Insomnia Gaming Festival – i62 (March/April 2018)

Cosplay and Culture Zone

From the sublime to the intentionally ridiculous, we’ll once again be welcoming cosplayers of any level and ability to our cosplay zone and to take part in our cosplay masquerade. With top prizes on offer, don’t miss the chance to showcase your creativity and costumes live on the Insomnia Stage.

Want to get hands on with cosplay? Whether you are a veteran or novice, the Insomnia Cosplay Zone will introduce you into the wonderful world of costume art. You can build your first cosplay from cardboard, try on costumes and examine advanced costuming techniques.

Want to connect with the characters that make up cosplay? While we predominantly celebrate gaming characters, we will also be including a series of throwbacks to other fandoms and genres. Ranging from TV, Film, Anime and Comics. All cosplay is welcome at Insomnia Gaming Festival!

Cosplay Facilitates at the event will include; Repair station, Changing rooms and friendly staff on hand to help. Visit the zone area in the exhibition hall and join the Cosplay Masquerade.

Cosplay Event Highlights

Saturday Insomnia Championship

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Sunday Cosplay Community Masquerade

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Event timetable

Click here to see the Cosplay Timetable

Welcome to the Cosplay and Culture Zone

Cosplay Guests and Community

There are so many incredible ways to cosplay! We celebrate all of them!

Cosplay Props, Armour and Weapons

we can also teach you how to make gauntlets from pringles tubes and guns from worbla

Cosplay Fabrication, Sewing and Fabric Techniques

We'll break all of this down and show you everything; from hands on experiences to full costume displays.

Deadicated Cosplay Panels Stage

A dedicated cosplay and culture stage

Cosplay Photography

Photos under the sakura tree with Japanese clothes to try on

Cosplay Culture

Spanning multiple genres such as Anime, Film, TV, comics and even steampunk.

Cosplay Special Guests

Lilskaii Cosplay

Lilskaii Cosplay

Cosplay Guest Judge

I have been cosplaying for nearly 4 years now, I fell in love with the hobby through my love of the game World of Warcraft and started creating armours from it. I love creating intricate armours and large props, but also the accuracy of sewing. I was very lucky to have represented the UK at the Eurocosplay championships and met many other talented individuals, its great meeting new people through such a creative hobby!

Photo Credit - N8E

Ash Cosplay

Ash Cosplay

Cosplay Guest Judge

Ash is a full time cosplayer and streamer whose costumes are predominantly video game inspired. She has worked for video games developers CD Projekt Red, creators of The Witcher games as the official Yennefer of Vengerberg cosplayer and has also cosplayed many iconic gaming ladies such as Miranda Lawson (Mass Effect), Aloy (Horizon Zero Dawn) and Tomb Raiders, Lara Croft.

Website : https://ashcosplay.com/

VEXED Cosplay and Props

VEXED Cosplay and Props

Cosplay Guest Judge

Richard Marshall UK Midlands cosplayer that has been been cosplaying for 2 years. Loves going to conventions and meeting other cosplayers. This last year I have been working along side The Cosplay Forge which has allowed me to meet even more people and help them get into this awesome scene. The whole cosplay scene is such a supportive place I don't know what I ever did before it.

Victor Lockhart

Victor Lockhart

Special Guest

Victor Lockhart is a You Tuber who loves to incorporate his passion for acting and filmmaking with that of cosplay. He is most well known for his Black Butler CMV’s (Cosplay Music Videos), the most popular of which has gained over 80K views. He also creates content from other fandoms such as Dragon Age and Welcome To Night Vale as well as making educational videos about gender expression and testing his make up and body paint skills to the limit with his ‘Make Up Challenge’ videos.

