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Mid City Micro-Con 2020: "Creating the Future, Expanding Our Universe": Cosplay Rules and Competition Guide

Celebrating representation in comics, art, cosplay, & more

Cosplay Submissions 2020

All Things Cosplay!

2020 Cosplay contest rules are posted below!

 

Rules for All Cosplayers

1. All costumes must be suitable for a family-friendly event. Suitability is determined by library staff. If you have questions about your costume's appropriateness, please email ndenby@ebrpl.com prior to the event.

2. Nudity or the illusion of nudity is not allowed. 

3. Profanity (including messages on clothing) is not allowed.

4. Obscene or offensive costumes are not allowed. Suitability is determined by library staff. If you have questions about your costume's appropriateness, please email ndenby@ebrpl.com prior to the event.

5. As this is not an in-person event, cosplayers will be permitted to include weaponry as part of their attire if they so wish. However, library staff reserve the right to screen costumes from social media for this event if they are deemed unsuitable. If you have questions about your costume's appropriateness, please email ndenby@ebrpl.com prior to the event.

Library staff reserve the right to ask anyone to resubmit photos or reapply with a different costume.

A Few Words on Race & Cosplay

"Cosplay is an expression of fandom for a character, which is why many cosplayers will create characters from outside their own race. Many westerners who cosplay anime characters partake in this practice, as well as cosplayers portraying alien races from films such as Avatar. Race-bending in cosplay is generally accepted as long as costumes are respectful. But it is important to be aware that when cosplaying outside of your own race, it is essential to be sensitive to elements of your costume that could be considered offensive. For example, it is never acceptable to use blackface or brownface when cosplaying, even if you are trying to be as authentic as possible. When the race is fictional, for example, the Na'vi race of Pandora (Avatar) or Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy, you can feel free to alter your skin to blue, green, and so on. Don't forget that cosplay is supposed to be fun. You should cosplay characters that you admire and identify with, regardless of race; just be considerate of others."

-Excerpt from Chapter 7 of Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library by Ellyssa Kroski

Competition Guide

Cosplay Criteria & Guidelines

 

 

How to Apply

 

Applications are open to all. The primary method of application is to fill out the Google form: click here!

 

If you do not have a Google account, you can send an email to midcitymicrocon@gmail.com with answers to the following questions and attached photos and/or video. Questions marked with asterisks are required. Submissions without attached images will not be judged.

 

  • *Name:
  • *Email address:
  • *Age:
  • Phone number:
  • How do you prefer to be contacted?
    • Email
    • Phone
    • Text
  • Primary Category:
    • Kids (10 & under)
    • Teens (11-18)
    • Adults (19 & over)
    • Group
  • *Character Name(s):
  • Source/Series of Origin or Name of Original Design (name of show, comic, anime, etc.):
  • Please submit a brief statement about your cosplay process that the judges can read aloud if you win. You can talk about why you picked that character, how you put the costume together, what you like about comics and cosplay, or whatever else you’d like people to know.
  • *How did you hear about the Mid City Micro-Con?
  • Please attach any photos or videos to this email or provide a link to your files below.

 

Overall Guidelines

Participants for this contest do not have to meet a certain percentage of craftsmanship to enter. However, crafted costumes, props, etc. are highly encouraged.

 

Judging will be based on digital submissions. Video footage is suggested to best represent the outfit and give the judges a sense of your representation of the character, but not required.

 

 

Judging Criteria

  • Originality/Creativity
  • Accuracy
  • Construction/Craftsmanship
  • Effort
  • Embodiment of Character
  • Overall Effect

Categories/Awards

  • Kids (10 and Under)
  • Teens (11 – 18)
  • Adults (19 and Over)
  • Group
  • Judge’s Choice (Creativity Award)
  • Overall/Best-in-Show

Categories may be combined to reflect participation.

