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Friday, May 4
 

10:00am EDT

Iron Cosplay Signups
Signup to be a participant in Iron Cosplay (actual event takes place Friday from 4:15-5:15pm). Participants ages 15 and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate.

Signups will close when all slots are filled. Get here early - they are expected to fill fast! 

Friday May 4, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]

11:00am EDT

Cosplay Photo Booth
Want to have your cosplay immortalized in a photograph? Zenkaikon is happy to have DeathCom Multimedia providing the Photo Booth this year!

The Photo Booth is where attendees can get their photos taken in a professional setting with backdrop and lighting. Attendees can also purchase prints of their photos.

DeathCom Multimedia has been attending conventions around the country and photographing cosplayers for over a decade.

Visit DeathCom's website for their gallery of photos and videos: www.deathcom.net
Prices
  • $0 - At least one digital photo of every costumer who stops by will go up on our site within two weeks of the end of the convention
  • $7 - 4x6 OR a 4 Megapixel digital sent via email, ready for social media.
  • $10 - 8.5x 11 $15 - 11 x 17
  • $17 - 13 x 19 $30 - USB Flash Drive with five 4 Megapixel digital photos, ready for social media. Comes with the option to continually add more digital photos throughout the weekend for just $5.


Friday May 4, 2018 11:00am - 10:00pm EDT
Vine Street Lobby

1:00pm EDT

Magic of Cosplay Exhibit
Welcome to a unique experience, here at Zenkaikon!  Once again we welcome The Magic of Cosplay & Exhibit!  We believe in Cos-Positivity and look forward to another wonderful year.

For 2018, we have secured a number of beautiful costumes, props, and wigs for your viewing pleasure.  The exhibit will give you a chance to get up close and personal with the creations, but please, No Touching. Don't worry, we do have some great items that you can touch and a project you can participate in.  We have videos, costume construction books, and a Cos-Positivity question for all to answer. We hope the exhibit will inspire you to get creative!  Our Cosplay staff will be present to answer any and all questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you at the convention.

Friday May 4, 2018 1:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]

4:15pm EDT

Iron Cosplay
Do you love to cosplay? Think you have what it takes to be the next Iron Cosplay champion? Join the Iron Cosplay, where you will be pitted against the highest degree duct tape and paper plate masters (i.e. your fellow con-goers) in this contest of skill, resourcefulness, creativity, and most importantly: FUN!

All are welcome to watch the event unfold! Participants ages 15 and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate. Sign ups are AT CON ONLY. Come to the Cosplay HQ in the Montgomery House, 1st Level on Friday at 10am to get a slot. We are planning for more teams for 2018, but slots will up fast!

Who will be crowned the Zenkaikon Iron Cosplay Champ?

Friday May 4, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Live 1 [Floor 2, Commonwealth 3]

5:00pm EDT

Hall Cosplay Contest Judging
Hall Cosplay Contest judging is a closed event. Only the participants -- designers and models, parent/guardian of participating minors (under the age of 13), and others deemed acceptable by Zenkaikon Cosplay staff, may be present for judging.

There will be judging on Friday early evening and Saturday morning of the convention. There is an optional “Fashion Show” during the Masquerade on Saturday evening if you wish to show off your handiwork. Participating in the “Fashion Show” requires attending the Masquerade and being seated in the audience. Participants are expected to wear their competition piece for the “Fashion Show”.

Any participant who does not follow the rules of the competition, misses line up times, or does not follow the instructions of cosplay staff during the event, may be disqualified at the discretion of the Head of Cosplay.

We had a pre-registration for this competition which opened April 14th and closed April 28th, 2018.  We do have limited slots “at con.” All slots are first come, first serve.  We will strive to see as many people as possible. Unfortunately, we will cap the Hall Cosplay Contest, if needed.

