Cosplay Contest and Masquerade

2017 Rules and Information Coming Soon!

If you have any questions, please email cosplay@teamtekko.us.

General Masquerade Info & Rules

The Masquerade is open to Tekko attendees. Staff and guests are not permitted to compete.

Awards will be given at the Masquerade on Saturday. Any awards not claimed at the Masquerade will be available in Con Ops until the end of the convention. Awards not claimed during the weekend will not be mailed to winners. Judges are free to award as many or as few awards as they wish.

You may not enter both Craftsmanship and Performance. Rehearsal conflicts with Craftsmanship judging. You cannot enter in both the Walk-Ons and Performance. You also cannot be in two different performance entries. Stage ninjas/helpers count as performers/entrants.

Since Tekko is a Japanese pop culture convention, costumes must be of Japanese or East-Asian origin, unless you choose to compete in the Western Division or Walk-Ons.

What is the Western Division?  Any entry that is of “western” origin (e.g. Legend of Korra, Borderlands, Disney, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Marvel Comics, Doctor Who etc.) must compete in the Western Division. Western Division participants are not eligible to win Best In Show but are awarded within their division (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and are eligible for Judges’ Awards. There will be a limited number of slots dedicated to Western Division participants.

Craftsmanship Contest

In the Craftsmanship Contest, cosplayers are judged solely on the construction of their costume in a private, scheduled interview with a panel of judges Saturday morning or afternoon. If you enter Craftsmanship you may also participate in the Walk-On portion of the Masquerade if you’d like but it is not required. We understand that not everyone can or wants to get on stage! If you wish to be a Walk-On as well, you do not need to fill out the Walk-On registration form too.

You can have the costume modeled by someone else, but you, the crafter will be the one entering your application, talking to the judges and the one that is eligible for an award.

  1. You must have made the costume you are entering. Commissioned, store-bought or thrifted costumes cannot compete. Most of the costume should be handcrafted from scratch or heavily altered.
  2. Only official designs are welcome to compete. All costumes must be the original source’s designs. Your original characters and designs are not permitted.
  3. Please bring reference for your character to your judging appointment. Our judges have been around but they cannot be expected to know every detail of every character in existence. This is a reproduction contest, so you will be judged on accuracy in addition to craftsmanship.
  4. You may not enter a costume you have entered for craftsmanship judging at Tekko in the past, regardless of award-winning status,  unless you can show you have made significant changes to the costume. 

Divisions:

Junior:  Participants 15 years of age or younger.

This category is meant to encourage young participants in their crafting skills and get their feet wet. As such, Junior entries must have made most of their own costume. Costumes made by adults for juniors cannot compete at the Junior level and must compete at the skill level of their creator.

Novice:    No more than 1 major award received

Novices are new to costume making and competing.

Journeyman:  No more than 2 major awards received

Journeymen have some experience under their belts and have often competed before.

Master:   3 or more major awards received

Masters are experienced costumers.

Western: Any non-East-Asian costume regardless of experience.

Major awards are awards such as “Best Of”,”Best In”,”First Place”, “Second Place” and so on. Honorable mentions, gag awards and Judges awards do not count towards your skill level.

Craftsmanship Contest skill levels only take into account awards won on the merit of craftsmanship.

You may compete in a skill level higher than you are actually in, but you may not compete lower than your skill level. We encourage you to challenge yourself!  BE AWARE- Once you win at a certain level you can only compete at that level or higher from then on out.

In a group, the skill level of that group is determined by the highest classed skill member of that group. For example, a group of novices with one journeyman must all compete as journeymen.

Performance Contest

In the Performance Contest, cosplayers will take to the Main Stage and perform in front of a live audience. Performers are not judged on craftsmanship, only overall presentation. You may compete with bought or commissioned costumes. However, being a cosplay masquerade, cosplay is required. No cosplay  = no going onstage.

  1. Since Tekko is a Japanese pop culture convention, your skit must be primarily made of characters that are of Japanese or East-Asian origin,unless you choose to compete in the Western Division. 
  2. Skits have a time limit of 4 minutes. The time it takes for you to get on and off the stage does not count toward your time limit. Your audio track must be within the time limit.
  3. Tekko is an all-ages event and the material in the Masquerade must reflect such. No explicit sexual references, explicit language, gestures or nudity. Make sure your naughty bits are properly covered at all times. All audio must be edited for content.
  4. Pre-recorded music and/or dialogue is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED and PREFERRED. We cannot guarantee more than 1 microphone. You will be asked to submit your audio file via email before the convention.
  5. Masquerade rehearsal is mandatory unless cleared with the coordinator before the convention. The exact time of rehearsal is to be determined.
  6. Stage combat and other more physical things may need approval at rehearsal to ensure the safety of attendees and equipment.
  7. Whatever comes on the stage with you must leave the stage with you. Confetti, silly string, and other “messy” props are prohibited. Your performance must also be limited to the stage area.
  8. You will be required to submit a script of your skit for approval via email before the convention.

Divisions:

Novice: No more than 1 major award received Novices are new to performing and competing.

Advanced: 2 or more major awards received. Advanced competitors have some experience under their belts and have often competed or performed on stage before.

Western: Any non-East-Asian skit regardless of experience.

Categories may be changed/combined depending on cosplayer turnout.

Major awards are awards that are considered “Best Of” , “Best In”,”First Place”, “Second Place” and so on. Honorable mentions, gag awards and Judges awards do not count towards your skill level.

You may compete in a skill level higher than you are actually in, but you may not compete lower than your skill level. We encourage you to challenge yourself!  BE AWARE- Once you win at a certain level you can only compete at that level or higher from then on out.

In a group, the skill level of that group is determined by the highest classed skill member of that group. For example, a group of novices with one journeyman must all compete as journeymen.

Walk-Ons

The Walk-Ons are a non-judged exhibition of cosplayers during the Masquerade. You walk on the stage, pose a few times and that’s it! Perfect for just showing off or getting a taste of what it’s like to be in a Masquerade.

This portion is open to costumes from all genres as well as original designs. You do not have to have made your costume to participate.

You may not be a Walk-On and in a Performance entry.

Walk-Ons do not attend rehearsal.

Cosplay Repair Station

2017 Hours and Information Coming Soon!

Need some last minute Costume Touch Ups? Come visit the Cosplay Repair Station at the Cosplay Corner! We have everything you need to make a fix on the fly!

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