FAQS 2017-11-09T11:20:42+00:00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Awesome Con is Washington DC’s Comic Con. It is a place for fans of popular culture. At its heart, Awesome Con is a comic-con that embraces all aspects of geekdom and pop culture, with a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. Special events include discussion panels, costume contests, trivia contests, gaming tournaments, and tons of activities for kids.

March 30 – April 1, 2018

Exhibit Hall, Artists Alley, and Autographing:
Friday, March 30th 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday, March 31st 10:00am to 7:00pm
Sunday, April 1st 10:00am to 5:00pm

Panels, Screenings, and Special Events:
Friday, March 30th 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Saturday, March 31st 10:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday, April 1st 10:00am to 5:00pm

Awesome Con was founded by Ben Penrod in 2013. It is currently part of the LeftField Media family and is currently run by Ben and the teams behind Anime NYC, and Play Fair.

Tickets to Awesome Con are available now online and at the door – and we’d recommend you purchase your tickets now via our Tickets Page. Buy your tickets in advance to save some dough as tickets will be cheaper before the event than online during the show and at the door.

If you have a problem with your tickets, please contact tickets@awesomecon.com.

Sorry, passes are only for one person. If you have a friend or another family member who also wants the perks of the VIP pass, they will need to purchase one as well.

All kids 10 & under need a TICKET for Awesome Con. Use our coupon code to make your kids tickets free! To redeem, add the kids tickets to your shopping cart and enter “AWESOMEJR” in the Coupon Code box at checkout.

That is up to you to decide. In general, if you would allow your child to go to the mall or an amusement park without adult supervision, they are probably ok to be at Awesome Con on their own. This is up to you, as children at these ages have a wide range in maturity.

Please understand that unattended minors will be subject to the same rules as adults if they break any of our policies or any laws while at the con.

Infants and young children MUST be supervised at all times, and Awesome Con does not currently offer any babysitting services. Here’s some info from the DC government on this topic: http://cfsa.dc.gov/page/faqs-cfsa

Children 10 and under can wait in line with you at VIP events; however, they will not receive other VIP benefits (they will not receive VIP photos or autographs). Children under 10 can sit on your lap during on-stage events, but that if they need their own seat then they need their own VIP ticket. Children over 10 must have VIP passes to wait in VIP lines and receive VIP benefits.

Yes! We do mail out our badges before the show. Any pass purchased before February 2, 2018, can be mailed to the address you provided. Badges will begin mailing in Feb/March – BADGES WILL NOT BE MAILED IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOUR ORDER. Note, Badges will be mailed to US addresses only, with all international orders held for pick up. Special Event tickets and merchandise orders will also all be held for pick up at Awesome Con. Merchandise will not be mailed and must be picked up at Awesome Con.
All passes purchased after February 2, 2018, must be picked up at the show. To pick up your badge at the show, you simply bring the QR code emailed to your with you (either printed or on your phone) and we’ll get you your badge.
If you have a problem with your tickets, please contact tickets@awesomecon.com.

If you have purchased your tickets before the show and did not have them mailed, bring the QR code with you to the show (either printed or on your phone) and proceed to the Advanced Tickets line. There will be information posted about where to go specifically on our Facebook page and Twitter before the show and volunteers to help you when you arrive.

Yes, you can totally upgrade your pass!  Simply call 1-888-718-4253 and select Option 1. As long as the ticket you want is still available, it should be no problem to upgrade. Give us a ring Mon-Fri 9 AM to 9 PM EST. Make sure you have your confirmation number handy.

Information on press registration can be found on our press page.

We have medical wristbands available for those with disabilities that allows entrance to sessions first, assuming the line has not already been capped due to capacity. You may pick up your medical wristband at registration when you pick up your badge. If you have received your pass in the mail already, make sure you stop by the VIP booth to pick up a wristband.

If you need ASL interpretation, please fill out our request form (coming soon!). On-site requests may not be able to be accommodated.

For more information, see our policies page.

Special guests are being announced regularly. For more info, check out the Guests page.

Most guests appear for all three days, but we also list the specific days they will be attending on our guest page.
We will post an autograph schedule closer to the con. Schedules sometimes change, so make sure to check the schedule at the booth beforehand if possible. Celebrity guests will have headshots they will be signing (included in the price of the autograph). You can get more than one autograph but they charge per autograph. Some guests may require picking up tickets in advance, however, for others, you do not need to purchase tickets for autographs – just get in line!

Typically, yes, but not always. You would need to ask each guest individually.

Professional photo ops are offered for a fee with most of our celebrity guests. You will receive a printed photo taken by a professional under professional lighting and in front of a backdrop. Yes, this is super fun.

For more info on photo ops, see our policies page.

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It is up to each guest. Sometimes we will know in advance for some guests, but your best bet is always to ask.

Our pricelist for guests will be posted closer to the show.

You sure can! Check out our Artist Alley and Exhibitor space options here!

We’re always looking for new, interesting, and fun programming! Fill out an application here!

The Brute Squad is our AWESOME team of volunteers who help make Awesome Con run. Our volunteers are the backbone of our convention and they are extremely important to us.

The Brute Squad is a reference to the film “Princess Bride,” and we thought it would be fun to give our team of volunteers that name. Our first volunteer t-shirts were a tribute to Fezzik, as played by Andre The Giant! Still not sure what we’re talking about? Check out the clip here!

You should receive an email within a few days of sending in your application that will have further instructions about the application process.

Yes, we have fixed the problems from years past. We have a whole new entry management system that has worked extremely well the past few years, so don’t worry! As with any event with a large attendance, you may have to wait in line at times. But we are always working to keep those lines moving quickly and efficiently.

There is complimentary wifi in the “Convention Center Connect” Lounges located in the Grand Lobby, Concourse A, Concourse B, Metro Entrance, L Street Entrance near rooms 156 and 140, across from 143C, Uptown Cafe and Downtown Cafe, and 2nd and 3rd floor Wing seating areas.

Book a room in one of our official hotels here.

You can read all about our harassment policy here.

Costumes and cosplay are totally welcome at Awesome Con! We love our cosplayers and love to see your creativity. However, we do have some policies you should be aware of if you’re cosplaying for the convention. You can read our policy in full here!