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02 Nov 2009 - 20:3721670
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
I think that it's generally a good representation, but there's not really enough events to do it! It can also be worrying that people spend so much money on things like Expo and then don't have enough to cosplay.

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
No, I haven't, not really. A random person took a photo of me going to Expo in a blue wig, but to be honest, I love the attention. I just wouldn't want to cosplay in my own town.

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?
Just anime and manga. I like how accessible it is online, and tv schedules just confuse me :/ I'm not a big gamer of any kind, and so I wouldn't cosplay them. I would cosplay a film character, but it's not likely. Not sure why :/

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'm a huge attention seeker and I like getting to act in a certain way and not be criticized for it. I love being recognized and photographed, but getting to do the same with other. It sounds corny, but it makes people potentional friends - you like the character/series, they obviously like it too, and so the ice is broken. It's getting to fangirl X3

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
BUY. I cannot sew, edit or change any piece of clothing for toffee. I fail so badly. I tack things to my skirt whenever I "sew".

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 so? I mean, my first cosplay was so off it was fail. It shouldn't have counted. But I didn't get any bad comments. Elitists are people I understand, though - if I saw someone cosplay my favourite ever character and it was terrible, I would be upset, but not say anything, or think any less of 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?
I don't think so. I think it might embarass some people and cause the "normals" to think less of us nerds XD But I think it'd be nice to have more people cosplay and for it to become easier to do for people, and having just a few more events would be nice? Or else it wouldn't be special.

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?
Hm. I think this answer is perfect; " 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!" A TV channel for animanga and the events that come with it would be EPIC. Billboards and posters for things would be a good way of advertising - some people may not know about the events avaliable, let alone about cosplay, and it would be nice to show them. I went to my first Expo after three/four years of animanga love - that's too long! But not a huge amount. Just a little more.


04 Nov 2009 - 18:3021817
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

I feel like its pretty good. But I do feel that there is a major lack in events around the uk.


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

When I’m with friends who have no interest in the anime/cosplay culture see me as stupid and that my hobby has no point to 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 do mainly just cosplay from Japanese anime/manga and games but I am hoping to start cosplaying in a wider area – im starting with south park and I’ll see where I’ll go from there ^^


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 just cosplay for the fun of role-playing and displaying your costumes to other people with the same interests. It makes me feel so happy when I go to expo and people ask for my photo <3


5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
I usually buy my costumes because I lack skills in making from clothes from scratch – but I am staring to make them on my own thanks to studying textiles in school and helpful clothing tutorials.


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 really see myself as an elitist – I just cosplay for the fun and put my best effort into it. My opinion on elitists is that they just put a lot of time and effort in to actually look like the character they’re cosplaying, they may be very good cosplayers but they shouldn’t anybody if they’re costume isn’t as accurate or high quality as theirs – that just pisses me off, especially when most people don’t have a high amount of time and money to spend on their hobby.


7) Do you feel that cosplaying would benefit as a hobby by being publicized 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?

On one hand maybe it would be a good thing to have cosplay publicized in mainstream media because there are many ignorant people that I have come across who just don’t understand that cosplaying is just a hobby of millions of people around the world. But on the other it may be bad because then it might get a bit too mainstream and cosplayers might not feel like they have a unique hobby


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

There should be some sort of TV channel dedicated to the anime/manga/cosplay culture – I think the uk needs one of those.




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06 Nov 2009 - 18:0621995
My responses - sorry if it too late!
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
I think it's becoming more and more popular and as the cosplaying community grows it's giving more and more people the confidence to join in. I've wanted to do full on cosplays for years but never really had the friends to do it with until now and i was too shy to go anywhere on my own!

2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
My friends who don't cosplay are generally positive when i've been moaning about hand sewing a costume for days r i go all hyper over an up-coming event. My mother thinks i should grow up but geerally supports me and my dad just smiles and nods knowing how random i can be nothing seems to surprise him anymore - bless!

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'd be willing to cosplay anyone from anywhere once the idea has taken hold. Most of mine have been from Japanese anime or games like Bleach or FF7. I'm always open to ideas

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?
Its fun! Is the main reason but i love to play in character especially with my friends and the costume making is a brilliant hobby.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
A mix of both. I buy wigs etc and try to make the actual costumes as much as i can but i'm not against buying them if they are too complex or i dont have enough time etc

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
Not at all the more people who cosplay the better

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'm not too sure, i think it would help to generate more events where cosplay could take place and hopefully more spread over the country. i also think it would help people who want to cosplay find out about events that are happening that they can go to as i didnt really know where to start.

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?
Not really, i enjoy watching peoples idea etc on youtube but other than the magazines and websites i'm not sure how things could be improved.


23 Nov 2009 - 15:0322946
Apologies if this is too late but I'm in a filling things out mood today.

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

In terms of availability of conventions in the UK I think that there are not enough events in the North West. However I am 24 years old and have a full time job so I can travel further afield and can bear the brunt of the enourmous expense that often comes with conventions (definately worth it though), but for someone who is younger it must be pretty tough if you don't live in the South.

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

I don't cosplay unless I'm going to a con, but the only cosplaying in public (travelling to con, stopping for food, going in bars) stories I have have all been positive. Weve been stopped by tourists a few times for pictures, asking us what were doing. One American lady thought I was on a school trip which was sweet. I even had a French man tell me that hed read any comic book I was in, when I politely told him that I was dressed as a man in drag he said that he'd still read a comic book with me in it. (hehe). To be honest though I've been dressing in an unconventioanl way for almost 10 years now in my day to day life so negative comments wouldn't bother me too much. In terms of friends and family, my non cosplaying friends don't think its strange, half of my family think its an interesting hobbey and the other half of my family think I need to grow up.

