FAQs

AUG 7 & 8   -  BELL COUNTY EXPO CENTER  -  10 AM to 6 PM

  

ADMISSION/REGISTRATION AREAS:

How can I order admissions/Tickets?


A – At the top of the page there is a “Buy Tickets” link. Just click the link and it'll take you right to the sales page!




Can I buy admissions at the door, or do I have to buy them in advance?


A - You can buy them at the door, but you would not get the pre-order discounts, or incentives. So, while you can purchase at the door, it's cheaper to do so online ahead of time!




What do the VIP admissions get me?


A - Generally (and this changes for each show, so be sure to check the details on the VIP Page) VIP admissions get you in to the show both days. It also gets you into the con before everyone else on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a big bag of loot and exclusives hand-picked for our VIPs. Any celebrity-specific packages include access to special VIP Events with our Guests! Please check the description on that package's sales page before you purchase any package, it will have the most detailed description of what's included along with your admission!




What happens if a Celebrity cancels, and I bought a Celebrity Specific VIP Admission, Photo Op or Autograph?


A - These are automatically refunded and you do not have to do anything. For VIP Admissions refunds, if you still want to attend the show, you must re-purchase new Admissions or VIP Admissions! All Photo Ops or Autographs for canceled Guests are automatically refunded, you do not need to do anything.




When I go to purchase a celebrity VIP it does not give me the option of a specific day. When will my photo-op and autograph session be?


A - Whichever session is easiest for you! One week prior to the show, the guest schedule will be available on our website, and you can plan which session you'd like to attend. There's no need to select it in advance unless the package is sold day specifically in the title.




What is the deadline for ordering advanced admissions?


A - Generally, you can purchase advanced admissions online until the final day of the event.




I ordered my admissions a month ago, but still have not gotten them in the mail!


A - No admissions are actually mailed to you. You should have gotten a PDF file e-mailed to you. You print that PDF confirmation out, bring it with you to the show, and we’ll take care of everything there! You’ll want to head to the “REGISTRATION” kiosks in Hall A upon arrival at the convention.




I don’t have a printer! I can’t print out the PDF! I never got the e-mail! I lost the PDF! Will I not be allowed into the show?


A - Don’t worry, everything is fine! Just bring your ID and the email address you used to purchase the admission and everything will be taken care of at the “REGISTRATION” kiosks in Hall A upon arrival at the convention.




I didn’t actually buy the admission, my mom did, and I don’t have ID. How do I get into the show?


A - Don’t worry, all the info about the admission is on file. Just head to the “REGISTRATION” kiosks in Hall A upon arrival at the convention and someone there will help you out.




Will the admissions sell out?


A - It is possible. Buying your admissions in advance will save you a lot of headaches!




Can I re-enter the show if I leave?


A - Yes you can! Your admission is good for the whole day, or the whole weekend (depending on what kind of admission you bought). Keep in mind though that if the show is full, the Fire Marshal sometimes institutes a "One in one out" policy. So until some people leave the con, no new people will be allowed in. The way to beat that is with a VIP Admission! VIP admission holders don’t have to wait in that line.




What’s the difference between buying the admissions in advance and buying them at the door?


A - The admissions are cheaper online than at the door. We offer pre-order discounts for attendees who support the convention early.




The name on my admission isn’t mine. Will I have trouble getting into the event?


A - No. The name on your admissions bears no factor in your admittance. Your admission will be validated based on the unique confirmation code on each admission. Just present the scannable admission at the door and you'll be just fine!




I lost or never received my admissions. How can I get another copy?


Have no fear! Reach out directly to info@bellcountycomiccon.com and we will be able to assist you.




I cannot print my admissions. Can you help?


A - If you need help printing your admissions we recommend you ensure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader. Your admissions are pdf files and need Adobe in order to open. Alternatively, you can bring a digital copy of your admission, we can scan your unique confirmation code off of a digital device.




