POLICIES 2017-09-20T16:35:49+00:00

POLICIES

COSPLAY

Cosplay is a huge part of convention culture, and we’re not looking to limit your creativity, but there are some rules, notes, and suggestions before you come to Anime NYC in costume…
  • 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.
  • Prop weapons are allowed at Anime NYC as long as they’re made of cardboard, foam, or similar light material.
  • Prop firearms are allowed only if they can’t be mistaken for real weapons, and the barrel of all prop guns must be covered with brightly-colored caps. No cap guns, airsoft guns, or BB guns at all.
  • Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips and will not be shot.
  • No metal weapons, sharp weapons, or blunt weapons.
  • No water guns, silly string, vuvuzelas, or fire.
  • Costumes associated with hate speech, prejudice, or discrimination are forbidden.
  • Naked isn’t a costume.
We want everyone at Anime NYC to be safe, and if our staff feel you’ve got something that isn’t safe, you won’t be able to bring it into the convention center.

HARASSMENT

Anime NYC is an open celebration of anime and its fans, and harassment of any kind is the opposite of the community we want to create. Anime NYC is committed to fostering an atmosphere where attendees can count on a safe, inclusive, and rewarding experience, and we have zero tolerance for harassment, groping, stalking, or inappropriate photography.
Harassment includes, but isn’t limited to, verbal defamation based on gender, gender identity, or gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion; deliberate intimidation; following or stalking; forceful or nonconsensual photography or recording; sustained disruptions; and nonconsensual physical contact or sexual attention.
If you feel uncomfortable or harassed, please speak with a staff or security member so we can make it right. Harassment of any kind is unwelcome at Anime NYC and will not be tolerated.

BOOTLEGS

Anime NYC is committed to supporting the best of anime and manga. As such, counterfeit items, bootlegs, knock-offs, or other pirated items are not welcome at Anime NYC. Exhibitors selling counterfeit items may be removed from the event, banned from future editions of Anime NYC, and risk criminal prosecution.
Fan art and fan crafts are allowed as long as the creator is at the booth or table and the work follows our guidelines. We want to celebrate fans of anime and manga and their artistry, and we encourage original prints, crafts, comics, etc, but mass-produced fan works or fan works that use or are based on licensed, copyrighted material (including character art, background art, logos, etc) fall under our bootleg policy and are prohibited.
Do not create buttons, pins, bags, keychains, T-Shirts, etc. with official art or any art that isn’t yours. Don’t trace, copy, or place Photoshop filters over someone else’s work and call it your own. If you display fan art or fan crafts which don’t follow this guide, you may be asked to remove it from display by the Anime NYC team or risk being removed from the show.
It is the responsibility of every exhibitor and artist to follow this policy.

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.

ACCESSIBILITY BRACELET POLICY

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.