The Art of PlayCosplay as a Subculture BY: SARAH A. HARPER
Cosplay• Cosplay is an activity where people dress in costumes and become a character from a show, video game, movie, anime, manga, pop music bands, or pop culture icons.• These people join together at conventions and have games, dances, skits, photo shoots, panels, etc…• The people who dress in the costume are known as cosplayers.
Costume Most cosplayers prefer making there costume over buying one. This results in the costumes having a better fit, higher quality, and having more of a sense of identity. Some costumes could be worth hundreds of dollars others you could find at a local thrift store. This also allows you to customize your character.
Makeup Makeup can be used to transform you into your character. Using makeup you can create realistic wounds, scars, and burns It can also be used to change a girl into a guy character and vise versa.
Groups Forming a group allows you to have group of people cosplay together from the same series. Groups allow you to enter group contests and do skits together. Some more well known groups are Koi Cosplay, Parle, and Fighting Dreamers Pro.
Videos Many cosplay groups have formed Youtube channels were they preform skits in character. There are also video photography artists who create videos of conventions.