View Full Version : Costume Contest Announced - Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon

02-22-2006, 12:06 PM
After much gnashing of teeth and stomping of feet, us folks over here in the arctic tundra have finally agreed on creating yet another first time event at the April 2006 show (Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon (http://www.torontocomicon.com)). So, without further ado, I announce the PCTC 2006 Costume Contest! Details are still in the works, but if you'd like to inquire early about entry please email me at pandaxian@rogers.com or KevinB at info@torontocomicon.com. I believe we're all agreed that the contest will take place on Saturday (April 29th). Exact time TBA.

You can look forward to:

Cash and many other prizes to be won!
Childrens Competition!
Adults Competition!
A wide variety of genres and costumes!

More information such as contest rules, entry forms, and details on prizes available to be announced in the following days, so feel free to ask any questions you need! Your questions and concerns help us brainstorm!

02-22-2006, 01:08 PM
Will Lolitas count as a costume? Would they fit in a catagory anywhere? I recently finished one I'm proud of and wanted to parade it somewhere. ^^

02-22-2006, 02:20 PM
Will Lolitas count as a costume? Would they fit in a catagory anywhere? I recently finished one I'm proud of and wanted to parade it somewhere. ^^

sure thing! Lolita works :)

02-22-2006, 10:56 PM
interesting. :)

i know details are still in the works, but will you be folling the ICG guidelines or something like a cosplay idol setup?

02-23-2006, 11:02 AM
interesting. :)

i know details are still in the works, but will you be folling the ICG guidelines or something like a cosplay idol setup?
This is an independent contest, so we're pretty much keeping it simple, forming our own rules, and just having fun! :reverse: This is not officially sponsored by any guilds or organizations aside from our own, however, depending on how it goes this year we'll see if we change that (for later contests) or keep it the same. I guess in a way it could be described as 'cosplay idol' -eqsue hehe!! :toothy: I'm so looking forward to this! And i'm not even competing in it haha!

04-14-2006, 09:17 PM
Otaku Island Productions handed in the costume contest guidelines this afternoon. We apologize for the delay.

Contest Registration takes place on Friday April 28 (3-8PM) and Saturday April 29 (10-4), with the final judging taking place on Saturday April 29th at 6PM.

If you have any additional questions about the contest please contact Natasha Illingworth, Otaku Island Productions Cosplay Coordinator at Nina@HairyT.com


Costume Contest Rules_____________________________

1. All costumes must be pre-approved by the Costume Coordinator. We will not allow the following:
• Nudity
• Illegal or Dangerous Weapons
• Costumes or props that will create a mess, such as an excess of fake blood, glitter, or like materials.

2. No profanity or vulgarity (spoken or physical) should be used on stage. This is a family event. Use of any form of profanity while on stage during the presentation of your costume will result in disqualification.

3. People under the ages of 17 years old require permission from their parents to participate in the contest, regardless of whether you are entering either the adult or children’s competition.

4. Adults are allowed to accompany their child on stage should the child require it, without question from our judges or coordinator.

5. We are allowing people to enter the contest as a group so long as their costumes are themed to be with each other. (Example: Batman, Robin and Poison Ivy can be permitted to enter the contest as a group. Naruto, Chun Li and a Storm Trooper will not be permitted to enter as a group.)
• If a group entrant wins any prize it is that group’s responsibility to split the prize among themselves. Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon, Otaku Island Productions and the Costume Coordinators do not take any responsibility for disputes between group entrants regarding prizes won.
• The Costume Coordinator must approve the costumes being entered as a group.

6. Contestants will in no way assault or harass the audience, judges, fellow contestants, or coordinators of this show.

7. The contest is free to anyone attending the convention. Your entry form must be provided to us before 4:00 p.m. on Saturday the 29th of April, although we would consider it a courtesy to provide it
no later than Friday the 28th if at all possible.

8. There are three divisions in which a person may enter depending upon age and experience:
i. CHILDREN’S: Kids 12 and under can enter the children’s category.
ii. NOVICE: Anyone who has not won a costume contest in the past, and who does not work in the costume or make-up industry may enter as a novice.
iii. EXPERT: This category is open to anyone.

9. Judging will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday the 29th in room C1. Entrants will be called in sequence for a one minute presentation to the judges and attendees upon which their costumes will be evalutated.

10. Prizes will be awarded as follows:

CHILDREN’S: All entrants will be given a prize for entry.

NOVICE: 1st prize: $125
2nd prize: $50
3rd prize: $25

EXPERT: 1st prize: $500
2nd prize: $200
3rd prize: $100

Akira Kenshin
04-16-2006, 07:16 PM
Hey, I just have a question....

For this 1 minutes presentation, will there be sound available (eg: bring in a CD and they play it during your presentation)? Or are all the entries walk-ons with narration by the MC?

04-17-2006, 04:47 PM
There will be an MC announcing the walk-ons, but there will be a cd player available for the 1 minute presentations if you want to cue specific music.

04-20-2006, 12:03 PM
Some people had some questions about accessibility by transit & parking: first, here's a map of the NTC and related roads.


Regular daily parking rates* are:
Surface $10.00 ($7.00 after 6:00pm)
Underground: $10.00 ($9.00 after 6:00pm)
Attendees are recommended to use the surface parking lot directly across Princes Blvd. from the main National Trade Centre building (see map above).
Underground parking will be available on Friday only.

