The third annual OkeCon will feature the second annual Cosplay Contest! Cosplay costumes can be inspired by any character or show. Show off your creativity and fan spirit with your best costume as an individual or part of a group. Please read the rules and regulations carefully to make sure your costume follows the guidelines. Pre-registration will ensure you have a spot in the Contest, but walk-up registrations will also be accepted, time permitting.
OkeCon is on Saturday, May 5th, 2018. The Contest will be held in the Program Room, next to the Cosplay Cafe. Participants are welcome to wait in the Cafe, talk and take pictures until their name/s is called to be seen by the judges. Of course, all are welcome to dress up without participating in the Contest, but costumes must still adhere to the Rules for appropriateness.
The Cosplay Contest begins at 12:30 pm in the Program Room.
Please remember that OkeCon is a zero-tolerance zone for harassment. Ask permission before you touch someone or take their picture and accept their answer if they say “no.” Please report any harassment to staff.
Rules & Regulations
Cosplay Contest Rules:
- Cosplay participants can cosplay any character that they want from any genre whether it’s an anime, manga, games, comic books, movies, animation, video games, etc. Original characters are also acceptable.
- Contestants can only enter in one category. Due to the unpredictable size of groups, a prize for each member cannot be guaranteed.
- Interested cosplay participants can register on the day of the event, but pre-registering will guarantee inclusion in the Contest.
- Cosplayers under eighteen (18) years of age as of May 5th, 2018 must have their parent and/or legal guardian sign the waiver/image release form at the event.
- Costumes deemed inappropriate or indecent (ie. exposes private parts) are prohibited. Scantily clad and/or overly sexy costumes are allowed but not encouraged. Cosplay organizers and the cosplay management team have the right to disqualify any participant on this ground.
- Costumes must be respectful. You may want to cosplay as a character of a different ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation than yourself and you are free to do so insofar as it is done in a respectful manner. Please remember that real skin tones and racial features are NOT part of a costume. Furthermore, portrayal of any real or fictional figure that explicitly advocates or implicitly endorses the dehumanization of any real group of people is prohibited. Failure to adhere to this rule will not only disqualify you from the Contest, but also violates the library’s Patron Code of Conduct and will result in your removal from the premises and a possible ban from the library of at least one month.
- All kinds of costume props must be handled with care and must not have the potential for harm to fellow cosplayers, event staff, event attendees, or library property. Working firearms or any kind of sharp and/or bladed objects that could cut human flesh are strictly prohibited. Any kind of pyrotechnic equipment that could render damage to the venue and/or property is strictly prohibited. For safety reasons, the following are not allowed:
- Live animals
- Substances which might damage or soil premises
- Aerosol sprays
- Projectiles of any kind
- Waycross-Ware County Public Library and/or event organizers will not be held responsible for damage or injury of participants, costumes or props throughout the duration of the event.
- The Cosplay Café & Contest event organizers along with Waycross-Ware Library staff reserve the right to disqualify any cosplayer who ignores and/or violates any of the aforementioned rules or for any other reason deemed sufficient at the sole discretion of the staff.
- The judges’ decisions are final and cannot be appealed or negotiated.
Individual Category – Youth (Ages 13 and younger)
$25 Etsy Gift Card
Face Painting Kit
Create-Your-Own Superhero Mask
Individual Category – Older (Ages 14 and up)
$50 Etsy Gift Card
$25 Makerspace 3D Printing Credit
Tree House Macarons Gift Card
The Sweetest Thing Gift Certificate
Additionally, the first 20 participants will receive a gift baggie of Japanese snacks.