The Comic-Con International 2014 PROFESSIONAL APPLICATION PERIOD is now OPEN! To apply as a professional for Comic-Con 2014, please download the "Information and Application for Professionals" PDF below. All applications and verification materials must be submitted by October 17, 2013.
Comic-Con International 2013 Trade Professional ONLINE BADGE REGISTRATION is now open! CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR YOUR TRADE PROFESSIONAL BADGE.
To receive professional email notifications, please be sure to sign in to your Member ID account and confirm that you did not "opt-out" of email correspondence from Comic-Con. This information is found in the "Change My Preferences/Unsubscribe" section once you have logged in. If you have selected to “opt-out” of email notifications from Comic-Con, you will not be notified when EPIC Online Professional Badge Registration opens.
To determine your professional verification status, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account here. If you are a returning professional, your member class will be "Professional" and your professional verification status will be "DUE" or "NOT DUE" (see examples to the left). If you are a first-time professional applicant, no professional verification status will be displayed and you will not be eligible for EPIC Online Professional Badge Registration.
Comic-Con 2014 Professional Downloads
Comic-Con's professional registration program has two badge categories:
The Creative Professional Badge
The creative professional badge is a complimentary Comic-Con badge offered to professionals who take an active role in the creation, design, writing, editing, or production of comics, animation, films, books, video games, or toys. Job titles might include writer, artist, penciller, inker, colorist, letterer, animator, designer, sculptor, editor, publisher, producer, actor, etc. This category includes retired career professionals from comics and related popular arts field. The creative professional badge is also extended to those responsible for the content of websites that promote the historic or ongoing contribution of comics to art or society.
The Trade Professional Badge
The trade professional badge is offered to agents, publicists, managers, executives, marketing, sales, business development, advertising, legal representatives, and other industry professionals who need to attend the convention for business reasons. Comic-Con trade professional badges are available for purchase to those who do not qualify as a creative professional. WonderCon Anaheim trade professional badges are complimentary. Click here for more info.
Unfortunately, we cannot extend complimentary professional badges to support staff, including sales, marketing, accounting, managers, testers, analysts, administrative staff, IT, facilities, operations, and others who are not directly involved in the creative process.
Creative professional and trade 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 International.