We are incredibly stoked to be sponsored by, and working with, Sony PlayStation Norge for the first time this year, and to celebrate this we are collaborating with them on a special PlayStation Cosplay Contest! Of course they don’t skimp on the prices, and the winner will walk away with a brand new PlayStation 4, 3 games and a yearlong PlayStation+ membership!
This contest will be open all through the con, and anyone cosplaying from a game that has ever been out on a PlayStation-console may enter. Just come along to the activity-stand at any time during the con and we’ll snap your picture!
And yes, if you want you can of course enter both the regular cosplay contest and this one with the same costume.
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Art by the wonderful Evy Ann Trøftmoen
Mitternacht Cosplay and Rake Makes Cosplay/SFX are both from Sweden, where they have been involved in cosplay for about a decade. Mitternacht studies preschool-teaching, but otherwise works as a makeup artist, blogger and cosplay promoter and reviewer for various companies. Rake Makes is a certified CAD (Computer aided design) engineer and active member of the 3D printing community who often does cosplay comissions on his free time.
This powercouple has won several awards at various cosplay events, both have competed in the Swedish Cosplay Championship, and Mitternacht has represented Sweden in the Nordic Cosplay Championship. Additionally they are both experienced contest judges and cosplay panellists, skills which we are very lucky to have them share with us Banzaicon, where they will be hosting several panels:
- 3D-Printing and cosplay – black magic or reality?
- Cosplay and social media – How to navigate the internet and get your name known online
- Cosplay Makeup – Bodypaint, contouring and face paint
See more of their work at:
Photos by Christer Gustafsson
Have you ever wanted to learn how to change your facial shape to look more similar to a certain character? Or what kind of makeup is best for body paint? What’s the difference between creme makeup, grease makeup and alcohol makeup? How does contouring work? How do you use makeup to your advantage while crossplaying?
In this panel Mitternacht Cosplay and Rake Makes will walk you through the best ways to use both common and uncommon makeup methods to completely transform yourself for cosplay. They will talk about different brands of makeup, techniques, areas of use as well as some tips and tricks to help you up your cosplay makeup-game! At the end of the lecture there is room for questions and to get advice on your own upcoming makeup projects!
3D-printing has been around for a while, but it is only recently that is has gotten popular among cosplayers and other mortals alike. But what is 3D-printing? And how can it be used for good cosplay?
3D-printing can be a great asset for any cosplayer, specifically for making props, accessories and details. This lecture will explain some of the key concepts of 3D-printing, how to get started and some tips and tricks in general! You will learn about some 3D-modelling programs you can use, how to print, and what you can print!
RakeMakes has been a cosplayer for roughly ten years and is a certified CAD (Computer Aided Design) technician. He has been 3D-printing for a few years now and wants to share some information about how you can incorporate it into cosplay.
More from RakeMakes can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/RakeMakes/
How do you as a cosplayer reach a lot of people online? What is the best way to display your cosplay on different sites? How do ads work? What is a YouTube partnership? Exactly how many hashtags are acceptable to use on Instagram?
All these questions and more will be answered in this lecture where Mitternacht Cosplay and RakeMakes will guide you through the inns and outs of using the internet as a cosplayer. They will walk you through the most common social media sites and give advice on what, how and when to post to use them all as effectively as possible and reach out to a large audience. Topics will also include dealing with ads and sponsors, the do’s and don’ts of online behaviour and how to deal with online hate and trolls.
Photos by Christer Gustafsson
We can’t take you on an adventure in space, but all things considered this is pretty close. Gather your crew, man your stations and head into the vast unknown with Artemis – the Spaceship Bridge Simulator. Experienced members of the Nordic Space Simulator crew will be there to guide you through your journey as you head out to explore the unknown.
The Galaxy Galla will play danceable music in a variety of genres, but it will kick off with a waltz, and if you’re lucky you may get to share this dance with your favourite character.
