Comicdom Cosplay 2017

Saturday
19:30 - 21:30
Hellenic American Union
Theatre

Comicdom Cosplay is one of the most popular events of Comicdom Con Athens and the national preliminary competition for EuroCosplay. The best cosplayers in Greece give their best to create the most impressive and elaborate costumes, and give the most dynamic stage performane. The competition’s judges, taking into account the costume accuracy, the construction quality and complexity, and the stage performances, select the winner who will represent Greece in the European cosplay competition, at the London MCM Expo, in October!

EuroCosplay has been held annually since 2010, in London, and features the best cosplayers from all over Europe. Each participating country sends their best representative, selected from a preliminary competition, to compete for the title of the best European cosplayer of the year!

The goal of EuroCosplay is to elevate the hobby and art of cosplay in Europe, and also inspire the present and future cosplayers to strengthen the cosplay community. Apart from the official website, you can find photos from previous EuroCosplay competitions and news about the upcoming one, at the EuroCosplay Facebook page.

The members of the Comicdom Cosplay 2017 judging committee are:

  • Manolis Vamvounis – Comics writer (YOUNGBLOOD), Culture Blogger, (Bleedingcool.com, Gkoultoura.gr, Lifo.gr)
  • Venetia Dedemadi – Set & Costume Designer for theater and film
  • Sergios Kotsovoulos – Director/Set Designer (Please Insert Coin & Within)
  • Alexandros Loggos – Make-up FX artist, props and mask designer
  • Lia Rokou – 1st place winner, solo category, Comicdom Cosplay 2016

For those who wish to watch the competition, we inform you that starting this year the free invitations for both the actual event at the Hellenic American Union Theatre and the live streaming at the French Institute Auditorium will be distributed, one per person, through electronic registrations at Eventbrite. The registrations will begin on Monday, March 27 at 20:00 and until Sunday, April 2, or while supplies last. After having successfully registered, you can pick up your invitation by showing some form of official i.d., at the main Comicdom Con Athens front desk (Hellenic American Union, 22 Massalias Str., Kolonaki, starting at noon on Friday, April 7 and until noon Saturday, April 8.

Contestants Registration Info

Solo

Solo

  1. Fill out the online form here.
  2. Send an email to cosplay@comicdom-con.gr with three images (jpg, larger than 700×700 pixels each) of your character, in the version in which you will present them (not your own photograph). The images need to be clear and full representations of your cosplay character’s costume and appearance. At least one of them will have to be full body. Fan art or photos of figures is not acceptable.
  3. Fill out a release form (you can download it here if you are an adult, or here if you are a minor), which you must submit to the Comicdom Con Athens 2017 front desk, on the day of the contest.

(Optional)

  1. Send an email to cosplay@comicdom-con.gr with your music or audio track in mp3 format (up to 60 seconds duration), if you wish to have something like that playing while you are on stage.
  2. Send to cosplay@comicdom-con.gr, preferably with a service such as WeTransfer, your progress file in PDF format (see an example here), with photographs from the process of creating your costume and other manufacturing details. It is not necessary that the costume is completed when you send the progress file. You must bring the final progress file, which must include the photos of the character you sent with your registration, printed in a booklet or folder (2 copies), on the day of the contest. The copies will not be returned. Progress files that haven’t been sent digitally within the deadline will not be accepted on the day of the contest.

No registration will be considered valid without a confirmation email from us.

By registering, you state that you completely and unequivocally accept the rules and regulations of Comicdom Cosplay 2017 and agree to abide by them.

Registration deadline: March 24, 2017. Participation spots are limited.

Group

Group (up to 6 persons)

  1. Fill out the online form here.
  2. Send an email to cosplay@comicdom-con.gr with two images (jpg, larger than 700×700 pixels each) of each of the characters, in the version in which you will present them and three group images (not your own photographs). The images need to be clear and full representations of your cosplay characters’ costumes and appearances. At least one of them will have to be full body. Fan art or photos of figures is not acceptable.
  3. Send an email to cosplay@comicdom-con.gr with your music or audio track in mp3 format (up to 3 minutes duration). We can also supply a cordless hand microphone, if you ask for it in your registration form.
  4. All members of the group must fill out a release form (you can download it here if you are an adult, or here if you are a minor), which you must submit to the Comicdom Con Athens 2017 front desk, on the day of the contest.

The group competition will only be held if we reach a minimum number of four participating groups. If there are less than four participating groups, you can either make your presentation on stage without the incentive of a prize/distinction, or the members of the group can participate in the solo competition.

