The San Diego Comic-Con has released a set of visitor rules for this year’s con that you really should familiarize yourself with.
SDCC 2015 is taking inspiration from the Cannes Film Festival, which earlier this year made headlines for their new visitor regulations. No, not the high heels controversy. The much more reasonable selfie stick ban.
Comic-Con 2015 is drawing close: the four-day entertainment convention takes place from July 9-12 in San Diego, and excited con-goers are surely already packing their costumes, queue survival kits, and, of course, their tech. (We are nerds, after all!)
But hold off on launching that personalized Millennium Falcon drone: SDCC has released a list of banned items this year, which will not be permitted on the convention floor, at participating hotels, or during panels.
Most applicable to the everyday con-goer will be the simultaneously loved and hated selfie stick, which has become a staple of all major tourist attractions.
“Selfie sticks, GoPro poles, or any device that extends your camera or phone away from your hand, are not allowed at Comic-Con,” the convention writes in their Convention Policies. “If you’re seen with one of these devices, you will be asked by security to put it away and not use it at Comic-Con. This includes all of the Convention Center: Exhibit Hall, Programming and Event rooms, etc.”
While selfie sticks might seem like a great way to get your cameras above the crowd for some clear shots of the stars (and, let’s face it, yourself), the devices can also be severely disruptive, and is a general safety hazard.
Also banned are drones, and other devices occupying the airspace around the convention. “This includes helium balloons and helium filled products, drones, or any lighter than air objects either powered or unpowered.”
Finally, in case anyone was planning to wear their super stylish Google Glasses, don’t. As part of Comic-Con’s no-recording policy, Google Glass (as a potential recording device) cannot be worn at panels. Even if they are prescription, you are asked to bring an alternative pair of glasses.
You can read the full list of Convention Policies on Comic-Con’s website.