Live Events

Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup

Youmacon is over the moon in excitement to be playing host to the Clara Cow’s Cosplay Cup! Taking place during halftime of our own masquerade, pairs of cosplayers will need a skit of anime, game, or western origin. Winners will receive a paid trip to the beautiful Netherlands for the C4 world finals!

To enter, fill out this form: https://tinyurl.com/claracow

For more visuals, peep out the video from this year’s competition!

For further information, check them out!

The rules!

General rules:
For cosplay weapons guidelines read Youmacon FAQ Guidelines and General Cosplay Rules.
USA weapons law will always apply!
The teams will always consist of two cosplayers.
The team must be in costumes from the same series/manga/game/property.
The team must wear self-made costumes.
The team may use small props that were store bought.
The team must perform an act on stage that may not exceed 150 seconds or 2:30.
Set-up time for props will be 30 seconds MAX.
Maximum number of stage props will be 4.
Set up will be by our team and they are NOT allowed to run on stage.
Teams may not use: Any items that can spill on the stage, like bubbles, glitter, confetti etc.
Teams may not use: Live fire, dry ice, live steel weapons or other things that could be a danger to yourself or others
Pre-recorded audio needs to be handed in no later than Saturday 20th of October, 2018.
You will have to provide both Work in Progress and reference pictures on Saturday at your judging.
You must attend Youmacon on Friday and Saturday.
You must be 18 years or older on 15 June 2019.
Your Cosplay may not be a fictional character you or your friends created, but can be from any official (East or West) animation, comic and game.
Fan art cosplay is not allowed!
Cosplayers may only participate in one country’s preliminary for CCCC per competition season.
Costumes that have been worn for other international finals, or costumes that have already won awards are not allowed in the Youmacon preliminaries.
Stage ninja’s are NOT allowed, our staff can hand you a prop or item from backstage or press a button for you. Interaction with the cosplayers on stage is NOT allowed.

CCCC Judging:
Adjudication will be administered by at least three judges.
Craftsmanship is 40%
Performance is 60%
Bought costumes will be scored 0 for quality and will be disqualified.


