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Cosplay Craftsmanship Contest

BCTC will have a craftsmanship contest to highlight the hard work of cosplayers that have traveled up to Bangor to show off their stuff! Our team of judges will independently evaluate each contestant to look for strengths that make each cosplay stand out as the amazing piece of work that it is.

BCTC will have the following categories:
NOVICE - For crafters that have never won an award in a craftsmanship category before. ($25 prize and a free VIP ticket to BCTC 2018)
JOURNEYMAN - For crafters that have won only once or twice prior in craftsmanship categories. ($25 prize and a free VIP ticket to BCTC 2018)
MASTER - For crafters that have won three or more times in craftsmanship categories. ($50 prize and a free VIP ticket to BCTC 2018)
PROP - For crafters that do not have a full outfit, but instead have a prop (such as a weapon or other device) that they made. ($25 prize and a free VIP ticket to BCTC 2018)

Craftsmanship Contest Rules:

* 3/4ths of the cosplay MUST have been made by the contestant
* The cosplay being entered cannot have won a contest at another convention of the same size or larger
* The contestant can have a model wear the cosplay, but must be present at the time of judging
* The contestant must check in with the Maine Association of Cosplay Enthusiasts table Saturday morning to secure their time slot for judging
* The contestant must arrive at their judging time at the designated spot prepared to discuss how they made the cosplay or prop
* The craftsmanship contest is meant for crafters 14 years and older, as there will be a youth walk-on division during the masquerade. If a crafter younger than 14 wants to participate, they need to first discuss it with the Maine Association of Cosplay Enthusiasts Table during check in.
* Winners will be announced during the Masquerade
* All other questions can be directed to mainecosplay@gmail.com

BCTC's 2018 Cosplay Masquerade
Time: 4:00, Saturday

BCTC will have its floor show open to the public to show off all the many cosplayers that have come to our fair convention. It's a time to celebrate and enjoy cosplay while getting them out their to pose for some of the best photography opportunities outside of the photo booth! Individuals wanting to participate in the masquerade must check in with the Maine Association of Cosplay Enthusiasts booth before 2pm on Saturday.

We will present the following (in order):
Youth Category:ages under 14 - each participant will receive a small prize)
Walk-ons: People modeling their outfits (one walk-on will receive a $25 prize and a free VIP pass to BCTC 2018)
Crafters: People who participated in judging and want to show off their work to the crowd.
Awards Ceremony: Immediately following the presentation of all the cosplayers, the judges will announce the winners for BCTC 2018. In addition to prizes in other categories, one cosplayer will be named best in show and receive $50 and a free VIP pass to BCTC 2018!

Cosplay Dating Game

Still wanting more cosplay after the masquerade? With a short five minute break after the awards ceremony, the Cosplay Dating Game, a popular improv game of hilarious situations, is back for its second year at BCTC!
Participants don't need to sign up ahead of time - we'll be calling on cosplayer volunteers from the audience as they role play out through questions to find the date of their dreams. It isn't a real dating game, but it's a ton of improv fun.
Not in cosplay? Just curious? Then be a part of our live audience and share in the laughs!

Cosplay Death Match
Time: 1:00, Sunday

Love those cosplayers? Want to get even more entertainment from them? Then watch them duke it out live on stage! This theatrical event is sure to please as characters from many different comics, video games, and anime face off to the crowd's cheers!
Cosplayers that want to enter this event should apply ahead of time using the Google doc form or by checking in at the Maine Association of Cosplay Enthusiasts table on Saturday. This is a limited physical contact event, so as to keep it safe, but entertaining for all participants.
This event also demands an audience to cheer for their favorite fighters! Be sure to turn out and clap and yell for your favorite characters!


We're pleased to announce that BCTC will be offering prizes for the following places:


Masters 1st
Masters 2nd

Journeyman 1st
Journeyman 2nd

Novice 1st
Novice 2nd


Best in Show 1st
Best in Show 2nd

To register please fill out the form below. Registration will also be available at con Saturday morning at the MACE table or with Kitteninstrings Cosplay at her booth.

If you have any questions regarding the Cosplay Craftsmanship or Masquerade, please email Jena at kitteninstrings@gmail.com.

Online registration must be completed by midnight Thursday April 7th. Any entrants after that must register in person at the Cosplay table during the specified time. All entrants must check in at the Cosplay Registration area prior to the Cosplay Contest to assure their slot.

COSPLAY Registration Table: <br/ > Can be done with MACE or Kitteninstrings Cosplay at their tables.<br/ > Will be open from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm on Saturday. <br/ >


  • Each contestant(s) must have a badge/wrist band(s) to this year’s Bangor Comic and Toy Con
  • Each contestant(s) must adhere to costume and prop policies.
  • Pre-Registration will be capped at 40 entrants for this year’s event. Those who pre-register MUST check in Saturday at the contest registration table (location will be announced at a later date)
  • All costumes MUST be AT LEAST 50% handmade OR altered for CRAFTSMANSHIP. Commissioned costumes will be allowed if the creator is present. All other store bought or commissioned costumes may only enter the walk on portion. (NOTE: our judges will decide if costumes are at least 50% handmade or altered)
  • Cap for this year’s event will be 50 entrants.
  • Each entrant must fill out the contest registration to guarantee their spot in the event. Please remember when filling this out that the organizer and emcee must be able to read your handwriting

Contest Divisions:

  • MASTERS DIVISION – entrants in this division have won best in show or placed in multiple top 3 in a past contests at conventions. Additionally, anyone who feels they can compete in this division is allowed to enter this.
  • JOURNEYMAN DIVISION – entrants in this division have entered contests in the past and haven’t won best in show.
  • NOVICE DIVISION – entrants in this division have never entered a costume contest before or are a beginner to cosplaying.
  • YOUTH DIVISION – entrants in this are must between the ages of 13 and 17 years old (no exceptions).
  • WALK-ON – those who were unable to enter the event but want to showcase their costume.

**Note: If you are in a cosplay group, the group will be judged based on the person with the HIGHEST division level. IE: 4 people in 1 group. 2 are Novice, 1 is Journeyman, 1 is Master, ALL will be judged as Master level.

BCTC Cosplay Contest uses the skill division set up by the International Costumers' Guild. If you are unsure what division you should register and compete in please review the link provided. If you still have questions contact Jena at kitteninstrings@gmail.com.