Cosplay Contest

Cosplay rules

Cosplay of all Fandoms are welcome at iMagicon and is encouraged throughout the event! These following rules apply to cosplay contest participants and general cosplay attendees. A few rules of cosplay:

• COSPLAY DOES NOT MEAN CONSENT. Period.

• No nudity. No clothes is no clothes.

• Shoes are required at all times. Even if a cosplay character goes barefoot, the cosplayer must wear shoes.

•All costumes worn within the convention center must fit through a standard doorway (36 inches). Any attendee wearing a bulky costume, or one with poor visibility, should have a handler available to escort him/her. For cosplay contest: costumes that have low visibility or are a bit bulky may have a handler help them in individual and group competition. Note: no assembly of costume is allowed on stage during the cosplay contest. This will be automatic disqualification. 

• All prop weapons must conform to iMagicon policy, which is as follows: All weapons must be inspected by a member of our security staff and tagged prior to entry. If you have a weapon that does not pass inspection, you will not be allowed in the show. No real weaponry (live firearms, sharp blades, etc) are allowed at iMagicon. All weapons must be non-working and peace bounded. No functioning projectile weapons – including water pistols, silly-string guns, or nerf guns. Bladed weapons must be affixed in their sheaths so that they cannot be removed. No clowning around in the commons area. Any weapon used in an offensive manner will be confiscated. Anyone who violates this rule may be asked to leave the convention area with no refund given. Please use good judgement.

•No costume may be realistic depictions of American Law Enforcement or current American Military uniforms, or have the words POLICE, POLICIA, SWAT, FBI, DEA, CIA or any other official Government Agency name or initials on them.

• No touching of the cosplayer’s costumes. Many people spend a lot of time, effort and money into their cosplay. Be respectful.

• No throwing items of any kind including glitter, confetti, rose petals, snap firecrackers, etc

Cosplay Contests

Calling all cosplayers one and all! Young and old! It’s getting close, iMagicons’ cosplay contests! Time to put the needle to the thread and get those costumes done! This year we have the store bought and the homemade contests split into a variety of categories across all three days of the convention! We’ve got in the store-bought category: Best Junior Role Playing, Best Adult Skit. In the homemade category, we have Best Junior, Best Individual, Best Group, and the big chalupa, iMagicon’s Cosplayer of the Year! Whoever wins that title will be pictured and will be the featured cosplayer for 2020! So let’s bust out those costumes and give it all you’ve got! See you at the convention! Remember, contest entries close August 20 and then it goes to register at the door. 

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS

  • Best Adult Role Play (Award trophy & prize) – store bought or handmade cosplay allowed
  • Best Junior Role Play (Award trophy & prize) – store bought or handmade cosplay allowed
  • Best Junior Handcrafted (Award trophy & $50 valued prize from Rock 30 Games)
  • Best Individual Handcrafted (Award trophy & $50 valued prize from Rock 30 Games)
  • Best Group Handcrafted (Award trophy & $50 value prized from Rock 30 Games)
  • iMagicon Cosplayer Of The Year (Award trophy, $200 cash prize & $150 valued prize from Rock 30 Games)*

* Winners of Best Junior Handcrafted, Best Individual Handcrafted and Best Group Handcrafted advance to iMagicon Cosplayer of the Year to be named Sunday, August 23. Must be present to win.

ENTRY RULES

  • All Cosplay entries MUST have a ticket to the event in order to participate. 
  • ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST PRE-REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO PARTICIPATE. Contestants may register up to 1 hour before pre-judging. No walk-ups will be allowed after pre-judging has taken place.  
  • Registration is open now! Sign up by clicking here.  
  • All cosplayers must conform to the cosplay general rules. All fandoms are welcome to participate in contest. Gaming, film, comic books, furry, etc.
  • Cosplayers cannot compete in multiple categories in the same night.
  • All cosplayers must utilize the stage during the competition. 
  • No jumping off the stage.
  • No projectiles allowed, including glitter, confetti, rose petals, etc. 
  • Any skit performed must stay under 3 minutes on the stage. 
  • Cosplayers will stay on stage to answer judges’ questions about their costumes until dismissed. 

