Most of the time cosplay is about having fun and hanging out with friends. Sometimes, though, it gets competitive, and there’s no bigger prize for serious devotees than the World Cosplay Summit, held every year in Japan.
Japan Expo, held every year in Paris, is one of the biggest nerd shows on the planet. Indeed, it claims to be the biggest celebration of Japanese culture outside of Japan itself, with around 250,000 attendees heading to Paris-Nord Villepinte between July 4-7.
Anime Matsuri is a huge show that takes place every year in Houston, drawing more than 40,000 fans through the doors. Despite serious allegations levelled against the show’s organiser in recent years, ranging from sexual harassment to financial impropriety, it was still held on the weekend of 13-16 June.
There’s no bigger cosplay show on the planet than Comic-Con, which every year attracts thousands of cosplayers, from the biggest names to locals dressing up for a big, nerdy day out.
You see a lot of good Spider-Man cosplay, because it’s an easy one to do well. What’s not easy to do is get the character’s newer designs 1:1, since they’ve got fancy moving eyes, but Hong Kong cosplayer Cavin Creations has gone and done just that.
A cosplayer taking some photos earlier today at Seacliff State Beach in Monterey Bay got a little more attention than she was expecting, when concerns from other beachgoers and a local news crew prompted a warning from the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office.
Once again ColossalCon looks like it was one of the biggest and best cosplay shows on the calendar, continuing its tradition of combining a regular convention with a massive pool party and outdoor nature shots.
Twice a year, London plays host to one of the biggest nerd shows in all of Europe, as well over 100,000 fans cram into the ExCel convention centre in the British capital for panels, merch, parties and of course cosplay.
From May 10-12, The George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston played host to the 2019 edition of Comicpalooza, one of the biggest games, anime and pop culture shows in the US.