Cosplay Central’s stage makes its London debut with a host of panels covering everything cosplay, from competition workshops to crafting demos. Check out the full schedule below…

FRIDAY 

Let’s chat: What is cosplay?

11:00 – 11:30

 

The Cosplay Central team have a discussion on stage about the community, the crafting and the life-style of cosplay.

 

MCM Cosplay competitions info panel

11:45  -12:15

 

Join the MCM cosplay team to find out about the cosplay competitions we hold at MCM shows, including how to enter and how things are judged.

 

10 years of Borderlands: Borderlands prop live build

12:30 – 13:30

 

In the build-up to Borderlands 3’s release, publisher 2K Games celebrates both 10 years of Borderlands gaming mayhem and the amazing cosplay creations that have been inspired by the franchise.

 

Electronics and LEDs in cosplay

13:45 – 14:45

A panel covering LED/electronics in cosplay, including tools, types of LEDs, battery options, switches and wireless, small DC motor options, cool gimmicks such as servos and smoke machines, voltage and power basics, and things you need to keep in mind to wear it on your body and display it properly.

Nic Samiotis: Basics of airbrushing and painting

15:00-16:00

A beginners’ guide to airbrushing props covering paint types, techniques and equipment.

10 Years of Borderlands: Cel shading tips and tricks

16:15-17:00

Carrie Monster demonstrates tips and tricks for bringing the iconic Borderlands cel shaded style into your costumes, including a live makeup demo.

 

SATURDAY 

Building your first cosplay!

Live tutorial

10:30 – 11:30

Kenny Cosplay Stuff walks the audience through building a first cosplay! Covering planning, materials and easy methods/hacks!

Introduction to sculpting with clay

11:30 – 12:30

 

A beginners’ guide to oil-based clay sculpting, covering tools basic materials and techniques.

 

WCS Team UK

12:30 – 13:00

 

Enja Cosplay and Stephanie Dola Cosplay, Team UK 2019, talk to Exelia (Team UK 2013) about their experience so far, from selection at MCM London Comic Con in October to their plans for the upcoming final in Japan in July.

 

Casual cosplay showcase

13:00 – 14:00  

This is a fun and friendly catwalk for anyone who wants to show their love of a character through cosplay. Open to everyone, of all ages, even if you’ve bought your costume or assembled it from your normal wardrobe.

Steampunk mashups, comics and cosplay

14:00 – 15:00

 

Pulling together designers with different takes on steampunk, including creators working in mixed media, fabric, photography and recycled finds. Amateurs and professionals alike share hints, tips and secrets to encourage you all to create wonderful steampunk pieces!

 

Foam Work 101

15:15 – 16:00

Kenny Cosplay Stuff demonstrates the core basics of foam crafting, including cutting, glueing, detailing and assembling into a finished piece.

3D modelling and printing

16:15 – 17:00  

Willow Creative teaches you the first steps and gives you valuable tips for adding 3D printing to your cosplay crafting knowledge.

 

SUNDAY

3D modelling and printing

10:00 – 11:00

 

Willow Creative teaches you the first steps and gives you valuable tips for adding 3D printing to your cosplay crafting knowledge.

 

Crafting Legends Craft Off

11:00 – 12:00

 

Two crafting legends go head to head in a battle of foam crafting! Each legend has limited time to create a master prop, which will then be used by an audience member to decide which weapon truly is LEGENDARY!

 

Competitive Cosplay

12:00 – 12:45

Competitions are an amazing way to celebrate your passion for cosplay! Exelia has represented the United Kingdom in some of the biggest cosplay competitions in the world and will talk about everything there is to know about competitive cosplay: how to get involved, what’s on offer and how to beat those nerves!

Casual cosplay showcase

13:00-14:00

This is a fun and friendly catwalk for anyone who wants to show their love of a character through cosplay. Open to everyone, of all ages, even if you’ve bought your costume or assembled it from your normal wardrobe.

Steampunk mashups, comics and cosplay

14:00 – 15:00

Pulling together designers with different takes on steampunk, including creators working in mixed media, fabric, photography and recycled finds. Amateurs and professionals alike share hints, tips and secrets to encourage you all to create wonderful steampunk pieces!

 

 Let’s chat: Cosplay media and profession

15:15 – 16:00   

 

Join us for a stage chat on the cosplay profession. Does it exist? Is it as glamorous as we hoped? How can you progress yourself from hobbyist to full time artist?

 

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