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The Cologne Comic Con is the world’s largest comic con outside of the U.S.A, with over 300,000 visitors in 2017. Created in 2005, the event was designed to celebrate comics and all their related media forms-animation, TV series, video games etc.

The event is hosted at the Koelnmesse and has expanded in size and scale to include a number of popular comics and anime-based attractions, such as photo ops with life-size characters from Marvel and DC Comics, artist panels, autograph sessions, cosplay contests and even an entire hall dedicated to video games.

It’s a great event for families and children-young or old. Obviously, there is a lot of walking around involved over the weekend, but the experience makes it totally worth it.

10 Tips for First Time CCXP Cologne Visitors

The CCXP Cologne event will have some of the best comic artists and manga artists from all around Europe. This festival also provides anime fans with an opportunity to purchase exclusive goods and meet their favorite stars.

Here are 10 tips for first time CCXP Cologne visitors:

What to bring?

When you’re at a large event such as CCXP Cologne, you’ll want to make sure that you have enough memory on your camera, phone, or other devices. There will be many interesting things to see and do. You won’t want to miss out on capturing all of the memories! Be sure to also bring cash and your ID.

Dress for the weather and be prepared!

It’s usually best to dress in layers during the autumn and winter months. You don’t want to get caught wearing one outfit while standing outside, only to realize that your fingers are numb from the cold.

It’s also good to bring an umbrella, rain boots, and your winter coat if you’re coming during the colder months.

Bring a backpack.

It sounds silly, but it makes sense when you think about it. You won’t want to carry around stuff in your hands all day or have to keep putting down what you are holding.

Make sure that your backpack is comfortable and fits you well. The last thing you’ll want to worry about is a shoulder or backache from carrying around a heavy bag all day.

Plan out your schedule ahead of time.

It’s important to map out what panels and signings you want to attend, as well as when and where you’ll meet with people.

Make a list of the panels that you would like to see in advance. This is so that when you arrive at a panel during a busy time, you can easily check the signup sheet for your name to see if there’s space left.

Bring cash.

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There are many booths and shops that will accept credit cards for payment, but not everywhere has POS (point of sale) machines. It’s always good to be prepared and have some cash on you before arriving at a convention.

Know your way around.

If you’re visiting a foreign country or somebody else’s home, it’s always helpful to know where places such as restrooms, information booths, and exits are located.

It’s good to know where the exit is in case you need to make a quick escape for any reason (such as buying too many things and needing more space in your bag). Also, take note of the location of the ATM machines if you’ll be needing cash during the convention.

Do your research.

CCXP Cologne is one of the biggest comic conventions that is held in Germany. There will be a lot going on! You’ll need to prepare yourself for what you want to do as well as where you want to go.

Be kind, courteous & respectful to everyone!

This includes cosplayers! There could be other people who are also taking photos of you, and you should allow them the time they need to get that perfect shot. You don’t want anyone to feel pushed into something that they’re not comfortable with just so that you can get your perfect picture.

Ask for permission before taking photos.

This is probably the most important rule! You want to be polite and respect that people are at their events to enjoy themselves, not have their photos taken by strangers. This doesn’t just apply to cosplayers, either.

If you’re taking a photo of any character/object or anything for that matter, always ask first.

CCXP Cologne has a very busy schedule, so it’s best to know what you want to do beforehand as well as where you should be at the right time.

Cosplay Tips for the Event

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Cosplaying can be a difficult task for beginners because there are so many aspects to the process. But don’t fret! We have compiled a list of easy-to-follow tips that will help you prepare for your first cosplay event and give you the tools to be successful in this fun hobby.

6 Starter Tips for Cosplay Beginners:

Choose a character you love and plan accordingly.

It’s no use rushing ahead with your cosplay if you have left out the most important part of all—research. A lot of people start with an image from their favorite movie or comic and then find that there aren’t enough reference pictures available.

If that happens, you’ll end up guessing what your character looks like and will likely end up with an unfinished product.

Make a list of materials and get shopping.

Dice up your budget and get all of the necessary materials before you get started with crafting the costume itself. It’s much harder to stop midway, find the right fabric and wait for it to be shipped.

Don’t resort to being a perfectionist.

Cosplay is never perfect—just have fun with what you are doing, even if your costume isn’t perfect. You can always learn from your mistakes for next time.

Always carry spare clothes in your bag.

It’s best to carry a change of clothes in case you get really into posing for photos or if the weather is unpredictable.

Get involved in your local cosplay community.

You’ll meet a lot of new friends, gain valuable skills that will help you with your cosplay projects, and learn all about the wonderful world of craftsmanship.

Just go for it.

It’s easy to let anxiety get in your way when you are new to cosplay, but try not to worry too much. Everyone who is there was a beginner once, and a lot of people will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.

Those are six easy tips that should help anyone who is totally new to cosplaying get started on the right foot.

SnowDragon: Shoto Todoroki Cosplay
SnowDragon: Shoto Todoroki Cosplay

Side Note: For collaborating with cosplayers on your next cosplay events, you can get in touch with SnowDragon via Instagram.