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Cosplay Contest

Cosplay Contest Prize!

Cosplay Contest sponsored by Geek-E Magazine

Stop by our tables and photo booth! Sign up for the Cosplay Contests! Show off your Cosplay, your prizes or just your finds and merchandise by getting your picture taken by Photo Editor, John F Sheehan Photography! Bring the kids by for face painting! Test your knowledge by taking our trivia challenge! Meet our cosplay guests and ambassadors! Enter a raffle for a prize! Purchase some gifts for friends, family, or just yourself! Also meet our lucky winner of the first “Cosplay Transform”, where they premiere their first (EVER) cosplay! 

Join us for the Cosplay Contests (adults on Saturday, Kids on Sunday) as well as for a wonderfully entertaining Variety Show (Sunday).

The Long Island Retro Gaming Expo is proud to bring back the Cosplay Contest, sponsored by Geek-E Magazine on Saturday, August 10th!

The Cosplay contest will consist of a pre-judging session, and a catwalk/skit display, as an emcee introduces the contestants.

We ask that all contestants display good sportsmanship to each other as well as the judges.

There will be NO discrimination based on a person’s level of cosplay, race or body-type.

Judgement Criteria:

  • How the costume was obtained (homemade vs store bought)
  • Attention to details or added little “flares”
  • Creativity
  • Quality
  • Overall appearance
  • Likeness to the character(s)
  • Maneuverability / Functionality
  • Stage Presence

Contestants are encouraged to be creative during their time on stage. Group Skits are permitted (up to 1 minute). During catwalks Action poses, working with props, or calling out a character’s catch-phrase (where relevant) will all be viewed favorably, assuming it does not involve breaking any of the rules listed below.

Rules & Guidelines:

  1. NO NUDITY (does it really have to be said?).
  2. NO Profanity allowed on stage. This includes any messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition (if even Deadpool knows when to keep it “clean”- so should you)
  3. NO Political or Religious statements on stage. We get enough of that everywhere else- this is not the time or place for it. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
  4. NO liquids, glitter, or any objects that will leave a mess (this includes costume pieces). Please be respectful of the venue and those who work there.
  5. NO flashpots, explosive devices, or similar special effects are to be used.  Safety first. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition, as well as asked to leave the expo area.
  6. NO projectiles of any kind. This includes; water pistols, silly-string guns, ping pong pistols, nerf guns. We are here because we have an imagination- you can still get your point across without anything leaving your person while you are on the catwalk. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition, as well as asked to leave the expo area.
  7. All prop weapons must be non-working and peace bonded. No functioning projectile weapons (see Rule 6). Bladed weapons must be sheathed and peace bonded at ALL times. No clowning around and showing off in the common areas. Anyone who violates this rule WILL be disqualified from the contest and asked to leave the expo area.
  8. Jumping, flipping, running, throwing items, or any movements that could compromise the safety of the contestants or spectators is prohibited. Any of these actions will result in automatic disqualification from the contest.
  • You must choose between a character catwalk or a short skit (consisting of 1 minute tops)- you cannot do both.
  • All applications must be submitted by the time of pre-judging. THERE ARE NO ONLINE APPLICATIONS, they will only be available physically at the expo
  • Costumes must be self-contained
  • Each contestant may only enter one costume into the competition.
  • Large, elaborate costumes must be handled by the contestant and/or assistants the contestant brings to help.

Additionally, please note that contestants can only enter in one category: “Individual” or “Group” (consisting of more than one person).

 

Prizes & Categories:

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the following categories:

  • Best Performance
  • Group
  • Most Unique
  • Craftsmanship
  • “Best In Show”
 

The Long Island Retro Gaming Expo is proud to introduce the First Junior Cosplay Contest, for contestants 17 and under, sponsored by Geek-E Magazine on Sunday, August 11th. Contestants must have an adult to participate.

The Cosplay contest will consist of a pre-judging session, and a catwalk/skit display, as an emcee introduces the contestants.

We ask that all contestants display good sportsmanship to each other as well as the judges.

There will be NO discrimination based on a person’s level of cosplay, race or body-type.

Judgement Criteria:

  • How the costume was obtained (homemade vs store bought)
  • Attention to details or added little “flares”
  • Creativity
  • Quality
  • Overall appearance
  • Likeness to the character(s)
  • Maneuverability / Functionality
  • Stage Presence

Contestants are encouraged to be creative during their time on stage. Group Skits are permitted (up to 1 minute). During catwalks Action poses, working with props, or calling out a character’s catch-phrase (where relevant) will all be viewed favorably, assuming it does not involve breaking any of the rules listed below.

Rules & Guidelines:

1 NO NUDITY (does it really have to be said?).

2 NO Profanity allowed on stage. This includes any messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition (if even Deadpool knows when to keep it “clean”- so should you)

3 NO Political or Religious statements on stage. We get enough of that everywhere else- this is not the time or place for it. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.

4 NO liquids, glitter, or any objects that will leave a mess (this includes costume pieces). Please be respectful of the venue and those who work there.

5 NO flashpots, explosive devices, or similar special effects are to be used.  Safety first. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition, as well as asked to leave the expo area.

6 NO projectiles of any kind. This includes; water pistols, silly-string guns, ping pong pistols, nerf guns. We are here because we have an imagination- you can still get your point across without anything leaving your person while you are on the catwalk. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition, as well as asked to leave the expo area.

7 All prop weapons must be non-working and peace bonded. No functioning projectile weapons (see Rule 6). Bladed weapons must be sheathed and peace bonded at ALL times. No clowning around and showing off in the common areas. Anyone who violates this rule WILL be disqualified from the contest and asked to leave the expo area.

8 Jumping, flipping, running, throwing items, or any movements that could compromise the safety of the contestants or spectators is prohibited. Any of these actions will result in automatic disqualification from the contest.

  • You must choose between a character catwalk or a short skit (consisting of 1 minute tops)- you cannot do both.
  • All applications must be submitted by the time of pre-judging. THERE ARE NO ONLINE APPLICATIONS, they will only be available physically at the expo
  • Costumes must be self-contained
  • Each contestant may only enter one costume into the competition.
  • Large, elaborate costumes must be handled by the contestant and/or assistants the contestant brings to help.

Additionally, please note that contestants can only enter in one category: “Individual” or “Group” (consisting of more than one person).

Prizes & Categories:

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the following categories:

  • Best Performance
  • Group (2 or more)
  • “Best In Show” Kid
  • “Best In Show” Teen (if the age ends with teen)
  • Craftsmanship
 

The first ever LI Retro Variety Show

Sunday, August 11th  @2:30 pm.

Sponsored by Geek-E Magazine.

Please join us for a generous serving of entertainment! Music, dancing, magic and more! Including a Poi Performance by last year’s Cosplay Contest winner, Abigail Loos! You won’t want to miss it!

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