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.
Let’s break CCI’s autographs up into two groups. The first, groups and individuals, are exactly what they sound like. It’s people like John Barrowman, Gigi Edgley, Benedict Wong, Nichelle Nichols, Matt Taylor, and many more.
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 basically require you to have/pull a ticket in order to either come back for a signing later in the day. Drawings are held beginning at 9AM (or a little earlier) in the Autograph Area each morning. This includes signings for Star Vs. The Forces of Evil, Final Space, DuckTales, Adam Savage, Robot Chicken, Voltron Legendary Defender, Steven Universe, and more.
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. You can read more about process over here.