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21 Sep 2009 - 22:2419925
Some questions for ALL you cosplayers
So in the new year I have my Final Major Project (FMP) for my graphics course. We can pretty much do anything we want, although we have to write and submit a proposal explaining what we're doing etc. I'd love to do something cosplay related, but I need a bit of information before I can really get the inspiration flowing. If anyone would take the time to answer these questions, that'd be great! Long detailed answers aren't mandatory, I'd prefer to get lots of opinions than a few detailed ones. But if you have the time, I'd appreciate some rich, informative answers!

1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?


* I use this word for lack of knowing what else to put : / when it boils down to it, the internet is the key location in all of this, not counting japan itself where cosplay has a different stance entirely.


Thank you very much everyone who replies (after writing that, god I hope someone does O_o; ), the information gathered will be primary research for my FMP. I love taking fresh approaches to things, and want to take the initiative to design something new, as opposed to making a cosplay book or magazine, which would be the easy response. If this takes off well, I may be looking for interviewees in the future!


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Last edited by HystericalDame (21 Sep 2009 - 23:05)
21 Sep 2009 - 22:2819926
Oh gawd, FMP, I hated that project, purely because I couldn't think of anything original ¬¬


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21 Sep 2009 - 22:3819928
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
[Sorry, not sure how to answer this one ^^;;]

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
Not really any particular experiences... Obviously I've had the few odd looks and stuff but other than that it's been fairly positive c: I do know some people that have said they've been kicked out of places for cosplaying though.. :c

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?
I mainly cosplay characters from anime and manga, and games. Mainly Japanese games, but I wouldn't have a problem cosplaying from western games c:

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?
I'm not the best at making a costume, but if I am making one, It's often quite fun.. Getting into the role of a character is fun sometimes too. I also like meeting up with other cosplayers.. It gives a chance to meet other people with similar interests, and I like seeing other people's costumes too~ Plus I like cosplay photos x3

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
Usually buy them, because I'm not really the best at making them. But I would like to try making more..

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
No, I'm not.. and to be honest, I've not really thought about it, so.. I'm not sure ^^; [sorry]

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?
I think it'd be good to get more cosplayers, and definatly to have more cosplay events.. it might make us viewed a little more positively.
Although... I think that could also have some negative impacts. I don't know how to word what I'm thinking though >>;

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? How do you feel cosplay could achieve growth, awareness, and fresh interest (in either the mainstream media, or online*)?
Can't think of anything :c sorry

... sorry my answers are so short.. I hope I helped ^^;;


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21 Sep 2009 - 22:4119929
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

I feel that the UK -overall- has good representation,but that conventions etc are not evenly dispersed throughout the country,and thus living where I am, I often feel left out of things as I rarely have the disposable income to travel to conventions- though this seems to be getting better.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?

Positively by my friends, but by others? not so well. Even some people I know that like anime do no seem o accept cosplaying- when I put it forward to hem as a hobby involving creating the costues as well as wearing them, they are more accepting. 99% of the time my experience with people I don't know is not negative, but yet not positive either-more a neutral stance. except this one time where me and a few friends went to buy food in poundland while in cosplay,and we were followed round by the security guard,it was kind of scary O_o

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

All of the above! videogames,anime,cartoons,comic book characters, I cosplay whomever I lke the look of at the time and think I can pull off.

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?

for me,its about socialising, and meeting people like me. I make no secret out of the fact that before I got into cosplay and anime and such, I didnt really know where I fitted in socially. more recently, it has been about the satisfaction of making my own costumes.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

usually make,unless I find my own efforts fruitless in which case I would commision.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?

I don't see myself as an elitist, I try to see the point of view of all cosplayers (no matter how crazy we all seem to be!) as I do with people in my day to day life. Whatever elitists want to think of cosplay is their perogative and opinion, I'll just smile and nod if they choose to talk to me in my lackluster costumes,lol

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

To be honest? I'm not sure. On one hand, mainstream could mean that suddenly eveyone does it,and thus...its not so special, you know? on the other hand, the more widespread the word of cosplay is,the more likely people are to run special events and stock anime/cosplay related goods in stores,which is a big plus as it is very difficult to get hold of merchandise.

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? How do you feel cosplay could achieve growth, awareness, and fresh interest (in either the mainstream media, or online*)?

it might seem like an obvious alternative, but TV. I think a whole channel devoted to anime and cosplaying (like,event coverage, live cosplay masquerades etc) would prove very popular ^^ also, I think publicising events should be more than internet and magazine based- I'm sure a few brightly coloured billboards would attract some attention!

hope my answers are good enough for what you need, happy to help x


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Last edited by tattikat (21 Sep 2009 - 22:44)
21 Sep 2009 - 23:0319934
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
Hmm... Theres not alot for people without hundreds of pounds to do, except picnics and the MCM which both get pretty boring..
Turkfox's attempt at the LFCC with the whole cosplay corner, wig talks etc was pretty good, but not advertised enough..

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
Uhh.. I wore my Sakura wig around my local area and had a bloke hold a lighter to my wig =/
Generally it's just weird looks xD

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?
Yes to all I suppose. And western comic books 8D

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?
Because it's fun and an amazing way to meet interesting people

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
I make pretty much all of them. So far I;ve only bought 2: one has never been used and the other will probably only be used at picnics.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
I like to think not. But I do have this thing about people cosplaying out of their own body type. sometimes it really gets me, especially seeing chubby L's.. Sorry, but it's true. I know I probably do it but just.. I can't stand it >.< it's just not pleasant to look at =/
But no, I do not think I am better than every other cosplayer out there. I do not think that everyone should be amazing and look perfect. Nor do I walk around with a dildo up my ass 8D

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?
I'd personally prefer it to be kept low-key.. simply because it's nice to have a seperate lifestyle/hobby that no one else knows about. and I think if the mass public knew about it, there could be quite a backlash with haters and people taking the mick =/

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? How do you feel cosplay could achieve growth, awareness, and fresh interest (in either the mainstream media, or online*)?
Umm.. no? xD Cosplay advertising dosen't seem particularly appealing to be quite honest. It's a hobby.. not a tv show or something..
You don't see warhammer players taking pictures of their new armies and posting them around the school bulletin boards, do you? =/


21 Sep 2009 - 23:1019937
I apologise in advance for my answers, my brain has died a little from doing Maths hwk solidly for over an hour.

