After a sluggish start to badge and hotel sales for 2017, Comic-Con International appears to be moving the timeline up by a lot for 2018. While there’s still no date announced yet for Returning Registration for general badge holders, for the first time in our recollection, Creative Professional Registration appears to be the first badge sale to take place for next year.
Creative Professional Registration — for those who meet the criteria — will have their badge registration event on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
Just like the last three years, Creative Pros are guaranteed a badge (for yourself only). If you’re only needing a badge for yourself, don’t stress at all – you can go to this page on October 11 after 11:05AM PT to find instructions. You’ll have until April 12, 2018 to register, so really, don’t stress if you fall into this category.
For those wishing to bring guest(s), however, the EXPO Logic 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 Returning Registration for a general overview of the waiting room process. Just like with that sale, you’ll need to enter the waiting room between 9AM-10AM PT — and the actual sale will kick off shortly after 10.
Then if you make it through on October 11, you’ll be able to register for one complimentary guest and/or one paid guest, while supplies last. In the past, the Toucan Blog have stated that they anticipate 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.
A four day badge plus Preview Night will clock in at $276.
And while CCI hasn’t spelled it out for 2018, in the past, 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.
Will you be registering for a Pro badge? Let us know in the comments.