Cosplay Central

Whether you’re a cosplay pro or just starting out, Cosplay Central has something for you! 

Cosplay Central is the area of C2E2 devoted entirely to the art of costumes, crafts, and characters. At the Cosplay Central Stage, you’ll find workshops and panels where you can learn new tips, brush up on techniques, and meet fellow cosplayers. In case you’re in need of some cosplay repair or a quick change, Cosplay Central comes fully equipped with a repair station and changing area. When you’re ready to strut your stuff, we also have fun photo backdrops so you can take an awesome photo solo or with your squad.

Stay up to date with cosplay news, advice columns, interviews, tutorials, and more by visiting CosplayCentral.com

Cosplay Community

Cosplay is all about community and C2E2 is proud to host a number of cosplay organizations and exhibitors in Cosplay Central. 

A.S. Creations

Ever since he was a kid, Andrew Sparanza has loved superheroes! He knew from a young age that no matter where life took him or what road he travelled down, superheroes would be part of his life. Fast forward 33 years and that’s still the same. As a passion and hobby, Andrew creates 1:1 replica (life-size) creations of his childhood heroes from the Marvel and DC universes. Most recently, he worked on bringing the Batman back to television. Last seen with Adam West in 1966, fans now have a new Batman, featured in the DC show Titans for which he designed and created the iconic cowl and costume. He also worked on the upcoming Kenobi series. Visit his booth in Cosplay Central to find out more about his work! 

Harrison Designs and Fabrication

Tim Harrison aka Harrison Designs and Fabrication is a master level, award winning costumer, craftsmanship judge and industry fabricator who first got his start in August 2012. Practical effects, sculpting, casting, foamsmithing, leatherworking, 3D printing, some sewing and metal-work are just some of the skills he has brought to the table, along with being known for fine detail work and a cinematic level of finishing. Providing costume design and fabrication work for costumers, film, and theater, he has had work featured in Image and Marvel Comics, Chicago theater shows, and select films. He continues to spread his zest for life, knowledge, and love of the craft in the form of workshops, panels, and by sharing as much experience and information as he can. In 2017, Harrison Designs and Concepts, or HDC, was formally founded and continues to bring your fantasy to reality in 2021. 

Harrison Designs and Fabrication will also be the official cosplay repair station for C2E2 so be sure to check out his booth in Cosplay Central! 

Too Sweet Wrestling Cosplay

Formed in 2017, Too Sweet Cosplay is the elite wrestling Cosplay group from Chicago that has over 5500 fans across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube! We focus on wrestling cosplay, news discussion, watch parties, fan-based art, and other meet-ups. We’ve partnered with other conventions in the past such as C2E2, Wizard World Chicago, PocketCon, and Anime Central to bring a wrestling presence along with our fans. Check out their booth in Cosplay Central to learn more! 

Dr. Strange Archive

The Dr. Strange Archive is the on-line home of a private Doctor Strange collection and historic information  on the Marvel character. The collection has grown over the past thirty years to include over 950 Dr. Strange comics (primary run and guest appearances) and over 350 collectables from the 1960s to the present. Be sure to check out the booth at Cosplay Central for backdrops of the Sanctum Sanctorum, mannequins with the Cloak of Levitation, and more! 

Costumers with a Cause

Costumers with a Cause work together with children’s charitable organizations, foundations, and fundraising events that promote community growth, unity, education, and hope for every child’s future. They believe that a world of difference can be made with a smile, a photo, a shared laugh or a simple hello. Their goal is to utilize their talents to make a child’s day brighter. They make a difference by visiting hospitalized and homebound children suffering from chronic and terminal illnesses, and children with disabilities. Bringing smiles, laughter, fun, dance, recognition and support to those in need. CwC supports multiple non-profit community organizations, foundations and events that align with their goals, morals and values! Visit their Cosplay Central booth to find out more about this incredible group. 

