Q: When is the Cincinnati Comic Expo?
A: September 14 – 16, 2018
Q: What are the times of the show?
A: The show floor is open the following hours:
Friday 9/14/2018 – 3pm to 8pm
Saturday 9/15/2018 – 10am to 7pm
Sunday 9/16/2018 – 10am to 5pm
-VIP Ticket holders get in at 2:00pm on Friday and 9:30am on Saturday and Sunday.
Q: Do I need to purchase special tickets/passes for autographs and/or pictures with the Media Guests?
A: No, you do not need to order special tickets or passes. There are extra fees by each guest for an autograph or photo or combination of both. Each guest will set their own fees and rates. Most guests will accept cash only at their table (unless otherwise noted). When we have those fees, we will have them posted and shared for everyone so you may plan ahead accordingly. Photo-ops will be available in advance for purchase through Celeb Photo-Ops.
Q: Where is Cincinnati Comic Expo?
A: The Cincinnati Comic Expo is being held in Halls A, B, and C of the Duke Energy Convention Center. Panels and other events will be in conference rooms on the second floor and the Geek Prom will be in the Junior Ballroom on the third floor. Over 150,000 square foot of exhibit space!
Q: Cool, where’s the convention center?
A: The Duke Energy Convention Center is located at 525 Elm St in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
Q: Where can we park?
A: The convention center has multiple parking garages connected to it. Parking fees vary. Parking is also available at the hotels in the immediate vicinity of the convention center. Those parking fees vary as well. Feel free to check the Duke Energy website for specifics on parking garages, parking lots, and metered street spaces: http://www.duke-energycenter.com/2400/parkinganddirections.asp.
Q: When and where can I enter the building?
A: We at the Cincinnati Comic Expo want everyone to have a fun and enjoyable time. To ensure that everyone has a good time, security and safety have become of paramount importance to all. The following security plan is being put in place with the cooperation, participation, and oversight of the Duke Energy Convention Center and Cincinnati Police Department. The following process and plan are not negotiable and without exemption. It will be enforced by Duke Energy Convention security and Cincinnati Police Department. We are sharing the details now so you may plan accordingly with where to go and to give yourself ample time to get there.
-All attendees (VIP badge holders, weekend admission, single day admission, and Geek Prom) may only enter the Duke Energy Convention Center at the entrance on 5th St at Central Ave. The entrances on the skywalks from nearby hotels and parking garages will be locked and closed. The entrance at 5th St and Elm St, that has been traditionally used in previous years, will also be closed to anyone bearing admission to the Expo.
-Anyone that has a Guest, Staff, Exhibitor, and Volunteer badge already collected will be assigned to another entrance. If you are a Volunteer or Exhibitor that does NOT have a badge yet, you will use the entrance at 5th and Central.
-This entrance will open at TBA on Friday and TBA on Saturday and Sunday. Fans may line up outside before those times, but will not be allowed entry into the building.
-Depending on props, costumes, and bags in your possession, the security detail (operated by Duke Energy Convention Center and Cincinnati Police Dept) will search, conduct a check, and use portable magnetometers (metal detectors). The security detail will enforce the Cincinnati Comic Expo Weapons Policy. See http://cincinnaticomicexpo.com/weapons-policy/. Convention Center personnel will direct you and instruct you into proper lines and searches to properly secure everyone in a quickly manner. The personnel at the entry also have authority and decision over any items not covered in the policy or other questionable items. Plan accordingly with your schedule to go throughout this process.
-Owners of banned items or items that violate the policies will be turned away. You can take the item home or place it in your vehicle. The security will not provide a hold for items of that nature. You can then return without the item.
-After being cleared to enter the building, fans will want to enter Hall C, which will be located directly across from the building entrance. Hall C will contain Admissions (cash and credit card), Will Call, and line queues for fans to line up to enter the main showfloor.
-You will enter your appropriate line (cash/credit card admission, Will Call, or VIP). VIP is a Will Call line dedicated to those that purchased the VIP pass. You will be given your badge or wristband. Then, you will be directed to line up in you designated entry. VIPs will be directed to the left (for early entry) and everyone else (weekend and single day pass holders) will be directed to the right. If you are a VIP or weekend pass holder returning on a following day, you may line up in your designated area after entry into the hall.
-Fans will be able to exit the building through the other doorways, but re-entry may only occur at the same entrance on 5th St at Central Ave.
Q: Will there be events that run longer than the show floor is open?
A: Yes. There will be events that will run longer than the show floor is open. These events include the Geek Prom and Tabletop Gaming Room.
Q: That all sounds great, where can I get tickets?
A: Tickets can be purchased here: Get Tickets.
Q: Are there going to be VIP Packages this year?
Q: Are badges being mailed this year?
A: No. After you purchase your tickets, you will receive an email with a pdf e-ticket attached. Print out this ticket and bring it to Will Call at the show for admittance! We’ll have a desk set aside specifically for people who pre register, so the line will move fast. The Will Call will be open starting at TBA on Friday, September 14th, and TBA on Saturday, September 15th, and Sunday, September 16th.
Q: Do you know if there is handicap seating for this event? What do we have to do to get it?
A: Yes, we have handicap seating. The Duke Energy Convention Center is completely handicap accessible. Our aisles on the show floor are wide to have access for everyone. The panel rooms have ample room at the front for anyone in wheelchairs. We have panel room monitors to be sure that space is free and available for those that need them. Other patrons have chosen outside aisle seats, so they were not as close to the front.