Policies

Panel Rooms

All programming rooms have limited capacity as set by the Long Beach Fire Marshal and subject to available seating. Although your LBCC badge is required for entry into all events, it doesn’t guarantee you access to any programming session if it has reached its capacity, subject to the discretion of Long Beach Convention Center and Long Beach Comic Con staff members. We don’t clear our programming rooms between sessions.

Bag Check

In an effort to improve safety at Long Beach Comic Con, we will be implementing a bag policy for all attendees, guests, and exhibitors. Although there is no restriction the size or type of bag you may bring to the con, every bag must be thoroughly checked by security prior to entering the convention center.

Harassment

Long Beach Comic Con believes in creating an environment where every attendee, exhibitor and staff member is treated with respect and dignity, and does not tolerate any act of bullying or harassment. If an attendee of any type is believed to be in violation of our rules, they will be asked to leave immediately without reimbursement of any kind. Long Beach Comic Con employs professional security guards who enforce our rules and regulations, as do our staff members. Volunteers are NOT staff members and are assisting us in exchange for certain reimbursement and experiential value. Please report any serious incidents or concerns to a Long Beach Comic Con Staff Member, as identified by their badge.

Weapons/Props

We have a strict policy of checking weapons to ensure that they are only props. The security guards at the entrance will check yours and place a band on it to show that it’s been approved. The responsibility to get this weapons check performed is yours, so please don’t sneak in without it. We reserve the right to deny access to anyone who presents a public safety or security issue in our sole discretion.

The following items are forbidden at LBCE:

  • All firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns)
  • Replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for real firearms)
  • Projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, slingshots and water guns)
  • Metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades)
  • Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
  • Mace and pepper spray
  • Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku)
  • Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass and glass)

We allow prop weapons if they are composed of foam or cardboard only. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. We allow prop bows if all arrows have soft tips.

Weapons Policy Update

In response to the growing concerns of attendees, guests, and exhibitors of Long Beach Comic Con, we have re-visited our prop weapons guidelines and will be instituting new rules to better ensure the safety and peace of mind of all who attend.

Our primary policy change will be prohibiting the use of any prop with the appearance of a gun.

You’ll find the rest of our guidelines are much as they were before with metal-bladed weapons, blunt weapons, hard prop replica weapons made of metal, wood, fiberglass, and glass not allowed on the premises.

Personal defense items like pepper spray are also forbidden. We urge cosplayers and fans to read over our guidelines carefully and completely before coming to Long Beach Comic Con to avoid having to return items to your vehicle.

Please expect to have all approved prop weapons checked upon entry. Once approved, they must remain visibly tagged for the duration of your visit at the convention center.

With your assistance and cooperation, we will continue to keep all MAD Event Management conventions fun and safe for everyone.

Enjoy the show!