Cosplay Policy for AMA-CON 2017
AMA-CON understands the desire of many fans to cosplay in their favorite Steampunk attire, or as their favorite video game, anime, SciFi or comic book characters. However, we must place limits on the appropriateness of the cosplay attire during the convention at large and what you may wear onstage during the cosplay contests. In accordance with Amarillo Public Library and Amarillo Civic Center regulations and in order to maintain the safety of all AMA-CON participants, appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.
AMA-CON reserves the right to refuse the entry of a costume that Amarillo Public Library staff decides is unfit for an audience of all ages. Costumes deemed inappropriate for a family-friendly event will not be allowed to enter the convention or participate in the cosplay contests.
Any display of a cosplay prop in an aggressive or threatening manner, real or implied regardless of intent, or any other activity thought to be unsafe in the view of the Amarillo Public Library staff is strictly forbidden. At any time, should Amarillo Public Library staff see a weapon being carried or being used in an unsafe manner, the individual will be brought to the attention of Amarillo Police Department officers on duty as AMA-CON security.
There will be five scheduled cosplay contests: Kids, Gaming, Anime, Comics, and Steampunk/SciFi. With the exception of the Kids category, each category has a novice and an expert bracket. Steampunk and SciFi categories have been combined for scheduling purposes, but winners will still be awarded in both categories.
You may compete in more than one contest, but it is up to you to give yourself enough time to change costumes and care for them while at AMA-CON. You may not enter the same costume in more than one category.
Acceptable Cosplay Costumes
If you are registering in the Kids category, no more than 50% of your costume may be prefabricated. For example, going to a costume shop and renting a Spiderman costume does not qualify as cosplay. While you are welcome to cross the stage in the contest, pre-made or pre-bought costumes will not be judged in the contest or awarded prizes.
If you are registering in the novice bracket at least 50% of your costume needs to be modified from its original condition, handcrafted, or personally fabricated while 50% can be store bought.
If you are registering in the expert bracket 80% of your costume needs to be heavily modified from its original condition, handcrafted, or personally fabricated while 20% may be store bought. If you are modeling a costume designed by another person, you must give them full credit and preferably have them on stage with you during the contest so we can applaud both of you.
Contestants must register and attend prejudging 30 minutes prior to the contests. Each contestant will have 30 seconds to walk the stage and show off the hard work put into your costume. If you would like to perform a short routine you may do so provided you do not perform any unsafe acrobatic acts on stage. Be sure to bring all the tools you need to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions while on stage. You may choose to cross the stage as a solo entrant or as part of a group. One group cosplay prize may be awarded in each category at the discretion of the judges.
Judging will take place during the contest by a panel of community members, vendors, and experienced cosplayers who are not competing. The top three cosplayers and a People’s Choice winner from each category will be announced following the conclusion of each contest. One group cosplay prize may be awarded in each category at the discretion of the judges.
Law Enforcement Cosplay
Costumes that could be confused with local, state, or federal law enforcement of any kind are not permitted on the convention floor. AMA-CON reserves the right to determine if a uniform or costume resembles an unacceptable real world uniform at its sole and absolute discretion. Any and all costume and prop restrictions for the Cosplay events will be at the discretion of the Amarillo Public Library staff.
Signs of any kind are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to cardboard, poster board, notebook paper, etc.