We hear you and we’re listening.
The goal is to admit every attendee safely and quickly and to limit time spent outside in lines. Our Redemption, Metal Detector, and RFID scanning stations will be covered by tents. Our enhanced screening procedures are staffed by Pride Group, a leader in outdoor and special event management.
We’ve learned the hard lessons from our 2016 and 2017 entrance fiascos and look forward to re-earning your trust this year. Thank you for your continued consideration.
We don’t want you waiting outside in lines any more than you do.
We have increased by fourfold the capacity of people our metal detectors can process in a minute, all to help speed you into our event. During peak times we will have dedicated lines for ADA, VIP, Cosplay, those with backpacks and those without backpacks.
We’ve spent the past nine months working behind-the-scenes to improve your experience at Phoenix Comic Fest. We can’t wait to show you a great time.
Get FREE SHIPPING on your wristbands if you order before April 13th!
We know that wristbands are not as collectible as badges, and we apologize for that, but wristbands allow for a more secure event and better crowd management. Receive your wristband in the mail, put on prior to attending, and speed through security screening once you arrive.
You don’t want to wait in CELEBRITY PHOTO OP LINES any longer than you have to. We hear you!
Photo ops sold in fifteen-minute increments to minimize your time in line and maximize your fun at the show. No more holding pen! And, to make sure everyone gets through the line on time, we set a limit to the number of photo ops sold in each 15-minute spot.
Main Ballroom 301 is now 25% bigger and Ballroom 120 is BACK! We’re adding 50% more seating capacity overall.
Plus we hear you and we’re listening. We’re going back to first-come, first-serve seating for ALL celebrity panels. No more pre-purchase of reserved seating. VIP pass holders will gain early access.
And we have a new set up on stage to provide a more engaging experience for the celebrity and audience.
We can’t wait to show you all a great time this summer!
PHOENIX COMIC FEST WILL USE RFID WRISTBANDS
These wristbands will be individual and personalized to your Phoenix Comic Fest 2018 membership. Each Phoenix Comic Fest wristband contains a microchip and QR code that is unique to your wristband. This will make your convention experience smoother, easier, and more fun!
These microchips also ensure counterfeiters can’t easily make or sell fake Phoenix Comic Fest wristbands. Those caught with counterfeit wristbands will be asked to leave the convention immediately, ensuring our fans a safe and secure environment to celebrate their fandoms.
ENTERING PHOENIX COMIC FEST
All membership passes purchased before April 13th at 5:00 PM will be shipped. If your RFID wristband is shipped to you, you can skip Registration! All you need to do is put it on before you get to Security. If you purchase your membership(s) after the shipping deadline, you can pick it up at Registration. Once your wristband is securely fastened around your wrist, simply walk up to any RFID-enabled kiosk where a crew member will assist and direct you. Tap your wrist, gently, on the faceplate and listen for a beep that indicates you are clear to proceed inside.
PROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT
Costuming Prop Weapons Policy Updated Oct 31, 2017
We love cosplay and the creativity behind bringing your favorite characters to life. While safety is our number one priority for our attendees, guests, vendors, and staff, we still want to allow you to bring your Cosplay A-Game, within reason.
After careful deliberation between Square Egg Entertainment and the Phoenix Convention Center, we are pleased to announce the newly revamped costuming, prop, and weapons policy for Phoenix Comic Fest 2018.
ALLOWED PROPS & ARMOR
- Lightsabers, wands, and sonic screwdrivers are a-okay!
- Bows that are completely inoperable; un-strung is best, but loosely strung is okay too.
- Non-removable arrows in a quiver AND/OR arrows with no tip.
- Foam, plastic, fiberglass, resin or metal shields with no sharp edges
- Please note: Metal shields are allowed, but may slow down the screening process at security.
- Lightweight plastic bats. Any other accessories to the bat (such as those on Negan’s Lucille or the Demogorgon Killer from Stranger Things) should also be made of foam and incapable of harming others. No real barbed wire or nails, please!
- Armor made of plastic, fiberglass, resin, or metal.
- Please note: Metal armor is allowed, but will drastically slow down the screening process at security.
- Any other props & armor (except for anything resembling any sort of real or replica firearm) made of Plastic, Thermoplastic (Worbla), Urethane Resin, Cardboard, Foam, Foam Rubber, or other lightweight material.
Please know that any metal pieces of your costume will likely result in slowing down the security screening process. Please plan accordingly so you don’t miss any of the fun!
These items are, under no circumstances, allowed into the Phoenix Convention Center.
- Real and replica firearms of any kind, regardless of how realistic or unrealistic they look. This includes any weapon resembling a firearm such as blasters, Overwatch firearms, etc.
- Glass props
- Stone props
- Brass knuckles
- Real, replica, or simulated explosives, ammunition, chemical weapons of any kind, including but not limited to:
- Simulated bomb vests
- Cartoon bombs
- Hand grenades
- Claymore Mines
- Pepper Spray
- Powder caps
- Metal or wood swords and other sharp-edged weapons
- Please note: Swords, axes, Wolverine Claws, etc may be permitted as long as they are made out of one of the lightweight approved materials listed in the approved section with NO sharp edges.
- Excessively noisy props including but not limited to:
Final decisions on prop weapons and armor will always be at the discretion of Phoenix Convention Center Security and the Phoenix Police Department. Please keep this in mind as you’re creating your fabulous cosplays.
To ensure you have a smooth experience throughout the entire weekend, here’s what you need to know before you go!
Here is a step-by-step guide to entering Phoenix Comic Fest 2018:
- There will be multiple entrances into the Phoenix Comic Fest event zone.
