Veteran Comic Con

How to Enter

To apply for entry into Veteran Comic Con's Virtual Cosplay Competition, please fill out the entry form linked below by 11:59 PM PST September 15, 2021. You will be notified via e-mail if your application was accepted within 5 working days.

CLICK HERE for the entry form

FAQ

What are the rules?
All participants in the Veteran Comic Con Virtual Cosplay Competition must adhere to the official rules found here.

How much of the cosplay has to be made by me?
At least 60% of your cosplay should be your own work, this allows for supporting items like basic suits for under armor or smaller items like shoes and basic wigs. Heavy alterations to pre-made garments and items are allowed (beyond simple weathering), but you must be able to explain in detail the processes of how you crafted and altered each aspect of your cosplay.

I have a combination of techniques in my costume, which category do I choose?
 Don't worry about getting it wrong, this is just a guide to help us organize entries and is not binding. All entries will be assessed using the same criteria.

I am not from the US. Can I still join?
Yes you can, but prizes may be provided from a US supplier.

I want to cosplay an original character, is this allowed?
Your cosplay must represent an existing and recognizable character or element from within pop culture. This includes comic books, movies & television, video games, anime & manga, fantasy, etc. and a reference image will be requested during registration. Exceptions can always be made, contact us and ask before entering.

Do I need video shots of my cosplay or can it just be photos?
For registration, you will need to supply back and front photos of your costume, and a verification image. If you have been selected to compete, we will then ask for video of your costume for pre-judging and the showcase. Details and deadlines to complete this will be communicated to you via email.

Will there be prejudging?
Yes, if selected for the competition we will ask you to send a video presentation about your cosplay for the judges and they will look at this, and all the other information you send, before the event.

What is the judging criteria?
The Judges will be looking at accuracy to your reference or your design interpretation (for original designs based on existing pop culture characters), the ambition of the whole cosplay, the quality of construction, the application of materials and quality of movement. The judges can also reward costumes that go the extra mile with additional features or resourcefulness.

Can children enter?
All contestants must be at least 16 years old.

The Rules

Participants in the Virtual Cosplay Competition must adhere to the following:

  • All entrants must be 16 or older to compete in Veteran Comic Con's Virtual Cosplay Competition.
  • Costumes must represent an existing or recognizable character or element from the pop culture realm, including comic books, movies & television, video games, musicals, literature, anime & manga or fantasy.
  • All costumes must be made by the wearer. A portion of the costume (such as leotard or similar base layers, tights and shoes) may be from purchased, finished goods, but the majority of the visible costume elements should have been constructed by the entrant: at least 60% should be their own work. Any customization, for example transforming wigs, should be the work of the entrant in order to be judged. If contestants have made heavy alterations to a store-bought garment and wish to enter it into the Competition, they must be able to explain how they have altered it and the processes that such an endeavor entailed.
  • Pre-fabricated, store-bought costumes, commissioned costumes or unaltered, store-bought assemblies of clothing to represent a character or “costume” cannot be used in the  Virtual Cosplay Competition.
  • Costumes that have entered qualifiers for other competitions but not been selected as finalists may enter. The costume cannot have been a winning costume and been awarded a prize at any event, competition or masquerade. Costumes that have been used for the final of an international cosplay competition are not eligible even if they were not awarded a prize
  • Entrants must not register multiple times with multiple costumes. A contestant can only enter once and only wear one costume.
  • Group costumes are not allowed.
  • Cosplayers are free to select the category which they submit to but, but we reserve the right to reclassify entries at their discretion, to ensure a balanced contest.
  • Failure to provide the requested materials by the deadline of 11:59 PM PST September 15, 2021, will result in the entrant’s disqualification.
  • No nudity. All costumes should provide enough coverage to be worn in public and should be in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly show.
  • Costumes cannot be obscene or offensive or endorse any form of hate or hate group.
  • Release: By accepting a prize, each winner agrees to release and hold harmless Veteran Comic Con and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (if any), and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents, from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize
  • Veteran Comic Con reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Competition, or any part of it, if any fraud or technical failures or any other factor beyond reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Competition, as determined by Veteran Comic Con in its sole discretion. Veteran Comic Con reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the contest or to be acting in violation of the Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Veteran Comic Con reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Veteran Comic Con’s failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.
  • Limitation of Liability: Veteran Comic Con is not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, typographical errors, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the contest or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from an entrant’s participation in the contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (provided always that Veteran Comic Con or its employees or contractors are not negligent in any way in relation to such injury or damage). If, for any reason, an entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, that entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the contest, if feasible. If the contest, or any part of it, is discontinued for any reason, Veteran Comic Con, in its sole discretion, may elect to hold a random draw from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for the prize(s) offered herein.
  • Employees, staff, crew or guests of Veteran Comic Con or any paid group or paid associated company and paid persons connected with the Competition, e.g. prize sponsors or judges and their agents are not eligible to enter the Competition
  • In the event of any dispute arising, these Rules are to be interpreted in accordance with the laws of the United States.


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Veteran Comic Con is a 501(c)3 non Profit Organization Tax ID 83-4231867

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TIME & LOCATION

September 2021

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