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Comic-Con bans selfie sticks: Small victory for society

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Josh Buonocore of Orlando , Florida, center, takes a selfie with a zombie at ‘The Waliking Dead’ Terminus wall at San Diego Comic-Con on July 23, 2014.

(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

It looks like the length of your arm will be the limiting factor on the angles of your Comic-Con selfies this year.

Comic-Con International, the organizers behind San Diego Comic-Con, have posted their new technology rules and the very first rule on the list bans selfie sticks and “similar devices.”

The ban includes “selfie sticks, GoPro poles, or any device that extends your camera or phone away from your hand.”

People who need more distance to capture everything they want within the frame will have to resort to relying on the kindness of strangers. Don’t worry, it’s just as easy as asking to take a photo with or of somebody.


Concerns for all of the Comic-Con attendees’ safety was the reason cited for the blanket ban.

“With so many people in attendance, protruding cameras or phones sticking up in the air are a definite hazard,” explained the organizers in a blog post.

Any attendee caught with a selfie stick will be asked by security to put it away. The ban is in effect over the entire Convention Center (including the grounds outside) and at all official Comic-Con events outside of the Center.

Other items banned at Comic-Con include Google Glass (during programs), e-cigarettes, vaping products and drones.


San Diego Comic-Con will be held on July 9-12 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Yes, I’ll take that photo for you: @tracycbrown

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