We are pleased to announce that YALC (Young Adult Literature Convention) is to return to London Film & Comic Con in 2017 offering the best of British YA publishing the opportunity to share their works with the thousands attending the event at London Olympia.  
 
Be part of over 80 authors joining us for three packed day’s of talks, workshops and activities. YALC is a celebration of the very best books for young people - and fans of young adult fiction will once again have chance to meet favourite authors, discover new books, listen to inspiring talks, take part in hands-on creative workshops, meet agents and publishers - and much more!

 

Booking & Payment

To book space and further information on this dedicated area, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that you may be asked to provide some details of your published works to ensure eligibility. 

Price

2m by 2m walled pitch located with YALC

One 6 x 2’ trestle table plus two chairs

Cloths are not provided 

2 exhibitor’s wristbands

£335 (inc VAT)

 

6m by 4m booth located within YALC

Walled on three sides

Three 6 x 2’ trestle table plus six chairs

Cloths are not provided

6 exhibitor’s wristbands

£1100 (inc VAT)

 

Backing Table:

£20 (inc VAT) in Advance £25 (inc VAT) on the day

Same size as regular tables but MUST sit behind and not to the side of it. This effectively doubles your display depth

 

Power:

£200 (inc VAT)

This is one power outlet for a regular UK plug. (British 13A/230-240 V 50 Hz grounded and fused) Extension cables are not provided.

Info 

Space in YALC is reserved exclusively for authors or book publishers of the Young Adult Genre.

Bookings for YALC tables are on a first come, first served basis. The number of exhibitors will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Displays may not be over 2m high without a pre-approved risk assessment

Those with 2 or more pitches booked are given the option to purchase one additional exhibitor wristband at a discounted price of £40.

Spaces are not transferable and non-refundable

Unless superseded by any of the above, all YALC bookings are subject to our Standard Terms and Conditions: http://www.showmastersevents.com/images/files/Terms-and-Conditions.pdf  

YALC table space is for the duration of the event (three full days and preview evening). Exhibitors are expected to be in attendance for the duration.

All set-up must be done in advance as per instructions within the exhibitors pack (which will be provided in advance of the event)

Any requests for programme content in the YALC schedule should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We do not provide a floor plan but any location requests will be taken into account and we will try our best to accommodate them. You will be sent an information pack via email in the weeks before the show. It will contain all the details you need to know that are not available until that time. (Please make sure you provide a valid email at the time of booking to ensure the details reach you correctly.)

 

FRIDAY 27th JULY

MAIN STAGE

11.00 Look at the Industry
Many of our favourite authors started off in the book industry themselves so know the process from grass roots up. A great panel for those who may be interested in getting into the industry but haven’t found the book within them yet.
Annalie Grainger, Beth Garrod, Chloe Coles & Chloe Seager
12.00 Can we be friends?
A look at the different types of friendships made in YA. How they start, how they grow and can they be maintained into adulthood?
Alice Oseman, David Owen, Gayle Forman & Lauren Price
13.00 Centenary of the Womens Vote
The ultimate look at feminism and where we have come in the last 100 years.
Alwyn Hamilton, Katherine Webber, Sally Nicholls & Sheena Wilkinson
14.00 Tale as old as time
We all know the classics but there is a trend at the moment for re-telling these stories for a modern audience. We take a look at how our favourite stories are coming to life again on the page and the responsibility that comes with taking on such a task.
Deirdre Sullivan, Kristina Perez, Louise O'Neill, Mary Watson & Melissa Albert
15.00 Where will you be in five years?
As YALC turns five we look at what’s happened in the last half decade and look to the next five years and what it has in store for YA. Our panel will talk about their hopes and aspirations and may have some hints to help you reach your own goals
Katherine Woodfine, Non Pratt, Sally Green & Sara Barnard
16.00 200 years of Frank
As it’s the 200 anniversary of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein we look at how monsters have been portrayed in YA and if they are characters we learn to love
Ed McDonald, Joanne Harris, Matt Killeen, Melinda Salisbury & Sarah Maria Griffin

 

WORKSHOPS

Whether you’re completely new to creative writing, or you want to hone and develop your skills, there’s something for everyone in our fun workshop programme.

