Madman National Cosplay Championship - Grand Final


- WHAT: Photo & unique story opportunities at the Madman National Cosplay Championship – Grand Finals.

- WHERE: The Sebel Hotel, Albert Park, Melbourne.

- WHEN: Saturday, November 14th, 2009.

- OVERVIEW: Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to capture the spectacle that is Cosplay – the bright, colourful and fun phenomenon of costume creation and character role-playing.

MELBOURNE, Wednesday, 4 November 2009 – An invitation to all photographers and reporters with a keen eye for costumes… Who will be crowned Australia's greatest cosplayer for 2009?

In conjunction with Supanova Pop Culture Expo, Madman proudly presents the Grand Final round of the Madman National Cosplay Championship, taking place on Saturday, November 14th at the The Sebel Hotel, Albert Park, Melbourne.

The day will be a fun-filled affair – including the Madman National Cosplay Championship finals judging, with a special introduction from an official representative of the Consulate-General of Japan; as well as an on-the-day cosplay contest, anime screenings, workshops and panels, character and cosplay goods vendors and much more.

A cultural phenomenon in Japan and also the U.S., surrounding events such as the annual San Diego ‘Comic Con’ pop culture convention, cosplay stories are now beginning to appear in major Australian metropolitan newspapers and national mainstream print magazines, such as Marie Claire – evidence that cosplay is growing significantly from its roots as a niche hobby, into a major national social pastime.

Giant robots, fairies, ninjas, anthropomorphic wonders: They'll all be on show at the championship and are sure to provide some truly spectacular photo opportunities - and there really is little cosplayers love more than showing off for the camera.

The grand prize winner will receive a trip to Tokyo, Japan for two – including airfares, 7 nights twin-share accommodation, two 7-day Japan Rail Passes, entry into The 2010 Tokyo International Anime Fair, Tickets to the Studio Ghibli Museum and a visit to an anime production studio in Japan.


MADMAN is Australia's leading independent home entertainment and theatrical distribution and rights-management company, specialising in the wholesale distribution of DVD product into retail and rental stores throughout Australia. Madman product categories include Kids, TV, arthouse film, Australian independent features, animation and Japanese anime. Madman is owned by Funtastic Limited, one of Australia's largest wholesalers of consumer products into retail outlets and an Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) listed company.

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