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Press

The Comic-Con 2018 press application period is now OPEN!
All online applications and verification materials must be
submitted by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017. 

FIRST-TIME APPLICANTS
If you have never attended Comic-Con or WonderCon as a member of the press, or if you have attended under a different category but are now working as press, you are a First-Time Applicant. Please download and carefully read the “Comic-Con 2018 Press Guidelines” PDF. All applications and verification materials are due by November 3, 2017

Please allow 8 to 10 weeks for processing and review. You will be notified via email if you have been approved or declined. If you do not receive a response from Comic-Con International within 8 to 10 weeks, please forward your “Comic-Con 2018 Press Application Received” email to pressreg@comic-con.org. Make sure to include your Comic-Con Member ID, last name, and the date your application was submitted.


RETURNING PRESS
To determine your current press verification status, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account here. If you are returning or approved press, click the "Press" tab. Your press verification status will be DUE or NOT DUE (see examples to the left).

If your verification status is DUE or if you need to update the company/outlet information on your account,  you must apply and submit the required verification materials for consideration before the November 3, 2017 deadline. Please download the "Comic-Con 2018 Press Guidelines" PDF for detailed information on the press application and acceptable verification materials.

Please allow 8 to 10 weeks for processing and review. You will be notified via email if you have been approved or declined. If you do not receive a response from Comic-Con International within 8 to 10 weeks, please forward your “Comic-Con 2018 Press Application Received” email to pressreg@comic-con.org. Make sure to include your Comic-Con Member ID, last name, and the date your application was submitted.

If your verification status is NOT DUE, no action is required at this time. You will be notified via email when Comic-Con 2018 online press badge registration opens at a later date. To receive this email notification, you must opt in to all email correspondence from Comic-Con. To check your email notification opt outs, log in to your Member ID account and select the option “OPT-OUTS” on the "My Account" tab. Make sure you have not checked the email "Opt-Out” box!

For additional information, please review our Press FAQ.

Comic-Con Press Terms & Conditions

There will be NO onsite press registration. Approved and verification NOT DUE press must register online each year they plan to attend. Press must submit verification materials every two years, unless requested earlier by Comic-Con International. Returning press who need to update the company/outlet information in their Comic-Con Member ID account must submit an application for review before the deadline. Approved freelance applicants will only be valid for the year applying.

A Comic-Con press badge is good for entry to all of the events held at Comic-Con (space permitting).  However, it does not allow for early entry into the Exhibit Hall, programming rooms, official Comic-Con events, and does not guarantee seating. Please keep in mind that press registration is a courtesy and your Comic-Con press badge is non-transferable. You may not transfer or sell your Comic-Con press badge. A complimentary press badge does not allow for plus ones, guests, or child badges. A press badge has no monetary value and you are not entitled to a refund of any amount for your complimentary press badge. Duplicate badges of any type are not allowed.

Registered press members are prohibited from entering the Exhibit Hall prior to 6:00 pm on Preview Night or during closed Exhibit Hall hours. There are no exceptions. Any pictures taken within the Exhibit Hall prior to 6:00 pm on Preview Night, and posted for public viewing, will result in the forfeiture of your Comic-Con press badge. 

Because of a variety of rules governing the San Diego Convention Center and Comic-Con International, wheeled carts or handcarts are not allowed in the convention center. Additionally, camera crews, while free to roam the center, cannot set up equipment in a fixed manner (i.e. tripods, lights, chairs, etc.).

Members of the press that want to videotape, film, and/or record any matter that will be used for commercial purposes (non-news) must first obtain written permission from Comic-Con International as well as permission of the panel participants. Live streaming at Comic-Con and/or posting more than 15 minutes of a panel is not permitted without prior written consent from Comic-Con International. Please email pr@comic-con.org to request the appropriate consents along with detailed information regarding your interest in recording at Comic-Con International.

PLEASE NOTE: Names, outlets, titles, country, and email addresses of registered Comic-Con press will be made available to studios, exhibitors, programming participants, etc., prior to the convention (Comic-Con Press List).

As always, the issuance of a press badge is at the sole discretion of Comic-Con International. Please be respectful to all attendees. A Comic-Con press badge is provided as a courtesy to cover the event. Comic-Con does not tolerate coverage that includes stunt type events, ambush interviewing, or any sort of action that could make any of our attendees feel unsafe or uncomfortable. All registered members of the press must comply with Comic-Con's Code of Conduct and all other convention policies.