This term was inspired by Stefanie’s friends in the Florida convention scene, and she could only think of what they did as “Interactive Cosplay”. Instead of just dressing up as Anime or video game characters, the group that inspired her, Bonzai Anime would actually ACT out their characters and interact with all the people at the convention. Stefanie wanted to expand on this idea a bit more and encourage an entire convention to cosplay their favorite characters and interact with each other. Stefanie firmly believes this is where the most memorable convention moments come from. Where else but in your dreams (or fan fiction) will you find Sephiroth dueling it out with Dante? Vash wooing over Misato Katsuragi ? Or Domo-kun having a pokebattle with Maromi?

How does it work?

For our 2013 convention we have decided to ramp up the “Points” system we currently have in place! We will have a dedicated team of staffers that will be out and about in the Lansing Center/Radisson over the course of the weekend to interact with others and get interactions going. Cosplays from ALL walks of life, Anime or not will be considered for the crown at Shuto Con. However, with such a variety of participants engaging with others, dedicated Cosplayers will have to step up their game if they would like to be crowned, and we encourage all our attendees to slip into character at least once during the weekend (who knows, you might want to stay in character)!

“Points” will be given out to those that participate with other attendees the most, and at Closing Ceremonies on Sunday afternoon we will announce the Shuto Con “King and Queen of Cosplayers” (winners will ne notified early Sunday afternoon, and will be asked to attend Closing Ceremonies)!

All attendees wishing to participate in the Interactive Cosplay experience must wear their “Interactive Cosplay Ribbon” while they are in character. Ribbons can be picked up at the Registration Room. If your ribbon is off, that means you are on “standby” and are not interested in Interactively Cosplaying with others.

Rules for the Interactive Cosplay experience (and general cosplaying rules) are can be viewed here. Rules will be updated to reflect our 2013 guidelines closer to the convention.

Our 2012 King and Queen of Cosplayers are:

King – David Vickers – Luigi from Super Mario Bros. Queen – Lindsey Boersma – Ai from Hell Girl

Our 2011 King and Queen of Cosplayers are:

King – Anthony Castro – Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates Queen – Brianna Shahly – Suki from The Last Airbender