Here’s what happened in 2018. Stay tuned for updates!
Welcome to the new heart of your bumper weekend! It’s a hub for old and new pals to bond over their favourite fandom, enhance cosplay skills and get the ultimate Instagrammable photo op.
Cosplay & Fan Meets
Gaggle of gamers or posse of princesses, here’s the place to meet like-minded folk and share the love. Check out the line-up so far or plan your ownHERE!
Live Cosplay Experts & Tutorials
A family business based in Norfolk, Artyfakes have been making props and costumes professionally for over 20 years. Nic and Tabitha started in the LARP industry and have evolved over the years to work primarily in gaming, TV and Film.
They run training courses teaching people how to make their own props and costumes, inspiring trainees to develop a real passion for props, many which you now see as established prop makers. You can also catch the father daughter duo live on Twitch: www.twitch.tv/artyfakes whether they are demonstrating in their workshop or screaming at Fortnite!
Poly-Props Ltd, a brand of cosplay crafting materials, have been developing their own products of craft epic-ness since 2015. Joined by the Crafting Legends, a clan of community and industry artists who are on a mission to perfect their craft, Poly-Props delivers and interactive, fun and engaging experience to members of the community of all ages and cosplay craft experience.
Look out for some experienced cosplay guests to drop by over the weekend, including:
Tabitha Lyons is a cosplayer, larper, gamer and all round geekette from the UK. Tabby is not new to the dressing up scene as she has been role playing since she was eight years old and started making props with her dad when she was 12, and hasn’t stopped since! Tabby regularly streams on Twitch, both as a gamer and as a prop maker, has guested at conventions around the world and was a cosplay judge for the first UK season of King of the Nerds! (Sky1).
Ivy Doomkitty is an Internationally recognized Cosplayer, Artist, Gamer, and Published Model, based in Los Angeles. Ivy has been an avid fan of comics and gaming since childhood, and has been attending conventions for over 13 years. In the last 5 years, Ivy has delved into the world of cosplay, ande has quickly risen to become one of the most sought after cosplay artists for conventions throughout the world. Ivy is the advocate in the cosplay world for body acceptance and “cospositivity”, championing the movement.
Is MCM Comic Con the most Instagrammable place on earth? It definitely is now with the epic props and backdrops featuring in the Zone.
Walking Dead Bike
As a huge fans of the walking dead, the idea of putting together a replica of Daryl Dixon’s now infamous “scrambler” bike from seasons 3-8 was a dream project! Built over 9 months in Bournemouth, Dorset, the bike is as close a replica to the original bikes used in the show as is possible. Starting life as a 1992 Honda 750 Nighthawk, everything but the engine was removed. Then piece by piece the bike was put back together, using what felt like scavenged pieces – really adding to the post apocalyptic feel of the deisgn. Some 200 man hours of research, buying, building, and just looking at pictures of the originals went in to this bike. The hardest part of the entire build was the fact this is not a pristine bike – making it look messed up, damaged, dirty, scratched, is incredibly difficult, but we feel we have the best replica bike this side of the Atlantic!
Odins beard! Starting in Manchester take a trip to Asgard and get your pose on with our Thor’s Hammer Photo Op experience.
Debuting in Journey into Mystery #83 in 1962 and still seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, get ready to wield the mighty Mjolnir!
11:00-11:30 – Foam Basics – Studio J7
EVA Foam 101, what is it ?, what you can do with it ?. This panel is about covering the basics of working with foam from a cosplay point of view.
I will be going over cutting, shaping, heating and sealing foam, using simple basic techniques and tools. A guide to getting into foamsmithing and building
your dream cosplay.
12:00-12:30 – Hair, Make-up and SFX – The Foam Pirates
A quick guide to wigs, body paint and contact lenses, and an introduction to special effects make-up. Learn how these finishing touches can bring your whole cosplay look together.
13:00-14:00 – Intermediate Foamsmithing – The Foam Pirates
Sharing tips and tricks to take your foam fabrication to the next level. Talking about more professional materials and tools, and demonstrating how you can use the versatile material to replicate wood, bone, leather, metal and much more.
14:00-15:00 – The Competition of Cosplay – Ivy Doomkitty
15:00-16:30 – Arty Fakes
17:00-17:30 – Prop Painting Basics – Studio J7
Once you have built your foam armor or prop, take it to the next level with paint. In this panel I will be guiding you through the steps for painting, again using simple tools. Will cover many brands of paint, application techniques and finishes you can achieve.
11:00-12:00 – Cosplay 101 – The Foam Pirates
An introduction to Cosplay and how to get started on crafting your first costume. Including – choosing a character, sourcing references, materials and patterns, all the way through to entering cosplay competitions.
12:00-12:30 – Ivy Doomkitty Q&A
12:30-14:00 – Arty Fakes
14:00-14:30 – Shading and Highlighting Builds – Studio J7
Want to up your paint game..? A follow on from Painting Basics where I am show you how to make armor and props look as realistic as possible. Using shades and highlights to maxium effect, colour theory, metallic paints, and washes.
14:30-15:00 – Weathering Techniques – Studio J7
An introduction to weathering, adding age and wear to a prop or armor. Will cover scratches, dents, battle damage, grime, rust, verdigris, and many more. Again all using quick and effective techniques with simple paints and materials. Upgrade your painting with some new skills and tips on ageing and damage.
15:00-15:30 – Costume Construction – The Foam Pirates
Exploring case studies of existing cosplay costumes and a complete run down of what it took to make each one – from sourcing reference photos and building materials, all the way through to finishing touches such as wigs and make-up.