SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego Comic-Con is kicking off Saturday with returning registration, but is offering a unique opportunity beforehand to help hurricane victims - and get passes.
SDCC organizers are auctioning off 10 pairs of four-day plus preview night passes, with 100 percent of the money raised going to UNICEF USA for hurricane disaster relief.
From Thursday, Oct. 26 through Friday, Oct. 27, bidders can view the 24-hour auctions on eBay and place their bids on the first four pairs of passes. The six remaining pairs of passes will be offered in 72-hour auctions on Saturday, Oct. 28, following SDCC's returning registration session.
By the end of the week, fans will know if they are heading to the San Diego Convention Center in 2018 for the pop culture mecca.
Comic-Con stated on its Tucan Blog:
"As Comic-Con 2018 Returning Registration approaches, we want to give back to communities struggling to rebuild in the wake of devastating weather events. Today, nearly 3 million residents of Puerto Rico are without electricity and 1 million children in Texas are unable to start school as they struggle to rebuild damaged education and daycare facilities.
UNICEF USA helps save and protect the world’s most vulnerable children."
International bids are being accepted and bidders do not have to have a member ID to place a bid. Orangizers remind users that "sdcomic-con" is the only authorized reseller of the passes and other related auctions may not be associated with the event.
As of 5 p.m. Thursday, bids for the pairs of passes have reached as high as $7,000.
Saturday, Oct. 28, many fans already plan to wake up early and jump into the hunt for passes. Returning registration for Comic-Con passes will go live at 9 a.m.
"Eight lucky, and generous, fans will sleep soundly on Friday night knowing that they won't need to wake up early for Returning Registration," organizers wrote on SDCC's blog.