East Coast Comicon is a safe space. This means we expect it to be a safe environment for fans from any ethnicity, creed, religious background, political background, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, sexual orientation, fandom, etc. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. This includes, but is not limited to: physical assault, verbal harassment, sexual harassment, stalking, unwanted physical contact, unwanted advances, or inappropriate photography. (Inappropriate photography is defined as photography where the subject feels they are being stalked, exploited, degraded, or disrespected through being photographed. While it is reasonable that photographers will be photographing costumers and other parts of the convention, should this photography become harassing or sexual in nature, the photographer will be subject to the above harassment policy.)
Harassment is defined by the victim.
If it is determined – either by observation or by complaint – that an individual or group has harassed another attendee, any or all of the following things may occur –
That individual or group may be:
- Warned to cease and desist;
- Asked to leave the convention, or;
- Banned from the convention for a period of time to be determined by staff.
For your own safety, if you feel that you are being harassed please report your problems to us before anyone else. If you cannot find a staff, crew, or volunteer member to assist you, please go to the information desks located near registration or near the entrance of the exhibition floor. Please report to us before taking matters into your own hands (such as personally confronting the aggressor or posting on social media). We have professional security and they are properly equipped for these contingencies.
East Coast Comicon is asking you to leave your toy guns at home.
Because guns are not toys.
Guns are not accessories that can be flaunted in public without inherently making light of their intended use—while simultaneously making many people deeply uncomfortable.
If you bring a toy gun to East Coast Comicon, no matter how unrealistic it might look or feel, you will be asked to check it.
Can you do a successful cosplay of Black Widow or The Punisher without a gun? We think you can! If your cosplay isn’t quite complete without a gun, we’ll help you adapt to our new policy by providing some creative alternatives to traditional guns that you can pose with. Your cosplay at East Coast Comicon will help our community make a strong, colorful statement against gun violence, and our culture’s toxic love of firearms.
Spread the word! East Coast Comicon will not allow the following items:
- Any weapon of any kind—bladed or projectile—that looks or feels real.
- Any kind of gun or simulacrum of a firearm, no matter how fake it looks.
- Any prop that is heavy, hard, or sharp enough to injure a person (Err on the side of caution).
When crafting your props, keep it light and keep it safe. You can do a lot with foam!
At Crucial Entertainment, we are committed to creating spaces that are safe—both physically and emotionally. Join us in making East Coast Comicon a place where we can all enjoy ourselves!