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Cosplay

Hall Costuming Rules

Denver Comic Con encourages attendees to show their enthusiasm by dressing for the occasion! Awesome costumes really add to the atmosphere. In order to make it fun and safe for all attendees (and any civilians lucky enough to wander by), Denver Comic Con is setting a few ground rules:

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR COSTUMING RULES OR EVENTS, PLEASE E-MAIL US OR VISIT OUR COMMUNITY FORUM.

Weapons and Prop Policy

Prop Policy

There will be two locations for Prop Check this year. The main station will be inside the convention center, directly in front of the Big Blue Bear statue. The other will be outside of the convention center, just south of the Big Blue Bear statue.

All costume weapons must conform to state, federal, and city law.

  • Prop weapons must be easily distinguishable from real weapons. All prop firearms must have an orange cap on the barrel. (“Rule of thumb”: the orange stripe should be about as wide as your thumb.) All prop firearms must be covered or out of sight when not in the convention space.
  • Weapons which are capable of firing (Nerf guns, bows, etc) must be rendered inoperable. Bows can be strung, but only loosely (in a manner that would not allow them to be fired).
  • No Airsoft ammo is permitted. Projectiles are forbidden. Arrow props are permitted if they do not have tips and cannot be fired.
  • Metal weapons are not permitted. No live steel (bladed weapons, such as metal swords or metal knives) is allowed at Denver Comic Con.
  • Prop weapons should be made of lightweight materials such as foam, cardboard, or plastic. Sharpened edges or points made of any material are not allowed.
  • Metal armor or metal shields are only acceptable if you can demonstrate, at peacebonding, that the edges are dull and could not injure anyone. Metal tools are acceptable as long as they are 7 inches or under in length.
  • By the request of the Denver Police Department, wooden or metal bats will not be permitted. This includes (but is not limited to) baseball bats, cricket bats, furniture legs, golf clubs, or paddles.
  • Wooden swords are allowed as long as they are not brandished in a threatening manner and are able to be stowed on your person in a sheath or harness.
  • All props must be peacebonded by the Denver Comic Con staff. After inspection, all guns will have zipties attached to the trigger to indicate it is unusable as a weapon, and safe for display. The cosplayer will be given a wristband to indicate that they have completed peacebonding. Peacebonding is mandatory. You may also be checked at any time by Denver Comic Con staff.
  • Do not brandish weapons or props in a threatening manner. Be aware of how security personnel may interpret your actions, in or outside of convention areas.
  • Keep weapons in convention areas. If you leave the con premises, please put away any weaponry (even if it clearly looks fake).
  • Any prohibited weapons purchased or won as prizes at Denver Comic Con must be securely packaged and immediately removed from the convention center. Weapons must be stored in attendees’ hotel room, vehicle, etc and are not to be taken out of their packaging or wrapping at any time on convention premises.
  • All prop weapons purchased or won as prizes at the convention must be peace bonded by Denver Comic Con security if they are to be carried during the convention. These weapons must adhere to the Denver Comic Con prop and weapons policy (available on the website and in the Attendee Handbook).
  • Violation of these rules could result in ejection from the convention, or law enforcement notification.

Please direct weapons suitability inquiries to Laura Weiss at l.weiss@popcultureclassroom.org.

Denver Comic Con is kid-friendly. Keep it PG.

No costume is not a costume!

Cover your bits.  We ask that people have swim suit coverage with leotard bottom coverage. If you’re not sure if your costume accomplishes that, please email the Costume/Cosplay staff at cosplay@popcultureclassroom.org.  Please make sure your costume is sturdily constructed—this should include proper undergarments.”

Wear protective footwear at all times.  This means some sort of hard sole—a unitard or stocking feet are not sufficient.  We know a lot of characters like to run around barefoot, but since they are fictional, they don’t have to worry about tetanus.

If you’re not within guidelines, you will be asked to cover up.

Military dress

Uniforms are great! Some of the coolest outfits are uniforms. But if you intend to wear a uniform that looks super-realistic, please distinguish that it is a costume.

Basic rule of thumb: If your clothing could be confused with local law enforcement, please don’t wear it.

Hateful symbols aren’t welcome at Denver Comic Con.  Historical costumes can be great, but emblems of genocide are not appropriate.

No inappropriate signs

Convention staff has final say.

No signs offering services or making requests to be hugged or touched.

We all know some of you like hugs, but please don’t carry around a sign saying so.  Ask politely before hugging a stranger; you could really hurt someone by tackling (aka “glomping”) them.  Respect each other and we’ll all have a better time!

Remember, we’re in Denver in the summertime!

Stay hydrated!

Consider bringing a change of clothing if your costume is restrictive or if there is danger of overheating.  Heatstroke is no fun.
Photography is not allowed in high-traffic areas.  This includes near doors, escalators, and in busy hallways.  Please move to a designated photography area.

Be safe downtown.  If you go outside the convention site in costume, stay in a group.  Safety first!

Denver Comic Con cannot be responsible for damage incurred to your costume during the convention, and the staff reserves the right to ask you to change if your outfit is not acceptable.

Denver Comic Con staff reserves the right to alter rules or policies to protect public safety or ensure a safe and successful convention.

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