1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
The UK has a good cosplay community and as we are such a small community I feel we're fairly close. We have a lot of talent among us as well which is fantastic and we are continuously growing.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
Outside the cosplay community my friends don't think too much of it. They think it's weird, as would any other person outside the community but they don't think negatively of it. It's my own personal hobby and they accept that, as I do with their own personal hobbies. That being said I don't share my cosplay hobby out with everyone I know.

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?
Mainly Japanese anime and manga, I do the occasional japanese games too and would like to cosplay other areas of media too. However anime and manga are the main areas.

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?
I cosplay because it's fun and great for meeting new people. Being able to make something and wear it out and get complimented for your own work gives great satisfaction as well. Cosplay has also taught me a lot of skills and has gotten my creative juices going by coming up with ideas on how to make so and so, and also it has taught me skills in other areas such as photography, art and acting. I love learning new things or improving them so cosplay seems like the perfect hobby for me!

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
Make

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
No I am not, I don't think of myself as better than people. Elitism does annoy me quite a bit, however I won't snap unless it was terribly offensive and rude. Let them be elitist, because I know that at the end of the day we're all just dressed up as silly fictional characters and having a good laugh.

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?
No I don't think it should be publicised. It is already considered a weird and strange hobby and people outside the community would likely look down at us for being out of the norm. I personally don't think it would go down well at all.

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? How do you feel cosplay could achieve growth, awareness, and fresh interest (in either the mainstream media, or online*)?
A channel on TV (much like Anime Network!) would be a good way of publicising. It would only really appeal to those who are interested in cosplay and/or just curious.
I understand there was a short program called "The Movie Geek" on Sky Movies where they did a footage on Expo, I thought this was a good idea and not everyone would watch this - yet it would appeal to the Cosplay crowd.

Sorry my answers weren't overly intellectual or in-depth, as I said. I'm still a bit dead from Maths overdose xD


21 Sep 2009 - 23:4319943
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
Obviously not enough if it's a term most people still need explained to them.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
I get a mix of positive and negative. Some people, namely family look down on it and see it as a waste of time.
But I have shown people my cosplay at university and they think it's rather cool.

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

Although I have only cosplayed in the past from Japanese games/anime/manga. I do plan in future to do a couple Western stuff.

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?
I do it for the fun of being in character with friends. Also often I do it because I totally love a character or their outfit.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

A bit of both, depending if I think I make an outfit or not, or sometimes buying gets me better quality than I could possibly ever make.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
No, and personally I hate elitists. It is all for fun after all. Elitists discourage it from growing.
I know the EGL scene has it's fair share of elitism, so much to the point of some people selling all their items cause of it.

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?
I believe in mainstream media (provided it was shown in a positive light) cosplay would benefit. As people could see how fun and often rather life consuming a hobby it really is and that it isn't the same as going to a cheap costume party with stuff from a joke shop.

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? How do you feel cosplay could achieve growth, awareness, and fresh interest (in either the mainstream media, or online*)? Or even just a new way for current cosplayers to interact/get informed, if you don't believe the community would benefit from growing?
More events for people to cosplay at. There are cons, expos (possible future roadshows) and tokyopop recons.
Then it may actually make it's way into more mainstream media and have more of those: "Oh awesome I met that guy at ****con" moments.
Or actually an British magazine for cosplay as opposed to just the cosplay corner with a select few.
And as many others have mentioned. TV!
Not enough TV for the nerd populace. XD


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Last edited by Jeff_Kamiki_Jurai (21 Sep 2009 - 23:45)
21 Sep 2009 - 23:5219944
I've edited the last question a fair bit, just so that people are aware. I'm tired, and it's hard to explain what you mean when you're running on a couple of hours sleep!

@CrystalNeko, I saw that Movie Geek show. I thought it was a pretty good idea, since naturally the target audience would be the people watching it in the first place.

@KairiOfTheDark, if I was answering these questions myself, I'd agree with you on many points, including the ones about cosplay events not being mass marketed, I personally don't think that the public would respond well to it either. The project brief involves having to justify all the work we do, I'll be referring to your response to explain why I think keeping it within mainly the current audience is a good idea. Incidentally though, my old school did have a warhammer club xD they were all over the newsletters and everything with their little armies.

This is brilliant guys, I've got an idea that I think I can develop easily, which stems from a lot of peoples' points C: Keep 'em coming!


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Last edited by HystericalDame (22 Sep 2009 - 00:27)
22 Sep 2009 - 00:2119946
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
I feel that cosplaying in the UK is alittle two sided if that makes sence? Theres them who hate it them who love it and them who just follow come cosplayers to the ends of the earth and they are always right and then are evil to others...

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?

Ive been called alot by the things known as Chavs. I was dressed as Inuyasha and called santa claus with micky mouse ears....Seriously? oh and another was some guy said excuse me inuyasha walking past me and i was like :o we was in middle of town and some random guy knew me T_T so happy xD

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

I cosplay from anime mangas jrockers and other things really. if its japanese related im there XD

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?


I enjoy making costumes and becoming somone else that isnt me. I find it enjoyable when people think im worthy enough to look up to.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
Both. If i CBA then ill buy if not ill make. I make alot of my props and style wigs myself. im just not 100% with making clothes yet.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
Whats this mean? XD

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

Would you like chavs cosplaying? Nope. XD If we showed this off to the media they will do what they did with anime. They tried to rid it. Anime is frowned upon in the UK goverment and all that. All my art teachers hated it and i love having rare people like it. makes you feel less......common ^^

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?


no idea T_T


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22 Sep 2009 - 01:0819948
Quote riku206:
Ive been called alot by the things known as Chavs.

Oh chavs. How we love you so <3

Quote riku206:
6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
Whats this mean? XD

Lol, cosplay elitists are those who, for example, look down on cosplayers who don't make their own costumes, or they don't think suit a character, people who make their own costumes but aren't perhaps as talented as other people, etc. Basically anyone who isn't up to their standards.


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22 Sep 2009 - 01:4319956
Why not, I love doing these forum questionnaire things...

