Weapons & Prop Policy

Weapon & Prop Policy

Updated January 17, 2017

Tsukino-Con and Tsukino-Con staff reserve the right to require peace-bonding of any items they deem to resemble, or can be used as, weapons, and the right to require immediate removal from convention events of any items they deem dangerous, regardless of any previous decisions or policies, including this document. Anyone found in violation of these policies is subject to a formal strike against their badge or immediate banishment from the convention, at the discretion of convention staff. Campus Security and/or the Police may be notified if applicable.


***Special Notice***

With the Convention nearing and in light of the overwhelming popularity of anime such as Yuri On Ice, we would like attendees to please note that Skates are prohibited on convention grounds due to Health and Safety Concerns combined with the University of Victoria venue policies (this includes Ice, Roller and Roller Blade Skates). While we encourage creative cosplay, we ask attendees please keep the Convention General Attendance rules in mind while planning outfits. We thank you in advance for your support and cooperation on this matter!

Unacceptable Items:

*This list is presented for example purposes and is not intended to be a complete list of unacceptable items.

  • Anything illegal

  • Anything against the University of Victoria Policies

  • Any real weapons, functional or not

  • Firearms, including anything resembling a real world model firearm, regardless of colour, orange tip, material, etc.

  • BB, Pellet, Paintball and Airsoft guns

  • Any type of exploding device regardless of the method used for detonation, including air & CO2

  • Metal bladed weapons, including swords, knives

  • Glass

  • Ceramics

  • Stone

  • Skates; Roller Blades, Roller Skates, Ice Skates
  • Yaoi/Yuri, Seme, Uke, and/or any other fandom type paddle designed or intended to be used on another person.

  • Anything currently capable of firing or releasing one or more projectiles

  • Any live ammunition, including bullets & tipped arrows

Questions about other items resembling firearms should be directed to: [email protected]

Acceptable Items:

This list is presented for example purposes; staff reserves the final say on whether an item is acceptable.

  • Wood

  • Foam

  • Paper/Cardboard

  • Plastic or fiberglass composites

  • Clay

  • Metal items are acceptable as long as they are NOT bladed and/or pointed. ie: Baseball bats, Frying Pans, Staffs, Rods, etc.

  • Strung bows may be acceptable so long as the string is made of a material which does not exceed 5 pounds of draw strength (Even if these conditions are met, Tsukino-Con staff may refuse to Peace Bond a bow)


All items/props/accessories that by design, or otherwise, resemble, or can be used as weapons must be peace-bonded during registration/check-in at the Registration Desk immediately upon arrival on convention grounds. Peace-bonding indicates your agreement not to harm, or engage in combat with anyone and to abide by convention rules. If harm occurs to yourself or others due to your violation of this agreement, you agree that you alone are liable and that the convention has no part in it. Peace-bonding is indicated by a visible tag that enables convention staff to easily determine the status of your item. Please see the Wikipedia article about peace-bonding for more information:


Items Bought From Dealer’s Room:

In the case of a Dealer selling items that fall into the unacceptable category, purchases must be kept in sealed cases (such as an acceptable, sealed dealer packaging box) until it can be feasibly removed from the convention grounds. All products that are unsealed or unbound must be immediately removed from convention grounds, or placed in coat check.

Any item(s) deemed unacceptable may be placed in Coat Check free of charge if they were purchased that same day from an on-site dealer.

Special Circumstances:

Any items that are real weapons, or are in any way illegal, can never be admitted on convention grounds. However, if you believe you have a special circumstance (for example: an entry in the cosplay contest, etc) regarding a prop item that has been modified to be harmless (for example: a dull, unable to be sharpened prop), you may email [email protected] with a detailed description of the item, the features used to prevent the item from being dangerous, and why you feel special consideration is warranted. Please include pictures if possible.

**However, Tsukino-Con and Tsukino-Con staff fully reserve the right to deny any special requests for any reason at their discretion.

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Ken Steacy

Ken Steacy2014 – 2017 Guest

KEN STEACY decided at age eleven to become a professional comic book writer/artist, a dream he realized in 1974. Since then, he has worked in the industry as author, artist, art director, editor, and publisher, chronicling the exploits of Spider-Man, Harry Potter, and the Star Wars gang, to name but a few. In addition to creating his own intellectual property, he has also collaborated with other writers, including Harlan Ellison, Isaac Asimov, and Douglas Coupland. The recipient of an Eisner and an Inkpot award, Ken was inducted into the Joe Shuster Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, a lifetime achievement award honouring Canadian comic book creators for their contributions to the industry. He currently teaches at Camosun College, Victoria in Comics & Graphic Novels, a program he co-created with his wife, author/illustrator Joan Steacy.



