Contest Times and Rules

General Cosplay Policies

Weapons Policies

Photography Policies

Thanks for two great years of Cosplay Contests! We hope this third year, our 2019 show, will be just as awesome!

Please note that this is a live document and, until the date of the show, anything listed here may change. Check back often.

Our Cosplay Contest Trophies are by the amazing Emmie Mayne of Lightning and Lace!

Contest Times, Prizes, Entry Forms, and Costs

The Cosplay Contest will begin at 5 pm on Saturday, January 19th, 2019. Please note that fans will be encouraged to arrive at 4 pm for the Cosplay Contest’s Pre-Show, but the actual Contest itself will begin at 5 pm. There are no fees for entering the competition (other than the admission price for the convention). The cash prizes and rewards are listed below. Entry forms for the competition will be available at the NACC’s con table. Please stop by the NACC table on Friday and Saturday at the show and feel free to ask any questions you may have! It’s easy, fun, and free to be part of the show!

This year we’re adding the EXHIBITION category to our show. So if you just want to walk the stage but not be part of the larger contest, this category will be for you. Exhibition participants will not be part of the pre-judging or considered for prizes but can walk the stage during the show. Purchased costumes may participate in this category.

COSPLAY REGISTRATION: SATURDAY 10 – 1 PM (No applications accepted after 1) located at the NACC Con Table.

COSPLAY PREJUDGING: Prejuding is Saturday 1pm – 4pm and will occur in the 2nd floor studio beside STEAMWorks where the con arcade is located. You will be assigned a time slot during which you will be prejudged.

COSPLAY CONTEST: SATURDAY 5 PM located on the 2nd floor Gallery main stage left of Suzi’s Pops. All contestants should report to studio 2047 and be lined up in their categories by no later than 4:45pm.

Cosplay at Lowe Mill A&E General Policies

  • Huntsville Comic Con / Lowe Mill A&E reserves the right to eject anyone from convention grounds at any time for any reason.
  • If any action is illegal outside of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, it is still illegal inside Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. This includes reckless endangerment, theft, concealed weapons, assault, and other clearly illegal activities.
  • Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated, such as fighting (fake or real), heckling, impeding traffic flow, offensive behavior, public inebriation (or similar intoxication), or any other failure to follow the rules.
  • Huntsville Comic Con /  Lowe Mill A&E can and will take action against any type of disruptive behavior, even beyond the behaviors mentioned. Attendees that cause these types of problems may be warned, asked to leave, or even face inquiries from the police (depending on severity).
  • If at such a time the convention staff receives one or more complaints about a person’s behavior, said person may face penalties such as removal from the convention grounds, removal of the person’s props from the premises, and/or face inquiry from the authorities
  • Huntsville Comic Con / Lowe Mill A&E visitors attend at their own risk. Huntsville Comic Con / Lowe Mill A&E takes no responsibility for any damages incurred to property or person of guests, artists, dealers, or attendees. Smoking is not permitted in the Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment.
  • Huntsville Comic Con / Lowe Mill A&E takes no responsibility for lost items.
  • Vaporizers, Electronic Cigarettes, and any other smoking devices that emit smoke or vapor, are not permitted at the convention site.No sales are permitted on the premises outside of the Vendor Floor. In these areas, only paid vendors or artists who have a copy of their respective contracts on file with Huntsville Comic Con will be allowed to sell their wares or art.

Photography Policies

  • By entering Huntsville Comic Con / Lowe Mill A&E, all attendees agree to have their photos taken by Huntsville Comic Con / Lowe Mill A&E staff for promotional purposes. Huntsville Comic Con / Lowe Mill A&E agrees not to use the photos in any other manner besides promotion and not to sell the photos to any third party.
  • Photography is allowed and encouraged at the convention. However, if someone does not wish to have their picture taken, please respect their wishes and refrain from photographing them. Also, if you want to take a picture, please do not block hallways or entrances.
  • No photography equipment (screens, lights, etc.) that needs to be set up. Huntsville Comic Con  / Lowe Mill A&E reserves the right to ask you to disassemble or remove any set ups at any time.

Cosplay Policies

  • No costume is not a costume. Paint and/or pasties are not a costume either.
  • No intentional or unintentional “wardrobe malfunctions” are allowed. Please make sure your costume is sturdily constructed. This includes proper undergarments.
  • For safety purposes, all attendees must wear some form of protective footwear. This our fancy way of saying, “You have to wear shoes.”
  • All military, law enforcement, and other emergency service costumes should be easily distinguishable from official uniforms.
  • Hate symbols, even historical hate symbols like swastikas, will not be tolerated.
  • Roller blades, roller skates, hoverboards, and skateboards will not be allowed in the event center spaces.
  • Stilts are allowed, as long as you are wearing them.
  • No signs offering services or making requests to be hugged or touched. We want everyone to feel comfortable.

