Cosplay is divided into 4 sections: Kids, Judged Cosplay, Skits, and
Interpretation. There is also a separate swimsuit competition held at a
different time and place than the rest of the cosplay. Descriptions
Anyone under twelve may be entered into the
kids show. There are no criteria for costumes, anything from anime,
Japan, or fandom is valid. The only requirement is that it makes us say
"aww". This show has no real significance, and is a short lip service
that will take place at the beginning of the cosplay event.
in this division will sign up to be judged, and will be eligible to
receive awards for your skill as a Cosplayer. Source material is
limited strictly to anime. Entrants are also able to participate in
skits. Those who do not participate in skits will still be able to do a
brief "walk on" across the stage to show everyone their work at the
cosplay event. Rules, procedures, and requirements are below.
a cosplayer wishes to be judged or not, they may enter the skits
portion of the show, in which they get to perform a skit on the big
stage at the main cosplay event. Skit entrants do not need to be judged
on their costumes, though they are able to take part in judging as
well. Certain skits will be awarded prizes independently of the costume
judging. More requirements to follow below.
is a separate category not featured at many conventions, and with no
connection to the rest of the contest. Rather than visually recreating
a character by imitating their attire, in the Interpretation event
(which is featured at the same time as the cosplay event), participants
may represent any character, anime, or combination of the two through
any dress or performance. This should not be confused with a skit.
Examples and further requirements listed below.
– This sort of goes without saying, but you had to have paid to get
into the convention to participate in the costume contests.
– Don't have anything exposed or dangling that you wouldn't want your
grandma or strange uncle to see, unless you like that sort of thing, in
which case you are not welcome here nor in the Kingdom of God. Repent
your ways, for this is the end.
– Be smart; don't bring
anything on stage that could cause damage to our equipment, the
audience, or my face. If it hurts you, make sure it's hilarious, and in
such a way that it is apparent to all that it is your own damn fault.
– This is the college-aged convention, and likewise there is
need to censor yourselves. Just don't go overboard. Keeping a general
PG-13 rating would be a good call, though we won't hold you to it.
Remember though that just because 4 letter words are ok with us, not
everything you say is. It is still exactly 3 years too soon for 9-11
jokes, and some things (like rape, juvenile diabetes, and Republicans)
are never funny.
twelve may be entered into the children's portion of the cosplay event
by signing up at the listed cosplay signup times. There is no
pre-judging for the children, awards will be given immediately
following the kids event, which will be at the beginning of the cosplay
event. The kids can either walk on, or perform a short skit. If they
are performing a skit that requires multimedia support from the tech
crew, be sure to have all materials and timing notes present at signup.
Parents, guardians, older siblings, or other chaperones must be present
at all parts of the child's signup and stage time. After the kids
event, parents and children are welcome to remain in the cosplay for
the duration of the event, but should remember that there will almost
certainly be PG-13 content or above at this event.
Armageddicon is an anime-centric convention, and with the exception of the
video game room, all events and activities are to pertain directly to
anime. The cosplay is no exception. All entrants into the judging and
to the skits must be from an anime. Videogames, J-rock/pop, Fashion,
manga, Internet memes, sci-fi, Harry Potter, or other fandoms will not
be considered valid for judging, acknowledgements, or awards. As there
are a limited number of entrants permitted for time reasons, non-anime
costumes may not be included in the event at all this year. For
additional info, see below.
To enter the judging, you must sign
up on either Friday or Saturday at the approved times. These times will
be listed here once they are decided upon, as well as in the program
guide at the convention. Signing up on Friday allows you to choose your
judgment time. There are a limited number of judgment slots available,
so sign up early to ensure that you get a place. A certain number of
slots will be saved for Saturday for those who do not arrive on Friday
to have a fair shot at them. You do not have to be in costume at time
When you sign up, you will be given the time of your
judgment slot. Please show up 15 minutes early for your judgment in
full costume. Be ready to speak about how your costume was made. You
will have 3 minutes to be judged, so come prepared! Delaying the
judging, or taking more than your allotted time may negatively impact
your judging. If you are even a minute late for your judging, your slot
For the sake of our judge's speed and sanity,
please bring a reference photo of your character with you to judging.
