The Comic-Con 2018 PROFESSIONAL APPLICATION PERIOD is now CLOSED. All applications were due by August 16, 2017. If you have been approved as a professional, or if your current professional verification status is NOT DUE, click here for important information regarding creative and trade professional badge registration.
If you have already submitted an application, your member class will change to a professional member class if you are approved. You do not need to sign up for a new Member ID if you already have one. Your existing Member ID will automatically change to a professional member class if you are approved as a qualifying professional.
Comic-Con International and WonderCon Anaheim welcome professionals and executives in the comic book, book publishing, animation, film, television, gaming, and related industries. ("Related" refers to those who produce material based on comic book, graphic novel, comic strip, animation, or fantasy/sci-fi properties.)
Professional registration has two badge categories:
The Creative Professional Badge
The creative professional badge is a complimentary badge offered to professionals who take an active role in the creation, design, writing, editing, or production of comics, animation, films, books, video games, or toys. Job titles might include writer, artist, penciller, inker, colorist, letterer, animator, designer, sculptor, editor, publisher, producer, actor, etc. This category includes retired career professionals from comics and related popular arts field. The creative professional badge is also extended to those responsible for the content of websites that promote the historic or ongoing contribution of comics to art or society.
Unfortunately, we cannot extend complimentary professional badges to support staff, including sales, marketing, accounting, managers, testers, analysts, administrative staff, IT, facilities, operations, and others who are not directly involved in the creative process.
The Trade Professional Badge
The trade professional badge is offered to agents, publicists, managers, executives, marketing, sales, business development, executive producers, advertising, legal representatives, and other industry professionals who need to attend the convention for business reasons. Comic-Con trade professional badges are available for purchase to those who do not qualify as a creative professional.
Creative professional and trade professional badges are limited, and not all applicants who meet the guidelines can be accommodated. Professional verification and approval is ultimately at the discretion of Comic-Con International.
You do not need to specify which type of professional you are applying as because there is only one professional application. Comic-Con International's verification team will make the determination and notify you after reviewing your application and verification materials.
As a nonprofit organization, Comic-Con International is able to provide a professional badge to individuals who meet the published guidelines and who provide verification materials of qualifying artistic credits or proof of employment with qualified job titles.
Comic-Con International processes over 12,000 professional applications every year. With this kind of volume, we need to employ temporary staff that may not necessarily be familiar with your personal credits.
Because Comic-Con International receives so many applications to attend as a professional, we ask that applicants supply verification materials as proof of occupation in the industry. Verification materials can include credited or uncredited work. If the work is uncredited, both proof of employment and job title. If you are not sure exactly what to submit, send information that verifies your qualifying job title, position or type of work. Here are some suggestions to help you. Your own verification documents may not be these exact documents, but use these examples and suggestions as a starting point:
For credited work:
If your work appears with credits, please circle where your name is credited, and mark the page clearly so we can easily locate your credits. Do not send a URL or link. You must print the webpage and circle your name. You can submit an original or a photocopy of the credits page, a sample of the work, a screen capture; photocopies of SAG, Writers Guild, or Directors Guild cards; end credits of a game, freelance contracts, proof of membership in the National Cartoonists Society or CAPS, or a printed-out webpage such as IMDB, MobyGames, etc. that clearly displays your name and title as an artist. Photocopies must be readable or your application will be returned.
For uncredited work:
Please submit two forms of verification that show your job title and the company you work for. These may include a business card AND an employee badge, a printout of your company webpage listing you as a principal or executive of the company, or a letter from the company stating your name and your job title as an artist or company executive. If your job title does not clearly explain the work and how it qualifies for a professional badge, include a detailed description of your work. If your job title, position, or type of work would normally fall in the credited work category, submit your credits, or an explanation why you are not submitting credits.
If you cannot, or choose not to, provide the required verification materials, we suggest you purchase a badge through general attendee registration. Your application as a professional cannot be processed if you do not provide verification of your work as a professional in the comics or related popular arts. Listing your work projects on your application is not considered verification. You must submit qualifying verification materials to support the projects on your application.
Creative and trade professionals may register one paid guest ($276), until capacity is reached. All guests must have their own valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. You may not register a guest without their Member ID. Member IDs are free and you only have to sign up once. Click here to sign up today!
Guest badges in each category are very limited, and not all professionals will be able to register a guest. Be sure to register your guests at the same time you register for your own badge, as guest badges may not be available at a later date.
Yes! All professional guests are required to have their own confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. You must enter your guests' Member ID during online registration. You will not have the opportunity to go back in and enter it at a later date. Make sure all of your guests sign up for their own Member ID well in advance of professional online registration. Click here to sign up for a Member ID today.
If guest name corrections are needed, please contact email@example.com. Be sure to include your name, your Comic-Con Member ID, and the names and Member IDs of the guests that you need changed. The deadline for guest corrections is May 14, 2018.
Because of the high volume of applicants, applications and materials submitted after the deadline will not be accepted under any circumstances.
All professional and professional guest badges registered prior to May 14, 2018, will be shipped directly to the professional 3 - 4 weeks before Preview Night, July 18, 2018. Specific details regarding badge delivery will be included in your badge confirmation. We encourage you to log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and select the "Contact Info" tab. If your shipping address is incorrect, you must change it by May 14, 2018. Your shipping address cannot be changed after this date. Badges not delivered for any reason must be picked up onsite.
We are unable to ship to an international address. If you are an international professional, you will be able to pick up your badge when you arrive onsite. Onsite pick-up hours and locations will be posted online at a later date.