The Cosplay competition is one of the highlights of Comicon and here you will find all the information on the different competitions, our judges and some rules on photography etiquette, prizes and more...
WHAT IS COSPLAY?
Cosplay is the combination of the words “costume” and “role-play”. It is used to describe dressing up as a character from games, movies, anime, comics and more. It's a pastime enjoyed by young and old and Central Coast Comicon celebrates this community with showcases, competitions and more!
WHAT can we expect in the 2019 COSPLAY Lounge?
We have a specific COSPLAY area at this years Comicon. There will be an official Photographer, Special FX make up tutorials, prop making workshops, a Cosplay changing area, a Cosplay Chill out Zone and stage area for our Cosplay Panels.
ONLINE REGO NOW CLOSED
This year we will be having online registration for our Cosplay Competitions (Junior & Senior). Click the button below to fill in the registration form.
There will be a cosplay parade commencing at 3:05pm. Meet at 3pm at Cosplay meeting point located onsite map. We will parade a route through event and finish at the main stage area.
The Junior competitors will catwalk the stage and the top three winners will be announced. The top 10 senior finalists will be notified via text message that they have been nominated as a finalist and will then have to prepare to take the stage for a 1 min catwalk/skit and Q&A with the MC. The top three winners will then be announced.
For our 2019 Cosplay we have a huge new stage set up thanks to JC Entertainment with superior lighting and audio.
TO ENTER THE COSPLAY COMPETITIONS
In order to enter you will need to complete an online registration form.
There are two cosplay competitions; A Junior (up to age 14yrs) and Senior (15+).
On the day of the event visit Comicon HQ (located on the site map) to receive you competition number.
Display your competition number somewhere where the judges can see it on your costume.
Make sure you speak with the judges located in the Cosplay Lounge and give an explanation about your costume.
There will be a cosplay parade commencing at 3:05pm. Meet at 3pm at Cosplay Meeting Point (located onsite map). We will parade a route through the event and finish at the main stage area.
Juniors at 3:15pm will be called on to catwalk the main stage - prejudging will take place throughout the day and the top 3 winners will be announced.
Seniors 3:30 pm on main stage - prejudging will take place in the Cosplay Lounge throughout the day. The top 10 senior finalists will be notified via text message that they have been nominated as a finalist and can then prepare to take the stage for a 1 min skit and Q&A with the MC. The top three winners will then be announced.
Competition rules must be adhered to and the judges decision is final.
Some of the things our judges will be looking for: the standout costume, a combination of character portrayal and costume quality, good craftsmanship. All entries must represent a character or element from pop culture including comic books, movies, television, video games, anime & manga, and fantasy. The Cosplay Contest is a craftsmanship award show, with a catwalk display.
Please read here about our Cosplay Anti Harassment Policy.
COSPLAY RULES & GUIDELINES
No profanity allowed on stage.
Nothing must leave your person while you are on the catwalk.
All prop weapons must conform to the Central Coast Comicon Weapons Policy
Only persons registered in the competition will have the opportunity to take the stage. Please assemble in front of and around atge area and wait for you name to be called.
Do not enter or exit the catwalk except at the designated points.
Each contestant may only enter one costume into competition.
2018 C4 COSPLAY!
2017 C4 COSPLAY!
What an amazing turnout we had for our 2017 Cosplay Competition. The Central Coast has so much talent when it comes to costume, make up, props and performance. These are just a few examples of some of the amazing talent. Photos courtesy of Cliff Dorian.
event anti-harrassment policy
We take our Anti-Harassment, Personal Safety & Cosplay Policy seriously. Central Coast Comicon has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind.
Remember: Cosplay is not consent.
Keep your hands to yourself. If you would like to take a picture with or of another Central Coast Comicon Fan, always ask first and respect that person's right to say no. When at Central Coast Comicon, be respectful, be nice, be cool and be kind to each other.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual conduct which makes a person feel offended, humiliated and/or intimidated where that reaction is reasonable in the circumstances.
Sexual harassment can take various forms. It can involve:
unwelcome touching, hugging or kissing;
staring or leering;
suggestive comments or jokes;
behaviour which would also be an offence under the criminal law, such as physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking or obscene communications.
Central Coast Comicon has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to: stalking; intimidation; offensive verbal comments; physical assault and/or battery; harassing or non-consensual photography or recording; sustained disruption of panels, signings and other events; bathroom policing; inappropriate physical contact; unwelcome physical attention. In relation to, but not limited to: race, colour, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender presentation, sexual orientation, age, body size, disability, appearance, religion, citizenship, pregnancy.
If a person engages in harassing behaviour, Central Coast Comicon Staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from Central Coast Comicon with no refund. Our policy applies to EVERYONE at the convention. Exhibitors, Fans (Attendees), Speakers, Guests, Media, Staff, Volunteers and Security are all subject to our anti-harassment policy.
Anyone can report harassment. If someone’s behaviour has made you uncomfortable or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact Central Coast Comicon's Security Team, Staff Member or Volunteer. If necessary, we will contact local law enforcement, provide escort, offer a safe place or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe for the rest of Central Coast Comicon.
Central Coast Comicon’s mission is to create a fun, safe, welcoming, awesome event where Fans of all kinds can come together and celebrate. We want you to not only have the most amazing day ever, but to experience it in an environment where you are safe and accepted. As Fans ourselves, we understand the importance of creating a safe space for everyone who attends Central Coast Comicon.