11.00 World Building 101 with Kristina Perez
Do you love sci-fi and fantasy? Wondering how authors build their worlds from the ground up? Then come along to the World Building 101 workshop, aimed at both readers and writers, for insight into creating complex, diverse worlds and techniques for developing your own.
12.00 Writing with Tarot Cards with Deirdre Sullivan
Tarot cards, like fiction, can serve as mirrors and windows.  We'll be using tarot cards to access our intuition and build characters and story arcs.
13.00 Dare to Write? A Writer’s Journey
Come on a journey with Dare to Write? exploring a new approach to writing - for fun! Build characters, create worlds and bring your imagination to life in this writing workshop at YALC 2018.
14.00 Draw The Family Tree with Emma Shoard
Marking the release of Mal Peet's illustrated novella, The Family Tree, illustrator Emma Shoard will be leading a drawing workshop exploring the form of the tree.
How does a tree in our mind differ from what we see in front of us when we look at these complex natural forms? What do different types of tree say to us? Using ink, charcoal and pencil, participants will have the chance to make their own tree drawings taking into consideration the characteristics of each species and suggesting a narrative through their choice of tree, mark making and composition.
15.00 What’s written in the stars with Kate Ling
Ever wondered how to read what is written in the stars? Who your perfect astrological match could be? Find out at YALC with Kate Ling, author of the out-of-this world Ventura Saga! You will be playing horoscope bingo, mingling with your fellow book lovers and learning loads of facts about horoscopes and the secrets the stars hold.
16.00 How to Write Funny with Chloe Seager
Join Chloe Seager, author of Editing Emma and sequel Friendship Fails of Emma Nash (August 2018), to learn how to write a hilarious YA novel. From writing the perfect joke, to crafting a cringe-worthy scene, Chloe will be talking you through the essentials when it comes to Funny YA, so you can try your hand at writing the next laugh-out-loud YA bestseller.
17.00 Fight Like a Pirate with Ed McDonald
Fight Like a Pirate: 17.15 to 18.00 Join fantasy author Ed McDonald and the team from The London Longsword Academy for a beginners swordfighting session. Learn the stances, grasp your weapon and learn how you would fair in the midst of a battlefield.

 

AGENTS' ARENA

If you want to learn more about getting published or working in publishing, head to our Agents’ Arena. Each day of YALC, you’ll find a series of workshops, talks and one-to-one pitching sessions with authors and leading literary agents, who will help demystify the publishing process.

11.00 Submission Letter & Pitch Workshop
Need to perfect your submission package before querying agents? Literary Agent Danielle Zigner will be on hand to help you polish your submission letter and master the all-important elevator pitch.
12.00 Talk To Our Agents
Your chance to pitch your novel to one of our agents. Not ready to pitch? That’s fine – take the opportunity to ask them your questions about anything book/publishing-related! Agents attending will be Polly Nolan, Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager, Lydia Silver & Danielle Zigner.
13.00 How To Get Published
Your guide to preparing your manuscript for submission, querying agents, and everything that happens once you get a book deal. Led by agents Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager & Danielle Zigner.
14.00 Author & Agent Talk: Mermaids and Foreign Deals
An insight into how the author-agent relationship works, as told by the authors and agents themselves! Debut novelist Kate Dylan and her agent Danielle Zigner will be talking about the market for YA fantasy, selling rights in translation, and what to do when your first book doesn’t sell.

 

 

 

