York Cosplay!

Bring your favorite fandom character to life! York Cosplay is a program for teens that’s all about fostering authenticity, inclusivity, and confidence through creative self-expression.

Through expert-led workshops and events, you’ll learn about costume design & fabrication, creating props, applying special effects makeup, and more – all with the goal of helping you put together your own cosplay look!

Teens dressed in Cosplay at Baltimore Comic-Con 2022

2023 Schedule

York Cosplay Workshop Series

All workshops are 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in the Martin Library Teens Area.

  • January 28 – Choose Your Character
    •  Find out how to choose a character; do research about their clothing, hair, special effects makeup, and props; learn what you’ll need to make your character come alive
    • Register online here
  • February 25 – Fabrics & Fabrication
  • March 25 –  Cosplay Prop Making
  • April 22 – Special Effects Makeup & Hair
  • May 27 – Costest: Pulling Together Your Look

Teen Fashion Show: June 24, 2-4pm

Show off your creativity during the Teen Fashion show at Martin Library on June 24! Participants are invited to attend any of the workshops to prepare for the Show.

No experience necessary. Registration is required. (Link coming soon!)

Frequently Asked Questions


What is cosplay?

Cosplay is the creative interpretation of fictional characters and pop culture influences through costume and props. Some people choose to cosplay by reproducing characters from their favorite work of fiction, while others cosplay as original characters of their own creation.

What types of cosplays are welcome?

York Cosplay Workshop Series and York Cosplay Teen Fashion Show are for all fandoms—comics, anime, manga, role-playing games, tv series, books, and movies.

I want to put together a cosplay, but I don't have the equipment to create it or a place to work on it.

We can help you with this! Martin Library, Kreutz Creek Library, and Guthrie Memorial Library have workspaces available with sewing machines, 3d printers, computers, cameras, and multimedia equipment for you to use. You're welcome to come into any of the libraries above and work on your cosplay whenever they're open.