The San Diego Comic-Con Professional Registration application period came to a close back in October last year, and some have been receiving word on whether they have been accepted or denied for Pro status over the last few weeks, but now an update on the Comic-Con International website has been posted on how these creatives to actually get their hands on those complimentary badges – and it looks like they will have to brave the same system that regular attendees do: the dreaded EPIC Waiting Room.
This system – introduced two and a half years ago for the 2013 Pre-Registration Badge Sales – has been the method that attendees have landed (or been shut out of) those prized SDCC Badges in recent years, but 2015 is the first year that Professional Attendees must face the same gauntlet. This is part of CCI’s clamping down on complementary badges and their efforts to get more paying attendees through the hallowed San Diego Convention Center doors.
There have also been announcements on how many people a professional can register to join them (two: one complementary and/or one paid), the cost of these badges (£145/$220, irrespective of age, adult or junior – child badges are free) instructions on how the Waiting Room will work (exactly how it’s worked for Regular Attendees in previous years) and the best optimal browser settings. The post also reminds that this Febraury Pro Badge Sale is for the Creative arts professionals only and Trade professionals will get their chance ‘in the spring’. Nothing like cutting things close to get stuff organised, right?
PRO REGISTRATION INFO
Creative professional badge registration for Comic-Con 2015 will open sometime in February. If you are a creative professional and your professional verification status is NOT DUE, please check your email frequently for additional details regarding badge registration and your personal registration code. Your personal registration code will be sent to you at least 72 hours prior to registration and will be accessible through your Comic-Con Member ID account.
Due to the extremely high demand for complimentary professional guest badges, we are implementing an online waiting room feature that will alleviate some of the technical difficulties you may have experienced during registration last year. This system, known as the EPIC waiting room, has been extensively tested and used successfully for Comic-Con attendee badge sales for the past few years. We strongly encourage you to read all of the information below to prepare for online professional badge registration.
EPIC WAITING ROOM
IMPORTANT BROWSER SETTINGS
The EPIC online badge registration system is not formatted for iPads, tablets, or mobile devices. Although mobile devices have been tested and can be used to register for a badge during professional registration, Comic-Con is unable to guarantee that the registration system will behave as expected using a mobile device.
THE FINE PRINT