If you thought getting a hotel room for SDCC was bad, just try getting a pro badge for NYCC. Registration is open until Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:59 AM EDT and pros will be informed if they made the cut by Friday, May 13, 2016.
Made the cut? I heard a lot of people moaning about this year’s form and it is indeed, more like filling in your Linked In profile, with employers and previous employers needed and questions like:
Please provide a detailed description of your current daily duties as it relates to the pop culture industry:*
What do you hope to accomplish by attending New York Comic Con 2016 as a Professional?*
Please explain how you will integrate what you experience at NYCC into your profession:*
Please provide the names, titles and email addresses for 3 professional contacts that we can contact for a professional reference:*
Speaking of Linked In, the form asks for that, too.
It’s not like it’s a free show — a pro badge costs $40 and there are no guest badges. However, given New York’s vast media underworld, it’s understandable that many a person who only lettered the back page of a self-published horror anthology will try to get a badge this way, and NYCC is already way too crowded. NYCC has been cracking down on industry badges for a while, and although it is a pain in the ass, comic-cons are so popular now, making the grade is getting tougher every year.
Also, do I really need to plan for October in April? I guess so.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.