Cosplay Central

Grab your cosplay, we’ll see you on the show floor!

Cosplay is a massive part of every MCM Comic Con! Children & adults alike dress up to display their love for their favourite characters. So if you’re considering attending in cosplay as your favourite superhero, anime or video game character, Lord of the Rings hobbit or Jedi from Star Wars – you won’t be alone! At MCM Comic Con, you’re in good company.

What’s happening in Cosplay Central?

Don’t miss the Cosplay Central stage with a host of panels about everything cosplay from members of the cosplay community! From cosplay showcases, advice on taking part in competitions and getting started with wigs to getting that perfect cosplay picture and tips to make your cosplay even better, the Cosplay Central stage is a celebration of all aspects of cosplay.

Speak to the friendly Cosplay Team in Cosplay Central HQ for admin support for the Cosplay Masquerades, sign ups for showcases and any other queries about everything going on in Cosplay Central.

We can handle all kinds of costume crises and prop palavers at the Cosplay Hospital! (Speak to our dedicated team of volunteers who’ll be on hand throughout the show to glue-gun, sew or tape your ‘fit back together; all free of charge.

Need to make a quick fix or space to transform into your favourite character? Utilise one of our handy changing areas in Cosplay Central.

Please note: Due to safety and security issues we are not able to assist cosplayers with baggage storage, please use the cloakrooms provided by the venue. If you have a particularly large costume or prop you may need assistance with at the show please get in touch with the Cosplay Team in advance to discuss if we can assist you: [email protected].

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.  For more details on our weapons and props rules.

Cosplay Competitions and Showcases

There are plenty of ways to showcase your costume and see incredible cosplay on stage at MCM.

Want to see the cosplayers shine on stage? Just check the schedule and head to the stage at the right time, it’s all included with your ticket!

Cosplay Showcase

We know cosplay isn’t all serious competitions and months of crafting, sometimes you just want to channel your favourite character! The Cosplay Showcase is a fun and friendly catwalk on the Cosplay Central or Centre Stage taking place each day for anyone who wants to show their love of a character through cosplay.  Showcases are open to everyone, of all ages, even if you’ve bought your costume or assembled it from your normal wardrobe. Sign up on the day at Cosplay Central HQ before 1pm if you’d like to take part.

Kids Cosplay Showcase

This is the time for your mini-superheroes to strut their stuff! On stage our mini-cosplayers will tell the audience about their costume and strike a pose on the Cosplay Central stage. This is a great opportunity for their moment to shine on stage in a welcoming space.

Taking place Saturday and Sunday, the Kids Cosplay Showcase is open to under 12s with any costume. No need to sign up in advance, just check the schedule and arrive in time to start!

Cosplay Masquerades  

The ever-popular Cosplay Masquerades are held on the Main Stage on Saturday and Sunday. They give cosplayers the chance to showcase their handmade costumes in front of a packed audience. There are prizes for the best costumes but cosplayers are free to take part just for fun if they do not wish to be judged. Family entries and Juniors are also welcome to take part just for fun.

MCM Variety Show

Our fans love to perform and we love to see it! Talented cosplayers will show off their choreographed fandom inspired dances, magic tricks, musical talents or comedy skits in the MCM Variety Show, with the chance of a prize for the best performance.

Do you have a cosplay or performance you’d love to showcase on stage?

Registrations for the Variety Show are now CLOSED and the Masquerade is operating a waiting list for both days. If you have read the rules and have an eligible costume please email [email protected] to be added to the masquerade waiting list.

Hoping to take part next time? You can check out the rules for the Variety Show and Masquerade to plan your entry. Registrations for MCM October will open in September.

Who to See in Cosplay Central 

Need to know more?

Please visit us at Cosplay Central HQ during the show or email us at  [email protected]