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Central Coast Comicon 2022 Cosplay Competition 

The Cosplay competition is one of the highlights of Central Coast Comicon and here you will find all the information on the competitions, our judges and some rules on photography etiquette, and more...

This year we have decided to only accept registrations on the day of the event.  These registrations open from 10 am and will close at 12 pm. You will need to register at Comicon HQ which is near the main entrance of The Entertainment Grounds.  

 

3x Age categories 

 

  • Junior: 0-12 years - uncapped entries. Entrants are encouraged to catwalk their cosplay onstage

  • Youth: 13-15 years - capped at the first 15 Entries

  • Senior: 16 years + - capped at the first 15 Entries 

 

Entrants over the age of 13 will require prejudging which will take place at 12:30pm onsite at Comicon. You will be shown the pre-judging muster point on the map when you register. 

 

Prizes for:

Highly Commended 

Runner up 

Best overall 


 

Meet the Judges

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eSushi Cosplay is a local cosplayer, who has been cosplaying for the past 7 years (Though do the past two years count?). His main discipline has been working with EVA foam, and has built costumes and props from anime, video games, movies, television, and cartoons. While his key area has been working in foam, his skillset extends to sewing, painting, and recently 3D printing, with a keen interest to eventually try all the other facets of this craft. Being involved in the wider cosplay community, he has shown a keen desire to spread the word of cosplay to all, wanting to show others the fun of the hobby, running several workshops and demonstrations about the wonders of foam, as well as providing guidance to many online.

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Will-O-Wisps (Will-O for short) is a Central Coast Cosplayer and Social Media influencer across multiple platforms such as Twitch, TikTok, YouTube and Instagram.

 

She first became interested in cosplay in 2009, after seeing cosplayers online posting photos, making videos and having a blast with their friends all dressed up as their favourite characters. Will-O’s parents kick-started the passion for real by buying her first cosplay that Christmas, Hinata Hyuuga from Naruto.

 
13 years later, Will-O is a passionate self taught cosplayer, cover idol, vtuber, and casual digital artist, being invited to perform and guest at multiple local, Sydney, Wollongong and even Brisbane based events.   

 

Along with competing, Will-O has hosted panels and judged quite a few competitions at events such as;

 

Gamefest (2015 - 2018)

Emerge Festival (2018)

Girl Gamer Sydney Festival (2019)

Chicks Who Game (2019)

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Lani has been working for RYSS since 2017. As a Youth Worker they have be involved with lots of projects all over the Central Coast with the RYSS bus, The Youth Collective and Central Coast Comicon.

Lani has been into all things pop culture since they were a kid with a love of all things video games and anime.

Lani started cosplaying in 2015 and their main passion is building armour and props with EVA Foam.

Lani joins the panel of Judges as a representative from RYSS and a keen cosplayer with an eye for attention to detail. 

 
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Our friends over at 3D Obsession have come up with an awesome addition to our event this year! They will be creating the first-ever Central Coast Comicon Cospitality Lounge! This is a chill space where Cosplayers can retreat to relax from the hustle and bustle of the con. There will be a changing room facility and cosplay repairs station plus comfy seating to relax, take a seat and have a break from your cosplay for while.


Fill in the expression of interest form at the link below so your name can go on the guest list at the Cospitality lounge!

Competition Outline

TO ENTER THE COSPLAY COMPETITIONS

  1. In order to enter you will need to go to Comicon HQ at The Entertainment Grounds Venue and complete the registration. Registrations open at 10 AM and close at 12 PM on the day of the event. 

  2. There are three categories in the competition:
    0 - 12 Years (unlimited entries)
    13 - 15 years (capped at the first 15 entries)
    16 years + (capped at the first 15 entries) 

  3. When you register for the competition at Comicon HQ you will receive a tag with your competition number. 

  4. Display your competition number somewhere where the judges can see it on your costume. 

  5. The Junior entries will be judged when they catwalk the stage.

  6. Youth and Senior categories will need to meet at 12:30 PM at the Cosplay Comp Muster Point to meet the judges for pre-judging.  You will be asked to give an explanation about your costume.  

  7. The Cosplay Competition will commence on the Main Stage at 2 PM. Please assemble in front of and around the stage area and wait for your name to be called.

  8. Juniors will be called on stage one by one to perform their catwalk.  Judges will score Junior entries on their costumes and catwalk. 

