Professional FAQ

The Comic-Con 2020 professional application period is closed. All applications and verification materials were due by August 16, 2019. For information on Comic-Con professional badge registration, CLICK HERE

 

Click here to create your Comic-Con Member ID. A Comic-Con Member ID is free and available to all adults and juniors (ages 13 - 17) with a valid email address.

The application period for Comic-Con 2020 is closed. All applications and verification materials were due by August 16, 2019. All applications submitted after this date will be considered for WonderCon Anaheim 2020 only.

COMIC-CON AND WONDERCON ANAHEIM is pleased to provide complimentary badges to professionals who are active in the creation of comic books, graphic novels, digital/webcomics, comic strips and animation, as well as genre-related illustrators and science fiction/fantasy authors and book editors. This includes: writers, artists, pencillers, inkers, colorists, letterers, and animators. Qualifying work must be provided to indicate a professional’s involvement in these projects.
 
Due to the ever-increasing popularity of Comic-Con and pop culture industries, we cannot guarantee professional badges to those who fall outside of the creative roles listed above. However, all other professionals and executives who are employed in entertainment and popular culture industries (film, television, toy and apparel design, and other related industries) are welcome to apply, and we will consider each application on an individual basis. Not all professionals in these industries can be accommodated, and access to badges and guest badges may be limited.
 
As part of our commitment as an educational non-profit organization, Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim welcomes educators and librarians to attend as professionals. If you work in one of these industries, please submit an application prior to the deadline.
 

All professional 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.

 

Because Comic-Con receives so many applications to attend as a professional, we ask that applicants supply verification materials as proof of occupation in the industry. Verification materials can include credited or uncredited work. If the work is uncredited, both proof of employment and job title must be provided. If you are not sure exactly what to submit, send information that verifies your qualifying job title, position, or type of work. Below are some suggestions to help you. Your own verification documents may not be these exact documents, but use these examples and suggestions as a starting point:

For credited work:

If your work appears in credits, please circle where your name is credited, and mark the page clearly so we can easily locate your credits. Do not send a URL or link. You must print the webpage and circle your name. You can submit an original or a photocopy of the credits page, a sample of the work, or a screen capture. Photocopies of SAG, Writers Guild, or Directors Guild cards; end credits of a game, freelance contracts, proof of membership in the National Cartoonists Society or CAPS, or a printed-out webpage such as IMDB, MobyGames, etc. that clearly displays your name and title as an artist are also acceptable. Photocopies must be readable or your application will not be processed.

For uncredited work:

Please submit two forms of verification that show your job title and the company you work for. These may include a business card AND an employee badge, a printout of your company webpage listing you as a principal or executive of the company, or a letter from the company stating your name and your job title as an artist or company executive. If your job title does not clearly explain the work and how it qualifies for a professional badge, include a detailed description of your work. If your job title, position, or type of work would normally fall in the credited work category, submit your credits, or an explanation why you are not submitting credits.

Comic-Con processes over 12,000 professional applications every year. With this kind of volume, we need to employ temporary staff that may not necessarily be familiar with your professional credits.

Comic-Con requires that all professionals resubmit verification materials every three years with continued qualifying work. As a nonprofit organization, Comic-Con is able to provide a professional badge to individuals who meet the published guidelines and who provide verification materials of qualifying artistic credits or proof of employment with qualified job titles.

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 a professional cannot be processed if you do not provide verification of your work as a professional in the comics or related popular arts. Listing your work projects on your application is not considered verification. You must submit qualifying verification materials to support the projects on your application.

All applications received by the August 16, 2019 deadline have been processed at this time. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact proreg@comic-con.org.

Please log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and select the "Professionals" tab to find the badge registration link for Comic-Con 2020 professional badges. You will also find your guest allotment and registration code in this tab.

The deadline to register your badge and guest badge(s) is May 6, 2020. We encourage you to read all the information HERE regarding online professional badge registration. 

No, there is no waiting room for Comic-Con 2020 professional badge registration! Each professional has received an individual guaranteed allotment of guest badges, and the allotment will be available for the full length of the registration period, whether you register on the first or last day of professional badge registration. Comic-Con 2020 professional badge registration closes on May 6, 2020. You must register online prior to this date. Click HERE for more information. 

Please log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and select the "Professionals" tab to find the badge registration link for Comic-Con 2020 professional badges. You will also find your badge allotment and pricing in this tab.

Yes! All professional guests are required to have their own confirmed Comic-Con Member ID account. You must enter your guests' Member ID during online registration. You will not have the opportunity to go back in and enter it at a later date. Make sure all of your guests sign up for their own Member ID well in advance of professional online registration.

If guest name corrections are needed, please contact proreg@comic-con.org. Be sure to include your name, your Comic-Con Member ID, and the names and Member IDs of the guests that you need changed. The deadline for guest corrections is May 13, 2020. No corrections will be accepted after this date.

To find your professional registration code log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and select the "Professionals" tab. For important information about professional registration codes, CICK HERE.

Because of the high volume of applicants, applications and materials submitted after the deadline will not be accepted for Comic-Con 2020 under any circumstances. If your application is received after August 16, 2019, it will be considered for WonderCon Anaheim 2020 only.