Bran-Con Policies - Cosplay

Cosplay Is Not Consent

Seeing someone in a costume doesn't automatically mean they're at the mercy of your curiosity.  Do not touch, record, or take a picture of a cosplayer without asking them for their permission first.  Not asking for permission can constitute harassment and may end in ejection from Bran-Con, so please, please be respectful.  Cosplayers are here to have a good time too, just like you!

 

Costumes

Some characters in popular culture can have some really out-there crazy outfits.  Sometimes ones where you're not even sure how it manages to stay on.  But, as we're a family friendly event, we must ask that anyone cosplaying have an actual costume. 

No actual nudity, or relying upon body paint to cover you up.  Also, shoes, boots, or some other heretofore unknown type of footwear must be worn.  Bare feet are not allowed.

If you're cosplaying something or someone with wings, your wings should not span more than 125cm (This is about 4 feet for you Imperial folk.) at their widest point.  This 125cm limitation also applies to other costumes as well, such as a Transformer or other elaborate giant robot.

 

Weaponry & Props

Attendee, volunteer, vendor, exhibitor, guest and staff safety and security is our paramount concern.  Towards this end, anything that can be mistaken for an actual, functioning weapon, will be treated as an actual functioning weapon and dealt with accordingly.

Bran-Con staff may stop you at any time to inspect your weapons or props to make sure they are safe.  If you are unwilling to be inspected, then you will be asked to leave the premises.  If an inspection yields a non-compliant weapon or prop, you may choose between leaving the premises (even going out to your car and putting the item in there and then returning will do) or remain on the premises but check the item in question at the service desk.  These items may be picked up later when you are departing Bran-Con.

 

Things that are NOT okay:

Functional firearms (including Airsoft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns)
Realistic replica firearms (including decommissioned historic, reproduction, fake or toy guns that could easily be confused for actual functioning weapons)
Functional projectile weapons (including blowguns, crossbows, bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons and water guns)
Sharpened metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatchets, knives, throwing stars, swords, sword-canes & switch blades)
Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, hockey sticks, clubs, nunchaku, baseball bats)
Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass and glass)
Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like loudspeakers, vuvuzelas, grenades, & whistles
Whips

 

Things that are almost certainly, probably okay, but are still subject to the discretion of Bran-Con staff:

Lightweight Plastic and Metal Shields
Lightweight Plastic/PVC Props/Lightsabers
Toy guns as long as they do not look like real ones, cannot function or shoot projectiles and have an orange tip on the barrel. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps.
Prop bows and crossbows will be allowed providing all arrows/bolts have soft tips made of foam or cardboard and the bow/crossbow itself is de-strung.
Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of foam or cardboard only. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop weapons must be covered with brightly-colored end-caps.