COSPLAY CONTEST

AND MASQUERADE:

RULES AND POLICIES

REVISION v2.3.1


GENERAL OVERVIEW

So you want to enter the Cosplay Contest and Masquerade?! Awesome, we would love to have you. However, we ask you to carefully read and review the following rules and policies that Genericon has regarding the Contest and Masquerade. Please also be aware that these policies may change from year to year and you should read through this rulebook fully and completely. Questions and Concerns may be directed to the Cosplay Coordinator(s) at cosplay.genericon@gmail.com.

The Cosplay Contest is split into two parts: The Craftsmanship Contest, and the Performance Contest. The Craftsmanship Contest focuses on the creation and overall presentation of a finished cosplay. The Performance Contest focuses on individuals/groups who perform a skit, dance, song, comedy act, etc, on stage and exclusively occurs at the Masquerade.

The Masquerade is on Saturday afternoon. First, the Performance Groups will participate in Cosplay Performance where they may perform a skit, song, or other routine for the audience. Depending on time, after a short break, Craftsmanship Contestants will be called to the stage for the Cosplay Runway to show off their cosplays. Then, following a brief intermission, awards for both contests will be announced at the Cosplay Masquerade Awards Ceremony.

COSPLAY CONTEST CONTESTANTS MUST PARTICIPATE IN THE MASQUERADE AND BE PRESENT AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY TO BE ELIGIBLE TO CLAIM A PRIZE

The following policies are instituted to ensure a safe, efficient, and enjoyable experience for everyone. Therefore, those in violation of these rules and policies may find themselves disqualified and further action taken if necessary.

*IGNORANCE OF THE RULES IS NOT AN EXCUSE*

General Cosplay Contest Rules and Policies:

I) Divisions of Skill: In order to fairly and most appropriately judge cosplays and performances, Genericon recognizes five (5) divisions of skill. They are Youth, Novice, Journeyman, Master, and Exhibition Divisions.

A) Youth Division: This division is intended for children and youth. Contestants in this division must be fifteen (15) years of age or younger. On a case by case basis, a Youth Division Contestant who has won major awards for cosplay at conventions may be considered in one of the higher divisions. Please contact the Cosplay Coordinators for more information.

B) Novice Division: This division is intended for those who have little or no experience with cosplay. Contestants in this division must not have previously won any major awards for cosplay at conventions.

C) Journeyman Division: This division is intended for those who have some experience with cosplay. Contestants in this division may have won major awards at conventions for cosplay, but must not have won more than two (2) such major awards.

D) Master Division: This division is intended for those who are highly experienced with cosplay. Contestants in this division consistently win major awards at conventions for cosplay and have won three (3) or more such major awards.

E) Exhibition Division: This division is intended for those who do not want their cosplay/performance to be judged or have a cosplay/performance that does not satisfy the judging criteria. Contestants may still have their cosplay/performance critiqued by the judges and participate in the Masquerade, but will not be scored.

F) A “major award for cosplay” is defined as winning in a Cosplay contest at a convention for any of the prizes for Craftsmanship or Performance, respectively.

G) You MUST register for the proper division for your respective contest.

1) You MAY register in a more advanced division.

2) You MAY NOT register in a lower division than is appropriate.

3) Depending on the number of entrants in each division, Genericon judges may promote your cosplay/performance to a higher division. All reasonable efforts will be made to inform you, but the judges’ decision is final.

4) If you do compete in a more advanced division than your current skill level and win, you MUST compete at least at that level from now on, regardless of if it was voluntary or not.

H) Knowingly falsifying information on your entry form for any reason for any contest, such as in an attempt to be placed in a lower division, is grounds for disqualification and prohibition to entry in future contests.

II) Masquerade: To be eligible to claim a prize, a contestant must participate in the Masquerade and be present at the Award Ceremony.

A) The time limit for each Craftsmanship contestant on the Cosplay Runway is not to exceed one (1) minute (60 seconds).

B) The time limit for each Performance group during Cosplay Performance is not to exceed seven (7) minutes (420 seconds). The recommended time for a performance is between three (3) and five (5) minutes.

C) No time extensions will be allowed. NO EXCEPTIONS.

D) If you exceed the time limit, you WILL be cut off.

E) Performances will have a one (1) minute (60 second) grace period for setup and cleanup, if necessary. Please plan accordingly.

