Many attendees come to Gallifrey One seeking a souvenir of their visit with their favorite guests, which include autographs. As a service to our membership, we provide many autographing opportunities with our guests throughout the weekend. However, due to the realities of the size of the convention and the amount of time our guests are contracted for, we cannot guarantee you will leave the convention with every autograph you want to have. Nevertheless, we hope the following information will aid you in choosing the best approach to getting your much-needed autographs over the course of the weekend.
How We Handle Autographs
We provide three different types of autograph opportunities, noted below. Gallifrey One believes in scheduling autograph sessions appropriately to the guest, not imposing on our guests’ time as much as we can while still providing the autograph opportunity, and flexibility in case we need to make last minute changes.
- Autograph Alley: Direct convention guests, including actors, production people and local area convention guests, who are scheduled into autograph sessions at the tables we call our “Autograph Alley” in the far back corner of our Dealers Room.
- Sponsored Guests: Convention guests brought in by our various sponsoring groups, including Showmasters Events, Alien Entertainment and others. Autograph sessions take place for these guests at the sponsors’ tables, and their hours of operation are scheduled entirely by the sponsor.
- Fixed-Location Guests: Guests invited by the convention directly, but who are given tables in the Dealers Room (often times, with merchandise of their own to sell, books to promote, etc.) These guests maintain their own hours, and can usually be found at their tables during normal business hours in the Dealers Room.
All guests are free to set their own costs for autographs (usually in the case of actors) or sign for free, as well as sell their own photos or other merchandise if they choose to; Gallifrey One does not require any concessions on potential autograph costs and takes no cut.
Gallifrey One does not pre-sell autographs at any time; you will need to speak to the autographer for any rates.
It is highly recommended you bring ample cash with you for autographs; don’t plan on using a local ATM. Autographs from guests who charge for signing can run anywhere from $10-30 or higher.
The following sections are a general guide to each of the three types of autograph sessions. We encourage you to read the notes about each, to understand how best to collect the autographs you want, and refer to the convention program (released shortly before the event) to find out where the guests you want to sign for you are participating. (This page will be updated with names for each category closer to the convention.)
This group encompasses both our directly invited (non-sponsored) actor guests and many of our other guests such as writers, producers, directors, etc. Each guest involved in an Autograph Alley event will begin signing at the start of the session, but will end when there is no expectation of additional autograph collectors wanting signatures; we will not ask these guests to remain for the entire hour. The only way to collect autographs from these guests is therefore to show up at the very start of the session. We expect everyone showing up at the start of a session will have enough time to collect an autograph and have a short experience with the guest. Please respect our guests’ rights to charge for autographs at the costs they deem appropriate.
Autograph sessions with our Sponsored Guests are set entirely by the sponsors, for a time and duration of their choosing, at their tables in our Dealers Room; often times you will pay the sponsor directly at their table for autographs. Sponsored guest autograph sessions will be on the schedule as soon as those schedules are determined by the sponsors themselves; however, it is best to check at the sponsor tables in order to verify their hours of operation.
Some of our guests have their own dealers tables in the Dealers Room and will be at their tables throughout much (if not all) of the weekend; you can stop by their tables at any time for autographs or check out their photos, materials and other merchandise.
Additional Autograph Rules
In order to provide our attendees with a positive experience while waiting for an autograph from guests in our Autograph Alley or Dealers Room, we will not permit saving places for friends in any autograph lines, or allow jumping ahead in line to join a friend/relative.
Due to time constraints and our wish to allow everyone possible a chance for an autograph, we will not be able to permit members to ask for photos with the guests during autograph sessions. Our guests may choose to allow the taking of personal photos at other times, and attendees are welcome to have their photo taken during our professionally-run photo sessions in the Photo Studio throughout the weekend.
Gallifrey One reserves the right to alter these policies or alter the category of each guest at any time.
We appreciate your understanding and hope that this will make the autographs policy at Gallifrey One enjoyable for everyone.