Cosplay Your Fandom: A Cause to Play
In 1984, while attending the WorldCon (World Science Fiction Convention), a Japanese man by the name Nobuyuki Takahashi became intrigued by the Americans in costume and coined the phenomenon “cosplay”. Years later, we only know it as such and would never think to refer to it as anything but.
But, what is cosplay? Some laymen may compare it to Halloween, or Mardi Gras, but in all actuality it is much different than that – at least to the fans involved. While like Halloween or Mardi Gras it is a perfect excuse for attractive women to dress in scandalous attire, there’s more than just the superficial surface that meets the eye. Cosplay is almost entirely allocated to conventions of any sort – the majority of them being comic conventions, which may include WonderCon, ComikazeeCon, and of course the most well-known Comic-Con, which takes place in San Diego. People involved in Cosplay are usually very serious about the character they are portraying, most of them even going so far as to get into character, almost like street or theater performance.
While the fandom began in the United States, it really took off in Japan, earning not only its now legendary name there, but also branches of the culture, anime imitators being the biggest of the bunch.
A fun little fact for our readers, is that in the 1970s, there was so much nudity at some of the conventions – men and women alike “dressing up” (for lack of a better term) as characters, a “no costume is no costume” rule was established. Even still, arbitrators who are designated to oversee some of these conventions will periodically send people to change their outfits if they deem them “unfriendly” in the presence of families.
The rise of cosplay seems to be getting bigger, more elaborate – which also means it will inevitably become more expensive, too. While some outfits may only be in the ballpark of $100-300, others may be upwards of $3,000. Not a small price to pay for a few hours of falling into the world of make believe.
To those who are fans of this widespread fandom though, they do it with love, passion and not a shred of embarrassment – and why not? Falling into make believe is fun! After all, if I were to go to Comic-Con, you better believe I’d be looking for Batman.