May 20-21, 2023 | The Virginia Beach Convention Center | VA Beach, VA

TIDEWATER COMICON 2022 COSPLAY CONTEST

OFFICIAL RULES

The rules on this page are subject to change, if you are interested in participating, please check the cosplay section of the website often to ensure you are aware of any updates or changes.  

Be advised that signing up for any cosplay contest is an affirmation that you agree to follow the rules presented on the Tidewater Comicon website as well as any decisions made by cosplay staff prior to, or during, Tidewater Comicon.

All cosplay events/panels have the potential to be photographed/filmed/recorded in some fashion. These recordings may be used in future galleries or promotions. Signing up for, and/or attending, any cosplay event is done with the understanding that recording could occur at any time and permission is tacitly given for the participant’s likeness to be used.

1. Any weapons must be PROP only. If you can hurt someone with it, leave it at home. NO Airsoft, etc.


2. You can enter in one category per day.


3. Originally crafted costumes only.
 (Store bought costumes are still welcome to enter but are not eligible to win). 


4. Tidewater Comicon is a family friendly event. All costumes must cover “swimsuit areas”-no nudity. Body-paint costumes are not eligible to win. Nashville adheres to the “PG-13 rule” when it comes to language and hand gestures on stage. Violation of this rule may cause you to be disqualified from the competition.


5. You must be a registered Tidewater Comicon attendee in order to compete. Each member of your group must have a badge, pass, or other form of attendee membership. There is no additional fee to get into the contest.

6. The contest is open to characters from published works; movies, TV shows, comic books, cartoons, video games, and card games.

7. Costumes must be handled by the contestant or by handler(s) the contestant brings to help. Handlers are required to be registered attendees of the convention and Tidewater Comicon cannot provide on-stage assistants.

8. Contestants are not allowed to throw anything off stage, nor use projectiles or use anything on stage that will leave a mess. This includes (but is not limited to) liquids, glitter, and confetti.

9. No pyrotechnics, fire, explosive devices, live animals, or similar special effects can be used during the competition; this includes smoke/smog machines and flash powder. Anyone who violates this rule may be disqualified from the competition and be asked to leave the convention area depending on the severity of the incursion. All prop weapons must conform to the Tidewater Comicon prop policies, including being checked.

OFFICIAL PRIZES

This year’s prizes will include:

1. Cash Prize for First and Second Place
2. Trophies for First Place


CATEGORIES

SATURDAY

Categories:

• Best Adult Cosplay
Prizes for 1st Place and Runner Up

• Best Group Cosplay (4 or more people with theme)
Prizes for 1st Place and Runner Up

• Judge’s Favorites

Sponsored by Studio Evolved Tattoo, WGNT 27, and Comic Kings

SUNDAY


Categories:

• Best Youth Cosplay (12 and under)
Prizes for 1st Place and Runner Up

• Best Group Youth Cosplay (12 and under)
(4 or more people with theme)

• Judge’s Favorites

Sponsored by Studio Evolved Tattoo, WGNT 27, and Comic Kings

JUDGES

JUDGING TIMES


Saturday:

Pre-Judging Table (Location To Be Announced) from 3-5 on Saturday.

At 5:45 pm Top finalists in each category will be called on stage and Winners will be announced


Sunday:

Pre-Judging Table (Location To Be Announced) from 1pm-3pm on Sunday.

At 3:45 pm Top finalists in each category will be called on stage and Winners will be announced

SATURDAY: 10:30AM-6PM
SUNDAY: 11:30AM-4PM

VIP ENTRY:
SAT: 10AM • SUN 11AM

Tidewater COmicon IS PART OF THE INCREDIBLE CONVENTIONS FAMILY OF SHOWS, INCLUDing SAVANNAH COMIC CON, FAIRFAX COMIC CON, HAMPTON COMICON, THE WILMINGTON GEEK EXPO, & Superstar Anime

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