Attendees are encouraged to dress up in their favorite cosplay outfits!
There will be a cosplay contest with cash prizes to attract phenomenal contestants from across the United States and beyond.
Saturday, January 14, 2017
The cosplay contest will begin at 3:00 PM.
FIRST PLACE WILL BE $10,000!
COMIC EXCITEMENT CONVENTION
12/28/16 Revision 3 Version (corrects minor typographical error)(subject to update)
The following rules apply to ALL entrants, be they Individual Entries or Group Entries. Whether flying solo or in a group of any size, every individual person in the show will be held to the rules below! Entry into the event is at the discretion of the event staff, and we reserve the right to reject ANY entrant whose costume does not adhere to these rules! This also goes for any entrant displaying disrespectful, rude or hostile behavior.
Entries for this year’s Comic Excitement Convention Cosplay Contest will include several categories. We will have awards for the following categories: Best Hero, Best Villain, Best Youth, Best Group, Funniest, Best TV/Movie, Best Science Fiction/Fantasy, Judges’ Choice, and Best in Show.
The judges will utilize the categories to appropriately award the contestants. You do not need to specifically enter a category. This eliminates someone winning by ‘default’ because their category was not well entered as well as preventing a log jam of incredible entries in one category, eliminating all but one from winning.
Judges will be scoring for the following categories: overall difficulty, creativity, accuracy (for recreation), and showmanship/character.
Groups who are participating as a Group Entry must register the names of all individual participants and names of your costumes and theme, for example: DC Comics JLA Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Group entries are a minimum of three (3) to a maximum of six (6) people. That means no more than six (6) people are allowed in a group entry! No Exceptions!
100% Store-bought costumes are NOT PERMITTED (exception for youth, however personal construction will most certainly elevate someone in this category)! Your costume needs to be one you made or modified yourself. Modifications will be carefully assessed by our judges and must be (roughly) at least 30% modified from original piece. This applies specifically to accessories and the body of the costume itself; footwear and jewelry don’t apply. We prefer someone to enter in a costume they made rather than commissioned by a costume maker however we are not specifically precluding this – again however, the judges will most certainly award more points to a person wearing something they made. We do allow props to be commissioned by prop makers. You are allowed to have had assistance for approximately 20% of your costume; if you had a friend assist you with your costume, please inform the judges what work was done. Our judges may ask to verify that it’s an original construction or to confirm an acceptable amount of modifications to pre-existing materials. While we do allow for a few minor pre-made, pre-purchased items, we are looking for craftsmanship and creativity. You may also give credit to those fellow costumer and costume makers who assisted you during the construction of your costume entry. Note: Unfortunately, we will not have any repair kits on hand. You are responsible for your own costume and its integrity.
There will be children present and your costumes and presentation should be suitable for ALL ages. If a child does not want to walk the stage alone, a parent/guardian is more than welcome to hold their hand and walk them across.
Anticipate about a one-three minute presentation of your costume to the judges during pre-judging. Depending on the complexity and detail, the judges may request additional time to observe and properly judge your costume during the actual show. There will be time for a 45 second runway style catwalk presentation on the main stage during the actual contest.
On the day of the event, contestants must arrive at the cosplay check in table no later than 11:00am to check in at the table. If you do not check in, we may give your spot up to someone on the waiting list. You are due at Noon at the pre-judging location. During this time, depending on entries, we may begin pre-show judging with the judges. We highly recommend you to stick around for pre-show judging just prior to the event, as there will be NO late entries once prejudging has ended. NO EXCEPTIONS. We also recommend making arrangements such as booth coverage, transportation, and costume prep well in advance, so that you can participate during pre-judging as it is mandatory. We will limit the number of entries in order to strive to make for a smoother process of pre-judging and the event itself.
There will not be a contestant dressing area, but the pre-judging area will be private. You are allowed to wear your costume on the convention floor during the day if you wish. You will receive an email detailing check in times and location once you are confirmed as an entry (separate email).
If your costume is an original design or not a recreation of something pre-existing, please bring a printed image of the original design/concept for the judges and be prepared to speak a little bit about it. We are completely open to new and innovative designs, especially those never before seen for familiar characters.
There is absolutely no fire, liquids, toxic substances, or anything that may cause danger for you or others allowed on stage. That includes all stage weapons, swords, guns, bows, etc. However, your costume may require a stage/fake bow or sword, we kindly ask that those items be tagged during weapons check prior to entering the convention floor.
1) Comic Excitement Convention reserves the right to reject any entrant for any reason.
2) All entrants must purchase a ticket.