Comic-Con 2023 Professional Badge Registration
Comic-Con 2023 Professional Badge Registration is now open! If you have been approved as a professional for Comic-Con 2023, or if your professional verification status is NOT DUE, please visit our Professional Registration Information page for detailed instructions regarding badge registration. Comic-Con 2023 Professional Badge Registration will close on June 23, 2023.
Professional Badge Registration FAQ
Badge registration is open now! Please visit our Professional Registration Information page for detailed instructions regarding badge registration.
Do all qualifying professionals get a badge? Do I need to register as soon as online registration opens?
Each approved professional will receive an individual guaranteed allotment and pricing for their own badge and guest badge(s). This allotment will be available for the full length of the registration period for each show, and is not on a first-come, first-served basis.
IMPORTANT: Even if you have been approved as a professional, you must still separately register a badge for each of our shows that you wish to attend. Badge allotments are guaranteed but are not automatically added to your account!
How much do professional badges cost for Comic-Con 2023, and will I be eligible to register guest badges?
Each “Not Due” professional may log in to their Comic-Con Member ID account and review the pricing and guest badge allotment available to them.
I applied before the September 30, 2022 deadline to be considered for Comic-Con 2023, but my application has not been reviewed yet. Will I still be able to register as a professional?
Yes! If you submitted your application before the deadline, it will be reviewed in consideration for our 2023 shows. If approved, you will have the opportunity to register your approved allotment of badges and guest badges until registration closes on June 23, 2023.
Each professional may register guest badges up to the total allotment available to them. Each professional’s individual allotment will be available in their Member ID account.
Yes! All professional guests are required to have their own confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. You must enter your guest's Member ID during online registration. Make sure your guest(s) sign up for their own Member ID before you attempt to register them. For instructions on creating a Member ID, please visit www.comic-con.org/cci/comic-con-member-id
Once Professional Badge Registration opens, please contact email@example.com if guest name corrections are needed. Be sure to include your name, your Comic-Con Member ID, and the names and Member IDs of the guests that you need to have changed.
To view your badge order, log in to your Member ID account and click the “My Badges” option under “Accounts” in the top menu bar. This will show you all badges that you have registered for past shows since migrating to our current Member ID Portal in 2021. Please be sure that the order you are looking at says “Comic-Con 2023 Professional Registration”. If none of your badge orders say "Comic-Con 2023 Professional Registration" you have not yet registered for a Comic-Con 2023 professional badge. Please visit our Professional Registration Information page for instructions.
Badges registered by May 12, 2023, will be shipped to the registering professional. We cannot ship to international addresses. The registering professional must have a domestic address saved as their “Primary Shipping Address” on their Member ID account to have their badge shipped.
If your badge is not mailed, your barcode confirmation email will contain instructions for badge pick-up. Please bring your badge confirmation and a valid photo ID to pick up your badge when you arrive on-site.
We are pleased to provide the most generous child badge policy in the industry! Children 12 and under are free and must be registered on-site. Please bring the child to the general Registration Area or the Professional Registration Desk, and we will be happy to provide a child badge for them. Children must be present to receive a badge.
Professional guest badges are provided only to the professional who registered them. Guests cannot pick up their own badge. Please contact the professional who registered you as a guest to arrange the receipt of your badge; we cannot hold badges at the Professional Registration Desk.
There will be NO on-site registration for professionals or guests.
Please submit a refund request form by May 12, 2023. Comic-Con badge purchases are non-refundable after that date.
What if I missed the September 30, 2022 professional application deadline for Comic-Con 2023? What can I do?
Because of the high volume of applicants, applications and materials submitted after the deadline will not be accepted for our 2023 shows under any circumstances. Applications received after September 30, 2022, will be considered for our 2024 season of shows.
Professional Application FAQ
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. NOTE: If you already have a Member ID, you do not need to create a new one in order to apply for professional status. If you apply and are approved, your existing Member ID will be updated.
I already have a valid Comic-Con Member ID, but I have never attended as a professional. How does my Member ID change from an attendee member class to a professional member class?
You do not need to sign up for a new Member ID if you already have one. Your existing Member ID will be updated to display your professional status if you are approved as a qualifying professional.
COMIC-CON AND WONDERCON are 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 badges to those who fall outside of the creative roles listed above. However, all other professionals and executives who are employed in entertainment & popular culture industries (film, television, toy & apparel design, and other related industries) are welcome to apply, and we will consider each application on an individual basis. Not all professionals can be accommodated, and access to badges and guest badges may be limited.
As part of our commitment as an educational nonprofit organization, Comic-Con and WonderCon welcome educators and librarians to attend as professionals. If you work in one of these industries, please feel free to apply.
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.
Please visit our Application Instructions page for instructions on how to apply using our new online Application for Professionals!
No. All applications and materials must be sent using our online Application for Professionals.
I am either a first-time applicant or it is time for me to re-submit my verification materials. How should I apply and what should I submit?
The deadline to apply or verify status as a professional for our 2023 shows has passed. To apply as a professional for our 2024 shows, please submit an application as detailed above.
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 clearly mark where your name is credited so we can easily locate your credits. You can submit a scan or 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 webpage such as IMDB, MobyGames, etc. that clearly displays your name and title as an artist are also acceptable. All materials 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 screenshot 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 of why you are not submitting 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 are processed in the order in which they are received. Please allow between 8 and 12 weeks for review. Processing length may vary depending on the volume of applications received and event preparation. If you have any questions regarding your application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Verified and approved professionals are notified when Professional Badge Registration opens via the email that is linked to their Comic-Con Member ID account. Please check your email frequently for this notification as it will contain important information about registration. We also recommend that you log in to your Member ID account and confirm that you opted in to email correspondence.