Military tickets

soldier picture

photo courtesy Time Magazine

Military tickets for the Grand Rapids Comic-Con are officially distributed and no longer available to new applicants. Thank you.

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con has donated 500 tickets to the United States military for the servicemen and women and their immediate family to attend the event free of charge on Sunday, November 11. This is part of a Military Appreciation Day to attempt to give back for the tremendous sacrifices that military personnel and their families give to protect the freedoms of this nation.

“Military personnel” is defined as individuals that served in any branch of the United States military and is either currently serving or has any type of discharge with the exception of dishonorable, or those family members of those Killed In Action.

Military members may receive up to four tickets for Sunday, November 11, for themselves and their immediate family. “Immediate family” will be defined as a significant other (husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend, or life partner) and children (parent, guardian, or adopted) or grandchildren.

Here is what you will need to do to claim complimentary military tickets for you and your immediate family when the military ticket window opens up:

  • Send an email to
  • Make sure to include in that email the following information: the military personnel’s name, street address, email address, and how many tickets they would like up to a strict limit of four total; please remember when ordering your tickets that children under the age of five are free of charge anyway and don’t need to be counted in your total.

You will then receive a confirmation email that your tickets have been reserved.  It may take up to a week for a response. Make sure to make a copy of that email and bring it with you.

Check In

On November 11 there will be a door at the main entrance to the DeVos Place on Monroe Ave. NW (not the back entrance!) that will be marked “Press/VIP/Military“, please enter that door. Once you enter you will see a desk where we will be distributing the passes for the military personnel. We will start check-in for military personnel at 8 am on Sunday, November 11.

You will be required to present a driver’s license or other ID with the exact name and address you registered as well as evidence of your past or present service (current military ID, veterans ID, or appropriate paperwork). A current US military personnel will be on hand to check your credentials and issue your tickets.