Holy Grail Multiverse Convention 2021
The Palm Springs Convention Center
277 N. Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Registration desk: Primrose Foyer, outside of Primrose Ballroom
Saturday, November 20th, 2021
9:00 AM Early registration opens in Primrose Foyer
Sunday, November 21st, 2021
10:00 AM Registration cut-off for competitors
10:00 AM Audience get in line to snag a seat-holding ticket. Leave and return at 2:00 PM
2:00 PM Doors open for audience
2:00 PM-2:30 PM Backstage Prep (30 min)
2:30 PM-3:45 PM Competition (75 min)
Time allotted for 1-2 contestants: 1.5 minutes
Time allotted for 3-4 contestants: 2.0 minutes
3:45 PM-4:00 PM Judges deliberate and announce winners (15 min)
4:00 PM-4:30 PM Winner’s photos in “photo area” (location to be announced at competition)
How to Apply
Email to email@example.com:
Must be over 18+ to enter
Application and photos must be submitted by October 31, 2021 (20 days before contest)
Application can be submitted first and photos later as long as they are all in by 10/31/21.
Download and print application forms here.
The judges will base their decision on three categories using a point system. Each category offers a maximum of 10 points for 30 maximum points.
“COSPLAY CONTINUUM” - HOLY GRAIL MULTIVERSE CON 2021
Nov 20-21, 2021, Palm Springs Convention Center
Contestant Information & Rules
What it is
HGM’s inaugural cosplay competition Cosplay Continuum showcases costumes inspired by movies, comic books, TV, fantasy, Japanese animation, video games, and alternative history narratives. This is not a dance or party, but a show on a stage. Once you have a ticket to the event, there is no additional cost for attendees to participate in or be in the audience. Most contestants provide recorded music and choreograph dramatic or humorous action for their presentations. Some entries will be individuals, others will be groups with a shared theme. The stage will feature lighting and sound, and excellent viewing for all in the audience will be provided by video screens.
When & Where
2:30 PM on Sunday, November 21st, 2021 in the Primrose Ballroom of the Palm Springs Convention Center. The event will run 75 minutes, not including judge’s deliberation, and doors will open at 2:00 PM for backstage prep and audience seating. Tickets for seating will be distributed first-come-first-served to people in the line beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday 11/21/21. A ticket guarantees a seat, so you need not stay in line after you receive yours, and after tickets have been distributed to those in line, any that may remain will be given out at the Registration Desk in the Primrose Foyer. Reserved seating is available for special guests or ADA.
No flash photography of the show is allowed, and any photos or video taken by the audience and other competitors must be for personal, non-profit use only!
How To Enter
Download and send in an entry form no later than October 31st, 2021 via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Early submission is recommended. Photos of the costume you will be wearing are also required to be fully confirmed for the show, and until photos are received, your entry is not confirmed. Photos should be sent via e-mail until the cut-off of October 31st. A "work in progress" photo is acceptable if only a small amount of work remains to be done, and from it judges must be able to visualize the final product. You may submit the photo(s) either with your application, or after (by Oct 31st). If you’re entering as a group of 2-4 people, please provide photos of everyone’s costumes. This is to ensure costumes meet all the rules and criteria for crafting and quality, and to assist us in preparing for your presentation by letting us know what to plan for. Many cosplayers reserve a space months early, then send photos in closer to the deadline in order to be confirmed. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your form within two weeks.
There will be a Waiting List to fill spots arising from cancellations (travel plans change, etc.) and entry forms submitted after we’ve filled up will be put on a Waiting List. Those on the list will be notified if a spot opens up. If you reserve a spot and later find you must cancel, please tell us so the space can be given to another.
Unfortunately, due to the limit on number of entries we can accommodate (so that the backstage is not overcrowded and the show doesn’t run long) we must turn some costumes away. Therefore, to fairly give spots to contestants most deserving of them, we will evaluate photos during the first week of November (or earlier, if photos showing the completed costume are received earlier) to ascertain if an entry merits presentation at the competition.
