Costume-Con - The FAQ

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#16 Buddycat on 7 years ago

[QUOTE=Gravely;4021079]The FAQ is wonderful. I have one exception to make, the usage of 'presentation judge'
instead of stage judge. Costume Con, even more than any other con, needs to be sure that the awards are about the costume, not about how well the entrants sing or dance.

tho awards for singing and dancing are of course just fine, the judges that only see the costumes from the stage, are looking at cut, color, fabric choices
fit, etc... not just the presentation.

A little piint to be sure, but I feel it is one that our newer cosplay centric attendees need to be made very aware of[/QUOTE]

Noted, although "presentation judge" has been the standard term for all these years. If we need to, we can go into that whole thing down the line. Probably not a bad idea to briefly explain what judges are looking for, but not necessarily within the scope of this FAQ.

#17 Buddycat on 7 years ago

#18 Buddycat on 7 years ago

[QUOTE=CapsuleCorp;4017774]The only wording that could use some fixing is this:



You might want to add "...by not actually constructing pieces IN THE GREEN ROOM ITSELF" just so no one misinterprets it as, you shouldn't have huge costumes that take up large amounts of room at all. Because we all know that's actually encouraged and welcome. :D[/QUOTE]

Hmmm. Have to think about that one....

#19 Buddycat on 7 years ago

#20 Buddycat on 7 years ago

#21 Buddycat on 7 years ago

Can my parents/friends/etc. come to see the shows?
Check with the conference committee – usually, there are accommodations for selling event tickets for the various masquerades.

I’ve heard there are no activities/panels scheduled opposite the shows. Why is that?
Everyone is either in one of the shows or watching them!

What kinds of things are sold in the Dealers Room?
It differs from year to year, but usually it is a mix of beading materials, costume accessories, costume-related books, hard to find patterns and jewelry.

This is supposed to be a 4 day conference. Why should I stay through Monday?
While programming is not all day, there are still things to do both at the conference and outside it. There are the panels, workshops and costume video presentations by the ICG Archives. Usually, there are opportunities for both guided and self-guided tours of the host city. Sometimes, conference members organize their own trips and activities. And at the end of the day, they all meet one more time in the Con Suite for the “Dead Dog Party”. It’s the last opportunity to relax and socialize before everyone makes their way home.

I’d like to volunteer. Who should I contact?
Check the website of the CC you want to help out with and contact the committee person in charge. They will gratefully accept any assistance in areas like Registration, stage ninjas, den moms, exhibits and other areas. Or, ask at Registration when you arrive.



And thus ends the FAQ draft. More comments? Any additions?

#22 Sarcasm-hime on 7 years ago

Do you mind if I use bits of this on our CC page? (with credit of course)

#23 supergeekgirl on 7 years ago

[QUOTE=Buddycat;4025902]Can my parents/friends/etc. come to see the shows?
Check with the conference committee – usually, there are accommodations for selling event tickets for the various masquerades.

I’ve heard there are no activities/panels scheduled opposite the shows. Why is that?
Everyone is either in one of the shows or watching them!

[/QUOTE]

Oh, yes! I really did want to know those things at my first CC! I also wondered whether I had to pay extra for the masquerade because of the way the signs were placed, but they explained that one to me when I asked.

And also what Gravely says about cosplay presentation. I forget that part of cosplay sometimes since I don't usually compete at anime cons, but many of them really get defensive about how they believe presentation (aka "skits") is the most important thing.

I feel it's important to let everyone know that it's just fine NOT to stay for Monday. A lot of people don't because they've driven a long way and need to get back. If I'm more than a day's drive away, I can't stay for Monday.

#24 Buddycat on 7 years ago

[QUOTE=supergeekgirl;4026393]

I feel it's important to let everyone know that it's just fine NOT to stay for Monday. A lot of people don't because they've driven a long way and need to get back. If I'm more than a day's drive away, I can't stay for Monday.[/QUOTE]

The reason we encourage people to stay is it's supposed to be a 4 day conference. The fewer people who stay, the more likely CC becomes a 3 day conference. The challenge is to make it worth their while, since programming generally ends at noon on Monday. It's not like people say "nanner nanner boo boo" for not staying around. But they might say later, "Oh! You missed something cool after you left!"

