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. and Costuming.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!
G is for Gijinka:
Gijinka is a Japanese term which loosely means 'Humanoid.' While similar to a furry, a gijinka is an animal or animal-like creature personified in human or human like form.
'Furries' have distinctive traits, such as tails, ears, fangs and claws - while gijinka costumes are often clearly human, only resembling their animal counterpart.
These costumes are excellent when one doesn't wish to wear a full body suit, and can personify characters such as My Little Pony, Pokemon, Digimon, and Moogles.
H is for Horror:
There is a large horror related fan base for cosplay, and some people make outrageous and interesting costumes based on different, sometimes incredibly obscure characters. While for the most part, cosplaying sometimes feels centered on more mainstream characters, the dedication and outcome of some of the cosplayers who take on terrible personas is inspiring. It's not the biggest niche in a Cosplaying world, but it is filled nicely with some really awesome outfits!
Some favorites would include Silent Hill, Lollipop Chainsaw, Fatal Frame and Resident Evil.
Sweet Tumblr full of horror cosplay shots: Horror Cosplay.
I is for In The Beginning:
Cosplay has been around for a long time. More specifically, at the First World Science Fiction Convention in New York, 1939, a 22 year old man named Forrest Ackerman, alongside his friend Myrtle Jones, appeared in the first science fiction costumes. There were 185 attendees. Forrest was a rugged star pilot while Myrtle was dressed in a gown recreated from the 1933 film 'Things to Come'.
Now, costume fandom has come to represent so much more. While they created a stir with their 'fanciful and outlandish costumery', we as a culture have adapted and accepted dressing up as favorite characters, the more elaborate the better.
For many years costuming was only for science-fiction and fantasy conventions. Then, the term Cosplay was coined, and Nov Takahashi's enthusiastic words sparked the Japanese cosplay movement.
The approach to cosplaying is very different in Japan and North America. In Japan, cosplaying is more about 'being' a pre-existing character. There is not as much emphasis on making one's own costume, and there are not as many competitions as there are in North America. In North America, original concepts and designs are welcomed and encouraged.
In Japan, cosplay is considered more of a young womans hobby, though this has been changing significantly, while in North America, it is participated in by children, men, and women of all ages.
Project Educate: Welcome to Cosplay Week!
PE: The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (A, B, C)
The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (D, E, F)
Costuming for a Cause - by ^j-z-belexes