It is important that guests planning to attend KotoriCon read and understand these policies; everyone is expected to follow the rules. The KotoriCon organization works hard to provide a safe, family-friendly environment. However, to achieve this, it needs the help and cooperation of all attendees.
Convention policies range in scope from permitted props and weapons to lost children.
Disruptive Behavior Policy
First and foremost, KotoriCon officials will not tolerate disruptive behavior of any kind; action will be taken if something is considered dangerous or disruptive. Actions vary from a quiet but stern word in private to forcible ejection from the convention. Guests are encouraged to show common courtesy to their fellow Otaku, and to follow the rules, so that no problems arise.
Examples of Disruptive Behavior
- Fighting (fake or real)
- Impeding traffic flow
- Offensive behavior and inflammatory language
- Failure to observe basic hygiene
- Public inebriation (or similar intoxication)
- Failure to follow the rules and directions of staff members
Smoking is prohibited inside campus buildings. This includes e-cigarettes, vapes etc. Smoking is allowed outside ONLY in designated areas. Smokers may not block the walkways. Smokers found dropping butts on the ground or littering will be asked to leave.
Please remember that following the directions of staff members will make the lines run smoother for everyone! Guests are not allowed to hold places in line for other people; those who are caught jumping or cutting in line will be sent to the end. Lines cannot block entrances or exits, so please leave a gap in front of the door.
The use of all cameras and video equipment are prohibited within certain areas of the convention, including the screening rooms and of specific displayed table items in Artists' Alley.
KotoriCon's guests have the right to maintain their privacy. Convention members may be asked to refrain from photographing guests if they would prefer not to have their picture taken.
The weather in January is often not nice and we have limited space indoors, so scheduled photo shoots in our PhotoShoot room may be scheduled by contacting us
No one may solicit customers or advertise their photography business at KotoriCon or on our social media.
- Guests will join con-goers for a photo opportunity if they choose to have their picture taken.
- We offer a FREE photobooth in artists alley until we run out of paper!
- Photographers may not post pictures taken at KotoriCon for sale online or solicit payment from attendees.
- When stopping to take photographs in the hallways, please be considerate of fellow con goers. Be brief and do not block traffic.
- No one is allowed to request payment, tip or donation to be photographed.
- Do not meet anyone at a hotel or private location for a private photoshoot for your own safety!
Children at KotoriCon
Here are some suggestions for keeping children safe:
- A parent or guardian must accompany all children younger than age 12 at all times.
- Anyone younger than age 18 must come with an adult age 18 or older who has their own ticket.
- Children are required to carry some form of written identification and parent/guardian contact information with them at all times. This is so that KotoriCon staff may contact the parent or guardian should the need arise. You can find the form you need HERE
- Please note: there is no convention-wide public announcement system. KotoriCon staff are unable to page children if they are separated from their groups.
- Do not leave children unattended at KotoriCon.
- Make sure children know important information, such as their parent's name, what they are wearing, and cellular and home phone numbers. If a child is lost, staff will make every attempt to contact parents/guardians through this information.
- It is a good idea to set up meeting places and times for children older than 12. Parents should notify the Registration Desk if they cannot find their children at the designated meeting place or cannot establish contact.
Signs at KotoriCon
No signs are permitted at the convention except for those that are an established part of a costume. (The sign must be part of the standard "look" of the character). Signs in violation of this policy will be confiscated. Repeat offenders will be considered in violation of the disruptive behavior policy. Please note that this rule applies to all types of signs, regardless of construction. KotoriCon staff decisions regarding signs are final.
Clothing is required! Think PG-13. You must wear a shirt, shoes, pants/shirts... Its January really underwear cannot(and should not) be your outerwear.
Hateful symbols of any kind are not welcome at KotoriCon, and will not be permitted on any costume, prop, or sign under any circumstance.
In general, masks are not permitted except for those that are an established part of a costume. For security purposes, all attendees who wish to wear a mask will be asked to pose in front of the security camera with their mask off and on. When in doubt, check with KotoriCon staff. Smile for the cameras!
Body Paint & Fake Blood
Body paint and fake blood must be sealed. You will be asked to leave Kotoricon to seal your cosplay makeup if you arrive without it being sealed. You cannot bring any body paint or fake blood onto the campus, even for touchups. Leave it at home or in your car.
- Staves, bo sticks, boken, shinai and wooden swords are permitted as long as they are handled responsibly and meet all other criteria.
- Made-up weapons (i.e. made of tissue paper, plaster of Paris, cloth) are permitted if they are safe, do not resemble real guns and not dangerous to others.
- Examples of dangerous conditions include, but are not limited to, items that may trip others, that can snag on people or surroundings and can obstruct doors and hallways.
- Any metal chains are to be less than three feet in length. This includes, but is not limited to chain wallets or any non-costume chains as well.
Prohibited Props and Weapons that are not permitted at KotoriCon include, but are not limited to, the following:
NO LIVE STEEL:
- Swords, bayonets and knives (regardless of sheath)
- Star knives and shurikens
- Metal armor, including chainmail
- Other objects made of metal, which can take an edge. This holds true regardless of whether the object is actually sharp
- Metal studs on costumes or other metal components of costumes/props may also be subject to approval by KotoriCon
No Realistic Guns of ANY Kind:
- Airsoft guns, regardless of whether or not it is functional; a non-functional airsoft gun with no moving parts is still an airsoft gun
- bb guns or pellet guns
- Crossbows, dart guns and blowguns
- Water guns or water pistols
- Stun guns and tasers
- Prop guns or resin models
NO EXPLOSIVES or CHEMICALS:
- Smoke powder
- Fireworks of any kind
Illegal weapons will be reported to the appropriate authorities.
Behavior with Weapons/Props
Misuse of a weapon or prop, such as swinging it in a public area or posing a hazard to others, will result in it being deemed unsafe for the convention. Guests will be asked to remove the item from the convention center.
All props and weapons brought into the convention may be inspected and either approved or rejected by KotoriCon staff, including those that may have had prior approval (other conventions, previous conventions or pre-convention approval by KotoriCon staff).
Any item that poses a potential safety hazard may need to be removed from the convention. This includes any costume, prop or accessory that obstructs doors or hallways, or otherwise poses any kind of danger to other attendees, staff or convention center property.
When in doubt, check with KotoriCon staff. Also please note that just because a staff member has not stopped to check the item, it does not mean the item is allowed.
The spontaneous playing of dancing games at KotoriCon is always appreciated but needs to be moved to areas that do not block doorways or walkways.
Only approved artists and dealers are authorized to sell materials or provide services at KotoriCon. Photographers may not post pictures taken at KotoriCon for sale online or solicit payment for photographs from attendees. Cosplayers may not charge for photographs being taken.
KotoriCon wishes everyone a safe and happy convention!
All decisions made by KotoriCon staff are final.