The 5 Best Cosplay Events for You to Attend as Your Favorite Villain
Written By: Max Powers
Cosplay events are great for many reasons, but the most important one is that they'll let you attend as your favorite villain.
After all, where else could you wear an outfit like this one and not get weird side glances? If anything, you'd be far more likely to get congratulated on your choice of costume!
Even if you're not into cosplay, these events are a great chance to hang out with your fellow fans. The only question is which cosplay event to attend. There's so many of them now, and there's not nearly enough time to visit them all.
Well, that's why we're here! For your viewing pleasure, here's a list of 5 biggest conventions in the US.
1. Anime Expo
In many ways, Anime Expo is a place of pilgrimage for anime fans. There's so much to do here, from meeting industry professionals to partaking in a manga-reading marathon.
Needless to say, the cosplay on offer can be marvelous. This shouldn't come as a surprise, as the convention is sponsored by anime stalwarts such as FUNimation and Crunchyroll.
2. New York Comic Con
With so many superheroes (and antiheroes) living in the Big Apple, it's only natural to hold a comic book convention there.
As you may imagine, it's a popular one. Last time around, NYCC sold a record 200,000 tickets. Not bad for a convention that was first held a little over a decade ago.
What's the secret behind NYCC's meteoric rise? For starters, it supports all sorts of fandom. Comics, movies, television, games -- you name it, NYCC has it.
3. Dragon Con
Among cosplay events that focus on sci-fi and fantasy genres, Dragon Con is probably the most popular. It's also one of the longest-running, having been inaugurated back in 1987.
Dragon Con is best known for its annual parade, which runs through downtown Atlanta. It's free, and the entire city is invited, so you can expect a large crowd. Make sure to drop by early -- parking spots can be hard to find!
As the name implies, Sakura-Con is mostly catered towards Japanese culture. There's something for everyone here, from karaoke idol contests to adult anime screenings.
When it comes to cosplay, Sakura-Con has a certain reputation. Take our word for it -- if you don't dress up, you'll be in the minority. Even if you're not addicted to cosplay, one visit to Sakura-Con could make you reconsider.
5. San Diego Comic-Con
Whether you know it as San Diego Comic-Con or Comic-Con International, this event needs no introduction. Ever since geek culture entered the mainstream, SDCC became "the" pop-culture convention in the United States.
Despite originally being focused on sci-fi and comic books, SDCC has significantly expanded its reach since. These days, the convention accommodates virtually all genres and cultures.
The event owes much of its popularity to its star power. If you've been dreaming about randomly bumping into a celebrity, now's your chance!
Preparing for Cosplay Events
For those of you who've found some cosplay events to your liking, it's probably time to start thinking about getting into character. If you already have a favorite villain in mind, why not take a look at our collections?
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