POLICIES 2017-11-09T14:09:25+00:00

POLICIES

SECURITY & COSPLAY PROP UPDATE

COSPLAY

We want Anime NYC to be fun, and part of it being fun is keeping you secure. If you’re coming in coplay or bringing a cosplay prop to Anime NYC, please read our cosplay rules first. Cosplay is a huge part of anime culture, and we don’t want to limit your creativity, but we want to make sure you and everyone at Anime NYC is safe.

If you’re bringing a cosplay prop, please visit one of our prop check stations around the convention center to have it inspected and tagged by our security team.

If you have any questions about your costume or props, please reach out to our security team directly at issues.anime@gmail.com.

COSPLAY RULES

  • Costumes must be appropriate to wear in public – if you can’t wear it on the streets of New York, you can’t wear it in Anime NYC.
  • Naked isn’t a costume. Anime NYC is an event which will draw fans of all ages, including those under 18.
  • Costumes associated with organized hate groups are forbidden. This includes cosplay of fictitious Nazis or Nazi-like organizations from Hellsing, Tanya the Evil, Captain America, Indiana Jones, etc. Absolutely no swastika imagery is allowed in Anime NYC.

COSPLAY PROPS

  • Prop firearms are allowed only if they can’t be mistaken for real weapons. If it looks like a real gun, it cannot come into Anime NYC. Realistic prop guns with brightly-colored caps are not allowed.
  • No cap guns, airsoft guns, or BB guns at all.
  • Prop weapons are allowed at Anime NYC as long as they’re made of cardboard, foam, or similar light material. Plastic and wooden prop weapons are generally OK but must be reviewed by our security team.
  • No metal weapons, sharp weapons, or blunt weapons. This includes items like bokken and baseball bats.
  • Prop bows will be allowed providing they are unstrung. All arrows must have soft tips.
  • No water guns, silly string, vuvuzelas, or fire.

We want everyone at Anime NYC to be safe, and if our security team feel you have something which isn’t safe, you may check it at our Bag Check – but it won’t be allowed into Anime NYC.

HARASSMENT

Anime NYC is committed to fostering an atmosphere where attendees can count on a safe, inclusive, and rewarding experience, and harassment is the opposite of the community we want to create. If you feel harassed or see harassment, please report it to a member of our security team. Harassment of any kind is unwelcome at Anime NYC.

You can reach out to our security team directly at issues.anime@gmail.com.

FILMING

Anime NYC attendees and participants grant their permission to be photographed or recorded by Anime NYC staff and volunteers. By entering you inherently grant Anime NYC permission to use such images or footage for archival or promotional purposes without compensation or acknowledgment.

EXHIBIT HALL UNLICENSED GOODS

Anime NYC is committed to supporting the best of anime and manga. As such, the sales of unofficial items are not welcome. Our staff and publisher representatives will walk the exhibit hall periodically throughout the weekend, and should either request any item be removed because of a violation of this policy, such products must be immediately removed from display and sold no further. Exhibitors with larger or repeated violations risk being removed from the event without refund, restricted from future editions of Anime NYC, and, in some cases, criminal fines and prosecution.

It is the responsibility of every exhibitor to follow this policy, detailed below…

Bootlegs
All merchandise for sale in the exhibit hall must be officially licensed products. You cannot sell unofficial, unlicensed, or bootleg products. This includes but is not limited to…

  • Blu-rays and DVDs
  • Posters and Wall Scrolls
  • Toys and Plush
  • Replicas and Props
  • Costumes and Apparel
  • Jewelry and Accessories

Parody Goods and Apparel
The sale of parody goods and apparel is allowed providing items are actual parody or otherwise transformative. For example, if it is simply a shirt you have made with Dragon Ball art on it, it’s not a parody, and it may be considered bootleg merchandise. Adult content (18+) is not considered parody or otherwise transformative.

Fan Art
Fan art is allowed for sale in the exhibit hall with the following regulations.

