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.
2019 REVISED WEAPONS POLICY
EAST COAST COMIC CONVENTION IS BRINGING COSPLAY TO THE NEXT LEVEL.
In 2018, we as a nation experienced a spike in gun violence at “soft targets” such as concerts, theaters, and schools. In response, we at East Coast Comic Convention implemented a zero-tolerance policy for all weapons to our event. While we were acting in the best interest and safety of our guests, we now realize that this was detrimental overall to the experience of our cosplay contestants, fans, and vendors. Toy guns, swords, and other faux weaponry are essential components of many fandoms, both well-known and obscure.
After several months of post-convention review, we have come to the conclusion that we may have overreacted due to security concerns. East Coast Comic Convention has decided to roll back our stringent restrictions on the cosplay weapons.
Our security teams will be in place in 2019, just as they were in 2018, inspecting the cosplay-appropriate weapons our guests bring in. This year, however, nobody will be made to check their weapons at the door, provided that they are not real or functional. For example, do not bring any real firearms or bladed weapons. Bludgeons (i.e. baseball bats, clubs, hammers etc…) must be made of light materials such as plastic or foam.
At Crucial Entertainment, we are committed to creating a space that is safe. We concede that the approach we took last year proved to be too severe. We are dialing our policy back and working with the cosplay community in order to create new guidelines and ensure everyone has a good time while being as safe as possible.