Thoughts Of A First Time Cosplayer – MCM ComicCon Birmingham

Thoughts Of A First Time Cosplayer – MCM ComicCon Birmingham

I’ve previously written about our fab family day out visiting MCM ComicCon London last year, as well as my visits to Kupocon.  There’s one common theme with all of my reviews and it’s my love of the cosplayer’s that frequent such events.  Seeing as my husband had reached the pinnacle of his Star Wars obsession and built himself a Storm Trooper costume I decided it was high time that I also took the plunge and cosplayed!

Where did we Cosplay

I was lucky enough to win a set of weekend priority tickets to MCM ComicCon Birmingham for the weekend of 17th and 18th of March.  Birmingham’s not too massive of a drive but we decided to Travelodge it up and stay overnight on both the Friday and Saturday to save driving time AKA whining from the 4-year-old.

Who did we Cosplay as

We only had our two youngest children this weekend as the other 3 were off spending some time with their other parents.  Only having 2 instead of 5 children we thought it was high time for Dan to test out his Stormtrooper armour.  So on the Saturday Dan was a Stormtrooper, I was Vanille from Final Fantasy 13, Brooke was Elsa from Frozen and Harper was Darth Vader.

On the Sunday we opted to just let the kids wear costumes will we rocked some geeky clothes instead.  I wore my Link inspired skater dress whilst Brooke was Alice in Wonderland and Harper was Princess Aurora.  I can’t help but think she would have also made a fantastic Alice given her curious nature.

Lessons Learnt

There were many lessons learnt from our first attempt at cosplaying…

  • If bearing your midriff you might want to suck it in and stand up straight when people take photos.  Those hi-resolution photos that lots of lovely photographers took don’t look so great if the above advice is not followed
  • Do not attempt to get changed in a car park in sub zero temperatures. Ever. Especially if your armour requires lots of small fiddley straps to be poppered together.
  • Bring reins for your buggy hating toddler.  This especially applies if one of you has an extremely limited field of view and cannot see what your toddler is doing.
  • Make sure your wig fits over your head once you have managed to get all of your super long, thick hair braided and pinned up on your head.  Also get a bra that fits and wont keep moving ALL DAY
  • Cosplaying is fun and the community is great!  Everyone was so polite and friendly who stopped to ask us for any photos.


Our Next Con

Husband Dan shall be completing his first official 501st trooping assignment soon and I shall be getting everyone ready for London ComicCon.  We’ve still not decided which days we will be attending yet but as we want to bring along my eldest Chase we will be likely doing a Friday as well as one weekend day (I do not recommend attempting to push a wheelchair and a pushchair around London ComicCon on a Saturday)

I’ll be making adjustments to my Vanille cosplay.  I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to try to make it more accurate and get a new wig (that fits) or to do a relaxed Vanille inspired cosplay and use my own red hair with no wig instead.  I’m also starting to plan out making my very first own Final Fantasy armour cosplay.  Husband Dan has also decided to make a Final Fantasy related cosplay that will be a lot easier for when looking after children!

Have you cosplayed before or considered cosplaying?  I’d love to hear from you below.  If you want to see more pictures of our weekend then head over to my Instagram page



  1. March 19, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Bah, you look amazing no stomach sucking in required (although you must’ve been flipping freezing 😂)

    • March 19, 2018 / 4:43 pm

      Thanks Cara! It was very hot once inside but outside was ridiculously cold 😂

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