Convention Connection: Denver Comic Con changes their Cosplay Rules

dcc_2017-ccWith Cosplay continuing to grow in popularity and the vast amount of characters within the world of geek culture and some that  are NSFW. It is understandable that we must have rules.  In a recent announcement from Popculture Classroom and Denver Comic Con there will be some new restrictions when it comes to Cosplay if you plan on attending Denver Comic Con 2017.

Here is what the run down:

We’ve heard your concerns about safety, and we are taking a number of measures to make the con is as safe and as family-friendly as possible.

We’re following in the footsteps of other cons such as Florida Supercon, Baltimore Comic Con and New York Comic Con and amending DCC’s cosplay prop-weapons policy for 2017. You can find the full cosplay and prop-weapons policy here. The focus of the policy change is that no realistic firearms of any kind, regardless of material (metal, plastic, rubber, resin, wood, etc..) will be permitted.

We understand (and sympathize—we geek out on Deadpool and the Punisher, too) that this will impact some popular costumes.

We can hear your first question already: will this really make anyone safer? We believe it will. This change in policy will make the jobs of police and our private security officers easier—any realistic weapon will be identified as a potential threat—and as a result, make you safer. The change in policy isn’t because we think our cosplayers are prone to violence, it’s because a hall full of prop firearms makes it difficult to discern threats from targets in the event of an actual shooting.

We’re letting you know as early as possible for a couple of reasons: so there is no confusion about what you’re purchasing when tickets go on sale, and so you don’t get too far down the road of a cosplay decision that you feel relies too heavily on firearm props. Other props, such as foam or plastic bats, swords, hammers and shields are still encouraged provided they fall within the existing polices.

We know props are fun, but we feel that these changes are a necessary step.

Thank you in advance for understanding.

Cosplay Rules

Denver Comic Con encourages attendees to show their enthusiasm by dressing for the occasion. But, we are different and unlike any other con when it comes to our costume rules and regulations. Our show is kid-friendly, so we ask that you keep your costume PG. If you have any questions about our costuming rules or events, please email us at

Denver Comic Con is kid-friendly. Keep it PG.
· Regardless of your gender identification, we require all attendees, exhibitors and guests to:

o Wear sports bra-like coverage on top with leotard-type coverage on bottom. (i.e. no butt cheeks)

o No thongs and no “plumber’s butt”

o No bare chests, no singlets, and no Vampirella-type costumes

· A costume must provide this level of coverage at all times, including standing, sitting, moving or posing.

· Coverage material must be thick and sturdily constructed with the proper undergarments. (Types of coverage that are prohibited include, but are not limited to, sheer materials, very thin materials, tape, pasties, body paint, liquid latex and prosthetics).

· Proper coverage must be held to the body by more than adhesives. (Examples of adhesives include but are not limited to tape, prosthetic glue, medical glue, theater glue, fashion glue and fashion tape). They may be used to assist in wearing the costume but cannot be the only method for keeping a costume on.

· The illusion of nudity is still nudity. If flesh colored garments are not easily identifiable from 10 feet away as garments, they are prohibited.

· Please wear protective footwear at all times. This means some sort of hard sole (Flip flops, shoes)

o A unitard or stocking feet are prohibited

· Rollerblades, roller-skates, wheelies and other shoes with wheels in them are prohibited.

· Makeup must be properly sealed so that it does not rub off with casual contact or make a mess. Please be mindful that body paint, glitter and/or fake blood are great fun for you but the other attendees at the convention might not want it on themselves.
Military Dress
· If you intend to wear a uniform that appears realistic, distinguish that it is a costume.

· If your costume could be mistaken for current military or law enforcement, it is prohibited.

· Hateful symbols are prohibited.

· Emblems of genocide are prohibited.
Prop Policy
Denver Comic Con’s first priority for our event is the welfare and safety of attendees, guests and vendors. In the last year, many of you have expressed concerns. We listened. As such, changes are being made to Denver Comic Con’s props policy for 2017 and beyond. Please note this is not an all-inclusive list and Denver Comic Con reserves the right to prohibit additional items not listed at our discretion.

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

Prohibited Items:
· Firearms of any kind – this includes BB guns, cap guns, paintball and pellet guns and airsoft guns, even if it has been disabled or is not loaded

· Replica firearms of any kind – this includes reproductions of guns, even if it has been disabled

· Bladed metal weapons such as axes, daggers, hatchets, knives and swords, pocket blades, ninja stars

· Projectile weapons of any kind, including replicas – if it can shoot something (even Nerf and water), it is not permitted

· Explosives and chemical weapons – this includes firecrackers and pepper spray

· Blunt weapons – wooden or metal bats, clubs, brass knuckles, mallets, martial arts weapons, whips, golf clubs, paddles

· Drones and dirigibles

· Selfie sticks
At the discretion of security staff onsite, the following may be permitted (all of the below items are still subject to approval onsite and we reserve the right to refuse any prop):
· Toy guns that look to be 100% toys and cannot fire anything; cannot be possibly confused with a real weapon (the more cartoony the better, really)

· Plastic and metal shields (metal shields must demonstrate no sharp edges)

· Lightweight plastic, PVC props and light sabers; must be clearly and visibly a prop

· Bows that are loosely strung and incapable of shooting arrows

· Plastic, cardboard or foam props
Additional Rules
· All props must be peace bonded by the Denver Comic Con staff. The cosplayer will be given a wristband to indicate that they have completed peace bonding. Peace bonding is mandatory. You may also be checked at any time by Denver Comic Con staff.

· Do not brandish props in a threatening manner. Be aware of how security personnel may interpret your actions, in or outside of convention areas.

· Keep props in convention areas. If you leave the con premises, please put away any prop weaponry (even if it clearly looks fake).

· Violation of these rules could result in ejection from Denver Comic Con, or law enforcement notification.

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

· Denver Comic Con will not be responsible for storing or watching any part of your costume for any amount of time.

· Photography is not allowed in high-traffic areas. This includes near doors, escalators, and in busy hallways. Please move against a wall or another location out of the flow of traffic to take a picture.
Denver Comic Con staff reserves the right to alter rules or policies to ensure the spirit of the rules, protect public safety or ensure a safe and successful convention. We also reserve the right to ask you to leave if you are in violation of these rules, and we reserve the right to the last word on all costumes, even in the event that we haven’t foreseen a potential issue in these stated rules. We will have wristbands at the convention to designate that a costume has been checked and approved by DCC staff and volunteers.


What do you think about the recent cosplay rule changes? let us know in the comment section below.

1 Comment

  1. For men its great to be able to walk around legally outside the con without a shirt on but not inside. I understand you want to be PG and family friendly but this is just ridiculous.

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