Introducing Awesome Con’s newest show feature, Destination Cosplay! If you’re a cosplayer, or if you love and appreciate cosplay, then Destination Cosplay is where you want to be, what you want to see, and how you want to enjoy your Awesome Con! Whether you’re a total beginner, somewhat experienced, a full-blown award-winning professional cosplayer, or just love people watching amazing cosplayers, there’s something for you at Destination Cosplay. But Destination Cosplay is much more than just a location on the Show Floor, it’s a full cosplay-themed programming track, Cosplay Meetups, and much much more!


Don’t miss our completely revamped Cosplay Competition, with an incredible line-up of expert guest judges, newly revamped categories, and a brand new scoring system. This year’s Cosplay Competition will be hosted by everyone’s favorite cosplayer, Mikal Mosley! This year’s competition will be bigger and better than ever! Join a star-studded line up of Cosplay Competition Guest Judges, including:



But wait, there’s more! Check out the all-new dedicated cosplay area on the Show Floor: Destination Cosplay! Where you can meet professional cosplayers and get an autograph, snap a photo in front of a themed backdrop while wearing your amazing cosplay, or get quick access to a glue gun at our Cosplay Repair Station. Several groups will also be offering themed backdrops for photo opportunities as well, and the best part about the photo opportunities in Destination Cosplay is that they are all free!

Creative Cosplays Magazine: Join Creative Cosplays Magazine, a seasonal publication showcasing the amazing work and talents within the cosplay community, and make sure your cosplay is in tip top shape! Did you get a snag in your spandex? Have you lost a gem from your crown? Are you falling apart at the seams? Creative Cosplays Magazine will have a Cosplay Repair Station at their booth designed to help all cosplayers get patched up and back on their feet. Make the much needed repairs to your gorgeous costume. Creative Cosplays Magazine will make sure you look good enough to be on the cover of a magazine!

Plus Ultra Entertainment: Become a cosplay superstar when you walk into Plus Ultra Entertainment’s Cosplay Studio! Imagine walking into a chic photo studio with all the fun lighting set up just for you, the cosplayer! Cosplayers will learn how to prep before a cosplay photoshoot and be given tips and tricks for the perfect pose or action for the camera led by our professional photography team.  This experience will include tips, tricks and DIY tutorials for wigs, makeup & cosplay hacks for beginner to advanced skill levels. This will be especially useful for cosplayers who buy online and want to personalize a commercial cosplay. Plus you’ll receive 1-2 professional photos of your cosplay after Awesome Con via email, completely free! It’s lights, camera, action with Plus Ultra Entertainment!

Philadelphia Avengers: Avengers, assemble! Join the Philadelphia Avengers, a cosplay charity group whose main goal is to spreading Cospositivity, fundraise, and having fun! Kids will love to meet the Avengers in front of themed photo backdrops. There will be free cosplay artwork, stickers, and tattoos for the kids. Think you’re worthy to lift Mjolnir? Give it your all at their Thor Hammer Lift. You’ll also see an incredible assortment of various Avengers cosplay props and artifacts including Ant-Man and Wasp’s helmets, Pym Particles, Captain America’s original S.H.I.E.L.D. file,  the Orb from the Guardians of the Galaxy and more. Join The Philadelphia Avengers daily at 1:00 PM for epic group photos. Each day will have different characters, so be sure to visit! And on Saturday from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, any child who would like to come make a video expressing their love for Black Panther will be made an Honorary Junior Philly Avenger (accompanied by a certificate!) AND be entered to win a Black Panther Prize Pack that will be announced at 4:30 PM. Heed the call to Assemble at the Philadelphia Avengers booth.

Shady Haze: Got burning questions for a professional cosplayer? Want to see a demo of the cosplay creative process? Have questions about cosplay, community, social media? Then come visit Shady Haze in Destination Cosplay! Join Shady every day from 3:00 – 4:00 PM for a live cosplay demo, “Foams, Paints and Badass Crafting!” Shady Haze will explain about different EVA foam sizes and paints for cosplay. Join Shady Haze as she discusses and presents a demo of the various types of foams, paints and materials, explore their pros and cons, and walk through the process. Samples of various materials and finished products will be on hand. (Bring a notebook; this demo is info-heavy!) Plus she’ll be around all weekend long to offer advice in getting started in cosplay, deciding on a character, and jumpstarting your social media. Level up your cosplay, your confidence, and your community with Shady Haze!

The Aliens Legacy: Attention sci-fi cosplayers and all Aliens fans! There are some places in the universe you don’t go alone. Ever wanted to dress up as a character from the Aliens movie? Join The Aliens Legacy as they allow you to try on incredible props, armor, and weapons for a unique Alien Cosplay Photo Experience. Handle with care, as these cosplay props and replicas are one-of-a-kind! Plus, check out the large prop, armor, and weapon display and learn some of the stories behind where these unique cosplay props and items came from. You’ll learn how The Aliens Legacy team created, assembled, and painted these incredible pieces. Be prepared to enter deep space and keep your eyes peeled for the ACTUAL alien who will be available for photos every day at 12:00 PM! In space, no one can hear you scream.

Colonial Ministry of Defense: Colonial Ministry of Defense: Attention members of the Colonial Fleet, Colonial Marines, Civilians of the 12 Colonies, and….Cylons! Don’t miss the Colonial Ministry of Defense in Destination Cosplay. It’ll be like stepping onto the set of Battlestar Galactica as everyone at this booth will be donning incredible BSG cosplay! Join their team for a prop production demo every day from 1:00 – 2:00 PM. One of our fleet will demonstrate 3D design and 3D printing, painting, and final presentation. Plus get to meet a Cylon Centurion from the original Battlestar Galactica series for cosplay photo opportunities. There will be an incredible photo backdrop for cosplay photo opportunities. Plus it’s the Colonial Ministry of Defense’s 10th year anniversary, so be sure to stop by and say “Happy Anniversary!” So Say We All!


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Need a quick cosplay change? Need to transform from Clark Kent to Superman quickly? Head to our Cosplay Changing Room in 154AB for an outfit change!