You can leave the photo with your registration form at cosplay signup,
or bring it with you directly to the judging. Art-books, screen caps,
scans, figurines, or even plushies (if sufficiently detailed) can serve
as references. Remember, just because you know what your character
should look like doesn't mean the judges will!
You will be
judged on overall effect, as well as craftsmanship, persona, and
attitude. We are not simply looking to see that you are a dexterous
tailor/seamstress, we are looking to see how well you can become your
character, or how well your character becomes a part of you. In short,
don't just make an costume and put it on, WEAR the outfit, and wear it
well! Dazzle us.
If you did not make your costume, don't be
afraid to tell us during judging. Give credit where credit is due.
While we will take a look at the technical skill, it is only one of
many areas we look at during cosplay judging. If we give an award, we
want to make sure the proper parties get the credit due to them just as
much as you will.
After your 3 minute judging period, you will
be photographed by our photographer for our own internal reference.
These photos may be displayed on the convention website or in other
promotional materials at the conventions discretion. These photos will
be available for purchase.
After the convention, you will have the option to receive additional
feedback on your costume by emailing email@example.com
your name and (if possible) number.
are no pre-defined awards. We are not looking to assign "First",
"Second", and "Third" places to art; rather, we are going to highlight
cosplays that we thought were especially outstanding or exceptional.
told otherwise, cosplayers should show up to main programming during
the cosplay setup for lineup, instructions, and possibly a brief
If a skit entrant is not signing up
for judging, they will be able to sign up for skits at the cosplay
signup period. Signup times will be listed on the website closer to the
convention, and in the program guide.
Any skit entrants also participating in the judging should follow the
judging procedures up until the event itself.
If skit entrant is not participating in the judging, they simply need
to show up at the cosplay setup period in full costume.
Costumes are required to be directly from anime.
If audio is to be used in the skit, it must be provided on a standard
format CD at the time of signup.
that no one will get are forbidden. If we suspect that you have made an
in joke be ready for the wrath of our scathing tongues!
Spoilers are also strictly forbidden. L's real name is a spoiler.
Belldandy being a goddess is not.
is no time limit on skits, but if it is going on too long, or if it
feels like it's going on forever we'll kick you off stage. Save
yourself the embarrassment by making sure that the length of your skit
corresponds with the interestingness of your skit.
note, make sure all your skits are A) a proper skit, and B)
entertaining. Comedy is good, monologues are not. Standup routines,
regardless of impact, are not a skit. Be original and go outside the
borders of recreating the fight between Rock Lee and Gaara. The skit
competition is not there to provide you with an open mic.
your costume is large or bulky, make sure that you can move around in
it well enough to get on and off stage without hurting yourself or the
Think of the children.
feel passionately about a character, a scene, an anime, or the
interaction of any of the prior this is your chance to shine! Rather
than dressing up like a character to pay homage to our Japanese gods,
you can represent any aspect of any anime through any means! The
parameters are left intentionally vague to give you the widest range of
options. Some examples of an interpretation would be dancing the spirit
of Dead Leaves, by wearing the silent rage in Sasuke's heart, or by
pantomiming the thoughts of a viewer watching End of Evangelion.
The interpretation should not be confused with a skit. If you're not
sure what the difference is, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
sign up for interpretation, show up at the normal cosplay signup and
fill out the form. Show up during the cosplay setup to check in.
take this seriously, and you should, too. This is not the time for a
silly joke, but the time for serious artists to display their feelings
and thoughts on a show or character through unconventional means.
the beginning, there was a word, and the word was ARMAGEDDICON. We have
final say on everything! If we disqualify you, you're disqualified. If
someone else wins an award, and you think it was unfair… tough. We have
the right to change any and all the rules as it suits our petty, fickle
whims. The ARMAGEDDICON is infallible, and you are a big heaping pile