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Posted 01 September 2012 - 05:07 PM

Important changes from last year are in #s 1, 2, 6, & 12. This same information is duplicated at https://docs.google....W05bfr90L4/edit, where the changes are in bold to make them easier to find.

1. Standards of Behavior
Think of this Masquerade as being like a rated PG movie, and you¹re pretty much set. All costumes should cover any "naughty bits", and should be in good taste. Please refrain from swearing or using any other offensive language or gestures. All contestants are expected to be courteous and respectful onstage; your skit should not be used as a jibe/insult against someone, nor should you use your stage time to make a political/religious/etc. statement or demonstration. Due to issues in years past, Yaoi / Yuri will be extremely curtailed. It may still be in your skit but it cannot / must not be a focal point of your skit, nor its punch line. Pedobear may not make an appearance.
Additionally, we ask that you exercise kindness to your audience and refrain from using certain internet memes if at all possible (especially as your punch line). Yes, rick-rolling over 9000+ and then losing the game over and over has been fun, but we would prefer to see your creativity in generating the next meme.

2. Costume Themes
Costumes must come from Japanese Anime (such as Yu-Gi-Oh), Japanese Manga (such as Card Captor Sakura), J-Rock, J-Pop, Japanese Live Action (such as Godzilla and the Sentai contingent), a Japanese origin anime-style video game (such as Final Fantasy) or Korean based anime/manga source.
For ACen 2013, a LIMITED number of costumes (between 5 and 10) from non-Japanese/Korean sources will be accepted (“international” costumes, if you will; any source is acceptable if approved by the masquerade DH, with sources influenced by anime/manga preferred). These costumes may be pre-registered just as all other costumes are (1st come, 1st served for the 5-10 slots available), with the added caveat that staff may require a picture of the character and possibly the costume itself before accepting the registration. Please check the forums closer to the pre-registration opening date for more information about what is expected of international costumes.

3. Weapons/Effects Policy
* No Live Steel. Period. If your costume calls for you to wear a katana or other sharp/dull _METAL_ weapon, use an obvious fake. Violation of this rule will be taken VERY seriously.
* Other weapons, such as bokken, nunchaku, or other blunt instruments should be used with extreme caution, and never swung in a manner that might injure someone.
* No live firearms. Any weapon that is capable of firing any sort of projectile more powerful than a suction-cup dart will not be allowed on stage. Replicas ONLY. Furthermore, such replicas must never be pointed directly at any human being, even in jest. If it's necessary to mime a firing action as part of your skit, "shoot" the ceiling or somewhere offstage where no one is standing.
* If you are using any other sort of ranged weapon, such as a sling or bow, you will not be allowed to carry any sort of ammunition for such weapons on stage.
* Please do not throw any objects, even soft ones, into the audience.
* No fire, flash powder, laser, explosives, or open flame of any kind will be allowed. Electronic flashes will be permitted provided that you notify the Masquerade Staff in advance. It will be announced during your 'lead in' by the MC to protect those who may be affected by the flashing lights.
* Your skit will NOT include smoke or vapor which is generated in any manner.

4. Costume Size
When planning and building your costume, please keep this in mind. A standard entry door is 3 feet wide and 6 feet 8 inches tall. If your costume is larger than this in any direction, you will have trouble getting on and off stage: be sure to contact the masquerade department head immediately at costumeevents-departmenthead@ACen.org so that you can discuss your plans and determine if your planned costume is viable for the loading/unloading area and stage.

5. Entry Limit
Each contestant may wear one and only one costume, or a group doing an overly large costume. Multiple entries worn by the same person, or one entry worn by multiple people at different times, will not be allowed. No exceptions.
Each cosplayer is allowed to cross the stage once. If you are in a skit, you cannot also do a 'walk on' entry, and vice versa.

6. Costume Usage
Please do not wear a costume in the Anime Central Masquerade that was worn for the Masquerade competition at a previous Anime Central. Please note: if you were part of the 2012 masquerade, you may wear your costume again (and even have it judged again) – this rule does not apply to you. This is exception applies to both walk-on and performance entries.

