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16 Aug 2013 - 12:33106101
New cosplayer, looking for advice on hosting competitions!
Hello all!

I am hosting a cosplay competition at a local comic convention in a few weeks, and my Medusa (Inhumans) costume is coming along slowly but nicely!

This is my first time doing proper cosplay (as opposed to just dressing like a pirate or whatever), and my first time hosting a competition too, so any advice on how to attract cosplayers, or how to run it would be really welcome!

You can find out more about the comic convention here! http://nicecon.co.uk/

Thanks! <3


16 Aug 2013 - 22:00106111
Wow. That's quite an undertaking! My advice would be to collar Granny Gertrude at an event, and buy him a beer XD

Things to consider:

Who can enter? Think about minimum age, and whether "professionals" are preferred or discouraged.

What costumes are allowed? Are bought costumes OK, or do they have to be 100% handmade.

Who is judging? Panel of cosplayers, con guests, audience vote, etc?

Judging criteria? Accuracy? Quality of construction? Performing ability?

Running time? How many entrants maximum, and how long do they get each?

There's a lot involved that you don't think of initially. Also, if you hold it - they will come


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26 Aug 2013 - 15:12106542
I've worked backstage at a few cosplay competitions including World Cosplay Summit and Euro Cosplay Gathering. I was on the committee that helped iron out all the rules and such. If you need a hand PM me.


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11 Sep 2013 - 07:37107071
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11 Sep 2013 - 08:00107072
I'd say consider the question above carefully about whether a costume is hand-made. This is a more complicated question that some think!

For example, I consider my Commander Shepard cosplay hand-made. However, the rifle is a NERF gun I modified, and the boots are wellies which I bought, then repainted and modified. Plus the two "N7" embroidered patches were purchased online. My bodysuit is also a motorcycle undersuit.

However, I made the vast majority of it myself - all of the armour panels, sorting out the lights in the back etc.

Some contests ask for costumes that are "80%" made by the wearer. This is because even if the cosplay was tailored by the wearer, they didn't exactly weave the cotton and spin the thread they used to sew it together! The judges then decide if a cosplay qualifies on a case-by-case basis.

It's up to you how you want to run your contest, of course. You may not have a requirement like this at all, and just take stock of how the wearer looks in the costume, irrespective of if they made it themselves of if they bought it off eBay. It depends on what the competition is about.


11 Sep 2013 - 08:34107074
Quote Nyushin:
I'd say consider the question above carefully about whether a costume is hand-made. This is a more complicated question that some think!

Some contests ask for costumes that are "80%" made by the wearer. This is because even if the cosplay was tailored by the wearer, they didn't exactly weave the cotton and spin the thread they used to sew it together!


Good point! Some contests make exceptions for shoes and spectacles, as those require some very specific skills to make.


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