During the weekend gone by I attended a gathering in
Southend which was known as a Cosplay Meet. However not everybody knows what
cosplay is or what it is about. So in this this blog I will inform you about
what this cultural phenomenon is all about. If you search for many fancy dress
costumes and people in fancy dress you can sometimes see people referring to it
as “cosplay.” Cosplay is the act of dressing up in a costume (Hence the first
part of the word “cos”) and then partaking in Role Playing (Which gives it the “play”
in the word).
Role playing is when somebody takes a role of a person or being in popular
culture such as superheroes or film characters and even characters people have
made up and acts like them, recreating scenes or fights from popular
franchises. This doesn’t require any costumes however people began to purchase
or even build their own costumes to help further immerse themselves into their
Cosplay is short for” costume play” and is often seen in
meets like the Southend Cosplay Meet or conventions like Comic Con. Cosplay not
only needs a convincing costume but for you to also to act like the character
you are portraying. Here are some tips to doing a cosplay:
Character: First of all choose a character you really like
both in terms of their character and what they wear. Watch the films or episodes
(if a TV show) where they are present for a lot of the running time and get to
learn their character and voice. If you are not good at impressions or voice
acting simply learn some of their popular quotes and just say them in
Role Play: Some find this part easier than others. Simply
act out to yourself various situations that might come around to the character
you are dressing up as, try to recreate some scenes where your character is
from and pretend to be the character yourself. Two good ways are in front of a
mirror, just like speeches learning how to act like a character will be based
on movements as well as how they speak. Another good way is to listen to music
from the show or music that is linked to your character this can get you immersed
in the costume and may help a little.
Costume: Once you have figured out what character you want
to be and had a little practise it’s time to figure out how to actually become
your character. Of course the easiest way would be to purchase your costumes
but there are other ways. A lot of fancy dress shops us included have a variety
of costumes of TV and Film characters from pop culture but some characters may
need a little organising.
For example my next cosplay idea is of a character from a
video game named Rook, he wears dark colours and is an archer who uses birds to
distract his enemies. I am basing my cosplay on this character and have been
purchasing things to put together this costume as there is no full costume for
him. In other words if your character is a little difficult, have a look around
for different assets that can be put together to make your character.
Don’t go mad: Some of the best cosplays are the simplest.
Characters like the various doctors from the TV show “Doctor Who” are simple
and effective cosplay ideas. Make sure you choose a character that you know you
can do easily without making it difficult.
Southend Cosplay Meet ups are held usually every month and
is hosted in Southend-On-Sea and has a variety of cosplayers from around Essex and
London that come down to the seaside town to hang out and talk about our
favourite movies and shows as well as take a trip to the arcades and comic book
store and end off with a few drinks at one of the local pubs.
Cosplay has become increasingly popular over the last few
years and has been seen a lot in many conventions such as video game
conventions and the incredibly popular Comic Cons! There are hundreds of
cosplay tournaments held in conventions like these were the best cosplayers
take part in a masquerade.
These masquerades allow cosplayers to show off their costume by walking onto a
stage and performing a series of poses that either the character makes in their
respected appearances as well as poses that will show of the costumes at their
best. Or people can choose to perform a skit using music or a piece of audio
they have brought with them to perform in their costume, sometimes the skits
have no audio and just allow the person to perform the act themselves.
In the end cosplaying and fancy dress parties are similar. Both have you dress up as your favourite characters, it is just that the idea
of cosplaying is to become just like your character in terms of the way they speak
and act. Of course getting a group of friends together to go as a group from the film or show is of course a fun and interesting way to enjoy the event!
If you’re thinking of heading to a cosplay event or Comic Con
at some point soon make sure you have your costume at the ready. Good costumes
are things from popular culture such as famous superheroes or film characters
like Batman, Superman, or the protagonist from the hit film Top gun and others.