7. Masquerade Craftsmanship
Craftsmanship is a separate judging. For Novices and Journeymen, it is run concurrent with the masquerade. You may participate in the masquerade without participating in the masquerade craftsmanship judging. However, you must participate in the masquerade in order to have your costume judged for masquerade craftsmanship.
For Groups and Masters, judging will be done prior to the masquerade. We will work with you to identify a time on Saturday. Available times will be communicated via the pre-registration process or during at-con sign-up. If you absolutely cannot be judged at a time other than during the show that can be arranged, but it is not preferred.

8. Stage Entrance and Exit
We do not allow jumping off the stage, nor do we allow entering or exiting the stage from any area that has not been approved by the Masquerade Staff. Jumping off the stage will result in instant disqualification. Please use the designated exits. The aisles and other audience areas are not to be used for any part of the presentation. Please keep everything confined to the stage.

9. Costume Interaction
Please don't wear or use any messy substances that might ruin the costume of another participant. If you are wearing body paint or make-up, please make sure it will not come off in casual contact with others. Do not leave anything on stage that cannot be picked up by YOUR stage ninja in a few seconds.

10. Costume Containment
All costumes must be self-contained. Connections to electrical sockets, amp hook-ups, projection screens, et cetera will not be available.

11. Time Limitation - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY!
There is a time limit of two (2) minutes 30 seconds on skits, including any set-up time. Extensions will NOT be given. If your skit is affecting the flow of the program, or is running excessively long, we reserve the right to interrupt and end your performance. If your skit is so interrupted, it will not disqualify you from winning any of the awards, unless you refuse to leave the stage.

12. Entry Limitation
In need to run an expedient show, we have been forced to limit the number of entries to 100 (25 skits & 75 walk-on s). This does not mean people, but actual contesting entries. Please note that a number of additional entries beyond this number may be set aside for 2012 participants at Masquerade Staff discretion; the actual show may contain more than 100 entries.

13. Group Size
There is a limit of eight (8) people per entry. The only exception to this is group craftsmanship, where the group limit is four (4).

14. Time Commitment
Probably, 3:30 pm - 9:30 pm on Saturday, local time. The masquerade itself will likely run Saturday from 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm local time, but this is subject to change. Additionally, masquerade participants are expected to be present at main programing at TBA time (likely 3:30 pm or 3:35 pm) in order to organize participants.

15. Masquerade pre-registration
On Jan 1st, masquerade pre-registration opens. Instructions about how to masquerade pre-register will be provided on the forums. Go to http://www.ACen.org/...m/4-masquerade/ to access the links!

On March 31st, pre-registration will close. At that time, the pre-registration forms will be made unavailable.

All skit entries must pre-register. Additionally, skit entries must provide a script no later than April 7th. Please note that skits will be subject to review, both the script and an at-con "dress rehearsal". If the Masquerade staff is concerned about content or preparedness, you be regretfully turned away.

16. At-con Check-in
All entries, both pre-registration and 'at con', must check in at the Masquerade Office during the specified times, posted in the program book or at the Information Desk(s). There will be separate times for skit review. You do not need to be in costume for check-in.

For skit review, please bring any audio and props. You do not need to be in costume for skit review.

17. Skit Reviews
During your skit review, you will provide Masquerade Staff the information that you would like to be read when you step onstage.
You will perform your skit as if you were on stage for final approval. This allows us to not only read your skit but see the actual thing.

18. Showtime Requirements
When you arrive at Main Programming for the show itself, you must be stage ready, meaning that you are in costume and ready for walk-on or skit performance. All contestants will need to be there. No exceptions.
If you wish to bring something to keep you occupied while you wait (deck of cards, novels, handheld video games), you and you alone will be responsible for the safety of your belongings.
Following the stage appearance, the cosplayers will be guided back to the masquerade waiting area to enjoy the rest of the Masquerade until the awards presentation.

