The Comic-Con International 2016 PROFESSIONAL APPLICATION PERIOD is now CLOSED. All applications were due by October 31, 2015. Only applications emailed or postmarked by that date will be processed and reviewed. Please allow at least 6 weeks for processing. If you have been approved as a professional, or if your Comic-Con 2016 professional verification status is NOT DUE, you will receive an email with information regarding online badge registration in early 2016.
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!
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.