With social media making it possible for millions of people all across the globe to communicate with each other on a day-to-day basis,it’s no wonder that cosplay has grown in popularity over the last decade.
Fans of anime shows and comic books that were once isolated and deemed as “the nerdy kid” in school now have a way of connecting with others who share the same interests as them. Fandoms are thriving in the year 2019. Cosplay, cosplay dating, fan art, and fan fiction are a fun way for people to express themselves and share their passions with others.
And the best way to share this expression off of the internet is at conventions. Several cosplay and anime conventions have already passed, but their are still plenty left to attend before 2019 is over.
Los Angeles Comic Con – Oct 11-13
Ever since 2011, the Los Angeles Comic Con has been held at the Los Angeles Convention Center every fall. This year, featured guests include Elijah Wood, Tom Kenny, Drake Bell, and the cast of X-Men: The Animated Series. The convention invites you to compete in their Cosplay National Championship dressed as any character you like from a movie, TV show, video games, or theater performance.
LA Comic Con has Artist Alley, an area of the convention center that hosts hundreds of artists exhibiting their work. There will even be a kid’s Halloween costume contest and trick-or-treating for the kiddos. To buy tickets, click here.
Anime Weekend Atlanta – Oct 31-Nov 1
Ever since its first convention in 1995, Anime Weekend Atlanta has grown to be one of the most popular Japanese anime events in the country. This event is held to celebrate anime and manga as well as educate Americans about Japanese culture.
Anime Weekend Atlanta is ideal for cosplayers because not only will there be a costume contest, but there will also be photoshoot stations, a museum of costumes, and a cosplay repair station should you encounter too much fun during the convention. Fans can find official merchandise in the Dealer’s room or more unique collection items in the Artist Alley.
To celebrate Halloween weekend, a ball will be held entitled “The Spectral Soiree and Gothic Garden Gala”. Anime Weekend Atlanta is being held at the Cobb Galleria and Renaissance Waverly Hotel on Halloween weekend this year. For more information, go to their website.
GeekGirlCon – Nov 16-17
Hosted every year at The Conference Center in downtown Seattle, this convention is unique because it celebrates the usually underappreciated women in the arts and sciences and aims to inspire their audience.
The goal of GeekGirlCon is to “promote a culture that brings EVERYONE together to share their geeky quirks; celebrate the role of women in science, technology, media, and gaming; and build the next generation of strong, powerful geeks”. The idea to hold the convention started from the “Geek Girls Exist” panel from the 2010 San Diego Comic Con.
The convention has been held by non-profit organizations and volunteers every year since 2011. This year they will be continuing their annual cosplay contest and kid’s cosplay contest. Also to be expected is the DIY Science Zone to encourage young ones to go into STEM fields, demonstrations of new games, and panels on topics such as representation in media.
Come show your support and celebrate girl power. Learn more about GeekGirlCon here.
Anime NYC – Nov 15
Located in the Javits Center in Manhattan, this convention is all about Japanese pop culture. This event will host musical guests, voice actors and manga authors.
This year a masquerade and concert will be held. Want to cosplay as a character from a specific franchise like Sailor Moon or Death Note? Fandom meetups are organized at certain locations throughout the convention. To buy tickets to Anime NYC, click here.
Other conventions to attend are:
- Rose City Comic Con – Sep 13-15
- Wizard World Madison – Oct 25-27
- Anime Dallas – Nov 29-Dec 1