Apologies to everyone for the delay. I try to be prompt, but it's been a busy week at work and this was my first opportunity to check in. Your answers are below:
Read through every prior post, and just wanted a quick clarification/confirmation.
Suou, from Darker than Black, uses a rifle kind of similar in design to Yoko's but a bit less bulky (and a little more realistic to historically used rifles). Just under the assumptions that:
1. I am an absolute beginner at prop making, so this will most likely turn out quite fake looking.
2. Will be utilizing plastic pieces, PVC pipes, no moving/working anything, and of course the orange tip.
Hypothetically, would her rifle prop be allowed, like Yoko's?
Reference picture below, Suou has red hair.
Hm. I don't see any issues with it provided you maintain the orange tip and don't go for absolute realism. Of course, the final verdict would depend upon the completed prop, but I don't foresee issues.
I attended Fanime last year as a Resident Evil based Umbrella Biohazard Containment Section agent. Here are some pics of my costume:
It doesnt have the words 'security' or 'police' anywhere on it. Would it be allowed this year?
The revision of the rules with specifics about the words/patches is so people can wear costumes like this. I don't see any immediate issues, except for the guns. The pistol would need to be fake (and follow rules regarding prop-guns), and have a bright peace-bond on the outside securing it into the holster, or you would not be able to carry it, and without more of the rifle, I can't say for sure, but the bit I can see looks like something we would not be able to allow.
one of my cosplays is a mermaid, i won't be able to walk, so it a wheelchair that has been decked-out to look like I'm siting on a pile of netting, or in a giant fish bowl be alright? I know things with wheels are kind of a no-no but with out the wheelchair I will not be able to use the cosplay. I know little wagons are a no, (which I would have preferred to use) so I'm asking about a wheelchair, even though I'm not handicapped.
I have answered one previous question regarding wheelchairs, and I will tell you the same thing I told them:
Yes, you can use the wheelchair as a prop, but we've got a few restrictions for use. It must be tagged with a peace-bond because it is a prop and not a legitimate medical device. It may not be used to get handicap access to any events at the convention. Even if offered, please decline any special treatment, as it is intended for disabled people, rather than cosplays.
Do not misuse a wheelchair as a prop: make it clear that you are not using the wheelchair for any "perks" such as jumping lines or early seating.
If you go somewhere like MusicFest, we hope you will leave the wheelchair in your room, as it would take up valuable space inside an already crowded venue. The same goes for any of the other popular events (such as Masquerade or popular panels/autograph signings etc.)
Not to put pressure on you, but the behavior of your group with this wheelchair will determine future policy. If you behave responsibly, we can continue to allow it in the future.
I know that most baseball bats are out of the question (as per the top post's bit about clubs), but what's the official word about other sports equipment, given this year's theme? In particular I'd like to make sure soccer balls are OK -- I'd hate to pack one in my luggage and then not be able to carry it around!
Carrying a soccer ball as a prop would be fine provided you were in a costume which it suited.
As far as visbility goes, that means my visibility and not other people's? My costume has a veil that obscures my face form a distance, but I see through it fine. I assume that wouldn't require a handler?
It's about your ability to use your peripheral vision and navigate a crowd without being a danger to yourself or others. Provided you could navigate a crowded room with the veil on and not run into anyone due to limited visibility, there should not be an issue.
i have a costume that has DA (Dumbledore's Army) in sticker form and a shirt. Since it has the word "ARMY" does that make my costume ineligible for the con?
here's a few pics:
In this case, since it is a T-Shirt and not a Military-esque cosplay, it's fine. However, there are rules in the code-of-conduct about stickers. The San Jose Convention Center does not want people distributing them because they inevitably end up stuck on SJCC property.
I have a question about my sign. Sorry if someone has asked this before but I'm too lazy to scroll through everything xD My sign will be made of an 8 and a half by 11 inch piece of paper. Nothing fancy, one is a fake contract and the other just says "CONTRACT?". Is this something that needs to be peace bonded?
Provided you don't run around and try to viciously papercut everyone you come across, I don't think we'll need to peace-bond it. (And really, if you were doing that, I think we would have issues besides your paper being peace-bonded.) However, to carry any sign you will need to be in a costume.