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All applications and verification materials must be
submitted by December 11, 2015.

If this is your first time applying as press for Comic-Con, please download the "Comic-Con International 2016 Press Guidelines" PDF and the “Press Application Checklist” below. Your application and verification materials must be postmarked or emailed by December 11, 2015.

All applicants will be notified via email regarding the decision of their press application. If you do not receive a response within eight to ten weeks, please email with your Comic-Con Member ID and the date your application and verification materials were submitted.

To determine your press verification status, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account here. If you are returning or approved press, click the "Press" tab. Your press verification status will be "DUE" or "NOT DUE" (see examples to the left).

If your verification status is "DUE" or if you need to update the company/outlet information on your account,  you must apply and submit the required verification materials for consideration before the December 11, 2015 deadline. Please download the "Comic-Con International 2016 Press Guidelines" PDF for the press application and detailed information on acceptable verification materials.

If your verification status is "NOT DUE", no action is required at this time. You will be notified via email when EPIC Online Press Registration opens in spring 2016. To receive this email notification, you must opt-in to all email correspondence from Comic-Con. To check your email notification opt-outs, log in to your Member ID account and select the option “OPT-OUTS” on the "My Account" tab. Make sure you have not checked the “Email Opt-Out” box!

For additional information, please review our Press FAQ.

Comic-Con Press Terms & Conditions

There will be NO onsite press registration. Approved and not due press must register online each year they plan to attend. All press must submit verification materials every two years, unless requested earlier by Comic-Con International. Returning press who need to update company information must submit new verification materials for review before we can update your account. Approved freelance applicants will only be valid for the year applying.

A Comic-Con press badge is good for entry to all of the events held at Comic-Con (space permitting). The Comic-Con press badge, however, does not allow for early entry into the Exhibit Hall, programming rooms, events, or guaranteed seating. Please keep in mind that press registration is a courtesy and your Comic-Con press badge is non-transferable. You may not transfer or sell your Comic-Con press badge. Unfortunately, a press badge does not allow for plus ones, guests, or child badges. A press badge has no monetary value and you are not entitled to a refund of any amount for your complimentary press badge. Duplicate badges of any type are not allowed.

Registered press members are prohibited from entering the Exhibit Hall prior to 6:00 pm on Preview Night or during closed Exhibit Hall hours. There are no exceptions. Any pictures taken within the Exhibit Hall prior to 6:00 pm on Preview Night, and posted for public viewing will result in the forfeiture of your Comic-Con press badge. 

Because of a variety of rules governing the San Diego Convention Center and Comic-Con International, wheeled carts or handcarts are not allowed in the convention center. Additionally, camera crews, while free to roam the center, cannot set up equipment in a fixed manner (i.e. lights, chairs, etc.).

Members of the press that want to videotape, film, and/or record any matter that will be used for commercial purposes (non-news) must first obtain written permission from Comic-Con International as well as permission of the panel participants. Live streaming at Comic-Con along with posting a panel in its entirety is not permitted. Please email to request the appropriate consents along with detailed information regarding your interest in recording at Comic-Con International.

PLEASE NOTE: Names, outlets, titles, country, and email addresses of registered Comic-Con press will be made available to studios, exhibitors, programming participants, etc., prior to the convention (Comic-Con Press LIst).

As always, the issuance of a press badge is at the sole discretion of Comic-Con International. Please be respectful to all attendees. A Comic-Con press badge is provided as a courtesy to cover the event. Comic-Con does not tolerate coverage that includes stunt type events, ambush interviewing or any sort of action that could make any of our attendees feel unsafe or uncomfortable.