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Badge Purchase FAQ

Comic-Con 2017 badges will go on sale in early 2017. If you are interested in attending Comic-Con 2017, we encourage you to sign-up for a Comic-Con Member ID well in advance of of any registration event or sale. The Comic-Con Member ID system will close - without notification - prior to any badge sale.
How can I attend Comic-Con 2017?
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 2017 must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. Click here to sign-up today!
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. 
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 access 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.
How will I know when badges go on sale? 

Badges for attendees are sold during two events: Returning Registration and Open Registration. We strongly encourage you to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and bookmark Toucan - The official blog of Comic-Con and WonderCon - for badge sale date and time announcements. Both Returning Registration and Open Registration will occur in early 2017. 

Comic-Con 2017 Returning Registration is open to all Comic-Con 2016 paid attendees. First-time attendees, professionals, guest of professionals, trade professionals, exhibitors (and exhibitor-purchased attendee badges), volunteers, staff, complimentary passes, and press are not eligible to participate in Returning Registration.

If you did not attend Comic-Con 2016, you may participate in Open Registration shortly after Returning Registration is complete. To participate in Open Registration, you must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. 

If you are a creative or trade professional, click here for information on Comic-Con 2017 professional registration. 

If you are a member of the press, click here for information on Comic-Con 2017 press registration.

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, they will need their own valid and confirmed Member ID to complete the purchase.
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. They must also be eligible to participate in the sale. Please make sure that everyone in your group has signed up for a Member ID and confirm thier email well in advance of the next badge sale. The Member ID system will close, without prior notification, in advance of any badge sale event!
Are there a limited number of Comic-Con Member IDs available?
Anyone may register for a Member ID; they will not run out. Please note that duplicate email addresses are not allowed and each person may only have one Member ID. Duplicate Member ID registrations will be automatically deleted. 
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. If you wish to purchase a badge for Comic-Con 2017 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 in the Attendee Registration Area at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel. Click here for details.
My child is age 12 now, but will be 13 by the time Comic-Con 2017 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 2017. If you are age 12 or under on October 1, 2016, 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 October 1, 2016, you must create a Member ID and purchase a badge for Comic-Con 2017. 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.
I forgot my Member ID and/or password, what should I do?
Please visit the Member ID login page and select the "Click here if you can't find your Member ID or Password” link. 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 important registration information, 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.