ANNUAL COSTUME CONTEST
Please check in a few months for registration info for 2017’s Costume Contest!
COSTUME CONTEST RULES
Let’s play it safe! Please help us by doing your part in upholding a safe and welcoming environment for all cosplayers at Tucson Comic-Con. Refer to Convention Policies & Codes of Conduct and Cosplay is Not Consent for more information.
All Costume Contest participants must have:
- A completed online registration (registration is now closed).
- A paid Tucson Comic-Con membership badge or wristband for either the full event or day of the competition.
Tucson Comic-Con staff are ineligible to compete.
ALL CONTESTANTS MUST BE REGISTERED AND ATTEND PRE-JUDGING. YOUTH CONTESTANTS DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND PRE-JUDGING.
You will only be allotted one minute (60 seconds) for your presentation. While there is no requirement to perform a skit, you are encouraged to walk onto stage, strike a pose, and show the crowd your hard work!
BEST OVERALL: The costume that best embodies craftsmanship, originality, and quality across all divisions.
BEST GROUP: TWO OR MORE individuals will be considered as one entry and the winners will receive one prize to share.
Each division will have a “Runner-Up” (i.e. 2nd Place) and a “Best in Division” (i.e. 1st Place).
NOVICE: Contestants who have never won a prior contest or participated on stage at any contest at any previous convention.
INTERMEDIATE: Contestants who have entered 2 or less contests at any convention.
ADVANCED: Contestants that have entered 2 or more costume contests at a previous convention.
YOUTH: 12 years of age and under. Costumes must be made, or heavily modified store-bought, not strictly (or off the shelf) store-bought. They can be made by parents or another family member, but modeled by the contestant.
GROUP: New this year! Groups consist of 2 or more entrants with a common theme. Group entries are allotted 2 minutes for skits.
- The MC will announce your name, character, and a short comment about your costume, materials, time taken to make it, etc. as you’ve indicated on your entry form.
- You’ll walk onto stage.
- The MC will then repeat your name and character, which is your cue to exit the stage.
- Convention Costume/Attire Rules apply to the contest.
- This contest is open to multiple genres! Example genres are: Sci-Fi , Anime, Comics, Manga, Fantasy, Historical, Literature, Steampunk, Television, Movies, Gaming, Animation, and more! If you have any question as to the appropriateness of your costume, email the Cosplay Coordinator (Dustin Dial) at email@example.com.
- Be prepared to bring reference material, especially if your costume is obscure. Preferably a hard copy photograph. Original characters are permitted, but pictures of your inspiration are recommended (for example if your costume if your interpretation of a Night Elf from World of Warcraft, bring a picture of the digital character).
- You must be part of pre-judging to enter the contest, and walk during the public presentation.
- Each entrant can only present one costume. No multiple costume changes.
- Contest participant consents to the use of pictures taken during the contest, or pre-judging, by Tucson Comic-Con for promotion of future events and contests.
- Judges rulings are final and cannot be contested. Good sportsmanship is required to participate.
- Groups from the same theme or series are welcome to enter, but random characters from different series in a single group entry are discouraged. Groups consist of TWO OR MORE individuals and will be considered as one entry and the winners will receive one prize to share.
- No Jumping off of the stage.
- No pyrotechnics, confetti, fireworks, smoke, or glitter bombs.
- No throwing items to the crowd, spraying the crowd with water guns, fake blood or other liquids.
- No mess or any powder or chemical is to be left on stage or in the convention hall. Contestants are responsible for any damages to convention property as a result of their actions during the contest.
- Do not interact with or interrupt the MC. Do not make him part of your show or performance. If the name of your character, or source material is mispronounced, correcting the MC before leaving the stage is permitted before your character/costume is repeated to the crowd.
- If you require assistance onto the stage due to costume restraints, staff will be on hand to help you up and down the stairs. Staff will not be available to help you set up or take down props.
- Extra time will not be allotted for set up, take down, or an elaborate performance. Plan accordingly to fit your entire showing into one minute (if a single entry) or two minutes for groups. Failure to abide by the allotted time limit may result in disqualification.
Any questions may be directed to the Cosplay Coordinator, Dustin Dial at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COSTUME CONTEST SPONSORS
The Annual Tucson Comic-Con Costume Contest would not be possible without the help of these amazing sponsors!