General Info & Definitions

So you want to attend AWA eh? To start out, there are going to be a few terms you’re going to need to know! Brush up on your AWA lingo here!

Membership badge – When you purchase your admission to AWA, you’re actually purchasing a membership to the convention. We offer Full AWA memberships, 2-day memberships, and 1-day memberships. To show that you have purchased a membership, you will get a nifty badge to wear around while at the convention. To enter any of the rooms and the convention space (aside from in the Galleria where you can access Public Safety, Registration, Accessibility and Info Desk), you will need to display your membership badge. Please be courteous if a staffer asks to see it, they’re just doing their job!


Pre-Register/Pre-Registration – If you purchase your membership before the show, you’ve pre-registered! (pre + register; get it?) There will be a separate line for you when you come to AWA to pick up your membership badge. Just bring your ID, and a printed (or mobile) copy of your confirmation page, and you’re good to go!


Early Start  – This is the term we use for the mailing service you can optionally add on, when you pre-register for the show. For an extra $15, we’ll mail your badge to your house before the show – you don’t have to wait in line to pick it up, and we can get more people through the line quicker- it’s a win win! To add on Early Start, go through the Eventbrite process and add it on before you check out.


Crew – These are the people behind the scenes busting their butts to make a great con. Our crew is what other conventions call their staff or volunteers. Everyone who runs AWA is part of the Crew! If you ever need help, feel free to grab the closest person with the word “Crew” on their badge and they’ll be happy to help you out!

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Public Safety – They are the watchers. They keep the titans at bay. These are the guys guarding your back and making sure the con is safe for everyone and everything. If you have a problem, find a public safety crew member and tell them about it! If you don’t see them right away, you can always visit their office for help, located just across from Registration in the Renaissance hotel. These are also the people that will peace-bond your weapon (tag it with a special convention tag) to show that your prop is safe.

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Super Happy Fun Sell (SHFS) – One of the biggest events on Thursday, the SHFS is a swap-meet type event, where attendees can sell their used anime goods. Yes it has a silly name. Yes you should check it out. You will need a membership badge to participate in it.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, and update this post to match!