I can’t make the show at all. Can I get a refund?


A - No, all admission for Bell County Comic Con are non-refundable. Also, all talent is subject to change, so no admission refunds are given for guest cancellations (Photo Ops, Autographs and specific guest VIP Admissions are automatically refunded if a guest cancels).




I’ve been charged for more admissions than I ordered. How do I get a refund for the extra charge?


A - Most likely, what you’re seeing is a pending only charge that will drop on its own in 2-3 business days. If you received an error message while attempting your purchase and had to re-submit your information your bank or card issuer might have temporarily held those funds. Typically, these charges will drop in 2-3 business days but please contact your card issuer to find out when they can release the hold on those pending only charges. If the charges do not drop off after a week, please contact us at info@bellcountycomiccon.com and we will be happy to resolve the issue for you.




What’s the deal with the free children’s admission?


A - Children ages 3 and younger are admitted to the convention free of charge. All children must be escorted by an adult guardian.





AUTOGRAPH/PHOTO-OP AREAS:

Can you get (Famous Person’s Name) to come to your show?


A - We can try. Generally, we have various agents and representatives who bring the actors to us. However, we do take suggestions into account. Please make a suggestion on the Guest Page. Comic Artists and Creators are generally invited or brought in through their publisher. But remember, work deadlines, family obligations and other time constraints can keep many people from coming to conventions.




Can you get (Famous Person’s Name) to come to your show again?


A - Well, we probably can, but there are many reasons why we wouldn’t. Some people don’t like attending the same show too many times in a row, some are working on new projects. Remember, we only have so much room in our Guest Area, so we have to pick and choose who we bring to each show to make sure that we can make as many people happy with what they’ll see at the show.




I’m an agent or rep for an actor or comic artist who would like to attend your show as a guest, who do I contact?


A - You can send an email to info@bellcountycomiccon.com. We take all suggestions into account.




Can I interview your guests?


A - Generally, not without letting us know first. Contact us at info@bellcountycomiccon.com to arrange an interview. We cannot make any promises; whether or not they participate in an interview is up to each individual Guest.




There was a (Famous Person’s Name) listed on the site as a Guest yesterday, and now it says they are canceled. What happened?


A - Sometimes guests do have to cancel for a variety of reasons (work, family, etc.). Any and all guest changes will be reflected on the website.




Do the actors have their own items to sign, or do I have to bring things for them?


A - Well, both! They have headshots and stills of their movies and shows. But you can usually bring your own items to get signed if you want. Each guest has the right to refuse to sign individual items other than those provided at their booth, though. Many times there is a fee associated with autographs from any Guest.




Can I take pictures of anything I want?


A - Well…. Kind of. Some people may not want their picture taken, so be sure to ask first. Some of our guests charge for pics, so be sure to ask first! Basically, the answer is, Ask First! Remember, trying to take a pic of one of our guests from a distance may seem harmless to you, but they may not want you to do it. If you are caught taking a pic of someone without their permission, you will be warned once. Do it again, and you will be removed from the show, without any refund of your admission.

Also, when taking pictures of people in costume, or your friends, please be sure to angle yourselves so that you are not taking a picture across an aisle. When you do that, everyone has to stop and wait for you to take the picture. If you move so that you are both on the same side of the aisle and take the picture in the direction of traffic flow, then people can move past you and you don’t stop the flow of traffic.

These same rules above apply to video cameras. Keep in mind that many of our panels are being filmed. You are allowed to videotape inside these rooms ONLY if the video you shoot is not intended for sale or distribution. When in doubt, put the camera away.




How much are the autographs?


