Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The term “Cosplay” is self-explanatory really: it simply means costume play. Cosplay began as a Japanese phenomenon in the early 1980’s growing out of annual comic conventions where followers of anime, comic books, films and novels created costumes and dressed as their favourite characters. The idea spread to global conventions and established itself as a subculture beyond these events.
Cosplay today is not just a feature of these conventions, but an active on-going hobby in its own right where communities of cosplayers regularly meet to role-play their favourite characters in the fandom. Many cosplayers also enjoy LARPing (Live-Action-Role-Playing), steampunk costuming, medieval re-enactment and drama/theatre, as well as other creative pursuits.
Costume-making is a key aspect of cosplay. Cosplayers make highly intricate, detailed costumes and proudly displaying them at conventions. Competitions for the best dressed, most inventive and in-character and for re-enacting scenes from the character's movie or series are a key part of convention meets. (Of course, this is where cosplay began).
Many groups of fans who identify with a sub-genre (think anime, steampunk etc) cosplay as the superheroes, animated film characters and famous characters from their era. Often inspired by Asian animation, a TV series or comic books.
Cosplaying for those who have never tried it before or who have a particular interest in a certain fandom, could be a great idea for a party theme or Halloween get-together. Less immersed than a convention where hardcore fans meet, Halloween could be a great opportunity to have a go at creating that costume you have always envied, and cosplaying with friends.
Tips for cosplaying as your favourite superhero or character:
Have fun creating your costume and showing it off at a convention or party! Remember, part of the fun of cosplaying is to stay in character, so don't be afraid to get really into your superhero's actions. Have fun!
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