Monday, 4 February 2013
What is Cosplay?
Cosplay in the UK is a small and relatively unknown past time. Whilst in America and especially in the Far East cosplay is a huge industry with lots of shops, clubs, events and conventions. In essence Cosplay is where you would try to make, purchase or collect a costume from your favourite movie, comic or tv programme. A lot of cosplay happens at conventions and the world's most famous convention is Comic Con.
With the UK finally beginning to catch on to this past time there is an ever increasing trend in parties and events specifically for like minded individuals to meet up in their costumes. There can be so many different themes it is often difficult to find something that you would be interested in and by far the largest type of cosplay is Anime. There are however a lot of conventions for Sci Fi, Horror, cartoon and gothic themes in the UK, some are specifically geared towards on TV show or film like Vampire Diaries, whilst some are more broad like Northampton Comic Con which covers a lot of current and retro shows.
So whether you want to wear a dressing gown and carry a towel (as Arthur Dent from THHGTTG) or you wish to wear full cenobite Costume (from Hellraiser) then you will be able to meet like minded individuals. Or you could be a trend setter and theme some parties, its a great ice breaker and you will find people will go to great length to impress.
And remember dressing up is not only a past time for Halloween!
Some comic con links for UK:
Source of Comic con outfits:
Sci Fi Google