A - Well, that depends. Each of the guests at the show charges a different amount, so be sure to ask first before you commit to buying one! Bell County Comic Con will do our best to post Autograph and Photo prices for all Guests ahead of time online, however these rates are subject to change. Bell County Comic Con does not tell our guests what to charge, or even that they have to charge. So be sure to check with the guest to see their rates. Some guests will have pre-order autographs arranged, so be sure to take a look at the Autograph Tickets/Photo Ops page. Any info on special tickets or pricing is going to be listed there. And be sure to stop by the Autographs/Photo Ops booth to redeem any items you purchased online.




Can I get my picture taken with your guests?


A - Again, that depends on the guest. Some will gladly do it for free, others charge a nominal fee (sometimes donated to charity), and others won’t do it at all. We don’t tell our guests what to do or how to do it when they get to the show. It’s their call on what to charge, how much to charge, or even if they will charge. Remember, when you step behind the table to take a picture with the guest, it holds up the line, and for a very popular guest, that can really cause delays for other fans.

You can also have a professional photographer take a photo of you and many of your favorite Celebrity Guests! There is a charge for this, but after the picture is taken, it is printed out in a glossy 8x10 that you can take home with you, or even go and get signed! Note that some guests charge to sign photos of items you bring. Be sure to check the Autograph Tickets/Photo Ops page for more details.




What times do your guests sign autographs?


A - Generally, our guests are there signing for most of the day. We don’t set specific hours for them. If they’re there that day, and not on a break, in photo ops, in a panel, or at lunch, they should be signing.




Can I have a guest sign multiple items?


Yes, but you will need to make multiple autograph purchases. Autographs are sold per signature. So if you have 5 items that you would like signed, please make sure to purchase 5 autographs as well.




If I buy an Advanced Purchase Autograph Ticket or Photo Op Ticket or a Special Event Ticket, does that get me into the show, or do I still have to buy admission?


A - Nope, you still have to buy admission to the convention to be able to claim your photo or autograph or attend the special event.




Can I buy autographs online after the show? I won’t be there that weekend.


A - No, sorry. We don’t save autographs or ship them.




Can I send you an item to get signed by a guest at your show? I won’t be there that weekend.


A - No, sorry. We do not offer this option.




Will (Famous Person’s Name) be there both days?


A - Be sure to take a look at the Guest’s Page on our website. If a guest is NOT going to be there both days, there will be a notation under their picture telling you what days they will be there. If there’s no notation, then we assume they’re going to be there both days. But be sure to check back often as their days attending may change.




When is my photo-op?


A - The full photo-ops schedule is listed on our website at least one week prior to the show. We ask everyone to show up to the photo-ops area at least 15 minutes before that session's scheduled start time. Each session has a start time, but no scheduled end time. The session will continue until the last person in line receives their photo-op. So, if you're late, you risk missing the session entirely. As the schedule is made available ahead of time, refunds will not be given for missed photo-op sessions.




How many people can be in my photo-op?


A - Every photo-op purchase at Bell County Comic Con can have up to two attendees ages 12 and older, and two attendees ages 11 and under, in the photo. If you'd like to have more people than that in one photo-op, that is absolutely possible, but it will likely require additional photo-op purchases.




Do I get a print out of my photo-op?


A - Yes you do! All photo-ops include one 8x10 print of the photo. This can be picked up at the printing station in our photo-ops area, usually a few minutes after the photo-op has finished.




Can I purchase a digital copy/additional prints of my photo-op?


A - Absolutely! You can purchase a digital copy, an additional print, or a combo (a digital copy and an additional print) from the photo-ops sales page on our website, or at the Photo-Ops sales booth on the show floor. Make sure to redeem these at the show, though!




Are the digital copies sold per photo-op?


A - Yes they are!




What's the photo-op session like?


A - We like to describe it as the most fun school picture you'll ever take. When it's your turn, you walk into the room and our photographer will tell you where to stand. Once you reach your mark you will be told where to look, and then you'll receive the countdown. After your photo-op is taken, the photographer will check the photo (we like to make sure everyone's eyes are open, and that there is nothing wrong with the image) and ask you to proceed to the printing station. There will be arrows on the floor pointing the way throughout the entire process, and multiple staff members in the area to assist if you have any questions.

