With conventions returning to in-person events, next month sees the return of one of Chicago’s biggest conventions – Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). From December 10th-12th, fans from all over will return to McCormick Place for the first time in nearly two years to celebrate their favorite parts of comics and popular culture. You can bet that many in attendance will be wearing their finest cosplays, especially those looking to compete in the cosplay competitions.
Cosplay Central Crown Championships
In years past, the final event of the Crown Championships of Cosplay has been held at C2E2, but just like many things, that too has changed. The Crown Championships of Cosplay has merged with the EuroCosplay Championships, and will now be known as the Cosplay Central Crown Championships. The global final for the event will now be held at MCM London Comic Con, starting in October 2022. Starting in 2022, the US champion will be selected at C2E2 after a local winner is selected at the same event. They will then compete against winners from Florida Supercon, New York Comic Con, and Emerald City Comic Con to find out who will go on to MCM London Comic Con.
In a redesign of the event, entrants will now be able to choose between two tracks – one based on accuracy in recreating a character design, and the other based on creating a unique design based off a recognizable pop culture character. Each cosplayer will have their creation scrutinized by a panel of judges before taking the stage in the evening to show off for the audience. While on stage, each entrant has the option of a scripted performance to gain points. If that’s not your thing, though, you still have the ability of just showcasing your cosplay.
For a full list of the competition’s rules, you can visit this page. If you’re interested in competing, you’d better hurray with your application – November 19th is the deadline to apply!
If you’re not looking for a serious competition, but still want to show off your cosplay, the Cosplay Showcase might be for you!
Taking place on Sunday of the convention, the Cosplay Showcase is a fun way for groups and individuals to strut their stuff on stage and feature their handmade cosplays. A maximum of six people will be allowed per group, with there also being a category for Family Groups and Juniors (13-17).
Registrations will take place at the show, at the Cosplay Central administration desk. Prizes will be awarded, though entrants are able to take part only for fun if they do not want to be judged. Family Groups and Juniors are not eligible for prizes, but still welcome to compete for fun, whether their cosplays are handmade or not.
A full list of rules are available here.
C2E2 will take place December 10th-12th, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.