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Québec City Comiccon 2017

October 14 - 15, 2017

Québec City Convention Centre

F.A.Q.

General Questions

What is Québec City Comiccon?

Québec City Comiccon is a pop-culture fan convention that showcases artists and products from entertainment genres like: Sci-fi, Horror, Anime, Gaming in all its forms, and, of course, bande dessinée and comic books. (Please see the Newbie Questions section for a description of each genre).

Who should come to Québec City Comiccon?

Everyone! Well, to be specific anyone one who is curious about or enjoys Sci-fi, Anime, Horror, Bande dessinée, Comic books or Gaming. Or, if you just want to see where we geeks roam free.

Where is it held?

It is held at the Québec City Convention Centre, located at 1000 René-Lévesque Boulevard East, Quebec (Quebec)  G1R 2B5.

How do I get there?

Québec City is strategically located with links to the world’s major hubs. The city is well connected and easily accessible via Jean Lesage International Airport, Via Rail Canada, and an excellent highway network. The Port of Québec is one of Canada’s largest with a terminal that welcomes cruise ships from the world over.

Find out how to get to Québec City

Once you reach the Québec City Convention Centre, there’s no better way to get around than walking – Québec City is one of Canada’s 10 most walkable cities. And if you’re not in the mood for a stroll, you have a host of other transportation options to see the city and outlying areas, including the Ecolobus, an eco-friendly way to visit the city.

Learn more about getting around Québec City

Coming by car? Follow this map right to the Québec City Convention Centre. There are 4,175 parking spaces waiting for you.

Code of Conduct and Harassment Policy

Can you be specific in regards to what you mean by harassment?

Québec City Comiccon is a safe place for fans to interact with each other, their favorite creators, celebrities, and generally be themselves. This means we expect it to be a safe environment for fans from any ethnicity, creed, religious background, political background, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, sexual orientation, fandom, etc. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. This includes, but is not limited to: physical assault, verbal harassment, sexual harassment, stalking, unwanted physical contact, unwanted advances, or inappropriate photography.  

Québec City Comiccon does not tolerate physical or verbal harassment of the attendees, guests, vendors, staff, or volunteers. Harassment can take many forms. It may be, but is not limited to, words, signs, offensive jokes, cartoons, pictures, posters, pranks, intimidation, physical assaults or contact, or violence. This includes comments and statements made via email, on websites or any of our social networks.

What is inappropriate photography?

Inappropriate photography is defined as photography where the subject feels they are being stalked, exploited, degraded, or disrespected through being photographed. While it is reasonable that photographers will be photographing attendees and other parts of the convention, should this photography become harassing or sexual in nature, the photographer will be subject to the above harassment policy.

What are the consequences is someone is found to be abusing on these policies?

If it is determined – either by observation or by complaint – that an individual or group has harassed another attendee, any or all of the following things may occur. That individual or group may be:

1. Warned to cease and desist;

2. Asked to leave the convention, or;

3. Banned from the convention for a period of time to be determined by staff.

What if someone is making a false accusation?

Any individual found to be making false accusations regarding sexual, physical, or verbal abuse may be held accountable, any or all of the following things may occur. That individual or group may be:

1. Warned to cease and desist;

2. Asked to leave the convention, or;

3. Banned from the convention for a period of time to be determined by staff.

Ticket Information

Where can I buy tickets for this event?

For the time being, tickets are only sold online. Points of sale could be added as the event approaches. The information would then be posted on our website.

Are different categories of tickets available?

Yes, there are various categories which allow different levels of access.

Single Day Ticket: This is gives the attendee access to the Comiccon site for the day that it was purchased: Saturday OR Sunday.

Week-End Ticket: This is gives the attendee access to the Comiccon site for Saturday and Sunday.

VIP Saturday: This is gives the attendee access to the Comiccon site for Saturday, plus an exclusive comic book and priority access to the free concerts on Saturday. VIP ticket holders also receives front-of-the-line access to autographs for guests of honour (guests TBD) and all photo ops, as well as priority seating in the Main Events room. In addition, VIP ticket holders can enter one hour early on Saturday.