Kawaiiju Cosplay

Kawaiiju Cosplay

Special Guest

``Kawaiiju cosplay is a 23 year old cosplayer from the midlands who loves to attend conventions, craft new outfits, and share her knowlage and love of cosplay with everyone and anyone! A 3d artist by trade, she loves to incorporate different artistic mediums into her work including fabrication, armor builds, wig work and special effects.
She can often be found with a camera in hand, taking photo's of the wonderful cosplays the uk has to offer!``

Bandursnatch Studios

Bandursnatch Studios

Cosplay Group Guest

You have seen the finished costumes but have you ever wondered what goes into making a full cosplay? Stop by the Bandursnatch Studios crafting table where you will be able to see all sorts of different techniques in progress and have your cosplay questions answered! '

Cosplay Content Producers

Atom Cosplay

Atom Cosplay

Props Zone

'I only realised there was a whole world of crazy cosplay guys out there in august 2015 when I went to my first con. I try and use all different materials and recycled objects to get the best results and to keep costs down, I love sharing tips on budget cosplaying and inspiring people to have a go that previously thought cosplaying was too expensive for them. I'm looking forward to venturing into bigger cosplays in the future!'

Crafty Ninja Cosplay

Crafty Ninja Cosplay

Masquerade Information Zone

CraftyNinja Cosplay

CraftyNinja has been cosplaying for about three years and deals with masked cosplay. Be it fabric, foam or fur, each costume is based on how much detail she can replicate and as such has several competition wins under her belt. A learner at heart, CraftyNinja is always looking to learn new techniques; work with new fabrics and most of all meet and make new friends.``

Fantail Cosplay

Fantail Cosplay

Embroidery and Airbrushing

Fantail Cosplay

Cosplayer down to the core, Silantre has been dedicated to making cosplays since 2005. She has proven her crafting skills with the creation of many different award winning costumes, ranging from armour to fursuits. Shes a firm believer that anything drawn on paper can be made into a costume, whether it be from cardboard and duct tape or with the latest materials and gadgets!

Katawa Cosplay

Katawa Cosplay

Props Zone

'I only realised there was a whole world of crazy cosplay guys out there in august 2015 when I went to my first con. I try and use all different materials and recycled objects to get the best results and to keep costs down, I love sharing tips on budget cosplaying and inspiring people to have a go that previously thought cosplaying was too expensive for them. I'm looking forward to venturing into bigger cosplays in the future!'

Quill Cosplay

Quill Cosplay

3d Printing

Quill Cosplay

Quill cosplay has been cosplaying for a number of years as anything from Master Chief to StarLord. His skills mainly lie in 3d printing props and armour but he dabbles in the odd bit of sewing and even fibreglassing pepakura. He prefers to cosplay with a helmet but don't let that put you off, he can talk for hours and enjoys showing people the technological side of cosplay!

Coaching For Geeks

Coaching For Geeks

Cosplay Stage MC

Coaching For Geeks

The Coaching for Geeks team has a quest to turn geeks into superheroes – living the best geeky lives; confidently achieving more, being fitter, happier, flirtier, and having more fun. Robin is an award-winning coach and licensed practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Integral Eye Movement Therapy and was once described as a “mind wizard”.His passion, beyond Nintendo, Steven Universe, and table top roleplaying games, is in empowering geeks and nerds to get more satisfaction from life.

Cosplay Features and Zones

Digital Cosplay

Everything from animatronics to 3D printing and model making.

Cosplay Masquerade

Repair station, sign-up and help.

Workshops and demonstrations

Create and take home a cosplay project

Props, Armor and Weapons

Weapons and props of all varieties to interact with.

Sewing

The Sewing Zone will teach you everything from fabric to various stitching!

Retail

The tools to construct your own costume alongside geeky merchandise!

Performance

An array of characters for you to interact with

Panels

Learn about Cosplay and meet guests

Zone Area

Get up close and personal with cosplay

Photography

Grab amazing shots of your cosplay

Community

Make friends and meet like minded cosplayers

Buy Tickets

Join the fun!

Photography Credit: David Portass.
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