1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
In a word, growing. When I started at the 2007 October Expo, there was a lot of cosplayers but most of them were the same (damn Naruto/Bleach characters...), but over time I have noticed more detail to original cosplays of characters outside of anime/video games (old school cartoons for example)

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
Well, I tend to keep things quiet about cosplay 'cause I know I won't get good responses, but that Facebook doesn't keep secrets very well...
Among family, I've gotten mixed responses, and among close friends I've gotten support and they even join in on the fun!

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?
I've done a mixture of video games like Street Fighter and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but I've also done Japanese anime characters like Dragon Ball and Sgt. Frog.

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?
Funny you should ask, I had a conversation with the friend who started me cosplaying about this... he was saying how I tend not to pay enough attention to detail, but I responded with the fact I don't cosplay to detail, I aim to simply have fun when I cosplay. And boy do I!

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
I've always made my costumes, however good or bad they are.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
Oh no, I'm no elitist. If I was, I would go into detail when I make my costumes, but I simply don't have the time with my busy life to do so. Like I said above, I cosplay for fun.
I've only recently gotten to know the cosplay elitists (or who I guess are elitists...), and the same goes for vice versa at AyaCon. Most of them seem to be the same way as me - they cosplay for the fun of it all too!

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet community? Why?
Cosplay is such fun, that I do indeed consider it a hobby. Besides, cosplay is already kind-of mainstream, by the fact that people go in costume when at a fancy dress party, or at Halloween. I often see people go out drinking in costume too!

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?
Umm, moar cosplay events, plz. That's all I really need to say.


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22 Sep 2009 - 01:5619957
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
It's a bit wierd in all honesty. There is enough coverage through websites and some magazines that still maintain cosplays unique niche market appeal.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?

There are always negative experiences to be had with people who don't understand what you are doing or why you are doing it. I LARP, I Airsoft and I cosplay all three have their own very very different portrail in todays society but all those I mentioned involve some sort of roleplay but unlike Larping where you go to 'act' as your character, or airsofting where you 'act' like a soldier for a day shooting things, cosplay is all about showmanship. It's a way to not only act as one your favourite characters but also show off your creative skills and talents. Which can even win awards.

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?


Anything that requires me to change how I am percieved. People can cosplay anyone from anything. Taking reference from this site people have done 60's pop stars, 80's childrens cartoon characters, current Japanese rock stars. My personal preference though is stuff which has struck a chord with me through my life. Characters that I simply adore from games, tv, anime, cartoons whatever. As long as I feel I can do the character justice.

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?


Fun. Purely innocent fun. While yes I love getting my costumes as accurate as I can and yes roleplaying as my character is also a great laugh (Freakazoid memores, oh my.) but that's NOT why I cosplay. I do it for a laugh and while it's rewarding to spend alot of money and effort on making a costume so realistic it makes your brain fall out, fun will always come tops for me.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

Bit of both. There are some costumes that require modding so I would need to buy the items that require it. Half the time I get stuff commissioned by friends because they have a far higher repertoire of skills and knowledge that would help in the creation process. Other times you need something custom made using techniques and materials you have no idea how to handle. Then theres the matter of the wigs, a lot of people have them styled by other people. I'm 50/50 on this one.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?


I'm not an elitist, no. But that would depend on what you deem an elitist to be. If I go by the sterotype and assume that an elitist is someone who wants a character to be portrayed 100% correctly then I'm definatly not. Elitists in my eyes tend to be people who I don't think have ever cosplayed at all, or even bother to talk to the cosplayer they are scrutinising. Although I must admit I have asked a cosplayer why they were missing some details on a cosplay that I thought important to the character, but after talking to them it simply turned out that they were extreamly nervous about cosplaying this character because it was quite a 'spotlight' one and had simply forgotten the item back at the hotel. I don't quite know if that's what you are looking for in an answer but it's all I can come up with.

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

Internet communities are either amazing places or scum holes. In contrast take a look at 4chans /cgl/ board in comparison to this CI's board. Mainstream impact would be adventurous if nothing else. Cosplay as viewed by the mainstream public isn't normal. It's a very niche hobby, but normal is a relative term. Each individual is unique and the term 'normal' in society varies from person to person. it's normal for cosplayers to cosplay, it's normal for old people to play boules. These are examples but it's verging on the sterotypical and at present adding another 'daunting' hobby to the mass audience would probably end up in a negative experience for a lot of us.

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?

As a film maker I'm inclinded to say that obviously film is one way to slowly bring light to the cosplay scene. Documentaries have the potential here to show every possible angle of a cosplayers life. They could show you the cosplayers daily life, normal mundane reality, you, me, anybody. Then we see them working on something, making a sword, a cloak, a belt, styling a wig. Everything that went into making a costume up until it is unveiled at an event or a convention infront of an audience of over a thousand people. To capture all that on film, the emotion, the drive and the spirit. That is what I want to achieve.


BLeh!

I did exactly the same for my third year essay. If you want to read what I submitted or my reading list for it just send me a PM. Good Luck!



Last edited by Shenny (22 Sep 2009 - 01:58)
22 Sep 2009 - 08:3219962
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

We've got a very good community in the UK, and a very friendly one. I'm not sure of proportions of cosplayers out of the total population, but it's steadily growing each year, that much is obvious.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?


Pretty much all positive, but then I don't tend to cosplay walking through town etc.

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

It's not so much the source material, but what I think about the individual costumes. I've cosplayed from things I've never seen/played before. I've been doing a lot of my costumes from Japanese games, simply because they have the more interesting costumes, but I've also done anime, western cartoons and original charecters.

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?

I love making the costumes, so this is a big part, but I also love the community cosplay brings, and getting into costume gets me out of my shell and better able to talk to people.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

Make, always.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?

I'm always stiving to push myself harder, but it's a personal thing. Personally, if someone is happy with their cosplay, whether they've made it or bought it, that's the important thing.

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

I don't think it would hurt, certainly. If chavs know what cosplay is, do you think it would change their reactions in anyway? But someone else might see it and think, hey that looks like fun, sign me up. It would only have a negative impact if the point of the article / program was to be negative.

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?

