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Rules And Guidelines

General Information Rules & Guidelines

All attendees, which includes exhibitors, talent, event staff, sponsors, volunteers, contractors, licensees, and invitees, are required to observe and adhere to the following Code of Conduct at all times as a condition of their admission to the convention center and continued participation during Comicpalooza.

Behavior/Personal Conduct: Attendees must be courteous to and tolerant of all persons, respectful of the property of others, and abstain from conduct causing or likely to cause damage, harm or offense. Activity of any kind preventing free movement of other attendees, causing a nuisance, or otherwise disrupting Comicpalooza – such as throwing items, use of projectiles, fighting, assault, harassment, loud shouting/amplified sound, vulgarity, lewd conduct, and abusive profanity or behavior – is prohibited.

Bladed/Pointed Weapons: Attendees in possession of a bladed weapon will not be allowed to enter the convention center. The term “bladed weapons” includes pointed weapons as well as knives, swords, daggers, switchblades, machetes, scissors, razor blades, needles, icepicks, axes, hatchets, chainsaws, saws, pickaxes, edged/ pointed martial arts weapons, sickles, scythes, spears, pikes, polearms, halberds, arrows, throwing stars, caltrops, and other items featuring a sharpened edge or point. Attendees who chose to purchase a weapon of any kind or type from a licensed exhibitor are prohibited from tampering with or removing security measures, such as zip ties, or removing such items from their sealed box or packaging.

Commercial Activity: Selling, offering for sale, promoting, soliciting, fundraising, distributing (novelties, samples, literature, publications, flyers, cards, coupons, etc.), and all other commercial or charitable activities are prohibited, with the exception of licensed exhibitors during approved hours within their assigned exhibit booth. Guerrilla marketing and other unauthorized advertising or branding is prohibited. Market research, surveys, petitions, polling, or other information/signature-gathering activities are prohibited. No solicitation of tips or donations is allowed for any reason or cause.

Compliance with Law: Attendees must comply with all applicable laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, and orders of governmental authorities with regard to presence at the convention center and participation in Comicpalooza.

Cosplay/Costume Rules: As Comicpalooza is a family-friendly event, Attendees must ensure that their costumes are appropriate in all respects. Nudity, thongs, body paint/sheer material in lieu of appropriate clothing, and hate symbols (such as swastikas), are prohibited. Shoes must be worn at all times. Military, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, government agent, or similarly themed costumes must be easily distinguishable from modern, official uniforms. Oversized costumes and props are discouraged and may be prohibited.

Cosplay Prop Inspections: All cosplay props/objects are subject to inspection prior to entry. Pre-entry inspections will be conducted on the 1st floor, near the Exhibit Hall doors in the Concourse of Hall C and on the 2nd floor, near the Fed-Ex Office. Approved Attendees will be issued a wristband and have their checked item physically tagged; any Attendee who removes their wristband or tag during the event will be required to leave and will not receive a refund. Cosplay props/objects must be inspected in the same manner for EACH DAY of Comicpalooza prior to entry. Fake or replica bladed/pointed/blunt weapons must be easily distinguishable from real weapons and be constructed from safe, lightweight material, such as plastic, rubber, foam, cardboard, or papier-mâché. (See also Bladed/Pointed Weapons; Blunt Weapons; Firearms/Guns; Prohibited Items)

Firearms/Guns: Possession of real firearms, operable or inoperable, is strictly prohibited. All prop firearms must be incapable of firing projectiles and have an orange cap on the barrel. Projectiles or any type of ammunition are forbidden. BB guns, paintball guns, dart guns, blow guns, water guns with their accompanying ammunition will NOT be permitted. Additionally, they must be inoperable and unable to fire any projectile with the ends painted orange to make it identifiable as a prop weapon. Ultimately, any prop gun needs to be clearly identifiable as fake, up close and from a distance.

NOTE THAT NO ACTUAL FIREARMS ARE PERMITTED INSIDE THE CON UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THIS INCLUDES ANY FIREARM, (HANDGUN, RIFLE, AUTOMATIC RIFLE, “ASSAULT STYLE” RIFLE, MACHINE GUN or SHOTGUN), EVEN IF THE WEAPON HAS BEEN DISABLED, RENDERED UNUSABLE OR DE-ACTIVATED. For purposes of this prohibition, the term “firearms” includes all items that are or appear to be guns, rifles, shotguns, Tasers, stun guns, ballistic knives, pepper spray, pellet guns, crossbows, or any other device capable of expelling a projectile through a barrel or cylinder.

Food & Beverage: No outside food or beverage is allowed in the convention center. Concessions are available throughout the event premises and from several restaurants operating within the convention center.

Harassment: Harassment on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, physical appearance, or other characteristic is prohibited. While an exhaustive list is impractical, harassment can take one or more of the following forms: Offensive behavior or verbal comments; vulgarity; lewd conduct; hate speech; threats or intimidation; assault; inappropriate physical contact; stalking; display of offensive images; non-consensual photography or recording; hate symbols; intentional disruption of sessions or other event activities; or unwelcome attention. Attendees should report any observed, experienced, or otherwise apparent incident of harassment immediately to the nearest-available security or event personnel, or go directly to the information booth located in Exhibit Hall C of the main lobby. (See also Behavior/Personal Conduct)

Pets/Animals: Pets and other animals are prohibited in the convention center, with the limited exception of trained service animals required because of a disability, or without written permission in advance.

Prohibited Items: Skateboards; hoverboards; skates; rollerblades; bicycles; helium balloons; drones/UAVs; illegal narcotics; drug paraphernalia; confetti; firecrackers; explosives; bullets; ammunition; flammable liquids; incendiary devices; scooters/wheeled vehicles other than ADA mobility assistance devices; handcarts; lasers; stilts measuring 24 inches or more; luggage; roller bags; coolers; and other items likely to create and nuisance or cause injury or damage to persons or property (as determined by management) are not allowed in the convention center. (See also Bladed/Pointed Weapons; Blunt Weapons; Firearms/Guns; Sleeping/Camping)

Recording/Filming: Non-commercial photography and filming for personal use, including social media, is allowed only when it is not disruptive to the Event or movement of other attendees. Photography or recording of any kind or type is prohibited during panel discussions and other activities/events as determined by Management.

Sleeping/Camping: Sleeping or camping is prohibited in the convention center. Possession of tents, sleeping bags and other camping equipment is prohibited.

Smoking/Vaping/Tobacco: Smoking, vaping and use of smokeless tobacco products is prohibited

Use of Image: Attendees acknowledge that they will, and expressly consent to be, filmed, photographed or otherwise recorded as a condition of attendance during Comicpalooza. By entering the event premises, each Attendee relinquishes any reasonable expectation of privacy and grants to Comicpalooza LLC an irrevocable, royalty and attribution-free right to use, publish and otherwise exploit (and allow others to use and otherwise exploit) any photograph, motion picture, image, recording, or any other record of attendance during Comicpalooza, in whole or in part, in perpetuity throughout the universe, in all media and means, now known or hereafter developed or discovered, for any promotional or other commercial purpose.

Violation: Any violation of this Code of Conduct, as determined by event management in its sole direction, is grounds for immediate removal from the event premises and the convention center, whether observed personally by event staff or reported by a third party. Management may, but shall have no obligation to, allow an offending Attendee the opportunity to immediately correct their behavior before requiring their removal. Any Attendee removed from the event will not receive a refund or be allowed to reenter the convention center.

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