Izumicon expects a level of acceptable and reasonable behavior from all attendees.
Please have consideration for all Attendees, Guests, and Izumicon Staffers, as well as for the individuals who are attending other events at the Reed Convention Center.
All of the Izumicon attendees are expected to obey the rules set by Izumicon.
Any violation may result in suspension of their pass(es) and even a permanent ban from the Izumicon Convention and its sister conventions. Any attendee caught breaking a state or federal law at Izumicon will be reported to local authorities. Izumicon has the right to revise the Code of Conduct at any time and for any reason without notice.
This convention is a closed door convention. This means that no one is allowed entry into the convention center without a badge. Anyone seen without a badge, even the upstairs common areas, will be escorted either to the registration table to purchase a ticket or the door if refusal to buy/pay the ticket/entry fee.
Consent to Photography
Any photographs or videos of attendees taken by Izumicon staff in an official capacity may be used or published by Izumicon without further consent of the attendees being recorded.
Photography and recording of any kind are strictly prohibited during concert events, with the exception of official Izumicon Press Staff and pre-approved members of the press.
Izumicon strives to provide a safe and fun environment for all those who attend the convention. Behavior such as, but not limited to, skanking, moshing and/or standing on chairs will not be tolerated at any time for any reason during any convention events. Individuals who engage in such behavior will be immediately ejected from the event. A verbal warning will be issued for a first time violation and any further misconduct will result in confiscation of their pass for the remainder of the convention.
Smoking is only permitted in pre-designated areas at the Reed Convention Center.
Please be prepared to show your badge any time you enter a convention space or event – it identifies you as a fully paid attendee of the convention.
As earlier stated, Izumicon strives to provide a safe and fun environment for all those who attend the convention. Please consider how your words and actions reflect on the convention and how they impact those around you, as most of the convention activities and areas are directed at general audiences (PG-13). Please keep in mind that other individuals' opinions may differ from your own. Do not engage in heated discussions with an individual(s). Use your common sense in public areas. If you are unsure whether something is appropriate to do in public, please consult one of the Izumicon security staff or Directors. If you notice others are uncomfortable with your costume or your activities, please stop immediately. We take pride in our appearance and we want you to do so as well while still having fun. To this effect, Izumicon Directors have final say on all matters.
Costumes and Clothing
Any indecent exposure (public exposure of genitalia, buttocks or (female) breasts) is not permitted. When choosing and/or creating your costume, please keep in mind the constraints of local laws and customs concerning public decency. Just because an anime character wears only a face mask, you may not do so. Sturdy and fitted costumes are required; you should not be falling out of your costume, and it should not be falling apart around you. Also, remember to have proper support such as bras and/or athletic cups, especially if you plan to be physically active, i.e., dancing or running.
If you have a bulky or large costume, please be aware of your surroundings. Try not to hit other attendees, block walkways or access, or cause a disruption. You are responsible for your own costume and should respect those around you.
Harassment and Assault
"No" means "no." "Stop" means "stop." "Go away" means "go away." Harassment is any behavior that seriously annoys or alarms another person. This includes unwanted physical contact, following someone in a public area, verbal assaults, or threatening physical violence. An offender may lose their badge and the matter may be referred to the proper law enforcement authorities. If you are being harassed, immediately contact Izumicon or Reed Convention center security or a nearby member of the Izumicon staff. Convention staff and security personnel have the right to remove an attendee's badge for not following the rules and their commands, and may eject a person from the convention.
Buying, Selling, and Solicitation
Izumicon has a few main areas where merchandise is sold –Dealers Room and Artist Alley. Anyone who receives payment for goods in the convention space must comply with all the convention's rules regarding this. For any sale of merchandise, the exhibitor rules apply. Other restrictions may also apply.
Izumicon takes its obligations in this area very seriously. Any solicitation at the convention, whether verbal or use of signage for monetary payment or exchange of services that does not comply with these restrictions, is prohibited. Some examples of prohibited solicitation or sale are musicians requesting tips, setting up artwork for sale in the common areas, and passing out signs or cards to solicit a business in areas other then the aforementioned commerce areas. Violation of these rules may result in the offender forfeiting their pass, returning all payments, and facing expulsion from the convention area. Please also note that certain solicitations are ILLEGAL and will result in immediate membership pass forfeiture and possible referral to the proper law enforcement authorities. Any solicitation or selling outside of the convention center requires a street vendor license from the City of Midwest City. Should you be caught engaging in such activities, you may be ticketed and fined, as well as possibly sent to jail. Offering favors of a sexual nature for sale, such as kisses, hugs, dates, gropes, spankings, etc., are strictly prohibited as they may be viewed as forms of prostitution. Attempts to circumvent any of these rules such as throwing money and merchandise on the ground and other such tactics are also prohibited.
Izumicon, its personnel, and its affiliates are not responsible for any damage, theft, injury, or loss. Attendees of the convention are responsible for their own actions and belongings as well as for any resulting repercussions. Staff is on hand to assist in any situation. However, any civil or medical emergencies that may occur must be handled directly be the appropriate authorities.
Izumicon reserves the right to remove any attendee from the Convention grounds for any reason deemed unsafe or harmful to others or for repeated failure to follow the rules.
The purpose of this weapons policy is to allow those in costume to wear them freely at our convention venues. We are bound by agreement with our venue locations to enforce the weapons policy.
