Kia ora all,
There have been some discussions about weapons policies at Armageddon both in relation to attending the event and the contest.
Please read the rules yourself (2013 rules are here on our Google Drive account if you have trouble- go google+…- there is still a copy on the Armageddon Expo site for a while anyway) as wording can be very important. The rule wording changes every so often to better define terms and will almost certainly do so before next year’s contest.
We have no interest in policing people in terms of their own safety or fun, however when a costume, attendee or prop poses a very real risk to the public we as an official part of the event cannot endorse it. The event is crowded, at every venue (either right through or at certain bottlenecks that occur no matter how well laid out the show is!)
In regards to the announcement. If you scroll back through this tumblr you will find a link to an article where the police expressed concern about both people with prop weapons and how people react to such items. They expressed more concerns before Auckland Armageddon as well. However post Auckland Armageddon no further contact has been brought to the attention of the cosplay team.
So this coming year will almost certainly see more scrutiny of how attendees behave due to the increased visibility of attendees at the show, especially in costume.
I (Michaela) am currently unable to confirm much about the contest next year right now. In a few days I’m going to start some medical treatments that will impact either for good or bad my attendance at any public event. However in a few days I should know something and will be able to discuss many elements of the cosplay events at the show with the organisers that have been half discussed so far. Once that is settled then the rewriting of rules can occur (at the very least there are going to be some definitions and volunteer information more readily available.) There shouldn’t be too great a change however next year is still a month away!
Basically the rules of the contest for the last few years are a really good guide for keeping safe and keeping others safe in a fairly uncontrolled environment.
- 1 week ago
Difficult to address, but it has to be.
Very sorry for the continued lack of updates, conflicting information has been at the heart of the matter. As well as inability to pin down people to talk.
However another matter needs to be addressed as I have not publicly commented on this before.
It would be naive to believe that comments spoken to members of our community or anonymously online would never get back to the subject. In the past I have let be as most of what I heard about myself as judge was patently untrue and easy to dismiss. I also like people to feel free to express their issues because regardless of the form criticism helps makes the contest better. This happened with our previous judge and with me- if something is fixable it gets fixed regardless of how the displeasure was expressed.
However at Auckland this freedom from my interference has lead to a huge surge in gossip and very damaging gossip at that.
When my judging is called in to question in such personal ways as has been it hurts me far less than it does the contestants, past and future. It hurts past winners as it suggests they didn’t earn their wins and it hurts potential contestants by making them either avoid the contest or feel that much more pressure when they do and they start to doubt. And that is incredibly unfair when all they want is an environment as advertised.
The winners have all deserved their awards and there are also many people who have almost got awards but it all depends on what else is entered on the day.
If a negative comment comes your way please consider the source and the wider context.
People have been also not reading the rules and been very upset when they have not been allowed entry to the contest. The rules are in fact very much in line with those run by or use the International Costumer’s Guild guidelines.
The contest has been about celebrating one particular aspect of cosplay. There are any number of contests that are about popularity or judges picking the “wow” factor. These are fine but they are not what this contest has been. Usually the winner has the “wow” factor as well as being incredibly well made and with materials and techniques that are of a level equal to professionals and indeed have been inspiring to those working in the industry.
There are also look alike contests where there is no distinction between model and maker and there are contests where both model and maker are given different awards. There are contest where design is key (a totally different skill set and thus totally different judging criteria is used) and there are contests for students and professionals.
Another thing to remember is that we lost us our first judge due to almost the exact same rumours (almost word for word) and is leveled at pretty much every contest anywhere in the world. Unless there is a huge international conspiracy by people getting no pay it might just be that people get hurt and are prone to venting. There have been and is no banning of contestants for any reason however there is a limit one person can put up with without it affecting them beyond the scope of this one event.
Please feel free to google me. Michaela de Bruce. I have been online since 1996 and have nothing to hide. Just please keep any and all queries about the contest directed to our official channels (especially this tumblr and the gmail account: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 4 weeks ago
Post brough to you be a fever but also a huge delay so my apologies
This is Michaela (de Bruce) here, for those you don’t know me I have been judging the Armageddon shows since the start of 2007 and nothing but the very hardest of circumstances will winkle me out of the position for it is the most incredible event I could hope to be involved in. There is nothing like being so involved with giving a unique opportunity for fellow artisans with such an interest in one of the most unique (yet ubiquitous) art forms I know of.