- Make sure you have your RFID wristbands on your wrist before you enter the security line. This will help reduce slowdown in Security.
- If you are carrying a prop, proceed to the Prop Check station located outside of security for inspection and tag. Absolutely NO props will be allowed through security without inspection and tag.
- Proceed to the security area and “tap in” your RFID wristband. Wait for the beep before moving forward.
- Proceed through Security, choosing the VIP line, no bag line, ADA & Costuming line, or general bag check line as appropriate.
- Every security checkpoint will be utilizing metal detection.
- If you have a bag, simply place it on the table for inspection and stay with your bag. Please do not leave any bags unattended.
- Please note: Clear bags and small clutch purses, though not required, are highly recommended to decrease time spent at Security.
- The ADA line will allow for visual inspection of medically necessary devices and bag check for those attendees who need it.
- If you are coming in costume, your costume must be able to be thoroughly inspected and may require both visual and metal detecting inspection. Please make sure costume accessories or armor — especially metal armor pieces — are able to be removed or easily inspected if necessary.
- Once you’re through security, you can enjoy every Phoenix Comic Fest 2018 event without having to go through multiple security checkpoints!
- Remember to tap out when you exit! This will allow you to easily return through security without having to tap multiple times or go to customer service to have your band reset.
COSPLAY & COSTUME POLICY
In cooperation with the Phoenix Convention Center and Phoenix Police Department, Phoenix Comic Fest has developed the following cosplay policy guidelines to help everyone get the most enjoyment from the cosplay experience as possible. These policies are intended to assist cosplayers in developing costume ideas that allow them to showcase their talents within the guidelines we have.
Updated 01/05/17 - This policy is subject to change at our discretion, please check for any updates.
- Phoenix Comic Fest does not tolerate harassment or discrimination. If you feel that you are being harassed, or see someone else being harassed, please locate a member of our crew, security personnel, or local police department officer right away. If you see something, say something!
- All Phoenix Comic Fest events are all ages and family-friendly unless otherwise indicated. Costumes, cosplay, and “acting the part” are always encouraged but please be aware of the people around you, especially when children are present.
- Phoenix Comic Fest abides by state laws for nudity and indecent exposure: A.R.S. §13-1402
- Inappropriate costumes or actions may result in a request from our staff to change aspects of your costume. Failure to do so may result in revocation of your credentials and removal from the event.
- Shoes are required to be worn while in convention space. You may remove your shoes for photos if desired, but they must be replaced directly after the photo is taken.
- Roller Skates/Blades or other wheeled items such as skateboards and hoverboards may not be worn/used in convention space.
- Depictions of hate symbols are not allowed and you will be asked to remove it.
- If your costume has pieces such as wings, spikes, armor, etc. that extend well beyond your person, or you are carrying a large prop, please be aware of your surroundings and of people around you. You may be asked to change your costume or remove your prop from convention space if it is found to be unwieldy, disruptive, or dangerous.
- Please do not block doorways, walkways, or exits with your costume, props, or costume pieces.
HELMETS, MASKS, AND FACE PAINT
- If your costume includes any item that covers or partially covers the face, especially if it is not easily removed, upon request, you may be asked for ID and/or additional information by security. Please be sure to keep your ID on you.
- Helmets, masks, and hoods should not severely limit or impair the wearer’s ability to see. If your costume includes an eyeless hood or other face covering, considering bringing a friend to act as your “handler” and guide you through crowded spaces.
HARASSMENT & DISCRIMINATION
Phoenix Comic Fest will always encourage fan convention costume enthusiasts (aka “cosplayers”) to SPEAK OUT against the inappropriate social behavior of a sexual and/or stereotypical nature toward themselves and fellow fans. Phoenix Comic Fest has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment and discrimination of any kind, including but not limited to:
- Inappropriate physical contact
- Physical assault and/or battery
- Sexually offensive actions or comments
- Non-consensual photography or recording
- Constant disruption of panels, photo opportunities, and other events
- Discrimination of any kind, including but not limited to:
- Race & Ethnic Background
- Sex & Gender identity
- Sexual preferences & orientation
- Physical Appearance
The culture of cosplay is one of fun, creativity, and mutual respect. No one should accept inappropriate behavior from their peers. Speak out, speak up, and help keep cosplay comfortable and fun!
If you are taking pictures or video of cosplayers or attendees, you should make every attempt to gain direct consent from each person in your shot. This extends to members of the media, private photographers, and fellow cosplayers alike. Taking secret photos of cosplayers is not permitted at any time. Photos or videos shot with the intent of commercialization without the consent of the subject is prohibited. Cosplayers love to have their photos taken, so just be polite and ask!
- Enhanced security procedures will be in effect at all entrance points, including but not limited to metal detection, bag checks, and police presence.
- If you are wearing a costume, please allow additional time to get through the security checkpoint. There will be a dedicated line for cosplayers.
- All props must be inspected at the Prop Checkpoint, located prior to the security entrance.
- Any prop that is deemed unacceptable will not be permitted past security. If you feel your prop does not fit within our prop policy, we recommend leaving it at home.
- Props will be inspected and tagged by Law Enforcement and/or security. Anyone with an untagged prop will be escorted to the Prop Checkpoint. Props will not be allowed into the event without a tag.
- Failure to comply with costume rules, checkpoint procedures, or requests from official Square Egg Entertainment staff, security personnel, or local police officials will result in revocation of your credentials and removal from the event.
The convention, the facility, and its contractors are not responsible for loss, damage, or theft of any private property including costumes, props, masks, or helmets. If you do not want to have your costume props inspected or tagged, or if you are not willing to comply with these policies, please leave them at home. All costumes and props must be inspected at Security and Prop Checkpoint.