Salt Lake Comic Con Tips

Salt Lake Comic Con LogoThe great big world of comic con can seem a bit overwhelming – even to a seasoned con attendee.  So many things to see, people to meet, autographs to get, and pictures to pose for can leave the most educated scratching their head wondering, “What do I do next?”. In order to help along in your stellar journey at Salt Lake Comic Con, we are offering some tips and advice.

Have a meeting place for friends and family BEFORE you separate

Hey, we understand that the excitement is so overwhelming that it is easy to ride like the wind and scatter once you see your first set of storm troopers, but having a location backup plan to meet your loved ones ensures everyone is accounted for later.

Waiting in lines patiently is much appreciated by all fan boys and fan girls a like.

The last thing we know you want to hear is “NO CUTS” screamed from behind you. After all, a little time in line gives you a chance to meet someone new and discuss all the gaming tips you missed.

NO starving is recommended and hydration is not the name of a planet!

Eat breakfast before you attend the con. We know we sound like your mother, but seriously the only fainting we want anyone doing is when Norman Reedus addresses you by name! Water, Water, Water! Keep it flowing.

No outside food will be allowed inside, but food courts are available at the expo!

Say cheese!

Taking pictures are one of the best activities at comic con.  When you walk in the door and see Superman, Captain America, and a Cyborg all standing next to each other you know this opportunity may never happen again! When taking pictures be courteous and aware of others around you while on the showroom floor or at the celebrity booths.  Waiting for the perfect picture can cause the pesky lines to be longer than needed and an all out traffic collision in the walkways.  So, be quick, be happy, and smile.

Any and all staged pictures are highly recommended! However, use the lobbies or overflow areas to get the perfect flash mob snapshot of wookies!

Awe yes, the comic con hygiene talk.

September is still warm in Utah and tens of  thousands of your peers will be enjoying the days of pop culture bliss.  Did you pick up on the tens of thousands?  Deodorant is your best friend. Remember when you are in line – you will want to make a good impression! And have some breath mints. When getting that celebrity photo op, the last thing you want is your celebrity crush looking around for that “funny smell”.

The golden wristband of life!

Well ok, it is not golden, and it is paper – but your wristband for your admission is your lifeline to all things comic con.  Not only will you need it to get through doors but you will also need it for some of the festive events happening outside the Expo or after hours.

Stop! Its panel time!

The panels are a very popular event happening at comic con.  First time attendees may be let down when they mosey over to the panel room only to find that it filled up half an hour before.  Panels have limited seating, but HUGE rewards so plan out your panel schedule and arrive at LEAST 30-45 min before it begins to secure your spot.

Wear comfortable shoes!

Standing and walking will be the name of the game at comic con.  Comfortable shoes equal happy feet and happy feet equal a good time (plus more mileage for the next day.)

Bring your chunk of change!

ATM’s will be available throughout the show room floor and many booths and artist are now taking credit cards – however there is nothing like stone cold hard cash! Plus it is one less line you have to wait in.

Cosplay Congeniality

Cosplayers make the comic con world go round! How would you ever see a walking Tardis or an adult size Finn if it was not for those amazing costume creators?  If you see a costume and love it – tell them.  Chances are they worked hard with blood sweat and tears to have it done on time.  They will appreciate your approval.

144 Responses to “Comic Con Tips for Salt Lake Comic Con”

  1. samantha victorine says : Reply

    Sounds like fun!

  2. melissa m says : Reply

    thank you for posting this! most i consider common sense but i appreciate any and all advice as this will be my first comic con. i am so excited its pretty much all i can talk about! september can not get here fast enough!!!

  3. Kirk says : Reply

    You left out the part about asking for permission before taking pictures of the cosplayers. Yes they put a lot of effort into them and they want to show them off, but it is still polite to ask and not to be taking creepy photos.

  4. Lindsay Stock says : Reply

    My kids, daughters Maddie 16yrs and Sophie 6yrs and my son, Isaac 8yrs old have been planning their cosplay outfits for months! They are sooo excited to go!!!! Now all I have to do is win a pass LOL! Thanks for the tips :)

  5. julie says : Reply

    this is my first comic con so this might be a stupid question, but what is the protocol for taking pics of celebs?

