We leave this entirely up to the guests.
Most comic book creators and authors do not charge for autographs, though some do ask for donations to various charities.
Most, if not all, of our anime voice actors and Film and TV actors have a fee for purchasing autographs or will sell you a photograph, book or other item and then autograph that item for no additional charge. Prices are generally clearly posted at the guests table, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Most prices range in between $25-$40 for an autograph.
Phoenix Comicon has no control over prices our guests charge. Autograph signing times and guest availability are determined by the guest. Phoenix Comicon strives to publish autograph and photo op schedules at least one week prior to Phoenix Comicon.
We live this up to the guest.
For most comic book creators and book authors, they typically allow fans to take photos with them at their booths. It is polite and respectful to ask prior to taking a photo.
The policy varies for anime voice actors as well as our film and TV actors. Each guest sets their own policy. They may not allow photos at their tables, they may allow it for a fee, or they may allow it for free. We strive to post their policy at their table when we have the information. It is polite and respectful to ask prior to taking a photo if it is allowed by the guest.
Phoenix Comicon also offers professional photo opportunities with many of the actors throughout the convention. These photos are taken by a professional photographer with a formal background, printed on an 8"x10" glossy print that includes the Phoenix Comicon logo. Prices vary from $20 to $80 per photo depending on the guest. These photo ops are typically limited and are available for sale online or onsite. Once the sales are live on our website, you can find the purchase links under "memberships".
The length of an guests's line varies according to the popularity of an guest. Some guests have exceptionally long lines and it is not unsual to wait for quite some time in that line. Other guests have shorter lines. It is important that you weigh out the value of seeing one guest versus many guests. Phoenix Comicon strives to post the schedule of a guest prior to our event. While most guests will attend two or three days of our schedule, occassionaly some are only able to attend one day. It is advised to attend more days of our event for the more guests you wish to meet.
The time you will have to meet a guest also varies. Expect to not have more than 2 minutes with a guest and understand some guests you may only have 15-30 seconds. It is a balancing act between managing a guest's time with trying to have that guest meet as many fans as possible. When necessary, Phoenix Comicon will cap lines.
Currently all Babylon 5 actors will be attending Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We will post their individual schedules for panels, autographs, and photo ops as soon as the schedule is finalized.
There will be a Babylon 5 group photo op available for purchase.
Special Babylon 5 events [All events are free with your paid membership]:
Friday night: Captain's Cantino: Zocalo Babyon 5: The Zocalo lives again as the central party for science fiction fans and revelers celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Babylon 5. Home to specialty alien drinks from all reaches of the galaxy and costume competitions, you'll never know who you'll see at the Zocalo!
Saturday evening: 20th Anniversary Babylon 5 Reunion Panel will be held 5PM* in Ballroom 120. This will be a 90 minute event. Ballroom 120 seats 4,100. There is no reserved seats and we do no clear rooms between panels. We do anticipate the room being overcapacity and will set up two overflow rooms with projected video and sound. These overflow rooms will seat a total of 750.
(*tentative, check program schedule prior to event).
Addresses for mapping routes:
Phoenix Convention Center & Venue
100 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 North Second Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Bonus: Use the Downtown Ambassadors! The Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors group offers FREE help and directions in the Downtown Phoenix Area. They've been a fantastic help during our planning for the event. They'll be onsite during the event to answer any questions you have about the area (from places to eat, to walking routes, to finding things to do before or after PCC).
Info from their website
We're on duty seven days a week, 365 days a year to help you at no cost. From 8 a.m. until 11 p.m., you won't have any trouble reaching us. Here's how you can get in touch with us:
Parking downtown Phoenix is plentiful, as anyone who has ever attended a sporting event knows. Parking downtown Phoenix is also paid parking, as anyone who has ever attended a sporting event knows.
Generally, parking garages are $10-12 a day, with no in-out privileges. You will also find private lots and metered street parking that range in price. Please understand that the Phoenix Comicon has no control over parking rates, nor do we gain any money from those parking at our events.
For attendees staying at the Hyatt, we have negotiated a reduced parking rate and that does include in-out privileges. Overnight discounted parking is only available at the Regency Garage on the corner of 2nd Street and Adams, based on availability.
