We get a lot of questions about autographs, and the sad truth is, there is no easy answer. Almost every autograph session and booth has their own rules for how the autographs are run — including Comic-Con International, with their group, individual, and limited autograph signings. These are all signings either taking place up in the Sails Pavilion, or with ticket drawings in the Sails Pavilion (as well as some other drawings).
Let’s break CCI’s autographs up into two groups. The first, group and individuals, are exactly what they sound like. It’s people like John Barrowman,Cas Anvar, Gail Simone, Jonathan Maberry, Andy Weir, Greg Cipes, Gemma Correll, Adam Savage, and many more. There are also groups such as DuckTales, Shadowhunters, Stitchers, and many more. That’s just to name a handful.
Some of these, though not all, will charge a fee for an autograph. You may not know until you physically get to Sails where they’ll be signing at their given time — but all of them are required to sign one copy of the Souvenir Program book for any fan at no charge. If there are any special rules for the signing, they will be listed, so read carefully.
Then there are the limited signings — which is where things get a little more complicated. These signings and booths basically require you to have/pull a ticket in order to either come back for a signing later in the day, or to be eligible to purchase something at their booth. We did an entire guide on exactly how that process works, so if you’re confused, that’s a good place to start.
While not listed, Warner Bros. and Fox should both be back with their ticket draws (which is mostly what the guide above covers). As always, you can find everything we do know in our Announced Autograph Master List.
Then there are other limited signings, which also require ticket drawings, such as for Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue, R.L. Stine, Diana Gabaldon, the casts of Steven Universe and The Tick. For all of these, you’ll need to head to Sails first thing in the morning to draw for a ticket, but then the signing will happen later in the day.
There’s also the drawings for the Horton Grand panels. It’s the same general process: Arrive early, draw ticket, and if you’re a winner, you get two assigned seats at the Horton.
Just to re-emphasize, here’s our resources for autographs: