Rules on costume design, requisites and imitation weapons for the Manga-Comic-Con
In order to ensure that all visitors to the Leipzig Book Fair are able to remember the Manga Comic-Con as a fantastic event with wonderful experiences, we would like to provide cosplayers with specific guidelines on costume design and weapon regulations.
Although these rules might seem stricter than those at other events, we ask for your understanding, as the Manga Comic-Con is closely tied to the Leipzig Book Fair. In addition to cosplayers and manga/anime insiders, the trade fair attracts a large number of other types of visitors, such as families with small children, senior citizens and politicians.
We kindly ask all cosplayers to abide by these rules in order to be fair to everyone!
Many Cosplay costumes are not recognisable without imitation weapons. However, the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany and our obligations as organisers and operators give rise to a number of guidelines that must be strictly observed. We will, therefore, be performing „Cosplay Checks“ at the Leipzig Book Fair (see below). If you have specific questions as to whether a costume or imitation weapon may be worn, please send them in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide a photo and your full name.
Costume Design Rules
- Gas masks, motorcycle helmets and/or frightening rubber masks (if you are unsure, consult the MCC team in advance)
- Sharp corners and edges on clothing
- Fake injuries more than 10 cm in diameter
- Any artificial blood, similar-looking liquids, or make-up on body, clothing, accessories and props
- Zombies are generally not permitted to be cosplayed.
- Costumes depicted or inspired by army uniforms and combat suits from after 1900 are not permitted.
- We kindly ask all cosplayers to observe §86a of the StGB (penallaw) regarding political signs and symbols.
- Costumes for both sexes should not be too revealing, i.e. upper body, genital area and buttocks must be sufficiently covered by clothing.
- Fur-, Morphsuits/Zentais are generally allowed in all halls as long as they are child-friendly and not frightening. When in doubt please consult the MCC team in advance.
- Everyday objects such as walking sticks, musical instruments and umbrellas are permitted.
- Contact lenses of all kinds are allowed
- Maximum dimensions for extravagant costumes:
- Skirts/Dresses: max. 2 m diameter
- Trains and tail: max. 1 m long from feet
- Fixed wings: max. 1 m width per wing, i.e. 2 m total wing span. Extendable wings should only be opened for photos when space permits.
- Max. costume height incl. wings and crowns: 2.5 m
- Spikes on bracelets and/or chokers may not be longer than 5 cm and must be rounded.
- Metal armour must be firmly affixed to the body, loose parts must be presented to the cosplay check.
- Please dress, style and apply make-up at home or in your hotelrooms if possible, changing rooms are limited. You will be held liable for any loss or damage caused by contaminated sanitary facilities.
- Make-up and „dirt“ associated with a costume are not permitted to rub off.
It is forbidden in public to carry weapons as defined by German weapons laws. Some prima facie weapons are also banned from our event:
- Items made from prohibited materials. These include:
- All types of metal (when metal is the predominant component). In these cases, the MCC organisers will make a final decision based on an individual request with a photo and description.
- Plexiglas (due to its sharpness, particularly for the imitation of cutting and stabbing weapons)
- Wood with a thickness greater than 3 cm (e.g. baseball bat)
- Weapons which exceed the permissible dimensions in total length (see III. and V.) are prohibited, even if they can be dismantled into individual parts.
- Softair, paintball or Gotcha weapons, regardless of functionality.
- Gas and stun guns
- Real ammunition
- Loose, bulky metal chains
- Slashing and stabbing weapons regardless if they have a sharp or blunt blade
- Genuine and decorative swords
- Tanto and decorative sabre knives
- Wagons, bobbycars, inline skates, scooters, skateboards and scooters
Imitation guns and weapons that are not included in the Weapons Act can only be brought to the fair if they comply with the regulations mentioned here and with the Leipziger Messe rules (www.leipziger-messe.de/unternehmen/download/agb). The following are permitted:
- Imitation weapons made from wood, cardboard, plastic, soft materials, foams or thermoplastic materials (e.g. swords or scythes) and combinations thereof (e.g. foam or latex replicas with stabilisation core) up to a total maximum length of 1.5 m.
- Pointed tips made from flexible, yielding material
- Walking sticks and poles up to 2 m long, provided they do not have bulky attachments (scythe blade, skulls, etc.)
- Scythe blade up to 80 cm long
- Shields up to a diameter of 80 cm
- Non-functional bows without real strings, up to 1.5 m and quiver with dummy arrows
- Sectional staffs (e.g. nunchakus) with non-metal chains and pre-break point
- Throwing weapons made of soft, flexible materials without a solid core
- Any person carrying a weapon as defined by the Weapons Act will be denied access to the venue.
- Play-fights are only allowed on stage during cosplay competitions and performances.
- All extendible cosplay costumes, props and questionable cases must be presented to a Cosplay Check (entrances Hall 1 and Hall 5) before entering the event.
- All prohibited items will be stored at the Cosplay-Check for a fee and can be retrieved at the end of your visit.
- Any decision made by the security personnel at the Cosplay Check is final and cannot be contested.
- All visitors carry their props at their own risk and are liable for any damages caused.
- Props for participants in selected cosplay competitions will be stored separately and brought to the cosplay stage in time for their performance. Props will be returned when you leave the exhibition grounds. Cosplay competition organisers will inform participants as to which competitions are subject to this regulation.
- Please learn in advance about the access possibilities to the exhibition grounds and the locations of the cosplay checks.
VI. Cosplay-Check Operation Hours
- Thursday to Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- From 5 to 6:30 p.m. only the collection of withheld or surrendered Cosplay equipment is possible.
Download Rules for 2019:
- Download Rules on costume design, requisites and imitation weapons for the Manga-Comic-Con 2019 (PDF, 137.2 kB)
You are welcome to print out these rules and bring them along to the fair visit.
Current status: September 28 2018