What is AmeCon?
AmeCon is the UK's largest residential convention dedicated to the celebration of Japanese Animation and Comics, and the community that these media bring together. We try to be a little bit country, and a little bit rock'n'roll - well, maybe a lot rock'n'roll, but that's beside the point.
The weekend-long timetable is chock-full of attendee-run events providing new insights, or alternative viewpoints, on a variety of related subjects. Either way, they are a great way to meet likeminded people who love the same things you do.
Our infamous nightly parties provide ample opportunity to kick back and get your groove on with friends, old and new. Folks coming to AmeCon might only see each other once or twice a year, so we do everything we can to make it a weekend to remember!
Above all else, AmeCon is an event that is run by fans, for fans, and would be nothing without the fans. Every penny AmeCon receives goes into making the event that bit more special for the hundreds of attendees who return year on year. If you want to know more about AmeCon, have a poke about the site or the forum, or drop us an email!
Please note that these are only Guidelines and we cannot approve any items until we see them at the convention.
Costumes - Size and Construction
Costumes should be no more than 3ft (90cm) wide and 6ft 5" (192cm) tall, in other words you should fit through a door! If you are taller than this then your costume should be no taller than you! Hats may be worn that make you taller than 6ft 5", but you must be able to remove them easily.
Costumes that feature things like expanding wings can be made larger than 3ft wide, to a maximum of 5ft (150cm) but may only be used as part of the 'Catwalk', 'Cosplay Competition' and 'Omake'.
Costumes must not be constructed with sharp edges or hard (metal, wood etc) spiky or pointy bits. For example, metal armour is allowed but must have properly finished and turned edges.
Think! If your costume could hurt someone if they fell or bumped into you, don't make it!!
Weapons and Props - General
Upon arrival at Amecon all weapons and props MUST be brought to Ops, where they will be checked for safety and compliance to the rules. Approved weapons will be given a 'cosplay weapon licence' specific to the item.
If your weapon or prop is not approved it will either be held in Ops for safekeeping or you will be asked to keep it locked in your accommodation.
In some cases weapons will be approved for use in the 'Catwalk', 'Cosplay Competition' and 'Omake' but not for Floor costume use. Such Items will not be given a licence and must be kept in your accommodation or in Ops when not being used at the relevant event.
During the convention if a Gopher or Committee member asks to see your weapon licence and you cannot produce it, you will either be escorted to Ops to get your weapon checked or your weapon will be confiscated.
We trust you to act responsibly with your cosplay props BUT if you (or anyone else) is found to be acting inappropriately with them they will be confiscated for the remainder of the convention.
In ALL cases weapons should be kept sheathed, holstered or stowed while walking around Amecon, only being drawn for photo's and the like.
Weapons and Props - Size and Construction
Normal weapons or props may be up to 5ft (150cm) long.
Oversized Weapons and props -may- be permitted up to 3ft (90cm) wide and 6ft5" (192cm) tall depending on construction. They must be light and safe, recommended construction materials are Foam, Foam board or Cardboard. If we can pick it up in one hand, without straining, then that's good.
Anyone carrying an oversized item will not be allowed into event rooms, the Dealers, Art, Games or Bring and Buy rooms.
Floor Costume Construction
Replica, projectile, deactivated or real weapons are not allowed under any circumstances, this means no Airsoft, BB or Paintball guns no metal Katanas, Kunai etc. Even if you tie red electrical tape around the barrel!
Martial Arts training weapons such as Bokken, Shinai or Bo are similarly banned.
Toy weapons bought in UK shops and conforming to British standards (Woolworth's, Toys'R Us, Costume shops etc) are fine to use. As are unrealistic model weapons as long as they conform to the construction guidelines.
All other Props and Weapons should be constructed from lightweight materials and have no sharp edges, spikes or points. Do not use Metal, solid wood, solid plastic, plaster etc. Good construction materials are Cardboard, Foamboard, Foam, Polystyrene, Balsa wood and hollow Plastic.
Catwalk, Competition and Omake Construction
Only real weapons, metal replica weapon or items restricted from sale in the UK are banned outright. All weapons and props for use in cosplay events are at the committee's discretion. If you wish to use a weapon or prop during these events please bring them to ops to be approved.
Most items will be allowed for use during these events but any weapon or prop that is banned for floor cosplay use will either be held in Ops for safekeeping or you will be asked to keep it locked in your accommodation until the event.
If you are found floor cosplaying with a Weapon or Prop that has not been Licensed for floor cosplay but has been approved for event cosplay that item will be confiscated and you will NOT be allowed to use it during the cosplay events.
Outside of Amecon
Lastly, Remember to keep everything, especialy replica weapons well-wrapped and out of site whenever you are not at Amecon. You are responsible for transporting props and weapons so be safe and have fun!