San Diego Comic-Con security increases this yearPosted 12:56 pm on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 by John 'Spartan' Nguyen
Are you planning on making counterfeit Comic-Con 2012 badges? Maybe you’re thinking about borrowing your friend’s badge for the day. Or maybe you’re desperate enough to buy a badge on eBay. Well think again buddy, because San Diego Comic-Con is cracking down on illegal badges and reselling. Security check points will be more beefed up, as they will be checking your badge in more detail this July.
There will be many different ways they’ll be checking badges, like scanning the bar code, photo ID check, scanning the embedded RFID in the badge, and examining the badge.
All this isn’t new to me, since they’ve been doing this at E3 for years. Security would randomly check my badge with the use of a blacklight to make sure it was authentic.
For those of you wanting your friends without badges to go, don’t.
Below is the updated terms and conditions:
Comic-Con International may perform any of the following validation of badges on entry to any area of the convention. These measures are an effort to prevent illegal badge duplication and unauthorized reselling. We may scan the bar code, require a photo ID that matches the name on the badge, scan RFID embedded in the badge, and examine the badge with other technological and/or physical methods to verify authenticity of the badge and holder. Before leaving any registration area please make sure that the name on the badge matches your identification.
Source: Comic-Con Regulations
John “Spartan” Nguyen is the editor-in-chief at Nerd Reactor and is based in Orange County, CA. He is a graphic designer and illustrator.