Credit: Dan Levy

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Calling all cosplayers.

The Philly Geek Awards are hosting a giant costume contest this year, taking place the night of the big awards gala — Saturday, Aug. 26 at String Theory School: Vine Street Campus in Center City.

The event is a black-tie affair. Or, in your case, more like a Black Bolt, Black Panther, Black Widow, Black Cat, Black Adam, Black Canary, Black Manta, or Orphan Black affair. Zing!

The Philly Geek Awards honor outstanding achievements in Philadelphia’s vibrant geek community. The event is a joint venture between Geekadelphia, and Generocity, and for 2017, Billy Penn is pleased to serve as a media partner — we’re also tasked with judging the event’s inaugural cosplay contest.

Credit: Dan Levy/Billy Penn

So here are the rules: Dress up as your favorite character from the world of comics, manga, TV, movies or, because why not, 18th-century colonial Philadelphia, and we’ll be there to stare at you with judgement in our eyes.

Literally. We’ll spot the best costumes at the event and the winner(s) will get a super cool prize pack from us. And that’s it!

But that’s not all…

By agreeing to show up to a black-tie event in cosplay, you know you’ll be dressed up in a room full of geeks, including many award-winning geeks. You can’t just smack on a blonde wig and grab a hammer from the shed and expect to win a prize. Creativity counts here.

Custom costumes will get extra-special attention, so if you made it, make sure we know it. And be topical. Sure, everybody loves a good Captain America, but bonus points if your Secret Empire-inspired Hydra undershirt is just slightly showing through. Anyone can dress like a Dothraki, but walking in as the Night King on a skeleton horse wearing a Donald Trump wig? Well, someone just won our cosplay contest.

For tickets and more information, visit the Philly Geek Awards. We’ll judge see you Aug. 26.