Professional FAQ

WonderCon Anaheim 2020 professional badge registration is now OPEN! There will be no onsite professional registration. Online professional registration will close on March 23, 2020 or when capacity is reached, whichever occurs first.
The WonderCon Anaheim 2020 professional application period is closed. All applications and verification material were due by January 16, 2020.

 

To register a professional badge for WonderCon Anaheim 2020, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account, select the "Professionals" tab, and click the WonderCon Anaheim 2020 “Click here to register your badge now!” link. Be sure to register your guest badge(s) when you submit the online request form. You cannot return to the online registration system at a later date to request guest badges.

Save time, don’t wait in line! All professional badges registered before February 25, 2020 will be mailed in advance to the shipping address listed on your Member ID account. To review or update your shipping address, log in to your Member ID account and select the “Contact Info” tab. Please make sure your shipping address is correct before you submit your online badge request form.

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.

The application period for WonderCon Anaheim 2020 is closed. All applications and verification material were due by January 16, 2020. If you submitted an application on or before this date, please allow 3-4 weeks from this date for processing.

The application period for WonderCon Anaheim 2020 is closed. All applications and verification material were due by January 16, 2020. If you submitted an application on or before this date, please allow 3-4 weeks from this date for processing. Information on verification material is included below for reference.
 

Because Comic-Con receives so many applications to attend as a professional, we ask that applicants supply verification material as proof of occupation in the industry. Verification material 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.

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 material and proof of employment with qualified job titles.

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

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.

WonderCon Anaheim requires that all professionals resubmit verification material every three years with continued qualifying work.

If you cannot, or choose not to, provide the required verification material, 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 material to support the projects on your application.

Please allow 3-4 weeks from January 16, 2020 to process applications and verification material. All applications are processed in the order in which they are received. If you do not receive a response within 4 weeks, please send an email to proreg@comic-con.org. Make sure to include your Member ID, the date your verification material were mailed, and a description of the material you submitted.

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

To register a professional badge for WonderCon Anaheim 2020, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account, select the "Professionals" tab, and click the WonderCon Anaheim 2020 “Click here to register your badge now!” link. Be sure to register your guest badge(s) when you submit the online request form. You cannot return to the online registration system at a later date to request guest badges.

Save time, don’t wait in line! All professional badges registered before February 25, 2020 will be mailed in advance to the shipping address listed on your Member ID account. To review or update your shipping address, log in to your Member ID account and select the “Contact Info” tab. Please make sure your shipping address is correct before you submit your online badge request form.

We are unable to ship badges to an international address. If you have an international address or you register for your professional badge after February 25, 2020, your badge will be available for pick up at the Professional Registration Desk in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center. 

Online professional registration will close on March 23, 2020 or when capacity is reached, whichever occurs first. There will be no onsite registration.

Each verified professional may request a complimentary WonderCon Anaheim 2020 badge for up to two guests until capacity is reached. All guests must have a valid Member ID. Click here to create a Member ID. Guest badges are limited, and not all guests can be accommodated. Professional guest badges may be used to register up to two adult or junior (age 13-17) members. 

Children (age 12 and under) are free with a professional badge and do not count toward your guest limit. Child badges must be registered onsite at the WonderCon Anaheim Professional Registration Area in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center. 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.

If your original guest cannot attend and you would like to bring a new guest, please email proreg@comic-con.org with the names and Member IDs of both your previous and new guest by February 25, 2020. If you need to change your guest after this date, please bring your original guest badge, along with your new guest, to the Professional Registration Desk in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center. Please note that your new guest will also need a valid Member ID.

No, this registration 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.