Inside Story:

"Next Top Cosplayer!"

Since the events conception,  Kitchener Comic Con has always featured a costume contest, to showcase the wonderfulness and the artistic uniqueness of costume design and to give an enriched artistic platform to the event attendees of  event and the citizens of Region of Waterloo  though none have seen the success that became the annual event "Next Top Cosplayer!" 

This is the story of how our costume contest event came to be. 

In early 2018, one of our team members - Michael Lee Fox, lost his battle with depression. 

Michael was a pillar of the Region of Waterloo cosplay community, and was always an advocate for inclusion, and for cosplayers; coming up with innovative and creative costume designs, in some of his most famous "Canadian Marty McFly" and "Canadian Daredevil" original cosplays. 

As  Michael  donated his time to make his environment  better for everybody, the Kitchener Comic Con event team decided to focus and dedicate the event cosplay competition to give up-and-coming cosplayers the opportunity and spotlight to showcase their incredible talent in his loving and caring memory.

Within his loving memory, Kitchener Comic Con continues to support the Canadian Mental Health Association, and is proud to bring this event back year after year for all to enjoy!

Michael was a Top Cosplayer who cared for the creativity of the art, a stand-up individual for those who were in need, someone who sincerely and generally cared for everyone who he called a friend.

Truly a person before his time and will be missed but not forgotten.

Onwards and upwards for a better future.

Official Rules

This year's Kitchener Comic Con will be hosting the second annual "Next Top Cosplayer!" competition. This costume competition is a great way to showcase your costume/cosplay! 

Registration is required to be a part of the competition and can be completed before the show here, or on the day of the show at the registration desk. 

Registration can be completed "solo" or "as a group". Please note that competing as a group, the categories for judging remain the same and are based on your group as a whole. 

Judging Craftsmanship and Information

There will be a panel of judges, selected from our cosplay guests. Judging of the craftsmanship of the entry is a significant portion of the scorecard, and while it is optional to submit your costume to craftsmanship judging, by not doing so will forfeit that portion of the scoring. 

Additionally, it is advised to provide visual representation of the referenced cosplay when you arrive at the green room, prior to judging. This will assist judges in marking the accuracy/originality and creativity of your representation. 

Please note that while only the Top 3 choices will place for prizes, additional categories such as "Judge's Choice" and "Honorable Mention" will be awarded at the judge's discretion. 

Kitchener Comic Con's; Next Top Cosplayer Prizes and placemant is as follows: 

3rd Place:   Bronze Certificate of Accomplishment, Featured announcement on social media, a Kitchener Comic Con Prize Pack, and a guest invite for future event

2nd Place: Silver Certificate of Accomplishment,  Featured announcement on social media, Kitchener Comic Con Prize Pack , and a guest invite for future event

1st Place: Gold Certificate of Accomplishment,  Winning declaration on social media, Kitchener Comic Con Prize Pack, Guest Invite and GRAND PRIZE: Cover Cosplayer for Kitchener Comic Con and the title of "Next Top Cosplayer"!  and get special post-media shout-out with credit (Towards individual and/or fan page) and a Cash Prize*.

Competition Rules

  1. No open flame, fire, flash powder or flash paper is allowed. No Strobe Effects. No use of laser pens/pointers.

  2. No messy substances on stage. If in doubt, do without. If you are leaving something on stage, it must be able to be easily picked up by the stage crew, or bring your own assistant to clear the stage.

  3. No flagrant nudity  will be permitted. The competition is rated PG-13/Family Friendly event.

  4. The costume prop policy of the convention must be followed at all times. Any costume prop that do not conform to the event policy but are approved for use on stage must be transported to and from the stage in a bag or closed container. All costume prop must be sheathed before leaving the stage. If your costume requires a bow, it must be unstrung when you are not on stage.

  5. Each person may present only once. While any individual may enter as many costumes as they like, they can only wear one of them. The other costumes must be on other bodies.

  6. Competitors must report to the Green Room on time. Failure to appear or to be ready to go on stage may result in disqualification. While competitors may be subject to circumstances beyond their control, the judges have final arbitration.

  7. The judges reserve the right to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience or other contestants, or for any other reason deemed sufficient. Repeated violations of the rules may result in the contestant being barred from future events of Kitchener Comic Con .


* Cash prize is  based on number of entries of Kitchener Comic Con's; Next Top Cosplayer event attendee entry pool.. 
** Dance belts must be worn with any morph suit or form-fitting cosplay.

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