#25 Buddycat on 7 years ago

[QUOTE=Sarcasm-hime;4026066]Do you mind if I use bits of this on our CC page? (with credit of course)[/QUOTE]

Once the final draft is agreed upon, sure, although you could just link to the FAQ, which will hopefully be going on the parent Costume-Con.Com site.

#26 trixyloupwolf on 7 years ago

yeah i love monday last day nya chance to hug everyone ^^ nyaa

#27 supergeekgirl on 7 years ago

I stayed when it was in Milwaukee, and while I had a lot of fun, I just couldn't take enough time off this time around. But because the schedule is often difficult to read for Mondays, what I'm saying is that sometimes people don't understand it as a relaxing, last-chance-for-a-little-fun time because "4-day conference" makes it sound like Monday will be like Sunday at most cons, which it isn't. That's all. Not saying it's not fun to stay for Monday.

#28 von Drago on 7 years ago

[QUOTE=supergeekgirl;4028802]I stayed when it was in Milwaukee, and while I had a lot of fun, I just couldn't take enough time off this time around. But because the schedule is often difficult to read for Mondays, what I'm saying is that sometimes people don't understand it as a relaxing, last-chance-for-a-little-fun time because "4-day conference" makes it sound like Monday will be like Sunday at most cons, which it isn't. That's all. Not saying it's not fun to stay for Monday.[/QUOTE]

I get what you mean. I think it's good to have some programming on Monday but maybe not as much as the other days. But it needs to be emphasized that other things happen on Monday & it can be super fun to stay if you can.
So therefore committees need to be sure to plan things for Monday - like trips or shopping, maybe movies & a great big restaurant excursion, followed by silly stuff at the dead-dog.

#29 Gravely on 7 years ago

not trying to make trouble for you bruce, promise.
since we are talking so much about these things on the cosplay forum, I do think the difference between a stage judge, and a presentation judge is very important

also, while I cant speak, for cc-31, I can say that cc-30 as well as 32, will be using the stage judge name, as well as instructing the judges and the audience, what the judges are tasked with looking for, and at costume con, the costume comes first.

As you know, I'm the first one to go on stage with a big over blown routine, so I am not presentation biased in the negative, but i believe the presentation is only there to provide a frame of reference to those watching it, so they have an idea about why the costumer may have made the decisions thay have.

there have been a time or two in the past decade where this wasnt so, and folks left scratching there heads as why things won, with what was percieved to be great skits, but average at best costumes. It has been hard for those of us trying to bring the cosplayers in, to get them to understand that, that is not the norm.

I know we have had this discussion in the past on the guild board, but since you are working specifically on CC with this. I think that continuing the discussion has merit

#30 trixyloupwolf on 7 years ago

yeah!! i loooooooooooooveeeee all info i can take nyahhahaha!!
keep info coming nya!!<3<3<3
hehehe!!
i loove monday stuff
i loove some judge (some i do not like =_= some are snobish and it sad =-=)
but yeah i looooove maskerade and fashion show style competition

wahouuuu
i wanna go for everrrrrr and eveeeerrr
i wish i win lotery so i can be secure for all coming costume con hahahahaha!!

ya iam silly like that ^^ but costume con is too much a great convention thingy<3<3<3
iam happy i went the first time i went @[email protected];;; does it say like that ^^::::


aniway ^^ haha
it just missing some contest ^^ and game nya hahahaha!!
but hey iam there ^^ maybe i can add that nyuuuu!!!
for the fun of being toguetter and having funnn nyaaaaaaaa!!!


<3<3<3 i love hosting contest haha i think it so much diferent then hosting a pannel workshop a lot less stressing hahahah^^ i know my stuff there hehe


but hey i misss you all i will never say it enough
i wish to be mor emagical so i can teleport all at costume con hehe<3

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