For the past year, ReedPOP have held competitions at nine different conventions to find a select group of people worthy to compete at the C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay. Originally started in 2014 to promote cosplayers at the popular Chicago convention, the competition grew into a worldwide phenomenon last year.
The combatants set to face each other for the title of Global Champion of Cosplay tomorrow night (April 22) are Sameer Bundela (Indian Championships of Cosplay), Ranggawastu Abdillah (Indonesia Comic Con Championships of Cosplay), Okkido Cosplay (VIECC Vienna Comic Con Championships of Cosplay), Lucky Grim (New York Comic Con Eastern Champion), Lieutenant Allison Jakes (Emerald City Comicon Western Champion), Hongyang Chen (Beijing Championships of Cosplay), Henchwench (Australian Championships of Cosplay), Erika Jean Garbin (STGCC Championships of Cosplay), and Black Owl Studio (French Championships of Cosplay).
With such a talented group in the competition, they're bringing the best of the best as their four judges. Coming from WETA Workshop’s Design Studio, Adam Middleton is a concept designer that has recently worked on the films Ghost in the Shell and The Great Wall. Costume designer and makeup effects artist Christian Beckman, who is also a judge on the series Cosplay Melee, has worked on major films, including The Hunger Games, Star Trek, and TRON: Legacy. Costume designer/cosplayer Holly Conrad has worked with major companies such as Bioware, Warner Brothers, and Dreamworks Animation. Cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty, who co-starred in Heroes of Cosplay with Conrad, is one of the most recognizable names in the cosplay community.
Judges will determine the winner via votes in four categories: Needlework, Armor, FX, and Larger than Life. The winner will receive a $5,000 grand prize; the runner up will head back home with $2,000. Aside from the nine contestants already in the Global Championships, there will also be a plethora of local cosplayers looking to take the title, including Cin Von Quinzel, Egg Sisters Cosplay, Mr. Malmey, Rose Romanova, and PepperMonster. Aside from the grand prize, local cosplayers will also be competing for a $1,000 first place prize.
In order to catch this hot competition in action, you'll need a wristband to get in. Starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning, head to the North Hall to claim your wristband. Everyone must get in line to grab one instead of those with VIP badges; those individuals can show up 20 minutes before the event begins in order to grab a seat. Everyone that gets a wristband can simply line up again before doors open at 6:30 p.m.
This is a first come, first serve event, so not everyone can get into the main stage. Fortunately, they're opening up an overflow streaming room nearby when the area gets filled for those that still want to watch the competition. You can check out the whole wristband process here. The competition will also be streaming on their Twitch channel for the rest of the world to see.