We, the Security and Management of Izumicon, appreciate the time and effort put into the creation of your costumes, props, and replica weapon-like items, and understand that non-working replica, prop, and imitation "weapons" are often a part of anime costuming. To ensure the safety of all those attending the Izumicon events, we maintain this strict Weapons Policy. It is imperative that costume "weapons" comply with this policy and with local, state, and federal laws.
This policy is not a summary of the laws nor does this policy constitute legal advice. You are solely responsible for understanding and complying with all applicable laws. Izumicon reserves the right to refuse entry of any prop or weapon it decides is unfit for the convention. All props or weapons must support the overall look of a costume or character. Wearing a prop or weapon for its own sake is not allowed. Misuse of a prop or weapon can be considered grounds for removal or ejection from the convention. Any display of an item in an aggressive or threatening manner, real or implied regardless of intent, or any other activity thought to be unsafe in the view of the Security Staff is strictly forbidden. All Prop Weapons will be checked upon entrance to Izumicon Convention at the Registration desk.
Brandishing any weapon-like item is NOT permissible. Brandishing is defined as drawing, exhibiting, or using any weapon whatsoever in a rude, angry, or threatening, manner or using a weapon in any fight or quarrel. Izumicon Staff, and Convention Center Security are empowered to determine whether a particular act constitutes "Brandishing" in their sole and absolute discretion. Even foam weapons can injure others and create unsafe situations. Anyone brandishing a weapon-like item in an unsafe manner will be told to remove it from the convention spaces. However, you are allowed to pose with a weapon-like item in a brandishing manner so long as no reasonable person would interpret the pose as anything but safe and no real threat.
You may not carry or possess any working weapon, openly or concealed, AT ANY TIME or around the convention spaces. Working weapons, firearms (curio or relic to include antique firearms), and all forms of ammunition are strictly forbidden. Even items that may be legal to carry such as small knives or stun guns are not welcome at Izumicon. Please leave them at home.
- "Air Soft", water guns, squirt guns, and any toy that is capable of actually firing a projectile, liquid, or object of any type are not allowed. Futuristic Replicas and fake period weapons may be displayed as long they are recognizable as obvious fakes. While an obviously non-lethal weapon such as a water gun is allowed as a prop, filling said prop with water passes it into non-acceptable weapons group and is subject to removal from the convention.
- Any non-working projectile weapon being used for a prop must have a 1/2 inch of bright orange plastic or tape around the end of the muzzle. In most areas, toy guns are legally required to have a non-removable bright orange plastic tip, to make it easy to spot that they are fake. Almost all toy guns you find in the store or online will have this tip already, but when you are making one yourself make sure to put an orange tip on it. DO NOT put an orange tip on a real gun to disguise it as a toy – that is very, very, very illegal.
- Be prepared to show any Izumicon Security Staff, Convention Center staff and/or police officer, your weapon to make sure that it conforms with the rules. Any firearm that has the firing pin removed or barrel filled to make it unusable is still considered a "real weapon" and is not allowed, as it can be misconstrued by the police department or convention staff to be a threat.
- Bows or other manual projectile replicas are allowed only if they are rendered incapable of firing a projectile.
- Personal firearms are not allowed into any convention space regardless of reason. Any individual caught with such weapon in a convention space will be asked to leave convention space and/or reported to local authorities.
- Because Airsoft and other weapons are sold in the dealers room, a distinction must be made: all items purchased in the dealers room are merchandise until they are removed from their packaging, at which time they fall under the weapons policy, including, but not limited to knives, staves, airsoft weapons, projectile weapons, and combative clothing (such as metal wrist spikes.)
Sharp edges on any material are not permitted, and must be filed, padded, or otherwise protected against unwanted contact. A point on any material that is not soft to the touch (such as soft foam or fabric) is not allowed. Soft to the touch should at least have a one half inch give to it when pushed with a finger on the actual tip. If a soft tip is created, the underlying structure must support safely as well in case the underlying structure is exposed.
- The use of varnish, shellac, or any other coating to make a soft weapon have a hard exterior is forbidden. The definition of "hard" in this case is a hardness that exceeds that such as raw balsa or fir woods. Materials that can shatter, such as glass or brittle plastics, are not permitted.
- Misc. props such as metal costume spikes, metal lacing on costumes or other modification that could harm another with contact are forbidden.
- Any weapon purchased at the dealer's room must be wrapped before leaving the vendor’s table so that it is not recognized as said weapon and then immediately taken to a room or car.
WEIGHT AND LENGTH MATTER:
Any material, be it metal, wood or plastic, can hurt someone if it's heavy enough. Basically, the bigger a weapon is, the lighter you need to make it to keep it con safe. No matter what kind of weapon it's supposed to look like, any long, heavy object is legally a "staff" which counts as a weapon in many states. This does NOT mean that you can't bring Cloud's giant sword to a con, it just means you should make it out of foam or hollow plastic rather than heavy wood. A small wooden sword is usually fine, but any weapon more than about four feet long should be light or hollow to avoid problems – the bigger the lighter. This problem is the major reason why our security staff will never approve a weapon without seeing it. If you phone up and say, "I have a ten-foot long plastic Zabuza sword, is that okay?" we can't say "yes" or "no" over the phone since we can't actually feel the thing to see how heavy it is, and thus how dangerous.
Short list of the most important steps to make sure your weapons will be okay at Izumicon:
- GUNS: no guns that shoot anything, must have orange tip, orange handle if it looks real when holstered.
- SWORDS: not too heavy, make sure to have a sheath.
- OTHER WEAPONS: avoid metal, avoid chains, nothing too heavy.
- When in doubt, ask!