I’ve had a couple questions about doing autograph signings on the day you need to pick up your badge! I’m not entirely certain about this one, as I’ve never picked up my badge on the same day as I’ve done autographs. But this is what I’m able to deduce:
- the line to get into the convention center itself is one line. Whether you’d be picking up a badge, or getting in line for autograph drawings, you’d start out in the same line outside. So as long as you have your badge confirmation, you’d be a-ok to get in this line to get inside.
- both the autograph drawings and badge pickup happens at the Sails Pavilion. Here’s the only place where I’m unsure. According to CCI, badge pickup starts at 8:30 am, and autograph drawings start at 8 am. I’m not sure if you’d be fine to wait in line for the autograph drawing with your badge confirmation, and then get into line to pick up your badge. There are always lots of people around the Sails Pavilion to direct you where you need to go, though, so asking one of them on the day of would likely be your best bet.
It’s worth noting that, if you have several individual badges (ie a Thursday and a Friday badge, but no Saturday or Sunday), you can pick up both badges on your first day. So you can pick up your Thursday and Friday badges on Thursday!
Maybe someone else out there has experienced this before. Has anyone ever done an autograph drawing and picked up their badge in the same morning? How did you go about doing it?