Rules 
1. Participants may not enter a costume in the Hall Cosplay Contest that they did not make. It is expected that participants are the primary creator of the costume and make at least 75% of it. Youth participants can be expected to have received help with their costumes, however, the youth participant must have had a hand in its construction. If the major part that makes it a costume is purchased (e.g. You are Edward Elric and you made the pants, shirt, and wig, but purchased your cloak, or have created a costume from a “kit”), it cannot be entered.
2. If the costume has ever won a “Best of” award or placed (ie. 1st, 2nd, 3rd), at any convention, it may not be entered in our competition.
3. PRINTED ​reference material is required. Even if a character is popular or well-known, reference material is needed in order to judge for accuracy. Lack of ​PRINTED ​reference will greatly affect scoring, as not every judge has knowledge of every detail of every character. Quality printouts of screen-captures and official images of characters, and art book images are acceptable. Please include images that show front, back, and sides to demonstrate details of your costume. Not every character will have such images available, but the more shown to the judges, the better they can analyze the costume. Progress pictures of construction work may also help, but remember that judging time is very limited and the judges do not have the time to look through pages upon pages of reference.
4. All costumes and props are subject to the Zenkaikon Convention Policies.
5. Participants may have models to display their costumes. However, the primary creator must be present to explain their creations, and only the creator will be eligible for any awards for those costumes. No more than five (5) models/costumes may be presented.
6. Groups are welcome to be judged together but no more than five (5) participants may be in any given group.
7. Staged falls, as well as smoke, pyrotechnics, glitter, or other special effects that will leave a mess behind are prohibited. This rule also applies to the “Fashion Show” and Masquerade, for the safety of all entrants.
8. Entries may be in the form of Anime/Manga, Video Game, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Original Design, Adaptation, Fan-Art costumes, and any other costumes related to one or more of these genres. Costumes are not limited to source.
9. Participants’ costumes must allow them freedom of movement. Cosplay staff will be unable to assist entrants with their costumes. For the “Fashion Show”, entrants must be able to navigate stairs and move across the stage unassisted.
10. The number and types of awards presented are at the discretion of Zenkaikon Cosplay Staff and the Head of Cosplay.
11. You must be ready for your scheduled judging appointment.  Lateness and lack of preparation will DISQUALIFY your entry. To be early is to be on time.
12. Zenkaikon Staff are not permitted to enter the competition.
13. Entrants will be judged according to Skill Level. The skill levels for judging are as follows:

Youth
This is the category for those under 13 years old. Participants in this category will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This includes groups that are majority youth. Though it is expected that youth entries will have assistance, it is assumed that the work entered is still mostly created by the youth entrant. If the work is wholly created by a parent/guardian, a relative, or an older sibling, the entry should be entered in the appropriate Skill Level under the actual creator.

Novice
Professional costumers may not enter in the Novice division. A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than Novice may not enter as a Novice. A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Novice division must enter in a higher division. Intermediate (previously Journeyman), Professional costumers may not enter in the Intermediate division.  A contestant who has competed and won in the Craftsman division may not enter as a Journeyman.  A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Journeyman division must enter in the Craftsman division.

Craftsman  
Any contestant may enter the Craftsman division.

Note:
Professional costumer is defined as someone who makes over 50% of their income through costume making or commissions.  
Major awards are defined as “Best in Show”, “Best of Division”, “Best of Day” or placement (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)  Minor awards are defined as those such as Honorable Mention, Judge’s Awards, and those not covered under Major awards. They do not affect skill level placement.  

Friday May 4, 2018 5:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]
 
Saturday, May 5
 

9:00am EDT

Cosplay Masquerade Rehearsal
All Masquerade entries must attend this MANDATORY rehearsal. Rehearsals will be done by appointment; not showing up to your rehearsal slot is forfeiting your right to perform.

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

9:00am EDT

Hall Cosplay Contest Judging
Hall Cosplay Contest judging is a closed event. Only the participants -- designers and models, parent/guardian of participating minors (under the age of 13), and others deemed acceptable by Zenkaikon Cosplay staff, may be present for judging.

There will be judging on Friday early evening and Saturday morning of the convention. There is an optional “Fashion Show” during the Masquerade on Saturday evening if you wish to show off your handiwork. Participating in the “Fashion Show” requires attending the Masquerade and being seated in the audience. Participants are expected to wear their competition piece for the “Fashion Show”.

Any participant who does not follow the rules of the competition, misses line up times, or does not follow the instructions of cosplay staff during the event, may be disqualified at the discretion of the Head of Cosplay.

We had a pre-registration for this competition which opened April 14th and closed April 28th, 2018.  We do have limited slots “at con.” All slots are first come, first serve.  We will strive to see as many people as possible. Unfortunately, we will cap the Hall Cosplay Contest, if needed.