*Please note that a photo-op is not a meet and greet. It is a picture with the guest, but there usually isn't time for anything more than a quick hello before the photo.*




My eyes were closed and I'm sneezing in my photo-op. What do I do?


A - We do our best to make sure to retake any photos right as they happen, but occasionally our photographers miss things. They're all human after all! Once you receive your print-out, let a member of the photo-ops team know. If the guest is still taking photos they'll just have you retake the photo-op right then and there. If the guest has already left the photo-ops area, we'll coordinate with our Guest’s Team to make sure we get everything squared away for you. This is why we ask that you pick up your print out as soon as it is available, and let us know right away if anything is wrong.




I purchased a photo-op, can I have it signed?


A - As long as the guest still has an autograph session that day, absolutely! You will need to proceed to the Guest’s autograph area purchase an autograph as well, though. Photo-op purchases do not include any autographs. No autographs will be offered at the Photo-op booth space.




What is the Bell County Comic Con Certificate of Authentication included in my VIP Package?


A – Authentication Certificates are certificates that prove the validity of an autograph or a photo-op. They are normally used for insurance or resale purposes. These are not separate autograph or photo-ops, but are add-ons to an autograph or photo-op that you have purchased.




Bell County Comic Con Anti-Harassment Policy:


A – Bell County Comic Con is committed to providing a safe and fun experience for all attendees, exhibitors, guests and staff. As such, all are entitled to respectful treatment at Bell County Comic Con conventions and associated events. Bell County Comic Con will not tolerate inappropriate behavior of any kind, including but not limited to harassment because of age, disability, marital status, race or color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Any threatening behavior with the intent to harass, annoy, alarm, abuse, torment or embarrass another is unacceptable and grounds for removal from the convention without refund. If unacceptable behavior continues upon being escorted from the show floor, local authorities will be contacted and criminal charges may follow.

Anyone who sees or feels that their experience is being compromised due to unacceptable or questionable behavior is encouraged to speak with Bell County Comic Con staff immediately with any concerns for appropriate action. Bell County Comic Con staff can be located in the Registration area and throughout the show floor with badges marked STAFF.




Weapons Policy:


In order to assure that everyone who visits Bell County Comic Con has a safe and enjoyable time, we have decided to institute a weapons policy.

• • All weapons must be inspected by a member of our security staff and tagged prior to entry.

• • Actual firearms of any sort are not allowed.

• • Simulated weapons for cosplay purposes will be allowed, but must be non-firing.

• • Bladed weapons must be affixed in their sheaths so that they cannot be removed.

• • If you are found with an untagged weapon inside the show, you will be escorted to security to have your weapon inspected and tagged.

• • If you have a weapon that does not pass inspection, you will not be able to enter the show. If you are not sure about a weapon, or have a weapon that does not meet these policies, please leave it at home in order to assure entrance.

Thank you in advance for complying with this policy, and we look forward to seeing you at Bell County Comic Con!





PROGRAMMING QUESTIONS:

Is there a Costume/Cosplay Contest?


A- Yes! We have both an adult and kid's costume contest! Anyone ages 13 and up can sign up for the Bell County Comic Con Adult Costume Contest on Saturday afternoon at the Info Booth inside the Lobby of Hall B. Be sure to sign up before 1:00PM on Saturday!

The BCCC Kid's Costume Contest takes place on the Sunday afternoon for kids 12 and under. No need to sign up, just show up 30 minutes before the scheduled start time at the Main Stage in Hall C! Be sure to check the Programming Schedule for more details!




Are there any panels going on at the convention?


A - Of course! Check the Programming Page closer to the show dates for a list of panels and panel times.




Is there an extra charge to attend a panel?