I don't think more cosplay events is the best way to promote cosplay, if your intention is getting new people into the hobby. New cosplay events are likely to appeal more to current cosplayers. Possibly simply what we need is people talking about it to others outside of the cosplay community, family, colleagues, school friends etc. Seeing something on the TV might make you aware, but unsure how to start. Knowing you have a friend who will help you get into the hobby and point you in the right direction of events, communities and so on might give you the push.

I doubt there is enough to make a complete TV channel for cosplay, but articles in the wider press / new might help.



Last edited by Taffeta_Rose (22 Sep 2009 - 08:34) Reason: Whooops, missed one!
22 Sep 2009 - 10:1319975
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
It's a great community, but still growing. As I was saying to a friend yesterday, it's about 10% really bad costumes, 10% OMGAMAZING costumes, and the rest are really pretty good, so I think we're actually doing quite well.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
TBH I don't think I would notice a negative reaction unless someone actually came up and spat in my face. Most of my friends/family have taken it reasonably well ("at least she's doing something productive" ), and when I bring it up for classes people have seemed to be genuinely interested (although perhaps that's because it's film studies?)


3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?
Japanese anime (I normally use the anime rather than manga because I find it easier to work the costumes out, but I'll be doing an art book/manga version of Wolfram at some point in the future), western media/films (The Crow, Lord of the Rings), Japanese games (The World Ends With You), Japanese films (Ghibli FTW), Western animation (Treasure Planet), original characters and whatever the hell you want to put Hetalia as (webcomics?)

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?
I really enjoy making costumes, and then wearing something that I've made makes me feel accomplished. I also like the social side of it, and have probably made more friends out of cosplaying than in the rest of my life put together.


5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
I brought Shuichi because it was cheaper to buy him than buy the PVC, but generally I make them because I enjoy the process of making them more than actually wear them. Sometimes I make them completely from scratch, but if I can I'll buy stuff to adapt.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
Yes and no - I've been known to make some very catty comments during masquerades and the like, but at the same time I appreciate the courage it takes to get up on stage and to wear a costume full stop. Most of the time it's more bouncing off the environment, and I would be a lot kinder out of it.

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet community? Why?
I think that both would have positives and negatives. Even if cosplaying was publicised there would still be idiots who didn't understand it, and you'd get a new wave of idiots coming into the community. If I'm honest, I quite like the smaller community. ^___^

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?
Personally, I don't have a TV, I don't go out that much... so the Internet is the best way to get to me. XD More books would be amazing because I love geeking out over them.


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Last edited by Purplefluffychainsaw (22 Sep 2009 - 10:13)
22 Sep 2009 - 11:0819986
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

Well that is a very good question, given that anime/manga/cosplay has only really proliforated in the last say 7 years its a good question ^.- I tend to have mixed opinions with how we are represented. And its difficult not to sound uppish about it. I think we are mainly represented as giggly/exciteable running around screaming people and you get the opinion people arent really wearing cosplays O_o just kinda lazy stuff you know? but there are also the really good cosplayers who jaw drop and impress you


2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?


Eeep theres a question ^^ I think most cosplayers would have many negative stuff to say. Myself I live in Hull *someone has to* and its hard not to get jeers and stuff. Although in the last year its really slowed down a abit and people are pretty decent most of the time.

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

Well I will always be a fan of diffrent media. I mean I like western stuff just as much as Japanese stuff its just that manga/anime is alot easier to cospaly from. I dont get the same excitement from western costumes as I do from japanese. Ive cosplayed from DC comics, Im a very avid steampunk couple that with the sherlock holmes cosplay, i would say I am pretty diverse ^^

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?

These are great things to ask and again really hard. well I cosplay because...firstly I love japanese popular culture ^^ and who wouldnt want to get dressed up as the great men and women from these shows that captivate so many people. cosplay for me is about being the character and having a hell of alot of fun doing it. I am a actor/performer by vocation/study and as such its impossible not to want to be Roy Mustang or Alucard the vampire. its just one of the many ways I havent grown up ^.^ *lego being another one*

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

Mainly make cosplays tbh but in the last year ive really enjoyed a few gifts people have bought me of made cosplays

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?


Gee whizz im not Elitist anything ^.^ lol *except mabye Green Lantern/superman comics* I can see how easy it would be to become elitist but I never could quite understand people like that O_o where it becomes a chore instead of a hobby you know guess its just another way we show off


7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?


Are you kidding? of course let cosplay into mainstreme world, give us a magazine, tv spots anything!!! in a world where things pass us by so quickly its important to hold on to things that are important to us and cosplay is just one of those things that would be so easy to ignore

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?

Hmmn good question *sick of saying that* I know you mentioned magazines but I would really like to see an all cosplay magazine similar to the goth loli bible but just for cosplay I guess. with tips and stuff ^.^ peoples pics, featured cosplayers

luke. apologies for spelling


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Last edited by Captain_Marvelous (22 Sep 2009 - 11:09)
22 Sep 2009 - 14:3220008
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

I think we're not a huge group that holds tonnes of cons and gatherings and as such we're often over looked by other countries when it concerns cosplay skills and crafts. Most people don't think to look at UK cosplayers much and I find that we're a hard lot to find on the web and even more so in person. I only found this UK cosplay site through a site of a site and if i'd not seen someone mention it in passing i'd have not thought to look for a UK based site.

I DO think it has grown in popularity though to a point. When I went to London Expo in 2007 I felt really out of place dressed as Link as I didn't see many cosplayers from different fandoms, but now its definitely grown and the expo has tried to create a bigger space for everyone going as a result. You see far more cosplayers now than what you did do at the expo and a heck of a lot more variety, but when compared to other countries we are definitely over looked and often thought of as being lazy and not as good as the rest.

I think that also our lack of 'materials' over here tends to get us pegged down as not being very good. Like when the US forums mention using a certain type of glue, or a certain type of hair product, if we can't get it in the UK we're often left trying to find alternatives and when we mention these alternatives on forums, they are over looked because we're such a small bunch of people compared to others, so that usually means by some people's standards that we, for lack of a better description, 'suck' as a cosplaying community.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?

It really does depend on where I am as to how its taken. In my home town Doncaster, i'd never dream of wearing anything cosplay related at all. The one time I went to a Re-Con in Doncaster I got abuse hurtled at me for walking around in a wig.

Family members tend to think its rather interesting and as I come from a family where creativity is encouraged (Not to mention that all my family are video game enthusists, even my grandparents enjoy them!) they generally leave me be and let me do as I please.

