Supanova Comic Con & Gaming is committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for everyone, from attendees and cosplayers to exhibitors, staff and contractors. It is our Duty of Care to provide an environment safe from harm, and it is the Duty of Care of our attendees to ensure that they, or their adornments, do not place others at risk.
There are certain legislative regulations and venue restrictions as to the type of weapons, props and costumes that we all must meet. You can find more information about these below in General Requirements. These are the minimum expected standards of all cosplayers at our expos.
As the materials and methods of crafting your weapons, props and costumes evolve, we aim to evolve our policies with it – we constantly review our health and safety policies, conditions of entry and code of conduct to meet the needs of our community. One such policy is related to the weapons, props and costumes that our attendees wear or showcase at our expos.
The most important thing to remember is that the Exhibition Trade Hall, Foyers and Theatres can be quite crowded. You need to be constantly aware of your surroundings and the safety and comfort of others. Where are your props in relation to others? How are you carrying them – do you know who is behind you? Could they hurt someone if accidentally dropped or swung in their direction? Does your prop break-down for easy transport and could it fall apart?
The following set of guidelines for cosplaying at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming and events is not exhaustive, nor definitive, and are collated so as to meet the National Best Practice of Workplace and Public Safety Acts and initiatives. They will address some of the most common questions relating to Cosplaying at Supanova.
If you have any questions about the weapons policy at Supanova, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit CosplayHQ and speak with our team.
Pro-tip: While these guidelines relate to the trade floor and theatres, remember that even when you’re outside the venue in public spaces it is your responsibility to make sure your costume and props don’t interfere with the running of the expo or with the public. Cosplay is what makes Supanova awesome and the best way to show those who have never seen the passion of cosplay outside the event is to be well behaved, courteous and respectful of the public. Represent cosplay and cosplayers in the best possible way!
The development of these guidelines has been done with safety in mind, lots of community input and our own experiences during the past 15 years of Supanova. We understand the art of cosplay and the passion for accuracy in one’s costume, but it can not ignore the legal and safety aspects of the world we live in currently.
The Supanova Cosplay Guidelines will reviewed frequently to make sure we are keeping up to date with not only the community feedback but the changes in technology of costume construction but also the potential changes in legislation around the country.
For further detail: https://www.supanova.com.au/weapons-policy/