Cosplay Programming

photo/Emily Rose Bennett

The following is a list of our panels that deal specifically with varying aspects of cosplay. Each one is taught by either one of our cosplay guests of honor or an expert in the field well known for an exceptional skill in that specific aspect of cosplay.

Make sure to take some time out of your busy schedule at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con to attend a panel or two about the art of cosplay and polish your skills in the craft!

There will also be a group of panels by the local costume charity clubs in West Michigan. If you are looking to join a costumed club to use your skills for charitable causes then make sure to check out the group that interests you the most.

The following is a schedule of the cosplay instructional panels:

Friday, November 8

Friday at 2:00 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook F

Meet the Cosplay Guests

Want to get to know our cosplay guests and what drives their cosplay passions? Have specific questions for one of our guests? Come meet the cosplay guest and find out!

Friday at 3:30 pm in Grand gallery Overlook F

Knightmage, The Bignickk, and Shamus Smith

Cosplay and Charity

Come learn the many ways you can turn the hobby you love into a charitable act of love.

Saturday, November 9

Saturday at 11:30 am in Grand Gallery Overlook F

Cosplay Guests

Cosplay 101

Have questions about how to start cosplaying? Questions about how to pick who to cosplay or where to find wigs? Please join our cosplay guests for a little Cosplay 101!

Saturday at 1:00 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook F

Chaotic Neutral Cosplay

Thermoplastics 101

Ready to start working with Thermoplastics, but not sure where to start? Join Chaotic Neutral as he guides you through the basics of building with plastics!

Saturday at 2:15 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook F

Rob Miller

Armor Fabrication On A Budget

A participant in the SyFy show ‘Face Off” as well as giant prop builder, Rob discusses the art of making armor and larger fabrication items with limited funds and resources.

Sunday, November 10

Sunday at 11:30 am in Grand Gallery Overlook F

Knightmage

Foamsmithing 101

Ready to start working with foam but not sure where to start? Join Knightmage as he guides you though the basics of building with foam!

Sunday at 1:00 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook F

Chaotic Neuutral Cosplay

Cosplay Positivity: Mental Health Edition

Are you a cosplayer who struggles with depression or anxiety, or want to know how to support your fellow coplayers who do? Dealing with internet trolls or cosplay burnout? Come join Chaotic Neutral as he talks about building support in the community, how cosplay has helped him with his struggle and ways to cope with online bullying and peer pressure in the cosplay community.