ADULT Role Play Cosplay Contest 

6 pm, Friday, August 21, 2020

Compete with any store-bought or handmade costume! For the competition, yes we will grade your suit, but also we want you to BE YOUR CHARACTER. Immerse yourself in it and become who you represent! Show off some moves! Throw out a 2-3 minute skit! Let’s see what you can do! 

Awards will be given as follows:
           • Best Adult Role Play (handcrafted and store-bought costumes eligible to compete)

Little Kid (10 and younger) Cosplay Contest 

1 pm, Saturday, August 22, 2020

Introduce the love of cosplay to your kids! Just bring kiddos 10 and under to the Superhero Stage around 12:40 and lineup! And be ready to cheer and vote for your favorite kiddo! No sign up necessary 🙂 Winner chosen by Applausometer

Junior Cosplay Contest 

5 pm, Saturday, August 22, 2020

Calling all Juniors 11 to 17! Show off your costume and acting skills whether it be handmade or store bought. We want to see you in your costume being the CHARACTER you represent. So come ready to show off your moves in a 1-3 minute skit that focuses on the character immersion you are representing! We are here to have fun, so let’s show them what you got! 

All participants in the cosplay contest who wish to compete in the handcrafted category must present their cosplay during pre-judging at 3:30 pm Saturday by the Superhero Stage.

Awards will be given as follows:
• Best Junior Role Play (handcrafted and store-bought costumes eligible to compete)         
• Best Junior (handcrafted costumes eligible only)*
* Best Junior (handcrafted) will advance to compete for iMagicon Cosplayer Of The Year title and $200 prize on Sunday, April 26 

NOTE: PRE-JUDGING. Prejudging will occur at 3:30 pm. Please arrive early to have your cosplay outfit inspected by the judges for craftsmanship. You do NOT need to be wearing the costume, but bring the components with for inspection. More details coming soon.

Individual Adult Handcrafted Cosplay Contest 

6 pm, Saturday, August 23, 2020

It’s time to show off all your hard work and rock it! Ages 18+. Costume must be at least 50% made by you! Please, feel free to bring pictures of your work, we know how laborious it can be and sometimes the blood, sweat and tears that go into your suits and we love seeing the creative process! For competition, get up on stage, show off that costume and BE THE CHARACTER. Throw us some moves or a 2-3 minute skit or both! Give us all you got! Let’s have some fun!

All participants in the handcrafted cosplay contest must present their cosplay during pre-judging at 4 pm Saturday by the Superhero Stage.

 Trophies and Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
           • Best Individual*
           * Best Individual will advance to compete for iMagicon Cosplayer Of The Year title and $200 prize on Sunday, April 26 

Judging will be based on: 
    Originality: The time put into creating a costume that is original
    Resemblance: How much the costume resembles the character being portrayed
    Craftsmanship: The effort put into making a costume (detail, durability, attention to original costume detail)

     NOTE: PRE-JUDGING. Prejudging will occur at 4 pm. Please arrive early to have your cosplay outfit inspected by the judges for craftsmanship. You do NOT need to be wearing the costume, but bring the components with for inspection. More details coming soon.

Group Adult Handcrafted Cosplay Contest 

4 pm, Sunday, August 23, 2020

It’s time to show off all your hard work and rock it! Costume must be at least 75% made by you! Please, feel free to bring pictures of your work, we know how laborious it can be and sometimes the blood, sweat and tears that go into your suits and we love seeing the creative process! For competition, get up on stage, show off that costume and BE THE CHARACTER. Throw us some moves or a 2-3 minute skit or both! Give us all you got! Let’s have some fun!

All participants in the handcrafted cosplay contest must present their cosplay during pre-judging at 2:30 pm Sunday by the Superhero Stage.

Awards:
           • Best Group*
           * Best Group will advance to compete for iMagicon Cosplayer Of The Year title and $200 prize held immediately after Group competition on Sunday, April 26 

Judging will be based on: 
    Originality: The time put into creating a costume that is original
    Resemblance: How much the costume resembles the character being portrayed
    Craftsmanship: The effort put into making a costume (detail, durability, attention to original costume detail)

   PRE-JUDGING. Prejudging will occur at 2:30 pm. Please arrive early to have your cosplay outfit inspected by the judges for craftsmanship. You do NOT need to be wearing the costume, but bring the components with for inspection. More details coming soon.