Guest & Artist Policy
All information regarding attendance, appearance times & fees, photo opportunities and signatures of Celebrity Guests, Cosplayers, Artists & Writers to The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! are subject to change at any time. The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! and Great Conventions, LLC does not give any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of the information and accepts no responsibility for updating or correcting any part of the information. The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! and Great Conventions, LLC and its directors, officers, employees and consultants do not accept any liability (whether arising in contract, or tort, or negligence or otherwise) for any error, omission or misrepresentation in relation to the information or for any loss, damage, cost or expense (whether direct, indirect, consequential or otherwise) incurred by any person whatsoever arising out of or referable to the information on this website or accessed through this website.
Professional Photo Op Policy
A professional photo is taken by a professional photographer. Our professional photographer will take and print an 8×10 photo of you and celebrity guest(s) onsite under professional lighting and in front of a backdrop.
- Please have your photo op ticket ready while you are in line, BEFORE you enter the photo-op area.
- Lines for photo-ops start 20 minutes before the scheduled start time. Lines will be maintained by the Great Philadelphia Comic Con staff. Any lines created prior to 20 minutes before the scheduled photo-op start time are not “official” and will not determine your place in line.
- When you are in the photo-op area, personal photos and videos are strictly prohibited. Selfies are not allowed.
- If you have items that you do not want to be in the photo, please place them on the designated table/area when you enter the photo-op room.
- If you want to do a special pose, please be prepared before entering the photo-op room. The celebrity guest has the right to refuse to participate in a special pose.
- Please remove glasses as you enter the photo op area; they can reflect the lights and potentially ruin your photo.
- Be respectful to all celebrity guests in the photo-op room, and please be respectful to other fans while in line. Try to move quickly through the line as there are other people waiting behind you. Do not ask for autographs or give gifts to the celebrity guests in the photo-op room. Photo Ops are NOT a meet & greet opportunity with a celebrity.
- Photo Ops do NOT include an autograph (unless otherwise noted).
- Photos will be available for pick-up within 1 hour of the end of the session. Please check frequently for photos as they are usually done earlier.
- JPEGS are available for an additional charge at the Photo-Op Ticket Booth. Additional printed copies are also available for an additional charge.
- Photos are for personal use ONLY. They are subject to copyright and cannot be sold to a third party or altered in any way.
- If you have special needs, please speak to GPCC staff or a volunteer for assistance.
- Photo op tickets are sold separately from autographs. Autographs can be paid for at the guest’s autograph booth. Photo op tickets will only be sold at the photo op ticket booth(s).
- Up to two Adults can be in each photo with one photo op ticket. In some cases for an additional charge more adults can be added.
- If you have a VIP pass, you must be in the VIP line 10 minutes prior to the photo op session’s start time or you will need to go into the general photo op line.
- Please do not worry, we have each guest carefully scheduled and we are only selling the appropriate amount of photo ops for the amount of time we have.
Finally, HAVE FUN! Celebrity guests are all nice people and are happy to be here, so relax and remember to enjoy yourself!
Panel Rooms Policy
Panel rooms that hold Q&As with celebrity guests will be cleared after each panel. If you attend a panel in one of these rooms and wish to attend the next panel in that same room, you will need to exit the room and enter the queue that is designated for the upcoming panel. No cutting in line. No holding spots in line for others. No exceptions! Please look for signage at the convention denoting which rooms will be cleared after panels. VIP Ticket holders will be seated first-come-first-serve in the VIP section of each panel room. If you do not hold a VIP Ticket, please do NOT sit in the VIP Ticket seating section.
We have a zero tolerance policy for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:
- Intimidation or blatantly offensive verbal comments
- Physical assault
- Harassing photography or recording
- Sustained disruption of Panels or other events
- Bathroom policing
- Inappropriate physical contact
- Unwelcome physical attention
In relation to, but not limited to:
- National Origin
- Gender Identity
- Sexual Orientation
- Body Size
If a person engages in harassing behavior, GPCC staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! with NO refund. Our policy applies to EVERYONE at the convention including Exhibitors, Fans (Attendees), Speakers, Guests, Professionals, Press, Staff, Volunteers and Security.
If harassing behavior includes illegal activity, law enforcement will be notified. It is the responsibility of all attendees to be familiar with what this language means. Anyone can report harassment. If someone’s behavior has made you uncomfortable, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact GPCC Staff Security or Staff Member.
Remember: Cosplay is not consent. Please keep your hands to yourself. If you would like to take a picture with or of another GPCC Fan, always ask first and respect that person’s right to say no. When at The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! be respectful, be cool and be kind to one another.
Cosplay, Costume and Weapons policy
Cosplay is a BIG part of making The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! even greater and with that in mind we want to make sure that everyone has a fun and SAFE time at the con. Please read this policy and follow the rules! No exceptions!! If you violate this policy, you could be asked to leave The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! without refund.
Any weapon that could seriously hurt someone is not allowed. Specifically, but not limited to:
- Functional firearms – that includes paintball, airsoft, bb guns, cap guns, any gun that shoots a real projectile or causes a real explosion.
- Realistic firearms – any gun that could be confused for a real gun.
- Prop weapons made of a hard material such as metal or glass.
- Functional projectile weapons – any weapon (crossbow, slingshot, etc) that discharges a projectile.
- Metal-bladed weapons
- Blunt Weapons
- Loud props such as whistles, horns, etc.
- Prop weapons are allowed at The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! as long as the meet the following criteria; That they are composed of cardboard, foam – or something light. 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.
Prop weapons allowed into The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! are at the discretion of The Great Philadelphia Comic Con! staff and uniformed security personnel. When entering there will be a weapons check area and once cleared you will not have to go through the weapons check again.
Safety is paramount, we will always err on the side of caution. There will be no place to store prohibited weapons on-site. If you have a weapon that is prohibited, you will be escorted from the building and not allowed back in with the weapon.
Please use common sense! We are trying to create a safe space for everyone.