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Masquerade 2018 - cosplay contest winners with cosplay guests & judges: Leon Chiro, Moderately Okay Cosplay, Kawaii Besu

Come and see one of the biggest events that will happen at Anime Milwaukee, the Cosplay Masquerade! Whether you plan to strut your stuff or just want to watch the show, there’s something for everyone to see. This cosplay contest is one of our biggest events of the weekend.

The Masquerade will begin at 5:30 pm in Main Programming. Time to sit back, relax and watch cosplayers’ show off months of hard work onstage while you cheer for your favorite contestants!

Want to register to participate? Pre-registration TBA soon! You can sign up for the Masquerade during their office hours on Friday and Saturday before the event. Review slots are limited, so stop by early.

The Masquerade is designed for cosplayers whose costume would be best presented in an on-stage format or who wish to perform a short skit on-stage.

Anime Milwaukee 2020 Masquerade

  • More details TBA soon!


Cosplayers may compete for awards in two major areas: presentation (based on how the costumes appear when presented) and craftsmanship (based on close examination of the costumes backstage).

  • CHIBI: Young cosplayers (12 and under) may compete in this category and not against adults, unless they wish to.
  • NOVICE: The Novice division exists to encourage people who are new to cosplay and masquerades to compete.
  • JOURNEYMAN: This division is for cosplayers who have won awards in, or whose skill exceeds, the Novice division, but who feel they are not yet ready to compete in the Master division.
  • MASTER: This division is for cosplayers at the top of their craft. Anyone may compete in the Master division.
  • EXHIBITION: This division is for cosplayers who are not eligible to compete in another division.


Updated 2020 Masquerade Rules and Regulations TBA!

If you have not done so already, please take a moment to review the 2019 Masquerade Rules and Regulations.


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Masquerade Judges

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Masquerade Staff

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2019 Winners

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