Cosplay at GEEK Margate (16th-18th February 2018)!

Costume and Play have once again teamed up alongside GEEK to bring you a series of workshops, and of course The GEEK Cosplay Masquerade will be returning! Celebrating your favorite characters, ranging from games to Anime. Honoring and welcoming all ability levels of cosplay. Whether you have an amazing costume you’ve poured hours into or want to bring your favorite character life on stage with a performance, signing up to the masquerade provides you with that opportunity!

You can also look forward to Cosqueenie’s Horror Fx Workshop. Are you Fanatical about zombies? Do you love horror films and want to try to make yourself up as one without breaking the bank? Cosqueenie will present 3 FX tricks to make yourself look truly terrifying for cosplays and movie fanatics alike!

Finally Cosplay Build it! Live featuring Atom and Katawa Cosplay. If you Want to learn how to build your first cosplay prop? Not only will we walk you through this step by step, you’ll be able to see each part of the process live on stage as we build it! – Presented by Atom Cosplay and Katawa Cosplay.

 

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Cosplay Guests

Atom Cosplay

Cosqueenie

Katawa Cosplay

Having recently performed alongside Microsoft with his costumes appearing in a recent syndicate video, Atom Cosplay will be joining us at GEEK.

“I never really knew cosplay existed at first. I made costumes for fancy dress parties and Halloween, and fell backwards into the exciting world of Cosplay in August 2015. I entered my first Masquerade and fell in love. I work mainly with low budget material such as eva foam, expanding foam, cardboard etc, and love to upcycle/recycle any thing into a costume. Since getting the hang of Foam Smithing, I’ve started adding motors, LEDs and even home made smoke machines into my cosplays.”

“Hi I’m Cosqueenie,

Nice to meet all you lovely gamers and Cosplayers alike. If you want to know a little bit about me, I have been a avid Cosplayer for about 5 years now and still loving every minute of it.

I wear a combination of homemade and bought Cosplays, although as time went by I found simply getting into a costume my favorite part! Cosplay to me is bringing the characters I love to life, and with that bringing smiles to both kids and adults; as I bring there beloved characters to life in the real world!

My favourite cosplay to date is hard to choose as so many of my costumes have made other people happy. One of my favourite’s will always be my Ariel from my little mermaid, that was used for children’s parties and Charities to help raise money.”

Katawa Cosplay is best known for prop and armor builds, since starting in the cosplay world she has climbed from strength to strength, judging a series of Cosplay Community competitions.

She want’s to spread the awesomeness of cosplay to everyone.

Cosplay Highlights

Cosplay Masquerade Saturday

We highly recommend you sign up to the event beforehand to avoid disappointment!  *IMPORTANT* Please make sure you read the rules first!

Cosqueenie's Horror Fx Workshop

Fanatical about zombies? Do you love horror films and want to try to make yourself up as one without breaking the bank? Cosqueenie will present 3 FX tricks to make yourself look truly terrifying for cosplays and movie fanatics alike!

Cosplay Build it! Live

Want to learn how to build your first cosplay prop? Not only will we walk you through this step by step, you’ll be able to see each part of the process live on stage as we build it! – Presented by Atom Cosplay and Katawa Cosplay.

SIGNUP INFORMATION

This rule-set applies to the Geek Cosplay Masquerade *only*.

Please remember if you are in any doubt or even just worried about entering then check with us, we’re all happy to help you through this and we understand rules, while essential, can sometimes be a bit daunting! Feel free to e-mail: cosplay@costumeandplay.co.uk

Registration and Sign Up: –

Applications submitted in advance must be sent to cosplay@costumeandplay.co.uk and labeled with “THE EVENT YOU ARE ATTENDING IN THE SUBJECT TITLE” along with SATURDAY Geek Cosplay Masquerade.

We highly recommend you get your application to us beforehand.

You can register on the day for the event from 2pm on Friday onwards. Sign-ups will close one hour beforehand, and we request that all entrants meet us no later than half an hour before the event is due to start so we can get you ready for the masquerades!

SEND TO: cosplay@costumeandplay.co.uk

DON’T FORGET to place the EVENT NAME and DAY PARTICIPATING in the email subject.

Please remember if you are in any doubt or even just worried about entering then check with us, we’re all happy to help you through this and we understand rules, while essential, can sometimes be a bit daunting!

Feel free to e-mail: info@costumeandplay.co.uk

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FORM:

Masquerade entry – Convention and day entering:
Email Address:
(Do you wish to be contacted in future with occasional news from Costume and Play?) Y/N

Name/s: (if you’re a group enter all names)

Character Names:

Character Series:
(Please include any reference pictures and work in progress if available.)

How much of your costume have you Handmade/Altered yourself?

What parts of your costume are you particularly proud of and why? (ie: Maybe something you handmade, why you selected the character, etc)

Anything else you would like the judges to know? (Please be as detailed as possible!)