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Karl Johanson

Isaac is the dog
Photo by: Isaac

2016 – 2017 Guest

Karl Johanson is the editor of Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, which has won two Aurora Awards, and a former editor of the four time Aurora winning magazine Under the Ozone Hole. Karl’s publication credits include work in On Spec magazine, Sci Phi Journal, Monday Magazine, Perihelion, Stitches: The Magazine of Medical Humor and the anthology Here Be Monsters: 7. As a writer / designer / tester of computer games, Karl has done work for North Star Games, Disney Interactive, and Sanctuary Woods Multimedia. Many of the games were science fiction or fantasy related.

Cosplay Day 2016

Tsukino-Con is the proud host of Cosplay Day! Here are some of the highlights from our July 17th Cosplay Day.

Tsukinoween 2016

Tsukinoween 2016

Victoria’s Halloween Cosplay

Local Conventions

British Columbia and Washington State are full of other great conventions and Events that we often attend, below is a list of other Conventions in the area.

Vancouver Island
Tsukino-Con 2017 – Amine – February 17 – 19, UVic, Victoria
Gamer Fest – March 4th, Sunset Room, 401 Herald St., Victoria
– Gaming – March 18 – 19, Pearkes Arena, Victoria
GeekCon – Geek – March 25, Harbourfront Library, Nanaimo
CCAF – Comic Book – April 15, Camosun College, Victoria
InCon – Gaming – April 21 – 23, Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay
Curious Comicon – Comic Book – May 6, Country Club Mall, Nanaimo
Van Isle Con – Comic Book – June 11, Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney
Cosplay Day Victoria 2017 – Cosplay – July UVic, Victoria
MosaiCON – Gaming – Summer 2017 Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanaimo
Vancouver Comic Con – Comic-Book – January 22 , Heritage Hall, Vancouver
AniRevo: Winter 2017 – Anime – February 12-13, The Art Institute of Vancouver
Vancouver Comic & Toy Show – Comic Book – February 26, 3250 Commercial Dr. Vancouver
VancouFur – Furries – March 9-12, Executive Airport Plaza, Richmond
Vancouver Comic Con – Comic-Book – March 12 , Heritage Hall, Vancouver
Harumatsuri 2017 – Anime – March 18, Nikkei Centre, Burnaby
Sakura Days Japan Fair 2017 – Japanese Culture – April 8-9, VanDusen Botanical Garden
Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo – Gaming – May 27, Anvil Centre, New Westminster
Anime Evolution 2017 – Anime – July 30, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver
AniRevo 2017 – Anime – August 4-6, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver
BeachCon 4 – August 19, Vancouver, BC
BronyCAN 2017 – My Little Pony – August 25, Executive Airport Plaza Richmond
VCon 42 – Sci-Fi – September 29 – October 1, Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Surrey
Fan Expo – Geek – Nov 10 – 12, Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver
Northern BC
Northern Fancon 2017 – Geek – May 5 – 7, CN Centre, Prince George
Mountain Cosplay Retreat – Photoshoots –  May 12 – 14, Birken
BC Interior
Kelowna Fan Xpo 2016 – Geek – March 25, Kelowna Community Theatre
Washington State
OrcaCon 2016 – Gaming – January 13 – 15, Holiday Inn Downtown Everett
Sakura-Con 2016 – Anime – April 14 – 16, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle
Bellingham Anime Convention –  Anime – May 13, Whatcom Community College
Everfree Northwest – MLP – May 12-14, DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport
Japanese Anime & Manga Arts Festival 2017 – Anime – May 19-20, Everett Community College
PAX West – Comic – September 2-5, Seattle, WA
GeekGirlCon – Geek – September 28-Oct 1 Seattle, WA
Kumoricon – Anime – October 27-29 Portland, OR
Anglicon – Doctor Who – December 8 – 10, The DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport Hotel

Kensho Ono

Kensho22016 Guest

Tsukino-Con is pleased to announce this 2016’s Japanese voice acting guest: Kensho Ono. Mr. Ono has appeared in a number of anime series and is best known for his performances as Tetsuya Kuroko in Kuroko no Basket, Hakuryuu Ren in Magi, Mikaela Hykuya in Owari no Seraph and Slaine Troyard in ΛLDNOΛH.ZERO. This season, Mr. Ono is appearing in a number of shows including Prince of Stride: Alternative as Hozumi Kohinata, Luck & Logic as Yoshichika Tsurugi and Yu☆Gi☆Oh! Arc-V as Yuuya Sakaki.
In addition to his numerous anime roles, Mr. Ono has also appeared in a number of Japanese television drama series and has dubbed a number of “foreign” films, and, notably, is the Japanese voice of Harry Potter. Please join us in giving Mr. Ono a warm Canadian welcome to our convention!

AllieCat Art & Cosplay

Photo by: Martin Wong
Photo by: Martin Wong

2016 Guest

(affectionately known simply as AllieCat) is a Cosplayer and professional CG Animator from Vancouver, BC. She has been cosplaying since summer 2013 and to date has finished an incredible 1st place in every contest she’s competed in. From plastics to paints to molding to electronics, AllieCat loves all forms of mediums and strives to utilize and push each to their fullest potential. She looks forward to another year full of creativity and fun within the cosplay community and can’t wait to meet you all.

Her site



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