Cosplay

Celebrating Cosplayers
and Their Stories

As we navigate out of a two year funk – we at team #519comiccon have put a lot of thought into how we wanted to try to come back bigger and better with every aspect of the show. 

With our Cosplay Competition, we want to amp up production – bringing a high level of entertainment and fun to the stage through a focus on the experiences and stories involved with the creation and celebration of cosplay. 

Presenting – CANADA’S GOT COSPLAY ! 

Southwestern Ontario’s Most Amazing Cosplayers vying to win their share of over $1000 cash and prizes! 

3 Judges live on stage ready to share their opinions and get feedback from the fans

Live cosplay skits with music and video accompaniment

2022 Competition Partner

Lindy Cosplay Supplies is a proud supporter of the Cosplay Community in Southwestern Ontario and beyond – offering a free cosplay repair station all weekend long and providing over $900 in prizes to our competition winners.

Be sure to check out the weekend schedule when released as Lindy Cosplay Supplies will participate in an informative panel or workshop aimed to help you to review materials and supplies you need to get started on your next great cosplay.

Also be sure to stop by their booth to check out the WOR-KIT Workshops at Home! These kits come with a complete book with loads of pictures, plus patterns, materials, and everything you need to complete your project.

A great way to learn new techniques while you experience working with materials, and also check out included tips to enhance your work while also saving time and money.

2022 Cosplay Rules and Regulations

Cosplay Does Not Equal Consent

There is a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to

  • Stalking
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Intimidation
  • Sustained disruption of panels or other events
  • Offensive verbal comments
  • Bathroom policing
  • Physical assault
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome physical attention

In relation to, but not limited to:

  • Race
  • Appearance
  • Age
  • Gender Identity
  • Body
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Colour
  • Religion
  • Gender Presentation
  • Pregnancy
  • Citizenship
  • Sexuality
  • Nationality Origin

Cosplayers will always have the right to refuse their time in any case.

Costumes do not require a cosplayer who is an attendee of the convention to pose for pictures, video, interviews or any other attention which would take away from their convention experience.

All event and cosplay guests, though booked as entertainment, also reserve the right to deny time on the basis of attitude, harassment, sexual harassment, ogling, leering and so forth. Those found to be treating attendees and guests will be removed promptly to ensure the safety of all our guests.

ALL Props will be checked by staff upon entry to the convention. No exceptions.

Any replica weapon must have blunt edges, no points which can cause harm to person or property.

Prop weapons should not be made of metal. melee or firearm. 

Prop firearms must have blocked barrels, false magazines/clips which cannot be loaded with any objects. preferable orange tipped.

No real firearms. This includes, not limited to explosive, gas, spring, and tension projectile systems, launchers, etc.. eg: firearms, paintball, airsoft, pellet, BB, bows and crossbows.

Exceptions for replica firearms – Airsoft. Decommissioned airsoft (non-functioning) may be allowed if the convention security can determine no functionality. Eg: blocked barrel, etc..

No cold weapons

Bow style props – If your costume needs a bow, the bowstring must be removed when on the convention floor. A string may be added for the cosplay competition, when on stage only.

Any weapon used or brought on stage during the cosplay competition must follow the Comic Con weapon rules. Exceptions are at the convention’s discretion only.

To be eligible to enter the “Canada’s Got Cosplay” Main Competition at London Comic Con 2022 the following is required:

  • Complete the pre-registration form on our website.
  • Purchase a ticket to London Comic Con with registration ( single day Saturday, or any weekend pass is acceptable )
  • Once the event date arrives confirm registration on-site at the cosplay kiosk. The kiosk will confirm with pre-registrants in Saturday Sept 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • All participants will then need to be inside the cosplay green room by 2:00pm on Saturday to meet with the Den Master and receive competition instruction.
  • Pre-judging will occur between 2:00pm and 4:00pm in the green room. You will be given a specific time to arrive to the pre-judging when you confirm your registration at the Comic Con. Pre-judging will only last approx. 30 minutes.
  • Competition will begin at 6:00pm on Saturday.
  • The awards will be given out at the end of the competition.
  • At least 25 entries/slots should be available in the competition. Accepted entries are taken on a first come, first served basis.

Competition Awards Categories and Prizing

Awards will be given in 2 categories : Novice and Advanced. Note that entrants will be placed in their corresponding category during pre-judging.

Each category judged will have the top 3 scoring winners (bronze, silver, gold) with a trophy being presented and prizes TBD.

Novice Category will be for entrants with little to no previous cosplay experience, no formal training in design or fashion, or who have never won a competition.

Advanced category is designated for cosplayers who have previously won a competition, have formal or extensive experience in sewing and / or fabrication of cosplay, or otherwise request to be judged in the category.