19. NO SURPRISES!
Do not make any last-minute changes in your entry without consulting the Masquerade Staff beforehand, well BEFORE the Masquerade starts.

20. Stage Combat
In the interests of safety, stage combat is severely restricted. Unless you can prove to the Masquerade Staff at the Interview that you are a well-trained stage fighter, you will not be allowed to perform any sort of combat. Please note: the stage is a TEMPORARY stage composed of multiple sections, which must be taken into account for any stage combat.

21. Masquerade Office Hours/Location
These will be announced closer to the actual Convention date.

22. Demerits
If you pre-registered for the Masquerade and do not show up or notify us that you won’t be there, you will NOT be allowed to pre-register for two years.
If you are banned from the Masquerade, the banning is in effect for the year it is constituted and for the following year.

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Registration Guidelines

1. It is highly recommended that you pre-register for the masquerade, as only 100 entries are allowed (25 skit, 75 walk-on). This is especially important for skit entries, as they fill up quickly and are only available via pre-registration. Pre-registrations received after the March 31st cutoff date will not be processed.

2. Only pre-register if you seriously intend to participate in the Masquerade. If you pre-register and cannot make it, let the management know this so your spot can be reassigned.

3. You must keep your contact information updated. The Masquerade Department Head will email the primary contact for your entry with important updates. If your email bounces twice with one week between attempts, your entry will be deleted. Updates can be emailed to costumeevents-departmenthead@ACen.org.

4. As a courtesy, a limited number of walk-on slots will be reserved for 'At Con' registrations. These will go fast so register early!

5. All contestants must be attending members of Anime Central and will need to be wearing their badge at the time of check in/sign up and for the Masquerade.

6. Those registering online must check in to confirm their registration at the Masquerade Registration Room during the times listed in the Program Book and at the Information Desk(s). All entries will need to sign off on their pre-registration form at the convention or they will not able to participate.

7. Any skit entry narration to be read by the MC will be limited to 30 words or less. All narration by the MC will be read prior to your performance.

8. The maximum number of members in a single entry is 8 (including any stage ninjas). If more than the approved number appear on stage, the group will be disqualified.

9. We will allow parents to be backstage with participants aged 14 and under. This is not required, just recommended and encouraged, especially for participants aged 12 and under.

10. If your costume is such that you require assistance (visibility, size, etc.), we will allow you to have a handler. Be sure to bring this person with you when you check in.

11. If you wish to have your costume judged for craftsmanship, you must specifically inform us of this during either your pre-registration (there will be a place for the information) or when registering at the convention.

12. Anything the Anime Central Masquerade Staff deems a possible danger to people or the stage area will be allowed.

13. The Masquerade Department Head has the final word in all matters concerning the Masquerade Cosplay competition.


Craftsmanship Judging Guidelines

1. To be properly and fairly judged on your costume, you must answer, truthfully, 'yes' to at least 4 of the following the questions, the first two questions being a definite 'yes' (if you will be entering as a group, substitute "your group" for "you"):
1. Did you create your costume yourself?
2. Did you supply reference materials for your costume?
3. Were the patterns used for your costume self-made / modified from originals?
4. Was your costume 60% or more handcrafted?
5. Were your props/accessories handcrafted by you?
6. Did you spend a significant amount of time planning, constructing, and finishing your costume?
2. All craftsmanship judging occurs prior and during the Masquerade itself. In order to participate in the Craftsmanship Award category, you must be in the Masquerade waiting area no later than the time specified.
3. All Craftsmanship judging participants must also be approved entries in the Masquerade and must participate (either as a 'skit' or a 'walk on') in the Masquerade. They must also have filled out the Costume Craftsmanship Judging Form. Filling out this form does NOT double as your Masquerade entry form.
4. Every contestant needs to be prepared to answer the judges' questions.
5. Each contestant may wear one and only one costume. No exceptions.
6. Each costume will be judged individually (excepting the group category). I.E. one entry per form.
7. We use a tiered system. Each entry can only be in one tier level. Please be honest when you enter.
1. Novice-0-1(minor award, such as Judge’s Choice) awards won
2. Journeyman-1-3 awards won
3. Master-4+ awards won
4. Group –award count not applicable.
8. There will be a maximum of entries per level: 25 Novice, 15 Journeymen, 10 Masters, 10 Groups (maximum of 4 persons per group entry)
9. Any Craftsmanship materials left in our possession will be available to be picked up at the Masquerade Office on Sunday, from 10AM till Noon. Any materials left in our possession after that time will be discarded.

