Please read this page carefully to find out how to get an autograph from guests at Anime Expo. However, please note that this policy does NOT necessarily apply to Industry Guests. Industry Guests are listed under the “Industry Appearances” tab on the Guest page.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Industry Appearance autograph sessions are not always managed or organized by Anime Expo. You will need to visit the guest’s respective booth, social media channels, and/or company website for more information about the relevant policies and procedures. You may also view the Autograph Schedule for information on how to obtain tickets.
You will need to know when the autograph session will take place in order to know when you need to line up to get the respective autograph ticket. Guests and Industry Appearances may have 1-6 autograph sessions throughout the weekend.
The line for the Autograph Ticket Booth will start in Gilbert Lindsay Plaza outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center (next to Registration/Ticketing, in front of West Hall). Look for the purple Autograph Ticketing tent.
Be sure to bring an item to be signed.
Head over to the Autograph Area in Kentia Hall.
If you have a:
Autograph Ticket Info
What is the procedure for attendees represented by the ADA and their helper(s) and what is the procedure if an ADA attendee does not have a helper?
Attendees represented by ADA must have an ADA sticker which can be picked up at any Info Services Booth. See sections marked in RED for procedures if the ADA attendee does not have a helper.
ADA attendees and one helper* both need a ticket for each autograph session they attend, whether they get a Priority ticket or a Standby one (see next section). ADA attendees must wait in the general attendee line, to keep fairness of the first come, first served policy. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. If the ADA attendee for any reason cannot wait in line to get a ticket, we will have a volunteer on standby to act as a proxy to wait in line for them with the ADA attendee’s helper. (If available)
*ADA attendees are not required to have a helper with them.
Priority tickets: ADA attendees with priority tickets are allowed front-of-line access due to time constraints of each session. It is recommended that ADA attendees with Priority tickets should show up about 15 minutes before the start of the session as they cannot show up during the session to take advantage of front-of-line access. ADA attendees are limited to have one helper accompanying them when taking advantage of front-of-line access. Once a session begins, Priority ticket holders have to be in line when the session starts.
Standby tickets: For Standby tickets, it will be the same procedure as waiting in line. ADA attendees with Standby tickets are not guaranteed front-of-line access as the ticket lines are organized numerically for fairness. This is subject to change on a case-by-case basis due to autograph session traffic. ADA attendees with Standby tickets should arrive when the desired autograph session is halfway done as that will be the time when the organization of the standby line is well underway. A proxy will be provided for an ADA attendee with a Standby ticket should he/she would like one for any reason (if available).
Please contact an Autographs Staff Volunteer to for ADA assistance!
Who are Guests of Honor (GoHs)?
GoHs are guests who have been invited to participate in Anime Expo!
What is needed to get an autograph from a Guest of Honor?
All GoH signing sessions require a ticket that will be dispersed at the Autograph Ticket Booth in Gilbert Lindsay Plaza.
How do I get a ticket for a Guest of Honor autograph session?
A pre-set number of tickets for each GoH signing session will be made available at no additional cost at the Autograph Ticket Booth on the same day as the scheduled session.
When will tickets be distributed?
Tickets will start being distributed at 8am each day, only for the autograph sessions scheduled on the same day. The schedule for each GoH distribution will be available onsite at the Autograph Ticket Booth and online.
How many tickets will be distributed?
We are limited to 75 autograph tickets per session. After the guaranteed tickets are distributed, 50 Standby Tickets will be issued.
What are standby tickets?
Standby tickets grant you access to the waitlist for autographs and are subject to GoH’s availability.
Standby tickets ARE NOT a guarantee that you will receive an autograph.
Where can I get a standby ticket?
Standby Tickets are only issued at the Autograph Ticket Booth and will be issued in sequential order. The number printed on each ticket indicates your position in the standby line.
How many tickets can I get?
Tickets are limited to one per person and are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
How many autographs can I get per session?
One autograph ticket will grant each attendee only one autograph. Only one autograph ticket may be redeemed per person.
What information will be on the ticket?
Each ticket will list the GoH name, time, date, and location of the session.
If I miss the autograph session, can I use the ticket for another session?
No, tickets are valid only for the session printed on the ticket.
Do I have to have a ticket to get an autograph?
All autograph sessions will require a respective ticket; no substitutions will be made.
How do I redeem my ticket?
All Autograph tickets will state the date, time and location of the session.
When can I start lining up for the autograph session?
Lines will start 15 minutes prior to each session.
What can be signed?
Attendees are responsible for providing their own items to be signed. All items are subject to Guest’s approval*. All items must be properly licensed.
Rules and restrictions on what will or will not be signed are subject to change so please be sure to have your item checked by Autograph Staff prior to any session. Attendees are recommended to bring at least one backup item in case their item of choice cannot be signed.
*It is also recommended that all items are from a project the GoH has worked on.
Autograph sessions are subject to change or cancellation at any time without notice. Only autograph tickets labeled for a Guest of Honor’s signing session are eligible to receive an autograph at a Guest of Honor’s scheduled signing session.
If you have questions about the autograph session or policy, please ask an Autograph Staff member at the Autograph Ticket Booth.
Premiere Fans: Premiere Fans do not get special privileges for Autograph Ticketing or Autograph Sessions.
Autograph Sessions take place in Kentia Hall in the area under the banner labeled “Autographs”. After entering the hall, please make your way to the back right of the hall and follow signs to the designated Autographs area entrance to be ushered into the area by an Autographs Staff Volunteer.
Autograph sessions are subject to change or cancellation at any time without notice. Autograph tickets of any kind only denote eligibility to receive an autograph at the specified Guest of Honor’s and Industry Guest's scheduled signing session.
If you have questions about the autograph session or policy, please ask an AX Autographs Volunteer at the Autograph Ticket Booth, located in Gilbert Lindsey Plaza outside of the Los Angeles Convention Center (Purple Tent “AX Autograph Ticketing”).
Premier Fans do not get special privileges for Autograph Ticketing or Autograph Sessions. They must line up for ticketing and sessions along with general attendees. No exceptions will be made.
*As long as there are no extraordinary circumstances such as natural or man-made disaster, illness, or giant robot attacks that prevent the Guests from holding an autograph session.
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