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What is Cosplay?

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Rachael Linker

on 30 August 2017

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What is Cosplay?
Origins:
The term "cosplay" is a combination of the words "costume" and "play." It was coined by a Japanese man, Nobuyuki Takahashi of Studio Hard, when reporting on his visit to Worldcon in 1984, which took place in Los Angeles. He came up with the portmanteau because he thought that the word being used for it at the time, "masquerade," made the venture seem far more noble, and less fun and accessible when translated into Japanese. However, dressing up is something people have been doing for hundreds years in the form of masquerade balls, pageants, and costume parties. The first documented instance of what we could now call cosplay was in 1908, and the first time someone cosplayed at a convention was in 1939. By 1940 a costume competition, called a "masquerade," became standard at sci-fi cons.
But Why, Though?
In short, it is a way of expressing your love and appreciation for a character and/or the source material, a creative outlet, it gives you a sense of achievement, and it gives you a community. Plus it's FUN!
Possible Sources of Inspiration:










The Depths of Human Imagination!
Alternative Types of Cosplay
Cosplay at Conventions
HYDRATE!
Things to Consider:
What Speaks to YOU?
How to Choose a Cosplay?
Where and when Should I Cosplay?
Conventions
Gatherings
Cosplay Picnics
Photoshoots
Masquerade Balls
Halloween
Charity
Just For Fun!
COST!
Comfort!
Acquisition
Make It Yourself
Commission It
Hunt For Similar
Time
How long until you need it?
How long will it take to get everything you need?
In Front of an Audience
Can Be a Group or Solo
Groups Get More Time
Skit or Walk-On
Set to Music or Other Recording
REHEARSE!
Compete at Different Levels
Level Depends on Skill
Workmanship (Optional)
Win Awards and Prizes
Group Cosplay
Couples Cosplay
Anthropomorphization
Genderbending
Crossplay
Alt. Time Period
Historically Accurate
Alt. Genres
Fandom Splicing
Character Mashups
Casual Cosplay
Disneybounding
Costumes are generally worn all day, so comfort and maneuverability in crowds is more important than accuracy, especially in regards to shoes.
Gatherings and Meetups for Particular shows or fandoms.
Some cons give awards for hall costumes.
People will likely stop you and want to take photos of and with you (you don't have to say yes).
Television
Anime
Comics/Manga
Movies
Books
Videogames
Fan Art
Webcomics
Concept Art
Weapons Policies
Hall Costumes
Masquerades
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