Weapons Policies

  • All costume weapons must be inspected at the convention Weapons Check-In. Directions to the check-in will be provided at the Admissions Table of the convention, which will be clearly marked and is located at Lowe Mill A&E’s Door #4.
  • Huntsville Comic Con / Lowe Mill A&E reserves the right to inspect any and all weapons and props and ask that such weapons or equipment be removed from the premises or stored away from the general public.
  • Prop weapons that are part of a costume are permitted at Huntsville Comic Con, with the following provisions:
    • All props may be inspected by convention staff at any time.
    • Absolutely no live steel is allowed. This refers to bladed metal weapons.
    • Actual firearms are not allowed on the premises.
    • Prop firearms must have a bright orange tip. Prop firearms must not be able to fire any kind of projectile. This includes tethered and liquid projectiles.
    • Functional (real) arrows must have their tips removed and be bundled and zip tied to a quiver.
    • Any and all explosives or pyrotechnics are not allowed at the con (including the use of fire, firecrackers, and fireworks)
    • Objects that can generate excessive noise, light, smoke, or confetti are prohibited on convention grounds.
    • Props and any object designed to be swung should be kept under control at all times and not used in any manner that would endanger others. Kept under control means held but not used.
    • Objects designed or representing objects designed to be thrown should under NO circumstances be thrown. They may be held and shown but not used in any other manner.
    • All oversized props and costumes should be handled in a manner as to not endanger the safety of others, pose a fire hazard, block medical/security staff, or appear threatening.
  • Good Weapon Behavior:
    • Do not brandish your weapon threateningly to anyone.
    • Do not swing your weapon.
    • Do not throw any objects, not just weapons.
    • Secure objects to your costume so they will not be hazardous as you move about the convention. Be aware that the convention may become quite crowded and take precautions that your costume and/or props do not endanger others in such a situation.
  • Always move in a controlled manner so that your props and costume do not harm others or the property of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment.

Further questions? Please feel free to contact us.

Cosplay Contest Rules

  • All contestants MUST fill out and submit an entry form. A valid convention badge
    will be required. Forms will be available at the NACC Con Table.
  • Cosplaying PETS should read THIS additional Rules Page.
  • This is an open genre costume contest, meaning there are no restrictions regarding the source material of a competing cosplay.
  • Cosplays being entered in the EXHIBITION, YOUTH, CHILD or GROUP categories can be store-bought, commissioned, or made by the contestant.
  • Cosplays being entered in the ADULT and ADVANCED category must meet ALL of the following requirements: 1) Costumes need to be made or
    modified by the entrant. (Modifications will be assessed by our judges and must be at least 30% modified from the original piece.) (2) Commissioned costumes may
    only be entered if the creator of the costume is in attendance. Store-bought costumes are not allowed in the Adult and Advanced Categories. Exceptions are the following items: wigs, belts, shoes, jewelry, accessories, and props. Other items may be allowed at the judges’ discretion. 3) Contestants who enter the ADVANCED category must follow the same requirements as the ADULT category but must have made/modified 80% of their costume.
  • The judges reserve the right to move a contestant from the Adult, Youth, or Group categories into the Advanced category at their discretion.
  • One costume entry per person.
  • All contestants are allowed up to 15 seconds of stage time to showcase their costume or prop in a “catwalk” format.
  • Any item or activity that presents the possibility of damage to the entrants, their costumes, the audience, or the facility is prohibited.
  • Contestants may not enter a costume that has won an award from any other convention. If you have a question about exceptions to this rule, just send us a note.
  • Unless store-bought, all costumes must be entered by the person(s) who created it. Models may be utilized to showcase your costume. However, the creator must be present with the model at both the prejudging and the contest to be eligible for award consideration. If you choose to use a model, be sure to include this information on your application.
  • A parent or guardian must accompany all contestants age 14 or under at all times.
  • All entries are strongly encouraged to bring reference material for their costume(s). While we will not turn away entries that do not bring reference material, it is very helpful! Not all judges know all characters, so reference material is in everyone’s best interest.
  • All costumes must abide by the rules of the Huntsville Comic Con Cosplay Policy and Weapons Policy listed above on this page. If a policy violation is discovered by any of the convention staff or judges panel, that entry will be disqualified.
  • Special stage requests will be considered but cannot be guaranteed. Requests
    should be submitted in writing along with the entry form.
  • No entries will be accepted once registration has ended. Prompt arrival at pre-judging is required.
  • All entrants are required to show up in full costume for pre-judging. Failure to show for pre-judging will result in prize ineligibility.
  • A winner will be selected for each category (Advanced, Adult, Youth, Child, Pet, and Group), along with a Judge’s Choice award for each judge.
  • All decisions made by the judges are final. All prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the contest.
  • Prize List:
    • Advanced Category 1st Place: $100 Prize Value*
    • Advanced Category 2nd Place: $50 Prize Value
    • Adult Category (Ages 16 and up) 1st Place: $50 Prize Value
    • Adult Category (Ages 16 and up)2nd Place: $25 Prize Value
    • Youth (Ages 8-15) 1st Place: $20 Prize Value
    • Child (Age 7 and younger) 1st Place: $20 Prize Value
    • Group (Team of 2-8 Cosplayers) Winner: $40 Prize Value
    • Pets 1st Place: $25 Prize Value
    • Pets 2nd Place: $20 Prize Value (3rd Place Certificate Only)
    • Each Judge’s Choice Winner = Trophies
    • Immediately after the Contest, all winners are required to pose with our VIP guests and sponsors for a quick round of photos. This is much appreciated.
  • Prize Value can consist of: Cash, Gift Cards, Tickets to other comic cons, Pro Photography Sessons, or other rewards equivalent to the cash value. While the value of the prize is guaranteed, cash is not guaranteed to be part of the prize.
  • Any prize not claimed after the contest will be forfeited.

Any participant may be disqualified from the contest by Huntsville Comic Con Staff or Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment Management for failure to observe any of these rules.

Any form of harassment of any other cosplay contest participant will result in your immediate disqualification and removal from the Cosplay Contest. This includes but is not limited to ridiculing others or their costumes, verbally disparaging others or their costumes, intimidation or attempts to intimidate, or physical violence against anyone. The Huntsville Comic Con Cosplay Contest is meant to be a fun event for all participants, regardless of their level of cosplay expertise, and proper respect should be shown to all contestants and fellow fans.