In an effort to make the Autograph Sessions a more pleasant experience for everyone, we have compiled a list of AnimeFest autograph etiquette guidelines and tips.
Each morning a limited number of tickets are handed out for our daily planned autograph sessions. The location and times of the ticket handouts are listed in our Guidebook App. The tickets come in 2 types, group A: guarantees autographs and group B may get autographs if time allows. The tickets allow you to attend the autograph session and can go get an item signed free of charge. The guest will also have tables in the dealer room where you can purchase items that can be autographed at their table.
Some guests may not be able to autograph certain items for a variety of reasons. The reason may be because the item is not official merchandise, it might be because the guest did not participate on that particular episode or show, or they may just not feel comfortable signing it. While explanations may or may not be provided, we kindly ask that you respect the guests’ wishes if you are told that your item cannot be autographed. Typical items that can be signed are AnimeFest provided commemorative postcards, limited edition prints and posters, CDs, DVDs, BDs, Art Books, AnimeFest Program Book, AnimeFest member badge, and other official 2D merchandise. Additionally, bags, clothing, scrolls, and other fabric items can typically be signed as long as the item is not currently being worn, and can be placed on the table in a flat position.
To allow our Guests to sign for as many fans as possible, photography, videography, or other recordings of the event is generally prohibited. Requesting photographs, even if it is just of the guest doing the actual signing and not posing, slows down the line. This, in turn, impacts everyone else who is still waiting their turn. Please refrain from photography.
Please also pay attention to any specific instructions provided by the staff during Autograph sessions. For example, following instructions on how best to prepare your materials will make it easier for the guest to sign your item, keeping the line moving smoothly. Things like turning the item to be signed around so it faces the correct direction from the guest’s perspective, removing any discs or disc covers from cases in advance, opening books to the page you want to be signed, and so on are just some examples. If you wish to have your item personalized, please have the name spelled out printed in clear block letters on a piece of paper. Staff will assist with helping you place your personal items in a basket so that you may approach the autograph tables unencumbered with non-essential materials.
Guests enjoying conversing with fans during Autograph sessions. That being said, please try to keep your comments positive, punctual and polite and keep in mind those waiting behind you. Our goal is to try to allow as many fans as possible to meet the guests up close and receive an autograph in the limited window of time allocated. If a conversation seems to be carrying on a bit too long, staff may ask you to continue down the line. Your understanding and cooperation are greatly appreciated.
If you have a gift you wish to present a guest, please first inform the Guest Relations staff. Some guests may not be able to receive gifts, or may not be able to open the gift in front of you. Please note that for the safety of our guests, guests are unable to accept any food or drink items. Nonetheless, be assured they are very thankful for your kindness and generosity.
Following these guidelines will help keep the line moving smoothly and enhance everyone’s experience.