Firstly: apologies for taking so long to get photos of the Auckland winners and also for the year in review. Unfortunately the toll Auckland took was high and I am also playing merry go round with the hospital system that says I must be poked with multiple needles (upshot should be I will be able to have time to myself at Armageddon next year as well as do all my contest duties, hurrah!)
Secondly: sorry for the lack of info of the updates we need to announce in conjunction with Armageddon Expo for the coming year. There have been some conflicting pieces of information even as we we thought we had the best compromise available. At this stage I’ll just highly recommend finding some thing not terribly real word and not very realistic as an alternative to hand help prop weapons. I know I am going to have to do the same. I have a data pad and will be building an omni tool (sans blade) and maybe some crazy pretend “biotic” power thing for my hand- I’m a bit Mass Effect distracted but that’s been since 2009 so nothing new ;)). Hey a glowing heart from Regina set me on a path of squishy lights!
So yes, the earlier visits by the police at Armageddon (as mentioned earlier around the time of Hamilton/Wellington) became more obvious at Auckland Armageddon. It is as you hopefully understand hard to get definitive answers as to how to deal with the very real concerns had by everyone one involved!
My main concern is to remember a few things- one is to protect individual cosplayers (easiest for contestants) and the other is to maintain a good public profile for all cosplayers at the show.
I also want to thank absolutely everyone involved this year. The contest is a celebration of what the (non-professional) fan can create. The fan of a show, a genre, an artist or a designer. The boundaries for what cosplay means goes so far beyond what we can celebrate in the contest that we have tried o make sure the Parade and Games and Panels and Stages get as much official support as they can.
We love the contest, I love the contest, but it has to be limited in order to keep the judging fair. Or everyone goes insane trying to keep everything in order.
Over the next few weeks we hope to update with what the year has meant, what to expect for next year and to also define why the rules in place are in place.
Honestly the rules are just “make it and wear it yourself, be safe, respect your fellow contestants.” We hear your queries and we do think deeply on them too. They usually have also sprung to my mind at least at the same time and notes made.
There will also be a fairly serious update soon, hopefully to help make it easier to ask difficult questions and also to aim or more open communication.
Please also note all queries about the contest must go through the official Armageddon Cosplay channels. The gmail account is reviewed by the whole team and this account is also. If you you the ask button, we will have to answer publicly so feel free to use anon if you are shy. All emails are confidential and limited to those who have been involved for a year or more. There are times queries must be forwarded to Bill and Adele of course.
So again, apologies for no definitive answer, but we are dealing with some very complex real world issues.
- 1 month ago
Kia ora everyone,
Michaela here, sorry for the suspense of waiting on the announcement, however we are waiting on confirmation will Bill and Adele on wording.
There are several changes to come, so please watch our official social media for more information.
Again sorry for the delay, as you can imagine trying to do anything during the show and just prior or post is very hard when organisers live in different parts of the country. Plans go awry and new information comes in at different rates.
All that said; thank you to everyone who made the event a success. This goes out to everyone who participated in official and unofficial events at Armageddon. We are incredibly happy to see so many of you finding what you love in cosplay and just going for it. Whether it is organising photoshoots or running panels or taking a deep breath and turning up in costume with no solid plans.
- 1 month ago
Important announcement at the Con safety talk
Please note there will be an announcement made on Sunday during the con- etiquette panel. This will affect contestants, those in the parade and general attendees from next year, so you guys get to hear first.
Nothing changes for this upcoming con, just remember the basic rule: make sure your fun doesn’t hurt others. But do have fun :) And enjoy the Stage Three social times and panels :)
- 1 month ago
We are accepting forms all day
It’s close to exams and I know we all can be rushed as we try to email as we go out the door. So if you missed midday by mistake you are okay.
We can’t extend any longer as often there is travel to a venue and like last week there was access to emails while we were en route and at our various accomodations.
So the holiday settings will go at 10pm which will give us time to review forms as they arrive.
- 1 month ago
Important!! For those attending the Auckland show, there’s a mistake in the Stage 3 (Cosplay Room) Monday schedule - correct times will be printed and stuck to the door Nothing major, it just invites you to turn up for stage presentations two hours early - 4pm, as always, and as printed in the Main Stage schedule Pass this around!
- 1 month ago
Long time no write!