No registration will be considered valid without a confirmation email from us.

By registering, you state that you completely and unequivocally accept the rules and regulations of Comicdom Cosplay 2017 and agree to abide by them.

Registration deadline: March 24, 2017. Participation spots are limited.

Rules And Regulations

General

The cosplay characters you select must be fictional characters originating in comics, films, TV series, animation, or video games.

Costumes will be permitted only if they are handmade and created by the contestants themselves. There is an exception for small accessories (hair clips, jewelry, etc.), underwear, pantyhose, clothes that are worn under the costume and ready-made clothing articled that have been altered extensively for the purpose of creating the uniform.

Nude or particularly obscene costumes will not be permitted.

The contestants must be aware that they will have to walk through doors and go up and down some stairs while in costume.

Forbidden are all types of firearms, as well as (sharpened or not) swords , knives, axes, or martial art weaponry. Paintball guns, BB guns and firearm replicas must have their barrels tightly shut with a distinct red cap. Forbidden are also chemicals, any object that produces fire or spark, and any type of sharp or otherwise dangerous objects which may injure the participant and those around him. All props must light, with rounded edges, and no longer than 250 cm.

Contestants can participate with a cosplay that they wore at another contest, as long as the costume is handmade and created by themselves. They cannot, though, participate with a cosplay that they wore at a previous Comicdom Cosplay.

Contestants can either participate in the solo or group categories, but not in both at the same time.

Changes in confirmed registrations can also be made with the repetition of the full registration process (filling out the online form, sending email with images and music) at a date no later than March 24.

Day of the contest

On the day of Comicdom Cosplay 2017, the contestants must present themselves to the Comicdom Con Athens 2017 front desk, at the Hellenic American Union (22 Massalias Str. Kolonaki), check-in (all group members for the group category) and receive their participation tag. For the exact time of your arrival, you will be notified with a personal email, a few days before the contest. The arrival and check-in procedure will start in the morning.

Solo: The judges will review each contestant separately, while examining the images they sent with their registration. Each contestant has three minutes to talk about the manufacturing process and answer question by the judges. If a contestant does appear in time, with their final costume, at this particular appointment, they will be disqualified for the “costume quality” and “similarity to character” grades, but they will still have a chance to appear on stage.

Group: The judges will review the whole group at once, while examining the images they sent with their registration. Each group has five minutes to talk about the manufacturing process and answer question by the judges. If all members of the group do not appear in time, with their final costumes, at this particular appointment, they will be disqualified for the “costume quality” and “similarity to character” grades, but they will still have a chance to appear on stage.

At 18:30, all contestants must be present, in full costume, at the Hellenic American Union Theater. Any contestant who does not arrive on time, is disqualified.

The total duration of the stage performance must not be over 60 seconds for the solo category, and 3 minutes for the group category. An extra 30 seconds is allowed for preparation of the stage and scenery by the assistant, before the contestant’s performance begins.

Grading

The Solo Category will be graded by the following criteria:
Α) Costume Quality 40%
Β) Similarity to characters 40%
C) Stage presence 20%

See the detailed judgment criteria for grading

The Group Category will be graded by the following criteria:
Α) Costume Quality 30%
Β) Similarity to characters 30%
D) Stage presence 40%

See the detailed judgment criteria for grading

Chaperones / Assistants

Each contestant in the Solo Category and each group in the Group Category is allowed to be accompanied by one person as an assistant. They can enter the dressing room with the contestant to help them get dressed and prepared for the contest. The assistants can also remain with the contestants in the green room (Foyer), during the contest ceremony. Alternatively, if the contestants give them their invitation, the assistants can be in the Theater to watch the contest.

The assistant can bring items/props etc. up to the stage and make the necessary preparations, before the contestant’s performance. In this case, they will have to be dressed in plain black clothes. If the performance is more elaborate and needs further people to assist in the preparation of the stage, the contestant must notify the organizers by email during their registration, and the Comicdom Con Athens 2017 volunteers will provide further assistance.

Each contestant in the Solo Category and each group in the Group Category is allowed one invitation for the contest ceremony for one friend/chaperone/assistant, which they will receive from the Comicdom Con Athens 2017 front desk, during check-in.

Winners

1st place Solo

The first winner in the Solo Category will represent the country in the European cosplay competition EuroCosplay, which will be held on October 28 at the London MCM Expo. The winner receives a two-way plane ticket to London from their city of residence, hotel fare for two days in London, and two two-day passes for the October London MCM Expo. Furthermore, for the transportation of their costume, expenses will be covered for an extra piece of luggage on the plane, or a mail delivery of up to two packages with a total weight of no more than 30 kg.

