2018 Costume Contest - Rose City Comic Con

2018 Costume Contest

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Oregon Convention Center

777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

Panel Room 1

2018 Costume Contest

Saturday night (9/8) at 8:00 pm upstairs in Panel Room 1.

Each year, Rose City Comic Con holds a costume contest where con-goers get to show off their cosplay skills and win cash prizes! All are welcome to attend the show!

 For those who wish to enter and compete, pay close attention to all the rules and expectations below.



Contest is open to ages 11 and up. (11-15 youth entries, 16-Up adult entries)

Contestants should register ASAP! Use the sign-up link HERE to apply.

You may be able to sign up day of, but space is limited and first come, first served, so plan now and register early!

Individuals can apply to be judged in one of the following categories; however, final placement will be at the discretion of the judges and contest organizers.

  • YOUTH Entry (must be ages 11 – 15 / 16-up = adult entry)
  • TAILORS (Needlework focus – primarily cloth, fabric, spandex, etc w/emphasis on tailoring)
  • SOLDIERS (Molding or shaping using acrylic, EVA foam, Worbla, Wonderflex, cardboard, chainmail and more – emphasis on armor)
  • TINKERS (Mechanical/moving parts, electronics, lights, etc. – an emphasis on hardware)
  • BEYOND HUMAN – larger-than-life cosplay that encloses the maker and extends head, height, limbs etc. by (at least) one foot in length or more. A costume that’s REALLY BIG.

NOTE: Many costumes incorporate needlework PLUS Worbla, FX, etc. All WILL be taken into account, but enter in the category that fits where the MAJORITY of time and work was focused.

*GROUP SHOWCASE – we’d love to spotlight some coordinated cosplay efforts. However, groups won’t be judged for awards or eligible for best in show. There may be a fun prize for favorite group! Participants are welcome but if they want to be judged, they’ll need to register in one of the individual categories as well.

Preliminary Judging – what contestants need to know:

Preliminary judging happens BY CATEGORY during the day on Saturday, 11am – 3pm

Location:  D132

  • 11:00 – Tailors
  • 11:45 – Soldiers
  • 12:30 – Youth
  • 1:15 – Tinkers
  • 2:00 – Beyond Human

If you have a conflict with your category window, or aren’t sure what category to register as, stop by Room D132 at 11am and talk to registration about an alternate time between 11am – 3pm.

You MUST participate in preliminary judging to be eligible to compete in the evening contest. Being a contestant will mean donning your attire in-full once during the day on Saturday for preliminary judging and again as determined for the evening event.

Contestants should provide a 100-word written description that the emcee will read during their appearance on stage. This may describe the details of the costume or provide a story about the character being portrayed. You may offer details about the construction process, materials, number of work hours, or anything that might impress the judges and Fans. This description is limited to 100 words. RCCC reserves the right to edit introduction material for time and content.

To be judged for accuracy as a visual reference, please bring a reference color photo of the character you are cosplaying when you arrive for onsite check-in. You may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar enough with your character.

Costume Contest Rules:

 These rules have been created to provide a safe, organized, memorable and fun experience for all involved.

  • Prefabricated, store-bought costumes cannot compete. Costumes must have been made by contestant. A portion of the costume may be from purchased goods or commissioned work but more than 75% should have been constructed by the wearer (significant help from family/friends is acceptable)
  • Costume should be new to this competition. It cannot have been in a prior Rose City Comic Con Costume Contest. It cannot have won awards at another convention’s costume contest.
  • Friends, family, etc. are not allowed backstage. If your costume is elaborate in some way that makes a handler necessary, this may be allowed but is at discretion of Contest Department staff.
  • No nudity. RCCC reserves the right to decide what is considered appropriate for the Show’s audience.
  • No profanity, political or religious statements are allowed on stage including messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.
  • Costumes cannot promote any particular political agenda or message.
  • Costumes cannot endorse any form of real hate group.
  • Costume cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about RCCC or its products, or other people, products or companies.
  • Costume cannot depict, and cannot itself, be in violation of any law.
  • Visible Convention passes and Peace Bonding will not be required during the evening contest when you go on stage, but should otherwise be worn at all other times in Convention Center and to and from Preliminary Judging area.
  • Contestants are responsible for their own belongings. We are unable to provide a secure area for personal items. We recommend bringing an assistant to help with belongings.
  • No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power it must be part of your costume design.
  • Convention personnel, fellow contestants and attendees should be treated with respect and courtesy. Participation in the contest may be denied at discretion of our Costume Department if your treatment of others is deemed inappropriate in any way.
  • Wings, large props or large costumes are fine, but if your costume is over 8 feet tall, or 3 feet wide you may not fit through the doors. If possible, make wings and other parts that make your costume detachable. We have no limit on the size of costumes or props, but ask that you be safe and aware while on stage. You will be responsible for ALL damage to the stage, lighting, technical aspects or any convention property.
  • Your costume must allow movement with limited assistance. Your costume must not impede your ability to get on and off stage. Furthermore, your costume cannot be built on stage.
  • Any prize won by an eligible entrant who is a minor will be awarded to the minor’s parent or legal guardian, who must sign and return any required documents. Receiving the prize is contingent upon compliance with these Official Rules.

If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to ask! Direct additional questions to info@rosecitycomiccon.com

Limitations of Liability: RCCC is not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, typographical errors, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.

Release: By accepting a prize, each Winner agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (if any), and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents; from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.