The information on this page is from the 2016 convention. It will be updated later for the 2017 event. Be sure to check back for accurate information.
Finished your best costume? Perfected a hilarious skit? Show off your best work in the Masquerade!
All participants are required to attend the stage orientation session at 2:00 PM on Saturday and the Masquerade show at 7:00 PM.
Sign up for the contest in the upper lobby outside the Dealers Room. Sign-ups will close at 1:00 PM on Saturday or whenever the contest is full. To access the stage, cosplayers will need to pass through a small hallway and climb a few stairs, so please plan your costume accordingly. All costumes must adhere to the general cosplay rules of the convention. Any props or materials brought onstage during your performance MUST be brought offstage with you. Nothing can be left onstage. No glitter, confetti, liquids or other material that might make a mess may be used onstage.
There can be NO LIVE STEEL or real weapons on stage! Any prop guns must be obviously props (i.e. marked with an orange tip), cannot be pointed at the audience at any time, and fingers must remain off the trigger at all times. If desired you may ask Cosplay staff to remove any Safety markers (i.e. zip ties) from your props before you go on stage, but you are responsible for getting the markers replaced by staff before you re-enter the public areas of the convention. Any stage combat must be safe for all participants and convention property. All stage combat must be reviewed by con staff prior to competition.
There is no live microphone use or live speaking on stage. If you are a skit and would like audio played during your performance, bring your audio burned to a CD on Friday. Make sure the CD contains only the sound you want used - we cannot edit your audio or start it at specific times! CDs may or may not be returned, so do not submit originals or valuable materials.
The Masquerade is an all-ages event. All content must be appropriate for a PG-13 rating - no profanity or sexual content, no inflammatory or offensive material. If you are questioning whether or not your material fits within these guidelines please contact a member of cosplay staff. Other staff members may not know the correct answer. All questions regarding exceptions must be made before the end of orientation on Saturday afternoon. This orientation is mandatory.
There are three categories in the cosplay competition: Craftsmanship (costume quality), Performance (skits), and Exhibition (display only). Cosplayers can enter both Craftsmanship and Performance.
This category is for cosplayers who make their own costumes. Cosplayers can enter individually or as a group, with the awards given to the people who made the costumes. Craftsmanship entries will sign up for a Saturday pre-judging time to have their costumes examined, and then will participate in the Masquerade as walk-on or performance entries. All Craftsmanship contestants MUST bring printed reference material showing the character design their costumes are based on.
This category is for individuals or groups who wish to perform a skit on stage. Skit performers must have pre-recorded audio and skit content may not exceed a PG-13 rating. If you or any member of your group violates this policy, your audio will be cut and your group will immediately be disqualified from the competition. All skits must occur entirely on stage. Skits are limited to two minutes and thirty seconds. Please plan carefully!
The Exhibition category is for cosplayers who want to show their costumes or a skit to the audience without competing for any awards. Skits must still have pre-recorded audio and must follow the PG-13 guidelines.
Questions? Email the Cosplay department!