Cosplay is the visual highlight of every anime convention, and Midoricon’s no exception! In fact, our scenic surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for some pretty epic photos. With sandy beach shores, lakes, endless hiking trails, damp caves, and strikingly nautical architecture, this is one weekend you’ll want to bring along your finest craftmanship.
Although our location makes it a little too easy to indulge in fantasy (and we encourage this!), there are some safety regulations all cosplayers must adhere to.
- Let’s keep all cosplay props/weapons either handcrafted, and/or totally harmless to you and surrounding attendees. You know the drill. All weapon props must be approved by Weapon Check. No real knives, firearms, whips, chains, leashes. Airsoft projectile weapons MUST be kept for outside use only, and will be prohibited indoors.
- There may be children present. We do not want to be responsible for any child’s therapy. Midoricon may not be the ideal time or place for mom or dad to explain to them where they came from. In short, no public nudity, frolicking of Dionysian proportions, or serious public displays of in (or out) of character affection. Light fanservice? Totally okay.
- We encourage cosplay of ALL kinds, from all anime, games, fandoms, references to pop culture. Original concepts? Bring it. The only conditions we have in this regard is when participating in our Masquerade.
- If anything is found seriously offensive, dangerous, or otherwise in violation of our cosplay conditions, you will be asked to remove it. In the privacy of your own room. We have final say, and we ask you to respect that. Information on our Masquerade event can be found here!
Saturday Night Masquerade
Our Masquerade will be taking place in the ballroom on Saturday evening. The event will include brief walk-on performances, skits, and some additional entertainment as well! All attendees are encouraged to watch the Masquerade, and we very much recommend cosplayers of all ages and skill ranges to perform.
Those planning on entering the craftsmanship competition may submit their entries online in advance, or at cosplay registration. Costumes must depict fictional characters (from anime, manga, video games, etc.) or recognizable cultural icons (j-rockers, EGL, etc.) of Japanese or East-Asian origin. We do also allow participants to compete from a wide array of not-so-Japanese sources, such as Disney and Marvel/DC comics. To claim a walk-on slot at the convention, you will find Masquerade Registration located on the top floor of the lodge, in the boardroom. You are free to sign up at any time before 12:30 PM on Saturday.
You will be fairly judged on your level of craftsmanship within your talent bracket. The criteria for all prospective brackets are as follows:
- Youth - Entrants aged 12 or younger are eligible to enter our youth category. To qualify, the child must be responsible for 50% or more of his/her cosplay creation. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to accompany children to their judging appointment to ensure their safety and punctuality. A parent/guardian of any child aged 8 or younger must accompany them onstage at all times.
- Novice - Competitors who have won 1 or no awards are eligible to compete in the Novice category. You must be responsible for constructing 75% or more of your entire cosplay.
- Journeyman - Competitors who have won 2-5 awards are eligible to compete in the Journeymancategory. You must be responsible for constructing 80% or more of your entire cosplay.
- Master - Competitors who have won 6 or more awards are eligible to compete in the Master category. You must be responsible for constructing 80% or more of your entire cosplay.
Those planning on submitting their entry within a group of two or more must determine who within the group has the highest bracket level, and enter on that basis. For instance, if your group has one Novice, two Journeymen and one Master, your entire group qualifies in the Master category.
After your submission has been received, you will receive a confirmation e-mail including your judging time slot. Judging will take place on Saturday, tentatively between the hours of 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Upon submitting your entry, please alert us of any scheduling conflicts that may arise. If you are hosting an event or panel, inform us so we can try to accommodate you, but there are no guarantees. The earlier you register, the better. Your judging slot should be your first scheduling priority, however, as it’s merely a 3 minute span of time and punctuality is absolutely imperative to us, and to you. Our judges will significantly subtract from your score if you arrive late to your allotted time.
Please present our judges with a detailed photograph of the character in the outfit you are depicting, and be prepared to answer questions about the construction of various aspects of your craftsmanship by some highly experienced judges. They will know very well of the authenticity of your work, and of your experience crafting it. It should be noted that if you are not solely responsible for constructing most, if not all of your costume, you will be disqualified from the Masquerade, and surrounding conventions will be notified of your dishonesty.
To register your skit, it is highly recommended you do so in advance to assure your group a spot. You and everyone in your performance group must register for badges before submitting an entry. There are 12 performance slots open, and these slots are first come first serve, so we suggest you keep an eye out on pre-registration and get to it asap!
You will have 4 minutes max to perform your skit. Your group will be disqualified if 5 minutes are exceeded, so it is crucial that you arrange plenty of practice time to prevent this morbid possibility! If you plan on having any musical accompaniment, the audio must be arranged on a CD. We cannot support MP3 files.
If you choose to perform a skit, you will automatically be eligible to win our best in show award. However, craftsmanship judging for skit entrants is optional. If your skit consists of cosplays you have purchased or commissioned, you are still more than welcome to perform, but you will not be allotted a judging slot. Specify whether or not you would like to include craftsmanship judging in your submission below.
For performers, there will be a mandatory Masquerade dress rehearsal - exact time TBA. Please arrive on time so we can quickly and efficiently proceed through our rundown with you. If you arrive over 20 minutes late, your group will be disqualified. No exceptions. You will have one chance to practice your skit while we review it. We reserve the right to remove you from our program if we find you guilty of violating any rules.
Any of the following will be prohibited from your skit’s content:
- Seriously vulgar or crude language.
- Concepts you wouldn’t be comfortable explaining to your 10 year old nephew, unless these concepts are cleverly and obscurely orchestrated enough that he wouldn’t know to ask any questions!
- The flashing of any external reproductive organs.
Online submissions have closed! But don't worry, we have more slots available, and you're free to sign up at the convention! Just head to the Information Desk!
Gallery of Masquerades Past