Volunteer Registration is now closed for 2016.

Are you interested in being a volunteer for Comicpalooza? As one of our volunteers, you will have the chance to see how a convention works from the inside, meet cool people, make new friends, and most notably, know that you have contributed to the entertainment and knowledge of our attendees – and yourself!

Volunteer registration will end on May 27, 2016. Volunteer orientation will be held on June 4, 2016 and June 9, 2016. Location and time will be announced prior to the meeting.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age no later than May 31, 2016.

Volunteer Assignment Descriptions

All departments take volunteers on a first come, first placed basis. Once a department has reached their requirements, they will be removed from the list of volunteer department options to be filled out when registering to volunteer. If the department is closed volunteers will be placed in other departments that still have a need for volunteers. Please do not register for a department and then request to be moved to a closed department.

As a general volunteer, your duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assist as needed — provide breaks, lend an extra hand, or step in for a no-show or late arrival
• Run errands (‘go-pher this’ or ‘go-pher that’)

Note: If you are not sure what to volunteer for, PICK THIS POSITION!

A/V Tech volunteer duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Setting-up or breaking-down audio/visual equipment for panel rooms or stages
• Troubleshooting equipment issues

Note: We would appreciate experience in audio/visual equipment set-up and operation for this position.

Duties as an Attendee Services volunteer may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Registration/Ticket sales
• Will Call – Assisting attendees who have pre-purchased their tickets
• Line Control
• Merchandise concessions – Working the merchandise booth in the Exhibit Hall

Note: As the first person our attendees meet, we need you to create a great first impression! We would appreciate experience in retail cashiering and customer service for this position.

As a volunteer in Dealer’s Room/Artist’s Alley, your duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Pre-registration — verify vendor registration, verify Texas State Sales and Use Tax ID, and provide info packets with badges and direct to booth or table
• Crowd control — keep attendees from blocking aisles to keep attendee flow and allow shoppers to find or make purchase
• Answer questions pertaining to vendors, attendees, and other departments
• Variance resolution — assist with complaints or differences of opinions between vendors
• Coordinate with other departments
• Provide information or direct questions to appropriate personnel
• Pre-registration — verify vendor registration, verify Texas State Sales and Use Tax ID, and provide info packets with badges and direct vendor to booth or table
• Crowd control — keep attendees from blocking aisles to keep attendee flow and allow shoppers to find or make purchase
• Answer questions pertaining to vendors, attendees, and other departments
• Variance resolution — assist with complaints or differences of opinions between vendors
• Coordinate with other departments
• Provide information or direct questions to appropriate personnel
Note: We would appreciate experience in hospitality, customer service, or guest relations for this position.

Duties as a volunteer in Gaming may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assist with game check-in and registration
• Running gaming information booth
• Assist with game room set-up

Note: Signing up as a gaming volunteer does not involve playing or running games at the convention.

Guest Hospitality volunteer duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Handler — assisting assigned guests with panels/workshops/general events
• Maintaining volunteer and/or guest greenrooms, hospitality suites, etc.
• Driving to and from the airport (must be 25 years-of-age or older)
• Running various errands

This position requires the following:
• Valid driver’s license or State ID
• Availability throughout the entire convention weekend

Note: This position requires good customer relations skills, ability to handle/manage cash transactions, and availability Thursday through Monday of the convention weekend. Applying for this position does not guarantee that you will be sitting with a guest.

Duties as a Logistics volunteer may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Delivery and recovery of assets throughout the George R. Brown Convention Center
• Assist Dock Manager with back of house parking, loading/unloading of assets, and flow of traffic
• Assist with the Communications department in the distribution and securing of radios to staff and volunteers
• Support with event activities and other general event logistics, working collectively with others to ensure the event runs smoothly
• Assist with installation and recovery of signage before, during, and after event

Note: This position requires good communication skills, the ability to take initiative when necessary, willingness to work as part of a team as well as individually and the ability to lift and move up to 50 lbs.

Duties as a Photo or Video volunteer may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Capture imagery/footage of the convention crowds, events, guests and vendors without disrupting the convention experience
• Coordinate with Art Department to cover a variety of events and areas at the convention
• Deliver final imagery to the Art Director following the convention

To be considered as a photography or videography volunteer you must meet the following criteria:
• Have your own professional equipment
• Supply links to or examples of your portfolio
• Take artistic direction from the Art Director, Design Coordinator and Video Production Coordinator
• Have a working knowledge of photo and/or video editing software

Note: These positions may require availability on weekends prior to the convention, specifically in May and you MUST be available to cover all three days of the convention. Applying for this position does not guarantee you a spot as a volunteer in this category; this assignment requires additional screening from the Art Department.

Programming volunteer duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Monitoring appropriate start- and end- times for panels or events
• Assisting panelists with set-up or presentation
• Reminding panelists of upcoming events in the schedule
• Tidying up panel rooms in preparation for the next scheduled event

Note: We would appreciate experience in hospitality, customer service or guest relations for this position.

Watchmen duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Badge checking — ensure that individuals or groups have the appropriate badge type
• Crowd control — keep attendees from blocking aisles
• Entry points — check for appropriate or authorized access at various entry points
• Routine patrols — ensure attendees are following hotel and convention safety rules and monitor convention space for theft
• VIP and attendee escort services — ensure that guests/panelists make it to their next event