  • The original creator of the fan art MUST be present at your booth. Booth sharing and collectives are allowed, providing each artist is at Anime NYC. 3rd party dealers cannot sell the work of fan artists.
  • The sale of any item which reproduces official artwork is not allowed. You cannot use official poster art, key art, screenshots, logos, or other materials you did not draw yourself. For example, you cannot put a Photoshop filter over official art and call it your own.
  • The sales of any item which reproduces the artwork of other fans is not allowed. You cannot copy another artist’s work from DeviantArt or similar sites and call it your own, and you cannot use this artwork as the basis for other fan art.
  • Fan art prints must be paper prints. Fan art that is printed on metal, wood, cloth, etc. may be considered bootleg merchandise.
  • Do not make buttons, pins, bags, bookmarks, pillows, keychains, wall scrolls, mouse pads, T-Shirts, charms, etc. with fan art. Fan art that is in any of these forms or otherwise mass-produced fan art may be considered bootleg merchandise.
  • Fan art that depicts licensed characters in adult situations (18+) is not allowed.

Homemade Items and Fan Crafts
Homemade items and fan crafts are allowed for sale in the exhibit hall with the following regulations.

  • The original creator of the fan craft MUST be present at your booth. Booth sharing and collectives are allowed, providing each artist is at Anime NYC. 3rd party dealers cannot sell the work of fan crafters.
  • Fan crafts must be handmade and cannot be mass-produced.
  • Fan crafts cannot replicate any officially licensed items for sale in the US or Japan. This includes costumes, apparel, plush, accessories, and props. Such items may be considered bootleg merchandise.
  • The sale of any item which reproduces official artwork is not allowed. You cannot use official poster art, key art, screenshots, logos, or other materials you did not create yourself. This includes making vinyl stickers, jewelry, charms, phone cases, embroidered patches, or metal, glass, or acrylic engravings with logos or official art. Such items may be considered bootleg merchandise.
  • Do not make buttons, pins, bags, bookmarks, pillows, keychains, wall scrolls, mouse pads, T-Shirts, charms, etc. with fan art. Fan art that is in any of these forms or otherwise mass-produced fan art may be considered bootleg merchandise.
  • Fan art that depicts licensed characters in adult situations (18+) is not allowed.

Doujinshi
The sale of Japanese doujinshi are allowed and do not fall under the unlicensed goods policy.

ARTIST ALLEY FAN ARTS AND FAN CRAFTS

Anime NYC welcomes artists from around the world, and we want to celebrate fans of anime, manga, and their artistry. We encourage original prints, crafts, comics, etc, but please read this policy to assure your table follows our guidelines. Should a staff member or publisher representative ask you to remove any item from display and sale, you must do so immediately. Failure to follow this policy puts you at risk of being removed from the event without refund, restricted from future editions of Anime NYC, and, in some cases, criminal fines and prosecution

  • You are allowed to exhibit in Artist Alley with both art featuring characters of your own creation as well as fan art and fan crafts based on anime, manga, and pop culture series. We define “fan art and fan crafts” as original work you have created based on licensed, copyrighted material and characters.
  • The sales of any item which reproduces official artwork is not allowed. You cannot use official poster art, key art, screenshots, logos, or other materials you did not draw yourself. This includes making buttons, pins, bags, keychains, etc. with official art.
  • The sale of any item which reproduces the artwork of other fans is not allowed. For example, you cannot copy another artist’s work from DeviantArt or similar sites and call it your own, and you cannot use this artwork as the basis for other fan art or fan crafts. Do not trace, copy, or place Photoshop filters over any art you didn’t create. The alteration or modification of an existing work is not considered an original work.
  • The original creator of the fan art must be present at your Artist Alley table. Booth sharing and collectives are allowed, providing each artist is at Anime NYC.
  • 3rd party dealers cannot sell the work of fan artists.
  • Mass-produced fan art and fan crafts are not allowed. While artists are allowed to sell buttons, pins, bookmarks, keychains, and apparel, all must be limited in nature. Mass-produced fan art and fan crafts may be considered bootleg merchandise and subject to removal.

