Costume Contest

Costume Contest

photo/Truong Lam

Each Grand Rapids Comic-Con show will have a costume contest to reward the best costumes on the Saturday and Sunday of the event.

There Is No Pre-Judging This Year

This is why the judges are there on stage. A good judge 99% of the time should be able to tell a lot about the costume and its construction within 45 seconds of seeing it and quickly chatting or asking a question. Pre-judging is not necessary on costume  contests that are meant to be fun first and competitive second, which is the goal of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con.

There Are No Entry Requirements This Year

Everyone regardless if it was homemade or if they bought it at Walmart should have the opportunity to walk across that stage and show off their costume. Cosplay isn’t all about crafting. It’s not just about sewing or armor making. It’s about you as that character! How you wear that costume. Your presentation while in that costume.  We all have different strengths and everyone should be able to have the chance to display them equally.

Sign Up

Interested participants in all three costume contests will need to sign up at our registration booth which will be in the main lobby of the DeVos Place. All cosplayers must register for the contest they wish to enter, no last minute entries. Hours for signing up for the costume contests are the following:

  • Friday, November 9 from 3 pm to 7 pm (all contests)
  • Saturday, November 10 from 8 am until 2 pm (all contests)
  • Sunday, November 11 from 8 am until 1 pm (Kids and “RWBY”)

You will need to fill out a short form upon registering and will receive a lanyard with a  number that you will need at the costume contest.

Contests

Saturday, November 10: Adult Costume Contest

All participants 13 and over are welcome to enter our main costume contest, which will be held on Saturday on the main stage toward the end of the day. Any costume of any genre that fits the rules of the show are welcome to enter!

How To Enter

  • photo/Truong Lam

    Sign up at designated table in main lobby the day of the event starting at 3 pm until 7 pm on Friday and 8 am until filled on Saturday. Only 150 individual and 50 group participants will be taken for this contest so sign up early!

  • When signing up you will be asked for your real name, the character you are cosplaying, and the series in which the character is represented.
  • Sign up closes one hour before contest starts or when all slots are filled, whichever happens first.
  • Contestants may sign up as groups as well. Each group counts as one participant in the group competition. Groups need to be centered around a specific theme (Marvel, DC, Star Wars, etc.).

The categories for the contest for Saturday, November 10 will be the following:

  • Best In Show
  • Best Male
  • Best Female
  • Best Craftmanship
  • Best Group (2 or more people)
  • 3 Judges Choice/Honorable Mentions

Prizes For The Winners

  • Best In Show: Trophy plus 2 Weekend Passes to next year plus $200
  • Best Male: Trophy plus 2 Weekend Passes to next year plus $100
  • Best Female: Trophy plus 2 Weekend Passes to next year plus $100
  • Best Craftmanship: Trophy plus 2 Weekend Passes to next year plus $100
  • Best Group: Trophy plus 2 Weekend Passes to next year plus $200
  • Judges Choice: Certificate plus 2 Weekend Passes to next year

All second and third place winners in each category will receive a small trophy.

Sunday, November 11: Kids Costume Contest

photo/William Christopher Burgess

All kids under 13 are welcome to join in the fun with our annual kids costume contest on the main stage on Sunday towards the end of the day! Any costume from any genre that fits the rules of the show are welcome to enter. A great chance for the kids to show off their costumes and have some fun!

How To Participate

  • Sign up at designated table in main lobby the day of the event starting at 8 am. Only 100 individual entries will be taken for this contest so sign up early!
  • When signing up you will be asked for your real name, the character you are cosplaying, and the series in which the character is represented.
  • Sign up closes one hour before contest starts or when all slots are filled, whichever happens first.

Winner Categories

One kid will be picked as Best In Show and three Judges Choice/Honorable mentions

Prizes

  • All kids will be able to pick a toy from the prize table and receive a participation button.
  • Best In Show: Trophy
  • Judges Choice: Certificate

Sunday, November 11: Adult Themed Costume Contest: “RWBY”

photo/Truong Lam

All participants 13 and over are welcome to enter our annual themed costume contest. This year we will celebrate the anime smash hit “RWBY”, so any costumes themed around that specific show are welcome to participate. Costumes for this one are to be judged based on the accuracy to that specific show. So drag out your inner teen monster slayer and get those costumes ready for some anime fun!

How To Enter

  • Sign up at designated table in main lobby the day of the event starting at 8 am. Only 100 individual entries will be taken for this contest so sign up early!
  • When signing up you will be asked for your real name, the character you are cosplaying, and the series in which the character is represented.
  • Sign up closes one hour before contest starts or when all slots are filled, whichever happens first.

Winner Categories

  • Best in show

Prizes

  • Best in show: Trophy plus 2 Weekend Passes to next year plus $200

Rules For Best Costume from “RWBY”

  • Costume must be or inspired from the television show “RWBY” or “RWBY Chibi” which is currently streaming from Rooster Teeth.
  • Costume must be a faithful adaptation of the charter being cosplayed from “RWBY” or “RWBY Chibi”. No mash-ups, steampunk/homestuck/alternate history interpretations, etc.  are allowed in the contest.
  • Your character must be a proper representation specific to the streaming show “RWBY”. You may not portray different interpretations of the character; for example, you can’t do a Harley Quinn version of Ruby Rose, etc.
  • You may NOT enter the other adult contest with the same costume.
  • Costume may be homemade or bought
  • Judges may ask you about the costume while on stage.
  • Any skit must be 30 Seconds or less
  • Must have FUN!!!

Costume Contest Rules

photo/Jacky Petters

  1. All contest participants must have a Grand Rapids Comic-Con badge good for Saturday, November 10, the day of the Adult Costume Contest.  All Children’s Costume Show participants must have a Grand Rapids Comic-Con badge good for Sunday, November 11. All participants in the Best Costume from “RWBY” contest must have a valid badge for Sunday, November 11. This can include specialty and complimentary badges such as dealers, panelists, volunteer, press, and special guests.

2. Staff members of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con are not eligible for the costume contest. Invited costume group (501st, GBMI, USS Sinclair, etc.) members can enter the costume contest if they enter a costume that is not associated with the speciality of their club (for example, a member of the 501st can enter the costume contest on the condition that their entered costume has no association with Star Wars, etc.).

  1. photo/Jacky Petters

    Costume contest will be judged according to the categories posted for their own day.

4. Each person attending the show will be allowed to enter one (1) costume into one (1) category of the contest. If you enter a costume into the group contest, you cannot enter that same costume in other categories.

5. You may not enter a costume that you have entered at a previous year’s Grand Rapids Comic Con.

6. Adult costume contest will be for participants 13 years of age and older. Members that enter group contest may be any age.

7. All costumes must abide by the rules of the convention’s dress and weapons policy. You may find those policies here.

photo/William Christopher Burgess

photo/William Christopher Burgess

8. No glitter, confetti, pyrotechnics, live flames, fireworks, projectiles, or smoke generators of any kind are permitted.

9. Any props brought onstage must leave the stage with you within your allotted time or you will be disqualified.

10. You may use a model for the costume, but the person who created the costume must be present for the judging and costume contest. Group entries may be made by either a single member of the group or multiple members of the group.

11. No electrical connections will be provided. If your costume requires power it must be self-contained within the costume.

photo/Jacky Petters

12. Costumes are judged based on craftsmanship, detail work, accuracy, and overall presentation of the costume.

  1.  We have the right to reject an entry based on inappropriate, unsafe, or illegal behavior and/or violations of the family friendly nature of the convention.

14. All judges’ decisions are final.

15. Certain circumstances may require the rules to be changed.