2: The Cosplay Contest will take place on Saturday, August 11th at 7:30pm in rooms 164-166 in the South building at the Phoenix Convention Center.
3: All contestants must have either a weekend pass or a Saturday to be entered in the contest.
4: Online registration is currently open. On-site registration will be accepted up to 12:00pm on Saturday, August 11th. Note that you must have a flash drive with you if you plan on using any audio. These spots will be a first come, first serve basis.
5: Each contestant or group is allowed a skit or a catwalk of 3 minutes or less.
6: Judging will take place at 3:00pm. Location of where you will need to go can be found at the Cosplay Booth.
7: Only the contestants and judges will be allowed in the judging area. There will be limited space, so we ask that no photoshoots happen during the judging. Assistants are also welcome to help with any last minute repairs.
8: All costumes are accepted including but not limited to fan-made art, movies, anime, video games, etc.
9: If your costume has not been made by you, you must alert the judges.
10: You may only enter once in the contest. If you enter as a group and win – prizes will be divided amongst the winning contestants.
11: Please be sure to submit your audio in an mp3 file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions and Notes
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Cosplay Coordinator, Christal at email@example.com
The Cosplay Contest rules are subject to change and all contestants will be notified by email if the change happens 3 days before the convention. Otherwise it will be posted on our social media pages and can be found at both the info desk as well as the Cosplay Booth/Repair Station during the convention.
Ashlynne Dae is a Californian cosplayer, model, designer and creator. She has been cosplaying for six years, combining her passion for geek culture and design skills to painstakingly pay tribute to the characters she loves by bringing them to life in costume. She is known for her focus on craftsmanship and attention to detail, finding inventive ways to bring complex designs into the real world in her own style. While a long time fixture on the US convention circuit she has recently broken onto the international stage bringing her bold style to the globe.
Courtney Fishell is a gamer nerd, horror enthusiast, costumer, and all around geek. After growing up on an ostrich farm in rural Arizona, Courtney Leigh moved on to study fashion at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and in 2010 she began a costuming business. Today she works full time making and selling costumes to people around the world and so far has created over 1,000 costumes for cosplayers, fan films, haunted houses, and theatre. Courtney has also been a featured fashion designer in 3 fashion shows all inspired by her love for geek culture. Along with her costuming, Courtney is a self-taught makeup artist and body painter and former makeup department manager at Fear Farm. Whenever she’s not working she’s writing, playing video games, and finding new outlets for her creativity.
Amber Brite has been dressing up in costumes for as long as she can remember. Halloween, movie premieres, and any event she could get away with it. In 2013 she sealed her fate by stepping into the world of cosplay & never looked back. After years of working as a vet-tech, she decided to go for her dream and opened up her own business as a self-employed prop maker. Her specialties include sci-fi alien headpieces, horns, and other specialty props that have made their way around the globe. She’s best known for her original Twi’lek cosplays from Star Wars.
Blue Calcifer is a theatre community costume designer, who two years ago discovered the cosplay community. She is now a full-time cosmaker/cosplayer; hand-making cosplays inspired by a variety of source material such as anime, comics, and video games. She is a masquerade participant, winning in masters and overall. Blue Calcifer is excited to grow with the cosplay community and bring more characters to life for the enjoyment of others and herself – believe it!!! 👊
Sean Rhoades a.k.a. Smolder Cosplay is from Akron Ohio, but now resides in Phoenix Arizona. Sean is an old school gamer. He was introduced to video games by his grandmother, of all people, who had an Atari 2600. His grandma introduced him to the classic Atari games like Asteroids, Missile Command, Space Invaders, Defender, Adventure, Spider-Man, Centipede, and so many more. Shortly after that he was moving on to coin-op arcades like Rampage, Pac-Man, and Galaga.
Sean has been cosplaying since 2011, but costuming almost his entire life. Mixing his passion and talents for theater and costuming to become a cosplayer. Sean’s costumes span all over pop culture from cartoons to movies, TV to video games, anime and comics.
Thermocosplay started creating cosplay in the summer of 2014. Since its inception this cosplay team (comprised of Samantha Kitts and Lina) has created over 50 costumes for themselves and others. ThermoCosplay has moderated/hosted panels at events such as: Emerald City Comicon, Phoenix Fan Fusion, Saboten Con, Tucson Comic-Con, Sabaku Con, Taiyou Con and a number of local expos/library comic events. Along with being an experienced cosplay panelist, ThermoCosplay has won several costume awards including: Best in Show at Easley’s Fashion Show, Best in Novice at Mesa CMX and Best in Advanced at Tucson Comic-con. ThermoCosplay is dedicated to sharing their cosplay knowledge with the world!
Sam, of ThermoCosplay, is excited to be a guest of Game On Expo 2018. Come visit her booth for demonstrations, raffles, photos and cosplay revelry!
Copycat is a cosplayer from the Village Hidden in the Heat a.k.a. Phoenix, Arizona. For the last two years of his cosplaying adventure, he’s dedicated himself to creating a realistic style of cosplay that impresses and awes, but more importantly, he aims to bring about amusement (and sometimes cringe) in his work. He lives by the idea that above all else, cosplay is for fun and absolutely loves what he does. His talents range from all self-taught and hand-made cosplays, prop-making, self-photography and photoshopping. Like any real ninja, he has learned and is growing in fight choreography and is even a diehard gym buff because if you wanna cosplay a hero, you might as well have the body and strength of one. He dedicates himself to real cosplay-model fitness and enjoys giving advice. With a few cosplay competition wins under his belt and an ever evolving fan base, Copycat intends to keep growing into an even more popular cosplayer and travel the world. He is honored to have his first guesting appearance at Game On and hopes everyone comes by to say Yo.
Game2hype (George Grant) is an up and coming cosplayer, model and YouTuber based in Phoenix, AZ. He found a love for cosplay in 2010 and hasn’t stopped since. Mostly known for cosplaying Lucio from the game Overwatch, in 2017 he entered the costume alongside Juscosplay in his first competition, New York Comic-Con’s Cosplay 101 Contest, where together they took first place. His cosplay has been featured on websites like IGN, DXRACER and The Geek Lyfe, who he is currently partnering with to spread cosplay positivity and stop cosplay bullying. Outside of cosplay he’s a passionate gamer and emotional anime watcher, which can be seen on his YouTube channel “Game2hype.”
Corgi Cosplay is made up of Kiba (a Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and his human sidekick Nicole that live in Arizona! Kiba is actually Nicole’s service dog and takes his job pretty seriously, even under the costumes. Kiba started cosplaying about 5 years ago with a Link cosplay (Legend of Zelda) and a Moogle cosplay (Final Fantasy series), and Nicole slowly started about 4 years ago with Hinata (Naruto). Since their start, they have now guested at over 20 cons and have been featured in articles online and in print. Nicole loves talking about cosplay positivity and it being for everyone, no matter size, color, gender, nor even species!