Skit Music and Sound Guidelines

1. There will be no handheld microphones for contestant use. The stage itself will be mic’d properly and thoroughly.
2. We require that all skits that require music must supply said music themselves. We will not be stocking any music.
3. Skits that require music or recorded dialogue must have their sound submitted and confirmed by EARLY Saturday, or you will not be allowed to participate. The times for submissions will be posted at the Office Area, in the Program Book, and at the Information Desk(s).
4. There may be background music for the 'Walk On' section of the Masquerade, however, it will be kept at a low volume, and it will be wholly provided and controlled by the technical group.
5. We will only accept submissions in CD (avi) or MP3 format. Cassette tapes will not be accepted. We are not able to support DVD-R format, and can't guarantee successful ripping of audio from thumb drive files.
6. The pre-recorded music/dialogue submitted to the Masquerade staff must be two (2) minutes 30 seconds or under – be sure to reduce this time by the amount of time needed to set up on the stage. There will be no exceptions to the '2 Minute' rule. Any entry over the 2:30 mark will be stopped at that point.
7. There will NOT be audio editing software/machine on site. Have all audio prepared ahead of time.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:19 PM

(Not sure if I can post here about a question. If I can't please delete)

I am seriously considering entering the masquerade as a Novice and I just want to double check: if I do not participate in the costume judging I am not eligible to win any prizes correct?

Also - the rules confuse me a little with this bit:

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Craftsmanship is a separate judging. For Novices and Journeymen, it is run concurrent with the masquerade. ....All craftsmanship judging occurs prior and during the Masquerade itself. In order to participate in the Craftsmanship Award category, you must be in the Masquerade waiting area no later than the time specified.

If I understand correctly, novices are only judged during the Masquerade run time?
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Posted 02 September 2012 - 09:42 PM

View PostCrimsonAnime, on 01 September 2012 - 10:19 PM, said:

I am seriously considering entering the masquerade as a Novice and I just want to double check: if I do not participate in the costume judging I am not eligible to win any prizes correct?

Also - the rules confuse me a little with this bit:
If I understand correctly, novices are only judged during the Masquerade run time?


This is fine:

1) we have craftsmanship awards and performance awards (including awards for walkons): you are eligible for a performance award even if your costume is not judged.

2) Novice craftsmanship (assuming you are having your costume judged) is only judged during the masquerade, yes. We do it behind the scenes -- hard on us, easier on your overall con experience.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:26 PM

Thank you so much.
I eagerly look forward to competing for the first time!
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Posted 13 September 2012 - 10:54 PM

Hi.

I sent you (sabre) a Private message 10 days ago (9/3) regarding my possible masquerade entry and some costume specific questions that I did not want to share publicly. And to be honest, the fact that I have not heard from you at all (even something as simple as - "I'm a bit swamped right now and can't answer in detail but will check back in ASAP), makes me feel a bit slighted. I could understand if you were busy offline and were not able to check out the forums, however, as I can freely see your profile and your last activity status, I see that you were here only yesterday night. Yet according to the 'last read' section in the message that I sent you, you have not yet read the PM.

I do not mean to come across rude and apologize if I do, but the questions I am asking are very important to me because they will determine whether or not I compete in the masquerade this year. And the sooner I know all i need to know, the sooner I will be able to dedicate as much work as is needed to the cosplay.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

PS - if you are not the person I should be asking about masquerade questions, I would greatly appreciate being pointed in the right direction.

:)
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 12:00 PM

1st, let me apolize; I thought I had ny email set to notify when pm'd but apparently I didn't. I think that's now rectified. I'll be responding momentarily!