This has been a year of new things: new venues new shows, new staff, so please forgive us for not updating quite as much as we would like!
Today the trophies for all our Best in Show and country and Cup winners have arrived! We are also finalising blurbs and a few time slots for the Cosplay Room. We are trying to coordinate the easiest way to allow people to create their own meet ups and group photos.
A few panels have changed, in part due to availability of speakers in part because of cosplay community discussions that have happened in the weeks since.
I ca confirm the new room Schedule, so will add that here, and hopefully once one of our main staff returns from an amazing trip we can start working on the more open social/photo time slots :)
So the current Schedule, which is unlikely to chnage just be finessed a little :)
Stage Three Schedule, Cosplay and costume room
Armageddon Expo has held many events for cosplayers since 2002, most notably the cosplay contest. In that time there has been incredible growth in participation and interest for costuming and cosplay.
We have created a Third Stage at Auckland Armageddon to invite both professionals, clubs and experienced cosplayers to share information about what they do. There will also be the opportunity to meet up for groups photos as well as studio style photos.
The schedule may change due to work commitments.
10am-11am: Social time and photos
11am- 12: Cosplay Budgeting- Kathy S.
12-1pm: Corsetry for Cosplay- Sylvie K.
1pm-2pm: “Lost” materials repurposed for cosplay- Michaela d.B.
1.30pm-3pm: Modern materials (Worbla, wonderflex and foam, fibreglassing and sheet plastic) Sylvie S. and Andrew C. (Andrew by video)
3pm-4pm: Performance, skit prep and presentations- Kylie S., Jess W. and Alex W.
4pm-6pm: Social and photo times (overlaps with Cosplay Parade on the MANSTAGE)
10am-11am: Social time and photos
11am-12midday: Introduction to cosplay, it’s more than you might think!- Jess W.
12midday-1pm: Cosplay in the Community- Part 1- giving back with the 501st and Rebel Legion, and other special events. Matt G., Phil T. and co.
1pm- 2: Cosplay in the Community- Part 2- Discussion on Convention and cosplay etiquette and safety- Kendra C and Michaela de.B.
2pm-3pm Cosplay in the community- Part 3- Recent media exposure and how it affects us (round table discussion led by a small panel )
3pm: Cosplay Games
4pm-6pm: Social time and photos.
10am-10:30 Contest prep (closed to the public)
10:30-4pm Judging (closed to the public)
4pm Contestants group photo- then down to MAINSTAGE for presentations
5pm-6pm Social time- post contest- open to the public
Panel descriptions (will be updated as people send me updates!
Cosplay Budgeting: Kathy S.
The triangle! - examples of the time vs money vs quality, examples of false economy
How to maximize expensive materials - How to mix cheap and expensive trimmings
Capsule Wardrobe for costumes
Items to invest in, that you will use over and over.
Inexpensive sources (and how to avoid junk)
Smart Shopping -Stocking up in sales, group orders etc. Things to avoid.
How to avoid that post con crunch.
Final Pep talk – about how even the most experienced and amazing wardrobe departments have to work around tight budgets.
Corsetry for Costuming- Sylvie K.
as opposed to strictly historically accurate garment reproduction – finding a balance between what the costume looks like, how it fits together, what function the corset will serve and your own skills and budget
what is a corset?
“Does this costume need a corset?”
“How do I make a corset?”
Corset materials – recommended fabrics, where to buy
HOW TO LACE A CORSET
"Lost" Materials and techniques repurposed for Cosplay- Michaela d.B.
So what were people doing before we had petrochemical plastics? Or overlockers? Or patterns?
Finally Fabric. It’s not the easy option (clip of couture workers included- specialities within tailoring and courture work).
Thermoplastics and modern materials: Sylvie K. and Andrew C.
What is a thermoplastic? What uses do they have in the real world?
Types of thermoplastics available
Think outside the box – lids for plastic containers, guttering and pvc pipe, signage, etc.
Worbla versus wonderflex! Fosshape
Styrene, ABS and sintra/foam pvc
Touch on vacuum forming
Tips on cutting
EVA foam for armour
General armour tips
Prop Safety: Michaela d.B.
How the cosplay prop rules came in to place as they are not arbitrary or there to make life less fun. Some discussion on handling, wearing and making props to be safe- some of this will also be helpful for traveling with large prop/costume pieces.
- 2 months ago