    • Salt Lake Comic Con says : Reply

      We leave this up to the guest. For most comic book creators and book authors, they typically allow fans to take photos with them at their booths. It is polite and respectful to ask prior to taking a photo.

  6. Marrin says : Reply

    I am so excited! I also love that these PSA’s make me want to read them. Yes, the only fainting that should be happening is when you meet Shatner. I may turn to a puddle of goo. My friends will have to peel me off the con floor.

  7. Brittany E says : Reply

    So will we get a new wristband each day or are we supposed to be wearing the same one all three days. Because I am planning on costuming and I can only imagine the stink of that 1 wristband?

  8. Brittany E says : Reply

    And is it only VIP that get a lanyard

  9. MItch says : Reply

    Thank you very much! I will definitely take this into account and share it with friends :D

  10. Kelsey says : Reply

    I’m really hoping I’ll be able to go to this! I’ve never been to a comic con before and it’s on my bucket list!

  11. Kristina says : Reply

    This is my first comic con ever. How do you know when celebrities will be doing photo ops?

    • julie says : Reply

      i’d like to know this too! and also what the protocol is on taking just random photos of celebs?

    • Salt Lake Comic Con says : Reply

      We leave this up to the guest. For most comic book creators and book authors, they typically allow fans to take photos with them at their booths. It is polite and respectful to ask prior to taking a photo.

  12. Troy says : Reply

    It seems you are encouraging guests to bring outside food and drink. Please clarify this and add it to the FAQ section of the site.
    I’m guessing all bags are also subject to search.

  13. John Jert says : Reply

    How much do the celebrity photos go for?

  14. Callie says : Reply

    Will there be lockers available to leave your stuff in?

  15. Tami says : Reply

    Will we be able to take the train or trax to get to Comic con?

  16. Brandon A says : Reply

    Will there be alcohol sales on premise?

  17. Heather says : Reply

    Can we pick up the wrist bands BEFORE this event starts or do we need to stand in line the day of?

  18. Dan says : Reply

    So if I go ahead and buy a celebrity autograph for the $75, how do I redeem it? Also, what can I bring in to have signed?

  19. Kody Ortega says : Reply

    Is glucose tablets ok to bring in? I see no outside food allow inside but wondering about glucose tablets. I am diabetic and just wondering because I don’t want my blood sugar to drop while I wait in lines when I am in lines.

  20. Dregan Varokin says : Reply

    So to clarify, since it seems the posting has changed, are ‘snacks allowed’? I understand that you do not want people coming in with outside food, coolers and what have you but what about snacks, granola bars, goldfish crackers, suckers, fruit snacks, etc. I mean I will be bringing three little girls 5, 3 and 1. Things will be much better for everyone if I can have some snacks (which is outside food) to the con for distractions. Running off tithe food court for a $5 churro and $3 bottled water is not going to work for parents bringing childeren. Stop the behavior before it becomes a complete meltdown. Anyway batgirl, super girl and wonder women are very excited. It will be batgirls birthday if anyone notices… ;o)

  21. Zach says : Reply

    Are backpacks allowed inside the con? I’m a bit worried about how to transport stuff all day but can’t find any rules concerning backpacks.

  22. Deanna says : Reply

    I am wondering if a 15 and 16 year old who have tickets will be let in without an adult present?

  23. Dregan Varokin says : Reply

    First and foremost, thank you for organizing and kicking off such a hugely anticipated event, we are all very excited.

    Will, snacks be allowed into the Con? I understand you do not want outside food; however, I took this as meals, coolers, pizza boxes, etc… Will things like Fruit Snacks, Goldfish Crackers, DumDum Suckers, Juice boxes, milk in a Sippy cup, etc… be a reason to turn people away or trash it? Or will things of this nature be allowed (within reason)?