TTC (recommended access by streetcar):

From Union Subway Station: take the 509 Harbourfront Streetcar West
From Bathurst Subway Station: take the 511 Bathurst Streetcar South
From Dufferin Subway Station: take the 29 Dufferin Bus South
From Dundas West Subway Station: take the 193 Exhibition Rocket
For more TTC information call (416) 393-INFO or visit www.toronto.ca/ttc/index.htm

GO Transit:

Take the Lakeshore GO Train to the Exhibition station. GO Trains on the Lakeshore line take you right to the CNE gates.

For more information please visit: www.gotransit.com/publicroot/home.asp


04-27-2006, 09:41 PM
I'm entering!! (woohoo!!) but Does anyone know where I could find a joker? (Might not be the right forum, sorry)

04-27-2006, 10:13 PM
And just a random tidbit - the washrooms outside the hall (in the publick walking space) are pretty good for changing in and out of costumes. There is a big counter on the other side of the sinks where you can dump stuff while doing hair/makeup. [at least in the ladies washroom :p can't vouch for the men's washroom LOL]

If you are taking the Union Station streetcar (like I will be), be aware that they have re-routed it to a bus stop outside because they are renovating the streetcar drop-off area inside the station (just follow the signs).

Anime Dave
04-29-2006, 12:55 AM
Nice idea regarding the washrooms, save for one problem - you can't access them from the public hallway. I was there today, helping out with the anime room (which is upstairs via elevator) and noticed locked gates at the outside entrances. See, these have entrances on both sides, from the public hallway and the exhibit hall. So, to keep people from sneaking in this way, they have to close off one access, and seeing as there will be more people in the exhibit hall then in the hallway, guess which access they're leaving open.


04-29-2006, 11:14 AM
Can't go myself since I have 3 more exams to go!
But Young Jae from D2R and Mike went yesterday and are going today.

Akira Kenshin
05-02-2006, 01:07 PM
This isn't an official declaration or anything, but here are some of the results

novice division

3rd - ameer with jedi cosplay
2nd - crap i forget..it was a very red costume lol
1st - a lolita cosplay, don't know who


3rd - ghostbuster duo (Sorry didn't catch yournames)
2nd - ragnarok, me and ryobu
1st - glenn in Jenga Fett, eg: the guy who builds metal gundams and did spawn

also a young fan won with a "the Thing" costume ^^

05-02-2006, 02:12 PM
I hope you don't mind if I clean up your rakings a bit.^^ It was a good idea to post them, because I'm not sure if Kevin or Audri will be posting them here any time.

Here's to many more Costume Contests in the future. For a first go, I think it turned out rather well.

Novice Division

3rd - Ameer with jedi cosplay
2nd - A Jean Grey costume, green and yellow.
1st - The gothic lolita was created and worn by a lovely girl named Ashley


3rd - Ghostbuster duo, Scott and Matthew
2nd - Ragnarok, Akira Kenshin and Ryobu
1st - Glenn in Jango Fett

Also a young fan won 'the under 12 years of age' category with a "the Thing" costume ^^

05-03-2006, 01:58 PM
I was unable to make it to the Paradise Comicon. :(

So what did everyone think of the contest? What was the experience like overall as a participant? as an audience member? Would you reccomend it to others? If so why? If not why? I'm interested to hear what everyone has to say. I hope somebody will post photos of the costumes.

~Kai :)

05-03-2006, 09:30 PM
The organization of the contest itself was a complete shambles, as nobody knew what was going on, how things should be run, where to go, etc. However the judges were quite knowledgeable and straightened things out to some degree.

05-04-2006, 01:07 PM
I was a little nervous entering this contest and the organization didn't help things too much. We were assigned numbers, but some of the girls forgot their number and the numbers were being called completely randomized, so there was no way to know if you were next up until you heard your number being called.

We weren't told ahead of time that we'd have to talk to the judges, since in most other cosplay competitions, it's considered bad form to approach the judges and speak to them. Many of the contestants would start to walk away when the annoucer would tell them to come back and talk to the judges.

Overall, though, I had quite a bit of fun! After I did my walk across and talk with the judges, I felt immensely better. And they were fast tallying up who won (although I have no idea the process involved). If given the chance, I'd definately do this again next year.

The only thing I would recommend is adding another catagory for Intermediate. Since this was my first cosplay competition, I didn't feel comfortable entering in the Expert catagory, but I felt like I was cheating by entering in the Novice (I'm not trying to be arrogant ^^; ). If there was a catagory in between the two, that'd be nice.

EDIT: I've added three images of the winners in my gallery. The rest are here: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v224/kuko-chan/Toronto%20Comicon/

Akira Kenshin
05-04-2006, 10:39 PM
thanks kaatsumi! I don't really know anybody in the cosplay realm nor do i have a good memory XD

hmm there were a lot of good costumes though! I really liked the judges/MCs..I spoke with them earlier at their booth before i knew they were judges, and they are very kind and hilarious people, with the skills to boot =P It was a small gathering of people, but in a way it felt good, as almost homely and cosplaying among friends.

It was disorganized, but everyone was very flexible and helpful. Just to add I found it quite funny how the prizes were given out in cash lol.

the con itself is really a retail thing for comic go-ers, with some guests and whatnot. Didn't appear to be many events, except for the trivia thing where someone won $1000 and had to spend it in like 10 minutes lol. For some reason the people there, like the vendors and artists were very very friendly and i had a chat with a lot of people =)

Blade Tiger
05-14-2006, 04:13 AM
Well, it took me a while, but I finally uploaded my photos from the ComiCon to my gallery. I was taking photos throughout the contest, despite not knowing who half of the characters were.

As for the con itself, I didn't have as much fun as I hoped, but that's more an issue of not knowing that many people yet than the con not being fun.

Even though it seemed really weird that contestants were called in randomly, there's a part of me that regrets not showing up in costume and entering the contest.