I've never really shown many people my cosplay as due to where I live i'm always worried about chav mentality and getting abuse shouted at me or getting laughed at for it. A lot of people don't understand the point of cosplay and see it as a huge money sink and something that we should be ashamed of doing past the age of 15 or so, and as such you often get backlash for it.

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

I've actually never cosplayed from an anime. I do plan to at some point...possibly, but video game characters have always appealed to me more. This is probably because I play video games more than I watch anime and read manga, so I tend to gravitate more toward them as cosplay choices. I would certainly like to cosplay some film and tv show characters, but the ones i'd like to cosplay are so normal looking no one would recognise me! (Like Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural, for example)

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?

I cosplay because I love trying to embody certain aspects of a character. Its like my little bit of escapisim. I enjoy putting on a costume and being treated like a different person to who I normally am. It allows me that little break from reality, and also allows me to meet tonnes of like minded people who I know wont look at me twice because i'm in a strange outfit.

Cosplaying gives me a chance to wear what i'd never dare to in public as well, it allows me to pick a character apart and try and rebuild them as a living, breathing person. If I can make the costume highly accurate, then thats brilliant, but if I can't get what I need to do so then I find its not too much of a huge deal(Its usually other people who make a costume not being accurate a big deal). It is hard to make a costume 100% accurate, more so if what you need isn't readilly availible in the country.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

I've bought costumes before, like my Orangization XII coat, but I tend to make my own now as I find its a lot more fulfilling to wear your own creations and you can get the best possible fit if you do it yourself. I'm not against buying parts for costumes though, like belts or guns etc as some pieces generally are too hard to make if that area of skill isn't your expertise.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?

I'm sort of...half on the fence about this one, because I may roll my eyes at seeing yet another Bleach character or something similar, but i'd never out right go up to them and start calling them out for it.

What I am elitist about is those people who actually do that, or let supposed cosplay 'fame' go to their heads and use it as an excuse to bully others.

I've had some very rude comments from so called celeb cosplayers online before and I think its wrong of them to abuse this so called power they have. I don't think anyone in this fandom has a right to go up to another person, or go onto their webpage (or whatever the case may be) and slate them because their 'fame' lets them do it without being called up on it. If a random Joe Blog like me started calling a famous cosplayer names or said I didn't think their costume was that great i'd get an army of devoted followers and fans calling me names until the cows came home. If its the other way around however, and the supposed famous cosplayer slates Joe Blog, its seen as hilarious and 'oh so true'. I'm more up in arms about that than this whole elitisim surrounding 'closet cosplays' or buying a costume or not doing a full costume.

The typical stero-type elitists are usually the ones who are up in arms about buying costumes, making costumes out of items you already own (Hence closet cosplay), or not being 100% accurate and in that case I don't think i'm an elitist. I don't care if someone doesn't look like a character, might not be the right body type or height, if they enjoy themselves then its fine. Yes I might be dissapointed if someone has a great costume but leaves out the wig, but who cares? Long as they have a good time and want to cosplay more then thats great! (One more to add to the cosplay army! *insert evil laugh*)

I can be elitist about little things, injustices, that I find IN the community. Like for example, I get quite angry at people who try and claim that others are 'copying' them because they cosplayed a character first or did an idea first.
The same goes for people who refuse to speak to others about their costumes saying its theirs and that the character belongs to them so "No way are they going to help ANYONE else make the same character!". I think we're a small enough community as it is and those people who think its funny to reply with 'Ebay' or a 'let me google that for you' link are pushing others away from wanting to join in and are alienating themselves with their 'Cosplay God Complex'. Sometimes you honestly can't find anything to help you and so asking a fellow cosplayer is inevitible and to take an attitude like the above I think it rather mean spirited.
I'm not saying everyone needs to tell everyone else exactly how they made something, but its nice to know you could maybe ask someones opnion without getting your head bitten off or recieving a scathing remark for your troubles.
Its that sort of thing that i'm more elitist about and tend to rant about more than the stero-typical stuff.

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

I wouldn't say keep it to the internet community, but i'd not like to see it mainstreamed. I think its an odd hobby at best and its not something deemed 'normal' by societies standards. We're often seen as being too old to dress up in costumes or having something wrong with us for doing it, some people even go as far to say that older cosplayers (older being above the age of 18 usually) are perverts praying on the younger cosplayers, which is a controversial topic thats often discussed just within the cosplay community itself. I think that mainstreaming it could spark off heavy debates, cause a lot of copyright issues (Because we are cosplaying things, people, etc that we don't pay any copyright/royalties on. The companies we choose to cosplay something from just sit back and let us do it to a point. I mean, you don't have to pay £50 to Square Enix because you made a Cloud costume do you?), and could do a bit more harm than good.
Yes it might bring more people into the community which would be wonderful, but I think we'd also see backlash in some way or another because with anything different their is always someone out to bring up a negative side to it. We would glean some posatives from it being mainstreamed but I don't think we'd get as many as we'd like or hope for. If it went mainstream i'd be worried about it getting even more expensive than what it already is and just that it might sort of get...ruined if you know what I mean. Like a passing trend.

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?

To be honest i've not seen any of these books or magazines, possibly because i'm not looking out for them, but I don't think that we sort of...need to broadcast cosplaying really. Most people find it themselves or hear of it through friends, family and school,etc. I'd maybe be interested in seeing one of those very short four minute extracts like they do on Channel four from time to time but I can't say that I'd be overly fussed in seeing more things being created to broadcast cosplay. I think its nice that its steadily growing as it is.

Et voila! 8D This was quite fun, it made me think! (for once! XD)


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Last edited by Member-XI (22 Sep 2009 - 14:37)
22 Sep 2009 - 18:0420021
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

I've not been on the scene very long, so it's difficult to give an answer to this.
The community is small, and everyone knows everyone. It's good in some ways, but in others it's not. People seem to get hung up on personal grudges (I've been here a year I know of so many already!), and since the community isn't greatly divided, it almost feels like one has no where to hide.
But maybe that's just my persistent sense of paranoia.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?

