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27 Jun 2013 - 11:55104546
Quote Butterfly-Goddess:
If you're worried about the cosplay being too revealing for the rules, you can always incorporate skin coloured power net in with it. It's pretty much the modest way to make skimpy leotards. It gives the illusion of bear skin luckily.


Sorry to jump in and derail this slightly but OH MY GOD THANK YOU. I've never heard of this stuff before but it looks like it's EXACTLY what I'm looking for for a particular costume.
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28 Jun 2013 - 13:51104565
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
Quote Inuyoku:
People walk around in literally just bandages when they do Lucy from Elfen Lied so you should be fine.


Quote SergeantVULGAR:
I've seen enough near-naked people at the expo to think yours would be fine!


While you're probably right, using "but everyone else does it" wont save you if they get tougher on what's "family friendly".

People used that justification with weapon props, and loads of them were confiscated in May, for clear breaches of the rules.


True but if they came upto me to tell me a costume was too revealing then I would point out all the doujinshi, naked anime body pillows, etc that they sell in the halls and ask how they are family friendly lol. Also there was a guy on a stall at Midlands expo this year with silicone boobs on him trying to get people to feel/buy them! They have to clamp down on their own family friendly-ness before they can tell me to put my assets away, haha. These are just my thoughts anyway ^^


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28 Jun 2013 - 14:23104566
It's getting a bit ridiculous, but it does seem as though they'll be clamping down on it.

I doubt it'll be any stricter than before though for the reasons pointed out by others.


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28 Jun 2013 - 17:37104572
I didn't realise I had so many reply's! Thanks so much everyone. I have continued with my costume anyway and I have emailed the cosplay department twice but yet to recieve a reply, they cant say I didn't try! Inuyoku you've made me feel so much better thank you again everyone!


29 Jun 2013 - 21:57104585
Quote Llillybet:
I didn't realise I had so many reply's! Thanks so much everyone. I have continued with my costume anyway and I have emailed the cosplay department twice but yet to recieve a reply, they cant say I didn't try! Inuyoku you've made me feel so much better thank you again everyone!


Glad I could help

Ps. You could also point theyhave glamour models signing at some events who are FAR from family friendly


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06 Jul 2013 - 18:51104772
Quote madmazda86:
A person came up to the cosplay desk this May with a strung compound bow and real arrows, asking us if these were okay. Granny's response was to take the bow off them and ask them, "Is it okay for me to shoot you with it, using those arrows?"

You can guess what they said in response to that XD

That was just one person who came up to us though, think how many other people are walking around with that sort of thing and not actually realising that it's a hazard, or who deliberately flaunt the rules because 'everyone else does it'. If the bow is brought along with no string and no real arrows then that's fine, but accidents with strung bows and real arrows happen even on archery courses, it's not the kind of thing you want to think about happening at Expo. An arrow shot at close range from a compound has the potential to hurt multiple people depending on where it hits :\

Also, there were actually police vans outside the ExCeL this year and the police were confiscating things as well as security. The Woolwich machete incident made them feel the need to monitor people closely this year. Needless to say, they had a field day.

The moral of the story being, read the prop and weapons rules and stick to them, and email if you're unsure and want to clarify anything. Get in touch in advance of the event rather than a few days before, also - there were a number of props/costume enquiries the day before or during the event that it was not possible to answer because internet access at the ExCeL is limited due to the overloaded wifi and phone networks.

I'm derailing this thread so I will stop there.


I just Emailed them now, about bringing in my Jason Voorhees prop machete, it is in a holster so it will not be carried around, its made of plastic, but looks identical to the movie, we will see how they respond about props like this



Last edited by HorrorFanatic85 (06 Jul 2013 - 18:51)
07 Jul 2013 - 10:47104781
Plastic items are fine, see the prop rules:

http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/01/MCM-Costume-Weapons-and-Props-Rules.pdf

"Any metal melee weapons including knives, daggers, swords, clubs, batons, and axes regardless
of whether they are sharp or blunt and bokkens (a hard, curved, wooden sword) are forbidden.

