Welcome to the rules for the Supanova Cosplay Showcase. Now, you’re here because you want to join in the fun, right? Awesome! We’re looking forward to it! But you will need to read all of the following rules. Breaking any of these rules may result in you not being in the event. And we wouldn’t want that, right? Read on! If you have any questions after reading the rules, please get in touch with our cosplay team via our contact page.
- What do I need to do before the event?
- What do I need to do on the day?
- What do I do during the event?
- What if my costume is busted on the day?
Now before the day of the event arrives, there are a few things that you should do in advance. This is to ensure that you have as much of a stress free day as possible, as well as a smooth run in competing. Preregistering will help in securing you a spot in the event.
Pre-registration is the preferred method of registration for the Supanova Cosplay Showcase as the event will almost always be filled by pre-registered cosplayers, making on-the-day registration a rarity. We wouldn’t want you to miss out, so if you can, always pre-register.
You will need to fill out the online form found on the Registration Page.
Please be aware that if you do not fill out the form correctly, you may not be registered, so be sure to read it VERY carefully. Remember that you can only win with a costume once during a weekend.
Pre-registrations for each tour generally open five weeks before the first event of a tour (April, June, November) and close two weeks before the first event, unless filled to capacity prior.
As our Registration Form will now be automatically closing when it reaches capacity, there will be no online reserve listings for this event. Please head to Cosplay HQ on the day before 12pm to be added to the reserve list for a chance to participate in the Showcase.
The Cosplay Showcase is a low-stakes, low-stress non-competitive cosplay event, and as such, we have no categories to win!
However, as something to look forward to, five (5) lucky entrants who come along and show off their costumes in the Showcase will be randomly selected to win a double pass to a future Supanova Event of their choosing!
Anything that complies with our Cosplay Guidelines is acceptable.
If you are unsure if your costume will be ok, or if your costume is not from a published series (i.e. Original Characters), please contact Cosplay HQ via our contact page prior to entering.
You can buy your costume, but unfortunately you won’t be eligible to participate in the new Cosplay Showcase. We prefer it if you make your costume yourself, or if a bought costume has been significantly altered. Please contact Cosplay HQ via our contact page prior to entering if you are unsure.
As long as your props comply with our Weapons Policy, you won’t run into any issues.
Don’t be afraid to check your weapons or props in though, as you can take them out again to take photos or enter the event. If you are still unsure if your weapons or props will be ok, please email us.
2 What do I need to do on the day?
So you’ve now completed your awesome costume, trekked from home to the con, finished the line ride, and you’re now ready to rock. Huzzah! Now what do you do?
You will need to make sure you head to the Cosplay HQ as soon as possible to complete your pre-registration for the day’s event by checking in. This will make sure you have a spot in the event. You will have to check in before 12 noon. If you arrive later than this time you will forfeit your spot and not be accepted into the event.
Lastly, we ask that all participants abide by the COVID-Safe rules and restrictions throughout the venue, this includes while on-stage as part of the event.
You will need to check in on the day that you’re in the event. Head over to the Cosplay HQ and line up. Make sure you check that you’re in the right line. Sometimes there’s a line for on the day registrations and you don’t want to be standing around wasting time right? You’ll go through the line ride and mark off your name. Done! Easy right?
Registrations for the Cosplay Showcase will only be accepted on the day in the event that pre-registration has not completely filled. Supanova recommends that cosplayers pre-register online (see section 1.1) in order to secure a space in the event.
If spaces are available, registrations can be accepted over at Cosplay HQ from 10AM on the day. This is strictly on a first come, first served basis and will be available until either 12pm or no more spaces are available, whichever comes first.
In the event that pre-registration has been filled, you can opt to be a part of the reserves list. Being placed on this list does NOT guarantee you a place in the event. When check-in closes at 12pm, any pre-registered contestants that have not checked in will be replaced by people on the reserves list in order of entries received, upon which at 1pm a list will be published showing which reserve list places have made it into the Showcase.
Because you will hit someone. And that’s no fun. As you can imagine, the convention gets rather crowded, and any big or sharp weapons and props can potentially poke someone’s eye out, or do some damage one way or the other. We have a Weapons policy and any large weapons or props will need to be checked in at the Weapons Check in desk. Which is right near the entrance to Supanova!
Don’t worry though, as long as your props haven’t been declared as unable to be brought on site, you can check out your weapons at any time for photos or when it’s time for the event. If you think about it, it’s better for you as you don’t have to carry around something huge and can enjoy the convention.
It’s time for the event! There are a few things you should know to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
You will be told where marshalling is when you check in at registration. Marshalling occurs half an hour before the event starts. It is your responsibility to make sure to check your event guide for when the event starts. When marshalling begins, please listen carefully to and cooperate with the marshal so you can be ordered quickly, and then you can chat with each other.
Since you will have your weapons and props, please make sure you don’t swing them around or poke anyone while waiting to get on stage.
If you’ve been reading these rules thoroughly (which you should be), you would also know to go and check out the stage to know the size and other restrictions.
Supanova accepts no responsibility for any injuries you may sustain. If you do any fight or acrobatic sequences, you do so at your own risk.
Please also make sure if you use any props to take them with you once you’re heading off the stage. Do not use anything that will create a mess on the stage that you can’t clean up.
4 What if my costume is busted on the day?
Supanova now has a Cosplay Repair Station which can be found at Cosplay HQ. Our skilled team is able to assess and repair your costume, give you quality advice, and get you out and ready for your photo shoots and onto the stage for the event.