Rules 
1. Participants may not enter a costume in the Hall Cosplay Contest that they did not make. It is expected that participants are the primary creator of the costume and make at least 75% of it. Youth participants can be expected to have received help with their costumes, however, the youth participant must have had a hand in its construction. If the major part that makes it a costume is purchased (e.g. You are Edward Elric and you made the pants, shirt, and wig, but purchased your cloak, or have created a costume from a “kit”), it cannot be entered.
2. If the costume has ever won a “Best of” award or placed (ie. 1st, 2nd, 3rd), at any convention, it may not be entered in our competition.
3. PRINTED ​reference material is required. Even if a character is popular or well-known, reference material is needed in order to judge for accuracy. Lack of ​PRINTED ​reference will greatly affect scoring, as not every judge has knowledge of every detail of every character. Quality printouts of screen-captures and official images of characters, and art book images are acceptable. Please include images that show front, back, and sides to demonstrate details of your costume. Not every character will have such images available, but the more shown to the judges, the better they can analyze the costume. Progress pictures of construction work may also help, but remember that judging time is very limited and the judges do not have the time to look through pages upon pages of reference.
4. All costumes and props are subject to the Zenkaikon Convention Policies.
5. Participants may have models to display their costumes. However, the primary creator must be present to explain their creations, and only the creator will be eligible for any awards for those costumes. No more than five (5) models/costumes may be presented.
6. Groups are welcome to be judged together but no more than five (5) participants may be in any given group.
7. Staged falls, as well as smoke, pyrotechnics, glitter, or other special effects that will leave a mess behind are prohibited. This rule also applies to the “Fashion Show” and Masquerade, for the safety of all entrants.
8. Entries may be in the form of Anime/Manga, Video Game, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Original Design, Adaptation, Fan-Art costumes, and any other costumes related to one or more of these genres. Costumes are not limited to source.
9. Participants’ costumes must allow them freedom of movement. Cosplay staff will be unable to assist entrants with their costumes. For the “Fashion Show”, entrants must be able to navigate stairs and move across the stage unassisted.
10. The number and types of awards presented are at the discretion of Zenkaikon Cosplay Staff and the Head of Cosplay.
11. You must be ready for your scheduled judging appointment.  Lateness and lack of preparation will DISQUALIFY your entry. To be early is to be on time.
12. Zenkaikon Staff are not permitted to enter the competition.
13. Entrants will be judged according to Skill Level. The skill levels for judging are as follows:

Youth
This is the category for those under 13 years old. Participants in this category will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This includes groups that are majority youth. Though it is expected that youth entries will have assistance, it is assumed that the work entered is still mostly created by the youth entrant. If the work is wholly created by a parent/guardian, a relative, or an older sibling, the entry should be entered in the appropriate Skill Level under the actual creator.

Novice
Professional costumers may not enter in the Novice division. A contestant who has competed and won in any division other than Novice may not enter as a Novice. A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Novice division must enter in a higher division. Intermediate (previously Journeyman), Professional costumers may not enter in the Intermediate division.  A contestant who has competed and won in the Craftsman division may not enter as a Journeyman.  A contestant who has won 3 or more major awards in the Journeyman division must enter in the Craftsman division.

Craftsman  
Any contestant may enter the Craftsman division.

Note:
Professional costumer is defined as someone who makes over 50% of their income through costume making or commissions.  
Major awards are defined as “Best in Show”, “Best of Division”, “Best of Day” or placement (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.)  Minor awards are defined as those such as Honorable Mention, Judge’s Awards, and those not covered under Major awards. They do not affect skill level placement.  

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]

10:00am EDT

Cosplay Photo Booth
Want to have your cosplay immortalized in a photograph? Zenkaikon is happy to have DeathCom Multimedia providing the Photo Booth this year!

The Photo Booth is where attendees can get their photos taken in a professional setting with backdrop and lighting. Attendees can also purchase prints of their photos.

DeathCom Multimedia has been attending conventions around the country and photographing cosplayers for over a decade.

Visit DeathCom's website for their gallery of photos and videos: www.deathcom.net
Prices
  • $0 - At least one digital photo of every costumer who stops by will go up on our site within two weeks of the end of the convention
  • $7 - 4x6 OR a 4 Megapixel digital sent via email, ready for social media.
  • $10 - 8.5x 11 $15 - 11 x 17
  • $17 - 13 x 19 $30 - USB Flash Drive with five 4 Megapixel digital photos, ready for social media. Comes with the option to continually add more digital photos throughout the weekend for just $5.


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:00pm EDT
Vine Street Lobby

10:00am EDT

Magic of Cosplay Exhibit
Welcome to a unique experience, here at Zenkaikon!  Once again we welcome The Magic of Cosplay & Exhibit!  We believe in Cos-Positivity and look forward to another wonderful year.

For 2018, we have secured a number of beautiful costumes, props, and wigs for your viewing pleasure.  The exhibit will give you a chance to get up close and personal with the creations, but please, No Touching. Don't worry, we do have some great items that you can touch and a project you can participate in.  We have videos, costume construction books, and a Cos-Positivity question for all to answer. We hope the exhibit will inspire you to get creative!  Our Cosplay staff will be present to answer any and all questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you at the convention.