 

Registration

  • Participants can register in advance by completing the registration form, or emailing answers to the above questions and attached photos and/or video to midcitymicrocon@gmail.com, on or before August 28, 2020. Submissions will close at 6:00 PM. Submissions received after 6:00 PM will not be judged.

 

Procedure

  • The goal of judging is to display and weight the extent of a cosplay’s build/craftsmanship to the judge(s) via digital submission.
  • Participants will be prompted on the contest’s rules & instructions upon entry into the contest.

Judging

  • Judging will take place as submissions are received, with final results determined on August 29th via private Zoom call.
  • Submitted photos and video will be posted on the Mid City Micro-Con infoguide, and may be shared on library social media. Winning submissions will be presented on YouTube Live as part of the Mid City Micro-Con virtual event.

 

Awards

  • Awards will be announced on YouTube Live as part of the Mid City Micro-Con virtual event. Winners will be contacted via the preferred method of contact indicated on their registration forms.
  • Prizes will be held at the Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard in Baton Rouge for pickup. Winners should contact ndenby@ebrpl.com to schedule a date and time to pick up their prize.

 

    

Notes

  • Con staff has the right to deny/disqualify any entry at any time and for any reason, and the incident will be handled accordingly based on the severity of the situation. This includes participants improperly or dishonestly presenting their costume.
  • Violations of any rule in any form may result in disqualification and possible removal from the convention area.
  • All costumes and props must be self-contained (ie no projectiles).
  • Please keep all costumes PG (no nudity).
  • Participants may only enter once and wear one costume. Participants may not enter as both an individual and a group member.
  • Library employees, panelists, and invited guest cosplayers are ineligible to compete.

*Rules adapted from Chapter 6 of Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library by Ellysa Kroski

Ninja YoYo Cosplay

Ninja YoYo Cosplay

Cosplay Contest Coordinator and Judge

Bio:

Ninja Yoyo Cosplay (more commonly known as Cheri) is a Baton Rouge, Louisiana based cosplayer originally from Mississippi. This Southern Miss and LSU alumna is a Graphic Designer by day, Cosplayer by night, and has been cosplaying for just over 5 years, and her looks are generally influenced by anime and comics. During her spare time, Ninja Yoyo is a moderator for the Extraordinary Journey of a Black Nerd Facecbook group, where she helps organize its #28DaysofBlackCosplay project, and she has also contributed articles for the EJOBN and Gathering of Geeks blogs in the past. In addition to this awesome con, she has plans to attend: Louisianime, MomoCon, Big Easy Con, and MechaCon.

Cajun Moon Creations

Cajun Moon Creations

Worskhop Presenter, Wig Demo; Cosplay Contest Coordinator & Judge

Facebook: http://facebook.com/cajunmooncreations

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LovelyLadyLuna4

Bio

Lady Luna Loveless is an award winning cosplayer and owner of Cajun Moon Creations. She is a professional seamstress and wig stylist from Lafayette Louisiana.

Gamma Rae Cosplay

Gamma Rae Cosplay

Panelist: In Living Color: YouTube, Podcasts, and Online Content

Cosplay Competition Judge


"I work as a lawyer by day, but by night I double as a cosplayer, under the name Gamma Rae Cosplay. Three years ago, I attended my first Comic Con, where I discovered a newfound passion for cosplay. My first attempt at cosplay was when I went to the Mississippi Anime Festival, dressed as Rick from Rick and Morty. I've been addicted ever since.

I've always loved geek culture. Growing up I played video games and loved things like Ronin Warriors and Street Fighter.

I co-host a podcast called Geeked Up, where we discuss geek/pop culture and what it was like to grow up as a geek in Mississippi. She also recently started a chapter of the international organization Geek Girl Brunch (a meetup group for ladies to talk about geek culture over brunch and mimosas) in Jackson, MS with two of her close friends. When it comes to cosplaying I love doing cosplays as a variety of characters and adding some black girl magic to it."


Facebookgeekedupjxn & gammaraecosplay

Instagram: @gammaraecosplay

Twitter: @GammaRaeCosplay

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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