III) Weapons/Props: All weapons and props must be approved at Weapons Check and MUST adhere to the Weapons Policy. Exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Cosplay Coordinator(s). Please contact the Cosplay Coordinator(s) with any questions or concerns.

IV) Stage Cleanliness: You must remove all objects that go on stage with you.

A) For safety and legal reasons, Genericon strictly prohibits the use of special effects like confetti, fireworks, flash powder, pyrotechnics, water, rose petals, CO2 cannons, etc. during the contest.

B) Objects that require special removal (e.g. glitter) are similarly banned.

C) Objects may not be thrown at the judges, MC/Host, audience, or other persons not directly involved with your cosplay/performance.

D) Violation of Stage Cleanliness WILL result in your disqualification.

V) Nudity: No costume is no costume. Nudity and the gratuitous display of body parts considered genitalia, including the buttocks, is strictly prohibited. Violation of this rule WILL result in disqualification, removal from the convention, and further action as necessary.

VI) “Offensive” Cosplays: Cosplays and/or insignias representing or associated with hate groups (e.g. Nazis, KKK, etc), Cosplays “in bad taste” (e.g. a suicide bomber), and/or Cosplays meant specifically to harass individuals or groups (e.g. cosplaying as your ex in order to humiliate them) are strictly forbidden. For the safety and wellbeing of all attendees, violation of this rule WILL result in disqualification, removal from the convention, and further action as necessary.

VII) “Impractical” Cosplays: Cosplays that are a hazard to the cosplayer and/or the people around them and/or are too large (e.g. stilts, large armor, multi-person costumes, obstructed vision with a mask, etc) are highly discouraged. However, a case by case determination will be made if necessary to ensure safety at the convention. Please contact the Cosplay Coordinator(s) or see a Staff member at Cosplay Info with any questions or concerns.

VIII) Media Waiver and Release: Genericon will be recording and taking photos of cosplays during the Contest and Masquerade. By participating in the Genericon Cosplay Contest and Masquerade, you hereby grant permission to Genericon, its representatives, and other affiliates the right to take said photographs or videos of you and to make recordings of your voice for the duration of the Genericon convention hosted by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. You further grant Genericon, its representatives, and other affiliates the right to reproduce, use, exhibit, display, broadcast, distribute and create derivative works of these images and recordings in any media now known or later developed. You acknowledge that Genericon owns all rights to the images and recordings. You waive any right to inspect or approve the use of the images or recordings or of any written copy. You waive all moral rights and any right to royalties or other compensation arising from or related to the use of the images, recordings, or materials. You also hereby release, defend, indemnify and hold harmless the producers from and against any claims, damages or liability arising from or related to the use of the images, recordings or materials, including but not limited to claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, or rights of publicity or copyright infringement, or any misuse, distortion, blurring, alteration, optical illusion or use incomposite form that may occur or be produced in taking, processing, reduction or production of the finished product, its publication or distribution. Your participation in the Genericon Cosplay Contest and Masquerade signifies your acknowledgement and agreement to adhere to this policy. If you are under the age of 18, your participation in the Genericon Cosplay Contest and Masquerade signifies your parent’s or legal guardian’s acknowledgement and agreement to adhere to this policy.

IX) Grievances: If you believe the judging outcomes or scores were biased or otherwise have a complaint, you should direct that specific grievance in writing (email is acceptable) to the Cosplay Coordinator(s) with all relevant details and why you believe it is a legitimate grievance within forty-eight (48) hours of the specific offense. The Cosplay Coordinator(s) and Genericon Staff will investigate it if it is legitimate and submitted within forty-eight (48) hours. Any verdict reached upon the end of the investigation is FINAL.

Cosplay Craftsmanship Contest Rules and Policies

I) Prejudging: For the most efficient use of time, all Craftsmanship Contestants are required to sign up for a five (5) minute pre-judging time slot online or during the convention.

A) Time slots are limited, and will be distributed on a “first come, first serve” basis. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your schedule and any special needs, but an acceptable compromise is not guaranteed. Please plan accordingly.

B) If you are late or otherwise miss your judging slot, reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate or reschedule your time slot. However, because of the limited nature of these slots, there is no guarantee a new slot can be found. Please plan accordingly.

