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 to register for your badge now . Professional badge registration will close April 27, 2016.
Trade professional badge registration will open at a later date. Verified trade professionals will be notified via email when trade professional badges are available for purchase. Trade professionals may not register for a Comic-Con badge at this time.
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! We encourage you to have your guest sign up for a Member ID  as soon as possible. For more information on how to submit your guest's Member ID, please click here .
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.