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Convention Policies

You’re here to have fun. We’re here to make it possible for you to have that fun. For all that to happen, Comic-Con has a few rules that are necessary for the safety and comfort of everyone. Please comply so that you and everyone else can enjoy the convention.

Airspace (Balloons, Drones, etc.)

No devices may be flown or tethered within the confines of the Exhibit Hall or at any Comic-Con function in the Convention Center. This includes helium balloons and helium filled products, drones, or any lighter than air objects either powered or unpowered.


Always wear your badge and hang onto it! You will need your badge to attend any Comic-Con function, including all daytime and nighttime panels and events at the Convention Center, the Hilton Bayfront, the Marriott Marquis, Manchester Grand Hyatt, the Omni San Diego, the Horton Grand Theatre, the San Diego Central Library, and all convention-sponsored parties, and browsing or shopping in the Exhibit Hall, as well as some additional offsite events. Keep your badge visible so guards do not stop you. If you’re asked to show your badge, please do so. Your name and contact information are encoded in your barcode. Do not let anyone scan your barcode unless you want that person to have your mailing address. Badges are nontransferable. Please do not give your badge to a friend or to people outside the Convention Center when you leave Comic-Con. Also keep in mind that security will be spot-checking badges against IDs.

Hold onto your badge! You will need your badge to qualify for Comic-Con 2016 Attendee Preregistration, so keep it AFTER Comic-Con, too!

Code of Conduct

Attendees must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Comic-Con reserves the right to revoke, without refund, the membership and badge of any attendee not in compliance with this policy. Persons finding themselves in a situation where they feel their safety is at risk or who become aware of an attendee not in compliance with this policy should immediately locate the nearest member of security, or staff member, so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner.

The Comic-Con Show Office is located in the Hall C lobby. During show hours you can always find a Comic-Con staff member or security guard in the show office. Please visit us there if you have any concerns or questions.

Costume Weapons Policy

No functional weapons are allowed at Comic-Con

Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume, subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following:

  • All costume weapons must be inspected at the Weapons Check Desk in Lobby E (location subject to change).
  • All costume weapons must conform to state and federal law.
  • Projectile costume weapons must be rendered inoperable.
  • Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip tied to a quiver
  • Costume swords must be tied to your costume in such a way that they can't be drawn.
  • After each person's costume weapon has been checked, it will be tagged by security, and you will be given a wristband to wear to designate that your weapons have been checked.
  • Security will escort you to the security station for inspection if your costume weapon is not tagged.

If you do not want to have your costume weapons inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please do not bring your costume weapons to Comic-Con.

Google Glass/Video Recorders/Camera Phones

Remember recording of footage on the screens during panels is prohibited (see below: No Video or Audio Recording of Movie and TV Panels). This includes Google Glass. You cannot wear Google Glasses during footage viewing in any program room. If your Google Glass are prescription, please bring a different pair of glasses to use during these times.

Also, please turn off your device's (phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) screens and put them away during the screening of panel footage. Not doing so interferes with everyone’s viewing quality and causes security to think you’re recording the clip.

No Handcarts, Trolleys, Rolling Luggage, or Oversized Strollers in the Exhibit Hall

Please be aware that, due to safety reasons, no handcarts, trolleys, rolling luggage, or oversized strollers are allowed in the Exhibit Hall. Attendees found on the exhibit floor with these items will be removed from Exhibit Hall.

No Live Streaming of Any Program or Event in Any Programming Room at Comic-Con

The usage of live streaming apps and software on any electronic device (smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc.) is not allowed in any onsite or offsite official Comic-Con Program and Event rooms.

No Paging

Please keep in mind that there will be no personal pages over the P. A. system. Set a time and place to meet with your family and friends and communicate with them via text or phone when necessary. There is also a message board available at Comic-Con in Lobby C, where you can post written messages.

No Pets Allowed

If you have pets, including iguanas, parrots, boa constrictors, or other nonhuman critters, please leave them at home. The Convention Center will not allow animals into the building, except for service animals.

No Selfie Sticks and Similar Devices at Comic-Con

Selfie sticks, GoPro poles, or any device that extends your camera or phone away from your hand, are not allowed at Comic-Con. If you’re seen with one of these devices, you will be asked by security to put it away and not use it at Comic-Con. This includes all of the Convention Center: Exhibit Hall, Programming and Event rooms, etc., and on Convention Center grounds outside, and any official Comic-Con events outside the Center, including the Marriott Marquis, Manchester Grand Hyatt, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, and Omni San Diego hotels, the Horton Grand Theatre, and the San Diego Central Library.

No Sitting in Exhibit Hall Aisles

By order of the fire marshal, sitting in the Exhibit Hall aisles is not allowed. Lounges are located throughout the Convention Center and near concessions for your convenience.

No Smoking, Including E-cigarettes and Vaping Products and Devices

No smoking is allowed at any Convention event at any time and in any location. No smoking at Comic-Con includes traditional cigarettes, pipes, cigars, plus E-cigarettes and any vaping product or device. This policy includes the Exhibit Hall, all the Programming Rooms, the Convention-sponsored parties, and the Masquerade. You are welcome to step outside to smoke in designated smoking areas only, but please be considerate of others when you do. This policy is in place not only for the comfort of attendees but also to comply with San Diego city ordinances prohibiting smoking at public events within 20 feet of any doorway, entrance, exit or operable window. Please comply with this policy; noncompliance may result in being ejected from the convention.

No Strollers Allowed in the Programming Rooms

By order of the fire marshal, strollers are not allowed in any of the programming rooms. Stroller parking is located in various areas in the Convention Center. Parking will be free of charge and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note: Comic-Con will not provide security or check-in/check-out for the strollers.

No Video or Audio Recording of Movie and TV Panels

No video or audio recording of the footage on the screen during movie and television panels is allowed. The footage shown in these panels are exclusives brought to us by the studios and networks. Please respect their rights and allow us to continue to show this type of material to our attendees.

Comic-Con reserves the right to change or modify any policy or rule at any time and without notice.