Melee weapons (except bokkens and metal ones) up to a length of 1.5m with edges are rounded off, ends padded, and no dangerous parts attached (e.g. nails or blades) are permitted with the following provisos:

• If the weapon is made of lightweight material such as plastic or foam or has delicate decorations then it can be carried in hand. Care must be taken especially in crowded situations; do not carry the weapon slung over your shoulder nor dangling from your hand creating a trip hazard;

• Wooden and otherwise solid melee weapons (excluding bats and paddles which are bannedas noted in the 'Mundane Items' section) are allowed but must be secured to your person so they cannot be easily drawn or taken from you."


07 Jul 2013 - 11:16104783
Quote madmazda86:
Plastic items are fine, see the prop rules:

http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/london/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/01/MCM-Costume-Weapons-and-Props-Rules.pdf

"Any metal melee weapons including knives, daggers, swords, clubs, batons, and axes regardless
of whether they are sharp or blunt and bokkens (a hard, curved, wooden sword) are forbidden.

Melee weapons (except bokkens and metal ones) up to a length of 1.5m with edges are rounded off, ends padded, and no dangerous parts attached (e.g. nails or blades) are permitted with the following provisos:

• If the weapon is made of lightweight material such as plastic or foam or has delicate decorations then it can be carried in hand. Care must be taken especially in crowded situations; do not carry the weapon slung over your shoulder nor dangling from your hand creating a trip hazard;

• Wooden and otherwise solid melee weapons (excluding bats and paddles which are bannedas noted in the 'Mundane Items' section) are allowed but must be secured to your person so they cannot be easily drawn or taken from you."


Awesome, its made of a material that is safe, but it does look real. Its gonna be in my machete holster, so I won't be carrying it everywhere. I am delighted they not gone crazy, after a few incidents in the US and london the past year.

Only downside when looking at the rules, they say the Attire and costume must be suitable for a family event, hope that does not mean costume's like my Jason costume are not allowed



Last edited by HorrorFanatic85 (07 Jul 2013 - 12:06)
07 Jul 2013 - 12:59104784
Family friendly as in you're not wearing nothing but a g-string. There are horror costumes aplenty at Expo, especially during the October one cos of Halloween. That rule is mainly there for folks whose idea of a costume is to cover up the bare minimum. Jason Vorhees is kinda tasteful by comparison really XD As long as you don't terrorise any small children a cult icon character like that shouldn't be an issue. Basically if you had small children and wouldn't want them to see x, y or z then don't wear or do those things. Just bear in mind that even if your costume does meet the rules MCM still have the right to ask you to remove parts of your costume, cover it up or change out of it if they feel it's inappropriate or receive any complaints. An example being the Yoko cosplayer I talked about earlier in the thread.


07 Jul 2013 - 13:34104786
Quote madmazda86:
Family friendly as in you're not wearing nothing but a g-string. There are horror costumes aplenty at Expo, especially during the October one cos of Halloween. That rule is mainly there for folks whose idea of a costume is to cover up the bare minimum. Jason Vorhees is kinda tasteful by comparison really XD As long as you don't terrorise any small children a cult icon character like that shouldn't be an issue. Basically if you had small children and wouldn't want them to see x, y or z then don't wear or do those things. Just bear in mind that even if your costume does meet the rules MCM still have the right to ask you to remove parts of your costume, cover it up or change out of it if they feel it's inappropriate or receive any complaints. An example being the Yoko cosplayer I talked about earlier in the thread.


Ah right thanks for the info, I have never been to a Comic Con, so I am getting all the info I need. My costume has a holster, so I can keep my machete in the holster.



Last edited by HorrorFanatic85 (19 May 2014 - 17:47)
07 Jul 2013 - 20:11104795
Oh, I meant more that if someone were to go up to a security guard or member of MCM staff and complained about an individual's costume, prop or some other thing then that might be a step they take. It's not a definite that something like that would happen. Say for example you had a costume or prop okayed by the Cosplay team, and someone e.g. Joe Public complained to staff that they found it in bad taste - MCM staff can override the Cosplay team and ask the cosplayer to make changes to resolve the issue. It's just so they can keep ComicCon accessible for everybody, really. Unfortunately there's no way of telling in some cases what kind of things the general public will take exception to.


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