Summer is here and temperatures are rising. For some, this can only mean one thing – grabbing a bikini and heading to the nearest beach. But beach life isn’t for all of us. Out there is a being that eats your #SummerLoving hashtags for breakfast.
Ladies and gentlemen, say ‘Hello’ to the Summer Cosplayer.
Instead of strolling the beach, they’ll be roaming exhibition halls from LA to Paris. Tackling the sizzling temperatures head-on, wearing armour far heavier than originally planned and donning materials that are not as breathable as promised by the fabric store.
It’s Summer convention time – here we take a look at some of the Cons you can look forward to in July.
Los Angeles, CA – 5th-8th
Billed as the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America, over 100,000 people are expected to descend into LA for a total Cosplay bonanza. In between concerts and signing sessions, attendees can also get their hands on unique artwork and memorabilia at Charity Auctions. Prep your Cosplay and head on down! They even have a handy budget spreadsheet to help plan your trip. Snazzy.
Paris, FR – 5th-8th
The Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition center opens its doors for a 4 day celebration of all things Japanese, from Cosplay and Cuisine to Video games & Fashion. 4-day passes only available in advance (up until 1 day before), 1 day tickets can be bought online or at ticket offices, and under-8s enter for free.
Rosemont, IL – 6th-8th
One of Chicago’s largest events featuring attendances from famous voice actors, a date auction, exclusive anime screenings…and FREE RAMEN?! Where do we sign? Anime Midwest just keeps growing, and saw 14,000 fans in attendance in 2017! 3-day tickets available for just $70.
Montreal, CA – 6th-8th
What do you get if you cross Chuck Norris, Jason Momoa and Pamela Anderson? Montreal ComicCon will let us find out! If the Comedy, Gaming and Autograph sessions weren’t enough, you can also get tickets for lessons in swordsmanship. The classes aren’t given by Chuck himself, much to our disappointment…Held at the Palais des Congrès, 3-day tickets are available from $69 (yes, our favorite number).
Syracuse, NY – 7th-8th
Packed with vendors and exhibitors galore offering comics, toys, artwork and much more, this year’s Salt City Comic-Con takes place at Embassy Suites. Head outside for a host of attractions such as live music, food trucks, dunk tanks, face painting and a Pokemon Pool Party! Take the bridge to the Canyon at Destiny USA for cosplay and trivia contests, special guests and more!
Hartford, CT – 12th-15th
New England’s ONLY massively, multi-genre pop culture convention, the convention’s focus is on all things pop culture and does every genre of pop culture in as big a way as possible. The event attracts over 30,000 people to the city Hartford over the course of the weekend.
Boise, ID – 13th-15th
Aptly taking place in the Treasure Valley, fans are sure to strike gold this year at the Boise Center. $79.95 for a 3-day admission, which seems worthwhile when you’ll see none other than William frickin’ Shatner on the Sunday! VIP Packages are available and include Photo Opportunities, Autographs & themed merchandise.
Toledo, OH – 14th-15th
Glass City Con and Midwest Media Expo are joining forces to put on one hell of a show. SeaGate Convention Centre plays host to a gathering of gamers and cosplayers who will enjoy game rooms, autograph sessions, gaming tournaments and fund-raising activities. Special guests are yet to be confirmed, but you can expect to rub shoulders with fan favourites ranging from actors and artists to authors and musicians.
San Diego, CA – 19th-22nd
This is an event that has exploded in popularity over the years. Dating back to 1970, when the earliest events received just 100 attendees, recent years have seen 130,000 fans heading through the doors of the Convention Center. The San Diego Comic Con attracts fans interested in Anime, Art, Film and Games and has an impressive list of Special Guests due to attend.
Manchester, UK – 21st-22nd
One for the those who know their Expelliarmuses from their Wingardium Leviosas. DraigCon is a bi-annual independent Harry Potter event which represents a great opportunity to get some Autographs & Photoshoots at a reasonable price. And if you feel like extending your stay in the north of England, why not check out…
Manchester, UK – 28th-29th
Ivy Doomkitty has already been announced as a special guest (autograph price 20GBP) at this event at the Manchester Central. In addition to the usual photo ops and meet & greets, there’ll be a range of star-studded panels you’ll want to attend. Full details to be revealed closer to the event.
Let us know in the comments which Cons you’re attending this month and any models you’re hoping to meet!
Thanks for reading, Cosfans.