WonderCon Anaheim Press FAQ

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The WonderCon Anaheim 2014 PRESS APPLICATION PERIOD is now CLOSED. 

At this time we can no longer accept any applications for consideration. However, onsite press registration (located in Lobby A) will be available for those who have missed this deadline and would like to still apply. There is no guarantee of a press badge after review of your application and verification materials onsite.

 
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, your member class will change to a press 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 ID will automatically change to a press member class once you are approved. 
How do I apply as press for WonderCon Anaheim 2014?

At this time we can no longer accept any applications for consideration. However, onsite press registration (located in Lobby A) will be available for those who have missed this deadline and would like to still apply. There is no guarantee of a press badge after review of your application and verification materials onsite. Complete the "WonderCon Anaheim 2014 Application for Press" found in the “WonderCon Anaheim 2014 Instructions to Apply as Press” PDF on the main press page. Bring the application and your verification materials to be reviewed onsite at the press registration desk located in Lobby A.

Please be sure to include your MEMBER ID on your application, or it will not be considered

My outlet/company would like to attend WonderCon Anaheim 2014. Can we apply as an outlet/company or will each person need to apply individually?
Starting this year, if there are multiple staff members fron your outlet applying, you must check the box "I am applying as part of an Outlet/Company" on the "WonderCon Anaheim 2014 Application for Press." Additionally, all applications and verification materials from your outlet must be submitted in ONE email or ONE post mail package. Failure to submit all applications and materials in one package or email may delay the review of your outlet's applications. At this time we can no longer accept any applications for consideration. However, onsite press registration (located in Lobby A) will be available for those who have missed this deadline and would like to still apply. There is no guarantee of a press badge after review of your application and verification materials onsite.
Can I fax my press application, verification cover sheet, and verification materials?
No. At this time we can no longer accept any applications for consideration. However, onsite press registration (located in Lobby A) will be available for those who have missed this deadline and would like to still apply. There is no guarantee of a press badge after review of your application and verification materials onsite.
 
Why do I need to send in verification materials?
As a nonprofit organization, Comic-Con International/WonderCon Anaheim 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/WonderCon Anaheim requires that all press resubmit verification materials every two years with continued qualifying work.
 
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 4-6 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 within 6 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 4 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/ WonderCon Anaheim strongly recommends that you email your press application, cover sheet, and verification materials. Should you choose to mail in your application and verification materials, we suggest that you send them UPS, USPS certified mail, or any service that provides a delivery receipt.Comic-Con International/ WonderCon Anaheim 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 2014/WonderCon Anaheim. Now what?
Online badge registration for approved and "NOT DUE" members of the press is now closed. The deadline to register was March 21, 2014.
 
When do I register for my WonderCon Anaheim press badge?

Online badge registration for approved and "NOT DUE" members of the press is now closed. The deadline to register was March 21, 2014. 

If your current press verification status is DUE or you are a first time applicant, we can no longer accept any applications for consideration. However, onsite press registration (located in Lobby A) will be available for those who have missed this deadline and would like to still apply. There is no guarantee of a press badge after review of your application and verification materials onsite.

 
I have been approved for a WonderCon Anaheim 2014 press badge. Can I add a plus one, a guest, or a child?
No. A WonderCon Anaheim press badge is complimentary and therefore we cannot provide you with a plus one, guest, or child badge.
 
I was approved for a WonderCon Anaheim 2014 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 WonderCon Anaheim press badge is non-transferable. You may not transfer or sell your WonderCon Anaheim press badge.
 
Will onsite registration be available for WonderCon Anaheim 2014?
Yes. If you miss the March 14, 2014 deadline, you may bring your completed application, cover sheet and verification materials to the Press Registration area in Lobby A of the Anaheim Convention Center during normal convention hours for review.  However, there is no guarantee that you will be approved for a WonderCon Anaheim press badge. Please keep in mind that WonderCon Anaheim will not be selling attendee badges onsite this year, so if you are not approved as press onsite, you will not have the option to purchase a badge. We strongly encourage you to apply as press online prior to the deadline. 
 
I would like to attend a certain panel at the convention, where do I enter?
A WonderCon Anaheim 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 WonderCon Anaheim 2014, am I able to do so?
Any video taping/filming/recording of any panels for COMMERCIAL PURPOSES (not news) will require you to obtain permission from Comic-Con International/WonderCon Anaheim and also from the panel participants. Please email pr@comic-con.org to request approval.
 
I will be filming a documentary at WonderCon Anaheim 2014, what are the appropriate guidelines and steps I need to follow?
You will need permission from Comic-Con International/ WonderCon Anaheim and from any panel participants you include in your documentary. Please email pr@comic-con.org to request approval. Please include detailed information about your documentary in your email request. Documentary crews will no longer be considered for complimentary press badges. However, documentary crews can still submit an application and, if approved, may be given the option to purchase badges. 
 
I missed the March 14, 2014 application deadline. What can I do?
You may bring your completed application and verification materials to the Press Registration area in Lobby A of the Anaheim Convention Center during normal convention hours for review.  There is no guarantee that you will be approved for a WonderCon Anaheim press badge. Please keep in mind that WonderCon Anaheim will not be selling attendee badges onsite this year, so if you are not approved as press onsite, you will not have the option to purchase a badge. We strongly encourage you to apply as press online prior to the deadline. 
 
Please email pressreg@comic-con.org for any additional questions.