Badge Purchase FAQ

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How can I attend Comic-Con 2016?
There are many ways to attend Comic-Con depending on your status in the industry (attendee, professional, press, etc...), but the first step for everyone is to sign-up for a Comic-Con Member ID. Anyone who wishes to register for or purchase a badge for Comic-Con 2016 must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. Click here to sign-up today!
  • If you are currently a member of the press, you may qualify for a free badge for Comic-Con. Click here for information regarding press registration. 
  • If you attended Comic-Con 2015 as a paid attendee, you may be eligible to participate in Comic-Con 2016 Attendee Preregistration. A portion of badges are sold to returning attendees every year. For more information on Attendee Preregistration, please click here. 
If you have never attended Comic-Con, we strongly encourage you to sign-up for a Member ID as soon as possible and read the entire FAQ below. We will annonuce the date and time of Open Online Registration at least 48 hours prior to the sale. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or check Toucan - the official blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon, frequently for badge sale announcements.
I still don't understand - What is the difference between Member IDs, badges, and tickets?
A Comic-Con International badge is required for entry to any Comic-Con event. This is the physical badge (with your name on it) you must wear at Comic-Con at all times.
Additionally, a Comic-Con Member ID account is required to purchase, apply, or register for a badge for Comic-Con. The Member ID may act as your login to the online registration system when badge sales begin. Without a Member ID you will not be able to log on to the online registration system and purchase a badge, nor complete a press, professional, trade professional, or volunteer application.
Comic-Con International does not sell "tickets" to our event. Do not attempt to purchase a paper ticket from a third party.
I signed up for a Comic-Con Member ID; may I buy badges for friends and family who do not have a Member ID?
No. A Comic-Con Member ID is required for all attendee badge purchases. If you would like to purchase a badge for a spouse, child, friend, or member of your family, you will need their valid and confirmed Member ID to complete the purchase.
So, how do I buy a badge for a spouse, child, friend, or member of my family? 
You will need their personal Member ID to purchase a badge for friend or family member. Please make sure that everyone in your group has signed up for a Member ID well in advance of the next badge sale. The Member ID system will close, without prior notification, in advance of any badge sale event.
How will I know when badges go on sale? 

We strongly encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and bookmark Toucan - The official blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon - for badge sale announcements. We will announce the badge sale date and time at least 48 hours prior to any sale. Attendee Preregistration traditionally occurs in the fall, and Open Online Registration should launch in early 2016. 

Are there a limited number of Comic-Con Member IDs available?
Anyone may register for a Member ID; they will not run out. You will only need to register for a Member ID once. Please note that duplicate email addresses are not allowed and each person may only have one Member ID. Duplicate registrations will be deleted. Member ID registration will temporarily close - without notice - prior to badge sales, so be sure to sign up well in advance!
My wife and I share the same email, why do we each need a unique email address?
By requiring a unique email address for each Comic-Con Member ID, our hope is to increase the speed of the online registration process and prevent duplicate registrations that allow scalpers to purchase multiple badges and sell them at inflated prices. Our hope is that the Member ID system will allow more fans to purchase badges for this very popular event.
Will I need to sign up for a Member ID again next year?
No. You will only need to sign up for a Comic-Con Member ID once, and it is yours for life! If you wish to purchase a badge for Comic-Con 2016 and beyond, you will use your same Member ID.
How can I get a badge for my child (age 12 and under) if they cannot register for a Member ID?
Children do not need to register for a Member ID to receive a badge. You may register a child (12 and under) onsite for free at the Attendee Badge Pick-Up Desk. Click here for details.
My child is age 12 now, but will be 13 by the time Comic-Con 2016 starts. How can I create a Member ID for my child so I may try to buy him/her a badge?
Children age 12 and under are not allowed to sign up for a Comic-Con Member ID. To accommodate the transition from child to junior (age 13-17), we have set a static date to determine who is considered a child for Comic-Con 2015. If you are age 12 or under on August 1, 2015, you do not need to buy a badge for Comic-Con 2016. You may attend as a child. If you are age 13 or older on August 1, 2015, you must create a Member ID and purchase a badge for Comic-Con 2016. Please click here for details.
Comic-Con International

Good grief! Snoopy greets a pair of superheroes. 

What type of payment do you accept for badge purchase?
You may use MasterCard, Visa, and American Express. We do not accept PayPal or payments using multiple credit cards.
Which browser(s) should I use during online registration?
The EPIC Online Badge Registration system has been tested on the following browsers.
Firefox: Any version
Google Chrome: Any version
Internet Explorer: Version 8 or later
Safari: Any version
We cannot guarantee your results should you use a browser not listed above. Your browser will need both JavaScript and cookies enabled to function reliably with the EPIC waiting room. These configurations are usually enabled in the default configuration of most modern web browsers.
Can I use a mobile device?
The EPIC badge registration system is not formatted for mobile devices. Although mobile devices can be used to purchase a badge, Comic-Con is unable to guarantee that the registration system will behave as expected using a mobile device.
I forgot my Member ID and/or password, what should I do?
Please visit the Member ID login page, and click “I forgot my Member ID or password!” Enter the email associated with your Member ID account and you will be sent an email with your requested information.
I have a new address/email/phone number, how do I change it on my Member ID account?
Log in to your Member ID account and from the “My Account” tab, select the “Address/Phone” or “Email” option to change your contact information. 
Comic-Con International

Meet your favorite artist in Artists' Alley!

Why haven't I received any emails from Comic-Con?
If you are not receiving emails from Comic-Con, it is possible that you have selected to “opt-out” of email communication. To receive email notifications, sign in to your Member ID account and click the “OPT-OUTS” option on the “My Account” tab. Make sure you have not checked the “Email Opt-Out” box. If you have selected to opt-out of email notifications from Comic-Con, you will not receive the email with your registration code, and you should change your preferences as soon as possible.
Can I get a refund for my badge or give it to someone else?
Comic-Con badges are non-transferable. For information on requesting a refund, please review our Cancellation/Refund Policy.
I bought a badge but now I am registered for a complimentary badge as a professional or member of the press, can I get a refund?
Yes. For information on how to request a refund for your attendee badge purchase, please review our Cancellation/Refund Policy.
I've heard that the Comic-Con badge sale process can be very complicated and badges sell out quickly. What are my chances of obtaining a badge?
Unfortunately, because of increased interest in Comic-Con and limited space at the San Diego Convention Center, we have had to cap attendance for the last few years. We honestly wish we could accommodate each and every person who would like to attend the show. While we are making strides to increase space by utilizing hotels and outdoor venues, the problem of attendance is one that all of us continue to work on constantly.
While Comic-Con has worked on streamlining the badge purchase experience, it is possible that problems outside of our control could result in the system not working as planned. The possibility exists that anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-malware software may aggressively block browser cookies, JavaScript, or other operation of modern web applications. It is also possible that user error, specific hardware problems, local ISP issues, or simply the extremely high level of demand beyond our control may result in your computer and/or browser not behaving as described above. Unfortunately, because of these factors, Comic-Con is unable to guarantee that your efforts will result in a successful badge purchase regardless of when you enter the process.