A- Generally, no. As long as you’re an attendee of the show, you can attend any panel, Q&A, or contest! Though there may be additional charges for nighttime events, parties, screenings, performances or special events. Be sure to check out the details on the Programming Page and Special Events Page.




I’m a guest, or Artist in Artist Alley, or Publisher, and I would like to host my own panel. Is that possible?


A- Yes! Please email info@bellcountycomiccon.com for more information.





TRAVEL QUESTIONS:

How do I buy things at the convention? Do the Dealers only take cash, or can I pay with a Credit Card?


A - That depends on the vendor! All of them take cash, some are set up to take Credit Cards. Be sure to ask what forms of payment they accept before agreeing to any purchases.




I want to set up a booth and sell at the show, who do I contact?


A - Click the Exhibitor Registration page for more information. The first step will be to put in an Exhibitor Application. If you are selected, you will be sent a personalize link to purchase your space. Your booth space is not guaranteed until you pay for it and receive the email confirmation.




Do I have to take my items with me at night, or can I leave them at my table after the show closes?


A - We suggest covering up your table before you leave for the night. Security and BCCC Staff will be the first in and last out each show day, however we make no guarantees for any items.




Does my booth come with power?


A - Not unless you order it! There is an option to purchase extra tables, chairs and electricity when purchasing your booth space.





GENERAL QUESTIONS:

Scooter and Wheelchair Rentals?


A – Bell County EXPO Center does not offer Scooter or Wheelchair Rentals. Please bring any medical supplies and/or equipment you require with you to the convention.




Are fans allowed to wear costumes at the Convention?


A - Allowed? Actually, they're encouraged!! We have a HUGE adult costume contest for all ages 13 and up, as well as a kids costume contest on Sunday. Wearing costumes at a convention is what it's all about!




Are there costume rules or guidelines?


A - We insist that your costume not have any parts or accessories that can readily cause harm to you, or any of your fellow con goers. No real weaponry (live firearms, sharp blades, etc.) may be carried. An Airsoft prop is allowed ONLY if there are no BB's loaded into it, and there is no battery installed, or gas loaded. No parts of your costume can fire, spray, shoot, or ignite. Your costume must be appropriate for all ages and consist of a minimum of a swimsuit bikini. Basically, use common sense. If you have any worry that a part of your costume might cause a problem or get you thrown out of the convention, arrested, or injured, please leave it home.




Can I advertise on your website, on your fliers, or in your program book?


A - Sure, send us an email at info@bellcountycomiccon.com and we will send you the sponsorship package.




Can I show up at the con and hand out fliers to your attendees?


A - Actually, you cannot. As the Convention Center is private property, soliciting at our show without our permission is illegal. When we spot you, you will be ejected from the show. If we catch you back again, you risk arrest.




Can I volunteer to work at the show?


A - Sure! We always need people! Go to the Volunteer Registration Page for more information. Please note that all volunteers must be 18 years of age by the start of their first shift.




What time do the doors open/close?


A – Saturday, August 4, 2018: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (VIP Early Entrance at 9:00AM)

Sunday, August 5, 2018: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (VIP Early Entrance at 9:00AM)




Are bags and backpacks permitted into the show?


A - Yes they are. We do ask that you use common sense when toting them around, as some backpacks are large, bulky and unwieldy and can block aisles or knock into things when you turn around. Also, all bags will be subject to search, so be sure you don’t have anything in there that you shouldn’t!




Can I bring a pet to the show with me?


A - No you may not. The only animals allowed at the show are licensed Service Animals.





ARTIST ALLEY QUESTIONS:

Will the Comics guests draw something for me?


A - You’ll have to ask them. Most will do a sketch for you for a fee. You’ll have to check with them to see if they do offer sketches or commissions, and how much they charge for it.




I’m interested in an Artist Alley table. Are there any available?


A - Head over to the Exhibitor Registration Page for the convention. If Artist Alley tables are sold out, it will be listed on the application page.




