So you read all the rules (or you saw the sheer size of them and didn't read them) and they freaked you out? No worries here are a few common questions that come up that we'd like to try and easy your mind on.
Q: I think I’d like to participate, but I am scared I’ll make a mistake due to the long list of rules and regulations, what should I do?
A: Just shoot us an email! We would love to help you out and we want everyone to feel like they are a part of the show. Many of the guidelines are just there to ensure that things work well and some things are flexible. So just email us with your questions and ideas and we will work with you to make it happen!
Q: Will people in the Masquerade make fun of me if my cosplay isn’t good enough?
A: Forget what you’ve seen on TV! Masquerades are filled with cosplayers who are excited about each other’s creativity and their fandom. They’re excited to share what they know. Sure, many people in masquerades love to do well and win ribbons, but not by putting down another cosplayer. If somebody is behaving in a way that makes you feel unwelcome backstage, let a Masquerade Staff member know and we’ll handle it immediately. We want all of you to have a great time.
Q: How much of my time will this take up? I still want to have fun at the convention!
A: While we’d be lying if we said that the masquerade won’t take any of your time, especially on Saturday evening you should plan to spend several hours in prep and then doing the show. We have an hour-long meeting on Saturday afternoon. You’ll spend an hour or two in the Green Room pre show getting ready and doing your workmanship judging, but this is also a time for you to talk to other cosplayers, play a round of Cards Against Humanity, or just chill out and read your favorite Target Novelization. Once you have gone on stage, if you are in a judged category, we ask you to stay together until the end of the show for the awards presentation.
Q. I am worried about being “judged” for my costume, but I would like to show it off, can I participate and not be judged?
A. YES! We welcome everyone to be a part of the show. If you don’t want to be a part of the judging process, just sign up for our Exhibition category. Exhibition entrants get to enter the stage and show off their costumes, but are not judged or awarded. And for those who do want to compete, rest assured, even for the judged categories (Novice, Journeyman, and Master) our judges will show the utmost respect to you and your costume!
Q. I have little experience in cosplaying and I am afraid I’m not good enough to compete, should I participate in the Masquerade?
Masquerades are for all cosplayers at any and every skill level, all the great cosplayers had to get their start somehow. The categories exist so that somebody making their first costume won’t be competing against a professional who has been at this for years or decades. No matter where you are in your cosplay journey, taking the stage is a great way to experience a masquerade, make new friends, and try something new! Your masquerade team will be 100% behind you every step of the way.
Q: I don’t really look like the character I am cosplaying, can I still be in the Masquerade?
A: The ReGeneration Who Masquerade is open to everyone and everyone of any body type is encouraged to participate. Our judging categories are based entirely on the quality of the costume and the quality of the performance.
Meet the Judges
Head Judge & Workmanship
Christine is a multi-talented individual with many years of experience as both a professional actress and a seamstress. Her costumes have been recognized at conventions across the country. In addition she has served as judge at many masquerades including LI Who and Gallifrey One.
She creates custom costumes for Star Wars, Doctor Who, Harry Potter and many other types of fans through her etsy store The C&C Costume Factory.
Kristin is an award winning costumer who has been sewing for over 20 years. She has been attending conventions with her husband since 2003.
Kristin is the owner of BenaeQuee Creations, an accessories designer for the fashion conscious geeks.
Her favorite companion is Amy Pond, and her favorite Doctor is the 7th.
Lindsay Bartleson of Geek Diva Cosplay started cosplaying just three years ago, at her first convention, which was the first ReGeneration Who. She has gone on to win several craftsmanship and performance awards. She is a sewist, crafter, and a bit of a maker. She has been a performer since childhood and has a degree in music. She first discovered her love of costuming at age 8 when she created costumes for her front lawn performances of Greek Myths with the neighborhood kids. Her work can be followed at https://www.facebook.com/GeekDivaCosplay