To be honest I have never been negatively percieved by the general public. My parents will grumble a little, and people will do a double take or stare, but people have generally simply been curious.
I've had a lot of people come over and ask what on earth we're doing. I've had a couple of people stare. But no one sober has ever been impolite, and even the drunks who I've bumped into on the train on occasion were just making lighthearted jokes. People seem to think it's good that teenagers have a hobby.

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

I've cosplayed from Japanese games and anime so far, but am currently making a costume of a character from an Italian comic series. I have plenty of stuff from Western media planned.
I try not to limit myself at all with source material =D

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?

Why? Because I love making them. I love sewing. Cosplay just gives me something to sew. I spent my childhood years trawling through craft books on rainy afternoons looking desperatly for something pretty to make. Cosplay helps me channel that creativity.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

I make them, because as said above that's the reason I cosplay. Plus I can't afford to buy them XD

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?

I've not been around long enough, nor am I good enough to be elitist.
Elitists scare me. They don't irritate me, they actually intimidate me XD
I'm not very confident in my abilities with cosplay techniques. I'm gaining confidence, but to begin with I kept getting it knocked again and again. I find it very hard to talk to people who are so very good at making amazing costumes! And it didn't help that some of the time I found that they didn't have the time of day for me (even for my compliments some of the time, which I found strange).
I actually find those hoards of fans, all in look alike bought costumes are much friendlier and accomodating than those people stood with a select group of friends. After all, they can't possibly claim that they were the first and only Naruto cosplayer!

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

Initially my thoughts were "No, it would not benefit."
But when I stop to think I realise that yes, it would. Though we try not to let it be, cosplay does seem mostly to be carried by a certain mould of people. The majority are within a certain age range (I think). A lot of them seem to have similar qualifications and/or are doing similar educational courses. (I know there are exceptions, but...well, the fact that there is a majority is what makes them exceptions...do feel free to correct me if I'm wrong)
Wider advertisement would bring in more diversity, and with it a wealth of ideas. As someone who recently joined the site has been saying, there are a lot of other costuming communities out there (reinactment groups and the like) that we could learn a thing or two from.
So yeah, why not?

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?

Sorry but I can't think of anything



Last edited by Hannah-Kiwii (22 Sep 2009 - 18:05)
22 Sep 2009 - 18:5120026
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
I personally think it comes across well, as I know many cosplayers outside of the UK and they often say the UK creates some of the best costumes and that we are alot more casual and relaxed than the US.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
Alot of people know that I cosplay and most are accepting of it, as I love making costumes because Im a creative person. Even those who are not like minded have said my costumes are good in their opinion and don't see it as "strange" or anything like that.

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?
Usually I cosplay Videogame characters, specifically Metal Gear solid. But I often enjoy cosplaying characters that arent mainstream and planned to do V for Vendetta and Blondie from the Good the Bad and the Ugly, so I guess I can say I cover a broad range.


4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?
I cosplay because I enjoy creating and it also fits into my career path, which is film. And I often see Cosplay as a form of acting aswell, such as when your on stage etc.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

I make my costumes using various items that are bought but I mostly tend to make things myself or modify them, such as my Joker costume which is all handmade except for the obvious things (gloves, shoes) But I have never purchased a complete costume.


6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
I cosplay for my reasons and I believe everyone else does the same, so I have no problem with people cosplaying what they want. Afterall, its all about having fun from start to finish... whats the point in taking it totally seriously?

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

I believe that cosplay is a niche really so it will never be a mainstream thing, it also depends on what media congolmerate would write an article as certain groups etc could be highly critical of it yet art magazines could be praising.


8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? How do you feel cosplay could achieve growth, awareness, and fresh interest (in either the mainstream media, or online*)?
I believe that Cosplay has reached its full potential, as more people than ever do it in the UK and I see no need to spread the word. But perhaps it would be good if international and national cosplay sites were linked to each other to make networking easier for those who wish to make friends or form groups.

Hope that helps somewhat!

Good luck too



Last edited by samwhitewolf (22 Sep 2009 - 18:53)
22 Sep 2009 - 20:0720030
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
The scene is pretty small although it seems to be constantly expanding. It plays a big part in many events and conventions. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of other things about it and some people are not quite aware of it.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
Not too sure. At an event that was held at the Oxford Street HMV there were people thought I was working there. Mostly there have been strangers looking at me not sure what's going on. There was one thing at Tesco where I work where someone tried to tease me about it, but it ended quickly.

There was pretty negative thing that happened after Square-Enix held a launch event for Final Fantasy XII. A few websites (Computer and Video Games Magazine and Eurogamer to name two) covered it in a pretty nasty way, mocking the cosplayers. This was made worse by the users posting much worse comments. Unfortunately, this seems to be indicative of attitudes on the internet outside cosplay and event sites.

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?
My costumes are mostly anime, manga and Japanese made games. I really go for costumes and characters that I like. It's also about how interesting the costume is.

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?
It's mostly about enjoyment and socialising. Also, I have a very strong strong eye for detail.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
Mine are made.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
I don't think I am an elitist although I have some strong opinions on some things. The problem with elitists is they can be that way about different things. Some want to gain a large following of fans as some form of testament to their skill. These ones would often brag about the kind of difficult techniques they can use and the expensive equipment they have. Others just seem to want to stand out or use cosplay as some forum of fashion rebellion. These people will be very snobbish toward those who have costumes of characters from something very well known or popular (Naruto, Bleach and Final Fantasy for example). I think alot of these people have forgotten why they are cosplaying anf that it should be a fun activity.

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?
I think a mainstream media presence would be a more positive thing. In this country at the moment the only media published is a regular article in Neo magazine and a soon to be released book called Cosplay Fever. I think that more mainstream media outlets would really support the community.

There will be some negitive issues as well. Most public perception; quite a few people would think of it being similar to being a Trekkie

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?
I think that publicising cosplay comes with helping the profile the other connected scenes (anime/manga, Sci-Fi). I think a presence on television would work well although it would have to be on the right channel at the right time. Things like this tend to get thrown into the early hours of the morning.

There isn't specialist magazine in this country. I have to admit that I don't know of any outside Japan. I would enjoy some form of regular printed event coverage along with tutorials, Q&A and other features.


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22 Sep 2009 - 20:2820033
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
Well, attending cons, and through various websites such as this, ive realised that the community as a whole is very friendly (the occasional bad egg, but the same can be said for any hobby im sure, and its just a matter of perspective).

