#03: Gibraltar International Comic Con’s Exhibit Space Do’s and Don’ts

Welcome to the first edition of “Exhibit Space Do’s and Don’ts!” We’re back with another helpful list of tips and tricks to help you navigate our Exhibit Hall and enjoy a safe Gibraltar International Comic Con 2018.

DO! know what a floor manager is & how to spot them

GiCC’s Exhibit Space is a vibrant and exciting place. However, keeping it safe and organised requires a dedicated crew of people. The GiCC Floor Managers are those people! Look for red polos/ white shirts, with the GiCC logo. Floor Managers are there so we can all safely enjoy GiCC 2018. Please don’t hesitate to ask them questions, but also remember to comply with their instructions.

DO! LOOK AROUND WHEN GETTING IN LINE FOR A PURCHASE OR AUTOGRAPH

Does that line look too short to be true? Look around for clues! Chances are, the line has been “broken” and continues across the aisle for safety purposes. Floor Managers will be nearby directing convention-goers around the break toward the actual end of the line.

DO! aSK PERMISSION BEFORE TAKING SOMEONE’S PICTURE

Gibraltar International Comic Con is a great place to enjoy the detailed cosplay our attendees work so hard on. However, it’s a good idea to take a few seconds and double-check if it’s ok to take someone’s picture. Keep it courteous! Once you’ve asked permission and have snapped the perfect photo, please be sure to clear the aisle quickly to allow your fellow attendees a chance to create their own perfect Kodak moment.

DO! BE AWARE OF YOUR BACKPACKS AND POSTER TUBES 

Sometimes backpacks can be filled to the brim with an excellent haul, and we can all appreciate a well-packaged poster. Make sure your backpacks and poster tubes aren’t negatively impacting the experience of other attendees. Keep an eye on your personal items to avoid knocking over displays or hurting someone (especially the wee kiddos who might be eye-level with the bottoms of bags).

DO! check out the aisle sign markers hanging around the marquee

Aisle signs markers are great tools to help you figure out where you are in the Exhibit Space, especially if you use the Exhibit Space map found in your Program Booklet (which you can purchase for £1 at the door). They are also useful for remembering where certain booths are that you’d like to revisit later. Make sure to note whether the booth is toward the front, middle, or back of the Exhibit Hall when jotting down aisle sign markers!

DO! keep to your right!

We all know the Exhibit Space can get crowded. To help alleviate aisle congestion, keep to your right to help traffic flow and prevent bottlenecks and potential safety hazards. You might even hear a Floor Manager reminding attendees of this “Exhibit Space Do” to make sure everyone’s experience is enjoyable.


DONT! ATTEMPT RETAIL Sale UNLESS YOU HAVE AN ALLOCATED EXHIBIT AREA

Retail sales are prohibited unless you have been allocated, or purchased, Gibraltar International Comic Con’s exhibit space. Such sales may not be facilitated in any GiCC convention site, including but not limited to: programming rooms, Exhibit Hall aisles and lounges, lobbies and outdoor GiCC Convention Center grounds.

DONT! USE HOVERBOARDS, ROLLING CARTS OR DOUBLE-WIDE STROLLERS

We know, we know! Hoverboards are awesome, and rolling carts are useful. But we want to keep the Exhibit Space safe for everyone, so please leave those doodahs at home. Only Gibraltar International Comic Con exhibitors are permitted to use rolling carts during specified hours.

Double-wide strollers are also awesome and useful. However, for safety purposes, we ask you don’t bring them as they are not permitted in the Exhibit Space. For your convenience, there is a cloakroom at the GiCC Convention. For a small price, you can leave all your items that don’t comply with GiCC policy, there.

DONT! RUN IN SEMINAR ROOMS, RECEPTION, EXHIBIT SPACE OR OUTSIDE AREAS OF THE GICC CONVENTION

Even if you’re just trying to get to your favorite panel or exhibitor, running risks your safety, the safety of others, and having your badge taken away (AKA being removed from the event). Just don’t do it!

DONT! CLUSTER IN THE AISLES AND COMMON AREAS

Gibraltar International Comic Con has a lot of great merchandise and amazing talent in attendance. Many of our attendees wish to purchase that “must have” item or get that famous signature. Because of this, we must make sure lines for such things are organized in the safest way possible. Clustering in the aisles and common areas creates safety hazards and traffic jams. Floor Managers will set and manage lines throughout the Exhibit Hall to prevent such congestion. Please follow their directions at all times!

Well, that’s all folks for today’s GiCCTip!! Share the love and stay tuned for more!!