(All my support and advisers for the contest, a great big thank you also!)
I just wanted to take this opportunity to again congratulate all the
cosplayers and their helpers for all the effort and dedication that
went into their entries.
All your hard work was appreciated by myself and those who helped me
with the judging and the organising in each city and it really did
make it so hard to decide on who would get the prizes. To be bold, it
was like comparing Armani suits with Dior evening gowns with wearable
art entries! When you have so much skill displayed by different
competitors in very different styles it was extremely tough to decide.
For myself I see the competition as having two parts to it, and I felt
this way as a competitor as well. The main aim is to have a setting
where you can display your skills and fandom and to meet people like
minded. This is where I as judge get to just be in awe of everyone. So
many of you are developing skills in patterning, others are also
honing skills you already have and then there are those getting
creative with techniques new to you. As someone with diverse
interests in costuming I can very much appreciate all of that,
probably more than the contest can let me show.
The other part of course is the judging, and that part is very hard,
for all of us. But I have to remember as judge and you as the
competitor that it comes down only to what I get to see in those two
minutes. The rules are there to make sure everyone has an equal chance
in that time frame, a way to make sure noone feels penalised for
getting their entry in early/just in time or for having a costume the
judge doesn't recognise. This is why we ask for full views of the
costume you are recreating and your understanding of the character. I
can go do that research but it only helps me. It doesn't show me that
you made informed choices for the cut or fabric or decorations or
characterisations. And if that reference doesn't exsist it helps me to
know how well you understand the design of the source as a whole to be
able to create those elements.
I would also love to award people for their very good sportsmanship
and for grace under tremendous stress. However this is not something
that can be quantified or assessed fairly. I would though like to
thank you all for the positivity displayed it made that element of
judging stress free.
I'd also like to thank those who asked me in such an open manner about
what they could do to improve for next year. I felt, and still feel,
uncomfortable answering this because I do not want anyone to feel they
have to meet specific requirements. I do want everyone to be able to
reach their full potential but without pressure or any suggestion that
what you are doing isn't good enough because it is. The "problem" was
so many of you have reached a very similar level that the awards just
do not reflect. A very good problem to have, I feel, because it means
the future of Cosplay and costuming in general in this country is in
very safe hands. It just makes my job tougher! I also don't want
anyone to feel they need to suppress their own ideas or follow a path
that does not suit them. That discourages creativity and creativity is
what keeps costuming and cosplay alive.
I am hoping though to have some panels over the next year at
Armageddon, and also at different times and events, to give a sample
of the wide range of techniques that are out there. So far response
has been positive and it appears some general panels on patterning and
materials selection are desired so I will try and incorporate an
introduction and a list of further information from different sources.
If anyone has any other ideas please let me know through this email
address ( email@example.com ).
For those who are entering next year; good luck and I look forward to
seeing what you do next! For those who won't be joining us again; you
will be missed but thank you for your contributions this year. You
have all inspired me again in my own costuming pursuits and inspired
others to get out there to create and wear their own work as well,
Armageddon 2007 Cosplay Judge
(Michaela de Brucehttp://glittersweet.com