Costume Contest

Costume Contest

photo/Emily Rose Bennett

photo/Emily Rose Bennett

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. Why?

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. Why?

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.

Saturday, October 21: Adult Cosplay Contest

How To Enter

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photo/William Christopher Burgess

-Sign up at designated table in main lobby the day of the event

-When signing up you will be asked for your real name, the character you are cosplaying, and the serves in which the character represents.

-Sign up closes 30 minutes before contest starts.

-Contestants may sign up as Groups

The categories for the contest for Saturday, October 21 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

photo/William Christopher Burgess

photo/William Christopher Burgess

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: Framed Certificates plus 2 Weekend Passes to next year

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

Sunday, October 22: Kids Costume Parade 12 and Under

photo/William Christopher Burgess

photo/William Christopher Burgess

How To Participate

-Sign ups at designated table in the cosplay area. (Real Name/Character/Series)

-Sign up closes 30 minutes before contest starts

Winner Categories

-One kid will be picked as Best In Show.

Prizes

-All kids will be able to pick a toy from the prize table and receive a participation button.

-Best In Show: Trophy

Sunday, October 22: Best Costume from “Batman: The Animated Series” 

This year we will center our themed Sunday costume contest on the heroes, villains, and citizens of Gotham City. This year is the 25th anniversary of the release of the ground breaking television show “Batman: The Animated Series,” and we have decided to celebrate its silver anniversary with the Sunday cosplay centering on the famed show.

How To Enter

-Sign up at designated table in main lobby the day of the event

-When signing up you will be asked for your real name, the character you are cosplaying, and the serves in which the character represents.

-Sign up closes 30 minutes before contest starts.

Winner Categories

-Best in show

Prizes

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

Rules For Best Costume from “Batman: The Animated Series”

-Costume must be or inspired from rthe television show ‘Batman: The Animated Series” which aired from 1992 to 1997.

-Costume must be a faithful adaptation of the charter being cosplayed from “Batman: The Animated Series”. No mash-ups, steampunk/homestuck/alternate history interpretations, etc.  are allowed in the contest.

-Your character must be a proper representation specific to the television show “Batman: The Animated Series”. You may not portray different interpretations of the character; for example, you can do Harley Quinn but specific to that show, not Suicide Squad, Arkham Asylum, etc.

-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

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photo/William Christopher Burgess

1.All contest participants must have a Grand Rapids Comic-Con badge good for Saturday, the day of the Adult Costume Contest.  All Children’s Costume Show participants must have a Grand Rapids Comic-Con badge good for Sunday, the day of the Children’s Costume Show. All participants in the Best Costumefrom “Batman: The Animated Series” contest must have a valid badge for Sunday, October 23. 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. 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 into 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.

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.