Cosplay Central

Located at the River Pavilion

Want to see all the amazing cosplayers in action during the show? New York Comic Con is home to some of the best cosplayers in the entire world, and your one-stop-shop for all things cosplay is Cosplay Central! Located at the River Pavilion in the Javits Center, Cosplay Central is home to panels, photo opportunities, and interactive experiences! Want to learn how to get started cosplaying from some of the pros or how to take your cosplay game to the next level? Stop by the Cosplay Central stage where there will be panels happening all weekend. Popped a stitch or a piece of your cosplay came off? Head on down to Cosplay Central for some complimentary cosplay repair supplies. Don’t worry superhero, we’ve got you covered. Plus, be sure to visit the Main Stage on Saturday night at 9:30 PM for the inaugural Cosplay Central Crown Championships. The best of the best will be there to square off and see who is truly the best cosplayer NYCC has to offer. The winner will win a trip to compete against cosplayers all over the world in 2023!

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Cosplay Community

Cosplay is all about community and New York Comic Con is proud to host a number of cosplay organizations and exhibitors in Cosplay Central. Check back soon for all the cosplay groups you can see at NYCC 2023!

Cosplay Central Crown Championships at NYCC

The Cosplay Central Crown Championships is back for 2023! The global final will be held at C2E2 in 2024 and beyond.

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.  

Make sure to head to the Main Stage on Saturday to see which of the incredible entries will claim victory and receive a cash prize and a trip to C2E2 in 2024 where they will compete against winners selected at Florida Supercon, ECCC and C2E2 compete against cosplayers from all over the world.

Registration for the Cosplay Central Crown Championships are now open! Click here for rules and registration. Please email with any queries.  

Cosplay Showcase

The Cosplay Showcase is where fans and cosplayers can showcase their craftsmanship in style. Taking place on Sunday, this event is open to all cosplayers with hand made costumes and is an opportunity for fans of all levels to strut their stuff on the main stage. Register at the Cosplay Central administration desk during the show. There are prizes (for over 18s only) but cosplayers are free to take part just for fun if they do not wish to be judged. Family Groups and Juniors (13-17) are also welcome to take part just for fun with any costume.

Cosplay Repair Station

Wardrobe malfunctions are a common occurrence while cosplaying, and the last you think you want is to have a piece of your cosplay flapping around throughout the weekend. If something breaks, tears, rips, or falls off, bring it to cosplay repair, located in Cosplay Central! Our team of experts are on hand with tools, techniques, and the experience needed to repair your cosplay and get you back out to enjoy the show. 

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 Safety, Security & Wellness.