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Press FAQ

The WonderCon 2016 PRESS APPLICATION PERIOD is now OPEN!
DEADLINE TO APPLY: FEBRUARY 12, 2016
DEADLINE TO REGISTER A PRESS BADGE: FEBRUARY 19, 2016
How do I sign up for a Comic-Con Member ID?
Click here to create your Comic-Con Member ID. A Member ID is free and available to all adults and juniors (ages 13 to 17) with a valid email address.
I already have a valid Comic-Con Member ID, but I have never attended as press. How does my Member ID change from an attendee member class to a press member class?
If you have already submitted an application and have been approved, your member class will automatically change to a press member class. You do not need to sign up for a new Member ID if you already have one. Your existing ID will automatically change to a press member class once you are approved.
How do I apply as press for WonderCon 2016?

Complete the "WonderCon 2016 Application for Press" found in the “WonderCon 2016 Press Guidelines” PDF. Mail the completed application and your verification materials to:

WonderCon
Attn: Press Registration
P.O. Box 128458
San Diego, CA 92112-8458

OR

Email the completed application and verification materials to: press_applications@comic-con.org.

My outlet/company would like to attend WonderCon 2016. Can we apply as an outlet/company or will each person need to apply individually?
Yes, but each member from your outlet/company must submit a completed application, which requires each applicant to have their own Member ID. All applications and verification materials form your outlet/company must be submitted in one email or one package per outlet/company. Failure to submit all applications and verification materials in one package or email may delay the review of your outlet’s applications.
Can I fax my press application, verification cover sheet, and verification materials?
No. WonderCon/Comic-Con International is unable to accept any faxed applications or verification materials.
Why do I need to send in verification materials?
As a nonprofit organization, WonderCon/Comic-Con International is able to provide a complimentary press badge to individuals who meet the published guidelines and who provide verification materials and proof of employment with qualified job titles.
How often do I need to send verification materials?
WonderCon/Comic-Con International requires that all press resubmit verification materials at least every two years with continued qualifying work, unless required sooner by WonderCon/Comic-Con International. Returning press needing to update company information must submit verification materials for review before being updated. Approved freelance applicants will only be valid for the year applying
What if I cannot provide verification materials supporting my work?
If you cannot, or choose not to, provide the required verification materials, we suggest you purchase a badge through general attendee registration. Your application as press cannot be processed if you do not provide verification of your work. Listing your outlet information on your application is not considered verification. You must submit qualifying verification materials to support the company listed on your application.
When will I receive a response to my application?
Please allow 4-6 weeks to process applications and verification materials. All applications are processed in the order in which they are received. If you do not receive a response within 6 weeks, please send an email to pressreg@comic-con.org that includes your Member ID. Also include the date your verification materials were sent and describe the materials you submitted.
I sent in my application and verification materials over 6 weeks ago, but have not yet received a response. Who should I contact?
Please contact pressreg@comic-con.org to confirm that we received your application. Comic-Con International/ WonderCon strongly recommends that you email your press application, cover sheet, and verification materials. Should you choose to mail in your application and verification materials, we suggest that you send them UPS, USPS certified mail, or any service that provides a delivery receipt.Comic-Con International/ WonderCon is not responsible for lost applications and/or materials that were sent without tracking or delivery confirmation.
I sent in my application and was approved for WonderCon 2016. Now what?
Simply log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and in the tab labeled “Press”, select the “Click Here to Register Your WonderCon 2016 Press Badge Now!” link.
When do I register for my WonderCon 2016 press badge?

If your current press verification status is NOT DUE you may register for your badge now by logging in to your Member ID account and in the tab labeled “Press”, select the “Click Here to Register Your WonderCon 2016 Press Badge Now!” link.

If your current press verification status is DUE or you are a first time applicant, you will need to send in your application and verification materials to be considered. Once you are approved, your status will change to NOT DUE and you may register by following the instructions above.

I have been approved for a WonderCon 2016 press badge. Can I add a plus one, a guest, or a child?
No. A WonderCon press badge is complimentary and therefore we cannot provide you with a plus one, guest, or child badge.
I was approved for a WonderCon 2016 press badge but I am unable to attend. Can I transfer my press badge to another member of my outlet/company?
No. Press registration is a courtesy and your WonderCon press badge is non-transferable. You may not transfer or sell your WonderCon press badge.
I need to update my title and/or my company information in my Member ID account. How do I update this information?
Please review page 2 of the “WonderCon 2016 Press Guidelines” PDF. You will need to submit verification materials for review before your title and or company information can be updated.
Will onsite registration be available for WonderCon 2016?
Yes. If you miss the February 12, 2016 deadline, you may bring your completed application and verification materials to the Press Registration area in the Los Angeles Convention Center during normal convention hours for review. However, there is no guarantee that you will be approved for a WonderCon press badge. Please keep in mind that WonderCon will not be selling attendee badges onsite this year, so if you are not approved as press onsite, you will not have the option to purchase a badge. We strongly encourage you to apply as press online prior to the deadline. 
I would like to attend a certain panel at the convention, where do I enter?
A WonderCon press badge does not give you early access, special access, or assigned seating to any of our panels or programming rooms. You must wait in the same line as the general attendees.
I would like to video tape/film/record a panel at WonderCon 2016, am I able to do so?
Any video taping/filming/recording of any matter that will be used for commercial purposes (not news) must first obtain written permission from Comic-Con International/WonderCon as well permission from panel participants. Please email pr@comic-con.org with detailed information regarding your interest to record at WonderCon 2016 and to obtain the appropriate consents.
I would like to shoot footage for a documentary at WonderCon 2016, what are the appropriate guidelines and steps I need to follow?
You will need permission from WonderCon/Comic-Con International and from any panel participants you include in your documentary. Please email pr@comic-con.org with detailed information regarding your interest to film at WonderCon and to obtain the appropriate consents. Due to the volume of inquiries, not all documentary requests can be accommodated.
I missed the February 12, 2016 application deadline. What can I do?
You may bring your completed application and verification materials to the Press Registration area in the Los Angeles Convention Center during normal convention hours for review.  However, there is no guarantee that you will be approved for a WonderCon press badge. Please keep in mind that WonderCon will not be selling attendee badges onsite this year, so if you you are not approved as press onsite, you will not have the option to purchase a badge. We strongly encourage you to apply as press online prior to the deadline. 

For any additional questions regarding WonderCon press registration, please email pressreg@comic-con.org

For any additional publicity questions that do not pertain to WonderCon press registration, please email pr@comic-con.org