2nd, if I appear to have wandered off, email me. Costumedevents-departementhead@ACen.org. it's tied to my phone so it can find me!

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 08:15 PM

Out of curiosity, are the international origin cosplays only eligible for awards in that category ("Best International" for example) yet ineligible for best in show, best novice, etc.? It's different from con to con, heheh. I most likely will compete with a Japanese origin cosplay anyways, I simply was wondering out of interest. :3
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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:15 PM

Excellent question, and one for which I don't yet have my final answer. I'm very tempted to make them no different than anyone else, judging-wise. However, there are some negatives to doing that. I'll know when I understand what my prize budget is ;)

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:01 AM

Hi I was wondering for the craftsmanship contest if I could have someone else wear the costume instead of myself and if that is possible would I enter myself or the other person?

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 04:25 PM

View Postdarklink38, on 30 November 2012 - 04:01 AM, said:

Hi I was wondering for the craftsmanship contest if I could have someone else wear the costume instead of myself and if that is possible would I enter myself or the other person?


Taken from the rules (bolding specific to this post):

Craftsmanship Judging Guidelines

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1. To be properly and fairly judged on your costume, you must answer, truthfully, 'yes' to at least 4 of the following the questions, the first two questions being a definite 'yes' (if you will be entering as a group, substitute "your group" for "you"):
1. Did you create your costume yourself?
2. Did you supply reference materials for your costume?
3. Were the patterns used for your costume self-made / modified from originals?
4. Was your costume 60% or more handcrafted?
5. Were your props/accessories handcrafted by you?
6. Did you spend a significant amount of time planning, constructing, and finishing your costume?


In other words, what you describe (you make, they wear) is a "no" at ACen; that's modelling, and although there are cons where that is legal (and if you want, I can list several for you), it is not at ACen.
That said: if you are a group entry (e.g., you made TWO costume, one for yourself and one for the other and BOTH were part of the craftsmanship entry), you do meet our judging criteria because you can answer yes to "did your group create your costumes?". Yes, it's something of a loophole, but figuring out how to close it without something really convoluted has thus far escaped me.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

Thank you sabre for your quick reply and I would appreciate it if you would list a few cons where modelling is legal.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:51 AM

I have a question regarding skit performances (assuming there are spots left).

I am fairly certain I will need to have at least one stage ninja, however, said stage ninja(s) has not been cast yet. May I provide you their name and information at a later point after submitting my masquerade form?

(and if the skits are full, please disregard for this year :P)

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

View PostKarmada, on 23 January 2013 - 09:51 AM, said:

I have a question regarding skit performances (assuming there are spots left).

I am fairly certain I will need to have at least one stage ninja, however, said stage ninja(s) has not been cast yet. May I provide you their name and information at a later point after submitting my masquerade form?

(and if the skits are full, please disregard for this year :P/>)


Yes, you may. just be sure to note a "TBD" name for me.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

I have a quick question about the tier system! I'm hoping to enter the masquerade with a friend, and both costumes were created entirely by myself. Since there will still be two of us, would it still fall under the group category or would it go under, say, Journeyman since only one person worked on it? Thank you!
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Posted 04 February 2013 - 12:00 AM

View PostAkushou, on 31 January 2013 - 05:43 PM, said:

I have a quick question about the tier system! I'm hoping to enter the masquerade with a friend, and both costumes were created entirely by myself. Since there will still be two of us, would it still fall under the group category or would it go under, say, Journeyman since only one person worked on it? Thank you!


Depends on if you want us to judge only the costume you're wearing (Journeyman) or both costumes as a pair (Group).

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:50 PM

Hello!

I just had a quick question.... for both skits and walk-ons.... is it required for your cosplays to be handmade?
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:55 AM

I've sort of always wondered this about ACen's system (and any con that gives out a group award)- what awards are group entries eligible for? Are they only eligible for the best group, or maybe some judge's choice? I'm not entering with any partners or anything, I'm just curious since I've always wondered about this. ^_^
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 04:33 PM

View PostStealthykitten, on 21 February 2013 - 05:50 PM, said:

Hello!

