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San Diego Comic-Con tickets go on sale Feb. 16 — Good luck!

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Rabid fans claw for giveaways at Marvel Comics' booth at San Diego Comic-Con 2012.

The mecca of geek culture, San Diego Comic-Con, is on its way, and now geeks have the date and time of the next step on their journey: Feb. 16 at 9 a.m. That’s when tickets for the event go on sale.

For those who don’t know the intensity of battle for a ticket to Comic-Con, these sale dates have crashed servers multiple times, with tickets sold out as fast as the systems can process the sales. It’s when friends and lovers can be torn asunder as they all try to get their hands on tickets to enjoy four days of pop culture ecstasy.

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Last year’s Comic-Con included such notable moments as Joss Whedon signing autographs for fans who camped overnight outside, “Iron Man 3” star Robert Downey Jr. danced his way into Hall H, the stars of “Firefly” had a reunion and the Governator himself Arnold Schwarzenegger made his Comic-Con debut. What surprises does Comic-Con 2013 have in store?

It takes place a month after the “Man Of Steel” movie and two months after “Iron Man 3,” so Superman and Iron Man cosplay should be in full effect. It’s also just a week before the opening of “The Wolverine,” so there should be some of that, too.

The fall brings the sequel to “Thor,” and the calendar for 2014 brings sequels to “Captain America” and “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the next X-Men movie and the latest Marvel franchise addition, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” so previews of all of those are likely to dance their way into this year’s convention.

I’ll be there, covering the convention for KPCC. Here’s hoping that you’re able to fight through the hordes and get the chance to be there too.

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