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July 1st-4th, 2017
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Anime Expo® welcomes members of the media who are involved in the anime, manga, and/or entertainment industry.

Complimentary badges are provided as a courtesy to those intending to do press coverage of Anime Expo. Press members may be freelance with assignment, or employed with a major media company.

Press Badge privileges include:

  • Admission to Anime Expo.
  • Priority entry to all panels (limited) as well as the Exhibit Hall.
  • Complimentary tickets and assigned seating for certain ticketed events/concerts. (Subject to availability. Tickets may be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis in the Press Lounge.)
  • Admission to press conferences and Press Lounge.
  • Consideration for interviews with Guests of Honor.

Please note the following when submitting your application:

  • Press badges will not be granted to cosplay photographers, personal blogs, or photo gallery websites.
  • Outlet must be at least two years old.
  • You must be able to provide relevant coverage from other events.
  • Press outlet/organization must submit coverage from previous years if they have attended Anime Expo in previous years.
  • A reporter or press outlet that was approved in a prior year is not guaranteed approval for the current year.
  • Applying for a press badge does not guarantee a press badge.


Deadline to Apply: June 9, 2017 

Deadline to Register: June 15, 2017

There will be NO on-site registration. 

Press Lounge

A valid Anime Expo Press badge is required for entry into the Press Lounge, located in room 304B of the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Press Lounge provides complimentary internet in a quiet environment for work.


  • Day 0 (June 30): 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Day 1 (July 1): 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Day 2 (July 2): 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Day 3 (July 3): 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
  • Day 4 (July 4): 9:30 AM –  3 PM

Company and public relations representatives may enter the room to drop off press materials to Anime Expo staff volunteers for review. All public relations and corporate representatives are expected to be respectful of reporters’ needs and deadlines.


Please visit our Brand page for both Anime Expo and SPJA logos and guidelines. You may use these logos for any press related needs you may have.

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