Cosplay Day Victoria 2017

Cosplay Day Victoria 2017 Facebook Event here.



10:00 Day starts
10:00 Select // Start improv for cosplay ECS125
10:30 Social Media for Cosplayers ECS124
11:00 Cunning Closefisted Costume Crafting; Captivating Cosplay Components on the Cheap ECS116
12:00 How to make a Sailor Fuku ECS124
12:30 Video Game Music ECS116
1:30 Cosplay Contest Prejudging/Sign-up in Theatre ECS125
3:00 Cosplay Contest
4:00-4:30 End of day

Costume Contest

Registration for the contest will begin at 1:30pm in ECS 125 (Theatre).

During the pre-judging portion of the event, judges will inspect each costume, inquire as to how they were designed and created, and answer questions contestants may have about the contest.

Costumes from all genres (video game, comic book, anime, movies, television, etc.) are acceptable. Mashups and original designs are also permitted. The majority of your costume must be homemade, or commissioned, although modified items are acceptable.

Contestants are encouraged to bring reference photos of the character they are portraying, on their cell or a tablet. The judges may not know the character in question, and this will help their ability to gauge the effectiveness of the costume.

Pre-judging will occur in ECS 125 (Theatre) Saturday July 22, 2017 at 1:30PM. All contestants must arrive by 1:30 PM  to register and check-in, although contestants will not be required to stay in the room for the full pre-judging period.

Contestants will be divided into 4 different categories during pre-judging. Contestants will be asked which category they prefer during pre-judging, although judges retain the right to bump a contestant into a higher category if they feel a costume deserves to be recognized at a higher skill level.


Junior Cosplayers:
12 years of age and under (may be accompanied by an Adult on stage).

Novice Cosplayers:
13 years of age and over who do not qualify as Advanced.

Advanced Cosplayers:
Anyone who has won two or more costume contest awards.

Group Cosplayers:
Two or more people.

Judging Criteria:

Percentage of the costume that is handmade
Attention to detail
Overall appearance
Likeness to the character
Maneuverability / functionality
Stage presence & performance


All Tsukino-Con Weapons and Props rules are in effect. See

All actual weapons and items that could be considered dangerous are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, anything illegal, anything against the University of Victoria Policies, any real weapons, functional or not. Firearms, including anything resembling a real world model firearm, regardless of colour, orange tip, material, etc. BB, Pellet, Paintball and Airsoft guns, any type of exploding device regardless of the method used for detonation, including air & CO2, Metal bladed weapons, including swords, knives, Glass, Ceramics, Stone, Skates; Roller Blades, Roller Skates, Ice Skates, Yaoi/Yuri, Seme, Uke, and/or any other fandom type paddle designed or intended to be used on another person. Anything currently capable of firing or releasing one or more projectiles, Any live ammunition, including bullets & tipped arrows

Items resembling futuristic weapons, fantasy weapons, and non-projectile boffer weapons may be allowed provided they are not handled in a careless, threatening, or destructive manner against persons or property. Please check with staff if you are unsure about your prop.
Costumes, introductions, and actions on stage must be in good taste. No nudity, offensive language or unruly behavior is permitted. This is a family-friendly event!

While on stage, jumping, flipping, running, throwing items into the audience or any movements that could compromise the safety of any contestants or spectators is prohibited. Any of these actions will result in automatic disqualification from the contest.

The use of fire, glitter, liquids, or any other objects that will cause a mess are prohibited. Leaving any portion of a costume on stage will result in automatic disqualification from the contest.


There will be no microphone available. Any and all music and/or skit audio must be pre-cut, pre-recorded and turned in (in MP3 format) on a USB Flash Drive at sign-up. Bringing back-ups is strongly encouraged to ensure you have working audio.
Sound for your entry is not required but is highly recommended. You should plan to record any dialog for your entry.

There will NOT be audio editing software/machine on site. Please have all audio prepared ahead of time.

