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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Masquerade Cosplay Contest Saturday at Wintercon NY Comic & Sci-Fi Expo

Masquerade Cosplay Contest Saturday at Wintercon NY Comic & Sci-Fi Expo

Wintercon New York Comic & Sci-Fi Expo 
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10:30am – 8pm
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 10:30am- 5pm
Resorts World Casino, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11420

The weekend of December 3rd & 4th, 2016, WINTERCON NY Comic & Sci-Fi Expo brings the world of Cool Geek Fandom to Resorts World Casino in Jamaica, Queens, NY! Returning for its third triumphant year, the exciting two day event features the best of the Comic Book, Sci-Fi, Cosplay, Fantasy, and Pop Culture worlds brought to you by the promoters of Big Apple Con and Eternal Con. Hundreds of dealer tables will be selling comics, toys, collectibles, videos, T-shirts, sci-fi jewelry, and more, just in time for your holiday shopping! Panels and performances will run all weekend long. 

Wintercon NY presents the LARGEST Costume Contest in the area! The Masquerade Cosplay Contest on Saturday at 6pm is hosted by Spat Oktan of SpatCave Studios, a professional costume and prop maker and FX makeup Artist Extraordinaire! This is a craftsmanship award show, with a pre-judging session and a catwalk display. On Sunday at 11am there is a 12 and under Kids Costume Showcase where everyone gets a prize, sponsored by Squishable. So bring the WHOLE Family!!

Last year we had a great number of beautiful costumes be a part of our Masquerade Cosplay Contest, and this year there are more categories and amazingly cool prizes! Here are the complete rules from our website: 

1. Contest Format

1.1 Contestants must pre-register for the contest by 5pm on Saturday December 3rd at the Cosplay Repair Station located to the right of the main stage. Please check-in with the Cosplay Coordinator in person at the Cosplay Repair Station so we can be sure you are still participating! If you do not check in, your spot may be given to someone else.

1.2 On Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 all contestants must arrive in the Main Events Area approximately 40 minutes before the start of the contest for instructions.

1.3 The Cosplay Contest will last approximately 60 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes for judges’ deliberations and award presentation. After the judges have finished deliberating, the winners will be announced. Contestants must be on site to accept awards.

1.4 Winners in the Costume Contest will be selected for the following categories:

Costume Contest
Best Costume
Runner Up Costume
Best Novice Costume
Fans Choice

2. Rules and Regulations

2.1 Costumes and props must be suitable and appropriate for all ages. Costumes should have a theme consistent with what Winter Con celebrates – Sci-Fi, Anime, Comics, Video Games, and Pop Culture. Costumes and props should adhere to general Wintercon Rules and Regulations including the Weapons and Props Policy. Questions may be answered, and exceptions may be made, by the Cosplay Coordinator or Head of Safety depending on circumstance.

2.2 Permission is granted to Winter Con to use any photographs/video taken as future promotion material for future events and dealings.

2.3 Costume Contest

2.3.1 Contestants will be given a number and will line up in numerical order during intercession. During the contest the MC will introduce the contestant, and the contestant will walk on to the stage

2.3.2 Contestant will proceed to 3 marker pose points and will pose for 5-10 seconds at each points. They will then leave the stage and line up back in order. At the end of the category all contestants will proceed back to the stage for judging.

2.3.3 Contestants are judged solely on the impression of their costumes and stage presence. Costumes do not have to be handmade by contestants to compete.

Featured Media Guests include: from Star Wars, the Wookie himself, Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca! Joining him from the Rebel Forces are: Mike Quinn (Nien Nunb/Ree-Yees), Garrick Hagon (Biggs Darklighter, Red 3), and Jack Klaff (John D, Red 4). We are also overjoyed to welcome back Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura from Star Trek, and to present George Lazenby (James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Adrienne Barbeau (Swamp Thing, Escape From New York), Johnny Brennan (Jerky BoysFamily Guy), Taimak (The Last Dragon), and Dustin Diamond (Screech in Saved By The Bell). From The Warriors meet Michael Beck, James Remar, David Harris, Terry Michos, Dorsey Wright, and Bryan Tyler, and from The Walking Dead we present Austin Amelio (Dwight) and Khary Payton (King Ezekiel). Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior we host cast members Virginia Hey (Farscape), Bruce Spence, Emil Minty, Kjell Nilsson, and Vernon Wells.

Legendary comic artist Rich Buckler (Deathlok, Fantastic Four) will be heading up Artist Alley, which will include favorites Ken Kelly (Kiss, Micronauts), Sean Chen (Wolverine, Iron Man), Paris Cullins (Blue Devil, Blue Beetle), Brian Kong (Leaf Trading Cards, Cryptozoic Entertainment), Nelson DeCastro (Superman, X-Force), Kristen Gudsnuk (Henchgirl, Strawberry Shortcake) and other Mainstream and Indie comics creators and publishers. Special Cosplay Guests include: Tank, Jennifer Rose, Joker's Harley, the Empire Saber Guild, the 501st Legion, and Ruby Rinekso.

Admission: Saturday: $29.99 adults, $15 kids; Sunday $24.99 adults, $10 kids; Two-day pass: $50 adults, $20 kids; VIP packages: $100-250

NY Wintercon is the easiest con in the world to get to! You just jump on the subway A train, which goes to the Aqueduct/North Conduit station, and a Resorts World Casino Shuttle will take you to the casino entrance! Resorts World Casino also has free shuttle buses from all over the city going straight to the con, and free outdoor parking.

For more information including ticketing and directions by car and mass-transit, go to

Contact Info:

Mike Carbonaro

Frank Patz

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