I’m interested in an Artist Alley table. How do I know if I qualify for one?


A - First step is to head over to Exhibitor Registration and put in an application. We don’t discriminate over different types of artists. However, artists with a focus on pop culture and comics will receive consideration over others. We allow any kind of artist, or creative type who wants to set up in Artist Alley. The only rule that we have is that you’re not a Dealer or Vendor setting up in Artist Alley because it’s cheaper than booking a Vendor Booth. You should not be setting up just to sell your personal comic book collection. Also, BCCC has a no tolerance policy about displaying Adult Related materials being displayed at the convention. Other than that, all artists are welcome to set up.




I booked an Artist Alley table, can I sell anything at my table?


A - Actually, you can sell anything that is your own work. If you made it, you can sell it. If you wrote it, you can sell it. You just can’t buy other people’s work or items and sell there, or we’ll make you upgrade to a Vendor Booth.




I booked an Artist Alley table, but I need extra passes. How do I get them?


A – When you check it at the Exhibitor Registration Kiosk, you will have the option to purchase additional exhibitor passes at $15 each.




I booked an Artist Alley table, are my passes mailed to me?


A - No. All passes are picked up on site at the Exhibitor Registration Kiosk.




I booked an Artist Alley table, do I still need to buy a pass to the show?


A - No, an Artist Alley table comes with two passes. You will pick up your passes at the Exhibitor Registration Kiosk.




I booked an Artist Alley table, how do I get my picture and bio on the Artist Alley Webpage?


A - Simple, send an email to info@bellcountycomiccon.com with your photo and bio.




I booked an Artist Alley table, what time and what day do I have to move my stuff in? Can I order electricity? What if I need an extra chair/table/etc.?


A – The Exhibitor Information Packet will be emailed out to all Exhibitors. Once it goes live, it will contain all the information you need to know about coming to the show.




I booked an Artist Alley table, what are the requirements to submit a Show Exclusive?


A - Basically the requirements are that it be something exclusive to the show. Contact us via info@bellcountycomiccon.com for more information.




I booked an Artist Alley table, can I pick the spot where I get placed?


A - Not really. You can note on your Exhibitor Application where you would like to be placed, or what other artists you would like to be placed near, and we will do our best to accommodate. Just remember, we do not make any promises about placement, and cannot guarantee locations.




Do I have to take my items with me at night, or can I leave them at my table after the show closes?


A - We suggest covering up your table before you leave for the night. Security and BCCC Staff will be the first in and last out each show day, however we make no guarantees for any items.




I’m interested in an Artist Alley table. What is a Pop Up Display? Is it allowed?


A - A POP Up Display is any kind of Point of Purchase display used to sell things. Peg Boards, shelving, or other items typically used to sell items in booths are usually things associated with Vendor Booths, and not with our tables in Artist Alley. You are welcome to put up displays of your art, or signs or anything else to promote your work, but if your table starts turning into a Vendor Booth and encroaching on your neighbors, you’ll be asked to upgrade to a Vendor Booth.





VENDOR BOOTH QUESTIONS:

How do I buy things at the convention? Do the Dealers only take cash, or can I pay with a Credit Card?


A - That depends on the vendor! All of them take cash, some are set up to take Credit Cards. Be sure to ask what forms of payment they accept before agreeing to any purchases.




I want to set up a booth and sell at the show, who do I contact?


A - Click the Exhibitor Registration page for more information. The first step will be to put in an Exhibitor Application. If you are selected, you will be sent a personalize link to purchase your space. Your booth space is not guaranteed until you pay for it and receive the email confirmation.




Do I have to take my items with me at night, or can I leave them at my table after the show closes?


A - We suggest covering up your table before you leave for the night. Security and BCCC Staff will be the first in and last out each show day, however we make no guarantees for any items.




Does my booth come with power?


A - Not unless you order it! There is an option to purchase extra tables, chairs and electricity when purchasing your booth space.





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