Cosplay Central

Whether you want to walk amongst your cosplaying comrades or bring a camera to take some incredible photos (ask permission first!), NYCC is a massive gathering for cosplayers of all skill levels from across the globe. This is your chance to have your photo taken by adoring fans or to see how many cosplayers you recognize! 

This year, Cosplay Central is located on Level 1 in Room 1A02 at the Javits Center – right across from Artist Alley!

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Cosplay Community

We love our cosplay community and are proud to support cosplay organizations, individuals, and professional guests. Stay tuned to see who will be joining us in Cosplay Central at NYCC 2021

The Cosplay Central Crown Championships at NYCC, Presented by GEICO

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.

Entrants for the Cosplay Central Crown Championships will be able to choose between recreating a character design and being judged for accuracy or creating their own design based on a recognizable pop culture character and being judged on the design and interpretation of their given starting point. The ability for cosplayers to choose their own competition path embraces the full scope of cosplay creativity.

Craftsmanship is still at the heart of the championship. All of the entries will have their costume construction closely inspected by our judges, before they take to the stage and show off their creations with incredible costume presentations or scripted performances inspired by their characters.

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.


Check out the full schedule for everything happening at Cosplay Central here.

Cosplay is NOT Consent

New York Comic Con has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind. Ask permission before taking photos with or of a cosplayer and respect their right to say no. Please read our full Anti-Harassment Policy here