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Press FAQ

The Comic-Con 2018 press application period is now OPEN! The deadline to submit an application and supporting verification materials is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017. You must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID to apply. 
 
How do I sign up for a Comic-Con Member ID?

Click here to create your Comic-Con Member ID. A Member ID is free and available to all adults and juniors (ages 13 to 17) with a valid email address.

I already have a valid Comic-Con Member ID, but I have never attended as press. How does my Member ID change from an attendee member class to a press member class?

If you have already submitted a press application and have been approved by Comic-Con International, your member class will automatically change to a press member class. You do not need to sign up for a new Member ID if you already have one. 

How do I apply as press for Comic-Con 2018?

To be considered for a Comic-Con 2018 press badge, carefully review the "Comic-Con 2018 Press Guidelines" PDF and submit the online “Comic-Con 2018 Press Application” by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017. Applications submitted without the required supporting verification materials will not be considered.

My outlet/company would like to attend Comic-Con 2018. Can we apply as an outlet/company or will each person need to apply individually?

You may apply as an outlet/company, but each member from your outlet/company must submit the online press application by November 3, 2017. We will review and process all of your outlet’s submitted applications once we receive the total amount indicated on the online application. For example, if you indicate that there are 4 members applying from the outlet, we will review and process the applications once all 4 applications have been received. We recommend submitting all applications from your outlet within the same week as it may delay the review of your outlet’s applications.

Can I fax or email my press application and verification materials?

Comic-Con International is unable to accept any faxed or emailed applications and verification materials. Press applications must be submitted through the online “Comic-Con 2018 Press Application.” For the link to the online press application, please review the "Comic-Con 2018 Press Guidelines" PDF. 

Why do I need to send in verification materials?

As a nonprofit organization, Comic-Con International is able to provide a complimentary press badge to individuals who meet the published guidelines and provide verification materials and proof of employment with qualified job titles.

How often do I need to send verification materials?

Comic-Con International requires that all press submit verification materials every two years, unless requested earlier by Comic-Con International. Additionally, Returning Press who need to update their company/outlet information must submit an application before the deadline, regardless if they are DUE or NOT DUE. Approved freelance applicants will only be valid for a single year cycle. 

What if I cannot provide verification materials supporting my work?

If you cannot, or choose not to, provide the required verification materials, we suggest you purchase a badge through attendee registration. Your application as press cannot be processed if you do not provide verification of your work. Listing your outlet information on your application is not considered verification. You must submit qualifying verification materials to support the company listed on your application.

When will I receive a response to my application?

Please allow 8 to 10 weeks for processing and review. All applications are processed in the order in which they are received. If you do not receive a response from Comic-Con International within 8 to 10 weeks, please forward your “Comic-Con 2018 Press Application Received” email to pressreg@comic-con.org. Make sure to include your last name, Comic-Con Member ID, and the date your application was submitted

I sent in my application and verification materials over 10 weeks ago, but have not yet received a response. Who should I contact?

Please contact pressreg@comic-con.org and forward your “Comic-Con Press Application Received” email. Make sure to include your last name, Comic-Con Member ID and the date your application was submitted. 

I sent in my application and was approved for Comic-Con 2018. Now what?

All approved and verification NOT DUE press will be sent an email when Comic-Con 2018 press badge registration opens at a later date. To receive this email notification, please sign in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and confirm that you did not “opt out” of email correspondence from Comic-Con International. This information is found in the “My Account” tab under the “OPT-OUTS” section once you have logged in.

When do I register for my badge?

All approved and verification NOT DUE press will be sent an email with instructions on how to register for a Comic-Con 2018 press badge when online press registration opens. To receive this email notification, please sign in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and confirm that you did not “opt out” of email correspondence from Comic-Con International. This information is found in the “My Account” tab under the “OPT-OUTS” section once you have logged in.

I have been approved for a Comic-Con 2018 press badge. Can I add a plus-one, a guest, or a child?

No. A Comic-Con press badge is complimentary and therefore we cannot provide you with a plus-one, guest, or child badge.

I was approved for a Comic-Con 2018 press badge but I am unable to attend. Can I transfer my press badge to another member of my outlet/company?

No. Press registration is a courtesy and your Comic-Con press badge is non-transferable. You may not transfer or sell your Comic-Con press badge.

I need to update my title and/or my company/outlet information in my Member ID account. How do I update this information?

Please download and review the “Comic-Con 2018 Press Guidelines" PDF. Returning Press who need to update their Comic-Con Member ID company/outlet information must submit an application for review, during the press application period, before their Member ID account can be updated.

Will onsite registration be available?

There will be NO onsite registration for press.

I would like to attend a certain panel at the convention, where do I enter?

A Comic-Con press badge does not give you early access, special access, or assigned seating to any of our panels or programming rooms. You must wait in the same line as the general attendees.

I would like to video tape/film/record a panel at Comic-Con 2018, am I able to do so?

Any video taping/filming/recording of any matter that will be used for commercial purposes (not news) must first obtain written permission from Comic-Con International as well as permission from panel participants. Live streaming at Comic-Con and/or posting more than 15 minutes of a panel is not permitted without prior written consent from Comic-Con International. Please email pr@comic-con.org with detailed information regarding your interest to record at Comic-Con and to obtain the appropriate consents. 

I would like to shoot footage for a documentary at Comic-Con 2018, what are the appropriate guidelines and steps I need to follow?

Please download and review the “Comic-Con 2018 Press Guidelines” PDF. You will need permission from Comic-Con International and from any panel participants you include in your documentary. Please email pr@comic-con.org with detailed information regarding your interest to film at Comic-Con and to obtain the appropriate consents.

I missed the November 3, 2017 application deadline. What can I do?

Because of the high volume of applicants, applications and materials submitted after November 3, 2017 will not be accepted under any circumstances.

For any additional questions regarding Comic-Con press registration, please email pressreg@comic-con.org 
 
For any additional publicity questions that do not pertain to Comic-Con press registration, please email pr@comic-con.org