For the winner to participate in EuroCosplay, they will have be 18 or older by October 2017, be a Greek citizen, permanent Greek resident for more than 3 years, or a citizen of a neighboring country that does not have a EuroCosplay preliminary contest, and not participate in any way in the organizing team of Comicdom Con Athens 2017. If the first winner of Comicdom Cosplay 2017 does not fulfill all these requirements, the country will be represented by the first one who does, according to the final classification of the scores. If you don’t fulfill one or more of these requirements for EuroCosplay, or are otherwise unable to travel to London to participate, please notify the organizers in your registration email.

2nd Place Solo

• 1 NES Classic Edition (Mini-NES) (προσφορά του OtakuStore.gr)
• 1 μινιατούρα κλίμακας 1:10 του ίδιου διαγωνιζόμενου με την στολή που θα κερδίσει (προσφορά της It’s You)
• 1 Tales of Berseria PS4 (προσφορά της Bandai Namco Entertainment – Hellas)
• 1 φιγούρα Usopp (Dramatic Showcase) από το One Piece – (προσφορά του AnimeHouse.gr)
• 1 Crazy Doll makeup kit (προσφορά της Kryolan Hellas)
• Τόμοι 1-3 από το manga Blade of the Immortal (προσφορά της Anubis Comics)

3rd Place Solo

• 1 φιγούρα Luffy (GG Hawk Whip Figuarts Zero) από το One Piece (προσφορά του OtakuStore.gr)
• 1 μινιατούρα κλίμακας 1:10 του ίδιου διαγωνιζόμενου με την στολή που θα κερδίσει (προσφορά της It’s You)
• 1 Dragonball Xenoverse 2 Xb1 (προσφορά της Bandai Namco Entertainment – Hellas)
• 1 φιγούρα Oberyn Martell από το Game of Thrones (προσφορά του AnimeHouse.gr)
• Fairy Girl makeup kit (προσφορά της Kryolan Hellas)
• Τόμοι 1-3 από το manga Berserk (προσφορά της Anubis Comics)

Group

• 1 chess Piece Collection R από το Persona
• 1 UNO Dragon Ball Super από το Dragonball
• 1 αφίσα Resident Evil 7 από το Resident Evil
• 1 αφίσα Saitama Punch από το One Punch Man
• 1 αφίσα The Phantom Pain από το Metal Gear Solid V
• 1 αφίσα Vocaloid Idols
• 1 κούπα Death Note από το Death Note
• 1 κούπα Hokage Rock από το Naruto
• 1 κούπα Neko Bus + Totoro από το Totoro
• 1 κούπα Resident Evil 7 από το Resident Evil
(προσφορά του OtakuStore.gr)
• 1 Tales of Berseria PS4
• 1 Dragonball Xenoverse 2 Xb1
(προσφορά της Bandai Namco Entertainment – Hellas)
• 1 pop art gal makeup kit
(προσφορά της Kryolan Hellas)
• 1 συλλογή Dragon Balls από το Dragon Ball
• 1 φιγούρα Melisandre (Funko POP!) από το Game of Thrones
• 1 wall Scroll Tatsumaki από το One-Punch Man
• 1 wall Scroll Natsu από το Fairy Tail
• 1 manga Tokyo Ghoul Τόμος 1
• 1 wall scroll Marauder´s Map από το Harry Potter
• 1 σημαία Survey Corps Black από Shingeki no Kyojin
• 1 τετράδιο Death Note από το Death Note
• 1 βραχιόλι Poke Ball από το Pokemon
• 1 mousepad Naruto vs Akatsuki Team από το Naruto
• 1 μπρελόκ Tracer από το Overwatch
(προσφορά του AnimeHouse.gr)
• Τόμοι 1-3 από το manga Blade of the Immortal
• Τόμοι 1-3 από το manga Bleach
• Τόμοι 1-3 από το manga Love Hina
(προσφορά της Anubis Comics)

Stating the obvious

The contestants and assistants/chaperones promise to maintain a proper and sportsmanlike behavior, abide by the rules and regulations of the contest, and conform to the suggestions and decisions of the organizers.

The judges decisions are final and non-negotiable.

Organizers retain the right to disqualify any contestant if they find them non-compliant to the above rules and regulations.

If you have any further questions, you can contact us at cosplay@comicdom-con.gr

If you are a journalist/photographer and wish to cover the ceremony, please fill out the required form

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