Comic-Con 2019 Professional Application Period
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 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.
NEW for Comic-Con & WonderCon Anaheim 2019
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 during the event. Please see below for new information regarding the qualifications for professionals.
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 welcomes 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.
To receive information and updates from our professional registration department, please sign 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.
Log in to your Comic-Con Member ID account and select the "Professionals" tab to determine your professional verification status. If you are a returning professional, your member class will be "Professional" and your professional verification status will be DUE or NOT DUE. If you are a first-time professional applicant, no professional verification status will be displayed, and you will not be eligible for online professional badge registration unless you have applied and are approved as a professional.
For more information, check out our helpful Professional FAQ!
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 Anaheim 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. Duplicate badges of any type are not allowed.