Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT THE EVENT
What is South Texas Comic Con’s Fan Weekend?
South Texas Comic Con’s Fan Weekend is a continuation of our flagship event South Texas Comic Con held annually in the spring. It is a pop culture celebration where fans of comic books, fantasy, sci-fi, gaming and other genres can gather to meet artists, actors, writers, and publishers and to make friends with people who share their interests. Fans can enjoy autograph sessions, photo ops and Q&A panels with celebrities, cosplay contests, art workshops, video and card gaming tournaments, the Artist Alley, Vendor Market, our Kid’s Zone and so much more.
When and where is South Texas Comic Con’s Fan Weekend?
Our 1st annual South Texas Comic Con’s Fan Weekend will be held Sept. 9 & Sept. 10, 2017 at the Mcallen Convention Center in McAllen, Texas.
Where can I purchase tickets?
Click here to purchase passes in advance, or purchase them at the door the day of.
Can I get a refund for my ticket?
South Texas Comic Con has a no-refund policy. If you cannot attend the event you may make other arrangements like selling your ticket or giving it away.
Do you offer group discounts?
South Texas Comic Con Fan Weekend is happy to offer group discounts for schools. Contact us for more information.
Can you replace my wristband if it has been lost?
STXCC will not replace lost or removed wristbands. Please leave wristbands on overnight for re-entry into the event the following day.
Is this event for children?
South Texas Comic Con Fan Weekendis a family friendly event with activities for children of all ages. Children 5 years old and younger are welcome free with an adult. Children ages 6 – 12 may buy a discounted Kid’s Pass.
How many children are allowed to enter free per paid adult?
Up to 3 children (Ages 5 and under only) are allowed to enter the event free per one paid adult. Additional children may buy a discounted child pass.
How do the Kid’s Passes work?
Children ages 6 – 12 can purchase a discounted Kid’s 1 or 2 Day Pass.
I have a VIP Pass with the Early Access Perk, can my child get into the event early with me?
Yes, your children ages 12 and under can enter the event early with you. Children 5 years old and younger do not need a pass. Children ages 6 – 12 will need a Kid’s Pass to enter. Any children over the age of 12 will need to have their own VIP Pass in order to qualify for the VIP Early Access Perk.
I have a VIP Pass, can my child sit with me in the area reserved for VIP attendees during panels?
Due to limited reserved priority seating, VIP attendees with children will be seated after all other VIP attendees have been seated, but before general admission attendees. Up to 2 children per paid VIP adult. Please be aware that seating is limited.
Should I come in costume?
Many of the attendees will be in “cosplay” or wearing costumes of their favorite characters. All genres of costumes are welcome, including comic book, video game, sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, anime, television and film, pop culture, etc.
Do you have any rules for cosplay?
Yes we do, please read them here. South Texas Comic Con Fan Weekend and our venue provide security and staff who enforce all cosplay rules and our Anti-Harassment Policy.
Will there be a Cosplay Contest?
Fan Weekend will be hosting Cosplay Contests for both children and adults. See more information about the Cosplay Contest here.
Which celebrity guests will be at South Texas Comic Con Fan Weekend 2017?
See our Special Guest Lineup for the most up to date information about the celebrity guests that will be in attendance at South Texas Comic Con’s Fan Weekend 2017.
Do I need a special pass to meet the celebrity guests?
In most cases you will not need a special pass to meet a celebrity guest, but if exclusive Meet & Greet passes for a specific guest go on sale you can find out here. Attendees with VIP Passes will be granted priority in lines for photo ops, autographs, and panels.
Are all guests guaranteed to appear at the event?
All guests that have been officially announced have committed to attend the event, however, all celebrity guests have the right to cancel their appearance if certain circumstances require it. If a guest cancels their appearance it will immediately be announced on our website and social media pages. Please be aware that Fan Wekend will not refund tickets due to guest cancellations.
How do I meet the celebrity guest I am coming to see?
Each celebrity will have their own booth in the autograph area and times when attendees can meet them. It is generally free to meet and talk to celebrities in the autograph area, but sometimes their agent will require the purchase of an autograph in order to meet them. Professional Photo Ops are another opportunity for attendees to meet a guest while capturing it with a professionally printed photo.
How can I get an autograph from a celebrity guest?
If you would like to purchase an autograph from your favorite celebrity you can find their booth in the Autograph Area. Once there you can wait in line to get your autograph or photo. Staff will be there to direct you and answer any questions you might have.
Will I be charged for autographs?
Autograph fees vary per the guest. Some comic book and cosplay guests may not charge for autographs or photos, while our TV and film guests generally have a fee for purchasing autographs and taking photos. Autograph and photo pricing can be found here. Please note that these prices are subject to change. At the event prices will be clearly posted at each autograph booth.
Can I bring my own items to be signed?
Yes you can. Please be aware there may be an additional fee for personal items. At the event prices will be clearly posted at each autograph booth.
What are professional Photo Ops?
Our Professional Photo Ops are available for attendees to have a professional photo taken with their favorite celebrity guest. Photo Ops are taken by a professional photographer and include an 8″x10″ print that is ready within minutes of your Photo Op. Each celebrity guest will have a photo op scheduled at some point during the event. The official Fan Weekend Photo Op schedule will be released closer to the event so you can plan ahead.
How do Photo Ops work?
If you have purchased your photo ops in advance you will need to redeem the ticket that was sent to you via email. When you arrive at Fan Weekend just look for the Photo Op Area in the exhibit hall, it will be listed on the map on the event program you can get at the Info Booth. There you will find staff who will direct you through the photo op process. Keep an eye on any possible changes to the photo ops schedule, as the guests will only be doing photo ops during those specific times. The schedule will always be posted online and changes will be announced via our website and social media pages.
How much do the Photo Ops cost?
Photo Op pricing varies for each guest. Professional Photo Op prices can be found here.
Can I buy Photo Ops online?
Yes, you will be able to buy photo ops online before the event. Photo Ops that do not sell out will be available for purchase at the event. Pre-order yours here.
Can I take pictures with celebrities in the Autograph Area?
Some celebrity guests may charge a fee for photos taken with your own camera at their booth in the Autograph Area. All autograph, photo and professional photo op pricing will be posted as we announce our guests for the event.
Where can I find a schedule of panels and events?
You can plan ahead for Fan Weekend by viewing the schedule online. When you arrive at the event you can pick up a free event program from the Information Booth. In addition to the Q&A panels we will also be hosting several special events including interactive workshops, group discussions, speakers and more.
How do I attend the panels?
Find out when and where the panels will be held by by viewing the schedule and plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before the panel is scheduled to begin so you can get in line. Attendees with a VIP Pass will be seated before general admission. Please be aware that seating is limited.
What happens during a panel?
Most of our celebrity guest panels will be led by a moderator and have a Q&A portion. Submit your question via Twitter. Selected questions will be read and answered during the Q&A portion of the panel.
Are there any rules for attending the panels?
Disruption of panels will not be tolerated. Attendees are not allowed onstage during any panel or event unless they are instructed to be onstage by event staff. Questions must be relevant to the Guest/Panel and be appropriate for an all age audience.
How can I volunteer?
If I have volunteered for previous South Texas Conventions events, am I automatically signed up to volunteer again?
Volunteers must re-apply every year to be part of the Volunteer Crew.
Is there a minimum age required to volunteer?
You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.
How can I become an exhibitor at the event?
How can I get press credentials to cover the event?
If you have any other questions please contact us. See you at Fan Weekend 2017!