For pre-recorded sound, we highly recommend you work very hard on getting quality audio. Record multiple times, if necessary. Every individual should be the same level of volume. You can easily make even bad audio sound great by importing your sound into Audacity and running the compression effect. You will have to play with the settings and do it five or six times until you understand what it does, but it may help. We CANNOT answer questions about how to make your audio sound better, this is just a tip. Consider finding a friend with experience in audio.We will only accept submissions in MP3 format on a flash drive. Not accepted: cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc. Bring your laptop or other backups of your audio files.

The pre-recorded music/dialogue submitted to the contest staff must be 3 minutes and 00 seconds or less. There will be no exceptions to the “3 Minute” rule, unless you request permission prior to the convention and it is for a group or a very good reason. Any entry over the 3:00 mark will be stopped at that point.

All audio must be turned into the tech department at 1:30 – 2pm during pre-judging.



All Rules are subject to change and may be posted in advance or at the contest itself.


Your judges this year will be:

Sue McCaskill — Athanasia Designs
Skookum PropsChris Gensey — Skookum Props and Armour
Batarang KissesSidney Merrick — Batarang Kisses Cosplay

We ask that all contestants display good sportsmanship to each other and the judges.

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Vikes Improv

Vikes Improv is an improvisational comedy performance group based out of the University of Victoria. Vikes consists of students from all departments and all years, including graduate students! There are currently 3 performance teams, 2 of which are coached, and one self-directed team.

Not Rocket Science: NRS is Vikes self-directed team. They’ve been together as an official team since September but have been improvising together for a couple years in some way or another. They enjoy playing grounded characters with a flare for the dramatic.

Competitive Christmas Lights: Competitive Christmas Lights is a brand new improv comedy troupe performing together since September 2016. They are comprised of six students all in different departments: writing, computer science, geography, theatre, anthropology, and English . This eclectic mix of background makes their improv fun and diverse, a true reflection of the UVic spirit.

The Pendleton Collective: If you know a congregation who only speak in emojis and measured love in laughs, you know the Pendleton Collective. Established in 2016 this fresh Vikes Improv team made strides in the art, from short form games to long form scenes. The Pendletons' are a dynamic combination of veteran and new improvisers alike.

Performing the Seven Archetypes

FROM ALIENS TO WARRIORS: Performing the Seven Archetypes

This fun and exciting 50 minute acting workshop will help you create and perform a range of characters from Aliens to Warriors to Wizards. Exercises and games guide you to explore your imagination, body and voice – it is time to play!

Instructor: IAN FERGUSON
Ian Ferguson is an accomplished author, playwright, teacher, producer, and director currently based in Victoria, BC. He has taught at York University, The Second City, Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kaleidoscope and more. Fuelling his successful career is a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting as well as a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing. You may know him as the director/creator of “Sin City the Live Improvised Serial”, an acclaimed live show performed weekly at the Victoria Event Centre. Catch an anime inspired live showing of Sin City at Tsukino-Con 2017! See schedule for details.

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Blood and Iron Martial Arts

Blood and Iron Martial Arts is one of Canada’s leading schools in western martial arts. The primary focus is producing quality fighters trained in Historical European Martial Arts, or HEMA for short. Regular classes include instruction as well as coached sparring with internationally recognized HEMA practitioners. Students can expect to use a longsword, rapier, dussack, and singlestick regularly, while sometimes being treated to new weapons or schools of thought. Newcomers of all fitness and experience levels are always welcome. In fact, we offer one free introductory lesson to get a feel for what we do and how we do it.

Blood and Iron Martial Arts will provide you with the knowledge and confidence to fight with multiple historical weapons. Whether you’re looking for casual fitness or competition level training, you’ll find what you’re looking for. Come train with us today! At Blood & Iron we practice and teach a science of arms. It is the fusion of historical techniques and modern science. Here we have instructors, not masters or gimmicky titles. Our instructor core is made up of men and women who seriously train, study, travel, and fight in these arts. We train hard, we study the works of the masters at length; and then we take our physical training and our study and put it into practical application. We believe that only in this balance between application and study, can we properly recreate an art of combat that is not only beautiful in its various forms, but also highly efficient and devastating when put to use.



