We want everyone to have a safe and fun time at Anime Detour. Please read through the general convention security policy on costumes, props and safety.
Like any competition as awesome as Cosplay, there are a limited number of entries available for the competition. If you are set on participating, then we recommend completing the convention badge pickup process by early afternoon on Friday; so that you can fill out the paperwork with cosplay department. Definitely email the Cosplay Department ahead of time to get their procedure directly, so that you may prepare accordingly ahead of time.
Please read through the competition policy. Exceptions for competition are at the discretion of the Cosplay department with in reason of the general convention security policy.
Anime Detour is once again proud to highlight some of its members best cosplay, costumes, and skits during our Cosplay Competition on Saturday evening. Below you will find all of the information you will need to participate in the competition.
Remember, all convention policies on costumes and weapons MUST be followed at all times. Yes, even on stage during the costume contest. If you have any questions regarding these policies, please contact the AD Convention Services.
If you have any questions regarding the contest, sign-up process, or these Rules and Guidelines, please ask us.
Workmanship Judging: Judging for Workmanship Awards will take place backstage prior to the start of the Masquerade. All entrants are to arrive to workmanship judging in full costume and makeup. These awards, for excellence in construction, will be given out alongside the major Contest awards. Workmanship applies to original costumes and re-creation entries in any of the Skill Categories and Entry types, except for Exhibitions. Quality is quality and effort is effort, no matter the skill level, and a beautiful job deserves recognition. Our Workmanship Judge(s) will look for technical skill, finishing, fit, handling of fabric and materials, etc. If you did not make your costume (i.e., "storebought costumes"), do not enter Workmanship judging. Workmanship judging is optional, so please indicate on your entry form if you wish to be included in this judging. By opting out of workmanship judging you will not qualify for the major awards (Best in Show, etc.), but may still qualify for performance awards.
Performance Judging: Judging for Performance Awards will take place during the Masquerade. These awards, for excellence in performance, will be given out alongside the major Contest awards. Performance applies to original costumes and recreation entries in any of the Skill Categories and Entry types, except for Exhibitions. Quality is quality and effort is effort, no matter the skill level, and a good performance deserves recognition.
Documentation: Documentation can include any pictorial representation of your costume.
Provide copies only; do
not bring originals. It is strongly recommended that you provide documentation for costume
entries. Pictures of the original
character (if replicating an existing anime or manga character), action figures, etc, are
examples of “documentation”.
DO NOT ASSUME THE JUDGES WILL KNOW WHAT YOUR COSTUME IS ABOUT.
Weapons: Please see the convention's weapons policies. The Anime Detour Convention Services Department, not Cosplay, will make any and all final decisions on props and replica weapons. You will not be penalized/awarded in judging if you are/are not brandishing a real steel blade or piece tied replica.
Stage Combat:Any stage combat and prop weapons used at your OWN RISK, and only after 1)
signing the liability release and
2) demonstrating at your rehearsal that you are capable of performing your skit without injury.
If convention staff determines that
you are posing a risk to yourself or others or convention property you will not be allowed to
perform your combat. This applies to
any entry that involve any weapons including but not limited to bows, batons, or staffs.
No hitting near the waist, especially with any sort of prop weapon. If you must "punch" someone, it must be exaggerated and you may not come close to their face. Gun props may not be pointed at anyone, even other skit members. Aim at the ceiling or the floor or off to the left or right of the person, just not directly at them and not at the audience.
Microphones and Sound: There will be NO microphones provided for the contestants. There will be no off stage ("god" mic) provided for the contestants. No microphones will be allowed onstage. If you have any narration or dialogue included with your presentation it must be pre-recorded. Everything must be pre-recorded and submitted to Contest staff at Check-In on Friday. You may not speak from stage. If you have any special introduction for the emcee to read those instructions must be submitted as part of your entry form. Pronunciation guides are helpful for the emcee to say things correctly.
When you check-in on Friday, submit all music or soundtrack on a burned CD as either CD audio or mp3 file (mp3 is preferred). We will NOT accept any other format. Label the CD with Skit and Entrant Name in permanent marker. You must leave the disc with us so our sound technician has time to prepare for the show.Other forms of audio *not* excepted include but are not limited to the following;
On stage and Backstage
When backstage and going on to stage you will be directed by the backstage crew. You will enter
and exit from the same side of the
stage, so please be aware of other people waiting backstage.
All performances and props are subject to approval by event staff.
Please inform the event staff on your entry form if you need anything set up onstage prior to performance or plan to leave anything on stage after performance. If anything is left onstage by accident after performance stage ninjas well retrieve it prior to the next entrant taking stage.