VIP Sunday: This is gives the attendee access to the Comiccon site for Sunday, plus a tote bag and an exclusive comic book. VIP ticket holders also receives front-of-the-line access to autographs for guests of honour (guests TBD) and all photo ops, as well as priority seating in the Main Events room. In addition, Priority Pass holders can enter one hour early on Sunday.

VIP Week-End: This is gives the attendee access to the Comiccon site for Saturday and Sunday, plus a tote bag, an exclusive comic book and priority access to the free concert on Saturday night. VIP ticket holders also receives front-of-the-line access to autographs for guests of honour (guests TBD) and all photo ops, as well as priority seating in the Main Events room. In addition, VIP ticket holders can enter one hour early on Saturday and 30 minutes early on Sunday.

Family Package Saturday: This package includes general admission for Saturday for 2 adults and 2 children (6 to 12).

Family Package Sunday: This package includes general admission for Sunday for 2 adults and 2 children (6 to 12).

Child pass – 1 day: Exclusive to children 6 to 12 inclusively. This is gives the child access to the Comiccon site for one day. Entry is free for Children aged 5 and under. There is a maximum of two children per one adult ticket.

Child pass – Week-End: Exclusive to children 6 to 12 inclusively. This is gives the child access to the Comiccon site for all week-end. Entry is free for Children aged 5 and under. There is a maximum of two children per one adult ticket.

Keep in mind that a Child Pass does not confer Priority priority access to seating and/or autographs when accompanying an adult with a Priority pass. However, priority access for Photo Ops will be accommodated when accompanied by an adult with a Priority pass, but only to participate in the same photo shoot. Additionally, early access to the exhibit halls will be permitted when accompanied by an adult with a Priority pass.

How am I receiving my tickets?

At the end of your online transaction, your eTicket will become available, as well as sent to the registered email. Please print out the PDF and bring the tickets (with barcodes) with you. We will scan those in when you arrive at the Convention Centre.

What form of payments do you accept?

Online purchases must use a credit card (MasterCard & Visa). If onsite tickets are still available, they can be purchased with cash, debit, or credit card.

Is there a group rate when you buy x number of tickets?

We have a limited promotional discount if you buy more than 50 tickets of a single type. This discount is only offered to companies & organizations, and applies only if payment is made with a corporate credit card. Please use the Contact form and select "Tickets" in the dropdown subject list if you would like details.

Can I get a refund if my favorite star doesn’t show up?

Guests could cancel their appearance or change their appearance schedule because of other professional commitments or reasons out of the Québec City Comiccon control. In such circumstances, Québec City Comiccon cannot be held responsible. All sales are final. No exchange or refund will be issued.

Can I bring my kids?

Yes – however not all panels and programming are appropriate for children. Please be vigilant and read the programming guide to avoid any potential misunderstandings.

Is there admission for children?

Yes and No. Children 6 to 12 inclusively will need to purchase a Child Pass. This is gives the child access to the Comiccon site for one day or two days, depending on the type of ticket bought.

Entry is free for Children aged 5 and under.

There is a maximum of two children per one adult ticket.

VIP Tickets

Do I get in before others?

VIP ticket holders will be the first to be let in: 1 hour early on Saturday and 30 minutes early on Sunday.

What’s in my grab-bag?

VIP ticket holders will get a lanyard, an exclusive comic book and a Québec City Comiccon tote bag.

When should I arrive for a Main Event?

VIP ticket holders will be allowed to enter the Main Events room prior between 15 to 30 minutes before the Event starts. Priority seating will close 10 minutes before the scheduled start. At that time VIP priority seating will be forfeit, releasing those seats to other patrons.

Can I arrive whenever I like?

Priority seating will close 10 minutes before the scheduled start. At that time VIP priority seating will be forfeit, releasing those seats to other patrons. If you arrive after this period, there may be no more seats available.

Can my child sit with me in the VIP seating?

A Child Pass does not confer VIP priority access to seating when accompanying an adult with a VIP. Priority seating is strictly reserved for Priority ticket holders. If the child is small enough, they can sit on the guardian’s lap. Children that are too big will need to sit in the regular seats or purchase a VIP ticket.

