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The recent explosion of Cosplay across the world has elevated “dress-up” far more into actual role-playing,
with the fans not just trying to look like their favorite characters but actually “becoming” the characters for extended periods of time.





This is a whole new level. Leading up to Comic-Con this year I will publish two articles that intend to capture the pulse of the Cosplay
community here on deviantART while also exploring the history and social significance of the movement as a whole. There is so much to explore
in this current Cosplay crusade. Let's take a look behind the headlines and thriving Con event circuit and get to the heart of what makes
Cosplay so special to so many around the Earth Sphere. This is your chance to share with me the important elements, storylines, issues, and
community members you would like to see highlighted.


Now there is the ongoing process of the multiplying and diversifying of distinct cosplay communities into so many different ways of coming
together, online and in-person, to express themselves (not just becoming characters from manga, anime, comic books, graphic novels, videogames,
TV & movies, but also transforming themselves with renaissance, fetish, “furry”, gender-reversal and even entirely Virtual immersions). It seems
to me that what had once been an expression of group fandom, and then morphed into a sort of mass “political” expression of a specific cultural
sensibility – is now becoming something more: a true commitment to a set of pop cultural characters, in their world and according to their rules and ethos.








East Legend. by KifirTGX 2011 - 01 by shiroangButterfly by MarionetteTheatreWe will win by Leox90


Halloween costume play has come a very long way. It’s passed even beyond consumer culture fandom and now become an important part of who we are –
our virtual identity. I don’t think I can even as of yet speculate on where things are ultimately going. But at least, rather than being circumscribed
in your “identity” at all times by where you were born and to whom you were born... now it’s possible to don the costume of whomever you have chosen to be
– the “identity” that is your free choice, not the one the world “gave” you without your permission. That just might be a really great thing, even if it
is for just a week, or weekend, at a convention somewhere in the world.








Questions for the Reader




1

Which elements of the Cosplay movement would you like to see highlighted?





2

Which deviants in the community might be best to contact for an interview about their process?





3

Are there any elements in Cosplay that never seem to get mentioned that you feel need to be brought to the forefront of the conversation?





4

In your opinion which Cons represent the best that Cosplay have to offer?





5

Even if you have never dressed for a Con which character would you choose to emulate if you did decide to particpate?





6

While dressed up in a costume, is there a difference between people who role play versus people who don't embody the traits of the character?












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:iconzakelong81:
zakelong81 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
nice
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IZURU-KIRA-MOE Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
1.I think that it's really fun to be able to change your character, like if someone is usually really quiet,like canada from hetalia,then they could cosplay someone and be able to be more confident and be as loud as black*star(Which is a huuuge difference!).
2.I don't know to many, Sorry!
3.Anything,really.
4.Sakura con in seattle, washington!
5.China from Hetalia and Death The Kid from soul eater! <3
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Barry11crona Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
ive only just become an Envy cosplayer
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andromedasengineer Featured By Owner May 29, 2012
Fighting Dreamers Productions are my favorite cosplayers and would be excellent to interview.

I'm currently putting together my Naruto Uzumaki cosplay (which I have always wanted to do! ^.^) and am ready to attend my first ever convention! (Metrocon in Tampa, FL June 15-17).

After Naruto, I would love to cosplay Lightning from FFXIII!
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Dera-Michaelis Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Uh, I would like to answer Number Three in the questions. I think something that isn't often talked about in Cosplay is the opposition that comes with expressing yourself thus. For example, I have a small group of friends will Cosplay with me at school events and such, but one of them, who loves to Cosplay, isn't exactly allowed to. Her mother doesn't approve of Cosplaying as a guy, so she has to do it behind her mother's back. Of course when she moves on to collage she'll be able to do as much Cosplay as she wants. This doesn't seem to me a very isolated incident, and I could see this happening to a lot of younger cosplayers. Another problem I myself have with cosplaying is finding the right materials to do so. I don't have a lot of money, so I can't buy actual costumes, or wigs. My cosplay comes from my own wardrobe, and my hair is cut a certain way, and dyed a certain way, for one or two characters. If I need anything else, I have to sew it myself, or buy clothes that I can cut, slice, rearrange, and dye to look like I want. If I'm ever allowed to make an expensive purchase for cosplay I have to choose extremely carefully what I want because I'm usually limited to one purchase at a time and I need to make the most of it. And where I live there are rarely any official cosplay events. Which means cosplay opportunities are few and far between, unless you decide to walk around in cosplay. (which i do) hahahaha.
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inkdeathLJlover Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I love cosplay and everything it represents, me and my friend have been considering doing it at some point, though I do believe it is more successful if you resemble the character in some way, I do like how anyone can be whoever they want!
I believe that ~MuzzaThePerv is a really good cosplayer to talk to. :)
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HuskeyNinja Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i love cosplay even thorgh i have done it only once at that was the last day of school and i would love to do again and i love manga and anime
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HuskeyNinja Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
if i do agian i would do it as lady Tsunade from naruto as her outfit is easy to do
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stellarlemons Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg that first one is URD! I <3 OhMyGoddess!

In answer to the question who would I dress up as, most likey Alice from PandoraHearts. :)
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