Saturday night join special guest host Prince Poppycock in “New Earth” for our Cosplay Costume Contest.
Cheer for your friends, watch the show, or join in the fun and show us what you’ve got! Give us your best individual cosplay. Call in some fiends and show us a group. Let’s have some fun.
Signups will be happening Friday 6:00 till 9:00 and Saturday 12:00 till 7:00pm in the east kiosk on the convention floor foyer. Kit Quinn or volunteers will be there ready to take down your name and costume to register for you for the contest. Group and individual entries will be welcomed.
There’s not a lot of rules as far as how your costume came to be made. We encourage you to try your hand at making your costume but store bought items are welcome. This is about fun and we’d love to see your costume creativity!
Anticipate about a short presentation of your costume to the judges during the show. Depending on the complexity and detail, the judges may request additional time to observe and properly judge your costume and presentation.
On the day of the event, contestants must arrive no later than 8:00 to check just outside Cybertron.
There is absolutely no fire, liquids, toxic substances, or anything that may cause danger for yourself or others allowed on stage. That includes all stage weapons, swords, guns, bows, etc. Props are allowed, but please understand if it is deemed that your skit or costume could cause harm to yourself or others you’ll be asked to make alterations.
COSTUMES WITH WEAPONS
No functional weapons are allowed. Simulated or costume weapons are allowed as a part of your costume subject to prior approval by security and compliance with the following: All costume weapons must be inspected at the security station in Lobby. All costume weapons must conform to state and federal law. Projectile costume weapons must be rendered inoperable.
Costume swords will be tied to your costume in such a way that they can’t be drawn (this is known as a peace tie). After each person’s costume weapon has been checked, it is tagged by security and you will be given a wristband to wear to designate that your weapons have been checked. Security will escort you to the security station for inspection if your costume weapon is not tagged. If you do not want to have your costume weapons inspected or tagged, or you are not willing to comply with the foregoing, please do not bring your costume weapons.
PRINCE POPPYCOCK / JOHN QUALE BIO
John Quale has been singing since he could speak. At 11, he had his first professional gig at the Kennedy Center, with the Washington Opera children’s choir. He continued his studies at competitive Interlochen Arts Camp, performing and touring with musicals and choirs through his high school and college years.
Inspired by his love for a wide range of musical styles and artists like David Bowie, Depeche Mode, opera, madrigals, Gregorian chant, The Smiths, and Gilbert and Sullivan, John began to write and record his own music while still a teen. In college, he was lead singer and songwriter for Chicago synth pop band Endora; later, after moving to Los Angeles, he wrote, produced, and released his solo debut album, Worldview, which is now available on iTunes.
While in LA, John was critically acclaimed for his role in smash musical “The Beastly Bombing,” which won the LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Musical and enjoyed two short off-Broadway runs in NYC. He also wrote a song for the documentary Rise Up and Shout – a film about emerging young gay artists in Los Angeles that recently premiered on the Sundance Channel.
In 2006 John created the character of Prince Poppycock: a roguish operatic dandy with a persona and repertoire that drew on all John’s varied influences as a performer and a musician. Described by style maven and pop culture journalist Rose Apodaca as “a rock star in Rococo France,” Poppycock’s look and sound combined elements of glam rock, light opera, synth pop, and Western art music in a way that was fresh; sometimes startling; and always entertaining, doing each of those traditions justice yet transcending the past – rather than simply updating it – to become something truly original.
The glittering reign of Prince Poppycock commenced when John was invited to perform the Figaro aria, ‘Largo al Factotum,’ at a friend’s club. There was one stipulation: he must wear a wig. John appeared in a towering powdered confection to highlight how the song is about being a fabulous hairdresser, and Poppycock’s royal presence was instantly in demand. Witty and glamorous, with a powerful trained voice, Prince Poppycock has opened for the Dresden Dolls; performed at extravagant special events like New York’s Dances of Vice; and opened for performance art legend Ann Magnuson at downtown LA’s prestigious Redcat Theater.
Rock opera dandy Prince Poppycock became one of reality television’s most unique, creative, and recognizable stars when he appeared on the 2010 season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Poppycock – whom judge Sharon Osbourne called “the male Lady Gaga” for his outrageous costumes and extravagant production numbers – was one of the top four finalists out of 120,000 who auditioned for the show, which was #1 that season. His final bow on AGT saw him do one of the last duets ever with Donna Summer. He toured the US on the 36-stop AGT tour later that same year.
Witty and glamorous, with a powerful trained voice, the Prince has performed around the globe at venues ranging from the Christmas window at Bergdorf Goodman to a real Venetian palace, where he headlined “Il Ballo del Doge,” the Carnival party Vanity Fair calls one of the most exclusive in the world. He has opened for Chaka Khan at the Alfred E Mann Foundation Gala, and was named the honorary Mayor of West Hollywood in 2011 when he headlined the city’s Halloween Carnival, and was handed the key to the city in front of a record crowd of over 500,000 people.
John has also made time for charitable organizations with his work for ‘Rise Up and Shout, The Trevor Project, The It Get’s Better Foundation, Diva’s Simply Singing, and several regional AIDS organizations around the country.
Currently Poppycock just ended his stint on tour with the Queen of Burlesque Dita Von Teese in a sold out tour of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philidelphia, and Charlotte.
An electronic musician and songwriter as well as an opera singer, Poppycock draws inspiration from his classical background as well as from artists like Morrissey, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, and Gilbert and Sullivan, in a sound that combines synth pop; Baroque music and glam rock. He is currently collaborating in with Kristian Hoffman of Klaus Nomi fame on his debut album.