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Swimsuit Showdown 2017 Submission Form

Thank you all for your interest in the Tsukino-Con 2017 Swimsuit Showdown. Submissions for this year’s contest have now closed, and editing current submissions is no longer possible at this time.

For any further questions or concerns, or if any entrants wish to withdraw their submissions, please contact [email protected].

See you at the Con!


Swimsuit Showdown 2017 Rules

Hey, Tsukino-Con!

Cosplay Victoria once again returns to Tsukino-Con for 2017 to present the Tsukino-Con Swimsuit Showdown! Based on the original Cosplay Swimsuit Contest by Hentai Cupcake Productions, and hosted by Yours Truly, the Swimsuit Showdown puts a unique late-night spin on the traditional Cosplay Contest as contestants will be strutting their stuff on-stage not just in-character, but also in swimsuit versions of their cosplays. If the Cosplay Contest were an Anime, then this would be the ultimate Beach Episode!

The Swimsuit Showdown will consist of three rounds:

  1. Introduction: Contestants will introduce their characters to the audience and to our judges. This will be an in-character event, so you’d better do your homework!
  2. Talent: Contestants will have about 5 minutes to showcase their unique talents! Talents can be anything from singing to feats of athleticism to whatever their creative minds can come up with!
  3. Q&A: The audience will have an opportunity to get to know our contestants’ characters better by asking them whatever’s on their minds, within reason. The number of questions per contestant may be limited depending on the number of contestants and the amount of time available.

There will be two categories in which contestants will have the opportunity to win not just a Large Prize voucher for the Tsukino-Con Prize Room, but also a Gold Pass for Tsukino-Con 2018, valued at $90!

The two categories are as follows:

  • Judges’ Choice: Contestants will have to win the hearts of our esteemed panel of judges, who will be overseeing their performances with the most scrutinous of Swimsuit Contest judging criteria.
  • Crowd Favourite: This is where you, our audience, get to decide which contestant has won you over throughout our three rounds! Better warm up those lungs of yours, because you will be voting for your favourite by the loudest applause!

Cosplays do NOT have to be strictly swim-worthy, so while it may technically be a swimsuit contest, it’s entirely up to your imagination! Have some fun with it! If your character were to hit the beach, or even just wanted to show off some skin, think about what they might want to wear!

The Rules:

