Professionals

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  • The Comic-Con International 2015 PROFESSIONAL APPLICATION PERIOD will open in early August.  To apply as a professional for Comic-Con 2015, please come back during the Professional Application Period and download the “Information and Application for Professionals” PDF.  All applications and verification material will be due by October 31, 2014.

  • Creative Professional and Trade Professional badge registration for Comic-Con 2014 has reached capacity and is closed.  There are no professional badges or guest of professional badge available for Comic-Con 2014.

To receive information from our professional registration department, please be sure to 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 be notified of important registration updates.

For more information, check out our helpful Professional FAQ!

Professional Verification Status Flags

Professional Verification Status Flags

To determine your professional verification status, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account here and select the "Professionals" tab. If you are a returning professional, your member class will be "Professional" and your professional verification status will be "DUE" or "NOT DUE" (see examples to the left). If you are a first-time professional applicant, no professional verification status will be displayed and you will not be eligible for EPIC Online Professional Badge Registration. 


Comic-Con's professional registration program has two badge categories:

The Creative Professional Badge

The creative professional badge is a complimentary Comic-Con 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.

The Trade Professional Badge

The trade professional badge is offered to agents, publicists, managers, executives, marketing, sales, business development, 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. WonderCon Anaheim trade professional badges are complimentary. 

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.


Professional Guest Badges 

Badges for both professionals and guests are limited in quantity. Trade professionals may purchase one guest badge until capacity is reached. All creative professional guest badges have reached capacity and registration is closed.  We do not anticipate that any additional creative professional or complimentary guest badges will become available.


Comic-Con Professional Terms & Conditions
There will be NO onsite registration. The only way to apply for a professional badge is to submit a "Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim Application for Professionals" and verification materials before the appropriate deadline date, and be approved by Comic-Con International. Professionals must provide verification materials demonstrating their continued qualifying work in the industry every three years.
 
Professional badges and professional guest 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. 
 
Please keep in mind that a professional badge is a courtesy and is non-transferable. You may not transfer or sell your professional badge. A professional badge has no monetary value and you are not entitled to a refund of any amount for your complimentary professional badge. Duplicate badges of any type are not allowed.
 
As always, the issuance of a creative or trade professional badge is at the sole discretion of Comic-Con International.