Gateway Hotel & Conference Center

Ames, IA 50010

Tel: 515-663-6963

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© 2019 by Celestia Cosplay & Events, Gatehouse Media, Midwest eSports

What is "Cosplay"?

Costumes are welcome and encouraged at NLX!

ANYONE can cosplay, and that is the message that Next Level Expo and our incredible Guests of Honor want everyone to know.

Cosplay, or "Costume Play," lets individuals express themselves in a unique way. Cosplay is about bringing a character you love to life. Many cosplayers craft their own costumes, and many choose to purchase part or all of their outfit--both are welcome and encouraged at NLX. See below for an artist's rendition of some examples of costumes you might see or wear at the convention:

For fans of either, we will be presenting a Cosplay Contest and Walk-On opportunity on the main stage. We'll also have several panels discussing different aspects of cosplay (including a Q&A with some of our Guests!) More information on Contest Rules, and an introduction from our Cosplay Guests, coming soon!