Want to show off your costume or awesome skit on stage? Why not participate in our Saturday night Masquerade? To ensure your place, register online prior to your arrival at Colossalcon. At-con registration for Craftsmanship and Exhibition will be allowed pending availability. Because it is extremely difficult to contact us via e-mail at the convention, we advise that if you have any questions or concerns regarding registration or your entry, to come see us at the cosplay registration desk or repair booth on-site.
For those of you who have never competed in a masquerade before, you may be wondering how this is done. You can compete in Craftsmanship and/or Performance OR exhibit your costume onstage just for fun.
All competitors must have an official Colossalcon badge. This includes attendee, panelist and artists badges. Those with staff badges or guest badges are not allowed to enter the Masquerade at Colossalcon.
Craftsmanship and Performance are separate competitions. Participants may enter in both Craftsmanship and Performance and if the judges see that a group has both excellent craftsmanship and an excellent performance, they are eligible to win awards in both competitions.
No fanart costumes will be permitted in the Craftsmanship competition. All costumes must be derived from the original source material/artist/creator. For example, original designs by Japanese illustrator Sakizo are allowed as they are similar to the original characters you would find in manga and anime, and come from published works. Fan-made designs such as Pokemon gijinka or steampunk Sailor Moon are not permitted as they are classified as fan art. Original designs or “OC’s” created by the entrant are also not permitted. Fan art costumes will be permitted in the Performance competition only. If your skit has original characters and/or non-cosplaying characters, they should make up the minority of characters your skit.
Craftsmanship Competition: You will be judged solely on the construction of your costume in a private, scheduled interview. All costumes must have been made from scratch by the entrant. (Shoes and wigs do not need to be made from scratch, but we encourage modifying these items to fit your character!) If you are not also competing in Performance, you will walk onstage to show off your costume alongside the Exhibition entries.
Performance Competition (skits): You will be going up to do some sort of performance for the audience. Acting, dancing, etc. These take some time and planning to do, but they are a great experience! You do not have to have made your own costume if you are only entering for Performance.
Exhibition/Walk On: You will be going on stage for a few seconds, posing, and showing off your costume. It’s a low-stress and fun way to participate in a cosplay contest. Exhibition entries are not skits. Think of it like a J-culture themed fashion runway show! Exhibition entries are not judged and are not eligible for any awards. Bought costumes, made-from-scratch costumes and “closet cosplay”are all welcome!
- Juniors Exhibition: This category is for those who are 12 and under who want to see what it’s like to be in the Masquerade but not compete yet.
Everyone entering Craftsmanship and/or Performance is required to choose a division. A division is simply your placement and competition level. We advise all entrants to enter at the divisions/skill level they feel comfortable at within reason (see below).
Note: The Cosplay Staff has the right to place a competitor in an appropriate division at their discretion.
Novice Division: This division is intended for those new to making their own costumes or performing on stage and have not competed much, if at all.
No more than 1 major awards won previously at a comparable-sized convention or larger for their costumes or performances. These include “Best Of” awards (“Best Overall” or “Best in Class”) only. At your discretion, “Placed Award” (such as a 2nd or 3rd place award) and Honorable Mentions or Judges Awards, do not have to be considered.
Journeyman Division: This division is intended for those who are more experienced with creating their own costumes or performing on stage.
No more than 2 major awards won previously at a comparable-sized convention or larger for their costumes or performances. These include “Best Of” awards (“Best Overall” or “Best in Class”) only. At your discretion, “Placed Award” (such as a 2nd or 3rd place award) and Honorable Mentions or Judges Awards, do not have to be considered.
Master Division: This division is intended for those who have advanced experience with creating their own costumes or performing on stage.
More than 3 major awards won previously at a comparable-sized convention or larger for their costumes or performances. These include “Best Of” awards (“Best Overall” or “Best in Class”) only. At your discretion, “Placed Award” (such as a 2nd or 3rd place award) and Honorable Mentions or Judges Awards, do not have to be considered.
All About Craftsmanship Judging
We will give each entrant 5 minutes for the judging process as a guideline, but if you pass it, don’t worry. Generally, the time is spent half discussing your costume, and half looking at your costume up close.
Bring reference!: A reference is a picture of the character that you are cosplaying. Without a reference, we cannot judge your costume for accuracy. It would be beneficial to your score to bring as much reference as possible, preferably as a color printout, but bringing figures, tablets, manga, books, laptops, etc., will also be accepted.
Be prepared to talk about your costume: Come in knowing what you want to say. Tell the judges everything about how you made your costume. Things you should talk about include fabric, construction methods, or any special methods you used to get around a problem in designing the costume. The judges will be there to help guide you in your costume judging.
The judges will look at your costume up close!: Judges will want to hold your props, flip hems, look at all the fine detailing you put into every inch of your costume. If you feel at all uncomfortable at any time, please feel free to let the judges know!
Appointment scheduling will be done via email as the con draws nearer. Cosplay Staff will request competitors to choose 3 preferred time slots on a first-come, first-serve basis.
All About Performance/Skits
All performance entries are subject to the following rules. Disregarding these rules may result in disqualification and/or you could be asked to leave the event.
Costumes and skits must be PG-13. If it’s appropriate for a PG-13 movie, it’s appropriate for the competition, but please keep in mind that there will be children in the audience. If you are unsure whether your skit is appropriate, please feel free to email the cosplay staff for feedback.
Skits must be no longer than 3 minutes (within reason) in length. In addition to the time limit, you will be given 30 seconds in which to enter and set up, as well as 30 seconds to clean up and leave the stage.
Pre-recorded music and/or dialogue is recommended and preferred. We understand that some performances have to be live to work but just “projecting” your voice is not permitted. Any microphone requirements (up to 2 max) must be approved before the convention.
Audio must be already edited for length and content. You will be required to submit your audio before the convention. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
No surprises! What you present to us during practice on Saturday morning is what we will see when you go on stage during the event.
Objects and activities not permitted on stage: If it comes on stage with you, it must leave the stage with you. Nothing dangerous or messy. Your performance must be contained to the stage. Throwing objects off the stage is prohibited. Reckless Behavior resulting in falling off stage, or breaking/damaging equipment (or nearly doing so) will result in disqualification. If you break something, you buy it. So please keep this in mind. Extremely physical acts such as stage fighting or acrobatics may need approval at rehearsal to ensure the safety of people and equipment. Please email the cosplay staff if you have specific questions.
Mandatory Performance Rehearsal
Rehearsal will take place on Saturday morning. A run-through will be given to all skit performances to allow the tech crew a chance to learn your cues and to allow cosplay staff to pre-screen your skit for content, subject matter, and general length.