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Katsucon is an annual 3-day fan convention held in the D.C. metro area for multicultural enthusiasts and entertainment. Katsucon is produced by Katsucon Entertainment, Inc. (KEI), a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization dedicated to bringing information about Japanese animation, society, and traditional and popular culture to fans everywhere.

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Masquerade! (Cosplay Rules)

Attention: Registration for Masquerade is now CLOSED. Thank to all who have registered.

1. For the convenience of both the staff and attendees, Katsucon will be accepting Pre-Registration for the Masquerade online. Send your submission in an e-mail to Cosplay@katsucon.org. In the subject line, Put “Katsucon 20 Masquerade Registration.” In the body, put the following information:

-Name of your group (if you don’t have a formal group name, than simply skip to the next line)
-The REAL NAME(S) of the member(s) of your group, including an E-mail address for the lead point of contact in your group, plus an alternate.
-Walk on or Skit
-Your skill level (this is defined further down in Rule 10)
-Craftsmanship judging: Yes or No
-Name of your skit (If any)
-A brief synopsis of your skit. No need to get fancy, it can be as simple as “Kill la Kill meets Sailor Moon, hilarity ensues.”
-Detailed instructions for our tech crew (Lighting cues, music cues, Etc.)

All attendees and staff of Katsucon 20 are welcome to perform in the Masquerade, the only exceptions being Masquerade and Tech crew staff.

2. Online registration will be limited to the first 20 confirmed entries. Confirmed means they have been contacted by the Masquerade Staff and have replied to this contact and given a reference number. Once 20 entries have been reached, we will post here that Masquerade signup is full. On site at the convention there will be an additional Ten (10) slots open, with preference being given to young Cosplayers. This limit will be strictly enforced. Any unused pre-registration slots will be transferred to the At-Con signups. If you pre-reg and then find that your group can’t make it for whatever reason, please inform the coordinator as soon as possible.

3. We will have a Friday night Check-In From 7 to 9PM at the convention information booth on the Prince George Exhibition level. This is where you will let us know you are here, Sign up for your rehearsal time slot, the coordinator will pass on any last minute changes, we will take at-con signups, and we will be available for any further questions you may have. Check in is not mandatory, but it’s highly recommended.

There will be a mandatory Rehearsal for the Masquerade Saturday morning in the Main Programming room. We are going to go with Time slots for your rehearsal this year so that everyone doesn’t have to be sitting around waiting on their skit to come up. Once again, time slot sign up will be at the Convention Information booth on Friday night. All Cosplayers are responsible for their own punctuality. Any groups that do not sign up for a slot will be expected to show up first thing in the morning on Saturday. If you wish to show up before your time slot to get set up, that is fine, but don’t be late. At rehearsal, you will be working out any problems with tech crew, and we will be previewing all skits.

There are no exceptions. All skits must be performed in full and will be reviewed by the Masquerade coordinators. You will also be given ample time to work out any details with the Tech Crew that you need.

You are expected to arrive at the posted time (Remember kids: Check your programming guide!) for when to be at the rehearsal.

Have your music/Audio burned to a CD or have it on a memory stick for us when you check in on friday night. Make sure you have previewed your sound BEFORE bringing your home made CDs to the convention. Check it on multiple players, not just the computer you burned it on. If you have it on memory stick, make sure it’s not in some funky format (there is nothing wrong with MP3). Be sure to bring multiple copies of your CD’s. Tech Crew is not responsible for balancing your sound once you give them your audio, they simply load it in and press play at the proper time. CD’s and memory sticks will be returned at rehearsal.

*Failure to attend the Rehearsal or arriving late can result in the disqualification from the Masquerade of you and/or your group. If you cannot make the Rehearsal you must inform the Head of Masquerade before Saturday morning.*

4. Speaking of Rehearsal, here are some points to consider while preparing your skit.

Time limits for each group are as follows:

 1-2 people = 90 seconds

 3 – 5 people = 3 minutes

 6+ people = 4 minutes

We will be strictly enforcing this. If any question you have begins with, “Our skit is a little longer than the time limit, can we…” The answer is no. We apologize, but we only have so much time for the whole masquerade, and a lot of people want to get on stage and it’s not fair to cut into other people’s performance time.

Important note: Your skit starts when the action starts, but if you have a huge backdrop and/or a complicated setup, you aren’t going to have forever to get it assembled.

5. While we all do enjoy a good martial arts sequence, the stage at the Gaylord conference center is very hard. Yes, it will accommodate your backflips and high jumps, but it will also have zero give should you fall. Also, remember, there will probably be fragile equipment on the stage, and if you break it, we’re sending you the bill.

6. The stage dimensions are 20’ deep by 40’ wide. That should give you plenty of room for whatever shenanigans you wish to perform.

7. We know that there are some risqué costumes out there. If you are comfortable with your body, then we are too. Just remember: A) there are kids in the audience and B) anything that gets displayed/flashed on stage will be preserved for eternity and posted on the internet. Keep that in mind when designing your battle bikini or when deciding whether to wear underwear under your Hakama or not.

8. No foul language please! Usage of any of the traditional “7 dirty words” or any other foul or abusive language is grounds for instant disqualification and removal from the Masquerade area.

9. Do not poke the Masquerade staffers with pocky, spoons, your weapon, automobiles, needles, wet noodles, badgers, or anything else. It’s just rude.

10. We will be using our interpretation of the World Costuming Guild’s rules in our categorizations. Below are the descriptions to find which group you fall into:

Youth – Any entrant aged 13 years and younger. For safety reasons, children under the age of 8 cannot be allowed on the stage during the Cosplay for any reason, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Novice – Any costumer(s) who has won 2 or fewer awards. This is the category you select if you have never cosplayed before, or have  not won any contests.

 Journeyman – Any costumer(s) who has won 3 – 8 awards.

 Master – Any costumer(s) who has won 9 or more awards.

 If you have a group, determine who had the highest skill level and  use that when registering.

 *Example 1:* You have a group of 4 Novices and 1 Journeyman. You will be entered as Journeyman level.

 *Example 2:* You have 3 Masters and one Novice in your group. You  will be entered as Master level.

Entrants are always welcome to compete at a higher level should they wish. If you have won before at a higher skill level than your award total gives you credit for (I.E. You have a Novice skill level, but you have won as a Master) then we at Katsucon highly recommend that you compete at the higher skill level, as you have already proven that you can hang with the best of them. Awards will be given for the best Craftsmanship and Performance in each level, and Best in Show. Judges may wish to add their own special awards for outstanding entrants.

11. Big Danny T and Pierre are in charge of the Masquerade. Their word is law and final. Do not try to make the Masquerade staff’s job harder than it already is, and follow any instructions without fail. They will not make any unreasonable demands. Their #1 priority is to ensure the safety of the entrants and that the Masquerade comes off as smoothly as possible.

12. The judges are immune to your wiles and attempts of bribery, and the MC has a microphone and is louder than you. Any attempts at heckling or bribery will be met with swift retribution and a look of foolishness on your part (And quite possible a hearty chuckle and finger pointing at your shenanigans).

13. These rules are subject to change at any time without prior notice. We will make every effort to inform you, the public, of any changes as far in advance as possible. The Head of Masquerade, and a select few officers of Katsucon have the right to reject any skit that they feel crosses the boundaries of good taste and decency, is in blatant violation of any of these rules, or might be out of place. (Don’t karaoke in the Masquerade, do it Friday night at the karaoke event!)

14. And keeping all these rules in mind, remember, the most important rule: Have fun!

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