SATURDAY 28th JULY

MAIN STAGE

10.00 Growing up in the past
Bridge the gap between the past and the present by having a look at the growing popularity of historical fiction in YA readers
Frances Hardinge, Keren David, Laura Wood & Lucy Adlington
11.00 Politics on the page
Young adults futures are being decided by todays government so it’s an important conversation to have. How can you get your voice heard? How do you form your political views? How do the books you read impact your choices for the future?
Alice Skinner, Karen Gregory, Sarah Shaffi, Tom Pollock, Tomi Adeyemi & Yaba Badoe
12.00 Books & Boobs
Get the chance to hear all about the amazing work that Coppafeel do and learn about breast healthcare for life. Featuring ambassadors and boobettes
Amelia Mandeville
13.00 Amongst the Stars
Brought to you by Destination Star Trek. We go stratospheric in the discussion about space and creating worlds that none of us have had the chance to go to except in our authors wonderful books
Becky Chambers, Lauren James, Lindsay Cummings, Samantha Shannon & Sasha Alsberg
14.00 Giovanna and Tom Fletcher in Conversation
Giovanna & Tom talk about their new book, working together as writers and as partners in life.
15.00 My Body, My Way
Our panel discuss about what we face in todays society in regards to body image. The impact of the media, your peers and how you feel about yourself.
Charli Howard, Charly Cox, Dhonielle Clayton, Laura Dockrill & Laura Steven
16.00 Loud & Proud
A light hearted but important discussion on LGBT characters in YA
Josh Martin, Keris Stainton & Simon James Green
17.00 The Big YALC Quiz
Until 6.30pm: Two teams will battle it out and test their YA knowledge for the privilege of calling themselves winners! We all know it’s the taking part that counts but I bet our teams have a competitive streak. See some of your favourite YA authors and a two superfans battle it out and test your own skills as you play along.

 

WORKSHOPS

Whether you’re completely new to creative writing, or you want to hone and develop your skills, there’s something for everyone in our fun workshop programme.

10.00 Stop! Collaborate and Listen!
The only thing better than a novel written collaboratively by seven of UKYA's finest authors is a story written in 45 minutes with seven of UKYA's finest authors and YOU! Come along and celebrate the publication of Floored with this fantastic writing workshop.
11.00 Writing Poetry As Therapy with Charly Cox
How I write/ Where the inspiration comes from/ and how it helps me through the bigger scarier things in life, including a Q&A with Charly Cox.
12.00 Judging a Book by its Cover with Pip Johnson
Learn the tricks of the trade that go into creating a cover design for young adult books, from designer Pip Johnson. From cover concepts to rough drafts, alternative versions to the final finish, find out what makes a cover pop and see if you have a dream design idea of your own.
13.00 Self-publishing workshop with Jaqueline Silvester
The self-publishing industry is booming and there are a thousand good reasons to self-publish your work. Have you written a collection of poems? Are you writing something really niche, like a historical romance featuring robot ninjas? Do you want full creative autonomy and control? These are just a few of the reasons self-publishing might be right for you.  Come and learn the ins and outs of self-publishing in this practical workshop
taught by Jacqueline Silvester, Amazon bestselling author of Wunderkids.
14.00 MuggleNet's Potter Party
Join MuggleNet for crafty fun and games as we celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It's Mandrakes, Basilisks and House Elves galore, so pack up your Ford Anglia and follow the spiders to the workshop space!
15.00 Stand up! Disrupt! with Alice Skinner
Join illustrator Alice Skinner for a creative placard making workshop as she helps you to find your voice and unleash your inner activist
16.00 Finding Ideas with Steve Camden
Steven Camden leads a messy informal session on beating the pressure of the blank page by diving into character and worlds in collaboration with other people to find story ideas
17.00 Dressing the Past with Lucy Adlington
Lucy Adlington is a clothes historian and author of The Red Ribbon, a YA novel based on the true stories of the dressmakers of Auschwitz.
In Dressing the Past you are invited to explore the ways in which clothes can create characters, give clues and set a scene... all on your chosen spot along the spectrum of authenticity. With writing exercises and fabulous 1940s fashions.

 

AGENTS' ARENA

If you want to learn more about getting published or working in publishing, head to our Agents’ Arena. Each day of YALC, you’ll find a series of workshops, talks and one-to-one pitching sessions with authors and leading literary agents, who will help demystify the publishing process.

10.00 How To Get Published
Your guide to preparing your manuscript for submission, querying agents, and everything that happens once you get a book deal. Led by agents Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager & Danielle Zigner.
11.00 Careers In Publishing Panel
Our panel of industry professionals will lead you through their publishing journeys and answer your questions about getting a foot in the door. Led by agent Chloe Seager, with guests Alice Natali (Rights, ILA), Lucy Richardson (Publicity, HarperCollins) and Sarah Stewart (Editorial, Usborne).
12.00 Talk To Our Agents
Your chance to pitch your novel to one of our agents. Not ready to pitch? That’s fine – take the opportunity to ask them your questions about anything book/publishing-related! Agents attending will be Lauren Gardner, Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager, Alice Sutherland-Hawes & Danielle Zigner.
14.00 Author & Agent Talk: Digital Deals
How do digital deals differ from print, and what are the benefits? Michelle Kenney, author of Book of Fire, and her agent Chloe Seager discuss and offer advice about writing books for the digital market.

