Free Comic Book Day Cosplay contest

 

Costume Contest Details:
 

  • Participants are to begin lining up in the designated area (near the FCBD Main Event Stage) no later than 4 PM. The contest itself will begin at 4:15 PM.

  • Participants MUST be present at 4 PM to be included in the contest, they MUST have the Contestant Number they were given when they filled-out their Official Entry Form, and they MUST also be present at the time of final judging to be eligible to win.

  • Each Contestant/Group will have 30 seconds to present their costumes for judging.

  • Each Contestant may present one – and only one – costume and be entered in only one category. In the case of Group entries, each member may wear one costume per person in the Group, or may wear one costume together (i.e. a large costume that requires several people inside). No single Contestant may also enter into the Group category, etc.

  • Costumes must allow Contestants enough freedom of movement so that they can walk freely and present themselves to the judges when required. Should assistance be needed, Contestants may have assistants but they will not be provided by Level Up Entertainment or the Hamilton Mall.

  • The Judges’ decisions are final. Any ties will be broken in whatever manner the Judges see fit.

 


2018 Costume Contest Details & Rules

 

Where and When:
 

Our Costume Contest is part of our Free Comic Book Day 2018 festivities, happening on May 5, 2018 at Level Up Entertainment in the Hamilton Mall - Mays Landing, NJ!
 

Sign-Up: Official Entry Forms for the contest will be available at our FCBD Costume Contest Sign-Up Table located near Level Up Entertainment between 10 AM and 2 PM.

 

Contest: The contest itself will be held before a panel of judges and a live audience at the FCBD Main Event Stage  starting at 4:15 PM. Contestants must arrive at 4 PM!

 

How to Enter:
 

Entering the contest is easy:

  • Attend Free Comic Book Day at Level Up Entertainment on May 5th, 2018 in costume!

  • Visit our FCBD Costume Contest Sign-Up Table between 10 am and 2 pm to fill out an Official Entry Form and get your Contestant Number!

  • Be present at 4 PM with your Contestant Number, ready to show off your costume to our judges and everyone in the audience!

 

How to Win:
 

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
 

  • Best Junior (ages 13 and under)

  • Best Group (2 or more costumers of any age)

  • Best Adult Female

  • Best Adult Male
     

Winners will be decided by our panel of judges, which will include:

  • Emily's Make Up Madness. Emily is an outstanding teenage cosplayer who specializes in special effects makeup and bodypainting. She started her cosplay journey in 2015 at a Free Comic Book Day event at Level Up, where she won first place in the adult category for her spot-on portrayal of the Dark Knight Joker. Since then, Emily has been a fixture at Level Up events, hosting panels on special effects makeup and judging our costume contests. In addition to her Joker, she has also been Data from Star Trek TNG, the Tenth Doctor, Beetlejuice, and various versions of zombies and skeletons. You can check out some of her work on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/emsmakeupmadness/.

  • Moaglin. Morgan, also known as Moaglin, began making her costumes by hand in 2013. Since then, she has been an active member in the cosplay community, attending numerous conventions and events on the East Coast. She has become a regular at our events ever since she stole the show and won first place in our 2015 Halloween Comicfest costume contest.

  • RStewie. RStewie is an amazing local cosplayer who you may have seen at past Free Comic Book Days! She is known for her various Spider-People cosplays as well has Mortal Kombat ninjas! Follow her on Instagram @rstewie_


Contestants will be judged on a point scale based on 2 criteria:

  • Craftsmanship - Is the costume handmade or store-bought? How well is it put together?

  • Style - How well is the costume presented? Overall, how awesome is it?

 

Winners will be announced at the end of the contest (once the judges have seen all Contestants and scores have been tallied). Prizes will be awarded at that time.

 

Prizes:

The winner of each category will receive:

  • $100 in cash

  • Trophy

 

Rules & Regulations:

 

All Contestants and their costumes, props and “weapons” must adhere to the following policies:

  1. NO WEAPONS! The mall has a strict no weapons policy. This includes foam, plastic, cardboard, or any other kind of prop replica weapon. If your costume requires a weapon, please contact us before bringing it to the event. Any weapons brought to the event will be confiscated by security.

  2. NO fire, smoke or pyrotechnics!

  3. All costumes must be family friendly - NO indecent exposure, nudity, etc!

  4. NO profanity or lewd behavior will be tolerated during the contest!


Please be aware that ANYONE violating these rules WILL be disqualified from the contest and may risk forfeiture of the offending item and/or eviction from the premises at the discretion of Hamilton Mall Security and/or Township of Hamilton Police. Please ensure that any weapon-type props are visibly marked as non-functioning (i.e. orange tips on guns, foam swords, etc.). Level Up Entertainment is not responsible for any confiscated, lost, or damaged props or costumes.

  • All persons wearing a costume that obscures their face (mask, bandana, helmet, etc) must register and receive a wristband even if they are not participating in the contest.

  • All Contestants under the age of 18 MUST have the consent of a parent or legal guardian to enter the contest. All Contestants in the Junior category (age 13 and under) MUST have a legal guardian or parent present during the entirety of the Costume Contest.

  • Pictures and video of the Contestants may be taken during the contest by representatives of Level Up Entertainment. These pictures and video are the property of Level Up Entertainment. Entry into this contest constitutes an agreement by the Contestants (or Contestants’ parent or legal guardian if under the age of 18) to allow Level Up Entertainment  to use their likeness/image, etc. in any current/future advertising (online, in video or in print), promotion, or product.

  • Level Up Entertainment reserves the right to modify, update, or amend these rules at any time.

 

  • And lastly, the most important rule of all … HAVE FUN!

 

Cosplay Judges

 
 Emily as The 10th Doctor

Emily as The 10th Doctor

Emily's Make Up Madness

 

Emily is an outstanding teenage cosplayer who specializes in special effects makeup and bodypainting. She started her cosplay journey in 2015 at a Free Comic Book Day event at Level Up, where she won first place in the adult category for her spot-on portrayal of the Dark Knight Joker. Since then, Emily has been a fixture at Level Up events, hosting panels on special effects makeup and judging our costume contests. In addition to her Joker, she has also been Data from Star Trek TNG, the Tenth Doctor, Beetlejuice, and various versions of zombies and skeletons. You can check out some of her work on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/emsmakeupmadness/.


RStewie

RStewie is an amazing local cosplayer who you may have seen at past Free Comic Book Days! She is known for her various Spider-People cosplays as well has Mortal Kombat ninjas! Follow her on Instagram @rstewie_

 

 RStweie as Gwenom

RStweie as Gwenom


 Morgan as Harley Quinn (Arkham City)

Morgan as Harley Quinn (Arkham City)

Moaglin

https://www.facebook.com/Moaglinxx

Morgan, also known as Moaglin, began making her costumes by hand in 2013. Since then, she has been an active member in the cosplay community, attending numerous conventions and events on the East Coast. She has become a regular at our events ever since she stole the show and won first place in our 2015 Halloween Comicfest costume contest.