RSVP and arrive on the event, Nov. 11th, 2023 before 3pm (winners announced at 3pm). Please fill out the entry form linked below.
What are the rules?
All participants in the Veteran Comic Con Cosplay Competition must adhere to the official rules found here.
How much of the cosplay has to be made by me?
At least 50% 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.
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 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.
How will I be judged?
Our Judges will determine whether your Cosplay Application is accepted and you are eligible to participate. We will notify you before the event takes place with further details. Once your costume makes it past the initial process and on to the "floor," it is entirely up to the judges as to who will win!
Can children enter?
All contestants must be at least 18 years old. Younger contestants must have a parent's permission and contact us at email@example.com to see if we can make an exception.
Participants in the Cosplay Competition must adhere to the following:
Entrants will not be permitted to carry any kind of functional projectile weapon. This includes individuals who possess a weapons permit or concealed weapons permit. Keep them at home.
Anyone found in possession of such a weapon will immediately asked to leave. Individuals caught in the illegal possession of a functioning projectile weapon will be reported and turned over to the proper authorities. All other items that could be used as a weapon MUST be peacebonded.
You must have your props submitted for peacebonding. Complete this action BEFORE entering convention space or you may be disqualified or asked to leave. Peacebonding will be conducted at the peacebonding table. Government issued photo ID is required at peacebonding to have your prop peacebonded. Entrants 18 and under must have their guardian or accompanying adult with them to have their prop peacebonded.
Bladed Weapons: All weapon props made out of metal and designed to represent a blade (including, but not limited to, swords, daggers, kunai, and scythes), with an edge a quarter of an inch in width or narrower and/or a sharply pointed tip) must remain sheathed. Additionally, it must be possible for peace-bonding staff to securely zip-tie the prop into its sheath so that it may not be drawn. Ribbons, cloth, or tape wrapped around the blade do not qualify as sheaths.
Weapons should never be waved around in a manner that may be construed as use of the weapon (this is considered brandishing).
Gun props or other prop projectile weapons should not be pointed at anyone at any time. Prop pistols need to remain in a holster; prop rifles need to be slung. Permanently disabled cap guns and permanently disabled water guns are permissible.
Paddles (all varieties-including “yaoi paddles”) are not allowed.
Drawing a weapon in the convention space, including parking lots, may result in immediate removal. Keep in mind, police will assume all drawn weapons are functional, and will act accordingly. If you are unsure whether your weapon is acceptable in the convention space, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and ask ahead.
Exotic weapons will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Do not bring weapons that Staff cannot tell are fake from ten feet away.
No functioning or previously functioning projectile weapons, or functional portion thereof, including, but not limited to, Air Soft, Nerf, or pellet guns will be allowed.
Bows: All props designed to represent a stringed weapon must be unstrung, regardless of the manner in which they were constructed. ‘Unstrung’ means that no length of cord, string, rope, or other flexible material may be connected from one limb of the prop to the other.