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Professional FAQ

WonderCon Anaheim 2019 professional badge registration is now OPEN! There will be no onsite professional registration. Online professional registration will close on March 11, 2019.
We are no longer accepting WonderCon Anaheim 2019 professional applications. All applications and verification materials were due by January 16, 2019.

 

To register a professional badge for WonderCon Anaheim 2019, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account, select the "Professionals" tab, and click the WonderCon Anaheim 2019 "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.

All professional applicants and their guests 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, your member class will automatically change to a professional member class if you are approved. 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. All applications were due by January 16, 2019.

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 2019 is closed. All applications and verification materials were due by January 16, 2019. If you submitted an application on or prior to this date, please allow 3 - 4 weeks from this date for processing.

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.

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.

Please allow 3 - 4 weeks to process applications and verification materials. 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 Comic-Con Member ID, the date your verification materials were mailed, and a description of the materials you submitted.

To confirm the receipt of your application, please contact proreg@comic-con.org. Make sure to include your Comic-Con Member ID, the date your verification materials were submitted, whether they were sent via post or electronically, and a description of the materials you submitted.

Comic-Con/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.

Please log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and select the "Professionals" tab. Follow the instructions to register your badge and guest badge(s). Badge registration will close March 11, 2019

Professional badges registered on or after February 14, 2019 must be picked up onsite at the Anaheim Convention Center. Only the registered professional will be allowed to pick up badges, including guest badges. Guests of professionals cannot pick up their own badge. Please bring your badge confirmation and a photo ID to the Professional Registration Area in Hall E when you arrive. You will need your badge confirmation to access the Anaheim Convention Center.

Online professional registration will close on March 11, 2019. There will be no onsite registration.

Professional badges registered before February 14, 2019, will begin shipping at least 3 - 4 weeks prior to March 29, 2019. Badges will be shipped in batches, so please do not be alarmed if a friend or family member receives their badge before or after you. Badges not delivered for any reason (lost/stolen/returned to sender) must be picked up onsite.

We are unable to ship badges to an international address. International professionals and professionals who registered on or after February 14, 2019 will be able to pick up their badge when they arrive onsite at the Professional Registration Area in Hall E of the Anaheim Convention Center.

If your badge is undelivered for any reason (lost/stolen/returned to sender), bring your registration confirmation onsite to be exchanged for a replacement badge. To access your registration confirmation, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account, and under the “Professionals” tab is the option to view your registration confirmation. Please bring a printed copy of your badge confirmation and a photo ID to the Professional Registration Area in Hall E of the Anaheim Convention Center to pick up your badge.

You may pick up your badge at the Professional Registration Area in Hall E of the Anaheim Convention Center during the following hours:

Thursday, March 28: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Friday, March 29: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 30: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, March 31: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Each verified professional may request a complimentary WonderCon Anaheim 2019 badge for up to two guests until capacity is reached. All guests must have a valid Comic-Con 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 (13-17) members. Children (age 12 and under) are free with a professional badge and do not count toward your guest limit. Be sure to register your guest badge(s) when you submit the online badge request form. You cannot return to the registration system at a later date to request guest badges.

If your original guest cannot attend and you would like to bring a new guest, please bring your original guest badge, along with your new guest, to the Professional Registration Area in Hall E of the Anaheim Convention Center. Please note that your new guest will also need a valid Comic-Con Member ID.

You must be present to pick up all badges, including guest badges. Professional guests cannot pick up their own badges.

Children (age 12 and under) are free with a registered adult! Children do not need to register for a Comic-Con Member ID to receive a badge. You may register a child onsite for free at the Professional Registration Area in Hall E of the Anaheim Convention Center. You will be required to provide emergency contact information for any child registrant age 12 and under. Please note that the child must be present to receive a badge.

No, this registration and application period is for WonderCon Anaheim 2019 only. The Comic-Con 2019 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.