Even if you aren’t a cosplayer, our Cosplay Zone is a great way to learn about the work that goes into costumes, pick up tips about different materials that can be used to create the outfits for the characters we’ve all grown to love and maybe even inspire you to take part next time.
The highlight of the cosplay programme on Saturday and Sunday, the Masquerade offer fans the opportunity to be in the spotlight, showcasing their costume, modelling and performance. Our guest judges use many factors when determining who the winners are, but everyone who enters has a chance at winning something!
Simply sign up ahead of time online to guarantee your spot or sign up before 1pm at the Cosplay Desk at the event. Enjoy up up yo 2 minutes on stage posing in character or performing a rehearsed routine and have a great time!
Saturday’s winner will recieve £500 and Sunday’s winner will win £200. Both winners will also recieve 2 weekend tickets to the next London Film & Comic Con.
Second place will win prizes of £50 and a certificate.
Best craftmanship and Best performance will each win 2 weekend tickets to a Showmasters event of their choice.
You can sign up for the masquerade now by clicking this link.
Our Cosplay Guests are warm and welcoming, with great advice to be offered to both budding and experienced Cosplayers. Each Cosplay Guest has a specialist skill set from armour work & sewing to SFX make up & electronics and they are keen to share their knowledge with you.
In the Cosplay Zone Cosplay Guests have their own area to display and showcase their amazing work, so make sure to give them a visit and say hello. If you are interested in becoming a Cosplay Guest please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for an application form.
Cosplay Photo Shoots
Cosplay Photo Shoots are a fantastic opportunity for you to have your photograph taken professionally at our event – these images will be uploaded to our Cosplay at Showmasters Facebook Page after the event, so that you can download them for free! For only £5 you can take a physical copy of the image home with you; a great memento from the event!
A place to get info about the cosplay zone, the schedule and to sign up for the Saturday and Sunday Masquerades
There are a number of changing rooms available in the Cosplay Zone
Is my prop/costume allowed?
Please see our cosplay guidelines for details of what props, costumes and behaviours are allowed.
Do I have to enter the masquerade if I’m in Cosplay?
Entering the masquerade is entirely down to individual choice, we encourage anyone to take part who wants to, but if you are more comfortable watching then we welcome your support in the audience during the masquerade
I didn’t make my cosplay, can I still enter?
Of course! Although you have to have made 80% or more of your Cosplay to be in with a chance of winning first place, everyone is eligible for all other prize categories
Is there an age limit for entering the cosplay masquerade?
We welcome people of all ages to enter the cosplay masquerade. Anyone under the age of 16 will need a parent or guardian with them although they do not have to go on stage!
Do you have changing rooms?
Changing rooms are available at this event
If you are travelling to the event in your Cosplay please be mindful that members of the public may not be aware of what Cosplay involves and keep any realistic weapons props and costumes that could be misinterpreted (such as military style uniforms) covered until you arrive
Is there somewhere I can store my suitcase / props?
We recommend contacting the venue to check what facilities they will have available. We are unable to store any items in the Cosplay Zone
Can I take photos of / with cosplayers?
Most cosplayers would love to have their photograph taken but please always ask before taking a photo