    I have three little girls and a pregnant wife that will be coming. Keeping them hydrated and happy is very important, which will become much more difficult if I have to spend a fortune trying to run back and forth to the food court all day long for lousy, overpriced ‘snacks ‘ / ‘meals’ and $3 bottles of water.

    Again, I am not talking about bringing meals, just enough to keep the girls happy and entertained while having to wait for things and to keep my wife from feeling sick from hunger. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this topic.

    - DV -

  24. Mandy says : Reply

    I am curious about the backpacks and snacks also.

  25. Nick says : Reply

    I bought my friend a ticket, and I was wondering if I could register his ticket for him when I go to do mine? (I saw this was possible for families, but wasn’t sure if this also applied to non-family members.)

  26. SassyFassy says : Reply

    I have a medical issue where I can’t stand for long hours but I really want to join my boys at this event. Are any accommodations? Would it be best to bring my wheelchair, I hate taking it if I don’t have to, you’d be amazed how many people like to almost walk on you when your in one.

    • Jim says : Reply

      SassyFassy, sorry to hear about your experiences with being walked on. Most convention people are very good about being respectful of the wheeled fans. Peter Mayhew is likely to be in his wheelchair due to his affliction, and I’d like to think most everyone will be conscious of you and others in their personal chariot. The convention center is a big place, so don’t feel you can’t be mobile. I hope you have a great time at the con. Does everybody agree?

    • It sounds like it would be best to bring your wheelchair.

  27. Ron Barrett says : Reply

    I am wondering how I get the Ticket for my 8 yr old. Do I get that when I register?

  28. AC3Fan says : Reply

    Will there be assassins creed merch?

  29. Travis says : Reply

    Shat about special diets. My family is unable to eat gluten kind, frankly, I don’t I trust the convention staff to care if they make me kpexceedingly ill. I don’t have a problem with drinks; water is water, but food deppfrom places like this scares the hell out of me.

  30. Nichole says : Reply

    I am wondering how many people can be in one photo op? I know at some comic cons they allow 1-2 people..

  31. Doctor says : Reply

    My friend told me if you want a picture whith one Of the celebrities then you can have a free picture if you take it yourself but you only have to pay if it’s a professional picture. Is this true?

  32. Alissa says : Reply

    Where can I find a schedule of the panels?

  33. Lurpatron says : Reply

    can we bring backpacks with a change of clothes?

  34. Kristy says : Reply

    I can’t eat gluten either… Telling people they can’t bring food is like telling them they can’t go to the bathroom. I can’t eat the stuff they are serving at the convention center, and will pass out from low blood sugar if I can’t eat. I also have 3 kids coming that have specific dietary things they can’t eat. Most of the food served at these places is loaded with chemicals, fillers, nitrites, sugar, etc They just assume 30,000 people will all eat that junk and conform.

  35. alesis says : Reply

    Will someone please answer the question who has either been or is associated with this site (since I notice they are intentionally skipping it) IS A BACKPACK AND/OR SNACKS ALLOWED.

  36. meghan says : Reply

    did any other ticket holders for saturday have to give up and leave because the fire marshall stopped letting people in? i was told to contact media one about a refund for my tickets but they are closed, was anyone able to get refunds at the salt palace?

  37. Jordan m says : Reply

    Do we get to meet guest stars such as Norman Reedus?

  38. Brittany W says : Reply

    Have YouTubers, such as Tobuscus (Toby Turner) or Markiplier (Mark Fischbach), ever attended the Salt Lake Comic Con? Will they possibly attend this year?

  39. Mykayla vanderhoek says : Reply

    Hi, I will be going to this comic com for the first time in April. I was wondering, how much does it cost to take a photo with a celeb (specifically Norman and Chandler) , and to have them autograph something?
    Sorry if I sound really dumb.

  40. Trevor Trevosawrus Pearce says : Reply

    I can’t wait to go and I got a multipass but I don’t wanna get anyone mad by telling them that they have to buy their own tickets and then I might not go…. what should I do? :/

  41. Chandler Riggs Wife says : Reply

    I am buying my tickets just strrictly to see Chandler Riggs. With the VIP pass, how much are autographs and photos with fans?

