New York Comic Con reportedly kicked out a vendor for not wearing a mask.
IDW Publishing’s My Little Pony artist Andy Price took to Twitter where he wrote, “So, yeah, it’s true- a large vendor at New York Comic-Con was kicked out today, for refusing to wear masks. Not only was it a mandate for the convention, it’s mandated by the city.”
He added, “I feel ZERO pity for them. Get out.”
Not only did Price report the convention kicked out a vendor, but he also reported that security is kicking out attendees for not wearing masks as well.
He wrote on Twitter, “When security catches them, they are- I’ve seen a couple warned and a couple escorted out.”
New York Comic Con is requiring individuals to provide proof of vaccination to enter the Javits Center. Their website states, “Everyone age 12+ will need to provide proof of full vaccination, and those under age 12 will need to provide proof of a negative rapid antigen or PCR lab COVID-19 test to enter NYCC.”
It adds, “Everyone entering the Javits Center ages 12 and up will need to be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved or authorized by the FDA or WHO against COVID-19 in order to attend and participate at NYCC and must show proof of vaccination at their time of entry.”
Not only are they requiring mot attendees to be vaccinated, but the convention is also requiring everyone wear a face covering.
The website states, “Everyone is required to wear an approved face covering while attending NYCC.”
They add, “Based on current local and venue health guidelines, this policy applies to all attendees, including cosplayers, exhibitors, guests, artists, and staff. We will continue to evaluate this policy and post updates as they are available.”
However, it appears the convention is not following its own rules as they shared photos of William Shatner, Mary McDonnell, and Edward James Olmos not wearing masks at the convention.
The official Ghostbusters Twitter account also showed a shot of the cast at the convention not wearing masks.
The cast of The Boys were not wearing masks either when they appeared for their panel at the convention.
The cast of The Boys hit the Empire Stage!
— New York Comic Con (@NY_Comic_Con) October 8, 2021
Toei Animation also shared a photo showing the hosts for their Dragon Ball Super panel were not wearing masks at the convention.
Despite this numerous comic book professionals praised the convention for reportedly kicking out this vendor.
Star Wars and Doctor Who writer Jody Houser wrote, “Glad to hear NYCC is taking this seriously. Stay safe, friends!”
Demon Days: Mariko writer Zack Davisson wrote, “Well done New York Comic Con!!! This kind of thing makes me feel safe about returning to conventions.”
Dark Ivory co-creator and colorist Eva Hopkins simply wrote, “Good.”
What do you make of this report?
Bounding Into Comics has not been able to verify this report, but has contacted New York Comic Con for details. We did not hear back from the convention at press time.