Cosplay Director: Carrie Fulk Vaughn
Location: Ballroom 2
- Judging: 2pm-5pm
- Showcase: 8pm
Marcon is proud to present our Costume Showcase for 2020! This is a list of what you need to know both before you arrive and after you come and join the fun!
This year we will be holding a Costume Contest. Participants will be held to the International Costumers Guild rules ensuring fair competition. Those guidelines are listed here: http://costume.org/wp/icg-guidelines-ensuring-fair-competition/
Registration for the costume competition will be located inside the Art Show. Sign ups will begin (tentatively) at 3 p.m. on Friday and continue two hours before judging is to start on Saturday. Judging will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday and end at 5 p.m. All participants who do not show for their judging slot will be removed from the competition and only be listed for the floor show.
You do not have to compete and be judged to participate in the floor show. All costumes will be welcome to do a short walk on to display their hard work and craftsmanship. This is simply titled a “walk on” and you are free to participate without costume judging. You will not be eligible for awards or prizes, simply your 30 seconds of fame.
Our competition will be divided into four divisions:
● Any competitor may enter in the Master division
● Professional costumers may not enter in the Journeyman division.
● A contestant who has competed and won in the Master division at an international competition may not enter in the Journeyman division.
● A contestant who has won “Best in Show” or “Best Journeyman” at an international competition may not enter in the Journeyman division.
● A contestant who has won more than three major awards in the Journeyman division in international competition may not enter in the Journeyman division
● Awards won at regional competitions may be counted towards placement at the discretion of the costumer and the masquerade director.
● Minor awards may be counted towards placement at the discretion of the costumer.
● Professional costumers may not enter in the Novice division.
● A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than Novice at an international competition may not enter in the Novice division.
● A contestant who has won “Best in Show” or “Best Novice” at an international competition may not enter in the Novice division.
● A contestant who has won numerous major awards in the Novice division at international competitions is encouraged to enter in the Journeyman division
● Awards won at regional competitions may be counted towards division placement at the discretion of the costumer and the masquerade director.
● Minor awards may be counted towards placement at the discretion of the costumer.
● A child wearing a costume designed and built entirely by an adult should be entered either in the adult’s appropriate skill division or entered as an exhibition (out of competition) piece.
A competitor may always choose to compete in a higher division than that in which the masquerade director has placed him or her. He or she may not choose to compete in a lower division.
For any category of competition, a judged competitor is required to bring reference photos of their costume, even for historical costumes. While our judges are knowledgeable, we may not know your time period, character reference, anime, movie or television show or original design. Please bring reference photos if you want to be judged and be in the running for awards and/or prizes.
If you are competing, you will go through a private judging session with our judges who will rate your costume and performance on a five-point scale (1=Poor, 2=Fair, 3=Good, 4=Great, 5=Excellent), for a total of 20 points from each judge. Total from all judges will be used to determine winner. The criteria that you will be judged on are:
What we look at: If your costume is handmade or store bought, we look at the stitching, material and fit. If you have compiled your costume from things found around the house, we look at how you have modified them, how you paired them and how creative you were. We also take into account, wig styling and make-up.
Tips: We favor handmade costumes over anything else. If your costume is handmade, make sure to let us know how you made it, if not, try and put more emphasis on something you styled, like your wig or make-up.
What we look at: We will be checking how faithful your costume, hair, makeup and props are to the character you’re cosplaying or the time period you are presenting from.
Tips: Print out a picture of your character or time period piece showing the full costume. Do mention any variations or specific versions you took into account. If what you’re costuming as is not an existing character, mention at least a point of reference or inspiration.
What we look at: We will try and determine how hard each person had to work to complete his costume, find a rare prop, style the appropriate wig or do his makeup.
Tips: Make sure to tell the judges how long you worked on compiling your costume and point out details that required effort to complete.
Floor Show rules:
- All competition entrants must be registered attendees of Marcon 2020.
- All costumes must conform to a PG or TV-Y7 rating. In addition, the hotels and convention center require that attendees wear shoes at all times. We will excuse the inaccuracy in your costume!
- All costumes must be completed before the mandatory cosplay competition meeting on Saturday. Minor repairs may be made at the cosplay repair station before the contest.
- Anyone with a disability may have one handler with them in the competition. We will also allow one handler if you are extremely young (12 or under) or have a very bulky/hard-to-move-in costume. All handlers must be checked in with cosplay staff or they will not be allowed backstage. If you need more than one handler, it must be cleared with the cosplay director ahead of time. Tell us this at the time of sign up.
- If you wish to enter craftsmanship judging, at least 60% of your costume must be handmade and not store-bought or commissioned. If you had a friend or family member make it for you, you can present the costume as their model. Both the creator and the model must be registered convention attendees of Marcon and the creator must be present along with the model at the time of judging.
- Store-bought or commissioned costumes without the creator present to speak with the judges are only allowed to enter the walk-on portion.
- All entrants of the walk-on will have a maximum of 60 seconds on stage. Contestants may not use stage time to make political, religious, insulting or other demonstrations not related to their entry.
- Contestants may not enter a previous winning costume or skits from any convention. If the award was minor (a judge’s award, or an award from a very small convention), we will waive this rule. Check with the cosplay staff at sign-up if you are uncertain if your cosplay qualifies.
- Current members of Marcon Staff are ineligible for awards, but are welcome to enter as exhibition-only.
- Safety first!
- No throwing objects on stage or into the audience.
- No flames or smoke effects.
- No jumping off the stage.
- No running up stairs or on stage.
- Items may not be left on stage.
- Objects that can be considered a weapon, strobe lighting or any form of materials considered dangerous according to Health and Safety regulations will not be allowed in the competition. Please have all props, special effects and weapons checked at the cosplay desk before entering each competition (replicas and toy guns must contain obvious blaze and/or a brightly colored safety tip and must not contain ammunition of any sort).
- Similarly any stage effects that could delay or inhibit another’s performance including use of liquids, thrown or scattered objects, sticky substances, glitter, powder or confetti are also prohibited. If in doubt, ask cosplay staff.
- Any groups or individual entrants who wish to do any sort of fight or dance choreography must rehearse on the stage prior to the show to ensure safety.
- Groups may have no more than five members unless approved in advance by Marcon’s cosplay director.
Cosplay competition staff reserve the right to disqualify anyone for any logical reason.
- Please DO NOT surprise the cosplay staff. Feel free to surprise the audience, but you must speak to the cosplay staff at cosplay competition registration to notify us of any unconventional plans.
- All cosplay competition participants must sign up during designated cosplay competition registration times.
- Applications must be completely filled out to enter.
- Entries with electric power requirements need to be self-contained. There will be no access to electrical outlets on stage.
- All contestants must be able to move their costume on their own. So please no 80 lb wings or giant mecha unless you can walk up stairs in it.
- Audience members are not allowed to run up to the stage area for any reason.
- Audience members should be courteous and respectful. Please do not boo or shout negative things to masquerade contestants. If you are found in violation of the anti-heckling policy, you will be removed by security.
- The cosplay director has the right to change your division to a higher division to create a fair competition. Consider this an honor.
Note: These categories are guidelines, so if you are unsure of where you would fall, or if you feel that the rules place you in a higher category than you belong, please speak with a cosplay staff member. Marcon cosplay staff reserve the right to change any entrant’s category for any logical reason.
There will be one winner chosen per skill level in each category as well as a “Best in Show.” There may also be honorable mentions depending on the participants.
If you have any questions about Marcon’s Costume Showcase, please email the head of costuming at: Marmasq@marcon.org