C) Cosplays must represent specific characters or designs from the chosen fandom. Generic characters or uniforms, such as Storm Troopers or an Agent of Shield, satisfy this condition. OC’s (Original Characters) may participate as an Exhibition entry, but are not eligible for official scores.

D) Crossover cosplays (ex. Transformers Sailor Moon, Ninja Harry Potter), and “AU” cosplays (ex. genderbent characters), are discouraged but will be considered for eligibility on a case by case basis at the discretion of the judges. Please contact the Cosplay Coordinator(s) or a Staff member at Cosplay Info with questions or concerns.

E) You must provide reference pictures for the judges of the character or design you are cosplaying. This best allows the judges to critique the accuracy of your cosplay. These pictures may be submitted on your entry form, but it is always a good idea to bring a hard copy backup to your judging time just in case.

F) Interference with the judging process, or the judges themselves is strictly prohibited. Any such interference or harassment of the judges will result in disqualification and further action as necessary.

G) Please check in at the Cosplay Info for Prejudging. The cosplay that is prejudged must be the same one presented in the Cosplay Masquerade.

II) Costume Eligibility: Craftsmanship is defined as “the skill and techniques used to make the cosplay.” Therefore, costumes that are mostly bought or ordered and unmodified ARE NOT eligible for this contest. Extensively modifying store bought or ordered material is permissible.

A) If you were not involved in the creation of your costume, (i.e. a seamstress made it for you or you ordered it online), then your costume is NOT eligible for the contest. However, someone helping you or teaching you to make the costume is permissible.

B) If you have someone extensively help you (e.g. made 50% or more of the costume), please have them present at the pre-judging so that they are present to discuss the costume as well.

C) If your Costume was designed and made by someone else, and they would like to enter it with you being the model that is permissible as well. Should this entry win an award, the designer will get the prize.

D) Failure to maintain complete honesty in how the costume was made, even in a previous contest, will result in your immediate disqualification from the contest, prohibition from entry in any future Genericon Cosplay Contests, and further action as necessary.

III) Judging Process: The judging process will be as follows.

A) A panel of three judges who have extensive experience in Cosplay shall be chosen by the Cosplay Coordinator(s). The Cosplay Contest Coordinator, should one exist, will be one of the three judges.

B) You will be allowed to present and discuss your cosplay (e.g. favorite part, most difficult part, techniques used, design choices/modifications, etc.) and the judges will ask any questions they deem relevant to judging.

C) The judges will remain unbiased when judging cosplays. If, for any reason, a judge feels unable judge a cosplay in a fair and unbiased manner (e.g. because of a current or former relationship, or they helped to make the cosplay, etc.), they are expected to voluntarily abstain from the judging process for that cosplay.

  1. If a judge abstains from the judging process for this reason, they may not comment or ask questions or in any other meaningful way participate in the judging of that cosplay.
  2. In this case, the average score for each category of the other judges will be entered in place of the abstaining judge’s score.

D) After the contestant presents the cosplay, and leaves the judging room, the Judges will have up to five (5) minutes to discuss the cosplay. Each Judge will then independently award points for the cosplay without further input from the other Judges.

IV) Judging Criteria: The criteria for the Craftsmanship Contest is as follows.

A) Judging will be divided into four categories: Quality, Accuracy, Creativity/Artistry, and Prop/Weapon (if applicable).

1) Quality refers to how well crafted and put together the cosplay is. This includes things like quality of materials used (paper mache vs worbla plastic), the overall appearance (Spiderman suit before and after Iron man’s modifications), neatness of stitchwork/seams, etc. Bonus points may be awarded for exceptional craftsmanship.

2) Accuracy refers to how faithfully you have reproduced the character in real life based of the reference pictures provided. This takes into consideration makeup, hair, props/weapons, overall appearance, etc. Bonus points may be awarded for being “in character” and presenting/acting as if that character would.

3) Creativity/Artistry refers to how innovatively and artistically various techniques were incorporated into the cosplay. This takes into account how the cosplay was made, which techniques were used to make the cosplay, and how innovatively they were integrated into the finished product. Bonus points may be awarded for exceptional creativity and/or exceptionally difficult/impressive techniques.

4) Prop/Weapon (if applicable) refers to the quality, accuracy, creativity, and artistry of the prop or weapon. Bonus points may be awarded for exceptional props/weapons. This category will not be included in the overall score and is only used to determine the winner of the “Best Prop/Weapon” Prize. However, if you bring a prop/weapon, it may be considered when scoring points for the other three categories.