Weekend Tickets

Single Day Tickets

Family Packages

Hotels, Convention Centre and other Logistics

Where do I book a room for Québec City Comiccon?

No question—Québec City boasts unrivalled accommodation options. From luxury downtown towers to charming boutique hotels in Old Québec, choose from over 17,000 rooms of the quality you would expect from a premier tourist and business destination.

Over 3,000 top-class hotel rooms and suites are available just steps from the Québec City Convention Centre. The Québec Hilton and the Delta Québec offer a combined 948 rooms, all connected to the convention centre by underground passageways.

Looking for a hotel room? Find out what’s available in Québec City.

Where can I find a good restaurant in Québec City?

Once you’ve finished your Comiccon visit, it’s time to wine and dine. With countless restaurants, bistros, and pubs to discover you’ll soon see why Québec City enjoys a reputation for fine food, varied cuisines, gourmet ingredients, and talented chefs.

With over 100 restaurants in Old Québec alone, you’re sure to find the one you’ll love not far from the Convention Centre.

Find a place to eat in Québec City

Can I eat during a presentation?

The consumption of food or beverages is forbidden in all panel rooms and the Main Events room. Only water bottles will be accepted in these rooms.

Costuming and Cosplay

What is Costuming or Cosplay?

Costuming and Cosplay (costume and play) is the act of dressing up as a character from comics, anime, videogames, manga, movies, TV, or books. Costuming and Cosplay is not to be confused for a Halloween costumes. There is a remarkable amount of passion and attention to detail that is involved in the creation of a piece as well as dressing-up and displaying it.

Do I have to get dressed up?

Yes… No. Really, you do not have to get dressed up to attend Comiccon. But if you would like to, it would make us really happy.

While it is highly encouraged, keep in mind that there are some restrictions apply:

  1. Footwear is required (do not come barefoot).
  2. Costumes that are deemed to be indecently revealing (the "no costume is not a costume" principle), as well as costumes or props that are deemed to be offensive or otherwise unacceptable by Québec City Comiccon standards are prohibited. An attendee who is wearing a costume or carrying a prop that does not meet these requirements may be asked to change into either street clothes or another costume.
  3. All large props or any props resembling weapons (including guns, swords, spears, whips, bows, etc.) must pass through weapons check and be verified and peacebonded by the Québec City Comiccon Weapons Master to ensure they are safe. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the convention without refund. Please refer to our Weapons Policy for more detail.

What is the Masquerade?

The Masquerade is one of the highlights of the Québec City Comiccon. It is a non-professional costume competition featuring costumes from comic books, movies, Japanese animation or video games.

How does the Masquerade work?

There are two different entry categories:

  1. A Skit is a short sketch done alone or with a group. The time limit is one minute (60 seconds). For a group of four or more, the limit is a minute and a half (90 seconds). If the skit is longer than the allocated time, the lights and the sound will be cut and the contestants will be escorted off the stage.
  2. During a Walk-On, the contestant or the group walks on the stage, strikes different poses in the middle of the stage to show their costumes on every angle and walks out of the other side of the stage. Background music on a CD is permitted and strongly encouraged.

How do I enter the Masquerade?

Registration will take place at the masquerade booth inside the Cosplay Lounge (302). The booth will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There are a limited number of entry slots. A portion will be taken from online applicants.

I bought/rented my costume; can I participate?

The masquerade is a non-professional competition. Costumes bought online or rented are not eligible for any award, same as professional or theatrical costumes. However, these costumes can be presented on stage in the “Out of competition” category. Please note that priority is given to the costumes created by the non-professional contestants. The “Out of Competition” applications will be allowed only if additional slots are still available.

I had my costume commissioned; can I participate?

Commissioned costumes will be allowed if the costumer (the one who made the costume) filled out the application form him/herself. The person does not have to appear on stage, but his or her presence in the waiting room is mandatory.

Guests, Panels and Schedules

Will Guests be available all week-end?

Most Guests are scheduled to be at the Québec City Comiccon for all week-end. A few guests will only make a single or two day appearance. Guests will have a note next to their bio that will list which day they will appear (Appearances = Photo Ops and Autographs)

Why did my favorite guest cancel? I bought a ticket just to see them!

