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MCC Contests: Costume Contest

Medford Comic Con Costume Contest
Rules and Guidelines

Past Costume Examples

The theme for the Medford Comic Con 2019 is "Fandoms Unite."

Costume Contests will be held on both Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. in the Medford Library Reading Room, on the 2nd floor.

Saturday Categories

  • Children
  • Groups & Family (12 & under or with parents)
  • Villains & Anti-Heroes

Sunday Categories

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Groups (13 +)

Guidelines & Judging

Judging will be based on:

  • Creativity
  • Style
  • Character representation

Contestants are encouraged to take on the persona of their favorite superhero, comic-book/manga character, alter-ego, cosplay character, arch-nemesis—whatever fandom genre resonates with you.

Merit will be given to personally constructed costumes, as opposed to store-bought.  This is to encourage creative expression and give credit to these makers, along with the time, energy, and determination it takes to create an other-worldly character

No costume repeats will be accepted.

At the judge's discretion, awards will be given to:

  • Best Overall Costume: Awarded to the person who constructs the best costume. Show us your hard work!
  • Best Character Representation: Not a seamstress? That's okay! This award is for how well the personality of your character shines through.
  • Audience Favorite: Audience choice! Use your 60 second runway time to wow the Audience.
  • Honorable Mention: Because we can't just pick 3 winners! 

Sign Up

Online sign will be announced in the weeks leading up to the convention and limited to the first 8 contestants.

Sign up on the day of competition will be at the Library Reading Area from opening until the Waitlist is filled.

  • Contestant limit per group: 20 for Children & Family each, 20 for Teens & Adults each
  • The following 15 contestants can sign up to be Waitlisted.
  • All contestants can sign up on a first come, first served basis. No exceptions.

All contestants per category must arrive 15 minutes early for pre-lineup in the Medford Library Reading Room, east wall. Expect each group to take around 20 minutes to compete, with no more than 60 seconds per contestant on each day. Contestant winners will need to line up on the 'catwalk' at that time to receive awards and for photos.

To fulfill the mission of the Medford Comic Con as a family-friendly, safe event, please not the below in designing your character.

  • No nudity. No top or bottom cleavage. Medford Comic Con is a family friendly event.
  • No profanity, political or religious statements, including messages via signs or clothing. Not following these guidelines may lead to disqualification.

  • No Heckling or Harassment.

  • Costumes cannot endorse any form of real hate group.

  • Costume cannot depict, and cannot itself, be in violation of any law.

  • No Functional Weapons are allowed. Peace bound weapons that are props only will be accepted.

Participation in the Medford Comic Con Costume Contest indicates participant agreement for all guidelines herein. Photos and filming follow the Jackson County Library photography policy.