Con Horror Stories – Cosplayer Harassment

Hear the horror stories from cosplayers who were victims of harassment at cons. From lewd remarks to actual assault, these stories will tell you why cosplay is not consent.

We asked 10 cosplayers to share their stories from various conventions of incidents of harassment. It doesn’t matter the gender or age of these cosplayers, they were all victimized in some way. Captain Kyle and Maeden of Maeden Cosplay share thoughts on this continuing problem at cons. While steps have been taken, you need to consider the effects you have on others if you are going to San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), New York Comic Con (NYCC), Wizard World, DragonCon or even smaller, local conventions.

If you have been a victim of harassment or assault, you can reach out to these organizations that might be able to offer support.


RAINN – The nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization

We would like to thank the following cosplayers for sharing their stories:
Princess Morgan
Curious Cat Cosplay
Lava Cosplay
LJ from Sister Senshi
EBL Cosplay
Nicky Chu Cosplay
Not Margot Robbie Cosplay
Keely Madison
T_Poolio Cosplay
BoriñQuinn Cosplay
Sharon Rose

About Kyle Williamson

"Captain" Kyle Williamson is a cosplayer, actor, writer, fan and author of "The Elements of Cosplay: The Costume and Beyond." He has also interviewed hundreds of actors, authors and cosplayers and has moderated panels for conventions such as Wizard World, Retro Con, Terrificon, Farpoint and Shore Leave to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @captainkylepa and Instagram @captainkylephilly.

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