 3 more times since, and I feel like it’s gotten worse and worse each year. (Last year, we were only there for 2 hours and left.) Not to mention the “near impossibility” of trying to get tickets. There are just too many fans, too many people, too many scalpers. I’m too old and cynical to go spending my day pushing through crowds from one end of the convention center to the next and end up with nothing to show for it. Maybe if I had intangibility like Kitty Pryde for a day I could see myself enjoying it. But, as of now, my interest dies a little more with each passing year.

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