How It’s Made is an event that brings the community together by sharing our knowledge and experiences in cosplay and related crafts. The event is set up just like a science fair: presenters display cosplay pieces or equipment that they have made or used, educating visitors about the processes involved. It’s all about building up the cosplay community in Calgary!

13 topics will be included in this event, in which 12 topics will be selected from craftspeople who sign up below. The remaining topic will be covered by our cosplay guest. If you’re an experienced craftsperson who wants to spread the word, this is the event for you!

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2020
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Application deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 7:00 PM

How It's Made


Participating in How It’s Made will grant you a Panelist badge for Otafest 2020, with How It’s Made counting as one panel.

As per Otafest policy, panelists receive a discounted weekend pass ($20 admission) when they run one panel, or free weekend admission when they run two or more panels.

How do I become a presenter?

  1. Decide what your topic will be.
  2. Submit the form below before Friday, March 20th
  3. You’ll receive a confirmation email by March 31st to let you know you’re selected! Start preparing for your table and be ready for Sunday, May 17th.

Click here to download How It’s Made topics discussed in the past and some helpful tips on how to run a successful presentation.

If you’re unsure about your topic, need ideas, or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Ester at


  1. We take commitment seriously. Participants who arrive more than 15 minutes late or drop out after May 1st without an acceptable reason will be banned from participating in similar events in the future.
  2. Participants are required to arrive at least 15 minutes before the beginning of the event for set up, and remain in the How It’s Made area for the entire 2 hours of the event.
  3. Otafest will provide one 6′ x 2.5′ brown wooden table at the participant’s request. Other equipment must be provided by the participant. Participants are encouraged to cover the table with fabric or a tablecloth. Participants may use electricity to enhance their presentation.
  4. Be prepared to explain or discuss your topic with visitors with a variety of knowledge levels. (i.e. new cosplayers, experienced cosplayers, people who do not cosplay, etc.)
  5. No harassment will be tolerated. If you feel that a visitor’s behavior is inappropriate in any way, inform staff members and the situation will be resolved.
  6. This is a family-friendly event. Please do not use foul language or display inappropriate images.
  7. You may not sell work or actively promote your social media at How It’s Made tables. It is acceptable to have business cards or cosplay cards at your table, but you may only give them out or talk about your pages or business if the visitor brings it up first.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ester at


Applications are closed.

At this time, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone Otafest until May 21-23, 2021. Please see our official announcement here.