B) Points for Quality, Accuracy, Creativity/Artistry: Each Judge may independently award up to ten (10) points for the categories of Quality, Accuracy, and Creativity/Artistry for a total of thirty (30) points.

1) The total overall score will be the total summation of each judge’s scores for the categories of Quality, Accuracy, and Creativity/Artistry for a total of ninety (90) points.

2) After all Craftsmanship entries have been judged, the judges will review all entries and by unanimous consensus, may then award up to ten (10) bonus points to exceptional cosplays for a maximum total overall score of one hundred (100) points.

i) All judges must agree to award bonus points or no bonus points will be awarded.

ii) All judges must agree to the amount of bonus points to award, not to exceed ten (10) points, or no bonus points will be awarded.

iii) If a judge abstained from judging a cosplay, the remaining judges will determine how many bonus points, if any, to award.

C) Points for Prop/Weapon (if applicable): Each Judge may independently award up to fifteen (15) points for this category, which will NOT be included in the overall total.

1) The total overall score for this category will be the total summation of each judge’s scores for the category for a total of forty-five (45) points.

2) After all Craftsmanship entries have been judged, the judges will review all entries and by unanimous consensus, may then award up to five (5) bonus points to exceptional props/weapons for a maximum total overall score of fifty (50) points.

i) All judges must agree to award bonus points or no bonus points will be awarded .

ii) All judges must agree to the amount of bonus points to award, not to exceed five (5) points, or no bonus points will be awarded.

iii) If a judge abstained from judging a cosplay, the remaining judges will determine how many bonus points, if any, to award.

D) These points/scores will be recorded and compiled along with any notes and critiques the judges have for you. If you wish to receive your compiled overall score and any comments, please see a Staff member at Cosplay Info before the end of the Convention on Sunday. We cannot guarantee the return of these scores and comments after the convention has ended. Please plan accordingly.

V) Selection of Craftsmanship Winners: Depending on the number of entrants in each Division, there will be nine (9) prizes for the Craftsmanship Contest: Best in Division (Youth, Novice, Journeyman, Master), Best in Show, 3x Judge’s Choice, and Best Prop/Weapon.  The number of prizes available may change depending on the number of contestants in each division. Winners for these prizes shall be selected as follows.

A) The entry with the highest total overall score within each Division shall win first place in that Division. If there is a tie, the judges shall discuss and make a determination. This decision is FINAL.

B) The “Best in Show” winner shall be selected among the the top five (5) highest-scoring entries in each division. The judges shall discuss and make a determination. This decision is FINAL.

C) Each Judge will choose their favorite Craftsmanship entry for their “Judge’s Choice” prize.

D) The “Best Prop/Weapon” winner shall be selected among the the top five (5) highest-scoring entries in each Division for this category. The judges shall discuss and make a determination. This decision is FINAL.

E) Prizes MUST be claimed in person at the Awards Ceremony following the Cosplay Masquerade.

F) A single contestant may not win more than one (1) prize for the Cosplay Craftsmanship Contest. The judges will discuss any ambiguous situations and make a determination. That decision is FINAL.

G) Runner-ups may be chosen and announced, but are not guaranteed prizes.

Cosplay Performance Contest Rules and Policies

I) Group Size: Each performance group is limited to no more than eight (8) persons on stage at any given time. Groups may have more than eight (8) members, but only eight (8) of them will be allowed on stage at any given time. Please plan accordingly. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis at the discretion of the Genericon staff. Please see a staff member at Cosplay Info or contact the Cosplay Coordinator(s) for more details.

II) Special Effects: Special effects (e.g. strobe lights, smoke, fog machines, etc) will not be allowed. No exceptions.

III) Stunts/Acrobatics: All stage stunts/acrobatics, including, but not limited to, flips, martial arts, “fake fighting”, gymnastics, wrestling, “falling” techniques, MUST be pre-approved by the Cosplay Coordinator(s). Failure to notify and seek approval before performing is grounds for disqualification and further action if necessary. As a condition of participation, you are required to submit your script for a review of any planned stage stunts or acrobatics. Please contact the Cosplay Coordinator(s) with any questions or concerns.