There are a number of reasons why someone cancels, from last minute emergencies, to illness, to jobs, to moral crisis about their appearance, to a myriad of other reasons. When we book our guests, both enter the agreement with the expectation that they make their appearance. Things happen that are out of everyone’s control. The best advice we can give is to try to enjoy other aspects of the convention while you are there. There is quite a lot to see and do. In such circumstances, the Québec City Comiccon cannot be held responsible. All sales are final. No exchange or refund will be issued.

Which day will my favorite celebrity have their Q&A?

That information will be posted much closer to the event date. Schedules tend to change several times before they can be posted, and even then it should always be considered tentative. As soon as some information is available, it will be shared next to the celebrities bio.

When should I arrive for a Main Event?

We ask that attendees line-up no earlier than 60 minutes before a scheduled event. Simultaneous line-ups for back-to-back to panels will not be permitted. Example: Panel A starts at 4:00 PM and Panel B at 5:00 PM. Attendees can line up for Panel A as of 3:00 PM (1 hour before), but cannot line-up for Panel B between 3:00 to 3:59 PM, as this would mix the lines and lead to confusion and congestion.

Are the lineups long to get in to see a panel?

Lineups for certain events can be lengthy. Therefore, we recommend that you arrive at the designated site 45 minutes prior to the scheduled presentation time.

Please be respectful to others in the line. Everyone in the line is just as excited as you are. Cutting in front of other audience members is unacceptable.

When is the schedule coming out?

The schedule is "finalized" not too far before the show; look for it early October. That being said, there will undoubtedly be alterations due to last minute changes. As we announce tentative schedules, we try to keep up and list them on our completely Schedule Grids on site (in front of each room). We recommend that you subscribe to our Twitter feeds and Facebook posts to get current updates.

Can I take pictures during panels, workshops or Main Events?

Photography and recordings may be permitted during workshops, panels, and Celebrity Q&A sessions and in the Artists' Area at the discretion of the host(s)/artists involved. If you are unsure whether photography or videography are allowed during a particular event or in a particular area, ask permission from Québec City Comiccon Staff first.

Candid Photography

Can I bring my camera?

Of course! Please note that there will be restrictions on photos and recording during panels and other events, but you are free to take photos on the show floor, as long as you are courteous to those you are photographing. Most people coming in costume will be happy to be photographed and will even pose on request.

Can I take photos of the Guests/Celebrities?

Certain guests may have policies wherein they charge for snapshots or have exclusive deals with professional photographers at the con. Don't be offended if they refuse to take a snapshot with you, or ask for cash first.

Please keep in mind that, though they might be celebrities, our Guests are people first. They may not want to take pictures in off-hours after they've been in photo shoots. Others simply do not like candid shots of themselves to be taken. Please respect their decision.

Can I take picture of Con Attendees?

In general, Costumers and Cosplayers really like to be photographed and complimented on their costume; don't be shy, but do be considerate. Ask before taking photos of costumers, it's only polite and there may be people at con who aren't interested in having their photos taken and plastered all over the Internet (it's true!) Don't be offended if they say no. Or they may just want to get to the bathroom ASAP.

It is VERY important that you ask a parent, guardian, or chaperone for permission to take a minor’s photo and let them know where the photo will be located. If they say no, please respect their wishes. Again, don't be offended if they say no.

Autographs

How much does it cost to get an autograph?

Each guest sets his/her own price for autographs and photo ops. We don't currently have access to those prices, but we are trying to get them before the show so people can prepare accordingly. In that regard, you can get as many signatures as you are willing to pay for (possibly limited by how large the remaining line is behind you, of course).

Where do I buy autographs?

Autographs can be purchased at the Québec City Comiccon, at the actual booth where the autographs are being done (in the Exhibit Hall). The celebrity will usually have a guest liaison that will take care of the monetary transaction.

Photo Ops

What is a Photo Op?

A purchase of a celebrity Photo Op gives you an 8X10 full color photo of yourself with the celebrity.

Can I ask the celebrity a question during the Photo Op session?