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
Hmmmm, lets see. well, firstly, my parents and family, whilst they think its a bit odd, and that i should be concentrating on more important things, they are on the whole very supportive, if not interested directly. friends range from total indifferent, to cosplayers themselves, with no one really having anything bad to say about it. the general public also seem to have quite a range of views. ive struck up conversations with various random people ive met about it, and they have all been genuinly interested. elderly people especially think its great someone in the younger generations is interested in needlework, and handicraft, instead of out on street corners. when walking around in cosplay, i get the occasional jeer, but most people seem to either turn a blind eye, or at least arnt too nasty about it.


3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?
i tend to stick to japanese anime. i dont really read much manga, so if i do cosplay someone from a manga, its usually the anime version. i also cosplay from japanese games, and i also have several western cosplays i wish to do, from various films and stuff.

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?
i suppose the reason i started cosplay, was to get more into the anime niche and meet people. when i started, i was at a very dark point in my life, and needed something to occupy myself. it helped to get me out of my depression, and make lots of friends. currently i cosplay to make friends, meet people, and to be different.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
i make mine. at the very least i will buy an existing garment and modify it to my needs. ive never actually bought a cosplay myself, nor do i plan to do so.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
i wouldnt say elitist as such. i have no qualms about people buying a cosplay and wearing it around a convention or something. its all cosplay as far as im concerned. people that make their costumes usually get more respect from me, simply due to the time and effort involved, but i dont hold anything against people who buy theirs. i do, however, believe against people buying their cosplays and enter them in competitions. ive been in several competitions where bought costumes have won against hand made ones, and its not that fair on the people who make them. by all means, show off your costume, but dont go against people who spend the time making them!

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?
interesting question. never really thought much about this one. i dont think it would have a negative impact on the hobby. i think its such a niche interest that little could be gained from it being in the media to a large extent. people into anime and stuff mostly already know about cosplaying and either do, or they dont. but also, if the popularity did rise quite a bit, then i wonder if prices for things in the hobby would rise?

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?
one thing ive always thought is needed, is far more advertising for the various conventions. currently, we have word of mouth, the internet, and a few flyers/panels at existing cons. if a little more advertising was done, then perhaps we would get more people?


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19 Oct 2009 - 23:0521177
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

To be honest, I think that there is alot of coverage in magazines like neo and events, however the majority of the people you meet and you talk about "cosplay" they look at your abit blankly as they never heard of the concept.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?

I think I am perceived as a friendly cosplayer and is always willing to help a group out if they need a character... however
I havent really had the opportunity to get involved greatly into the cosplay community just yet as I only started out this year..

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

I cosplay in anime and manga related, more than games, on the other hand there have been a few costumes on the progress list which is from games. One from Eternal Sonata and the other from Final Fantasy XII I never really thought about cosplaying from a TV show as I havent really idolised anyone from them

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?

I generally love the whole idea of creating an outfit, re-inacting characters which people love from certain shows and also people appriciating how much detail work has gone into the design.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

I hand make all my cosplays from scratch

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?

I dont think I am one, I love to learn from other people especially ones that have done it for ages, there are certain people within the community that could be elitist, however I noticed that everyone I have met so far have been really friendly and incredibly nice to hang around with

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

In the cosplaying community most people know everyone else, and if cosplaying was to become mainstream it would lose the friendly vibe and just be another plain old school hobby, what is unique about cosplaying is that is it really different, and great fun to do. Once you get the bug there's really no turning back

I would like to be slightly more well-known and not so internet based, as it feels like its a closet type hobby, all hush hush.
I would like the great cosplayers to be reconignised so people know who the best people are to talk to if they have an issue with a costume they are doing. It would be nice to see cosplaying become more open but not too open..

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?

As I am studying marketing I can find numerous ways to get people interested and to get people to understand that cosplaying is something that we should do out of conventions as well as in conventions..

I would love to see an event or even lesson based just dedicated to cosplay so people can learn the basics of wig styling, posing and so forth

I also love to see a cosplay book dedicated to known cosplayers around the world next to lolita books, so people can find references to cosplays simply and effectively..

The other thing that will appeal to me would be to advertise outside of the web based area, get people involved in anime societies, get some leaflets printed which has a round up of all up-coming events instead of word of mouth...

I never heard of minami until a friend of mine said, there needs to be more awareness so the public is also aware why people will be dressing up differently for a few days...

hope this helps for your final project
limegreenjelly x


20 Oct 2009 - 11:2921196
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

In the last 3 years I've only been aware of two events held in Scotland. The majority of them are held in England I believe. Now I know I could complain about this and the obvious reply would be 'organise one yourself', but I'm still pointing it out. I wouldn't mind the larger events to more central. London is good for a city but bad for location. This was made very apparent with the yugi tcg. The national champs were held in London 2 years in a row. We still went, but grudgingly. Even the English players were campaigning for Manchester at least!

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?

My parents think it's a waste of money since I don't really have events to attend. My closer friends don't bat an eyelid. Some think it's a sign of, I quote, 'faggotry'. I ignore this guy

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

I think I'm trying to keep it to games subconciously for no apparent reason.

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?

I think I'm fundamentally not happy with myself. I play a game and love the idea of just being in a different world, with worries being wiped clean, being fully in control of what happens to you.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

I've only got one so far but I bought it.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?

I wouldn't say I am. They can get lost in their own worlds if they want. We're in a democracy for a reason.

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

It would increase awareness a lot I think. Consider halloween. If someone goes as the Men in Black, is that considered a cosplay? If it is, you're making them aware that they're already doing it. They could branch out a bit after knowledge of this. Same for fancy dress parties. If someone goes as Han Solo, that's cosplaying, although they might not percieve it as that, since most would just considering it as 'dressing up'.

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?

Get decent footage from the last main event, try and make an advert out of it. Tele is the best way to get something advertised, and I'd say most people sitting at home would instantly be glued to the tv if they're flashed images of pretty Tifas and Yuffies, and then other costumes that they may be able to relate to. If a mum or dad is watching, they might go on to tell the kids.


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20 Oct 2009 - 14:3221206
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

Tbh I was surprised at the ammount of conventions we have, I only thought there two or three

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?

