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NCComicon Bull City 2017 Cosplay Contest

We’ve got our NEW cosplay contest at the NC Comicon and EVERYONE is invited! This year’s show is hosted by SuperHeroes Unlimited Cosplay and is open to anyone, in any style costume. Simple, fun, and something to behold, we hope you’ll join us in the Cosplay Kingdom (located in the Durham Armory directly across the street from the convention center.) The pre-judging Cosplay Showcase will occur directly before the Cosplay Contest and will allow all entrants a chance to show off their hard work and dedication to the art of cosplay. From these entrants, the judges will select 50 final contestants to continue on into the Cosplay Contest.

Please email any questions to: [email protected]

Contest Rules

  • Sign-up is all weekend long at the Superheroes Unlimited table in the Cosplay Kingdom (Durham Armory located on the opposite side of Foster street from the convention center).
  • Cut off for sign-up is 3pm Sunday
  • Contestants should arrive 30 minutes prior to the pre-judging Cosplay Show.  Pre-Judge Cosplay Show is 4:15pm, that means contestants must arrive by 3:45pm.
  • Main event is at 5pm!
  • All costumes welcome, homemade or purchased
  • All-ages
  • No real weapons

Cosplay Contest Categories

  • Best in Show: Best overall costume for the entire contest. 1st, 2nd, 3rd
  • Best Craftsmanship:  The majority of the costume must be made by the entrant.
  • Most Detailed Design: The costume with the most precision and detail.
  • Best Practical Effect: The use of LED Lights, sound, or any other practical effect in the costume.
  • Best Group: Groups of 3 or more people in costumes from the same comic, anime, video game, etc.
  • Kids Contest sponsored by Ultimate Comics: All entrants 13 and under will have a chance to showcase their costume on stage. Everyone is a winner, with a comic book for each contestant!

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Please read this entire policy before attending NC Comicon: Bull City. Failure to follow this policy may result in your removal from the convention without refund.

At the discretion of Security onsite, the following may be allowed:

  • Plastic and Metal Shields
  • Lightweight Plastic/PVC Props/Light Sabers
  • Toy guns as long as they do not look like real ones, cannot function or shoot projectiles and have an orange tip on the barrel.  The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips made of foam or cardboard.

If any of the above items are deemed unsafe by NCC Security, they will not be allowed inside the building. They will only be allowed as long as they are deemed safe and will not cause harm onsite.

If you’re bringing, buying or selling something that could maim, damage or cause bodily harm, we’re going to take issue. The following items are forbidden at NCC: Bull City:

  • Functional firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns)
  • Realistic replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for functional firearms)
  • Functional projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons and water guns)
  • Sharpened metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades)
  • Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
  • Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
  • Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku)
  • Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass, PVC, wood and glass)
  • Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas, grenade whistles and grenade horns
  • Whips
  • Aerosol canisters
  • Drones
  • Selfie sticks
  • Dink Donk Spikes


NC Comicon is dedicated to providing a safe, harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of panels or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

The event organizers reserve the right to sanction or expel participants violating these rules. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the conference staff immediately. NC Comicon staff will be happy to help contact venue security or law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the convention.