Being at a con all day can take its toll and be quite tiring. It’s important to take care of yourself during the event, and we will do our very best to help you do it. This year you will find a quiet-zone in our medic room, where you can come sit down and relax for a bit in silence away from the hustle and bustle of the convention. So if you have a migraine and you’re feeling unwell, or even if you’re just tired and need a bit of time away from people, you know where to go.
We are very happy to welcome two wonderfully talented Norwegian cosplayers as our guests, namely Santatory and Timeforlemontea. They are both experienced cosplayers with a number of stunning works in their portfolio, especially when it comes to sewing. And, luckily for us they are here to share some of that skill! They will be holding panels on the following topics:
So you’ve decided you want to cosplay a certain character. Now what? This panel leads you thought the long and winding road from deciding on a character, researching and finding references and choosing the right materials and techniques for your project. In short, how to make the best possible plan, and how to actually follow through with it.
We may have a new venue, but our good traditions remain. We are delighted to welcome you back to the Banzai-show, where a selection of our invited guests and talented attendees (that’s you guys!) take to the stage to entertain with a wide variety of acts.
Do you want to put on a show? If you’re interested in joining our group of entertainers with an act of your own, simply email us at email@example.com and tell us who you are and what you want to do! We’re looking forwards to hearing from you!
Cosplay skits can be funny and dramatic, creative and full of talent, witty, emotional and just plain ridiculous. One thing they definitely are is lots of fun for both participants and audience alike. Have you and your friends got some cool ideas for a show? Why not take them to the stage at Banzaicon for the chance to show off and maybe even win some great prices!
Practical info and rules:
A skit group can have as many or as few people as you want (even just one). You can cosplay from as many films/series/games as you want, or keep it to just one.
Each skit should be between 1 and 5 minutes in length You will have access to microphones, either handheld or head-mounted. Any audio track must be sent to us as an email attachment in mp3 format. You can also email us about specific wishes for light design in your skit, though please keep it simple and precise. You will have some time to meet with our tech crew before the contest to prepare.
We can provide simple props like chairs and tables. Anything else you must bring yourself. You can not bring anything on stage that cannot easily be removed again (such as water or confetti).
Prop weapons that do not follow con rules are allowed on stage, provided they are handed back to security or taken of the premises immediately after. The exception is functional firearms and sharp metal blades. If you plan on having a stagefight we ask that you notify us in advance.
We remind you that we are a family friendly event, so bear in mind there will be children in the audience. In other words innuendo is allowed, but steer away from graphic sexual language and the like. Likewise we do not support any clearly sexist, racist, homophobic or transphobic content. If you’re uncertain if something you’re planning breaks these rules or not, please just ask us.
Judging a skit is always difficult as there are so many different ways of doing a great skit. Thankfully we have very skilled, talented judges who will do their best to make a fair decision. Some of the things they will be looking at are: the overall narrative/writing of the skit, stage presence and acting, creativity and costumes.
To sign up for the skit contest you need to fill out the form in the link below, no later than the 4th of october. You also need to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the same date, marked with your group name and containing the and mp3 file of your audio track. In this email you can also let us know if you have any specific wishes for stage lights.
Banzaicon is full of cosplayers, but they’re not the only ones who shine in amazing outfits and cool costumes. The style contest is dedicated anyone with an outfit that is not directly based on a published fictional character. This can include j-fashion, steampunk, original fantasy or sci-fi designs or just about anything else, including originally designed versions of known characters (such as pokemon gijinka or alternate universe versions) In short the contest is open to anyone except those dressed in costumes based directly on official characters.
The contest is a catwalk, where judges will look at a combination of design, creativity and stage presence. It does not matter if the outfit/costume is homemade or not, everyone has the chance to win some shiny prices.
The Style contest will take place on Sunday. It will be possible to sign up at the con, but to make absolutely certain to get a spot we advise signing up in advance, which you can do here:
Online signups close on Thursday 6th of October. After this you can only sign up at the activity-stand at the con.
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From sailor moon ‘cousins’ to guns removed into Yugioh, Tab talks through some hilarious examples of how anime is changed when it crosses borders.
You know how skits look in your own country- but how do other places do them? Sit down and watch some of the best cosplay shows the world has to offer then talk about the differences between them!