We have many cosplay specific events going on throughout the weekend. Here are a few to look out for:
- Worst Cosplay Contest Ever – Friday night (May 19th) at our launch party – See the FB Event for more info
- Cosplay Contest – Saturday May 20, 12pm – 1:50pm on the Main Stage – More Info and Application Click Here
- Dating Game – Saturday May 20, 4:45pm – 6:00pm in Panel Rooms 1 & 2
- Cosplay Lip Sync Battle – Sunday May 21, 3:45pm – 5:00pm on the Main Stage – More Info scroll down this page
- Fandom Meetups – Would you like to schedule a Fandom Meetup? Signup HERE and we’ll do our best to accommodate you!
What Is Cosplay?
You’ve probably heard the term. But what is it really?
From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay
), Cosplay, a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.
The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since 1990s has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of popular culture in Japan and some other parts of Asia and in the Western world. Cosplay events are common features of fan conventions and there are also dedicated conventions and local and international competitions, as well as social networks, websites and other forms of media centered on cosplay activities.
Adam Savage does a great explanation of cosplay. Follow this link
to see what he has to say.
We asked some our cosplayers what cosplay means to them:
“Cosplay means many different things for many different people, but for me, cosplay was about finding self confidence and loving myself. When I was in my early teens, I wouldn’t have dared trying to wear a two piece swimsuit. I wore baggy clothes to hide my shape. About 10 years ago I found cosplay, and it allowed me to step out from my comfort zone, through portraying my favorite characters from anime, comic books and video games. Now I can feel confident in whatever I want to wear, and my size doesn’t dictate what I can and can’t dress as.” – Amanda Jade