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Comic-Con registration hits a surprise snag

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Excitement for Comic-Con fans quickly turned to disappointment Monday. While the pop culture convention is still months away, people who planned to buy passes will have to wait a bit longer.

Comic-Con always seems to whiz by in a blur. 130,000 people come and go with ease as if guided by superheroes. So imagine the panic on the first day of online ticket sales when the registration page froze up.

Comic-Con always sells out in just a few months, so the Facebook fallout was predictable. Con-goers panicked by writing "I can't log on," "I took the day off for this," "I'm disappointed," and "That's BS".

"It's a little surprising to me because this is like the first time this has happened," On Comic Ground owner Marilyn Goodman said.

Goodman's starting to wonder if the worldwide wonder of pop culture gatherings is getting too big for its britches.

"It seems like it, I guess, with this going on, but I don't know who all of these people are. I don't know why it's doing this," Goodman said.

Most of Goodman's comic shop clients bought their 2011 passes at the end of this summer's show.

"So that they don't have to deal with something like this, worry about whether they are going to be able to get the four-day passes," she said.

Sure enough, the four-day passes that include the Preview Night are already sold out, but there are plenty of four-day passes still available along with single-day passes for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Organizers say sit tight until Nov. 8, when they'll announce when tickets will go on sale again. Until then, they tell us, "Thank you for your patience, and again, we are truly sorry for this inconvenience."

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