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MAY 18-19, 2024
Virginia Beach Convention Center
May 18-19, 2024 • Virginia Beach Convention Center • VA Beach, VA

TIDEWATER COMICON 2024 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 only enter in one category. Example: Adult, Kid, Group. 


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. Tidewater Comicon 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.

COSPLAY CONTEST CATEGORIES

Congrats to our 2023 Cosplay Contest Winners!

BEST ADULT COSPLAY
Ages 16 and Up

BEST GROUP COSPLAY
3 or more Members with a Theme

BEST KIDS COSPLAY
15 and Under

JUDGING TIME AND LOCATION

SUNDAY
3PM

ALL CATEGORIES (ADULT, KIDS, & GROUP)

To enter the cosplay contest:
In order to enter the cosplay contest, you will need to register at the Main Stage at the back of the exhibitor hall when the contest begins at 3PM.

Winners will be announced at 4:45PM at the main stage.

JUDGES AND MCs

Thank you to this year’s Incredible Cosplay Judges:
Mellie Bee Cosplay, Astravoid, and Bat Von Boo.
And a special thanks to Host Zach Carr!

PRIZES

Adult Category
First Place Prize: $500 in cash and prizes, a cool foam check, and a photo shoot from BC Photography!
Second Place Prize: $250 in cash and prizes.
Third Place Prize: $100 in cash and prizes.

Group Category (Prizes are for the group, not individual persons)
First Place Prize: $500 in cash and prizes, a cool foam check, and a photo shoot from BC Photography!
Second Place Prize: $250 in cash and prizes.
Third Place Prize: $100 in cash and prizes.

Kid Category
First Place Prize: $500 in cash and prizes, a cool foam check, and a photo shoot from BC Photography!
Second Place Prize: $250 in cash and prizes.
Third Place Prize: $100 in cash and prizes.