All costumes in the competition are skillfully constructed and worn by the contestants themselves and presented on stage in a walk on, short skit or performance. Contestants are required to speak or have someone accompany them who can speak on their behalf, to tell their story to the live audience.

Purchased costumes may not compete in this competition.

Judging Process

Costumes will be judged on a 1-5 system during the pre-judging before the onstage presentation. Prejudging will score a cosplayer on Accuracy/Creativity, Workmanship and Detail (see below). This will give the cosplayer a base score of 3-15 before stage time.

Contestants are encouraged to bring/email reference pictures and in-progress photographs to show the judges during the prejudging before the on-stage presentation to show the costume and props were made by the cosplayer.

If an outfit includes a combination of created and purchased items, any purchased pieces must be disclosed to the judges on your entry form. Judges will determine your eligibility, which generally requires that at least 75% of your costume, has been created or altered in a significant enough of a manner. Judges have the exclusive ability to determine a costumes eligibility in the workmanship contest. Note: This does not include undergarments, wigs, small jewellery or other small things of little relevance.

If you costume has a main prop (eg: lightsaber) which has been bought, this will be accounted as a large percentage of your costume being bought.

Eg: steampunk cosplayers simply painting a Nerf gun copper or gold, is still a bought item and not considered made.

Eg: Having a professional apply prosthetics, hair, beards and/or body paint does not constitute your own work.

Please remember we do not supply participants with any of the following: make-up, make-up applicators and/or removers, paint, etc. Please come to the convention with everything you need to complete and/or assemble your cosplay. You must be in full costume for pre-judging.

During the on stage, the judges will score the “performance” out of 5 to complete a 4-20 score. Audience applause will be added into the scoring based on a non-biased view of the costume. (not friends or just a favourite series)

Judges will be required to know about multiple aspects of costume and prop creation for judging. Judges will not be able to judge their friends. A impartial judge will be given for that situation.

Accuracy in judging is defined as : Accuracy to character, series or genre. Meaning the finished costume is fitting to what the character, series, or the genre it is set in. ( ex: steampunk genre characters are all steampunk. Time period are of that time period, etc..)
Creativity replaces accuracy for original works

Workmanship in judging is defined as : The overall “construction” of the full costume and props. This will cover the quality of how it was assembled, its durability (is it still together) and overall quality of the entire work. Workmanship can fall into one or more of these categories: 

  • Sewing – Costumes made mainly of sewn fabrics and embroidery
  • Fabrication – costumes made mainly of formed materials. Foam, plastic, worbla
  • FX – Costumes with the main focus being prosthetics or body painting
  • Big – Costumes with the main focus being a large costume or oversized prop/wings

Detail in judging is defined as : The amount of detail put into the overall costume. Nothing is clean and flat. Armour and props to be detailed and weathered, etc.. lights and sounds, etc..

Performance. Though not a requirement for your walk on, a small performance adds into your final score if you have something to show. Music and accompanying video can be delivered via YouTube link during pre-registration.  Note: microphones will not be available during performance – please assure any audio is provided in advance in accompanying YT video link. 

If, due to technical difficulties, there is no option to have a live performance,  there will be an audience reaction gauged scoring to make up the final stage score. 

Scoring is as follows will be in relation to the cosplayers experience :

1 – Poor

2 – Below average

3 – Average

4 – Above average

5 – Amazing / Professional

Note of costumes:

Costumes are worn on a person. They are movable and do not require aid in their movement from one place to another. If a cosplayer cannot move under their own power (excluding wheelchairs or aids), it is not considered a costume and is a prop or stage piece and will be judged as that.

There will be no assistance from staff or handlers to bring costumes, contestants or props on stage. Unless specified under AODA regulations for those with disabilities (wheelchair, power-chair, walkers, etc…)

Liabilities

No pyrotechnics! Open flames, liquid, powder or “flash” paper are allowed on stage or in the convention. If you want to use an electronic flash or any other visual effect you need to mention it on your application form so the host can warn the audience. No laser pointers are allowed.  No glitter.

No slippery or messy substance allowed on stage. In any doubt, ask the masquerade direction as you submit your form. The stage must be the same before and after your number.

Leave the stage the way you found it, coordinate with someone to remove any props from the stage area after your performance

No nudity! The cosplay competition is for Family. Children will be in the audience. Any excessiveness will not be permitted on stage.

No unauthorized weapons. Please see prop rules following contest rules.

Entries with electric power requirements need to be self-contained. There will be no access to electrical outlets on stage.

Be careful onstage! Running-tackle-hugs (glomping) might not be very safe.

Surprise the audience, not the Cosplay staff. If you are planning something completely different, let us know well in advance. All information will be held in the strictest confidence. Also let us know well before the masquerade starts if there are any last minute changes to your performance!

No live animals

All other listed regulations and rules within the other sections of this page must be adhered to at all times including prop regulations.