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Unread 12-03-2012, 04:32 PM   #1
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Cosplay questions...

I am new to the "cosplay" world, but have enjoyed creating costumes for many occasions for years. I have a few questions to help me understand what cosplay is.

Does cosplay originate in the anime world? or is it more from gaming?

Do you "just" dress up, or role play?

What is your reason or inspiration for what you create?

Do you compete, or is it a fun "hobby"?

Thank you for indulging me! I will probably have more questions later
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Unread 12-03-2012, 04:56 PM   #2
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Hi, first of all, welcome to the crazy (not really, hehe) world of cosplay. Now for your questions...

1) Cosplay can be used on any fandom. It doesn't have to be only anime or gaming. It can be comics, books, mangas, movies, celebrities, original (or even fanbased) characters --yepp, pretty much anything.

2) I mostly dress up and role play when I’m getting photos taken or when there are photoshoots. It’s hard for me to ‘roleplay’ or get into character because of my personality (I get super conscious when I even try to be in character in front of a camera, it’s highly unlikely I would be able to do it without being stared at with real human eyes). LOL

3) My main reason is because it’s fun. : ) When I see others do it, it’s inspirational and makes me want to work harder. And it’s for the love of the characters I so enjoy in the series I watch and cosplay from, so that’s why I create most of my cosplays as much as possible.

4) It’s just a fun hobby. : ) I don’t think I would ever be good enough to compete with others with my skills. Hahaha.

: ) Everyone’s answers may differ so I hope you’ll enjoy our answers to your questions. Once again, welcome to the cosplay world!
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Unread 12-03-2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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Cosplay originally started with Anime/Gaming characters, but now a days it's kind of a melting pot of everything (Also depends on what type of con you go to)

Some people just dress up, some people go to panels to role play, and some just hang around in normal clothes. My inspiration is usually the character. If a character is strong, interesting, maybe funny, I'm immediately interested in cosplaying as her. Although I do more cosplay photography now and haven't cosplayed in a little while :P I never competed and just considered it a fun hobby.
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Unread 12-03-2012, 05:18 PM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome Akahime!

My costume "world" is a little different from what I am seeing here, more personalized than themed. The creativity is extremely impressive!

I posted another thread with pics of what I have made, but it hasnt been approved yet?
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Unread 12-03-2012, 08:00 PM   #5
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Actually, while the word "cosplay" was coined by a Japanese reporter, the idea of dressing up in media characters did not originate with the Japanese in any way.

The word "cosplay" was invented by a Japanese reporter who came to the 1984 WorldCon held in Los Angeles, CA, and used it to describe to his audience what people were doing in the halls and on the masquerade stage. What kind of costuming was that? The exact same thing you see at genre cons of all genres today. People wearing costumes. Some of them were media re-creations! Some were not! Some people pretended to be their LARP character! Some only loved wearing a beautiful costume! And they'd been doing this since 1939, so by the time the Japanese media heard about what those crazy Americans do in 1984, all these traditions and habits had been well-established.

So while today a lot of people new to the hobby use "cosplay" to refer to exclusively Japanese-sourced costumes, usually anime and video games, that's not where it came from. In fact, the first person in the world to do an anime costume, that has been documented, was an American. She had a Harlock group back in 1979 that won a lot of awards on the California fan-con circuit.

But if you want to know what is considered cosplay, or what you do while in cosplay, that's up to the individual. The either-or nature of your questions sounds almost like you're doing a poll, though, so really, if you're surveying us for our individual answers, you're pretty much going to find that the answer is "some people do!" to every single question. Some people do. Some people don't. And it's all cosplay.
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Unread 12-03-2012, 08:09 PM   #6
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-I do roleplay but only when it is appropriate (for photos/videos, when people ask, with people who obviously know the character or people who know me very well).

-The main reason why I cosplay is that I love acting and wearing costumes, it's also fun and challenging when you let it be.

-I'm still quite an inexperienced cosplayer so although I would like to try competing one day I'm happy with it being just a hobby for the time being.
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Unread 12-03-2012, 08:40 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Akahime View Post
Hi, first of all, welcome to the crazy (not really, hehe) world of cosplay. Now for your questions...

1) Cosplay can be used on any fandom. It doesn't have to be only anime or gaming. It can be comics, books, mangas, movies, celebrities, original (or even fanbased) characters --yepp, pretty much anything.

2) I mostly dress up and role play when Iím getting photos taken or when there are photoshoots. Itís hard for me to Ďroleplayí or get into character because of my personality (I get super conscious when I even try to be in character in front of a camera, itís highly unlikely I would be able to do it without being stared at with real human eyes). LOL

3) My main reason is because itís fun. : ) When I see others do it, itís inspirational and makes me want to work harder. And itís for the love of the characters I so enjoy in the series I watch and cosplay from, so thatís why I create most of my cosplays as much as possible.

4) Itís just a fun hobby. : ) I donít think I would ever be good enough to compete with others with my skills. Hahaha.

: ) Everyoneís answers may differ so I hope youíll enjoy our answers to your questions. Once again, welcome to the cosplay world!
Yeah, it's for fun and I think it's also a kind of art.
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