Masquerade Rules and Information

All attendees who wish to enter their costume in a contest require a judging appointment. There will be a sign-up table in the Cosplay Registration booth on Level 4. There you can find the required forms, as well as the list of available appointment times. Entrants will sign up for a craftsmanship judging time, a skit approval time, or both. You may enter either or both Friday and Saturday Hall Cosplay contests, and/or the Masquerade, provided that you have a different costume for each. Only Masquerade entrants will appear stage during the Masquerade. Hall Cosplay contestants do not appear on stage.
Friday 3PM—9PM 7PM—11PM
Saturday 9AM—2PM 10AM—3PM
• No metal weapons, real firearms, or props loaded with high velocity
projectiles are allowed. Realistic weapon props may be peace bonded
at the discretion of security or Masquerade staff.
• Props should be carried and posed with in a way that does
not inconvenience or risk injury to other attendees.
• Costumes must be tasteful and cover appropriate areas of the body. Shoes must be worn in public areas of the convention for your own safety.
• What is illegal outside the convention is still illegal inside the convention.
• Costumes entered into the competition are encouraged and preferred to be of Japanese origin. This includes anime, game, manga or other media such as sentai, music, J-rock, etc. Pokemon or other gijinka-type costumes based on fanart are permitted, but you must bring a reference photo, no exceptions. Korean media is also acceptable. The contest is also open to Western-inspired costumes. This includes Western cartoons and comic books. However, we retain the right to limit the number of costumes coming from non-Asian media to ~50% or fewer of the entrants and may waive it based on availability. No original character costumes or designs are permitted.
During craftsmanship judging, our judges will evaluate the
quality and accuracy of the costume(s).
• Costumes CANNOT be judged for craftsmanship if they were
primarily store-bought or commissioned. Children 12 and
under are exempt from this rule. If modeling someone else’s work,
the person who constructed the costume must be present.
• You must provide a reference for your costume. A picture,
a figure, whatever. (We prefer paper references that we can keep.)
The judges are not familiar with every series or video game.
References are needed to check accuracy.
Lack of a reference will hurt your chances at
winning higher awards.
•The judges WILL inspect your costume up close. So be
prepared to have your costume touched and be asked to
show specific details.
• Entrants will only have 5 minutes per judging session (up
to 10 minutes for larger groups). So if you have something
special that you wish to highlight to the judges, make sure to point it out
whether they ask you about it or not.
• The judges will ask you questions about your costume.
Be prepared to answer truthfully and accurately.
• You DO NOT have to be in character while being judged.
That wastes time and is unnecessary. Save it for the
• BE CONFIDENT. Please don’t tell the judges what you did
wrong. They want to know all the wonderful things you did
There are 2 types of overall costume types.
Large groups may contain a mixture of costumes from all types of media
these will be determined on a case by case basis based on the breakdown of the group:
• Classic(name subject to change): Japanese & Asian media only
• Other(name also subject to change): All other media
Everyone will also enter in one of these skill level categories:
• Novice: Cosplayers with no prior awards
• Journeyman: Cosplayers with 1-5 awards
• Master: Cosplayers with 6 or more awards
• Youth: Cosplayers age 12 and under
• Staff: Youmacon staff members
*Categories are based on any type of previous major award,
craftsmanship or presentation. Division qualifications are
subject to change to ensure even award distribution. Honorable Mention awards do not count toward your skill level category.
Put on a performance or show off your costuming work in
front of a large audience at Youmacon’s Masquerade! Skits
can enter for performance, craftsmanship, or both, but only those entering both categories are eligible to win Best in Show. You can also model your costume in front of an audience by entering as a walk-on for craftsmanship judging.
• The Best in Show winners (those who excel in BOTH
craftsmanship AND presentation) will win FREE ADMISSION
to Youmacon 2019 plus a fabulous trophy. Those who win the
best in their respective categories will also receive a fabulous
• Masquerade participants should be at the Green Room
(Mackinac Ballroom) at 6PM with their badges for check-in.
Once everyone arrives, all participants will receive a number.
• While waiting for the Masquerade to start, drinks and snacks
will be provided. Once the Masquerade begins, participants
will listen for their number to be called. Once they are
finished with their presentation/walk-on, they will then return
to the Green Room.
• Awards for both Hall Cosplay and the Masquerade will be given
out at the end of the Masquerade.
1 to 2 people = 2 minutes
3 to 4 people = 3 minutes
5 to 8 people = 4 minutes
• All the general cosplay and craftsmanship judging rules
above apply.
• Skits must be “PG-13”
• Groups may not exceed 8 people.
• Participants’ costumes and props must be able to
traverse the 6’ wide backstage hallway.
• No jumping onto or off of the stage or acrobatics.
• No throwing items off of the stage.
• Clean up after yourself. Do not leave anything behind on
the stage.
• Stage combat will be allowed only if approved by the
judges after a demonstration during skit approval.
• No special effects. Electronic flashes are permitted only
if okayed by Masquerade staff. An announcement will be
made to attendees at the start of your skit.
• Karaoke is not a skit. Please save it for the karaoke.
• No surprises.
• During skit approval, our staff will evaluate skits for time
and content. MP3s and CDs with dialogue and/or music
to use during the Masquerade will also be used and
collected at this point.
• You will need to perform your skit in front of our approvers.
They are not judges, they are simply checking for time and
content. So if your performance is not perfect, don’t worry
about it. Our approvers can also give you advice to improve
your skit.
• It is okay if one of the people in your skit group can’t make
it to approval. We will use our imagination.
• You DO NOT have to be in costume for skit approval.
• If you also want to get judged for craftsmanship, we can
do one longer appointment —subject to availability—
instead of two separate appointments
• If your skit is NOT approved, we WILL give you time to
correct it. We love skits, and we want to give everyone a
chance to participate.
Groups with three or more participants are highly
recommended to pre-record audio to ensure being heard by
the audience and judges. Handheld microphone availability is
not guaranteed.
• We accept submissions on CD or MP3.
• You must bring your audio file to your skit approval
• If you are using an MP3 file, you need to bring your
submission on a flash drive. We will extract the file and
return your flash drive to you immediately
• When submitting a CD, if you need it back we can extract
the file and return it to you immediately.
The Hall Cosplay contests give cosplayers a chance to get their
craftsmanship judged without the pressures of an audience.
This is also a chance to get additional costumes judged.
• All of the general cosplay rules above apply.
• All participants must be registered for Youmacon and
bring their registration badge to judging.
• Participants must fill out a cosplay registration form with
legitimate information for award purposes.
• You may enter the Friday and Saturday Hall Cosplay
contests and the Masquerade, but not with the same
• Reference material is required.
• Costumes cannot be judged for craftsmanship if they were
primarily store-bought or commissioned. Children 12 and
under are exempt from this rule. If modeling someone else’s work,
the person who constructed the costume must be present.
• Costumes that have won a major award at other events
are ineligible to win another award in the same category.
• You need to make a judging appointment upon cosplay
registration. Be sure to show up to judging a few minutes
early in your costume. If you miss your appointment, you
may be rescheduled, time permitting, no guarantees.
• Costumes in the Hall Cosplay contest must be able to traverse the
Youmacon hallways.
• Hall Cosplay awards will be announced at the end of the
• Hall Cosplay participants may watch the Masquerade from the Green
Room (Mackinac Ballroom) if they wish. Those who do not wish to watch
the Masquerade may check in with us in the Green Room periodically to find
out when awards will be announced. You may also watch the Masquerade
from the audience.
Youmacon features scheduled gatherings for cosplayers from
the same series to meet up and get photos. These gatherings
will take place in the Winter Garden, located in the RenCen, as well as
various other locations that will be mentioned in the program guide.
Check the schedule in the back of this guide for times.


