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Professional FAQ

The Comic-Con 2019 professional application period is now closed. All applications and verification materials were due by August 16, 2018 for Comic-Con 2019. Applications submitted after this date will be considered for WonderCon Anaheim 2019 and Comic-Con 2020. Please allow at least 6 - 8 weeks for applications to be processed. If you have been approved as a professional for Comic-Con 2019, or if your professional verification status is NOT DUE, you will receive information regarding online professional badge registration as it becomes available.


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.

If you have already submitted an application, your member class will change to a professional member class if you are approved. 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.

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 ANAHEIM are pleased to provide complimentary 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 non-profit organization, Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 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.

The application period for Comic-Con 2019 is now closed. All applications and verification materials were due by August 16, 2018. Any applications submitted after this date will be considered for WonderCon Anaheim 2019 and Comic-Con 2020.

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 why you are not submitting credits.

Each professional will receive an email in advance of badge registration that will detail the cost (if any) of their professional badge, and their individual guest allotment.

Comic-Con processes over 12,000 professional applications every year. With this kind of volume, we need to employ temporary staff that may not necessarily be familiar with your personal credits.

Comic-Con requires that all professionals resubmit verification materials every three years with continued qualifying 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 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.

If you have submitted a Comic-Con and WonderCon Anaheim 2019 professional application, please allow 6 - 8 weeks for review. All applications are processed in the order in which they are received. If you have any questions regarding your application, please email

Once you are verified and approved, you will be notified before professional badge registration opens via the email that is linked to your Comic-Con Member ID account. Please check your email frequently for this notification. We also recommend that you log in to your Member ID account and confirm that you did not opt out of email correspondence.

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.

No. All applications and materials must be sent via email or post mail.

Because of the high volume of applicants, applications and materials submitted after the deadline will not be accepted for Comic-Con 2019 under any circumstances. If your application is received after August 16, 2018, it will be reviewed for WonderCon Anaheim 2019 and Comic-Con 2020.