FAN EXPO CANADA WILL HOST FIRST EVER MASTER OF COSPLAY GRAND PRIX

Cosplayers from all over North America to go head-to-head for the Master of Cosplay title and a $5,000 cash prize

TORONTO, ON (August 23, 2018) – Five cosplayers. One Crown. For the first time in FAN EXPO Canada history, the convention will host a Master of Cosplay Grand Prix, bringing together the best cosplayers in North America  for a final cosplay championship. Taking place at FAN EXPO Canada onSaturday, September 1, the Master of Cosplay Grand Prix will bring winners from regional contests at FAN EXPO DallasCalgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, MEGACON OrlandoFAN EXPO Boston andFAN EXPO Canada to compete for the chance to become FAN EXPO’s very first Master of Cosplay Champion, and be awarded a cash prize of $5,000. FAN EXPO Canada, the country’s largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming convention will welcome fans over Labour Day long weekend August 30 – September 2 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Tickets are now available atfanexpocanada.com/tickets.

Prior to the Master of Cosplay Grand Prix on September 1, a Northern Qualifying Round will take place to determine FAN EXPO Canada’s regional winner. That winner will be awarded the Best in Show Northern Qualifier title, advancing them to compete in the Master of Cosplay Grand Prix. Regional winners from the Northern Qualifier will also be selected in the Runner Up, Best Masters, Best Journeyman, Best Novice and Best Youth categories.

“The first annual Master of Cosplay Grand Prix was created to recognize the fans whose passion and incredible craftsmanship bring fandom’s favourite characters to life at our show,” said Andrew Moyes, Vice President of FAN EXPO HQ. “We can’t wait to showcase the amazingly talented cosplayers from all over Canada and the U.S. for this historic competition.”

The winner of the Master of Cosplay Grand Prix will be determined by a panel of judges, who will make their decision based on 3 criteria: craftsmanship, likeness and detail and presentation. The judges include cosplayers Gina G, Vanya Vount and Glitch Cos. For more information on the Master of Cosplay Grand Prix, click here.

The qualifiers for the Master of Cosplay Grand Prix are as follows:

Jessi Arntz
FAN EXPO Dallas

Lane Montieth and Daina Friend
Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

Samantha Bork
MEGACON Orlando

Luisa Earle
FAN EXPO Boston

In addition to the Master of Cosplay Grand Prix, FAN EXPO Canada will also host a Walk-On Costume Contest, a Cosplay Photo Park, an Epic Cosplay Dance Party, an Anime Costume Contest and a Kids Costume Contest. For more information on this year’s cosplay attractions, click here.

FAN EXPO Canada is also packed with exciting cosplay guests including Jessica Nigri, Karli Woods, Joanie Brosas and more. To view the full cosplay guest lineup, click here.

For a complete list of guests, info and tickets, visit: www.fanexpocanada.com.