Cosplay is a massive part of every MCM Comic Con, and Manchester 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 video game character, elf from Lord of the Rings or Jedi from Star Wars- don’t! You’re in good company.
Cosplay Central’s dedicated team of volunteers also provide assistance to cosplayers, from changing areas and storage to supplies for emergency costume repairs and admin support for the Cosplay Masquerades. You don’t have to be taking part in a Masquerade to make use of these facilities, though – they’re open to anyone attending Comic Con in costume!
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.
The ever-popular Cosplay Masquerades are held on both Saturday and Sunday on the Main Stage. They give cosplayers the chance to showcase their handmade costumes and amazing performances in front of a packed audience. There are prizes for Best Costume and Best Performance but cosplayers are free to take part just for fun if they do not wish to be judged. It is free to participate in it or to watch!
To watch just head to the Main Stage at the scheduled time!
At MCM Manchester Comic Con we have two competitions for those cosplayers looking to take their costumes to the next level and compete internationally!
Saturday: MCM Championships of Cosplay
The MCM Championships of Cosplay is a craftsmanship based contest. The overall winner of the MCM Championships of Cosplay will be flown to Chicago to compete in the Crown Championships of Cosplay at C2E2. All entries must represent a character or element from the pop culture realm.
Click here for information and sign up!
Sunday: UK EuroCosplay Qualifier
The EuroCosplay Championships selects the best cosplayers from events across the European continent. The selected finalist will represent the UK in the grand final at MCM London Comic Con in October.
Sign up for the Sunday Cosplay Masquerade to take part
Cosplay Masquerades Sign Up
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 12:00 at Cosplay Central
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.
How can I find out when sign-ups are live?
Follow our dedicated cosplay page on Facebook for announcements: https://www.facebook.com/cosplayatmcm/
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!
Email the Cosplay Team by sending an email to email@example.com or speak to them at Cosplay Central if you have any queries.