  42. Amber B says : Reply

    Are reusable water bottles okay to bring in filled? Or are there drinking fountains around to fill an empty water bottle?

  43. laurissa says : Reply

    Will there be pre registration? And if so where do we go to pre register ?

  44. mynameisern says : Reply

    Any word yet on prices for autographs/photos with celebs? Also, some of them say either TBD, TBA, or N/A… can you clarify what that means? (I’m assuming N/A means they’re not doing photos?)

  45. Jake says : Reply

    Can I bring a backback?

  46. Mike says : Reply

    Three questions. One – Someone said something about not getting in on Saturday, because of the Fire Marshall. I have already bought my 3 day pass. Is it still possible to not get in ??? Second – What is meant by registering on the Wednesday before ? I bought my three day pass online. What else do I have to do ? Third – Are you saying that if I want to take a photo with a Celebrity, that it is free with my camera and 30 to 75 dollars for a professional shot ? Thank you so much for this site and for answering all of our questions.

    • Salt Lake Comic Con says : Reply

      1. We’ve opened up the entire Salt Palace this year and are capping ticket sales so we will not exceed capacity.
      2. Pre-Registration is early Registration. Bring your printed pass/QR code and get your wristband/lanyard, as well as your goodies and event program. You can Pre-Registrater at select PC Laptops locations on April 14th – 16th. There will also be Pre-Registration at the Salt Palace on Wednesday, April 16th.
      3. Most guests will allow fans to take photos with them at their booth with your own camera. There is often a charge for this, so bringing cash is strongly encouraged.

  47. Lynette McAllister says : Reply

    I have VIP tickets and want to secure a spot for the Stsr Trek men session and use my discount for photo ops and pay the difference. How do I do this?

  48. Ravenswood says : Reply

    Fan X will be my first experience with any sort of Comic Convention. I have read all of the tips and FAQs and had some of my questions answered, but is there a respectable website/blog for all things related to attending a ComicCon for the first time? I am curious to know the best way to enjoy all of the aspects of a convention like Fan X or Comic Con.

  49. laurissa says : Reply

    Will KAREN GILLAN be there Thursday ?

  50. Kara says : Reply

    How early should you show up for the con?

    • Salt Lake Comic Con says : Reply

      Registration opens at 8am every day, Wednesday through Saturday.

      • Kara says : Reply

        Where can you register at?

        • Salt Lake Comic Con says : Reply

          Pre-Registration is early Registration. Bring your printed pass/QR code and get your wristband/lanyard, as well as your goodies and event program.
          You can Pre-Registrater at select PC Laptops locations along the Wasatch Front on April 14th – 16th. There will also be Pre-Registration at the Salt Palace on Wednesday, April 16th.

  51. Heather says : Reply

    Is there a link to which PC Laptops are doing pre-registration? Also, does this include the VIP pre- registration?

  52. Vanessa says : Reply

    First timer so maybe a silly question, but if I’m only coming Saturday and bringing children I will stand in line when I get there to get our wristbands (with my preprinted ticket of course)? Also, where do I redeem my online purchased photo op?

  53. Heather says : Reply

    Thank you!

  54. Vanessa says : Reply

    First timer so maybe a silly question. I am coming Saturday and bringing children under ten. I will have to stand in line when I get there with my printed ticket to get our wristbands, correct? Also, do I need anything other than my adult ticket for them to get their bands? Saturday can’t come soon enough!! Thanks

  55. Kara says : Reply

    Are the locations for which pc laptops you can register at posted yet?

  56. Bart says : Reply

    Outside Water bottles/bottled water ok?

  57. Heather says : Reply

    What was the purpose of pre-registering at PC Laptops (VIP) if we were told we still need to get the wrist bands and lanyards at the Salt Palace on Thursday? Will we have to wait in another line to pick up those?

    • Salt Lake Comic Con says : Reply

      You will not have to wait in the on-site registration line, Yay! You have now been fast-tracked to enter Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience and will be given your special VIP wristbands, Photo Ops vouchers and lanyards as you enter the Salt Palace through the VIP Entrances, located at each Registration Area.