I just had a quick question.... for both skits and walk-ons.... is it required for your cosplays to be handmade?


If you're going for one of the craftsmanship awards, yes. If not, no -- although walkons tend to be (skits vary a bit more, although many are handmade there as well)

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 04:36 PM

View PostMomoKurumi, on 23 February 2013 - 10:55 AM, said:

I've sort of always wondered this about ACen's system (and any con that gives out a group award)- what awards are group entries eligible for? Are they only eligible for the best group, or maybe some judge's choice? I'm not entering with any partners or anything, I'm just curious since I've always wondered about this. ^_^/>


Varies by con, but I can speak to ACen.

1) there's a specific group craftsmanship award
2) we have both walk-on and skit performance awards; those can go to individuals or groups
3) judge's choice can also go to individuals or groups -- it's judge's choice!

At other cons, i've seen groups not differentiated in any way, separated out as we have them, not allowed (everyone must be solo).... it varies by con and even by year.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:09 PM

Hi again I have another question about the craftsmanship contest the character I want to cosplay as only has fan-art so would that be usable for reference material?
thanks again

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 03:42 PM

View Postdarklink38, on 28 February 2013 - 11:09 PM, said:

Hi again I have another question about the craftsmanship contest the character I want to cosplay as only has fan-art so would that be usable for reference material?
thanks again


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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:31 AM

Hi,

I am considering entering the Craftsmanship contest of the Masquerade as a Novice as well. This is would be my first time participating in the Masquerade since I started attending ACen and I was wondering, what exactly should I be providing in the way of reference material if I decided to enter? (pictures of the character, pictures of the construction of the cosplay, that kind of thing).
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Posted 05 March 2013 - 02:08 AM

will I be able to reuse a costume from last year if I added to it, and redid my prop from scratch, I have a skit lined up for one last time, as I am out of ideas for now after this one.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 12:33 AM

View PostMishaB, on 04 March 2013 - 04:31 AM, said:

Hi,

I am considering entering the Craftsmanship contest of the Masquerade as a Novice as well. This is would be my first time participating in the Masquerade since I started attending ACen and I was wondering, what exactly should I be providing in the way of reference material if I decided to enter? (pictures of the character, pictures of the construction of the cosplay, that kind of thing).


What you just said :)

1) pictures of your source (manga, anime, wherever): be sure it's the costume YOU are making, not just "hey look it's the same dude from season one and i'm doing season two and they don't look the same but it's the same dude!"
2) in-progress pictures (pictures as you go) are a major +

View Postmanga1, on 05 March 2013 - 02:08 AM, said:

will I be able to reuse a costume from last year if I added to it, and redid my prop from scratch, I have a skit lined up for one last time, as I am out of ideas for now after this one.


Most years the answer would be "no; if your costume crossed our stage it can't do so again."

Last year was last year. As stated in the rules: "if you were part of the 2012 masquerade, you may wear your costume again (and even have it judged again) "

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:51 PM

[well thats ok because as far as this goes I am out of new ideas, for more skits, everything is ready to go as is, just have to brush up on performance.

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 04:17 PM

I am thinking about entering a costume into the Masquerade. I will have planned and crafted the costume myself with the exception of a corset I have commissioned from someone else. With consent of my commissioner, would I still be able to compete in the craftmanship portion? Would I enter as a group or not?
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 09:17 PM

View PostJillian, on 30 March 2013 - 04:17 PM, said:

I am thinking about entering a costume into the Masquerade. I will have planned and crafted the costume myself with the exception of a corset I have commissioned from someone else. With consent of my commissioner, would I still be able to compete in the craftmanship portion? Would I enter as a group or not?


If the only thing you haven't made is a corset, I'm pretty sure you can answer "yes" to the question reading "Was your costume 60% or more handcrafted?" and thus can compete in the craftsmanship portion as an individual.

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