We HIGHLY encourage all attendees to consider using LIGHT RAIL. It is $1.75 each way, and the light rail station is right across the street from the Phoenix Convention Center South Building. See our next question for location of the stations.
We think you are super-smart to take light rail and we're not afraid to say so.
If you are traveling from east of downtown Phoenix (so from Tempe or Mesa), you will get off at the 3rd St / Washington station, on the corner of the Phoenix Convention Center North Building.
If you are traveling from north or west of downtown Phoenix (so central or west side Phoenix), you will get off at the 3rd St / Jefferson station, then head north on 3rd Street to the Phoenix Convention Center North Building.
Many of the light rail stations have parking with security nearby, so it makes light rail an easy and affordable way to get to the Phoenix Comicon.
For more information, please check the Valley Metro website.
Parking discount for our attendees. Use the ClicknPark webpage for Phoenix Comicon with a great saving. It will cost our attendees $7.63 ($4.88 + $2.75 transaction fee) for all day event parking if they purchase online. Parking Discount is good for all 4 days of Phoenix Comicon.
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We are a totally electronic system this year; therefore, nothing will be mailed out to your home. Please bring your barcode print out (or show the barcode on your smart phone) to our Registration in Hall 1 to collect your badge.
Registration hours are:
Thursday (May 23) 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult (18+) and must be accompanied by an adult (18+) at all times at the event. They'll receive a Sidekick badge at Registration.
Limit two children per paid adult.
We only sell memberships online. Click on the "Memberships" link above to purchase your membership. You can also purchase them onsite during the convention, but please note that onsite prices are more expensive. For online purchases you can use Visa or Mastercard. Onsite purchases can use Visa, Mastercard, or pay in cash.
We do offer Media and Press registration which will be found under the "Membership" navigation link. It usually goes live in March and stays open till early May. If there is no link for "Media or Press Registration" under the Membership link, it means that "Media or Press Registration" has not opened, if it's before March, or has closed, if it's in May.
You can just upgrade the membership at the event, or you can e mail firstname.lastname@example.org , and we can upgrade your membership before the event.
The main convention center programming hours are:
Thursday 6:30 PM -11:30PM
Friday 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Saturday 10:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Sunday 10:30 AM - 5:30 PM
We will have additional programming at the Hyatt going on continuously throughout the event, including Parties, and other events will last late into the night.
The Hyatt and Renaissance programming hours are:
Thursday 6:30 PM -2:00 AM
Friday 10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
With our greatly expanded programming space and our new big ballroom space we are striving to have seating for all those who wish to attend a particular panel. Most events are about an hour long and generally have a half hour break before the next event starts. Phoenix Comicon does NOT clear rooms in between events so you may sit in on earlier events to make sure you have a seat for events you don’t want to miss. There is no standing room allowed at the Phoenix Convention Center, so you will need a seat for any event you attend.
Generally not. For most of our events, we have no special tickets or additional charges for attendees to participate. There are a few special events where we need to charge a small fee in order to offset the expenses of producing the event. Our Maid Café is an example of this. We'll also be having a special fund raiser for Kids Need To Read and will be charging admission, but the proceeds will go to support the charity. Any event that requires a special admission or ticket will be advertised as such on our website and in the program guide.
Yes, we will have additional programming at the hotel. Although programming at the convention center ends at 11:30 PM, hotel programming, parties, dances and concerts go on well into the night. (Please see the Hyatt programming schedule above).
We’d love to say the schedule will be 100% complete and accurate a month before the convention, but the reality of scheduling nearly 600 hours of events means that until an event actually happens, we may have to make a change. We work VERY hard to minimize any last minute changes to programming and to make sure everything goes 110% according to plan, but sometimes an event will need to be canceled, moved or changed.
Absolutely! We strive to offer something for all kinds of fans, young, old, and in between. Some of the events are of an adult nature and we will be serving alcohol at some events. Adult events will be scheduled after 9:00 PM and valid ID will be checked at the doors for these events. Attendees will need to provide an ID that shows they are over 18 (over 21 for alcohol). Rooms with adult events going on will have curtains in front of the door to prevent any surprises for people walking by in case the door happens to open.
Absolutely! Phoenix Comicon is a family friendly event and many of our panels and activities are geared towards young fans.
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