Convention Policies

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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.


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, and the Horton Grand Theatre, 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 also need your badge if you are eligible to participate in Comic-Con 2015 online 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 a member of security, or a staff member, so that the matter can be handled in an expeditious manner.

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.
  • 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 Glasses/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 Glasses. You cannot wear Google Glasses during footage viewing in any program room. If your Google Glasses are prescription, please bring a different pair of glasses to use during these times.

Also, please turn off your device's (phones, tablets, 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.

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 Smoking

No smoking is allowed at any Convention event at any time and in any location. This policy includes the Exhibit Hall, 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. Please comply with this policy; noncompliance may result in being ejected from the convention.

No Stollers 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.