 

 

 

SUNDAY 29th JULY

MAIN STAGE

10.00 The suspense is killing me
Thriller is not just an amazing Michael Jackson song; it is also an emerging genre on the YA scene. We are lucky enough to have a panel full of authors who write novels with twists and turns that make you think. Talk to them about the research they had to do and the social commentary that can also be weaved into the stories we are reading.
Elizabeth Klehfoth, Nicci Cloke, Phyllida Shrimpton, S. K. Wright & Tracy Darnton
11.00 Travellers Life for Me
Books often take us on a journey but today we look at where in the world we can visit through the wonderful medium of reading
Cecilia Vinesse, Clementine Beauvais, Emily Barr & Rutendo Tavengerwei
12.00 Bring a torch - It’s dark in here
have a look at the darker side of YA and why we like to visit dystopian worlds
Anna Day, Kerry Drewery, Nicky Singer, Vic James & William Sutcliffe
13.00 Real world, Real me
What are the hot issues right now? What are we, and should we, be writing about to help our fellow peeps and how books have got us through some tough times in our lives.
Akemi Dawn Bowman, Eve Ainsworth, Holly Bourne, Lisa Williamson & Lydia Ruffles
14.00 Into the ring
With the hype surrounding the greatest showman film (and amazing soundtrack) it seems the world has circus fever and YA is also along for the ride. We talk to some authors who have embraced this scene and end with a This is Me singalong
Christina Henry, Hayley Barker, Julie Mayhew & Kelly McCaughrain
15.00 Who am I?
Now more then ever it is important to know who you are. Finding your voice can feel hard so lets discuss about how YA narratives help us do just that. 
Anna James, Jenny McLachlan, Marieke Nijkamp & Muhammad Khan
16.00 Juno Dawson & Melvin Burgess
Two of our favourites in conversation about where the YA genre came from and how it influenced a generation. 

 

WORKSHOPS

Whether you’re completely new to creative writing, or you want to hone and develop your skills, there’s something for everyone in our fun workshop programme.

10.00 Unleash your inner lyricist with Julia Gray
Join YA author and singer-songwriter Julia Gray for an exclusive lyric writing workshop inspired by her new novel Little Liar. Unleash your inner lyricist and get inspired to write a song about your favourite book or poem. No musical experience required!
11.00 Welcome to Camp Reset: An origami workshop
Be kind to yourself today and start your Sunday at a slower pace at Usborne YA's Camp Reset. We'll teach you how to create messages of kindness in a laid back origami workshop based on Holly Bourne's brand new - and exclusively available at YALC! - book Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? Because Kindness is contagious, and Holly Bourne wants to show you how.
12.00 Everless with a Mocktail Mixology Workshop with Sara Holland
Join Everless author Sara Holland and uncover the secrets of the alchemist as you create your very own life elixir (AKA mocktail). In Sempera, the rich live longer than the poor as they are paid with iron coins forged from blood; coins which have the ability to lengthen lifetimes while taking away from the payee. With different flavours representing days, months or even years, how long could you add onto your life in this mocktail making workshop with a twist? Sara Holland will help you create your very own life elixir in a suitably themed hourglass…
13.00 Bra Making with Coppafeel
Capacity: 8
 
Boobies are great! CoppaFeel! want to celebrate just how wonderful they are by teaching you how to make your own literary themed bra. You will learn to make a simple unpadded triangle bra, get to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and walk away with a handy reminder to check your boobs. All the materials will be provided (yes, sparkly fabrics and tassels included) and no sewing experience is necessary.*
 
CoppaFeel! is a breast cancer awareness charity that educates young people on the importance of checking their boobs regularly and knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. CoppaFeel! are dedicated to affecting real behaviour change and eradicating the late detection of breast cancer.
 