Youma Idol

Let the battle begin! Ten contestants with powerful voices have been chosen and will battle against each other in a contest of vocals to be the YoumaIdol! Come on in and watch these talented performers give it their all to claim victory. Show the contestants your support as you watch them battle through two grueling rounds to claim the title. Who will be the next Youmacon Idol?
ONLINE Auditions open August 1st.

Contest Rules

Songs must be in Japanese and less than six minutes in length. Audition songs may be in another language.

Printed lyrics may not be used. Vulgar lyrics are not permitted.The background music must be a karaoke version, without main vocals.  You may create your own karaoke version with a vocal remover in a program like Audacity or Adobe Audition if necessary, but must be okayed by Kojika first.

Deadline is September 23rd.All auditions should be uploaded onto an outside server (ie, ShareFile, Dropbox, or even your own private web server) and e-mailed to Kojika (youmaidol [AT] gmail.com). Do NOT send your audition as an attachment! DO NOT SEND YOUTUBE LINKS.With your audition, please include your legal name (as it appears on your ID), your nickname (if preferred), the song title and artist or series, and your age. If the e-mail you send it from is not the e-mail you wish to be contacted at, please also include the desired e-mail.Singers may audition as duet, but will be counted as one contestant. Only up to 3 duets will be accepted into the contest, so please consider wisely.

In late September, twelve entrants will be chosen to perform in the exhibition at Youmacon, as well as five runner-ups. Contestants chosen to perform at the event should have two songs prepared to sing. Audition songs may be used as an entry. Further information will be requested of contestants in the notification e-mail.

At the convention, contestants must check in half an hour prior to the contest. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. All contestants will perform in an initial round, then the judges will choose seven finalists for a final round. The final round will determine the first, second, and third place contestants.

*Number of entrants and rounds subject to changed based on initial auditions”