Changes to DCC Prop Policy for 2017

We’ve heard your concerns about safety, and we are taking a number of measures to make the con as safe and as family-friendly as possible. 

We’re following in the footsteps of other cons such as Florida Supercon, Baltimore Comic Con and New York Comic Con and amending DCC’s cosplay prop-weapons policy for 2017. You can find the full cosplay and prop-weapons policy here. The focus of the policy change is that no realistic firearms of any kind, regardless of material (metal, plastic, rubber, resin, wood, etc..) will be permitted.

We understand (and sympathize—we geek out on Deadpool and the Punisher, too) that this will impact some popular costumes.

We can hear your first question already: will this really make anyone safer? We believe it will. This change in policy will make the jobs of police and our private security officers easier—any realistic weapon will be identified as a potential threat—and as a result, make you safer. The change in policy isn’t because we think our cosplayers are prone to violence, it’s because a hall full of prop firearms makes it difficult to discern threats from targets in the event of an actual shooting.

We’re letting you know as early as possible for a couple of reasons: so there is no confusion about what you’re purchasing when tickets go on sale, and so you don’t get too far down the road of a cosplay decision that you feel relies too heavily on firearm props. Other props, such as bats, swords, hammers and shields made from foam or plastic are still encouraged provided they fall within the existing polices.

We know props are fun, but we feel that these changes are a necessary step.

Thank you in advance for understanding.

If you have any cosplay related questions, please feel free to email cosplay@popcultureclassroom.org

Comments

  1. My question is, if it’s a firearm that DOESN’T appear real, will it be allowed? Like if someone chosen to use a bright orange nerd gun in place of their prop gun, would that be allowed?

    • The policy states: “Lightweight plastic, PVC props and lightsabers; must be clearly and visibly a prop” are permitted.

  2. The gist of the email and articles I’ve read is that, well comic con has banned them and it’s fine for them so we’re going to do it too. It makes zero sense in so much that as far as I’m aware, there’s been 0 incidents with the realistic props guns coming through. This penalizes people for something that could happen, not something that has. My suspicion is that groups like Umbrella Corp and such are going to be totally put off by this kind of policy as will a ton of other cosplay individuals. When a replica gun is part of a costume that’s like asking superman to check his cape at the door so it doesn’t possibly instigate a bull fight.

    • Once again, this is not about incidents involving prop weapons. It’s about making the jobs of security and law enforcement easier in the case of an actual shooting event.

  3. I was sad to see this posting on facebook. I am afraid I will have to stop attending , even though I don’t cosplay I feel strongly enough about variations of censorship that I can’t support a policy like this. Is there even one example from the Denver Con that can be cited related specifically to safety and someone being harmed by props that are addressed by this policy?

    • I’m sorry you feel that this is censorship. We see it as an opportunity for creativity. As mentioned in the statement above, this is not about people being harmed by props. It is about making the jobs of security and law enforcement easier in the case of an actual shooting event.

  4. So what you are saying is that even if we made the mascot from Denver CC, we would have not use a trash can lid as it is metal and a weapon?

    • If you read the full policy, you will notice that plastic and metal shields (metal shields must demonstrate no sharp edges) are allowed. So, if you planned to come as Captain Colorado and have a metal trash can lid as a shield, all you would need to do is show prop check that no sharp edges existed on it, and you’d be fine.