*Please note bras will be made to fit over clothing and costumes.
* A suggested £5 donation for taking part in this workshop to help cover costs for the charity
14.00 My Translation with Clementine Beauvais
The workshops involve turning a literal translation into a literary text. Clementine Beauvais will give participants literal translations of texts (generally poems or novels in verse) and then together work on making it literary, namely beautiful... it's a very interesting kind of creative writing workshop because you have to work within the constraints of the source text, yet invest those little spaces of freedom that the work of translation gives you.
15.00 Winning Combination with Emily Barr, Caroline Carpenter & Will Hill
YA Book Prize 2018 shortlisted authors Emily Barr and Will Hill talk about writing thrillers and share their top writing tips in a workshop chaired by YA Book Prize chair Caroline Carpenter.
16.00 Build a Character: Diversity Edition with Adolescent Identities
Brought you by Adolescent Identities they host a discussion about characters. What we like, don't like, what's present in publishing, what's missing.

 

AGENTS' ARENA

If you want to learn more about getting published or working in publishing, head to our Agents’ Arena. Each day of YALC, you’ll find a series of workshops, talks and one-to-one pitching sessions with authors and leading literary agents, who will help demystify the publishing process.

10.00 How To Get Published
Your guide to preparing your manuscript for submission, querying agents, and everything that happens once you get a book deal. Led by agents Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager & Danielle Zigner.
11.00 Editing Workshop
Have you completed the first draft of your novel? Great! Now onto the fun part: editing! Bring your work along and practice your editing skills with agent Sandra Sawicka.
12.00 Talk To Our Agents
Your chance to pitch your novel to one of our agents. Not ready to pitch? That’s fine – take the opportunity to ask them your questions about anything book/publishing-related! Agents attending will be Lauren Gardner, Sandra Sawicka, Chloe Seager, Alice Sutherland-Hawes & Danielle Zigner.
14.00 Author & Agent Talk: Switching Genres
Switching genres: how writing for different age groups affects your work. Claire Waller, author of Fugly, in conversation with her agent, Sandra Sawicka.

 

The YALC Schedule is correct and up to date at time of publishing, but may be subject to change at short notice.  Keep checking back, and also check on the day of the event for any updates.

We are pleased to announce that the Small Press & Artist Alley is to return to London Film & Comic Con in 2018 offering comic book creators and other artists and illustrators the opportunity to share their talents in front of the thousands attending the event at London Olympia.  
 
Sitting alongside the featured Comic Zone guests, Small Press and Artist Alley exhibitors will have a dedicated showcase area in which they can not only promote original work and sketch but also sell prints, books, comics, cards, badges, buttons and any other merchandise featuring their art.

Situating the tables in close proximity to established comic writers and artists is expected to generate a huge buzz so is an opportunity not to be missed!

 

Booking & Payment

To book space and further information on this dedicated area, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that you may be asked to provide some examples of your work to ensure eligibility.

Price

2m by 2m pitch located within the small press & artist alley area

One 6 x 2’ trestle table

Two chairs 

Cloths are not provided

One exhibitor’s wristband

£110 (inc VAT)

 

Info 

Space in LFCC’s Small Press and Artist Alley is reserved exclusively for artists, illustrators, comic creators and independent comic or book publishers.

Bookings for LFCC’s Small Press and Artist Alley tables are on a first come, first served basis. The number of exhibitors will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Displays may not be over 2m high. Exhibitors wishing larger or more elaborate displays should apply for retail space.

Power is not available and tables may be situated in back-to-back rows.

A Small Press and Artist Alley booking includes one complimentary entrance wristband with the option to purchase one additional exhibitor wristband at a discounted price of £40. It is issued only to the creator named on this application.

Spaces are not transferable and non-refundable

Unless superseded by any of the above, all Small Press and Artist Alley booking are subject to our Standard Terms and Conditions: http://www.showmastersevents.com/images/files/Terms-and-Conditions.pdf  

Small Press and Artist Alley table space is for the duration of the event (three full days and preview evening). Artists are expected to be in attendance for the duration.