IV) Maturity Rating: All performance dialogue and audio must be rated PG-13 or lower. Excessive profanity, violence, nudity, or any other acts which do not meet this standard are strictly prohibited. Violation of this rule WILL result in disqualification, removal from the convention, and further action as necessary. As a condition of participation, you are required to submit your script for a review of content. Please contact the Cosplay Coordinator(s) with any questions or concerns.

V) Submission of Scripts: Participating performance groups must submit their scripts for a review of planned stunts/acrobatics and for a review of content.

A) Scripts must be submitted in Microsoft Word or PDF format and must include the name or alias of all participating group members.

B) You must submit an initial draft of your script including all dialogue (recorded or otherwise), song lyrics (recorded or otherwise), and any planned stunts or acrobatics with your entry form.

C) A final copy of your script must be submitted to the Cosplay Coordinator(s) no later than 11:59 pm the Friday two (2) weeks before the convention. The exact submission deadline will be announced by the Cosplay Coordinator(s) in an email.

D) Failure to submit a final copy will mean you intend for your initial draft to be used as the final copy, and thus any large deviations from the initial draft will be grounds for disqualification. Please plan accordingly.

VI) Microphones/Technical Equipment: Up to four (4) microphones will be available on stage for use during the performances. You may use your own microphones or technical equipment only in limited circumstances:

A) You must notify the Cosplay Coordinator(s) for approval. Your equipment will not be allowed if you do not have this approval.

B) You must be present in DCC 308 at least forty-five (45) minutes before the Masquerade in order to use your equipment. Please plan accordingly.

C) Your personal technical equipment must be compatible with the current systems in place, as determined by the Genericon Tech Crew. Genericon, its Tech Crew, and its other affiliates are NOT responsible for any lost, stolen, and/or damaged equipment.

VII) Audio and Sound Tracks: Any recorded audio, dialogue, music, intro/exit songs, etc required for your performance MUST be submitted to the Cosplay Coordinator(s) no later than 11:59 pm the Friday two (2) weeks before the convention. The exact submission deadline will be announced by the Cosplay Coordinator(s) in an email.

A) Audio submissions received after this deadline will be ignored and you will NOT have any recorded audio for your performance. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please plan accordingly.

B) During your performance, once the recorded audio starts playing, it CANNOT be stopped. Therefore, all necessary breaks, pauses, or other background effects should be included in the recording.

VIII) Time Limit: The time limit for each Performance group during Cosplay Performance is not to exceed seven (7) minutes (420 seconds). The recommended time for a performance is between three (3) and five (5) minutes.

A) No time extensions will be allowed. NO EXCEPTIONS.

B) If you exceed the time limit, you WILL be cut off.

C) Performances will have a one (1) minute (60 second) grace period for setup and cleanup, if necessary. Please plan accordingly.

IX) Number of Performances: A maximum of twenty (20) Performances will be accepted on a “first come, first serve” basis. Performance groups MUST pre-register before the convention. Please plan accordingly.

X) Judging Process: The judging process will be as follows.

A) A panel of three judges who have extensive experience in Cosplay shall be chosen by the Cosplay Coordinator(s). The Cosplay Contest Coordinator, should one exist, will be one of the three judges.

B) You will be called to perform on stage and the judges will watch and enter their score on the official judging forms.

C) The judges will remain unbiased when judging performances. If, for any reason, a judge feels unable judge the performance in a fair and unbiased manner (e.g. because of a current or former relationship, or they helped to choreograph the performance, etc.), they are expected to voluntarily abstain from the judging process for that performance.

  1. If a judge abstains from the judging process for this reason, they may not comment or ask questions or in any other meaningful way participate in the judging of that performance.
  2. In this case, the average score for each category of the remaining judges will be entered in place of the abstaining judge’s score.

D) Each judge’s score shall be independent of the opinions of the other judges. In other words, each judge will make their own determination on the score the performance deserves without interference or input from the other judges.

XI) Judging Criteria: The criteria for the Performance Contest is as follows.

A) Judging will be divided into three categories: Creativity/Originality, Synchronization, and Immersion. They are defined as follows:

1) Creativity/Originality refers to the imagination and original ideas used in your performance. This primarily looks at how cliches/tropes are incorporated in your performance and how original your interpretation of the idea is. Bonus points may be awarded for exceptional originality or thinking outside the box.

