We are going to keep it real simple. Are you cosplaying? Yes? Then welcome to the Cosplay Contest!!! Show up in your cosplay and be as enthusiastic and as in character as possible to win! There will not be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner in these categories. There will be a WINNER and HONORABLE MENTION. There will be lines made for the specific categories at the beginning of the contest.
I know it’s hard to believe , but it’s really that simple.
These are the CATEGORIES
- Best Female Hero
- Best Male Hero
- Best Female Villain
- Best Male Villain
- Best Group (2 or more people)
- Best In Show
Your cosplay can be store bought or 100% handmade. As long as you have the “spirit” of the character then that gets counted as a plus. Just make sure NOT to do a whole monologue. KEEP IT SHORT! There are other cosplayers waiting to present their costumes (unless it’s asked by the crowd).
Hint: Bring source material like print outs of what the character looks like so that it makes it easier to compare to your costume.
The Cosplay Contest starts at 6:30pm on August 26th and will be Hosted by Eric “The Smoke” Moran, who is well known in the independent wrestling world for over a decade. He’s also an actor, producer, an official DC Comics comics book character and a well known cosplayer, including the Cosplay Contest host on the television series “Heroes of Cosplay”.
THE HOST OF THE CONTEST:
THE THREE (3) MAIN COSPLAY JUDGES:
So what’s this I hear about Cartoon Network?
Every year J1-Con shoots a commercial where we feature the awesome cosplay winners from the previous COSPLAY CONTEST. There will be a 30 second commercial airing on Cartoon Network and a version of the commercial that goes on YouTube.
Sounds like a GREAT prize, right? As a cosplayer, who wouldn’t want to be on TV?
Here is the commercial for J1-Con: Anime Convention 2016
Here is the commercial for J1-Con: Anime Convention 2015
Here is the commercial for J1-Con: Anime Convention 2014
Your cosplay can be store bought or 100% handmade. As long as you have the “spirit” of the character then that gets counted as a plus. Just make sure NOT to do a whole LONG monologue. KEEP IT SHORT! Remember there may be 10 or there may be 100 in the contest. It’s only going to be 90 minutes long, so be considerate and think about the fact that you wouldn’t want someone taking up too much of the time (unless it’s asked by the crowd).
In other words NO SKITS. You will get up on stage, they will ask you questions then present who you are. That’s where you show your character spirit! The judges may ask you questions, then they will move on to the next one.
This time around we won’t be able to add musical numbers to each presenter. If this year’s contest goes smoothly then expanding it to have your own custom music will be doable.
Quality and personality are the things the judges are going to be looking for. You know how many quality Cosplayers there are that don’t even know the character they are dressed as? Then you have to show love to the people who may not know how to sew or build that well but know everything about the character they are portraying. Cosplay is about the art and the heart. Have both. They want to feel that you ARE the character and not just a dressed up figurine.
Hint: Bring source material such as print outs of what the character looks like so that it makes it easier to compare to your costume.
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