Here at HentaiCon, we encourage the creativity of all cosplayers from all walks of life. We want every cosplayer to feel safe and have fun! We ask that you be mindful of your location and fellow attendees while cosplaying. Though we are an 18+ Convention, all attendees must still comply with local city ordinances and state laws. Also, please remember to be courteous to all cosplayers and ask before attempting to hug or touch them in any way. Be respectful of their right to say no. Harassment of any kind may result in forfeiture of your badge and expulsion from the convention with no refunds issued. Below are a few guidelines to abide by while attending HentaiCon.
- Indecent Exposure: Cosplay should not expose the body in any way that may be considered “Indecent Exposure” per Los Angeles County Law. Private parts must be covered at all times. Proper steps must be taken by the cosplayer to ensure their cosplay is fashioned securely to prevent possible wardrobe malfunctions (exposure).
○ City of Burbank Municipal Code
■ City of Burbank: Title 5, Police and Public Safety, Morals and Conduct Chapter 3, 5-3-109: Public Nudity and Disrobing: No person shall appear, bathe, sunbathe, walk, change clothes, disrobe or be in any public place, place open to the public, or place open to public view in such manner that the genitals, vulva, pubis, pubic hair, buttocks, perineum, anus, anal region or pubic hair region of any person, or any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of the areola of any female person, is exposed to public view.”
- Cosplay Size: All cosplay (which also includes the size of the cosplayer) must not supersede 8 feet by height nor width. Furthermore, a cosplay cannot span the length of two people or more. Cosplay must not impede or obstruct the flow of traffic or entryways.
- Signs: Any signage that acts as self-promotion or soliciting will not be permitted.
- Footwear: Shoes are required at all times.
- Inappropriate Costumes: No cosplay that may depict realistic law enforcement, military, medical personnel, or official government agents will be permitted. “Vintage” historical uniform cosplay may be addressed at the conventions discretion.
If caught breaking any of the addressed guidelines you may be asked to change your cosplay or (should you refuse) leave the convention
All weapons and large props must be inspected and approved by our operations or security staff at the convention. We will then “Peace Mark” them by affixing a ribbon that indicates we have checked them. If necessary, we may also “Peace Bond” them by using a ribbon or tie to keep your weapon from being drawn or used by either the owner or others. It is a privilege to bring large props and weapons to the convention, and everyone must take great care to be careful not to cause damage to both the venue and people within the venue. We will allow certain specific prop weapons or large props, however, if it is not listed below it will not be allowed in. Please be aware that due to crowding, space, or potential safety hazards, the rules will be subject to change mid convention to ensure safety.
- Guns: Any gun that may appear realistic are only allowed if they have a very obvious bright orange tip that shows they are non-working/lethal guns. Toy or Fantasy guns that appear obviously fake are allowed. Any gun that has the potential to work or may appear to be real to the public however is not allowed.
- Swords: Wooden or plastic variants are allowed so long as they can be tied shut in their sheath. Swords must never be waved around or wielded, but they can be used for still posing for photographs.
- Bows: Toy, wooden, or plastic bows can sometimes be permitted. However professional or compound bows are not. Equipping an arrow to a bow is unacceptable, even for photos.
- Large Props: While large props are generally okay we ask that you be mindful of your surroundings when wielding them. No prop should supersede the height of 8 feet in length or width. This is to avoid clogging of entryways as well as elevators. If crowding becomes a problem we may ask you to return your props to either your hotel or your car. We will not store them for you.
- Pretend Weapons: Anything that is entirely (obviously) a play/pretend weapon and cannot be mistaken whatsoever as something that is real will be permitted.
- Dangerous Things: Please keep your extremely dangerous things, like your Class IV lasers and missile launchers, at home. (Of course, these examples are fictional, but please remember to use some common sense.)
- Adult Paraphernalia: Whips, floggers, paddles, ropes, clamps, leashes are sometimes permitted if part of a cosplay. Vibrators, dildos, butt plugs, erotic furniture, strap-ons, lubrication and any other items not listed but that are categorized as adult paraphernalia/toys are not permitted to be brought in from outside the venue unless it is part of a cosplay. If you purchase any of the previously listed items from the exhibit hall, they are to remain sealed and in their original packaging until you return to your room or car. No such item is to come into contact with other cosplayer/attendee/staff without permission (please refer to our Code of Conduct Rule #3). Even with permission, all person(s) must still comply with local and state law/ordinances. HentaiCon staff will be inspecting cosplayers and have the sole discretion of determining an item or cosplay as too lewd, revealing, exposed or may cause a safety hazard for others. In such a case, cosplayer will be asked to either adjust their cosplay, remove the said item or change their outfit and they will be barred from entering the con until they do so.
Any weapon(s), toy(s) may be disallowed at any time at the discretion of convention staff.