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Hi friends and fans! Welcome to the website for Captain Zorikh's Costume Contests, the most fun costume contests on the East Coast!

Captain Zorikh's Costume Contest began at the Big Apple Convention in 2003. Since then it has grown and expanded, and has always been considered "the most fun costume contest on the East Coast."

This year Captain Zorikh will be bringing not one, but TWO costume contests EACH DAY of the Big Apple Comic Con on Saturday-Sunday September 25-26, 2020!

The first one each day, on Saturday, September 25, at 4:30 PM, will be the Children's Costume Contest, which will be immediately followed by the all-ages Big Apple Comic Con PEOPLE'S COSTUME CONTEST!

This is the people's costume contest because you, the good people of the convention, get to decide who gets the prizes! Captain Zorikh will keep the action moving but the true stars are you, the costume enthusiasts who enter and the people who love them and cheer! Categories may or may not be made up on the spot! Prizes will be distributed! Costume death matches and dance-offs are not unheard of! Register on the spot and strut your stuff! Dealers are welcome to submit prizes for promotional consideration! Registration will be at the convention on the day of the event.

Come as a hero, villain, morally ambiguous, or innocent bystander from comics, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, pop culture, movies, TV, video games, anime, manga, video games, history, etc!


Sign-ups will be on the day of the contest at Captain Zorikh's table and starting at 3:45 in front of the contest room

Contestants may be individuals or may enter as groups. Each contestant must enter their real name and character name on the cards provided.

When the contest begins, the contestants will line up, come on stage, and turn in their sign-up cards person by person and group by group.

Each contestant or group will get a brief moment of opportunity to introduce themselves and do something to present their character and costume to the audience.

There will be two microphones on stage, but any additional sounds must be provided by the contestant (ie: if you are going to play music or do a lip-sync act you have to carry your own sound system/boom box/accordion/etc)

The audience will then applaud, and the level of their applause will be tracked by Captain Zorikh's patented "Applause-O-Meter." Applause will be judged by volume and enthusiasm, not duration.

At the end of this Parade of Costumes the winners will be invited to come to the stage and select their prizes in their order of standing!

Captain Zorikh reserves the right to amend and adjust these rules according to the situation.

Have fun! That's what's important!

After all this fuss is done, all people in costume, regardless of whether they were in the costume contest or not, are invited to get on stage or go into the hallway (depending on numbers) for one mass costume photo shoot! This shoot will then break up into smaller group shots as the socio-dynamics allow.

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The prizes so far...


Gothic Renaissance / Halloween Adventure Costume Shop will contribute a $100 and two $50 gift certificates as well as special "Goodie Bags" of valuable gifts!

Midtown Comics will contribute one $25 gift certificate and two $20 gift certificates, good at any of their four locations in NYC!
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Forbidden Planet will be contributing a special "Goodie Bag" of comics and graphic novels!

Unlimited Wireless will be awarding some judged prizes for Best in Show, 2nd, and 3rd place, and the "Best Holiday Theme" costume!

There will also be many more surprise prizes on the famous "Captain Zorikh's Table of Wonder," but you must be in it to win it!

I will be covering this with my trusty digital camera.
Pictures will be posted on my Costume Contest Facebook Page.
Video will be posted on my

If you are coming, be sure to RSVP on the Facebook event listings for Saturday and Sunday and let us know what to expect (or beware!).

So come on down and strut your stuff!

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PAST APPEARANCES: Big Apple Comic Con 2015 - present
NY Comic Book Marketplace 2010 - 2014
Wicked Faire 2011 - 2011
Big Apple Convention 2003-2009

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