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Cosplay Talk

A presentation for a Cosplay seminar tackling topics which includes the definition, history, ethics/etiquette and concerns. The goal of this presentation is to introduce the hobby to the unfamiliar and enlighten newbies, veterans and sympathizers.

Ken Lap

on 18 September 2015

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Transcript of Cosplay Talk

What is Cosplay?
Other references
The birth of "Cosplay Styles"
Cosplay vs Fashion Statements
Cosplayer Myths and Misconceptions
The number one unspoken rule: Respect! Nuff said!
Cosplay Basics:
How the bloody hell did we exist?
Have fun. Enjoy. Go crazy. :D
Cosplay, short for "costume play", where participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or character type.

The object of cosplay is to attempt to become the chosen character much as a stage actor inhabits a role. Costumes are expected to adhere meticulously to the attire known to be worn by the character represented. Once in costume, cosplayers often adopt the personality, mannerisms and body language of the characters they portray
By context:
As a hobby
A hobby is a regular activity that is done for pleasure
TV Shows
Pop Culture:
Pop Culture:
The Story of the Japanese man and his first ComiCon
Baguio: 2009-ish?
Cosplayers don't and can't have normal social lives
Thanks for the pic!
Cosplayers are permanently "single"
Cosplayers are hardcore nerds...
Nerd:a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious.
Cosplayers are devil worshippers…
Maybe except this guy, because Diablo 3?
Cosplayers are ‘weeaboos.'
Most cosplayers understand what’s appropriate and what’s just weird.
WTF is a Weeaboo?
People who are obsessed with Japanese culture, wants to be or pretend to be Japanese, and tend to use Japanese words randomly (and poorly)…
All cosplayers are immature…
<Watch Video>
Cosplay attracts people of all age groups. Some of them are mature, and some of them aren’t. But not all of them.
Can you handle it?
The Goth Style is a fashion for those who love Fear, Humiliation, Bondage, Submission and/or Domination.
Gothic and Cosplay
Note: Goth has also been corrupted to the definition of dark, chilling and... yes, vampires.
Lolita style is a fashion for adults and teenagers who want to look like children. It originated in Japan, inspired by Lolicon(Pedosexual) art.
Lolita and Cosplay
Pop culture has stated that any anime character in a frilly dress with bright colors is considered Lolita, Anime, Cosplay and even Hentai. -_-
Another note: In the Anime World, Lolita's or "Loli" often refer to middle-schooler girls. -_-
And some people would agree that lolicon is just another word for pedophile.
Oh yeah, I did forget about the maids.
Furry style is a fashion for those who want to look like animals. This Style originated from a genre of art and literature (including comics) concerning anthropomorphic animals, and the fan culture that surrounds this genre.
Furry and Cosplay
refers to a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy—also in recent years a fashion and lifestyle movement—that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.
Steampunk and Cosplay
a subgenre of science fiction in a future setting, noted for its focus on "high tech and low life".It features advanced science, such as information technology and cybernetics.
Cyberpunk and Cosplay
Cultural and Ethnic
Cultural, Ethnic and Cosplay
The problem with most cultural and ethnic cosplay references is that it is so exaggerated to the point of not being historically accurate.
2. Appreciate not Appre-Shit
3. Always ask first!
4. Mind the space... Srsly.
5. Be nice. Nobody wants a grumpy cosplayer.
6. You are responsible for what you wear.
7. Listen to your Seniors.
8. Wear deodorant. ;)
This is Cosplay.
Concerns, Conspiracies and Controversies
The Good, the Bad, and the Clueless
Paradox of the = sign
Dress for the occasion...
But if you really don't care...
Go crazy!
The Stereotypes:
1. The Attention Whore
They who seek nothing more than to be the face of the crowd. They mostly wear skimpy outfits and considered-epic costumes.
They would do anything for their fifteen-minutes of fame.
2. The "V for Victory" Person
They who seek nothing else but victory. Their motivation for cosplaying is winning competitions. As a result, they tend to "invest" in the expensive costumes and have the attitude of being the best in the business which always leaves out the social standpoint of cosplaying.
3. The Super Duper Fandoms
The crazed fans that follow their favorite cosplayers everywhere fromthe window to the wall, even during their idol's private moment. Sometimes the fans go out of control that they destroy costumes and/or props, cause a scene and argue with others--both cosplayers and non-cosplayers. Talk about overly-attached.
4. The Predator
Mostly non-cosplayers who attend cons with the goal of touching, harassing, and being around the ladies. (And Gents as well!) Though some cosplayers enter the hobby for the same purpose.
5. The Sniper
Mostly photographers who bring their big a** camera who often shoot "certain" parts and unauthorized photos. They would also offer photoshoots specifically to the "pretty" faces. (Guys included.)
6. The Harbringer of Hate
Their sole purpose is to spread negativity wherever they tread. They love to criticize cosplayers and conventions alike as if they are always on the right page. If ever you come to have an argument with one, just surrender. You have no hope of making your point.
7. The Defender of the Universe
They are the complete opposite of the Harbringer of Hate and its everlasting rival. They would always defend their love for the hobby to the point that they could declare war with everyone.
8. The Totally In-Character it's scary
Cosplayers who take their character to the next level so high that sometimes they are no longer their actual selves, even when they take off the costume.
9. The Totally-out-of-character it's annoying
Cosplayers who don't research their character at all. They do the persona wrong, they pose wrong, and everything about their costume is wrong. So wrong that it's not worthy to be called cosplay anymore.
10. You.
Because wether you cosplay or not, YOU will always be where the cosplay is.
When Cosplay is not...
Remember: The reason you cosplay is because you want to COPY a character that you love.
We can say Costrips. :P
Costume Tripping.
And then there's Cosplay Mash ups
To Make or To Buy?
It does not matter. Have Fun
And a whole lot more... =_=
Cloth or Armor?
Yuri or Yaoi?
Plot or Justice?
Why do we COSPLAY?


The Power of Friendship

Secrets of the Trade

It's Fun!
Things to take note:
You can cosplay from any reference.

Be nice. We are all humans.

Be responsible for your chosen character.

Prepare for the worst.

Make friends not enemies.

Help each other out.

Share the love.

Have fun.
How ya feelin?
Let's take a break!
Are you ready?
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