Craftsmanship Contest FAQ

Q: I have registered online. What do I need to do now?
A: All you need to do is show up to the Judging room at the convention at your scheduled time. You must show up in your costume that you are competing in, and please bring a reference picture if possible. Be prepared to talk about the construction of your costume. You will have about three to four minutes with the panel of judges, so be prepared. The judging panel is scheduled to see 5 people every half hour, so please try to stay within the three to four minute time limit so that we can get all of the contestants in and out of judging in a timely manner.

Q: Where is the Judging room?
A: We will be setup at a table at the end of the hallway by the Grand Ballroom. You can ask any staff member at the convention to direct you to the proper place for Craftsmanship judging. The location for Craftsmanship judging will also be in the NC Comicon Convention Program.

Q: In years past, I stood in line for hours for judging. Will I have to do that this year?
A: Past years have all been great learning experiences. This year we have taken a lot of time trying to organize a contest that minimizes the amount of time standing in line, and maximizes the amount of time you get to spend talking one on one with the judges. Judging times are broken down into 30 minute slots. Four contestants are assigned to each slot, so hopefully we can cut down on the time wasted standing in line. No contestant should have to wait more than 15 or 20 minutes for judging. There is still a chance that we may run behind schedule as the day goes on, so please be patient, but I hope this new judging system will fix a lot of the issues we had to deal with in previous years.

Q: Is this a Skit contest?
A: Not this year. We have looked into expanding the contest for future years, but this year we are only hosting a craftsmanship contest and a costume showcase. For the craftsmanship competition, show up in your costume, bring your costume props and reference picture, and be prepared to talk to the judges, and you will be good to go! If you would like to participate in the showcase, show up in costume at the Showcase And Awards Panel on Sunday and be ready to walk onstage!

Q: How does the judging process work?
A: You will come to judging area, have your picture taken to go up on the website after the con, and then be directed to the judges individually. You will have a brief one on one discussion with the judges about how you made your costume, and the winners will be announced on Sunday at the Awards Ceremony. The Judges will award points based on accuracy to the reference pictures, and how well your costume is put together. The judges reserve the right to award extra points for originality, enthusiasm, or other applicable categories.

Q: How do the Judges pick the winners?
A: We will be using a rubric for judging. Judges will be able to award points in each category based on their personal assessment of your costume. The points will be added up to form a final score. Winners are based on the highest scoring costumes in your division.

Q: Are there dressing rooms this year?
A: There are not designated dressing rooms. There are bathrooms in the convention center where you may change. If this is not an acceptable alternative, ask around and see if any of your friends have a room in the hotel that you can use to change in. I realize that some costumes are very heavy and cumbersome, and finding the most convenient way to transport yourself and your costume to the convention can sometimes be difficult, but we do not have the extra space to designate dressing rooms this year. If this is something you would like to see in the future, please ask the con staff about sending in suggestions for next year, or send your suggestions or requests through the contact link at

Q: Can I enter in one of the other divisions if I am under 16?
A: You may enter the other divisions even if you qualify as a youth contestant. If you are confident in your craftsmanship skills, please feel free to enter in the other divisions. Just remember that youth division is responsible for making at least 50% of their costume, while the other divisions are responsible for making 75% of their costumes. However, the other divisions have bigger and better prizes, so choose wisely!

Q: I want to change my division, is it to late to do that?
A: No, if you need to make changes to your entry information, you may email Matthew Henry at [email protected] You have until Thursday night to get your changes in. once you show up to the con and see your competition, you may not change your division. 🙂 The changes will not be reflected in the public schedule on the website, but I assure you that it will have been changed for the active con judging schedule.

Q: I want to enter as an individual, as well as with a group. Is this allowed?
A: Yes, however, you must have different costumes for each entry. You may not enter as an individual in a costume, and enter with a group in the same costume.

Q: How do I know if I have won?
A: Winners will be announced at the showcase and the Awards Ceremony on Sunday at 5PM. You must be present to win. If a winning contestant is not present to collect their prize at the awards ceremony, their title and prize will be given to their runner up.

Q: Can I enter the showcase if I have already competed in the craftsmanship contest?
A: Yes! Anyone with a costume may enter the showcase, although you do not have to if you do not want to. If you entered the craftsmanship contest, you are not obligated to wear the same costume to the showcase as you did to your judging.

Q: I have not yet registered, but would like to enter the contest. How do I register since the online registration is down?
A: There will be an at con registration table for people who did not register online. We have a limited number of slots, so make sure to show up early to make sure you make it in!

Q: I only have a saturday pass, may I enter the craftsmanship competition if I will not be at the con on sunday?
A: All entries in the craftsmanship competition must have a full weekend pass. If you are not at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, you will not be eligible to win your prize, and the runner up will take your place.



Use common sense and remember what seems harmless to you may appear like a threat to someone else. All attendees must adhere to North Carolina Law at all times during the weekend of NC Comicon, including laws regarding firearms and weapons. If it is illegal outside of the convention, it is illegal inside the convention.

Please read this entire policy before attending the NCC. Failure to follow this policy may result in your removal from the convention without refund. We have a ZERO TOLERANCE FOR WEAPONS.

The following items are NOT ALLOWED at NC Comicon:
* NO Live firearms: This includes modern guns, hunting guns, historic guns, air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns – either functioning or de-commissioned.
* NO Realistic replica firearms: This includes reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for functional firearms – either metal, solid resin/plastic/rubber.
* NO Functional projectile weapons: This includes blow guns, functioning crossbows, functioning long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons and water guns. No props or weapons capable of firing any projectile or powder charge of any kind.
* NO Sharpened metal-bladed weapons: This includes axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades.
* NO Dull metal-bladed weapons: This includes replica swords, replica knives, and other dull metal objects.
* NO Explosives: This includes firecrackers and fireworks.
* NO Chemical weapons: This includes mace and pepper spray.
* NO Blunt weapons: This includes brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku.
* NO Hard prop weapons: This includes props made of metal, fiberglass and glass. LIGHTSABERS ARE OK.
* NO laser pointers. If you have a laser pointer in your prop or weapon, make sure it cannot function by either removing the batteries, or simply not bringing it.
* NO Items that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas, grenade whistles and grenade horns.
* NO Whips.
* NO Aerosol mustard.
* NO Tasers


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Craftsmanship Contest Guidelines/Rubric
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