All set-up must be done in advance as per instructions within the exhibitors pack (which will be provided in advance of the event)

We do not provide a floor plan but any location requests will be taken into account and we will try our best to accommodate them. You will be sent an information pack via email in the weeks before the show. It will contain all the details you need to know that are not available until that time. (Please make sure you provide a valid email at the time of booking to ensure the details reach you correctly.)

FAQ 2018

London Film & Comic Con is a twice yearly event taking place at Olympia, London UK

Guests appear subject to work commitments. Charges will be made for autographs. Photographs of the guests will be available. Not all guests will be appearing on all days.

THE EVENT

THE VENUE

TICKETS

COSPLAY

PHOTOGRAPHY

Can I take photos or video?

QUEUING

PHOTO OPS

TALKS

AUTOGRAPHS

OTHER

 

THE EVENT

What is London Film & Comic Con?

London Film & Comic Con (LFCC) is a three-day comic con style event with celebrity guest, professional photo shoots, stage panels and retail exhibitors.

Who runs London Film & Comic Con?

LFCC is run by Showmasters events who have over 20 years of event experience. https://www.showmastersevents.com/

How big is the event?

The event has around 100,000 attendees over the three days and takes up the whole of London Olympia.

When is the event?

The event is taking place Friday 27th July to Sunday 29th July 2018.

What is the Small Press & Artist Alley area?

This is our dedicated area for paper based artists and independently published authors. They will be selling their artwork and publications and some will be commissioning pieces.

What is the Comic Zone?

Located in the gallery of the Grand Hall this is the place to go to meet comic creators and artists.

What is the Retro Gaming area?

If you like playing old school video games, then this is the area to go to. We have a host of retro gaming consoles set up for you to play.

What is YALC?

YALC is the Young Adult Literature Convention which is a standalone event for book lovers. At 11am each day the tickets to LFCC and YALC cross over so you can access both halls.

 

THE VENUE

Where is the venue?

London Olympia is located in West London. Full details of how to get there can be found on their website https://olympia.london/visiting

What is the accessibility?

Full details can be found here

Is there a cloakroom?

The venue operates a cloakroom. Please note that items are left there at their own risk and will incur a nominal charge.

Is there security?

As with all large events we have security on site. You may be asked to go through a bag check upon entry. Please take heed of all the instructions issued to you from our crew or security teams.

Are there ATMs?

The venue does house an ATM but this can have long queues and can run out so we advise you bring enough cash with you in advance.

Is there Wi-Fi?

There is Wi-Fi provided by Olympia however with so many people trying to connect it may not be the most powerful.

What is the parking facilities at the venue?

Parking is limited and controlled by the venue. Details can be found here https://olympia.london/visiting/parking/book-parking

What refreshments are available?

There will be some places in which to get refreshments in the venue itself or you can visit the restaurants in the surrounding areas https://olympia.london/visiting/food-drink

Can I leave the building once I have entered?

Yes. If you have a weekend ticket you will be given a wristband that should be kept on until the event has ended. This will grant you re-entry. If you have a day ticket you can get a hand stamp before you leave which will permit you to come back in.

 

TICKETS

What tickets are there?

There are a number of different ticket types available. Please visit our online shop for the full details. It is important to consider what you are wanting to take part in when purchasing your entry tickets as late entry is not for people wanting photo shoots or paid talks as they can be scheduled at any time throughout the day. Please also note that Diamond passes, photo ops and paid talk tickets do not include entrance to the event so you must have one of these to take part in the activity.

What is a Gold Pass?

There are many advantages to being a Gold Pass holder, which will make your visit to our events even more enjoyable. The ticket includes entry to the show for all opening days with a dedicated Gold Pass entrance.

  • This will mean shorter queues at the entrance and early entry to the event (5 minutes).
  • No need for VQ tickets as your pass acts in the same way (NB This is not the case for Diamond pass guests).
  • Priority queuing for photo ops
  • Priority seating in the talks

Please visit the online shop for full details.

What is a Diamond Pass?

This is a ticket designed for fans of a particular guest. It is an all-inclusive guaranteed way to meet the guest. Please visit the online shop for full details. Note that the Diamond Pass does not include entry into the event.

How do I get tickets?

Tickets are subject to availability and can be purchased through our ticket shop https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-film-comic-con-summer-2018-tickets-38035844234

What is the refund policy?

