FanimeCon Masquerade Cosplay Contest

Every year, FanimeCon hosts a cosplay contest on the grand San Jose Civic Stage featuring astounding cosplay, performances, and dance routines! Inspired by anime and manga, as well as Asian films, video games, music stars, and more, the Masquerade is open for all FanimeCon attendees. Contestants compete for cash and the chance to make a name for themselves in the competitive world of cosplay!

The Masquerade begins at 6:00 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm.

Would you like to compete in the Masquerade Cosplay Contest? Please review the rules and eligibility criteria before you apply. If you have any questions, please contact Please check our Forums, Twitter and Facebook for announcements and updates.


Masquerade Hosts

FanimeCon is proud to welcome Aicosu back for their fifth year at FanimeCon! In addition to their amazing cosplay panels, they are proud to be hosting the Masquerade Cosplay Contest! Please visit their Guest of Honor page here to find out more about our hosts.

Masquerade Judges

We have four Masquerade judges this year: two specializing in craftsmanship and two specializing in performances. Each judge has their own unique skill set and background that they will collectively use to evaluate performances and determine awards.

Oliver “Kohalu” Holmes loves cosplay in all its aspects and is a crafting expert. He appreciates the hard work and craftsmanship of the cosplay community, and enjoys seeing its presentation both in the convention halls and at the Masquerade! He has been invited to countless conventions out of state as well as out of the country, worked with companies like Wizards of the Coast and Riot Games as a professional cosplayer, and has over 10 years of experience under his belt!
When he isn’t going to conventions as an attendee, Kohalu finds his biggest joy in giving presentations on cosplay and being wowed by contestants as a Masquerade judge. He and his wife, Liliphae, also operate a successful 3D printed prop commission store and have been known to completely fill panel rooms whenever a demonstration of their work is presented!

Lilith “Liliphae” Holmes is a half-serious/half-just-for-fun cosplayer and model who made her debut at FanimeCon 2014. She subsequently became known for her unwavering involvement in the Northern California cosplay community and her array of versatile costumes.
She has previously judged cosplay contests at several California conventions including SacAnime, Cos-Losseum, and even a previous FanimeCon! Since then, she has traveled up and down the state of California (and beyond!) to be a guest of honor, attend, and judge at conventions. She is continuously expanding and sharing her knowledge of the art of cosplaying, and the effort and work that it takes to make something you are proud of!

Simeon “Simba” Van Gerpen is an American cosplayer, TikToker, professional dance instructor, and performer who enjoys judging and making special appearances at countless conventions over the years. He began cosplaying in 2018, which inspired him to pursue his professional cosplayer lifestyle. He became a social media sensation as the “Dancing Deadpool,” earning himself over 34,000 followers on Instagram and 1.8 Million followers on TikTok.
He has made appearances and performed at several conventions throughout California, in addition to judging at conventions such as FanimeCon, OhanaCon, and others. Though he has received fame and recognition as a Deadpool cosplayer, he looks forward to cosplaying other characters throughout the years to come. He hopes to inspire others to always follow their passions and provide an unlimited amount of laughter for all ages across the world!

Kyle Baxter More information coming soon!


Best Overall:

  • Best in Show

Performance (Skits):

  • Best Performance, Group
  • Best Performance, Individual
  • Judge’s Award, Performance
  • Judge’s Award, Performance
  • Honorable Mention, Performance
  • Honorable Mention, Performance


  • Best Craftsmanship, Group
  • Best Craftsmanship, Individual
  • Judge’s Award, Craftsmanship
  • Judge’s Award, Craftsmanship
  • Honorable Mention, Craftsmanship
  • Honorable Mention, Craftsmanship