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Press FAQ

The WonderCon Anaheim 2017 PRESS APPLICATION PERIOD is now OPEN! Applications and verification materials must be emailed by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2017 to be considered for the WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Press List. 
 

DEADLINE TO APPLY: FEBRUARY 24, 2017
DEADLINE TO REGISTER A PRESS BADGE: FEBRUARY 28, 2017

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, 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 WonderCon Anaheim 2017?
Please download and carefully review the “WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Press Guidelines” PDF. Complete the “WonderCon 2017 Application for Press” (page 7), and email the completed application and supporting verification materials to press_applications@comic-con.org by Friday, February 24, 2017. 
My outlet/company would like to attend WonderCon Anaheim 2017. Can we apply as an outlet/company or will each person need to apply individually?
Although each person from your outlet/company must complete thir own “WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Application for Press” form and supply individual supporting verification materials, you must send all applications from your outlet/company in ONE email. Each applicant must have their own Comic-Con Member ID. Please send all applications and verification materials in ONE email to press_applications@comic-con.org. Failure to submit all applications and verification materials in one email may delay the review of your outlet’s application.  
Can I fax my press application, verification cover sheet, and verification materials?
No. Press applications and verification materials must be emailed to press_applictions@comic-con.org by Friday, February 24, 2017 to be considered for the WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Press List.
Why do I need to send in verification materials?
As a nonprofit organization, WonderCon Anaheim/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?
WonderCon Anaheim/Comic-Con International requires that all press resubmit verification materials at least every two years , unless required sooner by WonderCon Anaheim/Comic-Con International. However, returning press who need to update their outlet/company information must submit a new application and verification materials for review before we can update your Member ID account. Approved freelance applicants will only be valid for the year applying
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 press application cannot be processed or reviewed if you do not provide supporting verification materials. Listing your outlet information on your application is not considered verification. You must submit qualifying verification materials to support the company listed on your application.
When will I receive a response to my application?
Please allow 4-5 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 5 weeks, please send an email to pressreg@comic-con.org that includes your Member ID, last name, and the date your application was submitted. 
I sent in my application and verification materials over 5 weeks ago, but have not yet received a response. Who should I contact?
Please email pressreg@comic-con.org with your Comic-Con Member ID, last name, and date your press application was submitted.
I sent in my application and was approved for WonderCon Anaheim 2017. Now what?
Simply log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account, select “Press” tab, and follow the instructions to register for your press badge. You will need to confirm that your press registration information is correct before you may register. If your information in incorrect, do not proceed with the registration process and email pressreg@comic-con.org to update your account. Once you have successfully registered for your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 press badge, you will be able to download your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 “Press Badge Confirmation”. Please bring this confirmation and a valid photo ID onsite to pick up your badge.
 
When do I register for my WonderCon Anaheim 2017 press badge?

If your current press verification status is NOT DUE or you have recently been approved, you may register for your badge now by logging in to your Member ID account. Click the “Press” tab and then select the “Click Here to Register Your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Press Badge Now!” link. You will need to confirm that your press registration information is correct before you may register. If your information in incorrect, do not proceed with the registration process and email pressreg@comic-con.org to update your account. Once you have successfully registered for your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 press badge, you will be able to download your WonderCon Anaheim 2017 “Press Badge Confirmation”. Please bring this confirmation and a valid photo ID onsite to pick up your badge.

If your current press verification status is DUE or you are a first time applicant, follow the application instructions in the “WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Press Guidelines” PDF and submit your application and verification materials before the February 24, 2017. If you are approved, your status will change to NOT DUE and you may register by following the instructions above.

I have been approved for a WonderCon Anaheim 2017 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 2017 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.
I need to update my title and/or my outlet/company information in my Comic-Con Member ID account. How do I update this information?
Please download the “WonderCon Anaheim 2017 Press Guidelines” PDF and submit an application and supporting verification materials by February 24, 2017. You must submit a new application and verification materials to update your title or outlet/company information. 
Will onsite registration be available for WonderCon Anaheim 2017?
If you miss the February 24, 2017 deadline, you may bring your completed application and verification materials to the Press Registration area in 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 2017, 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/WonderCon Anaheim as well permission from panel participants. Please email pr@comic-con.org with detailed information regarding your interest to record at WonderCon Anaheim and to obtain the appropriate consents.
I would like to shoot footage for a documentary at WonderCon Anaheim 2017, what are the appropriate guidelines and steps I need to follow?
You will need permission from WonderCon Anaheim/Comic-Con International and from any panel participants you include in your documentary. Please email pr@comic-con.org with detailed information regarding your interest to film at WonderCon and to obtain the appropriate consents. Due to the volume of inquiries, not all documentary requests can be accommodated.

For any additional questions regarding WonderCon Anaheim press registration, please email pressreg@comic-con.org

For any additional publicity questions that do not pertain to WonderCon Anaheim press registration, please email pr@comic-con.org