We encourage you to think carefully before purchasing tickets as they are non-transferable or refundable.

How do the e-tickets work?

Our tickets are powered by Eventbrite. When you order you will be sent an electronic ticket in PDF form. These can be printed by you in advance or shown on your smart devices for scanning. You can also download the Eventbrite App which stores all your tickets in one place. Please note that the tickets will only scan once so each person wishing to take part in the activity requires their own ticket.

Can my child come?

Children under four come in free and can take part in activities with their parents as long as they have a fully valid ticket.

 

COSPLAY

Can I cosplay?

Yes! We encourage people in costume. We have a dedicated Cosplay Zone where you will find our fantastic Cosplay Guests and our Cosplay stage.

What is the replica weapons policy?

All things cosplay can be found here

How do I enter the cosplay masquerade?

Our Cosplay Masquerade is very popular so pre-registration is advised. Visit the cosplay zone for more information

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Can I take photos or video?

With the guests:

We recognise that getting a photo with a guest can be important. Therefore, when you meet the guest to obtain your autograph, there is usually no further charge for taking a photo with them.
However, as the day progresses, it does sometimes become necessary to stop photos in order that the guests can get through demand and meet more people, otherwise there would be fans that would go home not having met them at all.

Please also bear in mind that whilst guests are often willing to pose for photos with fans, there may be many reasons why they decline. If this happens please do respect their wishes - there will be signs clearly on display to indicate when photography is not allowed and this includes taking photos of them in the autograph area.

With attendees:

Getting memories of your visit is part of the experience so we do permit photography at the events. Please be respectful of any areas where it is advertised that it is not permitted. Also it is courteous to ask permission to those you are photographing. Many of our cosplayers want to share their outfits with you but be nice to each other and respectful of their wishes.

During the Talks:

We would please ask that during the talks you confine any flash photography to the first 5 minutes of the talk, as this can cause a distraction and be very off-putting to the guest and the rest of the audience.

Video:

The use of video cameras is permitted in the exhibitor’s room, although we would advise asking someone's permission before filming them. All we ask is that you use your discretion and not to film anyone that doesn't want to be filmed (this goes for fans, staff and dealers as well as guests).

Video Cameras and video/sound recording equipment (including the use of recording facilities on mobile phones) is NOT allowed into Guest Talks or screenings. This is for a number of reasons both legal and practical.

What does no posed photos and no photos signs mean?

When these signs are posted it means that the guest has requested either no posed photos taken or no photos taken while they are at their table. This can be requested for a number of reasons and we ask that you respect it.

QUEUING

How long will it take to get in?

Do to the sheer number of attendees coming to our event it takes time to process those in the queue. Although the event opens at 9am we allow access to the West Hall from 7am which means that all tickets can be scanned and security searches can take place for when the doors open. Please bare this in mind when you are planning your day especially if you have scheduled photo ops and allow enough time for you to access the building and get to where you need to be. If you miss a paid for activity because you did not allow enough time then it will not be refunded.

Will I have to queue?

There will of course be some elements of queuing for activities but we have put in place a number of things that will reduce the amount of time you have to wait, leaving more time to enjoy the event.

What is a Virtual queue?

A Virtual Queue (VQ) is a queue that you don’t actually stand in until your number has been called. You collect a numbered ticket specific to each guest at the beginning of the day in the signing area from the crew member who is managing that line and return any time after that number has been called. Depending on your ticket number you can work out roughly what time your number will be called. Each person wanting to join the queue must have a VQ ticket which must be collected in person. We do advise that you try to get there early if there is a guest you are particularly keen to meet as VQ tickets are limited. Please note the VQ Ticket does not guarantee your autograph.

If I have a gold pass, do I need a VQ Ticket for Diamond guests?

Yes. All Gold Pass holders will require a VQ ticket if the Diamond guest does a signing session outside of the designated Diamond Packages.

What is a Batch?

To enable our photo shoots to go quickly and avoid long queues your pre-purchased photo op ticket will have a batch number on it. Each batch is around 50 tickets and will be called up by the crew members. You can enter the photo shoot queue any point after your batch has been called but we ask that you are in the area in time to hear the instructions from the crew. In the event that you miss the photo shoot there is not anything that we can do and tickets are not refundable.

