Press

The Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2020 press application period is now OPEN!
The “Press Outlet Application” must be submitted by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019

 

HOW TO APPLY AS PRESS

All Press outlets fall in to one of two groups: new or returning. The application includes consideration for both Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2020. There will only be one press application period for both conventions and only one press application should be submitted per press outlet.

A new press outlet is one that has never applied as press to Comic-Con or WonderCon Anaheim. All press outlets must fall in to one of five press categories – Print Media, Digital Media, Broadcast Media, Blog/Podcast, or Documentary. The press outlet’s category will determine what type of verification materials must be provided when submitting the “Press Outlet Application” (detailed information about press categories and verification materials can be found below).

returning press outlet is a press outlet that has previously applied as press and were approved or declined. Returning press outlets have already been assigned a Comic-Con Outlet ID that is associated to the Comic-Con Member ID of the Outlet Key Contact. Returning press outlets will have an outlet status of either “Verification DUE – Reapply” or “Verification NOT DUE – Approved”. Returning press outlets must submit an application and verification materials every two years, unless earlier verification is requested by Comic-Con.

Are you freelancing? Freelance press members that would like to apply must submit a “Press Outlet Application” as their own Outlet Key Contact. Proceed to the “Step 2” instructions for new press outlets. The assignment letter must be from the press outlet assigning you. Freelance press members’ verification will only be valid for the year approved.

Press outlet status can be found in the “Press” tab of the Outlet Key Contact’s Comic-Con Member ID account.

 

Outlet Status Example

New press outlets are outlets that have never applied as press for Comic-Con or WonderCon Anaheim. The Outlet Key Contact must submit the “Press Outlet Application” by November 1, 2019 for consideration. No late applications will be accepted.

Once the Outlet Key Contact has submitted an application, you can check the outlet’s status by logging into the Outlet Key Contact’s Comic-Con Member ID account, and select the “Press” tab. The press tab will be not be visible until an application is submitted.

STEP 1: Determine who will be the designated Outlet Key Contact. The Outlet Key Contact should be the primary person responsible for facilitating communication between the press outlet and Comic-Con. The Outlet Key Contact may be the head of the outlet, the Editor in Chief, or the Assignment Editor. IMPORTANT: There can only be one Outlet Key Contact per press outlet. However, an Outlet Key Contact may be the Outlet Key Contact for multiple press outlets.

STEP 2: The Outlet Key Contact must create a Comic-Con Member ID, if they have not already created one. To create a Comic-Con Member ID please CLICK HERE.

STEP 3: The Outlet Key Contact must submit the “Press Outlet Application” found HERE by Friday, November 1, 2019 to be considered for Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2020.

STEP 4: Upon submission of the “Press Outlet Application” the new press outlet will be automatically assigned a Comic-Con Outlet ID. The Comic-Con Outlet ID and a copy of the submitted application will be emailed to the Outlet Key Contact.

STEP 5: Please allow 5-8 weeks for processing and review. The Outlet Key Contact will be notified via email when the press outlet is approved or declined. If the Outlet Key Contact does not receive a response from WonderCon within 5-8 weeks, please forward the “Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2020 Press Outlet Application Submission Complete!” email to pressreg@comic-con.org.

STEP 6: If approved, a badge allocation of complimentary press badges to each convention will be assigned. PLEASE NOTE: Some press outlets may be approved for WonderCon Anaheim only.

For additional information, please review our Press FAQ.

Returning press outlets will have an outlet status of either “Verification DUE - Reapply” or “Verification NOT DUE - Approved”. Press outlets must be verified every two years unless earlier verification is requested.

If your press outlet status is Verification DUE – Reapply: The Outlet Key Contact must submit the “Press Outlet Application” by November 1, 2019 to be considered for Comic-Con and WonderCon 2020.

STEP 1: The Outlet Key Contact must log in to their Comic-Con Member ID account.

STEP 2: From the home page, select the “Press” tab and select the “Click to Reapply” button to access the “Press Outlet Application”. The application and verification materials must be submitted by Friday, November 1, 2019 to be considered for Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2020.

STEP 3: Upon submission of the “Press Outlet Application” a copy of the submitted application will be emailed to the Outlet Key Contact.

STEP 4: Please allow 5-8 weeks for processing and review. The Outlet Key Contact will be notified via email when the press outlet is approved or declined. If the Outlet Key Contact does not receive a response from Comic-Con within 5-8 weeks, please forward the “Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2020 Press Outlet Application Submission Complete!” email to pressreg@comic-con.org.

STEP 5: If approved, a badge allocation of complimentary press badges to each convention will be assigned. PLEASE NOTE: Some press outlets may be approved for WonderCon Anaheim only.

If your press outlet status is Verification NOT DUE – Approved: No action is required at this time. The Outlet Key Contact will be notified via email when press badge registration opens for each convention. At that time, the Outlet Key Contact will be responsible for submitting registration requests for each individual member of the press outlet. IMPORTANT: Individual outlet members must have their own valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID for the Outlet Key Contact to submit a registration request on their behalf.

Need to update your Comic-Con Outlet ID information or change the Outlet Key Contact of a press outlet? Email pressreg@comic-con.org for assistance. The new Outlet Key Contact must have their own valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID.

For additional information, please review our Press FAQ.

ASSIGNMENT LETTER

All outlets must submit an assignment letter. When submitting the “Press Outlet Application,” a signed letter, on company letterhead, from the head of the outlet designating the “Outlet Key Contact” is required. Please have the full name, title, and Comic-Con Member ID of the Outlet Key Contact included. The letter must also state the interest and reasons to attend as a press outlet.


PRESS CATEGORIES

Press outlets will fall in to one of five categories:

  • PRINT MEDIA
  • DIGITAL MEDIA
  • BROADCAST MEDIA
  • BLOG/PODCAST
  • DOCUMENTARY

Tumblr accounts, social media sites, community forums, and game streaming platforms will NOT be considered as press. Additionally, documentary crews will be able to submit a “Press Outlet Application”, however, they will not be eligible for complimentary press badges. Documentary crews will be given the opportunity to purchase badges if approved.


VERIFICATION MATERIALS

The following press outlet categories will determine what type of verification materials must be provided when submitting the “Press Outlet Application”. The specific verification materials for each press category are listed below.

PRINT MEDIA — Newspapers, Magazines, Weeklies, or Periodicals (in distribution or circulation for at least 18 months)

  • THREE published industry related articles, photos, or publication masthead within the last three months.
  • Scanned copies of the articles, photos, or masthead are required.

DIGITAL MEDIA — Online Newspapers, Magazines, Channels, Internet News, or Coverage Sites (operating and established online for at least 18 months)

  • THREE published industry related articles, photos, videos, or site masthead within the last three months.
  • Exact URL addresses are required.

BROADCAST MEDIA — Television Stations or Radio Stations (operating and established for at least 18 months)

  • Station Call Letters
  • THREE published industry related articles, photos, videos, or site masthead within the last three months.
  • Exact URL addresses are required.

BLOG/PODCAST — Discussion/Informational Websites or Episodic Audio/Video Series (operating and established online for at least 18 months)

  • THREE published industry related articles, photos, or videos within the last three months.
  • Exact URL addresses are required.

DOCUMENTARY — Films or Television Series/Specials (subject must be industry related)

  • A scanned copy of the script, outline, treatment, and/or webpage of proposed documentary. Please detail the specifics for what you hope to record. Include crew size and list of equipment.
  • Recording any media that will be used for commercial purposes (non-news) must first obtain written permission from Comic-Con and any other participants you wish to record.