Comic-Con Bans Selfie Sticks at San Diego Convention

Comic-Con Bans Selfie Sticks at San Diego Convention

While outrageous outfits and superhero costumes are perfectly acceptable at Comic-Con, selfie sticks are not.

Comic-Con International, the organizers behind next month’s fan fest at the San Diego Convention Center, released a strict set of new technology rules on Thursday, beginning with banning selfie sticks or “similar devices.”

“We know you want that perfect photo of yourself and the gang at Comic-Con and your arms just aren’t long enough, but please be aware that selfie sticks, GoPro poles, or any device that extends your camera or phone away from your hand, are not allowed at Comic-Con,” the official blog said.

Aside from being annoying, safety issues are cited as the reason for the ban. “With so many people in attendance, protruding cameras or phones sticking up in the air are a definite hazard,” the advisory explained.

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Among the other banned items are Google Glass (during programs), e-cigarettes, vaping products and drones.

A growing number of events and attractions have banned selfie sticks including the Kentucky Derby, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.

Comic-Con will be held at the San Diego Convention Center from July 8-12.

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