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.

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.

Need a place to change?

Head to Cosplay Central and utilise one of our changing areas.

Got an emergency costume crisis?

Speak to our dedicated team of volunteers in the Cosplay Hospital who’ll be on hand throughout the show to glue-gun, sew or tape your ‘fit back together; all free of charge!

You’ll also find the Cosplay Team in our HQ for admin support for the Cosplay Masquerades and any other queries about everything going on in Cosplay Central.

Please note: Due to safety and security issues we will no longer be 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: mcmcosplay@reedpop.com

Hear from the experts

The Cosplay Journal

Have a question about cosplay and don’t know where to look? Chat to the team from The Cosplay Journal.

The Cosplay Journal is a UK based publication focused on the art, craft and diversity of cosplay and the wider world of costuming hobbies. The aim of The Journal is to show that not only can anyone from any walk of life be involved in cosplay, but also that we are all capable of learning new skills, creating amazing things and bringing joy into our own and other people’s lives through the art form of costume making.

Have a question about cosplay and don’t know where to look? Chat to the team from The Cosplay Journal!

 

Cosmic Workshop

Learn all about leather working from Cosmic Workshop.

With over 40 years experience of working in creative industries and a wealth of knowledge and skills in a huge variety of materials and techniques, they are the dream team to have on board your costuming project! Specialising in made to measure, completely bespoke leather pieces, Jules and Jaz will be demonstrating leather working techniques all weekend at their booth in Cosplay Central and don’t miss their master class on Saturday on the cosplay stage.

The Cosplay Central Crown Championships

The Cosplay Central Crown Championships is a global celebration of the very best cosplay craftsmanship. The global final for 2022 will be held at MCM London Comic Con in October. More information about the new Crown Championships can be found on Cosplay Central.

This May incredible cosplayers will take to the Main Stage on Saturday to impress the judges with their handmade creations and decide the UK champion who will win a cash prize and a trip to MCM London Comic Con in October for the global final.

Want to see the action unfold? The Championship Qualifier will follow the Cosplay Masquerade on Saturday so just head to the main stage and grab your seat!

Hoping to take part? Registration has now closed but we’d love to see you apply in future. You can Check out the rules for the qualifier here.

Cosplay Masquerades

The ever-popular Cosplay Masquerades will be held on both Saturday and Sunday on the Main Stage. They give cosplayers the chance to showcase their handmade costumes or incredible performances in front of a packed audience. There are prizes for the best costumes and performers 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.

Want to enjoy a show packed with amazing cosplay?

Check out the schedule and head to the main stage at the right time, it’s all included with your Comic Con ticket! 

Meet our Guest Judges

Enayla

Enayla is a seamstress, armorsmith, and 3D artist based in the UK. Inspired by the lavish costumes at a local comic con, she bought a garage-sale sewing machine and taught herself the basics. Over a decade later, she actively works with fabric, foam, feathers, thermoplastics, resin, 3D printing, and a host of other materials. Specialising in costumes with meticulous detail, massive scale, and complex engineering, she is always looking for ways to expand her skills and challenge reality.

Don Esteban

Don Esteban has been roaming the local and international cosplay scene with his badass cosplay since 2013. In 2018 he won the title of EuroCosplay Champion for Austria with his Geralt of Rivia cosplay from the Witcher. Detailed work with a variety of materials and being true to the original character design are his strengths, which is why he regularly joins renowned international competitions as a judge.

Don’t miss his panel on Friday where he’ll be telling all about how he created his EuroCosplay winning costume

Exelia

Exelia has been cosplaying for over 15 years, representing the United Kingdom at some of the biggest cosplay competitions in the world! She is also an experienced speaker and judge, with a keen eye for detail.

Don’t miss her panel ‘Behind the Seams’ on Friday where she'll be sharing her experience as both competitor and judge to help you prepare for taking part in cosplay competitions

Casual Cosplay Showcase

We know cosplay isn’t all serious competitions and months of crafting, sometimes you just want to channel your favourite character!

The Casual Cosplay Showcase is a fun and friendly catwalk on the Cosplay Central Stage 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. Sign up on the day (Saturday or Sunday) before 13:00 at Cosplay Central HQ.

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

Need to know more?

Please visit us at Cosplay Central HQ during the show or email us at  mcmcosplay@reedpop.com