If you are using MUSIC, pre-recorded narration, or other recorded sound with your presentation, you may provide it to us on compact disk (CD), or a USB drive using MP3 format. If you are recording your own CD, use a CD-R and test it on various CD players to assure wide compatibility. Bring two copies, one to give to us, and one to keep for rehearsing and as a back-up. Label them with your name, costume name, and phone number. Submit your music upon arrival to the registration desk in the Primrose Foyer.
If you would like to make our job easier, e-mail your sound recording to us as an MP3 file before the convention. There will be NO MICROPHONES for contestants, so any speech must be on your recording, or written as text for the Master of Ceremonies to read. If you have no music, we can try to provide some for you if you’d like. You may use copyrighted music, since our conventions pay ASCAP and BMI performance fees to cover music use at the event.
Cosplay Continuum Prizes
A panel of guest judges will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, and a runner up. Places 1-3 will receive a cash prize. Custom trophies will be awarded to places 1-3 and the runner up, at one per person/group, although winning groups may inquire about purchasing additional trophies at our cost. All four winners will receive a ticket to HGMCON’22! These free tickets will be non-transferable; if a group wins, up to four tickets will be given.
Contestants Should Read All of The Following Information
Upon arrival, all contestants must check-in at the Cosplay Continuum registration desk in the Primrose Foyer. Check-in is important so that we know you have arrived! You may check-in as early as 9:00 AM on Saturday, November 20th, but NO LATER than 10:00 AM on Sunday, November 21st, and you must be stage-ready by 2:30 PM on Sunday, November 21st. We’re sorry, but if you are late, you will probably be pulled from the show. If you don't sign-in by 10:00 AM on Sunday, we will have to assume you have canceled and will release your spot to someone from the Waiting List.
There will be a backstage prep area, but no privacy, so plan your costume changes accordingly. All contestants and helpers need Cosplay Continuum passes for backstage access, obtainable at the registration desk until 10:00 AM on Sunday, November 21st. Passes may also be available online in the course of purchasing your ticket, so keep your eyes open!
Video cameras will be providing close-up views for the projection screens, so if theatrical make-up is appropriate to your costume, you may wish to use it. At 4:00 PM, following your stage appearance, winners will be announced and then escorted to the Photo Area.
Please let us know ahead of time about any especially large costumes, prop items, or set pieces you’ll have. Experienced costumers know the rule: “Surprise the audience, but never surprise the backstage crew.” Be as elaborate as you like, but please inform us in advance, and design with your limited performance window in mind (1-2 contestants get 1.5 minutes, while 3-4 contestants get 2.0 minutes).
2021 Cosplay Continuum Rules
You must have a pass to HGM in order to enter the cosplay competition at Holy Grail Multiverse's LIVE convention in November 2021. Passes are going on sale shortly. In the meantime, send us your application.
The Reaper, Shannara Chronicles
"The armor parts are made from cardboard, papier-mâché and hot glue. They are painted with acrylic paint. I use sand, and small stones to get the right rough surface. The head is made from worbla and the eyes are LED lights. The base of the horns are old plastic bottles and I put black silicone on them to get the organic structure. The hoove shoes are made from old high heels. I broke the heel off and glued on the wood hooves. Then I painted them too with black silicone. The scales for the loincloth and the claws are mad out of thin EVA foam. I cut them out and painted them with paint mixed with iron powder for the structure. The armor pieces are attached by buckles and Velcro. For the fabrics I used different kinds of black and grey cotton fabric, because it tears really nice. The cloak is made from black molton to absorb some light and appear darker. Everything is heavily weathered with paint, fake blood and a variety of tools to look old and battle worn. More images below."
Summoned Bahamut, Final Fantasy VIII
"Bahamut was really the point where I stood back and was like, "Wait!--I built that?" I built him out of really cheap materials, like cereal boxes and newspaper, for the most part. The fabrics were super cheap, too, and I got the foam on discount. I was really surprised with what could be built on such a low budget and with no expertise from having made anything like this before. He took over a year to build (mostly hand sewing); it was my dream cosplay to build, but I wasn't sure it could even be done"!