Professional FAQ

Comic-Con 2022 Supplemental Professional Badge Registration is now open! If you have been approved as a professional, or if your professional verification status is NOT DUE, please visit our Professional Registration Information page for instructions on badge registration. Comic-Con 2022 Professional Badge Registration will close on July 8, 2022.

 

Click here to create your Comic-Con Member ID. A Comic-Con Member ID is free and available to all adults and juniors (ages 13 - 17) with a valid email address.

We are not accepting applications for Comic-Con 2022. Due to the proximity of the convention, we do not have time to sufficiently review applications & verification materials.  Please watch our Professionals website for information on our next application period, which will occur after Comic-Con 2022.

Due to the ever-increasing popularity of both Comic-Con and the industries that serve the popular arts, we have updated the requirements and categories for professional badge registration. The categories of “creative professional” and “trade professional” have been dissolved, and all members who meet the qualifications and are approved are simply considered “professionals.” All professional badges are granted the same level of access to Comic-Con. Please see below for new information regarding the qualifications for professionals.

Professional Qualifications

COMIC-CON AND WONDERCON are pleased to provide badges to professionals who are active in the creation of comic books, graphic novels, digital/webcomics, comic strips, and animation, as well as genre-related illustrators, and science fiction/fantasy authors, and book editors. This includes roles such as: writer, artist, penciller, inker, colorist, letterer, and animator. Qualifying work must be provided to indicate a professional’s involvement in these projects.

We cannot guarantee professional badges to those who fall outside of the categories listed above. However, all other professionals and executives who are employed in entertainment & popular culture fields (film, television, toy & apparel design, and other related industries) are welcome to apply during our next application period, and we will consider each application on an individual basis. Not all professionals in these industries can be accommodated, and access to badges and guest badges may be limited.

As part of our commitment as an educational nonprofit organization, Comic-Con and WonderCon welcome educators and librarians to attend as professionals. If you fall under one of these professional categories, please feel free to apply during our next application period.

All professional badges are limited, and not all applicants who meet the guidelines can be accommodated. Professional verification and approval is ultimately at the discretion of Comic-Con.

 

You do not need to sign up for a new Member ID if you already have one. Your existing Member ID will automatically change to a professional member class if you are approved as a qualifying professional.

We are not accepting applications for Comic-Con 2022. Due to the proximity of the convention, we do not have time to sufficiently review applications & verification materials.  Please watch our Professionals website for information on our next application period, which will occur after Comic-Con 2022.

Because Comic-Con receives so many applications to attend as a professional, we ask that applicants supply verification materials as proof of occupation in the industry. Verification materials can include credited or uncredited work. If the work is uncredited, both proof of employment and job title must be provided. If you are not sure exactly what to submit, send information that verifies your qualifying job title, position, or type of work. Below are some suggestions to help you. Your own verification documents may not be these exact documents, but use these examples and suggestions as a starting point:

For credited work:
If your work appears in credits, please circle where your name is credited, and mark the page clearly so we can easily locate your credits. Do not send a URL or link. You must print the webpage and circle your name. You can submit an original or a photocopy of the credits page, a sample of the work, or a screen capture. Photocopies of SAG, Writers Guild, or Directors Guild cards; end credits of a game, freelance contracts, proof of membership in the National Cartoonists Society or CAPS, or a printed-out webpage such as IMDB, MobyGames, etc. that clearly displays your name and title as an artist are also acceptable. Photocopies must be readable or your application will not be processed.

For uncredited work:
Please submit two forms of verification that show your job title and the company you work for. These may include a business card AND an employee badge, a printout of your company webpage listing you as a principal or executive of the company, or a letter from the company stating your name and your job title as an artist or company executive. If your job title does not clearly explain the work and how it qualifies for a professional badge, include a detailed description of your work. If your job title, position, or type of work would normally fall in the credited work category, submit your credits, or an explanation as to why you are not submitting credits.

Comic-Con requires that all professionals resubmit verification materials every three years with continued qualifying work. As a nonprofit organization, Comic-Con is able to provide a professional badge to individuals who meet the published guidelines and who provide verification materials of qualifying artistic credits or proof of employment with qualified job titles.

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 a professional cannot be processed if you do not provide verification of your work as a professional in the comics or related popular arts. Listing your work projects on your application is not considered verification. You must submit qualifying verification materials to support the projects on your application.

All applications that we have received successfully have been processed at this time. If you have any questions regarding your application, please email proreg@comic-con.org

Please log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and select the "Professionals" option in the top menu bar to find the badge registration link for Comic-Con 2022 professional badges.

Verified and approved professionals are notified when professional badge registration opens via the email that is linked to their Comic-Con Member ID account. Please check your email frequently for this notification as it will contain important information about registration. We also recommend that you log in to your Member ID account and confirm that you opted in to email correspondence.

Each NOT DUE professional will receive an email notification when Comic-Con 2022 Professional Badge Registration opens. At that time, they may log in to their Comic-Con Member ID account and select the "Professionals" option from the top menu bar to review the pricing and guest badge allotment available to them.

Each professional will receive an individual guaranteed allotment of guest badges, which will be available for the full length of the registration period. Although your allotment is guaranteed while registration is open, please note that registration will close promptly on July 8, 2022, and we do recommend that you register your badge and guest badges soon!

Each professional may register guest badges up to the total allotment available to them. Each professional’s individual allotment is now available in the “Professionals” menu option of their Member ID account.

Yes! All professional guests are required to have their own confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. You must enter your guests' Member ID during online registration. Make sure all of your guests sign up for their own Member ID before you attempt to register them. For instructions on creating a Member ID, please visit https://comic-con.org/cci/comic-con-member-id

If guest name corrections are needed, please contact proreg@comic-con.org. Be sure to include your name, your Comic-Con Member ID, and the names and Member IDs of the guests that you need to have changed. The deadline for guest corrections is July 8, 2022. No corrections will be accepted after this date.

Please log in to your Member ID account, and then select “My Badges” under the “Account” option at the top of the screen.  You will be able to see your badge, if registered, along with any guest badges that you have registered.

If you registered your badge by May 31, 2022, including any Comic-Con 2020 badges that rolled over to Comic-Con 2022, your badges will be shipped.  All other badges must be picked up on-site in the Sails Pavilion at the San Diego Convention Center.

Your barcode confirmation email contains instructions for badge pick-up. Please bring your badge confirmation and a valid photo ID to pick up your badge when you arrive on-site. On-site pick-up hours and locations can be found here.

We are pleased to provide the most generous child badge policy in the industry! Children 12 and under are free and must be registered on-site.  Please bring the child to the Professional Registration Desk, and we will be happy to provide a child badge for them.  Children must be present to receive a badge.

Professional guest badges are provided only to the professional who registered them.  Guests cannot pick up their own badge. Please contact the professional who registered you as a guest to arrange the receipt of your badge; we cannot hold badges at the Professional Registration Desk.

There will be NO on-site registration for professionals or guests.

The refund deadline for Comic-Con 2022 has passed; all badge purchases are non-refundable.