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Win an iPad Mini at Bent-Con

The Costume Catwalk at Bent-Con is only days away! How are those costumes coming along? I hope you’ve picked out your favorite and practiced your runway walk, because we’ve assembled a fantastic panel of judges and an amazing grand prize! Fanboys of the Universe is extremely proud to announce that Ted Abenheim (President, Prism Comics), Terry Blas (Briar Hollow), Jeremy Lucido (Starrf**ker Magazine), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille, Fearful Hunter) and Johnny M (Fanboys of the Universe) will be joining us to judge the event.

But that’s not all! Contestants will be sashay-ing and shante-ing their costumed hearts out to win the fabulous Costume Catwalk grand prize: a brand new iPad mini!


Everything you love about the iPad—the beautiful screen, fast and fluid performance, FaceTime and iSight cameras, thousands of amazing apps, 10-hour battery life—is everything you’ll love about the iPad mini, too. And you can hold it in one hand. It’s the perfect holiday gift for yourself or a loved one. And all you’ve got to do to win one is put on a costume, serve your fiercest cosplay realness and wow our fabulous judges. Of course, just taking part will be rewarding enough, but a little bling at the end of the runway just adds to the fun.

About Our Judges:

Ted Abenheim has been a dedicated and influential architect in the rise and success of Prism Comics for many years. He is currently the President and Events Chair at Prism, which is a non-profit organization that promotes and encourages LGBTQ comic book artists and fans. Ted is also a major cosplay fan, and you’ve probably seen him as any number of DC superheroes at San Diego Comic-Con, Dragon*Con and Hard Hero social events.

Terry Blas is a Portland-based artist who has been featured in Tokyopop’s Return to Labyrinth and The Power of The Dark Crystal. He’s contributed illustrations to Compete Magazine, helping to promote The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. His clients include Ongina and Jujubee of RuPaul’s Drag Race. He is the creator and artist behind the webcomic, Briar Hollow and is the host of The Gnerd Podcast.

Award-winning photographer and blogger Jeremy Lucido spends his days photographing the antics of the men of Randy Blue. He also creates and publishes the popular Starf**ker Magazine. Jeremy can also be found on the Los Angeles club scene, promoting and photographing events around the city.

Jon Macy is the author of the groundbreaking graphic novel Teleny and Camille, an adaptation of the anonymous Victorian novel of gay love attributed to Oscar Wilde and his circle of friends. Teleny and Camille won the prestigious Lambda Literary Award for gay erotica. His most recent work, Fearful Hunter, is the recipient of the 2010 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. 

Writer and musician Johnny M is best known and revered for his insightful film analysis at, where he’s gained a devoted following of movie fans and aficionados who tune in to get Johnny’s opinion before buying their tickets. Johnny is also a celebrated burlesque performer and knows a thing or two about costumes, tassels and working an audience.

Our thanks to Ted, Terry, Jeremy, Jon and Johnny M for their enthusiasm and participation. FBOTU’s Costume Catwalk at BENT-CON is going to be a blast! 

Costume Catwalk Rules and FAQ

FBOTU’s Costume Catwalk is at 5:30PM on Saturday, December 1 in the Main Room at Bent-Con. There are three main costume categories:

Cosplay Prime
Dress as your favorite comics, TV, movie or pop culture-inspired characters.

Gender-bend your favorite characters or dress as an opposite sex character. This is Bent-Con, after all. We encourage that sort of thing.

Anything Goes
Unveil your own original creation or design! Share the inner workings of your creative genius with the world.

Contestants will be judged on originality, creativity, effort and presentation. But mostly we just want you to have a good time and strut your stuff on the Catwalk!

The Costume Catwalk begins promptly at 5:30PM. To register, just visit the Fanboys of the Universe booth at the show or the ticket/information kiosk anytime before 5:00PM on Saturday, and we’ll sign you up and give you all the details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a fee to enter the contest?
A: No. Entry is absolutely free.

Q: Can I wear the costume I’m planning to wear at the convention that day? Or does it have to be different?
A: You do not have to present a separate or different costume at the Costume Catwalk. You may wear what you’ve worn during the day; that’s fine.

Q: How much skin can I show?
A: See the costume guidelines on the Bent-Con website. Basically, you can only show as much skin as you would on a public beach. (A public beach in Burbank.)

Q: Do I have to do a skit?
A: No! No skits. The runway is your opportunity to BE your character, show off your costume and interact with the audience and judges.

Q: Can I enter as a couple or group costume?
A: Yes, groups may present and walk the runway together. However, each member of the group will still be judged individually, and only one winner will be awarded the grand prize.

Q: Can I bring my own music?
A: No, we’ll have a DJ pumping some sick tunes.

Q: I’m shy. Can I just show my costume and not do the runway?
A: Don’t be intimidated by the runway. Everyone in the crowd and on the judge’s panel are there to support and celebrate you. If you don’t feel comfortable “working it” as your character, that’s fine. Walk, do a turn, let the judges and audience see your duds, then shante away. It’ll be easy, I promise.

For more information or questions, please email For more on Bent-Con, please visit or

Bent-Con is being presented at the Burbank Marriott Hotel in Burbank, California, November 30 – December 2, 2012. Ticket pricing and convention hours are available at

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