Project Educate: A, B, C's of Cosplay 2:
Cosplay, short for costume play, is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character, or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and science fiction.
Favorite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies, as well as anthropomorphic manifestations.
Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered around role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.
Informational text cited from Wikipedia.org.
For the rest of the week, I would love to do enough featurettes to cover the entire alphabet, and hopefully help educate about interesting animes, mangas, terms and events which happen all around in the world of Cosplay!
A is for Anthropomorphic:
Anthropomorphism or personification is any attribution of human characteristics (or characteristics assumed to belong only to humans) to other animals, non-living things, phenomena, material states, objects or abstract concepts, such as organizations, governments, spirits or deities. Not to be left out, the furry fandom is a subculture interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.
Anthro costumes are incredibly popular, as some favorite characters in video games, anime, manga and comics tend to have animal or otherwise non-human characteristics (e.g. Cosplaying as a Pokemon).
B is for Bakugan:
Bakugan is a Japanese action adventure anime television series. The story centers around the lives of creatures called Bakugan, and the battle brawlers who possess them. It was considered, initially, a failure in Japan, but it became popular in the United States and Canada which in turn prompted several follow-up seasons.
Not only is it a television show, but it is also a strategic game played with spring loaded miniature figures and cards.
It is also an excellent choice of Cosplay!
C is for Conventions and Crossplay:
A convention, often called a 'con' for short, is a large event put together by a committee of people who share a similar interest. There is often a fee for entry, and there are a variety of activies, guests and entertainment. A convention can often bring hundreds, even thousands, of con-goers and a successful convention can be repeated annually for decades.
Source cited from Cosplayshopper.com.
A convention is also a really excellent place to show off your costume skills, as well as to grab a great amount of unscheduled photographs of other people showing off theirs! A wide variety of people go to these, some have more elaborate costumes than others, but one thing is for sure, there is a plethora of excellent craftsmanship to just simply look at.
Project Educate: Welcome to Cosplay Week!