Cosplay Celebrity Judges
Through cosplay I have had the opportunity to travel around the world to conventions as a guest and judge, compete in international costume competitions, and work with companies like Riot Games in order to bring characters to life through our creations.
Over the years cosplay has become my full time business and now I create books, patterns and tutorial videos to help others create their own costumes and learn how to cosplay!
Cosplay has been my passion for over 10 years now and I love to share the joy of creating with others!
Gladzy’s concept designs have been worn by many international cosplayers. The cosplay groups that she has been a part of (Battle Disney Princess, Sailor Scouts, Valkyrie Eevolutions and Mythic Overwatch) have been featured in articles on websites such as Cosmopolitan, Movie Pilot, and Kotaku.com. As of date, Gladzy has designed over 300 cosplays for clients since 2015.
Gladzy has also been featured full-page in the Filipino newspaper Mabuhay Calgary as well as TV Networks from the Philippines from her accurate depiction of Moana. She has also represented Canada for an international cosplay competition in 2017. Gladzy has been invited as an international cosplay guest in Europe, USA, and Canada where she teaches workshops about armor making and costume design. Gladzy has also had her Raya cosplay displayed at an art gallery in Calgary, Alberta.
Currently, Gladzy is focusing on her business as a self-employed artist, balancing cosplay, murals, and conventions."
I specialize in cinematographic costume with historical touches even if it's fantasy design and in stage performance and now that I have the chance to be invited to several conventions as a judge and panelist, it will be with my pleasure to humbly share with you everything I Know!"
Awards & Prize(s)
Meet our cosplay competition management team
Three Tiers of Competition
Maker has never won any major awards. 75% of cosplay costume must be made by the contestant.
Maker has won 1 or 2 major awards. 75% of cosplay costume must be made by the contestant
Maker has won 2 or more major awards or makes their primary income from cosplay or costuming. 85% of cosplay costume must be made by the contestant
Please note that exceptions may be made to items in bold when you are participating in the cosplay contest, but only for the period in which you are on stage.
Costumes, cosplays, and general attire must provide the same level of body coverage expected at an all-ages public beach, but no speedos or thongs.
Footwear is required at all times.
Costumes should not impede movement of yourself or others around you. They must fit through a standard Canadian doorway.
Costumes should not have any functional sharp edges or points that could be a risk to yourself or others.
Costumes may not include smoke, odors, or fog.
Cosplay may not include:
Words, images, or symbols conveying racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise prejudiced or bigoted messages or sentiments.
Obscene or offensive language or images including uncensored profanities and pornographic content
Costumes should not represent or incorporate the iconography, uniform, or appearance of persons or objects associated with prejudice or bigotry (e.g. Nazi imagery).
20th and 21st-century uniforms may not be worn as costumes. These include any uniform that can be construed as a military uniform from any country or a uniform worn in an official capacity, such as security guard, police officer, deputy, fire marshal, paramedic, etc. Active duty military personnel are permitted to wear their government-issued uniforms.
Costumes and cosplays may incorporate audio or lighting elements of reasonable volume or intensity. Sounds and lights must be able to be turned off easily if they become disruptive to nearby attendees or events.
Weapons and props:
Costumes and cosplays cannot include historical or modern weapons, nor items that could be confused for them. This includes (but is not limited to): self-defense equipment like pepper spray or tasers; recreational weapons like Airsoft, paintball, water, cap, or BB guns; sharp-edged tools like knives or scissors; or martial-arts weaponry including wooden practice weapons.
Fantasy or sci-fi/futuristic weapons are allowed so long as they do not resemble actual historical or modern weapons and are handled with respect for the safety and personal space of other attendees.
No live steel or weapons that can fire projectiles.
Weapons and props must not exceed the height of a standard Canadian doorway.
Any weapon or prop that makes noise must be able to be turned off and must not be excessively loud.
All Props must be checked and approved by our Prop Check Desk in the convention center during operating hours for compliance with this policy. Some events may provide exceptions to this policy under strict circumstances defined by that event. Items purchased in the Exhibit Hall which violate this policy must be wrapped and immediately removed from the convention premises.
Game Con Canada’s Event Staff or security personnel may inspect any item or costume, or request that an attendee remove a mask, at any time during the convention. Failure to comply with these policies and/or the instructions of Game Con Canada’s Event Staff or security personnel may result in immediate removal from the convention without refund.
1. No nudity, profanity, anything deemed racially or culturally offensive will be allowed. No politically charged or discriminatory cosplays or props will be allowed “at the discretion of the competition organizers”. When in doubt, ask!
2. No liquids, messy substances, glitter, confetti, objects smaller than 3 square inches, or anything that may pose a danger is allowed to be used as part of your stage walk.
3. Contestants will not be judged on their race, body type, gender, mobility aids, etc.
4. All contestants must hold a valid entry badge to the convention for the date of the competition and prejudging.
5. All contestants must be 13 years of age or older to enter (groups with children under the age of 13 will not be allowed to enter the child that is under age).
6. Any prop or weapon must have passed inspection and be approved by the Weapons and Prop Compliance Team prior to the contest.
7. No live animals are permitted on stage, except for certified service animals if required by a contestant.
8. No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power, it must be part of your costume design.
9. Any costume that may cause harm to the contestant or other contestants and attendees will not be allowed. Entrants must be able to wear their costumes for the duration of the competition (2+hours) with no undue harm such as overheating, excess weight, bruising or lacerations, cutting off circulation to limbs etc.
10. All entrants MUST be able to MOVE on their own. Costumes that require assistance will not be allowed for entry.
11. The maximum size for group entries will be six (6) people.
12. Build Books will be required to be provided to the judges on the day of the competition. Points will be deducted if contestants do not provide one.
We are so honoured that you have taken the time to apply to our event.
Filling out an application does not guarantee you a spot in the competition.
Our management team will be reviewing each application and will contact you about your submission.