The times, they are a-changing. At least for Professionals at San Diego Comic-Con.
Although no date for when Professionals can register for their badge for this year’s convention have been announced, Comic-Con International has spelled out some policy changes for those with a “Not Due” Creative Professional status.
Assuming you meet that criteria, you will have between an unspecified date and April 27, 2016 to register for your badge — but you won’t need to participate in the EPIC Registration waiting room process that was implemented last year for Creative Professionals. Not only that, but you’re also guaranteed a badge (for yourself only).
For those wishing to bring guest(s), however, the EPIC Registration waiting room is back. You’ll need to make sure that your guests — regardless of if you’re going for a paid or complimentary guest badge — have their own Member ID, so make sure they sign up sooner rather than later. Prior to the sale, you’ll be given a professional access code to enter the room, just like general attendee’s registration code. Have questions about how the process works? Check out our guide to general attendee Preregistration.
Then if you make it through, you’ll be able to register for one complimentary guest and/or one paid guest, while supplies last. Last year, the Toucan Blog mentioned that they anticipated complimentary guest badges to reach capacity within the first half hour of registration — but paid guest badges rarely reach capacity, so as long as you don’t mind paying, don’t panic too much.
Most of the EPIC Registration process is the same as for general attendees, with one important difference: Paid professional guest badges for juniors (ages 13-17) cost the same as an adult badge. Those 12 and under can still attend for free, and don’t need to be registered in advance, only onsite.
Trade Professional registration will occur at a later date.