At our charity dance auction we’ll be putting some of the most well known and well loved (or maybe well hated) characters from fiction under the (figurative) hammer. The lucky winner of the bidding war will get the honour of opening the gala with a romantic waltz with their price, as well as a photo of you together by the very talented Danarki. And the best thing: all the proceeds of this auction go directly to our local Red Cross.
For many years now the wonderful people of the Red Cross in Larvik have assisted our own medic crew in keeping everyone at Banzai safe and healthy during the con. This year they are starting up a new bicycle patrol, inspired by the Danish Red Cross, as bicycles often may be capable of arriving at the scene of an emergency faster than a car. We are incredibly grateful to them, and this is our chance to give back!
If you plan to bid in the auction, please remember that you are buying a dance and a picture, and only that. Your price may choose to spend more time with you, but only by their own choice, this is not part of the event. Remember this event should be fun and safe for everyone, and you are required to treat your price with respect for the duration of the time they are with you.
Are you a cosplayer and would like to help our charity and have a cool time by auctioning yourself off?
Thank you for expressing an interest in being part of our charity auction. We couldn’t do this without you!
To apply to be part of the auction you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have a recognizable costume of a well known fictional character. If they are somehow space-themed that’s even better, but not a requirement.
- Crossplay is acceptable, genderbent characters are not. In other words we don’t care about the gender of the cosplayer, but the character should be as they are in the original source material. Original characters or original designs should not be submitted for this event.
- Be willing to spend half an hour on Friday being instructed in how to waltz. If you already know how you can help instruct the others.
- Be able to act in character on stage during the auction. During the dance itself we do not require you to be entirely in character, but you should be able to at least act it out a bit to give your “buyer” a special experience.
- Be comfortable dancing with and talking to a stranger. We do of course not demand physical contact beyond the dance, but if you’re ok with giving them a hug that would of course be preferable.
We cannot overstate the importance of this being just for fun and for charity. You should feel safe and comfortable at all times. You are not required to spend any time with the buyers beyond the dance and photograph unless you decide you want to. We do not expect any issues but should anything at all uncomfortable happen our crew will be on hand to sort things out.
To make sure the event runs for the appropriate amount of time we have a limited amount of slots open for cosplayers here. The list is not first-come-first-serve, but will be put together by us once all the applications are in, in order to ensure an optimal group of well-known characters.
All applications must be in by the 30th of September. After this everyone will get an email to let them know if they are on the list or not.
Your application should be sent to email@example.com, marked “charity dance auction” in the subject field, and contain the following info:
- Your name
- Your age
- Your phone number
- The character you wish to cosplay in the auction (specify where the character is from and which version you will cosplay)
- A picture of you in the cosplay. (We will NOT be looking your appearance , choosing cosplayers based on looks or anything of the sort. We only ask this because we need to ascertain that the costume is recognizable so that the audience will recognize the character).
If you want to enter as a character but your costume is not yet done so you don’t have a picture, just send the application in any case.
Thank you again for being willing to help us bring this event to life, we are looking forwards to your applications!
Ravn Cotino is a professional sculptor, fabricator and mould-maker with a degree in technical arts and special effects from Wimbledon College. He is also the first ever winner of the Nordic Cosplay Championship!
In this panel he will guide you through various methods of achieving different kinds of metal effects for armour, props and weapons. There will be a demonstration of basic methods like dry brushing and weathering, as well as some more advanced techniques like gold/silver-leafing for a high polished metal effect, rust effects, realistic battle damage and how to imitate specific metals like iron and bronze.
The theme is alien but the music is familiar rock, pop and dace as we kick off the famous Banzai parties with our Galaxy Galla on Friday night. Dress up, hype up and beam up to the dancefloor!
The classic party game is back at Banzai. Join in and see if you have what it takes to catch the murderous mafia. Or maybe you’ll end up a bit of a roughish criminal yourself?