ACCESSIBILITY BRACELETS

Anime NYC provides accessibility bracelets to those with mobility, vision, hearing, or other special, medical, or accessibility needs at our Info Desk at Registration. Please see below for the additional access an accessibility bracelet allows.

BRACELET PICK UP

  • Bracelets will be available during all fan registration hours at our Info Desk in our Registration area. There is no pre-registration for accessibility bracelets.
  • You will receive TWO accessibility bracelets, one for the fan with special needs and one for their companion. We cannot provide additional accessibility bracelets for further family members or friends.
  • Accessibility bracelets do not provide free admission to Anime NYC. Day, Weekend, or VIP Tickets are required for admission into Anime NYC. Separate tickets are required for any special ticketed event.

EXHIBIT HALL

  • With an accessibility bracelet you can queue at the front of the Exhibit Hall prior to it opening each day. Do not wait in the Queue Hall (1C) and instead wait beside the Exhibit Hall itself (3E). Fans with accessibility bracelets will be allowed Exhibit Hall entry before all other badge types.
  • Please note an accessibility bracelet does NOT allow its wearer to skip to the front of any lines inside the Exhibit Hall. Should any exhibitor be offering exclusives, limited products, etc. you or your companion must wait in the general line for these items.

MAIN STAGE

  • A block of seats reserved for fans with accessibility bracelets will be located near the front of the stage. You and your companion MUST wear your accessibility bracelets to sit in these seats.
  • Our main stage is not regularly cleared in between events, and – as such – there is not an accessibility line for most main stage events. You may enter or exit the stage at any time, and if all our accessibility seats are full, you and your companion may sit in any general seat.
  • IF the main stage is cleared before an event, four separate lines will be formed outside: (1) Fans with accessibility bracelets, (2) VIPs and Premium Packages, (3) Crunchyroll Premium Members, and (4) general attendees, press, panelists, exhibitors, and artists. The lines will move in in this same order – with fans with accessibility bracelets seated first.
  • IF the main stage is at capacity, two separate lines will be formed outside: (1) Fans with accessibility bracelets and (2) All other badge types. Fans will be moved in alternating between these two lines as capacity allows, starting with the accessibility line.
  • Accessibility seats and all seats are limited and an accessibility bracelet does not guarantee admission into any main stage event.

PANEL ROOMS

  • A block of seats reserved for fans with accessibility bracelets will be located near the front of the stage. You and your companion MUST wear your accessibility bracelets to sit in these seats.
  • Our panel rooms are not regularly cleared in between events, and – as such – there is not an accessibility line for most events in our panel rooms. You may enter or exit our panel rooms at any time, and if all our accessibility seats are full, you and your companion may sit in any general seat.
  • IF a panel room is cleared before an event, two separate lines will be formed outside: (1) Fans with accessibility bracelets and (2) All other badge types. The lines will move in in this same order – with fans with accessibility bracelets seated first.
  • IF a panel room is at capacity, two separate lines will be formed outside: (1) Fans with accessibility bracelets and (2) All other badge types. Fans will be moved in alternating between these two lines as capacity allows, starting with the accessibility line.
  • Accessibility seats and all seats are limited and an accessibility bracelet does not guarantee admission into any panel room event.

AUTOGRAPHS

  • All official Anime NYC autograph signing sessions are free, and to gain entry a free autograph ticket is required. Tickets will be given away each morning in our Queue Hall (1C). Because of the very limited nature of these tickets, there will be one line for all badge types to pick up autograph tickets. You or your companion must go through this line to claim autograph tickets. This line cannot be skipped, but your companion can pick up tickets for both you and themself.
  • During each official Anime NYC autograph signing session, two separate lines will be formed: (1) Fans with accessibility bracelets and (2) All other badge types. The lines will move in in this same order – with fans with accessibility bracelets receiving autographs first. Remember you MUST have an autograph ticket to be in this line.
  • If you wish to guarantee an autograph, please purchase a VIP ticket. It is the ONLY badge type which can reserve an autograph pre-show.