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Cosplay is a massive part of every MCM Comic Con, and London is no exception! Children & adults alike dress up to display their love for their favourite characters. So if you are worried that you might be alone if you were to cosplay as your favourite superhero, anime or videogame character, elf from Lord of the Rings or Jedi from Star Wars- don’t! You’re in good company.

Costume, Weapons & Props Rules
Cosplay Contests
Cosplay Facilities
Photography and Videos
Common Questions
Contact Us

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Costume, Weapons & Props Rules
Cosplay is welcome in all parts of the show however it is necessary to set some restrictions as it is a family friendly event. Note in particular that metal blades (sharp or blunt), working projectile weapons, and wooden or metal bats & paddles are all forbidden.
Download the full MCM Costume Weapons and Props Rules HERE.

Cosplay Contests
There is a contest known as a Cosplay Masquerade on both the Saturday and Sunday of the show. It is free to participate in them or to watch. They will both take place on one of the large stages towards the end of the day. Saturday will also form the World Cosplay Summit qualifying round for the UK, selecting a team of two UK cosplayers to head to Nagoya in Japan to compete in the world final!
Registrations for the London Cosplay Masquerades will open in early April.

For reference- in October, there is a ‘mini Masquerade’ on the PopAsia Stage in the early afternoon on Saturday, the EuroCosplay Championships Final in the late afternoon on Saturday, and the Clara Cow Cosplay Cup UK Qualifier & Cosplay Masquerade in the late afternoon on Sunday.

Cosplay Facilities
At the Cosplay Desk, there is a range of assistance available to cosplayers. This includes changing areas, supplies for repairs as well as assistance, storage for cases, and admin support for the Cosplay Masquerades.
You do not have to be in the Cosplay Masquerades to make use of these facilities.

Photography & Videos
Be aware that people will be taking photographs and videos at the event, and by attending you consent to this. That does not mean you should not expect good manners of course! If you do experience problems please make the security team aware of the issues as soon as possible.
View the event photography rules at the foot of the page here.

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Common Questions 

Do we have to enter the Cosplay Masquerade if we are cosplaying?
Not at all! In fact, there’s far too many people in cosplay to ever fit them all into the Cosplay Masquerades.

Is there anyone else cosplaying from the same source material as me?
Quite possibly! Take a look at the fan meets on our Fringe Festival page – click here. Can’t find what you want? Register your own meet!

Contact Us
Email the Cosplay Team by sending an email to cosplay@mcmexpo.net or speak to them at the Cosplay Desk if you have any queries.

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