Cosplay

HERDCON 2022 Cosplay Contest Information and Rules

This year’s Cosplay Contest will take place on Saturday March 5th, 2022 at 1pm in the Shawkey Dining Room.

Contestants can register ahead of the con by fill out our online form.

Or you can register the day of HerdCon from 10am until noon.

Cosplay Contest Categories

  • Exhibition: For cosplayers who purchased their costume or had them made, this category does not have an award and is just for fun!
  • Juniors: (12 and under) participants may have assistance in the creation of their cosplay
  • Novice: category for HERDCON attendees who are new to costume construction
  • Journeyman: this category is for cosplay participants who have some experience with costume construction
  • Master: advanced category for cosplayers with extensive experience in costume construction

Cosplay Rules, Regulations, and Etiquette

COSPLAY IS NOT CONSENT!

Cosplay is an artistic expression not an invitation. Secure the permission of a cosplayer to enter their personal space. Do not touch any part of their costume or their person without permission and always ask before taking a photograph or a video.

Cosplay Etiquette Wristbands

This year we will be offering wristbands at the door for those in cosplay. These wristbands are meant to help other convention attendees know if you are comfortable being approached for pictures.

  • Red band = please keep your distance
  • Yellow band = you may approach with caution
  • Green means = you may approach

Respect The Character You Are Portraying

Be mindful that any portrayal is a homage, so be sure to act in a manner that would not diminish any character representation. Your character is no doubt beloved and we hope to preserve the spirit of that.

Respect The Effort Of Others

HERDCON is open to all, and there will be varying levels of skill. Be kind to your fellow cosplayers in regard to quality or accuracy!

Be Mindful Of The Space You Take And The Safety Of Other Herdcon Attendees

We welcome your creativity! Please be mindful that you cannot enter with a costume that features any sharp spikes, sharp edges, dangerous projectiles or any manner of hazard that may endanger you or other attendees. We are relying on cosplayers to use common sense in their construction, but we will have final say as to whether a costume is unsafe at registration.

Weapons Policy

Marshall university is proud to host herdcon, a celebration of creativity and fun. We expect all attendees to adhere to the safety and weapons policy to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all

No firearms of any kind are permitted on campus this includes: real guns, functional air soft, bb guns, paintball, pellet and cap guns etc

Prohibited: metal bladed weapons such as daggers, swords, axes, etc

Prohibited: projectile weapons such as functional slingshots, crossbows, water guns, long bows, etc

Prohibited: explosives and fire crackers

Prohibited: blunt weapons such as nunchaku, clubs, bats, brass knuckles, etc

Prohibited: hard/ overweight props such as items made of or covered with metal, fiberglass, hard wood, glass and other dense or heavy materials that may cause harm

Cosplay weapons will be inspected at the weapons check to determine if their construction meets with our approval.

Cosplayers must consent to a weapons check for inspection and tagging.

Any weapons not meeting safety standards will not be permitted in the CON

All cosplay weapons must be constructed of plastic, foam or wood that is light weight

Be mindful of wielding your cosplay weapons