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17 Nov 2008 - 11:347661
Thrown in at the deep end...

So this is the infamous world of cosplay, the stories I've heard, the people I've met, and now the community that is probably going to haunt me for many months to come.

I come seeking knowledge, provided it doesn't offend anyone that I ask such things. But I'm curious about cosplay competitions, those you've been to, those you would like to go to, your experiences with them both large and small.

You see, I've been tasked with running one and to be honest, I'm very new to all this, as Brit its not exactly a common thing here anyways, so please help me, guide me and be oh so gentle with me.

Look forward to talking with you all

17 Nov 2008 - 11:407662
i guess first thing that judges look for are these

accuracy to the actualy character look

contruction skill - how neatly the costume has been together, like no frey materials, all neat and tidy

and performan - how in character there being, poses etc

hope that helps ^_^ ive been cosplaying for over 2 years and entering competitions that long so that should be it lol

17 Nov 2008 - 12:057663
Yep, agreed with ryaoki - the big things to look for are accuracy, craftsmanship and performance.

You haven't told us anything about the masquerade you'll be organising though, and that may make a difference to how you run it. For example - is there a lower age limit on entry to the event? If not, then you may want to think about a "best junior" category for anyone under, say, 12 years old. For a big event I'd say you could get away with having fewer, more serious categories (such as: best craftsmanship, best performance, best group, best newcomer, best in show etc), but for a smaller one then you might be better having several sillier categories.

Decide well in advance what approach you're going to take to judging and make sure your judges are thoroughly briefed. If you can, make sure that your entrants provide reference pics for their characters (even more essential if you're holding the masquerade in a general sci-fi/fantasy/cult event rather than a dedicated anime con). And if you're expecting a lot of entrants, then pre-registration is probably a very good idea so you can work out how long you'll need for the whole masquerade. And on that, establish a time limit for performances and make sure everyone's aware of it (maybe something like a minute and a half for one person, and an extra 30 seconds for each subsequent person in the group).

I'd also suggest banning yaoi skits, but that's my personal preference ^_^

Cara bell', cara mia bella, mia bambina, o ciel!

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17 Nov 2008 - 14:247667
Thanks for your comments.

We were planning to just split the contest into two, male & female, though to have a selection of smaller categories could be quite good as we want to attract as many participants as possible. We see cosplay as a growing activity and want to not only participate in this but also encourage it, which is one of the reason I'm here seeking advice.

Accuracy isn't a criteria we're concerned about, we're looking for people to work with our own IPs/Characters, so we'd like them to basically use their imagination and not just replicate costumes and characters but to create costumes and characters that could exist within our IP. There is even been some brief discussion of having the winner appear in some form in one of our mediums.

Something else that is being discussed is to hold the competition primarily on the internet, as we're an international company this would allow us to open it up to everyone. Though perhaps given the right timing we may turn up at an event or two as well.

I'm still wondering about the judging, at the moment it looks like it is going to me and one of the company directors (this was his idea), though I'd love for some kind of celebrity judge and someone who knows something about making costumes.

Beginning to think that this might be a bigger undertaking than we first thought

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