Comica Festival – Cosplay Workshop


On 18th May, Asia House in London will host Comica MangAsia Festival which will have talks, cosplay and manga workshops plus a free entry comiket fair to buy comics, cosplay accessories and much more!

The highlight for us cosplayers is no doubt is the cosplay workshop hosted by veteran cosplayers Emily Bastian and Adelaide Filippe. With MCM just around the corner and the upcoming Summer conventions this is the perfect workshop to improve your skills and get some tips, or if never cosplayed or only commissioned, a great place to start.

Emily BEmily Bastian has been cosplaying since 2001; she was first inspired to cosplay after reading an article about the Tokyo Game Show. This will be her first workshop with Comica festival at Asia House, but she has helped organise other sewing workshops and cosplay events, including running Hyper Japan’s cosplay contest. Fellow cosplay veteran, Adelaide Filippe who will be assisting with the cosplay workshop is a professional creature artist in the movie industry and her specialty is making props.

Although the workshop is mostly aimed at beginners, all skill levels are welcome. Our veterans will start off with a short talk, explaining the process and planning of putting a cosplay together, as well as demonstrating some basic techniques for sewing, prop making and wig styling. In the remaining two hours you can work on your cosplays together choosing whether to focus on sewing with Emily, or prop making with Adelaide.

You can even bring your own cosplays to work on – and with MCM around the corner – this is the perfect opportunity to get some cosplay time in, as well as support or advice from some of the best. If you don’t have your own cosplay to work on, there will be materials and sewing machines available so that you can experiment making your own cosplay accessory or a small piece of armor from scratch. Emily and Adelaide will be there for support and to answer any questions you have during the workshop. In the three hours you are able to work closely, develop your technique and maybe make some new friends. According to Emily participants can expect to learn “the basics of sewing or prop making, insider tips and get some hands on experience”.

emily b2To those who may be new to cosplay, or apprehensive of attending Emily advises “Give it a try, so much of cosplay is trial and error, so workshops like these are a chance to try out different things and see what you enjoy. Maybe you find sewing difficult, but you might discover a hidden talent for making props”.

The workshop begins at 1.45pm for 3 hours. Tickets include a worksheet and fabric sample to take home.Prices – £12 general, £10 concessions, £8 friends of Asia House. Tickets can be purchased online, more information about the Comica festival visit