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Professionals

The Comic-Con International 2016 Professional Application Period is Closed. If you have been approved as a professional, or if your Comic-Con 2016 professional verification status is NOT DUE, click here for important information about online badge registration. Badge registration for both creative and trade professionals is now open. Professional badge registration will close April 27, 2016.

New for 2016! All professional guests must have thier own unique and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. A Comic-Con Member ID is free and you only need to sign up once! If you have already registered/purchased a guest badge, please click here to login to the EPIC registration system and add your guest's Member ID. You must log in with your professional Member ID and last name. The deadline to enter a professional guest's Member ID is April 27, 2016. If you do not enter your guest's Member ID by April 27, their badge will be automatically cancelled and any amount paid will be refunded, less a 10% handling fee. 

To receive information from our professional registration department, please sign in to your Member ID account and click the “OPT-OUTS” option on the “My Account” tab. Make sure you have not checked the “Email Opt-Out” box. If you have selected to opt-out of email notifications from Comic-Con, you will not be notified of important registration updates.

For more information, check out our helpful Professional FAQ!


 

Professional Verification Status Flags

Professional Verification Status Flags

To determine your professional verification status, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account here and select the "Professionals" tab. 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'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 trade professional badges are complimentary. 

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.


Comic-Con Professional Terms & Conditions
There will be NO onsite registration. The only way to apply for a professional badge is to submit a "Comic-Con and WonderCon Application for Professionals" and verification materials before the appropriate deadline date, and be approved by Comic-Con International. Professionals must provide verification materials demonstrating their continued qualifying work in the industry every three years.
 
Professional badges and professional guest 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. Badges for both professionals and guests are limited in quantity and will reach capacity quickly. Each professional may have the opportunity to register for one complimentary guest and one additional paid guest until capacity for each is reached.  Guest badges in each category (paid or complimentary) are limited, and not all guests can be accommodated. Be sure to register your guests at the same time you register your own badge, as guest badges may not be available at a later date. Paid professional guest badges are $245 each. 
 
All professional guests (paid and complimentary) must have their own personal and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID.  If you successfully register a guest badge, you will be required to return to the EPIC online professional badge registration system prior to April 27, 2016 to enter your guest's personal Comic-Con Member ID. Failure to submit a guest's Member ID by April 27 will result in the cancellation of your guest badge and any amount paid will be refunded automatically, less a 10% processing fee.
 
Please keep in mind that a professional badge is a courtesy and is non-transferable. You may not transfer or sell your 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. Duplicate badges of any type are not allowed.
 
As always, the issuance of a creative or trade professional badge is at the sole discretion of Comic-Con International.