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MNCBA Event Policies

The Minnesota Comic Book Association (MNCBA) policies listed here apply to all attendees, guests, creators, and vendors. Please refer to our applications for creator- and vendor-specific policies.

[ AI and ML ] [ Conduct ] [ Dress Code ] [ Harassment ] [ Weapons and Props ]


Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML)

The Minnesota Comic Book Association (MNCBA) prohibits at its events the display and/or sale of all art, merchandise, and other works created using generative AI.

The Minnesota Comic Book Association (MNCBA) prohibits the use of generative AI in its own documents, promotional and marketing materials, and other Intellectual Property, whether such materials are created by volunteer staff or are in-kind donations created by third-parties.

Generative AI includes, but is not limited to, current and future publicly or commercially available AI programs such as ChatGPT, Midjourney, Craiyon, Fotor, Starryai, Deep Dream, Stable Diffusion, Grok, Google Bard, Claude, etc.

Generative AI works are created through training computer programs, via a process called Machine Learning, on millions of works by human creators. These works are almost universally scraped from the Internet and used without the human creators’ consent.

While we accept that technology evolves and expands over time, we understand the ethical and legal questions that generative AI work has raised. We also understand the harmful disruption that generative AI has caused to the creative job market, including many working professionals in the comic book industry.

Comics have traditionally harmonized some of the best abilities and talents humanity has to offer: visual art, language, and storytelling. We at the Minnesota Comic Book Association (MNCBA) are committed to the artistic medium of comics, as it is created by human hands, to express the human experience. Our priority is fostering an environment of confidence and security for the authenticity of creative work — for both our attendees and our exhibitors.

Art, merchandise, and/or other works found to be created using generative AI will be treated as counterfeit goods and will be subject to removal from the event. Any creator, vendor, or other exhibitor whose wares are found to be mostly or fully created using generative AI will be asked to leave the event with no refunds issued.

Creators, vendors, or other exhibitors who repeatedly violate the prohibited display and/or sale of generative AI work may be permanently banned from Minnesota Comic Book Association (MNCBA) events.

In the future, if such an AI program is created that allows for only specific images the artists own to be sourced from, the burden of proof lies solely on that artist to verify that the generative AI work was not created from stolen images.


Conduct

The Minnesota Comic Book Association (MNCBA) strives for everyone to have a fun and safe experience at our events. Please familiarize yourself with our code of conduct for MNCBA events. Those who do not abide by the code of conduct will be asked to leave the event, and possibly banned from future events.

Engaging in any unlawful activities is prohibited.

Any activities prohibited by law will be presented to the authorities.

Harm of any personal property or damage to the venue is prohibited.

If you are being aggressive, disruptive, unsafe, or you are disturbing the attendees, guests, vendors, venue staff, and/or volunteers you will be asked to leave. Harassing or offensive behavior will not be tolerated.

Cosplay is not consent. Please keep your hands to yourself. Ask before taking photos of, or with, cosplayers and costumed event participants. Respect these individuals' right to say no.

Photography and video: Always ask permission before taking a photo of someone at the convention. Respect these individuals' right to say no. If you are taking a photo which includes a minor, please ask permission from their parent or guardian, and let them know if/where the photo would be shared. Do not disrupt the flow of traffic in aisles or block exhibitor tables when taking photos. Please ask permission to photograph an exhibitor and/or their wares before doing so. Respect these individuals' right to say no. We reserve the right to review and/or demand deletion of any unauthorized photographs or video.

Food and drink: Do not place food or drinks on exhibitor tables. Many exhibitors are displaying rare collectible items and one-of-a-kind artwork. Food and drinks must be held on your person at all times outside of designated break areas. Please keep your environment clean by disposing of any food, drinks, packaging, and garbage properly. Anyone who causes damage or who abuses food and drink privileges may be asked to leave the event.

Keep the pathways/doorways clear. It's hard not to stop to chat or take photos. Please ensure you are not blocking traffic flow, pathways, or a vendor/creator table at all times.

Attendees, vendors, creators and volunteers must respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for private property.


Dress Code

The Minnesota Comic Book Association (MNCBA) hosts family-friendly events. Please dress for MNCBA events in the same manner acceptable for any semi-public space; i.e. a retail store, shopping mall, etc.


Harassment

The Minnesota Comic Book Association (MNCBA) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be warned, sanctioned, or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the event organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

Cosplay is not consent. Please keep your hands to yourself. Ask before taking photos of, or with, cosplayers and costumed event participants. Respect these individuals' right to say no.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Event organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Our Minnesota Comic Book Association (MNCBA) volunteers can be identified by their badges at events. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.


Weapons and Props

The Minnesota Comic Book Association (MNCBA) prohibits:

Allowed items:

A weapon or prop will be deemed unacceptable if it:

Brandishing is prohibited. Brandishing is defined as drawing, exhibiting, waving, or using any weapon, prop, or other item in an unsafe manner. Any such display of a weapon or prop in an aggressive or threatening manner, real or implied and regardless of intent, or any activity thought to be unsafe is strictly forbidden.

The only exception to brandishing prohibition is for photography, for a limited time period, and if you are clear of bystanders. You are allowed to pose as long as no reasonable person would interpet the pose as anything but safe. Please exercise caution as we want everyone to be safe. Misuse of prop or weapon is grounds for removal from the convention.


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about our policies. At Minnesota Comic Book Association (MNCBA) events, please ask at the entrance table for any concerns, questions, or clarifications.

MNCBA Events Calendar
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MNCBA SpringCon 2024
M Health Fairview Sports Center
4125 Radio Drive
Woodbury, MN 55129
18 May 2024
10:00AM - 5:00PM

MNCBA FallCon 2024
MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand
1265 Snelling Ave
Falcon Heights, MN 55108
12-13 October 2024
SAT 10:00AM - 5:00PM
SUN 10:00AM - 4:00PM

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