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Attendees will be allowed up to ONE item signed per guest. Attendees who wish to have more than ONE item signed will need to go back in line during general autograph sessions if time allows.
ALL Gold Pass holders do not have front of the line access for autographs. Gold Pass holders will need to wait in the same lines as general attendees for Friday/Saturday autograph sessions. A special VIP autograph session will be held on Sunday of the convention.
In an effort to predict wait times for autograph lines and to allow our attendees and guests to have as much fun as possible at San Japan, the following guidelines should be observed.
- All attendees must be wearing their attendee badge (of any type) to show that they are valid convention badge holder to obtain an autograph.
- The first one hundred attendees in line for a given autograph session will receive tickets just prior to start of the session.
- Anyone past the one hundred mark will not receive a ticket. Individuals without tickets are not guaranteed an autograph. Whether or not they receive an autograph depends on how quickly the line moves during the allotted time.
- San Japan reserves the right to end the line to keep events (and guests) on schedule.
- Attendees are not allowed to line up for an autograph session more than 60 minutes before the scheduled start time. Attendees gathering in the vicinity of the autograph section before that time will be asked to disperse.
- To keep the line moving, we request that attendees bring absolutely no more than one item will be signed. Items should also be prepared for signing. For example, DVD inserts should be removed from the case and posters should be unrolled.
- Attendees are welcome to take photographs of the guests but we ask that they please refrain from asking the guests to come around the table for a posed shot.
- Attendees participating in disruptive or rude behavior may be asked to leave the autograph area.
- San Japan Guests, if allowed by permission from San Japan, may charge or require attendees to purchase merchandise in order to obtain a signature.
- Guests may end the session at any time to adhere to their convention schedule.
- San Japan strives to ensure that most of the convention guests do not charge attendees for an autograph. If a guest informs that they will not sign attendee autographs unless allowed to charge a fee then San Japan will inform attendees on this ahead of time. We will update a guest page at any time an announced guests are requiring San Japan to charge for autographs.
If these simple rules are followed, you can help as many of our friends enjoy San Japan as possible. The faster the line moves, the better chance the person behind you will get the opportunity to meet their favorite guests!
Credit: Anime Boston for original source.
A frequently asked question is wondering why guests only sign for 60 to 90 minutes per daily session instead of like multi-genre or comic conventions which the guest will be at a table to sign all day.
First off, unlike multi-genre or comic conventions we try to negotiate with all guests to make sure autograph and photo ops are free. Comic Cons charge $20 to over a $100 each for a photo or an autograph. Guests may ask for a few concessions which we might allow but we try very hard to ensure that every attendee gets one chance to briefly meet their favorite guest and get their item signed.
The type of autograph sessions we have at San Japan are extremely common with how anime conventions around the USA handle their autograph sessions. Guests have busy schedule during the event with multiple guest panels and talking to the press. Keeping it at 60 to 90 minutes an autograph session is usually how long a guest can handle signing and meeting attendees who’d like to meet them without feeling like their being overworked. The guests we’ve brought out generally prefer how it is handled at anime conventions. If they’re feeling generous they’ll sometimes extend the autograph session based on availability.
The autograph sessions which guests sit at a table all day are the types that you pay for an autograph along with paying for a photo. We want to avoid walking down that path as we feel a convention badge should be inclusive to include free guest autographs. Comic Con autographs can get very expensive and drain your wallet in trying to obtain autographs. We know we deal with a younger crowd who do not have as much disposable income to burn at a convention. Forcing attendee to shill for additional money to go toward autographs and photos means less money going toward vendors and artists.
San Japan attendees have been quite vocal in wanting guest autographs to be free which we’ll adhere to whenever possible. Some guests we’ve approached have been insistent that they will not appear without some way to charge or they’ll charge a very large appearance fee that makes them unobtainable. Comic Cons can guarantee guests a lot more money than what anime conventions can budget. If at any point we do concede to let a guest sell their autograph in order to book them then we’ll make announcements on the guest bio page and news announcements that they there will be an additional fee.
We can make changes to our autograph policies to be more inline with how comic cons handle autographs when the vocal majority tells us they’d prefer to pay to ensure an autograph instead of waiting in lines in hopes to obtain a free guest autograph which is how we’ve handled it for years.