Professional FAQ

The WonderCon Anaheim 2020 professional application period is now OPEN! There will be no onsite professional registration. Applications and verification materials are due by January 16, 2020. Click here to download the WonderCon Anaheim 2020 Information and Application for Professionals


No action is required at this time. You will be notified via email when online professional badge registration opens at a later date.

All professional applicants must have a valid and confirmed 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 - 17) with a valid email address.

If you have already submitted an application and are approved, your member class will automatically change to a professional member class. You do not need to sign up for a new Comic-Con Member ID if you already have one. Your existing Member ID will automatically change to a professional member class once you are approved.

COMIC-CON AND WONDERCON ANAHEIM 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 roles such 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 (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 and WonderCon Anaheim welcome educators and librarians to attend as professionals. If you fall under one of these professional categories, 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.

To apply as a professional for WonderCon Anaheim 2020, you must fill out an application and submit the required verification materials by January 16, 2020. The application and important information regarding verification materials can be found in the “Information and Application for Professionals” PDF. NOTE: if your professional verification status is DUE, but you have already submitted an application for Comic-Con 2020 during the previous application period, you do not need to submit an additional application. Your application will be considered for both shows.

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.

If you are approved as a professional for WonderCon Anaheim 2020, you will be notified via email when online professional registration opens at a later date.

As a nonprofit organization, Comic-Con/WonderCon Anaheim is able to provide a complimentary professional badge to individuals who meet the published guidelines and who provide verification materials and proof of employment with qualified job titles.

No. All applications and materials must be sent via email or post mail.

Comic-Con/WonderCon Anaheim process over 12,000 professional applications every year. With this kind of volume, we need to employ temporary staff who may not necessarily be familiar with your personal credits.

Comic-Con/WonderCon Anaheim requires that all professionals resubmit verification materials every three years with continued qualifying work.

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 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. We will begin processing WonderCon Anaheim 2020 applications in late November 2019.

Please contact to confirm that we received your application. Make sure to include your Comic-Con Member ID, the date your verification materials were mailed, and a description of the materials you submitted. Comic-Con International/WonderCon Anaheim strongly recommends that you email your professional application and verification materials. Should you choose to mail in your application and verification materials, we suggest that you send them via FedEx, UPS, USPS certified mail, or any service that provides a delivery receipt. Comic-Con International/WonderCon Anaheim is not responsible for lost applications and/or materials that were sent without tracking or delivery confirmation.

Guest information for WonderCon Anaheim 2020 will be available at a later date. All guests must have a valid Comic-Con Member ID. Click here to sign up for a Member ID today!

Children (age 12 and under) are free with a professional badge and must be registered onsite at the WonderCon Anaheim Professional Registration Area of the Anaheim Convention Center. Please note that the child must be present to receive a badge. Be sure to register your guest badge(s) when you submit the online badge request form. You cannot return to the online form at a later date to request guest badges.

Information regarding guest changes will be available when online professional registration opens at a later date.

No, this registration and application period is for WonderCon Anaheim 2020 only. The Comic-Con 2020 professional application period is closed.

No. Professional registration is a courtesy and your WonderCon Anaheim professional badge is non-transferable. You may not transfer or sell your WonderCon Anaheim 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.

A WonderCon Anaheim professional 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.