SheProp

SheProp's mission is to bring knowledge of building processes and techniques to female, non-binary and transgender cosplayers of all skill levels, and to encourage members to create, learn and inspire each other, as well as be positive role models themselves within the maker community. Visit their Cosplay Central booth to find out more about this inclusive and supportive community.

Guest Judges

Jedimanda

As a professional seamstress, author of Creative Cosplay, and avid costume maker with more than 9 years of experience, Jedimanda has competed, and ultimately won, several costume competitions, as well as judged almost an equal amount. She has been featured in Star Wars Insider and Cosplay Culture Magazine as well as on several sites such as StarWars.com, D23, Kotaku, Nerdist, Marvel.com and SyFy. Jedimanda loves to pour her heart and soul into cosplays with a distinctive eye for accuracy, originality, and just plain fun. She loves to travel all across the US for competitions, meet fans, teach cosplay panels, and genuinely interact with nerds like her.

TrisRex

Monster Maker TrisRex was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, where he was enamored by 90’s sci-fi films, comics, and action figures at an early age. He’s most known for his dark and dramatic take on well known DC characters paired with relatable horror/sci-fi elements such as 2020’s take on Swamp Thing named “The Green”. He describes his work as “wearable action figures built to respect the past, acknowledge the present and embrace the future. Through his exploration of vintage practical FX paired with modern cosplay, he uses his platform to share techniques and inspire the creative community with his monstrous creations.

Thranduart

Originally from Florida and now living happily in Atlanta, Thranduart AKA Josh has a degree in Fashion Design and works professionally for Fabric.com and is the face of their Cosplay Shop. He has been sewing since 2009 and sewing costumes for cosplay since 2013. He became well known for his Thranduil cosplay and from there leaned into cosplay as his passion, dedicating most of his free time to the craft  Josh has won Best in Show at multiple costume competitions, as well as being named the 2018 Western Champion of Cosplay at ECCC. He has most recently served as a Brand Ambassador for Husqvarna Viking, named an OLFA Creator, and acting as an affiliate for Entertainment Earth. Josh loves connecting with others in the cosplay and convention community while sharing his knowledge and learning more at the same time.

Visit the judges booths in Cosplay Central to find out more

Cosplay Central Crown Championships at C2E2

The EuroCosplay Championships and the Crown Championships of Cosplay have joined forces to create one global competition: The Cosplay Central Crown Championships! The global final will now be held at MCM London Comic Con in October 2022 and beyond.

The Crown Championships will return to C2E2 in 2022 where we will choose one last regional winner, who will compete against the cosplayers selected at Florida Supercon, New York Comic Con and Emerald City Comic Con, and decide the overall US Champion who will head to MCM London Comic Con in October 2022 for the global final.

More information about the new Crown Championships can be found on Cosplay Central

The C2E2 Cosplay Celebration

At this special edition of C2E2 we will be hosting a fantastic competition of cosplay craftsmanship. Open to over 18s, groups or solo entries with incredible hand crafted costumes will have their costume construction closely inspected by our judges, before they take to the stage to show off their creations and compete for a prize in this special celebration of cosplay craftsmanship.

Make sure to head to the Main Stage on Saturday to see which of the incredible entries will claim victory and receive a cash prize!

Registration to take part in the competition is now closed. Please email cosplay@reedpop.com with any queries 

Cosplay Showcase

The Cosplay Showcase is where fans and cosplayers can showcase their craftsmanship in style. Taking place on Sunday, this event is open to all cosplayers with hand made costumes and is an opportunity for fans of all levels to strut their stuff on the main stage. Register at the Cosplay Central administration desk during the show. There are prizes (for over 18s only) but cosplayers are free to take part just for fun if they do not wish to be judged. Family Groups and Juniors (13-17) are also welcome to take part just for fun with any costume.

Costume, Weapons & Props Rules

Cosplay is a welcome and important part of our shows; however, each show also has its limitations and guidelines so that cosplay can stay safe for everyone. Read more about our show’s prop weapons policy here.

Cosplay is NOT Consent

C2E2 has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind. Please read our full policy here.