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March 29, 2018

MEGACON™ ANNOUNCES FIRST EVER COSPLAY COMPETITION – MASTER OF COSPLAY GRAND PRIX


MEGACON Orlando To Host Southeast Qualifier Event on Saturday, May 26 

Grand Prize Winner to be Flown to Toronto for Finals in September 

WHO/WHAT:
MEGACON™, the Southeast’s largest fan convention with shows in both Orlando and Tampa Bay, announces the Master of Cosplay Grand Prix, a brand-new cosplay competition joining the lineup of programming at MEGACON Orlando this year. MEGACON Orlando will host the Southeast Qualifier on Saturday, May 26 during the convention which happens Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, May 27, 2018. 

Master of Cosplay Grand Prix was created by FAN EXPO HQ in 2018. Cosplayers from around the country have been competing in qualifying contests at multiple conventions including FAN EXPO Dallas, Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and will continue in FAN EXPO Boston with the last stop being FAN EXPO Canada in Toronto on Labor Day Weekend. The Southeast Qualifier happening in Orlando consists of four divisions based on skill level and include Masters Division, Journeyman Division, Novice Division and Youth Division. Each division winner will receive a variety of prizes such as tickets to next year’s event to cash prizes. The grand prize winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to FAN EXPO Canada in Toronto to compete in the final round of the Master of Cosplay Grand Prix. During the final showdown, contestants from each of the qualifying rounds will compete for the ultimate prize of $5,000 and be crowned FAN EXPO’s very first Master of Cosplay Champion.  

Cosplay is the practice of dressing up in costumes and accessories as a character from a favorite movie, series, book or video game. This competition will be open to any cosplayer age 13 and up who has admission to MEGACON Orlando. Costumes must be at least 50 percent handmade or altered. Commissioned costumes will only be allowed if the creator is present. All entrants must pre-register online before the contest here: http://megaconorlando.com/costume-contest/

In addition to the cosplay competition, MEGACON Orlando will welcome appearances from the most well-known cosplayers including Jessica Nigri, Yaya Han, Leana Vamp, Soni Aralynn and more. For complete list of programming, guest announcements and tickets, visit: www.megaconorlando.com

WHEN:
Master of Cosplay Southeast Qualifier at MEGACON Orlando – Saturday, May 26, 2018

Master of Cosplay Grand Prix in Toronto – Saturday, September 1, 2018

WHERE:
Orlando Southeast Qualifier
Orlando County Convention Center
9800 International Drive 
Orlando, FL 32819

Master of Cosplay Grand Prix
Metro Toronto Convention Center
222 Bremner Blvd 
Toronto, ON M5V 3L9 Canada

ABOUT FAN EXPO HQ
MEGACON™ Orlando is owned by FAN EXPO HQ, one of the largest entertainment convention groups in North America. Collectively it hosts more than 500,000 fans annually at its shows including FAN EXPO Canada, FAN EXPO Boston, FAN EXPO Vancouver, FAN EXPO Dallas, Toronto Comicon, Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, Dallas Fan Days and MEGACON Tampa Bay.