Comic-Con 2018 Professional Badges
Comic-Con 2018 creative and trade professional badge registration is now closed. There will be no onsite registration.
All creative and trade professional badges registered by May 14, 2018 will be shipped in advance. All professional and professional guest badges will be shipped to the address on file in the professional's Comic-Con Member ID account. The last day to change your address for advance shipping was May 14, 2018.
Comic-Con 2018 Professional Terms & Conditions
Please note the terms and conditions below are for Comic-Con 2018. Following this year’s event, we will publish updated terms and conditions reflecting the new policies outlined above in effect for Comic-Con 2019.
There will be NO onsite registration. The only way to apply for a professional badge is to submit a "Comic-Con and WonderCon Application for Professionals" and verification materials before the 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. Badges for both professionals and guests are limited in quantity and will reach capacity quickly. Each creative professional may have the opportunity to register for one complimentary guest and one additional paid guest until capacity for each category is reached. Trade professionals may purchase one guest badge, until capacity is reached. Guest badges in each category (paid or complimentary) are limited, and not all guests can be accommodated. Be sure to register your guests at the same time you register your own badge, as guest badges may not be available at a later date. Paid professional and trade professional guest badges are $276 each. All professional guests (paid and complimentary) must have their own personal and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. You may not register a guest unless they have their own Comic-Con Member ID.
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. A professional or professional guest badge does not qualify you to be eligible for attendee Returning Registration. The deadline to request a professional badge purchase refund was May 14, 2018. Click here for more information.
As always, the issuance of a creative or trade professional badge is at the sole discretion of Comic-Con International.
Comic-Con 2019 Professional Application
The Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2019 Professional Application Period is now OPEN! To apply as a professional for Comic-Con 2019, please download the “Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2019 Information and Application for Professionals” PDF below. All applications and verification materials are due by August 16, 2018.
NEW for Comic-Con & WonderCon Anaheim 2019
Due to the ever-increasing popularity of both Comic-Con and the industries that serve the popular arts, we have updated the requirements and categories for professional badge registration. Beginning after Comic-Con 2018, the categories of “creative professional” and “trade professional” will be dissolved, and all members who meet the qualifications and are approved are simply considered “professionals.” All professional badges are granted the same level of access during the event. Please see below for new information regarding the qualifications for professionals.
COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 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 such roles as writer, artist, penciller, inker, colorist, letterer and animator. Qualifying work must be provided to indicate a professional’s involvement in these projects.
We cannot guarantee professional badges to those who fall outside of the categories listed above. However, all other professionals and executives who are employed in entertainment & popular culture fields, such as 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 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 International and WonderCon Anaheim welcomes educators and librarians to attend as professionals. Please download the PDF found above and follow the instructions within to apply.
To receive information from our professional registration department, please 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 International, you will not be notified of important registration updates.
To determine your professional verification status, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account after Comic-Con 2018 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. If you are a first-time professional applicant, no professional verification status will be displayed and you will not be eligible for professional badge registration unless you apply and are approved as a professional.
For more information, check out our helpful Professional FAQ!