There are a lot of angry Phoenix Comicon fans on the Internet today because PHXCC updated their costuming and prop policy. I personally am okay with it because if you remember at this year’s Comicon there was a guy named Mathew Sterling who thought he was the Punisher and brought weapons into the Phoenix Comicon in order to kill a former Power Ranger and as many police officers as he could.
The policy change was made in order to ensure the safety and security of attendees, exhibitors, guest and even the staff of the Square Egg Entertainment event. The policies cover a few things most notably among people on social media today are the parts covering cosplay and prop weapons.
You can find the entire policy here but if you’re too lazy to look or just don’t feel like making a click I will summarize it here for you.
- They will be adding metal detectors and metal detecting wands along with bag checks performed at all entrance points. Also, there will be a stronger police presence and enhanced security procedure that all staff and police will be made aware of.
- Because the Phoenix Comicon is a family event common sense as far as modesty is expected when it comes to costumes. If they feel your costume is too revealing they will ask you to change our leave. They also stated anyone with questions about what is appropriate for cosplay email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This was pretty obvious and it’s kind of sad it has to be said but body paint and nudity are not costumes so they are not allowed. Phoenix police will be there and we have nudity laws here in Arizona so if you try this you will be arrested.
- If you’re wearing a tight fitting costume you’re expected to wear appropriate undergarments. This relates back to the nudity part about here if you show too much the same rules apply.
- Your cosplay outfit has to be something you can see out of. If you don’t have a clear line of sight they will ask you to remove it.
- Just like every public place in Phoenix shoes are required. Phoenix Comicon is in the summer so I have no idea why you’d be running around without shoes when the pavement is so hot.
- No rollerskates or rollerblades
- Regardless if it’s in Captain America comics or not anything with a swastika isn’t allowed.
- For those of you who wear large costumes like things with wings, spikes, armor, etc. if it poses a danger to others as far as you bumping into them or becomes disruptive you will be asked to change or leave.
- Don’t block the doorways, walkways are exits. Pretty much common sense because of fire safety laws.
This isn’t new but needs to be stressed. Cosplay is not consent. Just because someone dresses a certain way it doesn’t give you a right to treat them in a sexual and/or stereotypicalcal way their character is treated in whatever realm it comes from. I repeat cosplay is not consent!
Now on to the new prop in weapons policy.
This policy was developed in order to ensure the safety of everyone at the event including the person who is cosplaying.
- Oversized props must be something you can easily stow in a crowded area. During busy times if you have an oversized prop you may be asked to move out of the area at any time. Obviously, if your prop interferes with other people enjoying the Comicon you will be asked to get rid of it. If you don’t comply take away your badge.
They’ve added a lot of items to the prohibited item list I’m going to list them all even though it is an extensive list. Most of them are common sense but there are a few that make you wonder why they are banned.
Firearms of any kind regardless of whether it has been emptied, disabled, or otherwise incapacitated, including but not limited to real and replica
- BB guns
- cap guns
- paintball guns
- nerf guns
- water guns
- pellet guns
- airsoft guns
- Toy guns
- Any other real or replica weapon that resembles a firearm
- Glass Props
- Stone Props
- Chainsaws or other gas-powered props
Bladed metal or wooden weapons, including but not limited to
- pocket blades
- ninja stars
- metal or wooden shields
- strung bows
- bladed or sharp arrows
- Power and garden tools
Real, replica, or simulated explosives, ammunition, and chemical weapons of any kind, including but not limited to
- Hand grenades
- Claymore Mines
- pepper spray
- Powder caps
- Cartoon bombs
- Simulated bomb vests
Metal, spiked, wooden and other miscellaneous props including but not limited to
- Metal Armor
- Barbed wire
- Metal spikes
- Metal, wooden, aluminum, or heavy plastic bats
- Brass knuckles
- Golf Clubs
- Hockey Sticks
Excessively noisy props including but not limited to
At the discretion of on-site security staff, the following may be permitted. All acceptable props and weapons are subject to approval and we reserve the right to refuse any prop at any time.
- Props made from Plastic, Thermo Plastic, Urethane Resin, Cardboard, Foam or Foam Rubber that are clearly and visibly props
- Plastic, Fiberglass or Resin shields (shields must demonstrate no sharp edges)
- Bows that are not strung and incapable of shooting arrows
- Arrows in a quiver that are not removable.
- Staffs made of Plastic, Resin, cardboard, foam, or foam rubber that are no taller than 6’
- Sonic screwdrivers
These are pretty much common sense again but I will list them below.
- Respect for all. Basically, don’t harass people and if you see someone being harassed be sure to let a staff member or Phoenix police know.
- Helmets, masks, and face paint:
Anything that partially covers or completely covers her face must be something you can take off easily if you’re requested to do so. If you’re wearing glued-on prosthetics are complete face paint he may be asked to present your ID to security at any time you
- Costume checkpoints
All costumes, props, and weapons have to be inspected at the designated costume and prop checkpoint located just inside the security entrance.
All props and weapons will be tagged by security if you’re found inside the Comicon without an on tag prop you will be escorted to the costume and prop checkpoint.
- If you don’t comply with the costume rules, checkpoint procedures, our request from the staff for police officials your pass will be revoked and you will be removed from the event.
As always there are some legal disclaimers and this policy has a few. They are:
- Comicon is not responsible for loss, damage or staff to anything you bring into the event. If you don’t want to have your costumes and props inspected please don’t bring them. If that applies to you I recommend you don’t even bother coming.
- All costumes, props, and weapons must be inspected and comply with the policy.
All of this is subject to change at the discretion of the Phoenix Comicon without notice.
We are embarking on a brand-new era in the Comicon world because of the scary times we are living in. It was sheer luck that no one was killed this year and this policy is designed to keep everyone safe. I know some of you won’t be attending Comicon as a result of the policy changes so if that’s the case I encourage you to reach out to the employees of the Phoenix Comicon and voice your opinions/concerns. See you at the 2017 PHXCC Fan Fest.