Wildcat Comic Con 2013 gives costume players the chance to show their skills

Participants at the 2013 Wildcat Comic Con will have the opportunity to bring their own superheroes or supervillains to life – and try to perfect those Halloween costumes a month early – during a Sept. 28 contest on Pennsylvania College of Technology's main campus in Williamsport.

The one-day Wildcat Comic Con has been refined from last year's event, and the cosplay (or costume play) competition is no exception.

"First, we will have separate categories for adults and kids; both categories have prize winners," said Tracey Amey, director of Penn College's Madigan Library. "Second, our voting this year is 'hallway-style,' meaning our Comic Con attendees will be the judges. Each receives a ticket to vote for his or her favorite adult and child costume. Our attendees get to have as much fun as our entrants."

All graphic novel, manga, anime, video game, science fiction, steam punk and related genres will be allowed. The contest will be open to the first 75 adults (age 13 and older) and 25 children (12 and younger) who register on site. Photographs will be taken that day as each contestant’s official entry.

"Cosplayers incorporate many skills and talents into their characters: designing, sewing, fabrication and even hair styling," Amey noted. “But cosplay isn’t just about skills, it’s about fun and creativity, as well.”

Cosplay is a familiar part of comic cons, as people dedicate their weekends (and invest considerable money and passion) into embodying their favorite characters. Penn College's inaugural competition attracted more than 60 entrants, and heightened interest is anticipated for this year's event.

More about the contest, including guidelines and prize information – as well as overall registration for the 2013 Wildcat Comic Con – is available at http://wildcatcomiccon.pct.edu. Admission is an all-inclusive $20 per person (children younger than 12 are free). Tickets are on sale at the Community Arts Center’s ticketing site at https://tickets.caclive.com/Online/.

For additional information about Penn College, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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Last Updated June 18, 2013