In order to avoid any patron being upset we like to point out that you are not buying a "conversation" with the celebrity. On rare occasion a patron will be upset that we must keep the line moving, however please know that our celebrities need to also do their on-stage presentations and sign autographs, generally all in the same day, and they often need to catch a plane or make another engagement. The Photo Op lasts less than 15 seconds.

What should I wear to the Photo Op?

Your photo will no doubt be highly prized and saved for years, so we suggest giving some thought to your wardrobe. White does not photograph well.

Where do I purchase Photo Op vouchers?

a. Before the show:
A limited number of Photo Op Vouchers will be sold a few weeks before the event. We will post a link on our site once it is live. A firm date has yet to be determined.

b. At the show:
You can purchase your vouchers at the Photo Op booth located inside the Exhibit Hall, near the Autograph area.

Note: Not all guests are present all two days of the show, so if you're buying your photo op onsite instead of online, keep in mind that they may have sold out, or may not be at the show for the day that works best for you.

Do I choose the time slot for my photo op or is it assigned to me?

Photo ops are purchased per session, not per guest. What does that mean? It means that when you buy your photo op, you choose either the Saturday photo op slot, or the Sunday photo op slot (based on availability). The actual times of the Photo Op sessions will be posted a few days before the show. An updated list will be included onsite, at the Photo Op booth inside the Exhibit Hall.

Where will the actual photos be taken?

They will be right next to the Photo Ops booth inside the Exhibit Hall. One line will be for VIP ticket holders with purchased vouchers, and another for all other ticket types with vouchers.

How many friends can join me in the photo shoot?

You can have up to THREE people in a single photo op shoot (not including babies or the media guests!). The photo op price is per posed picture, not per person. However, you will only get one 8" x 10" photo per voucher. Additional reprints and jpegs can be ordered onsite for $10.

How many copies can I get of my Photo Op?

We can only supply ONE photo, no matter how many fans are in the picture. You are free to order as many photo ops with the same celebrity as you wish. Additional reprints and jpegs can be ordered onsite for $10.

Are the Photo Ops Vouchers limited?

There are a limited number of photo ops for sale per session so it's highly recommended that you purchase your photo ops online and not wait until the convention to purchase on site (online photo op sale date is TBD).

How early should I show up to the Photo Op?

Arriving 5-15 minutes beforehand is sufficient. Because there are a limited number of photo ops for sale per session, you need not worry about 1000 people showing up on Saturday afternoon for your photo op with Laurie Holden (or whoever your guest of choice is). Therefore, you do not need to line up ahead of time for your photo op. This is extremely important as it prevents unnecessary congestion in the photo op area inside the Exhibit Hall and will ultimately make everything run much more efficiently.

But what it’s for the same photo shoot?

Ah, in that case, the friend you choose share the photo session with can have any type of pass.. However, keep in mind that if your friend has a voucher and wants a solo pic, they'll need to go to the regular line-up.

Tips and Recommendations

What additional tips or recommendations do you have that could make my Comiccon experience more enjoyable?

  1. Bring Cold Hard Cash. Even if you don’t think you will buy much at the show - take some Canadian coloured currency to prepare for unexpected expenses - like in case you want a snack or the booth that has that coveted collectible doesn’t accept debit. There will be ATM’s on site but we think you would rather spend time in a line where the piece of paper you get at the end is an autograph.
  2. Stay hydrated! Make sure you bring a water bottle. All that walking and standing around will dehydrate the best of us. Especially if we’re in costume.
  3. Wear comfortable shoes. True enough, beauty requires a little discomfort; however you may want to sacrifice a tad of style and good looks (even though they are often worth the pain). We highly (oh, so highly) recommend you wear some comfy, clean clothes and a nice pair of shoes with excellent cushioning.
  4. Love the line! Lining up at any fan convention is a fact of life. Need some money from the ATM? Line Up! Gotta get some grub? Line up! I want to be in first? Line up with the rest of us! Autographs, Q&A’s, Photo Ops? Lines, lines, lines. Chances are you will be spending some time in lines. This is where bringing a partner helps or something to read or play a game on your iPhone or make friends with that Klingon next to you...
  5. Bring a backpack or tote shopping bag. Whether you are bringing comics for Creator Guests to sign, or you are buying lots of stuff, you'll be glad when you have something handy to carry your stuff around in.
  6. Bring…more useful stuff!
    Here are some other accessories that many are happy to have and regret when they don't:

