The deadline to submit a Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2019 press application was Friday, January 11, 2019. We are no longer accepting applications. The information below is for reference only regarding the change in the application process.
NEW FOR 2019
• The 2019 press application period now includes consideration for both Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim. Moving forward, there will only be ONE press application period for both conventions each year.
• Press applications are now outlet-based, which means only ONE application per press outlet — instead of one application per individual press member.
NEW PRESS OUTLETS
Press outlets that have never attended Comic-Con or WonderCon Anaheim as press are considered a new press outlet. Please have your Outlet Key Contact (OKC) download and carefully read the “Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2019 Press Guidelines” PDF to guide them through the press application and registration processes. The OKC must submit a "Press Outlet Application" by January 11, 2019 for consideration to either convention.
Please allow 5 - 8 weeks for processing and review. The OKC will be notified via email if the press outlet has been approved or declined. If the OKC does not receive a response from Comic-Con within 5 - 8 weeks, please forward the “Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2019 Press Outlet Application Submission Complete!” email to firstname.lastname@example.org
RETURNING PRESS OUTLETS
Press outlets that have previously applied and been approved as press are considered returning press outlets. All returning press outlets have an outlet status of either “Verification DUE - Reapply” or “Verification NOT DUE - Approved”. Press outlets must be verified every two years unless earlier verification is requested by Comic-Con.
Returning press outlets have been pre-assigned a Comic-Con Outlet ID. Outlet ID login credentials have been sent via email to the OKC. Press outlet status can be found in the Comic-Con Outlet ID or the Comic-Con Member ID of the OKC.
Returning press members have been emailed details of this change and how it impacts their press badge registration process. If you are a returning press member and have not received this information, please visit the “Notices” tab while logged in to your Comic-Con Member ID account to review these details.
Returning press outlets with an outlet status of “Verification DUE – Reapply” are required to submit the “Press Outlet Application” with verification materials before the January 11, 2019 deadline to be considered for either convention. The Outlet Key Contact (OKC) should download and carefully read the "Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2019 Press Guidelines" PDF to guide them through the press application and registration processes.
Please allow 5 - 8 weeks for processing and review. The OKC will be notified via email if the press outlet has been approved or declined. If the OKC does not receive a response from Comic-Con within 5 - 8 weeks, please forward the “Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2019 “Press Outlet Application” Submission Complete!” email to email@example.com
Returning press outlets with an outlet status of “Verification NOT DUE – Approved”, no action is required at this time. The OKC will be notified via email when press badge registration opens for each convention at a later date. To receive this email notification, the OKC must opt-in to all email correspondence from Comic-Con. To check email notification opt-outs, log in to your Comic-Con 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. Press members must be registered online each year they plan to attend, if eligible. Press outlet verification will be valid for two consecutive years, unless earlier verification is requested by Comic-Con. Freelance press members verification will only be valid for the year approved.
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, or official Comic-Con events; and does not guarantee seating. Please keep in mind that press registration is a courtesy and a Comic-Con press badge is non-transferable. You may not transfer or sell a 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 a 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 the 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, signage, etc.).
Registered press members that would like 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 and any other participants being recorded. Live streaming and recording at Comic-Con, including posting more than 15 minutes of a panel, is not permitted without prior consent from Comic-Con. To request the appropriate consents, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with detailed information regarding the interest to record at Comic-Con.
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.