2) Synchronization refers to how together your group is and how group members interact and “bounce” off of each other. For instance, in dance routines, choreography would be a big part of this category. Rhythm would be important for music or song based performances. For individuals, the overall cohesion in your performance from beginning to end will be judged for this category (i.e. how connected was the performance and did it logically follow through with the major themes that were presented?). Bonus points may be awarded for exceptional cohesion and/or teamwork.

3) Immersion refers to how well you are able to pull the judges and the audience into the performance. This category primarily looks at judge and audience reaction with regard to laughs, clapping, cheers, etc as well as how immersed the judges are in your performance. Bonus points may be awarded for attracting exceptional excitement and interest on the part of the audience and/or judges.

B) Points for Performance: Each Judge may independently award up to ten (10) points for each of the categories for a total of thirty (30) points.

1) The total overall score will be the total summation of each judge’s scores for the categories for a total of ninety (90) points.

2) After all Performance entries have been judged, the judges will review all entries and by unanimous consensus, may then award up to ten (10) bonus points to exceptional performances for a maximum total overall score of one hundred (100) points. 

i) All judges must agree to award bonus points or no bonus points will be awarded.

ii) All judges must agree to the amount of bonus points to award, not to exceed ten (10) points, or no bonus points will be awarded.

iii) If a judge abstained from judging a performance, the remaining judges will determine how many bonus points, if any, to award.

C) These points/scores will be recorded and compiled along with any notes and critiques the judges have for you. If you wish to receive your compiled overall score and any comments, please see a Staff member at Cosplay Info before the end of the Convention on Sunday. We cannot guarantee the return of these scores and comments after the convention has ended. Please plan accordingly. 

XII) Selection of Performance Winners: Depending on the number of entrants in each Division, there will be six (6) prizes for the Performance Contest: Best in Division (Youth, Novice, Journeyman, Master), Best in Show, and Judge’s Choice.  The number of prizes available may change depending on the number of contestants in each division. Winners for these prizes shall be selected as follows.

A) The entry with the highest overall score within each Division shall win first place in that Division. If there is a tie, the judges shall discuss and make a determination. This decision is FINAL.

B) The “Best in Show” winner shall be selected from among the the top three (3) highest-scoring entries in each division. The judges shall discuss and make a determination. This decision is FINAL.

C) The judges, by majority vote, will choose their favorite entry for the “Judge’s Choice” prize.

D) Prizes MUST be claimed in person at the Awards Ceremony following the Cosplay Masquerade.

E) A single contestant may not win more than one (1) prize for the Cosplay Performance Contest. The judges will discuss any ambiguous situations and make a determination. That decision is FINAL.

F) Runner-ups may be chosen and announced, but are not guaranteed prizes.


General Cosplay Contest Tips and Tricks

1) The early bird gets the worm: Be early to everything, including sign-up, registration, check-in, judging times, and ESPECIALLY the call for the Masquerade. Things happen, and being early will ensure everything will go more smoothly for you. This means eating, drinking, using bathrooms, etc, well before going on stage or your judging to minimize delays. You must participate in the Masquerade and be present at the Awards Ceremony to be eligible to receive a prize. Please plan accordingly.

2) Bring repair supplies with you: Genericon will have a cosplay repair room, however given the nature of conventions and the elaborate costumes present Genericon cannot guarantee that specific tools or materials will be available. Therefore, it is recommended that you bring repair supplies that apply specifically to your costume in case of emergencies. Further, knowing cosplay, emergencies that occur right before your performance or judging slot may not be fixed promptly without those supplies. Please plan accordingly.

3) Have a friend watch your personal belongings: If you have any personal belongings (purchases, backpack, purse, etc) that you do not wish to bring on stage with you, we recommend having a friend watch it. You may leave it backstage, however, it is not guaranteed that staff or volunteers will be able to watch it. Genericon’s staff, volunteers, and other affiliates are NOT responsible for any belongings that are lost, stolen, damaged, broken, or otherwise misplaced. Please plan accordingly.

4) Ask us stuff: If you have any questions or concerns, or are otherwise confused, please don’t hesitate to ask a staff member/volunteer at the Cosplay Info table or to contact the Cosplay Coordinator(s).

5) Practice: Well polished and well practiced routines will be much better received than something cobbled together five minutes before going on stage. As they say, practice makes perfect so perfect your practice.

6) FUN: Cosplay is an amazing experience so remember to have fun and smile while you are on stage or in the judging room. Best of luck, and break a leg!