Too complicated, expensive Too complicated, too expensive, or just plain boring? It’s time for us to break down the myths about the world of cosplay with creativity – and talk about how you too can participate in the fun
You’ve probably heard the phrase “cosplay” but what does it involve? We examine the motivations, misinformation, and ups of one of the most popular subcultures on the globe.
One Word, Many Meanings
Cosplay is a range of things, based on the person you are talking to. It’s an art form that is based on dressing up as a fictional character. It’s for many an opportunity to show their appreciation for a show or character, and then step into the shoes of the character for an afternoon and, most importantly, have enjoyment. Based on the level of competence and experience of the “cosplayer’, cosplay often involves creating your costume, making use of prosthetics and make-up as well as putting together an act that is based on the character they’ve selected. The openness of cosplay is the reason it is so appealing to millions around the world who attend and perform at congres and events ranging from movie premiers to hospital visits.
It’s Much Older Than You Think
Although cosplay gained popularity in the 1990s, it has been around since the time of its inception. ‘Firsts’ vary depending on the definition you choose to use however, in terms of people attending an event dressed in costumes the first forerunners were science fiction fans Forrest J. Ackerman and Myrtle R. Douglas, who wore costumes for the 1 1st World Science Fiction Convention in New York in 1939.
…And Much Cooler Than Many think
Fandom and cosplay in general have a negative reputation among the general public, however, those who see it in person will be able to spot people who display an enormous amount of creativity and enthusiasm. “I’d like to change some of the misconceptions and stereotypes people might have about cosplay,” says Angel Martin, a British cosplayer who goes by the handle @LittleBlondeGothCosplay on Facebook. I’ve read stories in mainstream media that suggested that cosplayers were people who are freaks, geeks, and weirdos who live in basements. They must be educated and get out into the real world. I believe that they are a group of people who dress in costumes and apply their hair and apply make-up. Now, remember that a cosplayer is a person who has done all those things themselves, and has taught themselves how along the way.”
It’s More Than Dress-Up
Most of us have put on a costume to go to a party at some point. However, comparing cosplay to fancy dress is a mistake. It could take months of planning and development to come up with a costume. Dani Dacic ( @MissDaniCosplay) says, “It’s not just about costumes.” Conventions are a great way to witness the talent of others in the field of props and costume design. I am always interested in getting to know other cosplayers and studying how they created their costumes. There are many ways people approach cosplays. Everyone is willing to share their knowledge and techniques. It is amazing what you can learn by attending conventions.”
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Cosplay is a possibility in any genre that has a dedicated audience. This includes classic movie monsters, modern cartoon characters, superheroes, and sci-fi characters. There’s a chance to see an anime character chatting with Starfleet officers, or Deadpool fighting against The Predator at conventions. The majority of popular television shows, films, books, or games have some sort of cosplay that is associated with them.
You Can Get Creative With Your Characters
Of course, it’s not all about replicating what we see on the page or screen. Cosplayers can add new aspects to the existing story or create cross-overs between characters. There’s a chance you’ll find an emo Batman, Harley Quinn slightly modified to look like Pennywise the Clown from IT, or even your favorite Disney Princess as a Jedi. A lot of cosplayers have gender-flipped versions or imagine characters with a different culture. The only limit is your imagination. to your imagination.
It is possible to Get It Competitive
For many, the joy comes from simply expressing your love for a particular character, cosplay is often paired with a competitive aspect. It is typically seen in cosplay competitions and masquerades, where cosplayers display their costumes. In most cases, they perform the role. There are judges and awards as well, and winning at these events may bring some recognition to the person who created the event. “At my first masquerade contest at the Eurogamer Expo (EGX), my partner encouraged me to participate,” says Martin. Martin shared that he observed me in my first armor costume which was Fran from Final Fantasy XII – and was encouraging me to showcase the hard work I had put into it. Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was incredibly nervous about being on stage against other people who had been doing cosplay for years, and being assessed on my appearance. But I won. I was awestruck and simultaneously, it gave me a massive confidence boost. It led me to realize that perhaps I didn’t give myself enough credit for my costumes. This prompted me to design larger, better, and more elaborate costumes. It was Not Cheap…The cost of creating a stunning costume is high at the highest end. “Cosplay is costly and time-consuming,” says American cosplayer and streamer Stella Chuu ( @StellaChuuuuu on Twitter). It’s not to attract the sake of attention that people usually do it. They do it out of a passion for the character and the craft. There are many cheaper ways to be Narcissistic. It Doesn’t Need to BeThere are many levels of cosplay, as with any other activity. It isn’t necessary to invest an enormous amount of money to get started. “Buy your cosplay on Amazon. You’ll get high-quality items online that you won’t have to build yourself. It’s much better to be stylish rather than squander cash for something you’ve hot-glued to each other,” advises Chuu. “A costume can be bought or constructed from things you find at home. It can be sewn with skill or stuck using tape. Cumberbatch is a Benedict Cumberbatch-like who has over a million TikTok followers. “The play is equally important as the ‘cos”!”Some Of The Biggest Cosplayers have their dedicated FanbasesFamous cosplayers… there are many instances of cosplayers who have gained notoriety and a huge following based on their appearances at conventions and on the internet. American cosplayer Jessica Nigri is a prime example. She gained a lot of attention in the 2000s and has millions of fans on social media. In addition to her career as an actor and presenter, Nigri is an extremely popular person. The popularity of conventions may result in cosplayers having an online presence that allows them to share their craft with fellow enthusiasts looking to emulate their style. But For Most, It’s A Labour Of LoveCertain people choose to make it a career, however, cosplay is typically something they do as a hobby. Groups of friends can be formed among cosplayers who will meet every year to show each other their work. For many, it becomes a lifestyle where happiness comes simply because they can do what they enjoy. Celebrities aren’t the only ones! Many famous faces participate in cosplay. Halloween Legend Jamie Lee Curtis was seen cosplaying as a character that was based on the game World of Warcraft. WWE wrestler Xavier Woods also incorporates cosplay into his wrestling routines. Actor/comedian Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille, Young Adult) is a frequent cosplayer at conventions. The cosplay allows actors to physically change into their characters. Tara Strong, who is the voice of Harley Quinn in Arkham, has been seen in costume as her character. Cosplay is for everyoneIt’s tempting to think that you have to be in peak condition or have incredible crafting skills to be a cosplayer However, in the end, cosplay is about expressing your passion for your character And that isn’t a prerequisite. “Don’t be scared,” says Martin. Martin tells us, “You might be afraid that you are too old, young, or too large, too short or too tall, or just too many. The entire purpose of cosplay is when you’re wanting to be Batman, you should be Batman. Who wouldn’t want to be Batman? While you may not know where to start online, information is abundant as well as videos and cosplayers to help. Begin small and gradually progress to.”