  58. Jeremy Lay says : Reply

    Bringing a 15 month old for today and was wondering if strollers are allowed?

  59. michaela says : Reply

    how do I find prepurchased tickets? Help!

    • Salt Lake Comic Con says : Reply

      Please let us know which email address you used to purchase the tickets and we can resend them for you.

  60. Vanessa says : Reply

    I purchased a photo op and now the schedule lists a different time for that day. Will my photo op ticket still be honored at the new time?

  61. Annelie says : Reply

    Hey guys Im a first timer at the comic con I’v fangilrling non stop for a month If there is anything i need to know please tell me and who from Doctor Who should I dress up as

  62. Annelie says : Reply

    FYi Im obseessed with Doctor who

  63. Shellee says : Reply

    So, this will be my first time going to a comic con. I was reading through these questions and had one of my own. The price to get an autograph from a favorite actor is probably still going to be in that $35-75 range right? I was wondering though, does it cost a lot or at all to get an autograph from any authors/artists that might be there at the comic con this year? Also if I were to bring a camera, is a specific kind that is prohibited? I’m only asking this because i had a previous experience where I had brought a more professional camera to an event and they wouldn’t let me use it. I just don’t want to have a repeat of that experience ever again.

    • Generally authors and artists do not charge for autographs, but some do. We leave that up to each guest. All cameras are allowed, as long as you are mindful and respectful in how you photograph. If you are not, you will be asked to stop shooting.

  64. Hope S. says : Reply

    I will be bringing along my 6 month old, will I still be allowed to attend the panels?

  65. Caylin says : Reply

    About the Vampire Diaries , Paul Wesley?

  66. Caylin says : Reply

    The Vampire Diaries Are Coming this year???

  67. Geneva says : Reply

    i don”t see where it tells you what is included in your ticket purchase. what is the benefit of buying a VIP over a regular ticket?

  68. Jenn says : Reply

    If I purchase a three day multipass, can I use it for Friday and Saturday only, or do I need to purchase separate daily tickets?

    • Salt Lake Comic Con says : Reply

      You may use it for Friday and Saturday only. No need to purchase individual day tickets if you’ve purchased a multipass.

  69. hannah says : Reply

    do you need vip in order to take a picture with the people?

    • Salt Lake Comic Con says : Reply

      No, you do not need a VIP pass to meet the guests. All the guests will be on the exhibit floor at their booths. As long as you have a ticket to the event you can wait in their lines to meet them, please note, that at the request of some of the guests and their agents you may need to purchase an autograph to meet them, but this is not the case for all of them.

  70. Hannah says : Reply

    So nash grier is coming to this do I have to have VIP to get a pic with him or will he be walking around or what? Do I have to pay extra?

  71. Denise Sullivan says : Reply

    i purchased the gold package and it says i get a shirt. is the shirt mailed to my house before or do i get it at the event

  72. Christina says : Reply

    This will be my first Comic Con ever and I am slightly confused reading through all of these. So you don’t stand in line to get photo’s with the celebrities? Only the authors allow pictures? I see all of these people coming and I guess I am just confused on how you go about meeting them and getting a picture. And how many people can you really meet in those three days? I heard the lines get long. Thanks!

    • Salt Lake Comic Con says : Reply

      To answer your question, you will be able to meet the guests, as they will all have booths out on the floor. May I point out, however, that some guests may require that you purchase an autograph to meet them, but this is completely up to the guest and their agent. Also, as far as photo ops go, some guests may allow you to take a picture with your cell phone or personal camera at their booths, though they may charge for this. There will be an option to purchase a professional photo op with the guest. These prices will be announced soon, the benefit to this is that you will get a collectible 8×10 print within seconds of taking the picture with them.

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Salt Lake Comic Con 2014: September 4-6

Expo Hall Hours:
Thursday: 2PM-8PM
(Gold/VIP: 1PM-8PM)
Friday: 11AM-7PM
(Gold/VIP: 10AM-7PM)
Saturday: 10AM-7PM
(Gold/VIP: 9:30AM-7PM)
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