  9. The top three Junior winners will then be announced for the following titles, Highly Commended, Runner Up, and Best Overall.  

  10. Youth and Seniors' entries will be pre-judged at 12:30. After the Junior Competition is finalised the Youth and Seniors will take to the stage.

  11. They will be called on stage one by one to catwalk, Q&A with the MC or if they wish, perform a skit no longer than 1 minute. 

  12.  The top three Youth and Senior winners will then be announced for the following titles, Highly Commended, Runner Up, and Best Overall.  

  13. Competition rules must be adhered to and the judge's decision is final.

 

Some of the things our judges will be looking for: A standout costume, a combination of character portrayal and costume quality, and  good craftsmanship.

All entries must represent a character or element from pop culture including comic books, movies, television, video games, anime & manga, and fantasy, or can be an original character.

 

Rules & Regulations
Weapons Policy

Cosplay rules and props regulations 

  1. No profanity is allowed on stage.

  2. Nothing must leave your person while you are on the catwalk. 

  3. All prop weapons must conform to the Central Coast Comicon Weapons Policy

  4. Only persons registered in the competition will have the opportunity to take the stage. Please assemble in front of and around the stage area and wait for your name to be called.

  5. Do not enter or exit the catwalk except at the designated points.

  6. Each contestant may only enter one costume into the competition.

  7. Cosplay is not consent – Please keep your hands to yourself. If you would like to take a picture with a cosplayer or of a cosplayer, please ask first and respect their right to say no. We want Central Coast Comicon to be a fun and safe event for all! If you need help at anytime please speak to one of our volunteers or come see us the RYSS info desk.

  8. Max height for props is 1.8 meters  

  9. Costumes/Props made from metals, glass or hardwood will need to be inspected at the entry gate and will only be let in if deemed safe by security. 

  10. NSW Police have legislation regarding weapons which included storage requirements, restricted items and licensing. See below for NSW laws regarding imitation and replica firearms NSW Police Imitation Firearms Fact Sheethttps://www.police.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/140178/Imitation_Firearms_Permit_FACT_Sheet.pdf  

  11. Firearm props must either have an orange barrel plug or a painted, taped orange tip. You may remove the orange tip for photos but it must be put back on when walking around the convention and outside the convention.  

  12. No Projectiles are permitted loaded into any toy capable of firing. This includes; Foam Darts, Gel Caps, rubber balls, arrows or bolts, powder caps, explosive or power charges and any liquid. Nerf Guns are allowed, as are bows and crossbows, as long as they are incapable of firing any projectile.  

  13. Actual or Decommissioned Firearms, BB or Airsoft, Sports Weapons, Metal Replica, Cap Gun, Ammunition, Militaria/Collectors Pieces are NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES to be brought to Central Coast Comicon.  

  14. Metal Weapon Props are strictly prohibited. This includes and is not limited to the following: Knives, daggers, swords, metal chains and metal bats regardless of sharpness, live blade or training replicas. These items can cause serious damage to persons or property, and they are to remain at home. Examples of materials that are acceptable include Timber, Plastic and Foam. 

  15. Kitchen utensils, tools and accessories will be examined by security at the entry gates and let in if deemed safe. Actual tools (power, garden or hand operated) are not allowed. Examples include but are not limited to; axes, shovels, cutting or slicing implements and puncturing devices. 

  16. Proper footwear required no bare feet, no roller skates/blades or wheelies. You may take off your shoes for photos but they must be worn when walking around the convention 

  17. Large and bulky cosplay restrictions – the height limit on props is 1.8 metres. You may bring large/heavy props and costumes we want everyone to have a good time at Central Coast Comicon and seeing your amazing cosplays is part of what makes it amazing but please be responsible! No one wants to be whacked in the face every time you turn around or have heavy props fall on their feet. If you're wearing wings with a large wingspan 1 meter or more either, make sure they fold in or take them off if you're walking through crowded areas.

  18. HAVE FUN!!!

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Anti-Harrassment Policy

We take the personal safety of our attendees very seriously and have created our Anti-Harassment, Personal Safety & Cosplay Policy to ensure that Central Coast Comicon is a event where everyone feels safe to attend.

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; 

  • unnecessary familiarity; 

  • Following or stalking 

  • 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.