Family is supportive cos I show off my creativity
Alot of my closest friends are cosplayers too so guess what they think
People I met at uni are surprisingly supportive and regualerly ask to see what I've done

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

Well since I'm still new at it I've only done anime and manga but i play to do an anime/game crossover character in teh future

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?

I love to express myself and I love all the outfits in anime and stuff! All sooo amazing I love it. I also love seeing what people are into and how they make em, cos everyone has their own style

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

got one as a crimbo pressie- it was a negima uniform
But everyother one has been made by me- It keeps me busy and it feels more special wen you wear it

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?

I dunno- never thought about it before. each to their I guess

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

There is a problem that if it were publishied in mainstream media it would create a negative impact. I don't mean it'll show us in a negative light but it may give people who view it negativly ammo to discriminate etc

I don't even know if that makes sence

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?

It would be nice if these forums advertised themself in mags like neo but apart from that no I'm happy with it as it is now.


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20 Oct 2009 - 22:5121233
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

Not too sure how to reply to this, but where I live, in the South of England, I am able to travel a lot from one place to another to attend conventions in cosplay and stuff. I actually live in Southampton where I think there is a HUGE gathering of cosplayers in one spot!

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?

Never had any problems by people outside of the community. Most of my family love the fact I make costumes and people who visit or new people I meet all seem very interested and surprised that you can get away with making your own costumes and things! At one point on holiday my dad started showing a German family living next door some of my cosplay photos and they absolutely loved it! (although it was a bit embarrassing haha!) I've never had any bad experiences really like some people have. Often I get people asking where I bought such-and-such outfit, and when I tell them I made it they won't believe me! XD But its all good. I always find it funny when you get little kids staring at you, or you turn up on the London Underground drenched in fake blood and all the commuters can't help but make sure to swerve around and avoid you.

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

I tend to do a lot of Japanese cosplay, from anime, manga, games even movies (woot Battle Royale!) But I've also cosplayed from western manga, games and tv shows (Gormenghast is a BBC production!), so a nice big mix of things I would like to think. ^^

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?

I've always enjoyed dressing up, any excuse and I would do it. I just love the idea of looking out of the ordinary and becomming somebody else. I don't normally act in character unless for photos and stuff, but I like the thought that you've become someone who you aren't normally. I find it really fun and different from just being yourself all the time.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

I do a mix, depending on whether I have the time or effort to make an outfit, I will more than happily make it as I like the idea of being able to make something look how -I- want it to look. However, there are just some things I wouldn't have a clue on how to make (like my Sailor Uranus fuku O_o). I just wouldn't be able to get my head around it, so I bought it. However, there are some cosplays which I do, which I just wouldn't be able to buy even if I wanted to (ie. when I first made my Perplexity of Haruhi Suzumiya outfit there were no places you could buy it from on the interweb, so I had no choice but to make it!)

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?

I would hope I'm not elitist! I always find that there's always something good in everyone's cosplay and something bad in it too. No one's outfit can be absolutely perfect the same as no one's cosplay can be absolutely rubbish. So I guess I don't like the idea of elitists really. I mean, there's still things I find problems with in the outfits I make and I still wish to get better and improve. Even people who I think look really good in outfits, there will always be a fault. I think its just a case of understanding that everyone has different levels of how 'good' a cosplayer they are, but yet still everyone strives to improve. I laugh when I look back at my first cosplay pictures and think 'wow did I really think that looked good'?! Admittedly, I do get a bit picky about characters I absolutely adore, saying 'ooh I wish they did this'. But more often than not there's always something that makes me go 'wow I would have never thought of doing that!' So I think elitists are just being a bit silly really!

7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

I don't really know where my stance on this is. I personally quite like the fact its pretty in-kept within the internet community. Then again, nearly all of my friends are cosplayers or are aware of cosplayers so it doesn't feel like it is missing out of anything at all to me. I don't think the mainstream media would really get it. They would just see a bunch of nerds running around in costumes (which is essentially what we are!), so i don't see how it could benefit from it being publicised in the first place.

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?

I'm still quite happy with how it is. but then again, I'm not a fan of change so... yeah lol. ^^


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02 Nov 2009 - 18:2121656
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

Hmm,it's growing, but there is still a fairly friendly, close knit community going on.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?

Generally I haven't had any real negative experiences while cosplaying. Sure I've got some good natured questions, weird stares, things like that but all of these things are to be expected.

3) How broad a range of media do you cosplay in? Just Japanese anime and manga? Japanese games? How about western games? Even movies/tv shows?

I don't really limit myself to anything. I just cosplay a character I feel passionately about, regardless of what genre they come from. So far, most of the characters have been from Japanese media, but that will probably even out over time.

4) Why do you cosplay? Is it about making a costume as accurate as you can? Getting into the role of a character? Something else?

I love the feeling of pouring loads of effort into a costume and it paying off. I try to pay as much attention to detail as I can, because I think it's these little details that really make a costume shine. I don't tend to play a character when I cosplay, because I find it hard to find the one characteristic to play.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

I bought them at first, but now I am trying to make them a bit more. The only real reason I bought them in the first place is because I'm not very strong with sewing, but I'm getting better so it's time to start making them myself.

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?

No, I don't think so. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I always respect people who at least try to make their cosplay work, even if it doesn't work out the way they planned. My opinion of elitists isn't very high, simply because as I said, everyone starts somewhere, and it won't help the newcomers if they think the experts are all snobs.


7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicised in the mainstream media? Or do you believe that it would have a negative impact, and would prefer to keep it within the internet* community? Why?

Um, I'm not so sure. I don't think it would really make much of a difference either way. If it was more in the public eye, I think it would either be met with a state of indifference or there would be a few people who just wouldn't get it. There could be some people who would treat cosplay/ers with negativity, but I think they would be in the minority.

8) Bearing in mind your response to question 7: There's a couple of cosplay books and magazines, and many user-submission-based cosplay wesites such as this one, but can you think of a new/interesting/exciting way to publicise cosplay that would appeal to you? Or something that these various methods of of publicity are missing?

That's a pretty good question. What's missing is more panel type things where people are taught certain techniques to do with cosplay. But then again there could be some and I just don't know about them... if there are some, they need to be better advertised.


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