Please note that we have updated the weapons policy
We will be taking Hall Cosplay Signups at con and Masq Signups before and at the con.
Hall cosplay prizes, props rules and judging categories are the same as the masq prop rules and judging categories.
Deadline for Masquerade Application: September 13, 2008
Number of Masquerade Slots/Signups Accepted:10, up to 5 before the con and the rest at con
Cosplay Winners will receive:
certificate, pic on our website, and prize including either pick from raffle table or gift certificates!
Rules and Application Form Below!
In order for your entry to be accepted, you must download, fill out and email to us the Word document application form that is linked below the rules here
Event Description: The Cosplay Event (or masquerade) consists of a rehearsed performance. Please come in knowing already what you are going to do and not making it up on the fly as there MAY be a REQUIRED walk-through rehearsal skit participants at some point during the day. Skits, musical performances (but not karaoke, please), and dances are the norm at this kind of event. Entrants in the Cosplay Event who wish to also participate in the Hall Competition are required to have a pre-judging for craftsmanship (rules below, please read them!) otherwise they will be ineligible for any ?best of? awards and may only win presentation awards. Please indicate if you plan on having your craftsmanship judged on the Cosplay Event registration form.
Event Judging Categories:
The Cosplay Event will have three levels of judging as explained below. Please determine your (or your group?s) level to the best of your ability based on the descriptions and indicate your skill level on the entry form (if the judges think you are too good for your current level, we will bump you up a level OR if you wish to compete at a higher level than you actually are, you may bump yourself up a level). The skill levels for judging are as follows:
NOVICE ? This is our category for beginners. If you are new to cosplaying and have never been on stage for a Cosplay Event before, this is the category for you. Cosplayers who have never won any awards at any previous cons for any performances are considered NOVICE cosplayers and will be judged as such.
JOURNEYMAN ? This is for somewhat experienced cosplayers. If you have performed in a Cosplay Event, been judged, and won an award, this is the category for you. Cosplayers who have won up to THREE major awards (?major awards? consist of ?best of? awards, be they best of show, best of category, best of day, etc.) are considered JOURNEYMAN cosplayers and will be judged as such.
CRAFSTMAN ? This is for accomplished cosplayers. If you are an experienced and clean craftsman and have participated in several Cosplay Events and won several awards, this is the category for you. Cosplayers who have won FOUR OR MORE major awards (?major awards? consist of ?best of? awards, be they best of show, best of category, best of day, etc.) are considered CRAFTSMAN cosplayers and will be judged as such.
More Info About the Skits, Skit Time Allotments, Stage Size, Times, etc
?If you are having craftsmanship judging done for your group you MUST bring reference materials. We cannot judge the accuracy of your costumes without them.
?Skits consisting of one person are discouraged ? we encourage you to enter the Hall Contest instead and participate in the walk-ons after the skits. If you have a solo act you really want to put on, you have a maximum of 2 MINUTES of stage time. If you over your allotted time, you will be disqualified. Also, please take into consideration that the stage provided will be 12x24 and staged falls as well as smoke, glitter, and other special effects that will leave a mess or items behind that do not leave the stage with you are prohibited.
?Skits of 2 or more people (with a maximum of 8 participants) have 4 MINUTES of stage time. If you go over your allotted time, you will be disqualified.
?If your skit has music that accompanies it, please burn that song/sound file onto a CD and give it to the judges at Check-In (.mp3 files only!). Please write your name or the name of your group?s leader (and your entry number if you know it) on the CD so we can make sure it?s cued up for your performance.
?No real weapons. NO GUNS This includes use of real OR toy guns of any kind, air/airsoft guns, flare guns, etc.
? NO LIVE STEEL including swords, daggers, katana etc. We define "live steel" as : any objects made of metal that are capable of taking an edge, whether or not the object is actually sharp or not, or whether a sword/object is sheathed or not.
?Weapons purchased in the Dealers room must remain boxed and immediately removed
to your car, room or other private quarters.
? Types of fake weapons that are allowed: Wooden swords including boken, bo sticks, shinai are allowed. Anything made of paper mache or other material that is not dangerous to others (e.g. has no sharp edges, or parts sticking out that might trip people as they walk by) are allowed.Please use common sense. If you were to take public transport and wouldn't bring your weapon on with you in plain sight then you shouldn't have it.
?ALL weapons and large props (anything over 3ft in any direction) must be bonded(in other words, inspected by a member of Zenkaikon staff assigned to bond weapons, then tied with a little piece of colored string/tape) at the sign in table. If you don't have your weapon or prop with you at sign in then just find a member of staff when you bring it in and they will either bond it or get someone who can
?Maximum Prop size: 5 feet
?Misuse of your prop such as swinging it or endangering others with it will result
in us asking you to remove the prop from the convention center
?All props and weapons brought into the convention may be inspected and approved or rejected by Zenkaikon staff,including those that may have prior approval (here or elsewhere).
All questionable weapons or props will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
All decisions made by Zenkaikon Security Staff, or Scanticon Valley Forge Hotel and Conference Center Staff are final.
If, after reading the rules, you are uncertain about what level you belong to or
if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com
Masq/Cosplay At Con Check In:
There will be a Cosplay Event/Hall Cosplay Check-In Table at Zenkaikon. When you arrive at the convention there will be a sign at the convention registration desk saying what time in the afternoon and where cosplay sign-ups and masquerade check-in and sign ups will take place. Please make sure that you arrive promptly as no one who arrives after sign-ups are over will be allowed to enter.
If, after reading the rules, you are uncertain about what level you belong to or if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
MASQUERADE APPLICATION FORM:
Click here to download the Form. Its a Word Document. Please send it to us at email@example.com no later than September 13, 2008.
CLICK HERE FOR THE MASQ REG FORM