12:07pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Comic-Con: No Drones, Selfie-Sticks or E-Cigs Allowed
With just weeks to go before San Diego Comic-Con 2015, organizers have announced new rules for attendees that deal with the threats posed by selfie-sticks, Google Glass and e-cigarettes. The future is now (not to mention, now less annoying for other attendees).
Unveiled in a post on Comic-Con's official blog, Toucan, the new rules prohibit the use of "selfie sticks, GoPro poles, or any device that extends your camera or phone away from your hand" at Comic-Con in its entirety, including events held outside the Convention Center. Similarly banned are "drones or flying devices of any kind," including helium balloons and "any lighter than air object, either powered or unpowered."
Inside the show, live streaming of any event and the recording of any footage shown on screen is prohibited. In itself, this isn't a new rule, although the blog specifically notes that this rule includes Google Glass. "You cannot wear Google Glass during footage viewing in any program room," the blog states. "If your Google Glass is prescription, please bring a different pair of glasses to use during these times."
Finally, another point of clarification was made with regards to the show's no smoking rule. "No smoking at Comic-Con includes traditional cigarettes, pipes, cigars, plus E-cigarettes and any vaping product or device," the blog states. Bad news for those who hoped to vape as part of an elaborate Smaug cosplay outfit, perhaps, but good news for everyone around them.
Comic-Con 2015 runs July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.