(Optional) Performance Segment;
Performance details/microphone request: (Don’t forget to tell us when you’d like your track to be played on stage!)

Music:
(If you want music please submit MP3 or WAV file AND bring a copy of your track on USB/CD labeled with your name and contact number jest in case.) You may submit a direct youtube link in advance via email.)

RULES

The Costume Part

  1. Any costume genre from video games, television, anime, manga etc may enter the masquerade.

  2. A costume qualifies as handmade if it is 80% your own work. An altered costume will be eligible to receive points in the craftsmanship category for those specific components which are heavily altered or handmade entirely. All costumes will qualify for Character Concept and performance categories.

  3. Any size group may enter the Masquerade, however if eligible for a prize this will be split evenly between participants.

  4. The competition is open for all ages, but if under the age of 13 please make sure to get parental consent.

  5. Original characters will be accepted but must be accompanied with concept of the character, this must be no longer than one A4 page.

  6. Pre-judging does not take place for the masquerade, so we highly encourage you to include as much detail as possible within the application.

The Performance Part

(If you are unsure of what to do on the day, just use the three point system! Three poses of at least ten seconds each.)

  1. You may enter and/or perform to music and/or use a microphone during your performance. If you do not provide music, generic music will be provided for you.

  2. Performances/Skits must be no longer than two minutes in length, please state if you are posing or the length of your skit time on your application form.

  3. We highly advise you to visit the cosplay desk no later than two hours before the event is due to start to check through your requirements. If you do not visit the desk your requirements for your performance may be refused.

  4. Arrive ready NO LATER THAN half an hour before the event is due to start.

  5. We ask and encourage you to to visit us early in the day to talk through all performance elements requested. This includes setting up a ‘cue’ for when you would like your music track to be played.

*All entrants must comply with the Cosplay Masquerade General Ruleset and Props Rules.

How will the competition be judged?

The inclusion of reference images and construction notes on your application will be viewed favorably.

Craftsmanship

The quality of costume, props and accessories; and how well these elements are made.

Performance

Takes into account use of general performance conventions and how you interact with the audience; for example confident movements as well as general stage techniques used through performance.

Character Concept

This category is judged based on execution of your character concept and a clear display of character choice, be it accuracy to a character, a creative interpretation (e.g Steampunk Harley Quinn or cross play) or character likeness.

General Cosplay Rules

  1. The judge’s decisions are final once made.

  2. Costumes must be appropriate for a family friendly convention and include enough coverage to be worn in public.

  3. All entrants must have a spare copy of their music track on USB.

  4. We reserve the right to decline or stop a skit/performance at any time for any reason.

  5. Use of excessive or inappropriate language such as swearing, committing an act which is viewed as something which may potentially harm yourself or others while on stage will also be immediately stopped, and you may be disqualified from the competition.

  6. You agree to be filmed and photographed during the event, all rights of this belong to the event itself.

  7. Rulesets and materials are provided for use to GEEK at the discretion of Costume and Play and cannot be copied or altered without prior permission from Costume and Play.

Prizes:

1. Any size group may enter the Masquerade, however if eligible for a prize this will be split evenly between participants.

2. All prizes are awarded by the event in question. Costume and Play accepts no responsibility towards prize receipt and time frame.

General Props Rules

Weapons and props must be approved by security/staff before allowed into the convention, this may include checks which will be carried out by the cosplay team. Decisions made by the venue security and staff are final and these rules serve as a guide only.

The general rule is; ‘Would it break before you do?” If your answer is ‘no’ here then it means that someone could get hurt were this to happen. In which case we would recommend you leave it at home just so you don’t get disappointed once at the Convention.

  1. No live weapons (deactivated guns, metal knives or swords, live bows or slingshots) are expressly prohibited, weather sheathed and/or piece bonded.

  2. No pyrotechnics, explosives (including cap-guns) or incendiary items.

  3. No weapons that can fire any sort of projectile, even foam darts or water, unless it can be shown to be empty, with a clear brightly covered safety tip and/or that only some parts have been used for the prop.

  4. No sharp bits or edges, make sure they’re sanded/rounded/padded/covered or otherwise protected adequately.

  5. No props made out of wood that is too heavy, large/ unwieldy (Blocks corridors/doorways or is likely to hit, hurt or inconvenience others.)

  6. No actions which may lead event staff, attendees or members of the general public to believe you are in possession of a real live weapon.

  7. In all cases, the weapon or prop must be no longer than 1.6 m (5.2ft).

  8. Once outside of the convention hall please make sure you have a safe way to transport your props and that they are sufficiently covered.

Please be aware that that these rules are here to assure we have a safe Conventions for both Staff and Attendees. If you have been asked to put your prop away please be so kind and do so or in an extreme case you might risk being escorted from the Convention. If you are in doubt whether or not you would be allowed to bring your prop please send photos and a description of the prop to cosplay@costumeandplay.co.uk

Photography Credit: David Portass.
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