FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Stuff You Absolutely Have To Know About Phoenix Comicon
- You need a badge to attend Phoenix Comicon.
A Membership is a Pass to the event. If you want to go to panels, the exhibitor hall, or anything at Phoenix Comicon you must have a Membership badge and wear it at all times.
- You can get autographs, photo ops, and attend celebrity panels at Phoenix Comicon, but nothing is guaranteed.
Autograph and Photo Op are now available for purchase through your My Conquest account.
- Cosplay is Not Consent.
Phoenix Comicon is firmly committed to providing a positive experience free of discrimination and bias. There is absolutely zero tolerance for any form of harassment. Speak out, speak up, and help keep cosplay comfortable and fun!
Guest Related Questions, Autographs, Photos and Lines
Can I buy Photo Ops now?
Photo Ops will be available soon.
Am I guaranteed to get an autograph or photo op?
Although a membership badge is needed to attend Phoenix Comicon, a badge does not guarantee an autograph, photo op, or attendance at a panel. Capacity for all events is limited by the Fire Marshal and if any event or line reaches capacity, we will be unable to allow more people in. Autograph signing times depend on the guests’ schedule. Photo Ops will have a designated number that we can sell. Panel and Programming rooms have a designated number of seats and each attendee must be seated - there is no standing room for programming.
Lines happen, but we’re actively working to vastly improve how lines are handled and clearly communicate when something is nearing capacity.
Will I be charged for autographs?
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 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. Some guests have autograph pre-sales ahead.
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.
Can I take my photo with the guests?
We leave this up to the guest.
For most comic book creators, 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 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. 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 “Buy.”
Do I have to wait in lines to meet guests?
The length of a guest’s line varies according to the popularity of a guest. Some guests have exceptionally long lines and it is not unusual 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, occasionally 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.
What is Phoenix Fast Pass?
A Phoenix Fast Pass is a level of Membership to Phoenix Comicon that includes Full Event access for all four days of the convention, plus Phoenix Fast Pass holders get dedicated line access for actor autographs and photo opportunities allowing you to spend less time waiting and more time experiencing the convention.
How do Fast Passes help Kids Need to Read?
100% of the proceeds from the first 100 Fast Passes sold for Phoenix Comicon 2016 will go directly to Kids Need to Read. We’re really excited about this!
Venue & Parking
Where does Phoenix Comicon take place?
Phoenix Convention Center
100 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Where can I park and how much is it?
Pre-paid parking options are posted here!
Do I need to pay to go to Phoenix Comicon?
Yes - to attend Phoenix Comicon, you need to purchase a Membership. This is your pass to the Convention. We have lots of different options whether you want to attend one day or all four days of the event. Memberships will be available mid-end November.
Do children get in free?
Children 2 years old 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 Child badge at Registration.
Limit two children per paid adult.
Can we purchase Phoenix Comicon Memberships on site during the event?
Yes! However, we recommend purchasing your memberships before then because they are limited and depending on demand, it may sell out. The prices increase the closer we get to the event.
Purchasing online before the convention saves you money and ensures that you can get in on the day(s) you want to be there! Memberships will be available mid-end November.
How do I pay for a Membership?
You can purchase your Membership with a Visa or Mastercard on the website or on site.
Registration is cashless. We will not accept cash for Memberships.
Will you be providing Media Passes?
We do offer Media and Press registration. It is expected to open in early Spring 2017.
How do I get my Membership?
If you purchase your Membership online by April 15th your badges will be shipped to you. After April 15th, please bring your barcode print out (or show the barcode on your smart phone) to Registration in the North building, room 120 CD to collect your badge.
I purchased a Membership for one day, but now I want to attend the entire event? What do I do?
You can just upgrade the membership at the event, or you can e-mail email@example.com, and we can upgrade your membership before the event.
What are the Phoenix Comicon hours?
The days of Phoenix Comicon are May 25 (Thursday) through May 28 (Sunday).
Programming and Exhibitor Hall Hours are as follows:
|Thursday||9:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
Exhibitor Hall Hours
|Thursday||4:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM - 7:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM - 7:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:30 AM - 11:30 PM|
|Friday||10:30 AM - 11:30 PM|
|Saturday||10:30 AM - 11:30 PM|
|Sunday||10:30 AM - 5:30 PM|
(Times are subject to change)
When should I get in line for panels?
Updated information will be provided soon
Do I need special tickets for any events at Phoenix Comicon?
Generally not. For most of our events, we have no special tickets or additional charges for attendees to participate. Any event that requires a special admission or ticket will be advertised as such on our website and in the program guide.
When will the schedule be final?
We’d love to say the schedule will be 100% complete and accurate a month before the convention, but the reality of scheduling 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.
Is there adult programming?
“18+ programming” is indicated on the description for any panel specifically created for adults only. We reserve the right to check IDs at these events and to deny entrance or ask anyone under age to leave a panel that is marked as an 18+ event. Events, where alcohol is served will be strictly enforced and no one under 18 will be admitted.
Is there kids programming?
Absolutely! Phoenix Comicon is a family friendly event and many of our panels and activities are geared towards young fans.
There's something or someone I'd like to see at Phoenix Comicon. Who do I tell?
We love getting ideas and suggestions! Email our all knowing Oracle: firstname.lastname@example.org. Oracle will get your question or suggestion to the right person.