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Comic-Con International 2018 Professional Registration

The Comic-Con 2018 professional application period is now closed. All applications and verification materials were due by August 16, 2017 for Comic-Con 2018. Applications submitted after this date will be considered for WonderCon Anaheim 2018 only. Please allow at least 6 - 8 weeks for application review and processing. If you have been approved as a professional for Comic-Con 2018, or if your professional verification status is NOT DUE, you will receive information regarding online badge registration at a later date.

To receive information from our professional registration department, please log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and click the “OPT-OUTS” option on the “My Account” tab. Make sure you have not checked the “Email Opt-Out” box. If you have selected to opt out of email notifications from Comic-Con, you will not be notified of important registration updates.
Comic-Con's professional registration program has two badge categories:
The Creative Professional Badge
The creative professional badge is a complimentary Comic-Con badge offered to professionals who take an active role in the creation, design, writing, editing, or production of comics, animation, films, books, video games, or toys. Job titles might include writer, artist, penciller, inker, colorist, letterer, animator, designer, sculptor, editor, publisher, producer, actor, etc. This category includes retired career professionals from comics and related popular arts field. The creative professional badge is also extended to those responsible for the content of websites that promote the historic or ongoing contribution of comics to art or society.
The Trade Professional Badge
The trade professional badge is offered to agents, publicists, managers, executives, marketing, sales, business development, advertising, legal representatives, and other industry professionals who need to attend the convention for business reasons. Comic-Con trade professional badges are available for purchase to those who do not qualify as a creative professional. WonderCon trade professional badges are complimentary. 
Unfortunately, we cannot extend complimentary professional badges to support staff, including sales, marketing, accounting, managers, testers, analysts, administrative staff, IT, facilities, operations, and others who are not directly involved in the creative process.

For more information about the professional application and registration process, please check out our Professional FAQ!


Professional Verification Status Flags
To determine your professional verification status, log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and select the "Professionals" tab. If you are a returning professional, your member class will be "Professional" and your professional verification status will be "DUE" or "NOT DUE" (see examples to the left).
If you are a first-time professional applicant, no professional tab or verification status will be displayed. Only first-time professional applicants who submitted thier application and materials prior to August 16, 2017 will be considered for professional member class. If you did not apply prior to August 16, you will not be able to attend Comic-Con 2018 as a professional. 
Comic-Con Professional Terms & Conditions
There will be NO onsite registration. The only way to apply for a professional badge is to submit a "Comic-Con and WonderCon Application for Professionals" and verification materials before the appropriate deadline date, and be approved by Comic-Con International. Professionals must provide verification materials demonstrating their continued qualifying work in the industry every three years.
Professional badges and professional guest 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 International. Badges for both professionals and guests are limited in quantity and will reach capacity quickly. Additional details regarding professional guest registration will be released at a later date. All professional guests must have their own personal and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID. You may not register a guest unless they have their own Comic-Con Member ID. 
Please keep in mind that a professional badge is a courtesy and is non-transferable. You may not transfer or sell your professional badge. A creative professional badge has no monetary value and you are not entitled to a refund of any amount for your complimentary professional badge. Duplicate badges of any type are not allowed. 
As always, the issuance of a creative or trade professional badge is at the sole discretion of Comic-Con International.