Guidelines

To help ensure our members’ happiness and a successful convention, we have established a Code of Conduct and Behavior Policies for all members and staff. Please read this document and help us have a safe and welcoming Grand Rapids Comic-Con for all!

How to be a Good Samaritan

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    photography/Michael Buck from M-Buck Studios www.mbuckstudio.com

    Be courteous and cooperative with staff, guests, and fellow attendees. Treat others as you would wish to be treated (or better) and we will all have a great experience!

  • Please report convention-related issues, comments, or suggestions to staff. Let us know immediately if your issue is an emergency requiring medical or law enforcement assistance.
  • Please plan ahead and take care of each other. Our staff will always do their best to help in an emergency, but we cannot be a substitute for good planning and communication.
  • If security or a staff member makes a request of you, please comply or you may be asked to forfeit your badge and leave the premises. You are entitled to review of the instruction by another staff or security member if you feel uncomfortable with the request, and/or if you feel it was inappropriate.
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    Always ask cosplayer’s permission before taking pictures of them or video recording them.

  • Use trash receptacles for garbage and use the recycling bins provided for aluminum cans and bottles.
  • Treat the event bathrooms as you would your own. Your help in this matter improves the convention for everyone!
  • Keep all activities in the convention hall appropriate for general audience and children. While we want everyone to enjoy themselves, this is a family-friendly convention and attendees must respect that.

Prohibited Behavior

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    photography/Michael Buck from M-Buck Studios www.mbuckstudio.com

    Drinking alcoholic beverages, using illegal drugs, having sexual relations in public, or participating in any illegal activity is strictly forbidden on the convention premises. Attendees found in violation of this policy will be escorted off of the premises with no refund and the proper authorities will be notified.

  • Illegal substances, alcohol, and/or dangerous items may not be brought onto the convention premises. If you are caught in illegal possession of alcohol or controlled substances, your badge will be revoked, police will be notified, and you will be asked to leave our convention. If you are openly intoxicated you will be asked to leave the show and escorted off the grounds by our security staff.
  • Bullying and harassment (sexual or otherwise) will not be tolerated. People who violate others’ space, privacy, property, or person will be ejected from the event with no refund. Staff or Security can and will contact local law enforcement if warranted.
  • Lewd outfits are prohibited and all clothing must be street legal. Staff members have the final say in what is appropriate and individuals may be asked to change their attire or leave the premises if necessary.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times, no exceptions. Grand Rapids Comic-Con is not responsible for the care of children, family, friends, etc. Please do not expect staff or security to substitute as a care-giver of any kind.
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    photography/Michael Buck from M-Buck Studios www.mbuckstudio.com

    Entrances/exits may not be blocked and the hallways will remain clear. Security and/or staff will enforce these rules as a matter of public safety. There will be plenty of seating available in the DeVos Place for those who need a seat to relax.

  • No loitering in the narrow hallways of the convention center.
  • This convention has a no-smoking policy, including the use of e-cig or vaping products. If you must smoke, please do so outside at least 25 feet from the doors of the facility. There is a designated smoking space at the DeVos Place for those who need that space.
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    photography/Michael Buck from M-Buck Studios www.mbuckstudio.com

    Public displays of affection should be limited for a public setting and in the presence of children. Grotesque behavior, speech, or conduct will be cause for revoking your badge and escort off of the premises as well as reporting to the local police if any laws were violated.

  • No solicitation of any money or selling of products is allowed. If you have a product to sell then you must buy a booth in the vending hall.
  • Do not touch/hug/glomp any person without their permission.
  • No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the convention hall. You may bring in a water bottle but it must be empty upon entering the building. We will have many food and beverage options available including vegetarian, vegan, and kosher options.

Solicitation Policy

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photography/Michael Buck from M-Buck Studios www.mbuckstudio.com

The only people allowed to sell anything at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con would be vendors who have a booth in the exhibition halls. People who have collections they wish to liquidate may sell those to vendors at the event but not to individual patrons.

Vendors and clubs that have booth space at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con may distribute printed promotional materials related to their business or club as long as their distribution is limited to their vending space and the free literature table. Any person distributing literature of any kind through any distribution method without permission will be removed from the event and their badge revoked without a refund.

There will be a free literature table that will be available for all patrons to place items about their business venture or event. All materials must be PG in appearance and nature as well as not promote any kind of political, religious, or social agenda. Any items that do not fit these policies will be removed from the free literature table and disposed.

Costuming Policy

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photography/Michael Buck from M-Buck Studios www.mbuckstudio.com

Cosplay is welcome at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con. Here are a few items to consider when preparing a costume for cosplaying at a Grand Rapids Comic-Con event:

  • The Grand Rapids Comic-Con show is a family-friendly event, so keep your costume PG-13 or cleaner. In other words, nothing overtly violent or sexual in orientation will be allowed.
  • Naked is not a costume, nor is body paint to replace shirts and/or pants. Overtly sexual costumes will not be allowed into the event.
  • Bathing suit parts should be appropriately covered. No thongs. Ladies, limited cleavage please; gentlemen, if wearing spandex please wear a cup.
  • If your costume includes some sort of weapon, please make sure that the weapon is obviously fake. Weapons should be made of plastic, foam, rubber, or some other form of softer material. All guns must have an orange tip and are not allowed to shoot any type of projectile (darts, water, etc.). No weapons made of steel or some other type of metal will be allowed. The Grand Rapids Comic-Con does have the right to not allow certain weapon props into its events.

For more details on costuming at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con please click here.

Discrimination Policy

West Michigan Convention Ventures LLC, the owners of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con, does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, age, handicap, sex, religious affiliation, national origin, or sexual orientation. All individuals are to be treated equally at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con by all persons associated with the event.

Harassment Policy

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The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable convention experience for everyone. Harassment of any kind, including assault, battery, intimidation, stalking, unwelcome verbal contact, other malicious or harmful behaviors or any other unwelcome contact, will not be tolerated. If you are found to be in violation of this policy punitive measures up to and including confiscation of badge, removal from the convention, and/or police involvement will be taken.  Moreover, unlawful activity will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and with the full cooperation of West Michigan Convention Ventures LLC, the parent company of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con.

The Grand Rapids Comic-Con is not responsible for solving any interpersonal problems that may arise between individuals attending the event. In general, we can take no action to prevent a person from attending the convention unless that person has made a specific and credible threat toward the convention itself. That said, if you feel threatened, assaulted, harassed, or bullied while attending the convention, please notify staff or security personnel immediately and we will take appropriate action.

Please know that false accusations will be treated as acts of harassment perpetrated by the accuser. Our Staff and Security team will work to resolve the matter in the fairest way possible, but we cannot accept responsibility for resolving interpersonal disputes. In cases without credible evidence, the Grand Rapids Comic-Con reserves the right to ask both parties to leave the convention if a mutually agreeable resolution cannot be found.

If you feel that a threat exists against your person or your life, we advise you to seek a court-approved Personal Protection Order (PPO) against the individual in question. If you have a previous PPO from a past problem and feel that the individual in which you filed against would attend the Grand Rapids Comic-Con we encourage you to inform the event of the potential problem. You must present this order to the co-event coordinator Mark Hodges in advance of the convention by emailing him at mark@grcomiccon.com.  We can make sure the individual is contacted and that a request is made for that person to avoid the event.