It has come to my attention that a good number of people out there have no idea what cosplay is!!! SHOCKING!!! Don't fret. You're in luck. Let me break it down for you. Let's start with the word cosplay. The word "cosplay" is short for the words costume and play. Cosplayers are people who use costumes and props to bring characters to life. Basically, you can wear costumes when it's not Halloween. The cosplay phenomenon originally started in Japan with fans or otaku dressing up as their favorite characters from anime, manga, live action series, and even J-rock and J-pop stars. Despite its Japanese origins, cosplay has become extremely popular world-wide!
Although I risk sounding like a complete
dork right now, cosplay has completely changed my life. I was never
completely antisocial, but after slowly losing touch with all my high
school friends and starting a career at 19 (not to mention I worked
ridiculous hours), I found it extremely hard to make new friends and
meet people. Once I put on a costume and went to my first anime
convention (Anime Central), strangers
were stopping me for pictures, people would come up to me and hug me
just because they liked my costume, it was impossible NOT to be social.
After the first day I got the hang of all the attention and started
exchanging contact information with people. Now, most of my closest
friends and even my boyfriend I've met through conventions and cosplay.
I do feel like a super hero some
times, living a double life. I have a job, a boyfriend, friends,
family, and an entire life outside of the spandex and lasers. Then
every now and then, I get to be a Power Ranger, or a time traveler, or
a mutant...and it's the coolest feeling in the world. Visit my website
to see pictures of all my costumes!