Check back soon for a complete list of our policies and FAQ.

Please note, these policies are subject to change.

In order to maintain and promote a safe and enjoyable environment for all attendees, their families, and guests of Pacific Media Expo (PMX), we ask that you observe the following rules and regulations:

  1. Please have your badge visible at all times during the event.
  2. Observe the Weapons Policy (See Below)
  3. No nudity, including partial nudity. (Body paint is not considered covering)
  4. All types of masks (full or partial) are strictly prohibited; you must not cover your face.
  5. No use or possession of any illegal substances, narcotic, marijuana, or any other illegal drugs on the premises. Anyone found under the influence of the mentioned substances and drugs will be denied entrance into the event.
  6. No use or possession of an open can, bottle, or other receptacle containing any alcoholic beverages, except in areas specifically designated for the consumption of alcohol.
  7. Obtain consent prior to taking a photograph of others.
  8. Observe and respect all Pacific Media Expo signage.
  9. Treat others with respect and dignity as you would like to be treated.
  10. Avoid unacceptable forms of behavior such as physically or verbally threatening, harassing, stalking, annoying, and pushing or shoving others.
  11. Avoid using profanity, sexually explicit or offensive language, and obscene gestures.
  12. Avoid loitering or congregating with the intent to disturb the public peace, engage in any offensive behavior, and/or result in fire hazards in the hallways and other areas inside the Pasadena Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel.
  13. Use proper waste receptacles for all trash.
  14. Avoid violating any Federal, State and Local law or ordinance.

Anyone violating this Code of Conduct will be escorted out of the event and may be subject to badge confiscation without refund and suspension from any future Pacific Media Expo events. Pacific Media Expo reserves the right to deny entrance into the event and service to any individual or group at any time. Pacific Media Expo reserves the right to make changes to the Code of Conduct at any time.

(1) Summary
The goal of the Pacific Media Association (PMA) is to create an environment where attendees can enjoy themselves as much as possible. However, this must be done without affecting the experience of others. This requires the cooperation of all attendees and the use of common sense and courtesy when costuming. PMA bears no responsibility or liability for any damages or injuries incurred by the use of costumes, props, or weapons. Any infraction may result in further tightening of our security, possibly decreasing the entire cosplay experience for all attendees. Because of recent high profile events that have heightened security and safety concerns, real weapons are prohibited at Pacific Media Expo (PMX) and other PMA events.

(2) Compliance with the Law
All weapons worn as props (simulations, replicas, etc.) must conform to all state, local and federal laws, including but not limited to the “Dangerous Weapons Control Law,” Part 4, Title 2, Section 12000-12590 of the California Penal Code (CPC). All such props must be inspected and registered by Pacific Media Expo Security staff, Sheraton Security Department, the Convention Center’s Public Safety Department, and/or the Pasadena Police Department for compliance.

California law prohibits convention attendees from carrying genuine firearms, whether loaded or unloaded. All genuine firearms must be checked with the convention facility at the front desk. Any persons found to have firearms in their possession (except those covered under section 12002 of the CPC) at the convention is subject to arrest and confiscation of their weapon by the Convention Center’s Public Safety Department, Pasadena Police Department and Sheraton’s Security Department. Furthermore, they may have their memberships revoked by the PMA and be asked to leave and check out of the participating hotel(s).

(3) Prohibited Weapons
All weapons, functional or nonfunctional, such as firearms, crossbows, throwing knives, stars, bows, boomerangs, darts, flame throwers, Tasers (stun guns), etc., are prohibited.

(4) Replica Weapons
Replica weapons (e.g., Airsoft guns), which must only be used as props or display, may be allowed if the replica weapon is inspected, approved, and peace bonded (see Section 6 below) by Pacific Media Expo Security Staff. Use of the replica weapon may be revoked at any time without cause or warning. Pasadena Police Officer, Convention Center’s Public Safety staff and Sheraton Security staff also have the option of revoking an attendee’s right to display a replica weapon.

(5) Props
All props that look threatening or can still potentially harm others must be inspected by Pacific Media Expo Security staff, Convention Center’s Public Safety staff, Pasadena Police Officers or Sheraton’s Security department. All parties reserve the right to insist on inspection and approval of all props. The bearer will be required to sign a legal waiver excluding anyone else from legal obligation concerning the weapon and any damages resulting from its use. Full information of the owner of the prop (membership number, room number, phone number, address, etc.) plus a description of the weapon itself will be required. This information will be kept by Pacific Media Expo, Pasadena Police Department, Convention Center’s Public Safety and Sheraton Security Department.

(6) Inspection & Peace Bonding
PMA requires that all weapons/replicas/props be inspected by PMX Security staff. Peace bonding is the process of marking and/or binding props. In certain cases, props may be bound in such a way as to render them unusable. Peace bonding is performed at the Pacific Media Expo Security room or at designated locations around the convention. Peace bonding may also occur any time at the discretion of Security staff on the field. Even if the weapon/replica/prop has already been peace-bonded, any security officer or personnel may re-inspect the item at their discretion. The owner of the weapon/replica/prop is solely responsible for the weapon/replica/prop and its usage at all times, even if they are not the wielder, and even if the weapon has been inspected.

Pacific Media Expo (PMX) is committed to helping ensure all our members are able to enjoy their experiences at our event. As such we work with our venues to ensure accessibility to the fullest extent they currently offer. Below are the accessibility policies for our venues.

Policies for the Pasadena Convention Center

“Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance In accordance with ADA, the Convention Center is responsible for permanent premises access accommodations, such as, but not limited to, ramp access,restroom accessibility, elevator standards, and door width standards. It is the licensee’s responsibility to provide nonpermanent accessibility requirements, such as, but not limited to, hearing assisted or visually assisted devices, and temporary seating accessibility and/or interpreters.”

Frequently Asked Questions

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Not sure what this Convention thing is all about? We can help!

Pacific Media Expo (PMX) is a convention. Pricing for conventions is something like a carnival, except that most of the attractions don’t have their own tickets. You just need to show your membership badge at the door to get in. Some events are open to the public (no badge required, but some may have their own tickets). Other events are premium and require a badge as well as their own tickets.

The programming schedule is more like a trade show or culture/film festival. Areas where things are sold tend to run all day, or at least for many hours. Premiere events usually happen at one set time. Programming tracks run all day and have many different features, usually with a similar theme. A convention badge gets you into nearly all of these. Exceptions should be posted at the door of each event that has its own tickets.

There are three types of memberships depending on how many days you will be attending:

One-Day – Valid from opening (after 9 a.m.) in the morning until the wee hours of the night. For 2015, One-Days can be for Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.
Two-Day – Works like two One-Day badges for two days of your choosing.
Full – Valid the entire long weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday). Standby seating for headline concerts is available to Full badge holders.

There is a sliding discount scale as more days are added to your badge. If you had so much fun that you want to upgrade your badge for the next day, just go to PMX Registration by 8:00 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday. Upgrades cost only the price difference between your old and new badge; there is no upgrade fee.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask the PMX Information Desk. They’ll be more than happy to help you find something you like at PMX 2016!

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