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A New Approach to Crowd Control at Comic-Con: Lottery Tickets for Autograph Signings

The crowds at San Diego Comic-Con are getting bigger and more insane every year — so you're going to see more and more creative ways of dealing with them. Case in point: if you want an autograph from the stars of True Blood, Fringe, Game of Thrones or Batman: Year One, you'll have to go to a separate drawing for a place in the autograph line.

Warner Bros. Television is hosting a ton of signings at its booth, including Warner-produced shows like Fringe, but also HBO shows like True Blood and the direct-to-video Batman: Year One, starring Eliza Dushku and Katee Sackhoff. To cope with the demand for these stars, Warners is asking fans to come to the Sails Pavilion (near Ballroom 20) to enter a drawing for a spot in the autograph line. These drawings are anywhere from one to three hours before the actual signings.

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Here are all the details, and here's the official press release:

BURBANK, Calif. (July 8, 2011) - Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Entertainment are announcing today that Warner Bros. will follow the official Comic-Con International: San Diego ticket distribution system for autograph signings at this year's event.

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As in years past, all signings will be held at the Warner Bros. booth, which is #4545 on the Comic-Con show floor. But under the long-standing Comic-Con system, Warner Bros. will distribute wristbands for signings via daily ticket drawings held at Sails Pavilion #9 inside the San Diego Convention Center.

"Safety is always our main concern with signings or events, so it is Comic-Con policy that access is regulated by a drawing for a chance to win — giving all attendees an equal opportunity to enter," said David Glanzer, director of marketing and public relations for Comic-Con International. "We are happy that Warner Bros. has agreed to utilize this system and thank them for once again offering such unique opportunities to our attendees this year, as well as their continued support of Comic-Con."

Fans interested in attending signings at the Warner Bros. booth should review the schedule listed below, then plan to visit the Sails Pavilion at the time of each drawing. All fans present at the appointed time will receive numbered tickets that feature a distinct sticker. Then a randomized drawing will determine which fans receive wristbands granting access to each autograph line.

See below for the current schedule of ticket distribution and signing start times.

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WARNER BROS. BOOTH (#4545)
COMIC-CON 2011 TICKET DISTRIBUTION AND SIGNING TIMES

DISCLAIMER: Autograph session start times are subject to change. For the most up-to-date signing information, please check for updates at the Warner Bros. Booth (#4545) or at www.thewb.com/comiccon.

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Thursday, July 21

Batman: Arkham City

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 9:00 a.m.
Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 10:00 a.m.

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Mortal Kombat

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 10:00 a.m.
Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545) 11:45 a.m.

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Game of Thrones (HBO)
Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion): 11:00 a.m.
Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 4:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22

The Big Bang Theory

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 9:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 11:00 a.m.

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Green Lantern: The Animated Series

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion): 10:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 12:30 p.m.

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ThunderCats

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 11:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 12:45 p.m.

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Childrens Hospital

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 12:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 2:45 p.m.

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True Blood (HBO)

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 1:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 3:30 p.m.

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MAD

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 3:30 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 5:15 p.m.

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Saturday, July 23

Chuck

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 9:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 12:15 p.m.

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Batman: Year One

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 10:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 11:00 a.m.

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The Vampire Diaries

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 11:00 a.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 1:00 p.m.

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Alcatraz

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 12:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 2:30 p.m.

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Person of Interest

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 1:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 3:15 p.m.

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Nikita

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 2:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 3:30 p.m.

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Fringe

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 3:00 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 5:15 p.m.

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The Secret Circle

Ticket Distribution (Sails Pavilion #9): 3:45 p.m.
Autograph Signing (Warner Bros. Booth, #4545): 4:30 p.m.

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Sunday, July 24

Signing times to be announced.

For additional information about Warner Bros. Television activities at Comic-Con, follow us on Twitter @TheWBdotcom (hashtag #WBSDCC) and visit www.thewb.com/comiccon.

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My economist senses are tingling. This will decrease the number of autographs available but it wont be allocate them by time (the time someone who want's an autograph would have spent waiting in line). Time can be denominated in a dollar value so assume that there is a cost to time in the rest of this comment.

The people with a low cost of time and a low amount of actual dollars will be most hurt by this. If one is not successful with the drawing, there will probably be people who got in the drawing solely for the chance to sell a wining ticket, a black market will form. The price of the ticket will be increased do to their rarity, and those who don't have the money won't be able to access them when they might have before if they only had to spend time in line. Everyone pays higher prices if they don't get the raffle but some who have money and a high cost of time will win.

Transitional gains trap strikes again. Thank you Gordon Tullock.