Convention Policies

Our policies are to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all of our attendees, guests, volunteers, and exhibitors while working in conjunction with federal, state, and local laws along with the policies of the Phoenix Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency.

Phoenix Comicon reserves the right to revoke the membership badge of anyone found in violation of these policies. Any violation which involves activities prohibited by law will result in notification of the proper authorities.

Membership Fees/Badges

  • Membership fees are non-refundable
  • Badges must be worn and visible at all times. Individuals without badges will not be allowed in convention space.
  • Acceptance of a Phoenix Comicon membership badge and admission to the convention constitutes an agreement to allow Phoenix Comicon, its agents, or assignees to use your image and/or likeness for advertising or promotion by the Phoenix Comicon by any media now known or hereafter devised.
  • It is unlawful to duplicate Phoenix Comicon membership badges.
  • Each badge admits one person to the Phoenix Comicon.
  • Badges are non-transferable and non-replaceable.

Animals

Service and assistance animals are permitted in all public areas and at all times. No other animals will be permitted in convention space.

Firearms

As a licensed liquor establishment, the Phoenix Convention Center is governed by Arizona law which prohibits the possession of firearms at the Phoenix Convention Center by any person other than a law enforcement officer. Personal possession of firearms is therefore prohibited, including concealed and non-concealed firearms and weapons.

Props/Weapons

Please refer to the Phoenix Comicon Weapons Policy on our website for complete information about props/weapons.

Please see page 2 of the costume policy: HERE

Children

All children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult (18+) at all times.

Curfew

Daily curfew hours for the city of Phoenix are from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for children 15 years old and younger and midnight to 5 a.m. for 16 and 17 years old. Curfew hours apply seven days a week year round. Children that are on legitimate business authorized by a parent or guardian, or in the care and custody of another adult, are not in violation of the curfew ordinance. Phoenix city ordinance code (pcc 22-3) places responsibility on parents and guardians to supervise their juvenile children and to take custody of them if they violate curfew.

Belongings

Phoenix Comicon is not liable for missing belongings. Lost and Found is located at the Phoenix Comicon Information Desk at the North Building lower level lobby.

Distribution of fliers and other materials

There will be no distribution or fliers or other materials without prior approval of Phoenix Comicon. Fliers and other materials left in convention space without approval will be discarded.

Convention Behavior

The following behaviors are not allowed at Phoenix Comicon:

  • Disruptive or unsafe behavior that disturbs attendees, volunteers, guests, or exhibitors
  • Sleeping in convention space
  • Physical or verbal harassment of volunteers, guests, exhibitors, or other attendees
  • Destruction or defacement of Convention Center or hotel property
  • Sexual misconduct such as indecent exposure, offensive touching, or sexual harassment
  • Unwanted touching without permission of the individual such as glomping, hugging, etc.
  • Any activity prohibited by law

Hotel Space

  • Hotel elevators are for hotel guests and convention staff only. Please do not loiter in hotel elevators.
  • Please behave respectfully in the hotel space and take care not disturb non-convention hotel guests. Convention attendees who are found disturbing other hotel guests on hotel property are subject to disciplinary action, including revocation of membership badge.

Music

Amplified music is prohibited in convention space.

Dancing

Dancing is not permitted in the Exhibitor Hall at any time. Dancing is not permitted in hallways or walkways. If you would like to dance, please do so outside in an open area that does not disrupt convention activity.

Signs

  • The construction and display of signs by attendees is not allowed. This includes but is not limited to such signs as "Free Hugs", "Will Yuri for Yaoi", or "Glomps for Cash". Attendees carrying such signage will be warned and have the sign confiscated. Phoenix Comicon staff reserves the right to revoke the badges of attendees carrying such signs. Signs that are a necessary part of a costume may be permitted with the approval of convention staff. For questions regarding acceptable signs, please contact: costuming@phoenixcomicon.com
  • The posting of signs is prohibited in all convention space.

Photography

  • When taking pictures, please be conscious of traffic around you and do not block walkways for extended periods.
  • Please be considerate and ask before taking pictures of other attendees, guests, or staff.

Costumes

  • Above all, Phoenix Comicon is a family-friendly event. Please exercise modesty when wearing your costume. If Phoenix Comicon staff feels your costume is too revealing or offensive to other attendees, you may be asked to change. If you have questions about what is acceptable, please contact: costuming@phoenixcomicon.com .
  • All cosplayers must have a clear line of sight while wearing their costumes.
  • Shoes are required to be worn while in convention space. You may remove your shoes for photos if desired, but they must be replaced directly after the photo is taken.
  • Roller Skates/Blades may not be worn inside Convention Center or hotel.
  • Depictions of swastikas are not allowed and will be asked to be removed.
  • If your costume has pieces that extend from it (wings, spikes, armor, etc.) or you are carrying a large prop, please be aware of your surroundings and of people around you. You may be asked to change your costume or remove your prop from convention space if it is found to be disruptive or dangerous.
  • Please do not block doorways, walkways, or exits with your costume, props, or costume pieces.

For additional guidelines, please see the costume policy HERE

Harassment and Discrimination

Phoenix Comicon is firmly committed to providing a positive experience free of discrimination and bias. Each attendee is personally responsible for maintaining such a environment. Phoenix Comicon prohibits any actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual’s race, sex, sexual preferences, ethnic background, age, religion, physical condition, or other legally protected characteristic. Any conduct or action, whether overt or subtle, which creates an offensive or hostile environment is prohibited and will be grounds for immediate disciplinary action.

Phoenix Comicon prohibits any harassment between volunteers, attendees, or guests on the basis of sex. No person, male or female, should be subjected to unsolicited or unwelcome sexual overtones and conduct, either verbal or physical. Misconduct applies to both males and females, and includes harassment between individuals of both sexes and the same sex. Any person who believes he or she is a victim of sexual or discriminatory harassment is encouraged to let the harasser know that his or her behavior is unwelcome. In addition, those who believe they have been harassed should immediately report the matter to Convention Security, Police or Phoenix Comicon Staff.

Cosplay is not consent

Phoenix Comicon supports the movement “Cosplay is not Consent” to empower fan convention costume enthusiasts (aka "cosplayers") to SPEAK OUT against inappropriate social behavior of a sexual and/or stereotypical nature for themselves and fellow fans... cosplay is NOT consent!

The culture of Cosplay is one of fun, creativity, and mutual respect. Unfortunately, not every fan adheres to the "respect" part. Cosplay is NOT Consent ­ and cosplayers who dress in (sometimes) revealing costumes should not accept inappropriate behavior from their peers. Speak out? speak up? and help keep cosplay comfortable and fun!

You should make every attempt to gain direct consent on all photographs of cosplay, including all private photographers. All photographers, commercial and private, should refrain from taking secret photos or photos of cosplayers in compromised positions and should not take photos with the intent of commercialization without consent of the subject. Cosplayers love to have their photos taken, so just be polite and ask!