Well, it was bound to happen at some point. I think this is two months ahead of last year, maybe? There's a secondary market for tickets on eBay and through other sources that has yet to spring into existence for this year, so it's not fair to say all the tickets are gone-gone, but the initial batches sold by the con are certainly out there in people's hands. The only reason it took this long is that the certain day trips and partial attendance schedules are less attractive than others: four-day passes both with and without preview night attendance sold out super, super quickly and will continue to do so for years to come. I've already had e-mail from a half-dozen people seeking strategic help for planning their 2011 trip.
More than any other factor, the willingness of a certain kind of fan to make a long-range investment in the weekend of Comic-Con International is the development most indicative of how that show has changed in the last decade. Click through the image above for Heidi MacDonald bringing word of the sell-out -- I whiffed on it -- and her analysis.