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Unread 12-05-2012, 09:11 PM   #16
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I don't think it's mainstream, but rather more accessible. Thanks largely to manufacturers and the Internet.
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Unread 12-05-2012, 09:28 PM   #17
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I highly doubt it's ever going to become all that "mainstream." I think the closest most people are going to cosplay is Halloween. Even if it does become mainsteam, who cares? That's not going to make it any less fun for me.
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Unread 12-06-2012, 01:47 AM   #18
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Honestly, I don't see why this is a problem. The more people the better!!!! I mean, I had just started getting into cosplay last year because I finally started making money of my own so I could actually start going to cons and cosplaying. New cosplayers are born every year and it is beautiful.~
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Unread 12-06-2012, 11:43 AM   #19
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Mainstream and cosplay in the same sentence.

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Unread 12-09-2012, 08:53 AM   #20
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The OP mentioned she lives near where Sakura-con is held, so of course, cosplay is going to look "mainstream" there because there is probably a strong cosplay community in the area. Where I live, there's isn't a very strong cosplay community. There are a lot of anime and gaming fans (enough that we have two gaming stores in town), but I'd say only 5-10% of the fans here cosplay.

Where I work, a few of my co-workers do re-enactments, but I'm still considered a huge dork because I cosplay. But it's nice to have people at work to compare notes with. My team lead and I spent about 20 minutes Thanksgiving week drooling over my Black Friday flyer from Jo-Ann. XD
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Unread 12-09-2012, 09:00 AM   #21
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I would actually be excited if I saw more cosplayers op up in my area. It is SOOO hard for me to find people to cosplay with at this point.
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Unread 12-09-2012, 01:05 PM   #22
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The attendance rates at conventions have gone up. Most of the people I see at conventions cosplay. Cosplay is becoming more popular in our community, but outside our bastion, cosplay is just as strange and obscure as ever.

We have to acknowledge, though, that being a geek/nerd/whatever is a lot more popular now than it was five or ten years ago. Being interested in things like video games, comics, tabletop games, and things of that nature wasn't nearly so acceptable than it is now. Geek is now chic. Hipsters are everywhere. It's cool to be uncool. Is it any wonder why cosplay is growing in popularity?
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Unread 12-09-2012, 01:10 PM   #23
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Let me just preface by saying this: Who cares if it's mainstream? I'm not saying the OP does, but personally it bothers me when people think something isn't good if it's "mainstream", or when people drop their hobbies because it's too common.

Anyways, I wouldn't say it's mainstream, but it certainly is gaining popularity (yes, there's a difference... at least I think there is). In the past five years alone there have been larger conventions, and more of them. More people are getting into the hobby as the anime/manga industry is becoming more and more prevalent. With dubbing powerhouses like Funimation releasing new stuff all the time, a wider variety of anime/manga is becoming available, appearing to a wider audience.

Also, non-anime cosplay is on the rise as well with things like Homestuck and Doctor Who that have enormous fanbases.

However, I don't think it's mainstream. A good portion of society would still call it absurd and weird and strange to cosplay. So, in a way it's still this little club of geekery in comparison to the rest of society.
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If it means I'd get less weird looks for being a cosplayer, then I say mainstream all the way! I don't cosplay for shock value. I cosplay because it's fun. And if the unfortunate side effect of being seen as a freak goes away with popularity, then I'm all for it.
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The attendance rates at conventions have gone up. Most of the people I see at conventions cosplay. Cosplay is becoming more popular in our community, but outside our bastion, cosplay is just as strange and obscure as ever.

We have to acknowledge, though, that being a geek/nerd/whatever is a lot more popular now than it was five or ten years ago. Being interested in things like video games, comics, tabletop games, and things of that nature wasn't nearly so acceptable than it is now. Geek is now chic. Hipsters are everywhere. It's cool to be uncool. Is it any wonder why cosplay is growing in popularity?
I think this hits the nail on the head. There's more geeks coming out of the woodwork and taking part in the convention scene. It has become a true "scene" imo.

More kids openly watch anime these days, I think a lot of that has to do with what anime offers nowadays compared to what it did even 5-7 years ago: Bleach and Naruto are a lot more popular and well-known than I realized with kids today. I'm sure someone has mentioned this, but I also think it helps that the anime community on the internet is very active, so given that all kids use the internet a lot, most kids probably run across memes and references to fandoms at the very least: There's more exposure I think. Todays convention offers a lot, too. I mean, there's a concert; a rave; video games; some kind of other dance, just a number of reasons exist for young people (especially if you're a tad geeky) to attend cons.
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Unread 12-10-2012, 12:34 AM   #26
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Cosplay isn't mainstream. It's becoming more popular in the community is all it seems to be doing. It's easier to do, there are more fandoms being introduces *Ponies, homestuck, etc*

So personally, I don't think it's any more mainstream than it was. There's just more people doing more things. Especially with movies, and shows etc. now a days.

^-^' Just my two cents.
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Unread 12-10-2012, 12:09 PM   #27
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I think it's more that cosplay is becoming more mainstream to younger people but it's really not quite there and is still a small community when you pair it up against another more popular larger community of people.
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Unread 12-11-2012, 12:50 AM   #28
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Not at all, I don't know anyone who lives near me who cosplays. Even at cons, the numbers are still quite small.
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Unread 12-11-2012, 03:52 AM   #29
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I have to agree with TheFontBandit. Cosplay’s neither a mainstream nor such an unknown hobby anymore due to the media and the better means of communication nowadays.

I just have to add: That actually much more ppl seem to have heard about it here in Germany. Especially since there are events where we get into contact with the general public like the two big bookfairs, Gamescon in Cologne and Japanday in Düsseldorf. So when years before nearly everyone asked what we are doing and why we are wearing costumes although it is not carnival season, we are sometimes surprised by the 10-20% of ppl today who guess at once what we are actually up to.

Plus as already said by TheFontBandit the access to resources meaning materials as much as good tutorials or just inspiring pictures of other cosplayers have spread throughout the internet. So starters often come up with much better cosplays than ppl about 5 years ago did.

Also the mood seems to have changed though. Competition seems to have grown and better available resources may also mean you have to use them. What has been awesome just 3 years ago is not rarely regarded as mediocre today. A mixed blessing to my mind. Not that it isn’t nice that we improve at all. Another shift I observed as well is the shift away from anime cosplays to life action series and games plus an increasing upcome of gijinka or entirely selfdesigned costumes. The latter also being a double-edged sword since although representing the best artistically skills it may exclude others who don’t get what it should actually portray. It’s less about reenacting a certain char together with friends and friends to be but more about the modeling and designing aspect. Cosplay is more perceived as art now (see deviantart). And although this isn’t bad at all, as I love roleplaying I can’t help but feel a little sad about it at the same time.

About the bad word ‘mainstream’ I don’t care at all. I often cosplay from ‘mainstream series’ as well and seem to belong to this certain species of cosplayers who feel very comfortable in more or less large groups. The more the merrier as others already said.
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Unread 12-11-2012, 02:32 PM   #30
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Not yet, but I'm sure it's getting there. Not saying it's a bad thing though. In fact, the more the better. I live in southern California though, and there's obviously a huge cosplay scene here.

I mean, just look at Anime Expo and Comic Con.
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