Cosplay and Semi-cosplay

Tekkoshocon at David L. Lawrence Convention Ce...

Tekkoshocon at David L. Lawrence Convention Center (2010) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cosplay and Semi-cosplay

Cosplay, which is a contracted form of the words costume play, is generally considered a performance art in which those involved called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.  Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage.  Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched.  Popular sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.

Cosplay is term coined by modern individuals for an activity which has been around for decades if not centuries.  The term “cosplay” has become a shortened popular term to describe this activity, and so many people, especially those into popular culture, use that term.  The activity of cosplay, however, has not always been popular or accepted on a larger scale.  The origins of cosplay derived from individuals who were considered unusually obsessed with dressing in costume or costume articles and were considered unpopular members of a counter-culture group, non-conformists, outcasts, or misfits, to name a few.  With the popularity of rock and roll music causing outrageous dress and acts among people, groups and subgroups of “rockers” began to dress regularly in uncoventional attire including costumes and costume pieces.  Since cosplaying has become part of popular culture, however, more people who cosplay on a regular basis are becoming generally accepted by others.

I have always had an interest in cosplay, even before cosplay was termed “cosplay”.  I typically don’t attend conventions, and I only dress up occasionally when I am at home or I am gaming with friends or co-players….or maybe if I am out for a night of clubbing in the city.  Therefore, I consider myself to be more “semi-cosplay”.

Without discussing or bringing in the various movements and divisions of the lifestyles of all cosplayers and semi-cosplayers in my articles, I may tend to talk about the lifestyle or side of cosplay and semi-cosplay that I consider myself a part of and affiliate with, which is more aligned with or is a subdivision of gamers and dark electronic music.  I would however, like to discuss certain topics of cosplay and semi-cosplay such as: creating cosplay attire, performance cosplay, when and where to dress cosplay, venues, conventions, or anything new in the world of cosplay.