  1. Deadlines and Check-In
    1. Deadline for submissions will be Tuesday, January 31st at 11:59PM, and due to limited capacity, submissions will be limited to 16 contestants total (17 if a pair enters at 15). If you want the chance to show us what you’ve got, you had better get your entries in ASAP!
    2. There will NOT be a wait-list for this year’s event. An announcement will be made if the runtime cap is reached.
    3. All contestants MUST be present and checked in by 9:15PM on Saturday, February 18th in the David Lam Auditorium. Any contestants who are not present and checked in by 9:15PM will have their entries forfeited and will not be permitted to perform in the Showdown.
    4. Because this is an 18+ event, both attendees AND contestants will be required to present valid ID in order to get in, so if you don’t have your ID with you when you get to the door, you will be denied entry, and if you are a contestant, your position will be forfeited, so you had better bring your ID with you!
  2.  Modification of Online Submissions and Parking
    1. If you need to modify your entry after it has been submitted (i.e. missing audio files, incorrect information, change to number of people in group, etc.), you must re-submit your entry containing the correct information via the Online Submission Form. Re-submitting will not affect your position in the Submission Queue.
    2. “Parking” is when an individual or group knowingly submits an incorrect or incomplete entry for the sole purpose of reserving their position in the Submission Queue.
    3. Contestants suspected of parking may have their initial entries voided without notice at the discretion of the event organizers.
    4. It is the contestant’s responsibility to ensure that all information on the Online Submission Form is correct and complete prior to submission.
    5. We will NOT accept requests for modification of entries via email. You MUST re-submit your entry containing the correct information via the Online Submission Form.
    6. Contestants who submitted their initial entries before Tuesday, January 31st at 11:59PM have until Tuesday, February 7th at 11:59PM to modify their entries via the Online Submission Form.
    7. All entries will be reviewed for errors once the submission deadline has passed and contestants whose entries contain errors will be notified by email at that time.
    8. All re-submitted entries will be reviewed and consolidated once the modification deadline has passed.
    9. Contestants may withdraw their entries at any time.
  3. Audio Files
    1. All entries requiring audio files for their stage acts must provide a link to an MP3 file in the space provided in the Online Submission Form.
    2. Only MP3 files will be accepted.
    3. Links to a file/folder hosted via a Dropbox public folder are recommended.YouTube/Streaming links will not be accepted.
    4. In-person audio submissions will not be accepted.
    5. Only the in-house audio equipment may be used for playback of audio files, and may only be operated by the convention’s designated audio technician. Connecting any other devices to the equipment (i.e. cellphones, iPods, etc.) is not permitted.
    6. Any modification or editing of any audio files is the sole responsibility of the contestant and must be completed prior to submission. We will not be able to edit or rip an audio file for you.
    7. A “Cue Notes” field will be provided in the Online Submission Form below the “Link to Audio File” field should you require the audio to begin during a specific time or point during your Talent Portion, and/or a specific time marker within the file itself.
  4. Dialogue
    1. Contestants are encouraged to speak live during their Talent Portions, but may choose to pre-record their dialogue in their Audio Files if they wish to do so.
    2. 4 wireless handheld microphones will be available for contestants’ Talent Portions.
    3. All dialogue, either live or pre-recorded, must comply with Section 6: “Language and Content”.
  5.  Props
    1. All props used or displayed during the Swimsuit Showdown must comply with Tsukino-Con’s Weapons & Props Policy.
    2. No live flames/liquids/aerosols/substances that may cause harm to people and/or equipment in the venue, or trigger an evacuation of the building will be permitted.
    3. You may keep a water bottle on-stage with you by your seat if you wish to drink from it, but it cannot be used as a prop during your Talent Portion.
    4. It is the responsibility of the contestants to clean up any food products used during their Talent Portions.
  6.  Language and Content
    1. No nudity.

Failure to comply with any of the above rules may lead to immediate termination of your Talent Portion, disqualification from the Swimsuit Showdown, and potentially being stripped of your badge and banned from convention grounds, depending on the severity of the infraction.

The contents of this page are subject to change without notice. Please check back periodically in order to ensure that you receive the most up-to-date information.

For further information, please contact [email protected]

After you have completed reading the above rules, please feel free to proceed to the Swimsuit Showdown 2017 Submission Form.

For those of you who are 18+, we hope to see you there, and Take It Easy~

Cosplay Contest 2017 Submission Form

Thank you all for your interest in the Tsukino-Con 2017 Cosplay Contest. Submissions for this year’s contest have now closed, and editing current submissions is no longer possible at this time.

For any further questions or concerns, or if any entrants wish to withdraw their submissions, please contact [email protected].

See you at the Con!


Talent Show 2017

tsuki-lunaBe respectful to the judges and your fellow contestants.

All contestants must be in attendance for auditions.

All contestants with music must have it ready on USB beforehand.

Not all attendants will make it through to the final show.

Acts must be fandom related.

G through PG-13 only, we are a family friendly convention.

If you require a certain mic, stand, or other equipment, let us know before January 31, 2017. Contact Angel or Dia.

Please introduce yourself and your act: “Hi, my name is Ebony Darkness and I’m cosplaying my original character, I’ll be singing WAKE ME UP by Evanescence.”


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