    • An autograph book or sketchbook
    • A good pen/Sharpie for getting autographs
    • A folder or other container to carry artwork
    • DVDs/Books you want signed by professionals who'll be in attendance
    • A cell phone & charger (for energy sucking smart phones!)
    • A pen and note pad, in case your iPhone died and you can’t charge it.
    • Your camera and extra battery, in case your iPhone died and you can’t charge it.
    • Mints
    • Deodorant… No, no… Not for you, for that other sweaty person in line… Ok, you.
    • Hand Sanitizer
  7. If it's illegal outside the convention, it's illegal inside the convention. For the safety of all con attendees, please review the Montreal Comiccon Weapons Policy. It can be found here:

    Failure to do so will result in warnings and potentially loss of convention membership.

  8. Mind your P’s and Q’s. Be polite and let our guests know that you appreciate them coming to Québec City and Québec City Comiccon. If you’re polite and ask for an autograph or a sketch, most guests will be happy to oblige. Take out your book to a fresh page, tell them you’re a fan and would they mind doing a quick sketch for your personal collection.

Newbie Questions

What is Sci-Fi?

Pamela Sargent dubbed it "the literature of ideas." Sci-Fi, abbreviated from Science fiction, is a genre of fiction with imaginative but more or less plausible content such as settings in the future, futuristic science and technology, space travel, parallel universes, aliens, and paranormal abilities. Science fiction has been used by authors and film/television program makers as a device to discuss philosophical ideas such as identity, desire, morality, social structure, and other aspects of human nature.

What are Comic Books?

A comic book is the art of sequential storytelling through narrative artwork in the form of separate panels that represent individual scenes. The term "comic book" arose because the first comic books reprinted humor comic strips. Despite their name, comic books are not necessarily humorous in tone; modern comic books tell stories in a variety of genres.

What is Horror?

Horror fiction is a genre of literature which is intended to frighten, scare or startle its readers/viewers by inducing feelings of horror and terror by creating an eerie and frightening atmosphere. Often the central menace of a work of Horror fiction can be interpreted as a metaphor for the larger fears of a society.

What is Anime?

Anime are Japanese animated productions, made for film and television. The word is the abbreviated pronunciation of “animation" in Japanese. In English, the term is defined as a style of animation originating in Japan, which often features colorful graphics, vibrant characters and action-filled plots with fantastic or futuristic themes.

What is Gaming?

Gaming is the running of electronic games on gaming consoles, personal computers, and online.

What are Table Top Games?

Tabletop game is a general term used to refer to board games, card games, dice games, miniatures wargames, tile-based games and other games that are normally played on a flat surface.

What is Steampunk?

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by the Industrial Era in Western civilization during the 19th century.

Exhibitor Questions

Volunteers

Do I need to buy my pass in advance?

Yes, we require all volunteers need to be pass-carrying attendees. However, we do offer a rewards system based on the amount of hours volunteered. This is only applicable to those who have purchased a week-end pass.

  • For 8 hours worked over the course of the weekend, we will reimburse 50% of the cost of a Week-End pass.
  • For 15 hours worked over the course of the weekend, we will reimburse 100% of the cost of a Week-End pass.

If you have purchased a Priority pass, we will refund you the reimbursement value of a Week-End pass.

Can volunteers work for less than 8 hours?

Yes. Volunteers can work for as many or as little hours as they want. Before being scheduled, all volunteers will be asked how many hours like would like to volunteer for. Please remember though that all volunteers must be pass-carrying attendees, even if you are not planning on working enough hours for a reimbursement.

If I volunteer, am I guaranteed to meet the special guests?

No. During your free time, you are free to enjoy the convention as an attendee, including going to meet the guests. Due to agent requests and busy schedules, we cannot guarantee that you will meet all the guests. You will also be responsible for the autograph and photo fees.

Do the volunteers get any perks?

A: All volunteers will be given a Québec City Comiccon volunteers t-shirt, and a food voucher for the day(s) that they are volunteering.