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:00am - 10:00pm EDT
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]

10:30am EDT

Cosplay Dating Game
Ever wonder what it would be like if Cloud Strife dated Usagi Tsukino?  Or, if Eren Jaeger found true love with Ryuko Matoi?!  These matches might not happen, but you never know what wild matches will be made at Zenkaikon's Cosplay Dating Game! Who knows, maybe Deadpool will fall in love with The Borg Queen!

The Cosplay Dating Game is similar to the traditional 'Dating Game' of yesteryear TV. Three bachelors or bachelorettes sit on one side of a curtain. On the other side is the 'prize,' an elusive bachelor or bachelorette for one of the 3 contestants to 'win.' The twist is that participants are in costume and are the character. The prize will ask several questions, which contestants must answer in character. Then “the prize” will choose which date they want. Unlike the real 'Dating Game,' this event is purely for the amusement and entertainment of the participants and audience. No real dating is involved.

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]

5:30pm EDT

Cosplay Masquerade Seating
Saturday May 5, 2018 5:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

6:00pm EDT

Cosplay Masquerade
The Masquerade is Saturday’s big Costuming event! Come cheer on your peers or become part of the show! Participants will showcase their craftsmanship skills in a performance for all to view. Don’t miss this premiere event.

In addition to the performance, participants are also judged on craftsmanship prior to the live event. Craftsmanship judging is optional, but it will affect the overall score.

Speakers
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Capital City Jedi

Performing Arts Group, Guest
Capital City Jedi Knights is a not-for-profit, choreographed stage combat group, which specializes in costumed Star Wars styled lightsaber demonstrations and performances. Based out of Central Pennsylvania, they have been around since 2010, performing to help raise awareness and support... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
Main Events [Freedom A]

9:15pm EDT

Cosplay Dating Game [18+]
Ever wonder what it would be like if Cloud Strife dated Usagi Tsukino?  Or, if Eren Jaeger found true love with Ryuko Matoi?!  These matches might not happen, but you never know what wild matches will be made at Zenkaikon's Cosplay Dating Game! Who knows, maybe Deadpool will fall in love with The Borg Queen!

The Cosplay Dating Game is similar to the traditional 'Dating Game' of yesteryear TV. Three bachelors or bachelorettes sit on one side of a curtain. On the other side is the 'prize,' an elusive bachelor or bachelorette for one of the 3 contestants to 'win.' The twist is that participants are in costume and are the character. The prize will ask several questions, which contestants must answer in character. Then “the prize” will choose which date they want. Unlike the real 'Dating Game,' this event is purely for the amusement and entertainment of the participants and audience. No real dating is involved.

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:15pm - 10:15pm EDT
Live 3 [Floor 3, Heritage C]
 
Sunday, May 6
 

9:00am EDT

Cosplay Photo Booth
Want to have your cosplay immortalized in a photograph? Zenkaikon is happy to have DeathCom Multimedia providing the Photo Booth this year!

The Photo Booth is where attendees can get their photos taken in a professional setting with backdrop and lighting. Attendees can also purchase prints of their photos.

DeathCom Multimedia has been attending conventions around the country and photographing cosplayers for over a decade.

Visit DeathCom's website for their gallery of photos and videos: www.deathcom.net
Prices
  • $0 - At least one digital photo of every costumer who stops by will go up on our site within two weeks of the end of the convention
  • $7 - 4x6 OR a 4 Megapixel digital sent via email, ready for social media.
  • $10 - 8.5x 11 $15 - 11 x 17
  • $17 - 13 x 19 $30 - USB Flash Drive with five 4 Megapixel digital photos, ready for social media. Comes with the option to continually add more digital photos throughout the weekend for just $5.


Sunday May 6, 2018 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Vine Street Lobby

10:00am EDT

Magic of Cosplay Exhibit
Welcome to a unique experience, here at Zenkaikon!  Once again we welcome The Magic of Cosplay & Exhibit!  We believe in Cos-Positivity and look forward to another wonderful year.

For 2018, we have secured a number of beautiful costumes, props, and wigs for your viewing pleasure.  The exhibit will give you a chance to get up close and personal with the creations, but please, No Touching. Don't worry, we do have some great items that you can touch and a project you can participate in.  We have videos, costume construction books, and a Cos-Positivity question for all to answer. We hope the exhibit will inspire you to get creative!  Our Cosplay staff will be present to answer any and all questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you at the convention.

Sunday May 6, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm EDT
Cosplay HQ [Montgomery House, Floor 1]
 


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