George Pérez’s Convention Policy
I always try to set up at a convention one hour before the convention
opens to the general public. This way I am available for sketches,
autographs and photographs for dealers, staff and those with VIP Passes
that allow them early entry. (I really see no point in fans purchasing a
VIP Pass and not having any of the guest artists there to greet them)
All of these early birds are handled on a first come, first served
When the convention floor opens up for those with general
admission tickets, I start handing out about a hundred numbered tickets
to the arriving fans so they don’t have to get on what may already be a
long line. Fans already at the end of the line (behind the tenth person)
also have the option of taking a ticket and leaving the line to return
later. The first digit of the ticket indicates what convention day it
is. For a three-day show, the first day’s tickets would be numbered 100
-199, the second day’s 200-299, and so on.
The ticket basically
reserves your place in line once I’ve finished with the early crowd. If,
say, a fan returns from enjoying the show with ticket number 110 and
I’m already serving ticket 125, the returning fan with the lowest number
is always next. Therefore, a fan with a higher ticket number like 155
would never be any worse off time wise than if he or she had waited on
line for 54 other fans to be serviced first.
The reason I use
this system is because I personally can’t see spending money to come to a
show just to stand in line for what could be hours. This way, it’s the
fan’s choice whether to wait on line or not.
There is no charge
for the ticket and it entitles you to a sketch (limit one per ticket)
autographs (I set no limit to the number of things I’ll sign, but do
request that fans be considerate of each other) and a photo op.
Sketches are quick headshots for $40 and can be drawn on any surface you
prefer. I will provide my own drawing paper for those who don’t have
their own. There is no charge for autographs and photos. Only one
ticket per person, but you can get tickets for family members as long as
they are there to use them.
Once you’ve used your ticket, you
can get another ticket, if any are still available, and come back later
to be served again. You can’t use a previous day’s ticket on a following
day since that would be unfair to those who may only have one-day
passes that following day.
REVISED: On each day, if I finish
with all the numbered tickets, I will then serve any arriving fans on a
first come, first served basis. HOWEVER, there is no guarantee that I
will be able to get to anyone on the non-tickets line, so please don’t
start lining up until two hours before closing time. It defeats the
purpose of the ticket system if fans line up for hours at a time with no
guarantee that I will be able to get to them. It frustrates the fan and
makes me feel guilty for something I have no control over. I may also
have to limit my service to autographs and photos if it looks like I
won't be able to draw any sketches and still be able to take care of as
many people on the non-ticket line as possible.
Unless there is an unavoidable call of nature, I will remain at my table until the end of each convention day.
I hope this helps everyone understand how I work and that it helps you all enjoy the convention experience better.Thank you.