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.
2017 Costume Contest Details & Rules
Where and When:
Our Costume Contest is part of our Free Comic Book Day 2017 festivities, happening on May 7, 2016 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 - second floor of the mall between H&M and Forever 21 - 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 6th, 2017 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:
Phil Bates. Winner of 2 consecutive Level Up Costume Contests (Best Adult Male Costume at Halloween Comic Fest 2014 and FCBD 2015): Phil from Eye of Eternity Cosplay. Phil has been cosplaying for about 4 years and conjures costumes from a fresh variety of fandoms.
Moaglin (Morgan) was the winner of 2015's Halloween ComicFest costume contest, and we were so impressed with her absolutely spot on Arkham Knight Harley Quinn that we’ve invited her to be a part of this year’s event, as both a Featured Cosplayer and a judge of this year's costume contest!
Kevin D Cosplay. Kevin is a veteran cosplayer and a fixture of our events in years past. You may have seen him as Batman, Captain America, Wolverine, James Bond, The Comedian, and many more, both at our events and at just about every major convention on the east coast. This year he joins us as a featured cosplayer and costume contest judge! His award winning costumes have been featured by multiple online publications including Pop Culture Uncovered, Fan Boy Nation, as well as many others. When not appearing at conventions in his impressive cosplay, Kevin attends charity events as some of his most famous characters.
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.
The winner of each category will receive:
$100 in cash
Custom sketch of you in costume by comic artist Mike Capprotti
Rules & Regulations:
All Contestants and their costumes, props and “weapons” must adhere to the following policies:
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.
NO fire, smoke or pyrotechnics!
All costumes must be family friendly - NO indecent exposure, nudity, etc!
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!
Kevin D Cosplay
Kevin is a veteran cosplayer and a fixture of East Coast events in years past. He even appeared as Captain America in a Southern NJ comic shop commercial and as Negan in a local restaurant commercial! You may have seen him as Batman, Captain America, Wolverine, James Bond, The Comedian, and many more, at just about every major convention on the east coast. This year he joins us as a featured cosplayer! His award winning costumes have been featured by multiple online publications including Pop Culture Uncovered, Fan Boy Nation, as well as many others. When not appearing at conventions in his impressive cosplay, Kevin attends charity events as some of his most famous characters, while belonging to The Heroes Alliance and as a founding member of the Philadelphia Avengers.
Phil - Eye of Eternity Armory
Winner of 2 consecutive Level Up Costume Contests (Best Adult Male at Halloween ComicFest 2014 and FCBD 2015), Phil from Eye of Eternity Armory has retired from Level Up competitions and moved onto the Judge's Table for our last few contests. He's been cosplaying for about 5 years and never ceases to amaze with his hand-crafted costumes conjured from a fresh variety of fandoms. Phil will have some of his handmade props on display, so be sure to check out his work!
Morgan was the winner of 2015's Halloween ComicFest costume contest, and we were so impressed with her absolutely spot on Arkham Knight Harley Quinn that we’ve invited her to be a part of this year’s event, as both a Featured Cosplayer and a judge of this year's costume contest!