The Queen City Comicon Costume Contest begins at 4pm. It will be held on the stage in Hall A of the Duke Energy Convention Center. Anyone wishing to enter must meet behind the stage by 3:45pm to be lined up. There is NO pre-judging for this contest.

All entries must be Queen City Comicon attendees; this means you must have your badge or wristband in order to participate. No badge or band = No entry.

This contest is open to all costumes, comic, anime, manga, or otherwise.

All costumes and props must be of original construction or show major modifications/alterations to pre-existing materials. No costumes that are purchased or otherwise obtained from a professional or retail source will not be accepted for judging but will be eligible to walk on stage.

Contestants are allowed 30 seconds of stage time to showcase their costume or prop in a “catwalk” format. Make sure to do one or two quick poses before leaving the stage so all spectators can see the prop or costume.

All costumes, props, and weapons must adhere to Queen City Comicon policies. No live steel, no functioning or previously functioning projectile weapons, no fire, smoke and/or pyrotechnics allowed. All costumes must be family friendly (no indecent exposure or nudity). View Queen City Comicon policies here. Weapon Policy Link

No profanity or lewd behavior allowed. Any contestant who violates this rule will immediately be removed from the stage and be disqualified from the contest.

A parent or guardian must accompany all contestants age 13 or under.

The judges’ decisions are final.

Queen City Comicon management reserves the right to modify, update, or amend these rules at any time.

Queen City Comicon may record or photograph contest entries at its discretion. Entry into this contest constitutes an agreement by the entrants to allow the Queen City Comicon to use their likeness or image in any current or future advertisement, promotion, or product.

Now, for the most important rule………Have fun!

Any questions about the contest not addressed above can be sent via email to: