Press FAQ

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The Comic-Con 2014 Press Application period is now OPEN! Deadline to apply: December 12, 2014

 

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 an application and have been approved by Comic-Con, 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. Your existing ID will automatically change to a press member class once you are approved.
 

How do I apply as press for Comic-Con 2015?

Complete the “Comic-Con 2015 Application for Press” found in the “Comic-Con 2015 Instructions to Apply as Press” PDF. Mail the completed application and verification materials by December 12, 2014  to:
 
Press Registration
Comic-Con International
P.O. Box 128458
San Diego, CA 92112-8458
 
OR
 
Email your completed application and verification materials to:
press_applications@comic-con.org
 
 

My outlet/company would like to attend Comic-Con 2015. Can we apply as an outlet/company or will each person need to apply individually?

Yes, but each member from your outlet/company must submit a completed application, which requires each applicant to have their own Comic-Con Member ID. All applications and verification materials must be submitted in one email or one package per outlet/company. Failure to submit all application and verification materials in one package or email may delay the review of your outlet’s applications.
 
 

Can I fax my press application and verification materials?

No. Comic-Con is unable to accept any faxed applications or verification materials.  
 

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 who 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 at least once every two years with continued qualifying work, unless requested earlier by Comic-Con. 
 

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 general 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 projects on your application.
 

When will I receive a response to my application?

Please allow six weeks to process applications and verification materials. All applications are processed in the order in which they are received. If you do not receive a response after six weeks, please send an email to pressreg@comic-con.org that includes your Member ID. Also include the date your verification materials were mailed and describe the materials you submitted.
 

I sent in my application and verification materials over 6 weeks ago, but have not yet received a response. Who should I contact?

Please contact pressreg@comic-con.org to confirm that we received your application. Comic-Con International strongly recommends that you email your press application and verification materials. Should you choose to mail in your application and verification materials, we suggest that you send them via FedEx, UPS, USPS certified mail, or any service that provides a delivery receipt. Comic-Con International is not responsible for lost applications and/or materials that were sent without tracking or delivery confirmation.
 

I sent in my application and was approved for Comic-Con 2015. Now what?

All approved and NOT DUE press will be sent an email with instructions on how to register for your Comic-Con press badge sometime in 2015. Please make sure that you did not “opt-out” of email correspondence from Comic-Con International or you will not receive this email notification. Your notification preferences can be found on the “My Account” tab in the “Opt-Outs” section once your have logged in to your Member ID account. 
 

When do I register for my badge?

EPIC Online Press Registration will open sometime in 2015. If you are approved or "NOT DUE" press, you will be notified via email prior to online badge registration. 
 

I have been approved for a Comic-Con 2015 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 2015 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.
 

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 2015, 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. 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 2015, what are the appropriate guidelines and steps I need to follow?

You will need permission from Comic-Con International and from any panel participants you include in your documentary. Please mail pr@comic-con.org with detailed information regarding your interest to film at Comic-Con and to obtain the appropriate consents.  
 

I missed the December 12, 2014 application deadline. What can I do?

 Because of the high volume of applicants, applications and materials submitted after December 12, 2014 will not be accepted under any circumstances.
 
 
Please email pressreg@comic-con.org for any additional questions.