If I have a clash between activities what do I do?

We will only take clashes into account for paid for activities. In the event that this happens please talk to a crew member who will be able to advise you on which activity to do first and may be able to expedite you in the queue to allow you to get everything you have paid for.

 

PHOTO OPS

Can more than one person be in a photo op?

Yes, you can have more than one person in the photo op. Each person is required to have their own photo op ticket and you will each get a photo to take home.

If I have more than one photo ticket (or going in with a friend) can I have different poses?

Yes, but if the photoshoot is busy, make sure the photographer is aware. Please remember to keep your poses simple and to have them ready before you are with the guest

Can I get a digital copy of my photo op?

Digital copies will be made available after the event for a small charge. Visit https://showmasters.photoshelter.com/

If a guest has a split photo shoot, how do I know which one to go to?

When the schedule is announced some guests may have two photo ops in a day. We call the tickets up in Batches (See ‘What is a Batch?’) so you will be able to roughly work out which session you will likely to be called in. Please talk to the crew member in the area who will be able to advise.

Can I get a quick autograph in the photo shoot?

No. Our photo ops move quite quickly and we do not have the facilities to take payments for autographs. If you wish to get an autograph the guests will be signing at their desks when not taking part in other activities.

Do guests charge for selfies?

No. Our guests do not charge for selfies but please note that not all guests will be offering them. In the event that they do offer selfies these are only for those who are obtaining autographs. You are not able to just go and get a selfie without a purchase.

 

TALKS

How do the free talks work?

Entrance to the free talks are on a first come basis. The hall is emptied after each talk to allow fairness.

 

AUTOGRAPHS

What can I get signed?

You can generally get any item signed. If we are aware of any restrictions for a guest we will communicate this. You are paying for the signature not the item. Prices are per signature and are listed on each guest page. In the event you do not have an item to get signed we will provide a 10x8 photograph. If there is a specific image that you are wanting, we recommend that you bring it to avoid disappointment

 

OTHER

How do I get a stall?

If you are interested in becoming a vendor please see the exhibitors section of the website

Can I still get autographs if I don’t attend?

If you are unable to attend the event you can still pre-order autographs - click here for details

How can I volunteer?

Please visit our crew information page

Where can I send guest suggestion?

We all want the big names to attend the event and there are a number of factors that go into booking guests but if you have any unusual suggestions them you can submit them via the forum - visit or sign up here

How can I pay for stuff?

The items sold by Showmasters can be paid for in advance through our online shop or on the day using cash or all major payment cards. If you wish to pay for autographs using a card, then you will need to visit our sales desk to purchase credit card vouchers which can be exchanged at the autograph desks. We have a number of vendors in attendance but they may not all accept card payments so please bare this is mind.

Can I give the guests a gift?

As there are a lot of people who want to meet our guests their time is precious. The photo shoots occur very quickly and so this is not a suitable time to offer a gift if you have one. If you do wish to give something the best place to do this is at the desk when you are getting your autograph. Please don’t be offended if they are not able to open it in front of you this is purely down to time constraints.

Can I just talk to a guest?

We have a number of people who want to meet our guests and as such it is not always possible to allow people to just come up for a chat, particularly when they have a large queue. If the guest has a quiet queue, however, you are welcome to have your chat.

Who do I talk to if I have a problem?

If at any point during the day you have any issues, your first port of call would be to speak to our Pit Bosses (our senior crew in red) but if for some reason they can’t help, you can ask to speak to someone on our info desk. Please note that it is very hard for us to rectify any issues you have after the event so please do highlight these at the time so we can assist in making your visit enjoyable.

What do I do if I lose something or find something lost?

If you find an item, then please hand it into a member of the crew who will make sure it gets to the info desk. If you lose an item, please visit the info desk with the full details of what it is that you have lost. If they do not have the item, you can leave your details with them in case it gets handed in at a later stage.

I need to leave early but have paid for activities.

Our activities can occur throughout the whole day so please keep this in mind when booking travel arrangements. We are not able to expedite you in the queues or move activities due to travel arrangements being made too early or late.

Hollywood AutographsPaniniGilesG PhotographyCelebrity Ink