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?

Most of my characters thus far have been manga/anime/japanese games characters. I mostly crossplay but have started doing female characters too. I plan to cosplay a lot of western comics as well as anime/managa.

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?

Mostly escapism for me to be honest. I adore dressing up. Learning new skills was also the attraction and I've loved making new friends and having awesome adventures!!

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?

Bit of both. I started out buying and altering as my sewing skills leave a lot to be desired, but Ive finally made my first from scratch and it turned out ok. I'm still going to alter from existing clothes as well as make from scratch though!!

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 call myself elitist at all. I think that everyone cosplays for a reason and that everyone should have fun as thats what is about. Unfortunately every group has cliques and unpleasant people who will make others feel uncomfortable, but to be honest Ive never experienced this with cosplay yet. This surprised me a great deal as the main thing that held me back from doing this for years was that I thought the cosplay scene would be dreadfully cliquey.

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?

Hmmmmmmmm, I'm not too sure where I stand on this. Obviously, cosplay has increased in popularity dramatically over the last few years, at Expos and such, the number of cosplayers pretty much outnumbers the number of non cosplayers. The few times Ive ever seen cosplaying in the mainstream media has been from a negative view as in "wow isnt this weird and strange". I think that yes it would get a few people into the hobbey but at the expense of turning it into a bit of a joke.

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?

Not really, I think that internet communities such as this one are the key. I consider cosplay island to be the best site for UK cosplayers. Obviously you have things such as cosplay.com which has its own UK based forums, but if it werent for sites such as these I probably would never have started speaking to some of my cosplaying friends, as some of them live nowhere near me.

Sorry that was monstrously long!!


25 Nov 2009 - 15:0423048
Wanted to join in the fun

1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?
I think it does have some good representation for being such a niche hobby.
It must be getting some rep if i can sit at my lunchbreak with a bunch of girls who are more into X Factor/Im a Celeb and that kind of thing (normal girls tbh...) and they can have a casual conversation about it
"oh my little sister is cosplaying for halloween"
"aw thats so cute! i considered it once but i've never seen any of those shows so it'd just be the one i found the prettiest"



2) How have you been perceived as a cosplayer, outside the cosplaying community? Positively? Negatively? Any experiences to share?
Neutral to be honest. I've never really cosplayed outwith a con/expo/society meet.
Although at an Auchinawa meet last summer, one of the guys got a lot of positive response from the public who just thought he was a street performer and started giving him tips and sending their kids up for pics with him XD
Although on the rare occassion i've worn my ears/tail/collar in public i've gotten a few comments from folk although thats a seperate fandom with seperate issues altogether 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?
Anything really
Mostly from Anime although there are a few more western costumes i'd like to attempt

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?
Just something fun
It was also a hobby i could enjoy and put on my cv unlike video games it gave me skills i needed to get ahead; planning, confidence, sewing etc



5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
I make quite a few of them and if i can't make the complete costume, i'll make parts of it as i find it fullfilling and relaxing
Else i'll just commission; if i dont have the time to make it or other life issues, i'll support a fellow cosplayer and commission

6) Be honest - are you elitist? If yes, what are your opinions on cosplay? If no, then what are your opinions on elitists?
I can be yeah. I dont mean to be.
I am by no means an amazing cosplayer. Although i do find myself gettign caught up in /cgl/ style drama.
but never because i think im better than that person; i actually have a lot of respect for anyone that can go out in cosplay be it a good or terrible cosplay.
I do find myself laughing at some cosplayers who chose costumes they just shouldnt have. Like the quite overweight girl choosing to cosplay the scantily clad character.
Yes i'll have a giggle at it and yes i'll be bitchy but at the same time, i have a great deal of respect for that person. As they must realise they will get negative comments but good on them for having the confidence to do it and sticking two fingers up at the haters


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 like it being a small community for one reason only; its bad enough with all the hyperactive, ignorant kids at expos and cons without inviting more.
I lost number of the times in October @ expo where Sephi and I had to restrain ourselves from saying something (or in one case, kicking) cosplayers who gave the community a bad name.

Example; busy DLR station; loads of folk going down the escalator - 13 year old Naruto cosplayer (typical) decides its funny to run up the wrong escalator, pushing people out the way as he does so......rage ¬_¬


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 thin a UK based magazine would be good
Neo has proven there is a market for it and so far, the only cosplay magazines i can find are the Japanese editions of CosMode and Layers and even then, the copies on sale in FP are out of date. I pitched the idea to my lecturer and she lvoed it


09 Dec 2009 - 16:2123620
1) How do you feel about the representation of cosplay in the UK?

I feel it could be improved, most people have not heard of cosplay, I myself only ever heard of it because I stumbled across my friend doing it. It's the same with conventions, I had NO idea of the existance of ****CONs (only Expos) until someone did a journal on DA about it. I think there are many potential cosplayers out there who simply haven't been shown cosplay.

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

To be honest, I'm careful with whom I share my cosplaying habits with. Becuause I'm doing a BTEC Graphics course, I have told everyone in my group becuase it's a creative atmosphere, and it's generally been accepted. This included people wanting my to wear my pink wig to college so they could study how I styled it (I didn't xD). Plus, I showed one of my Graphics Teachers "Cosplay Fever" and he said "It's a fantastic sub-culture, a truly amazing hobby" and he quizzed me loads about it =D

Becuase I am careful, I generally get positive responses, even jealous ones, saying how much they'd love to do it too. I occasionally get the "Hahahahaha, freak" however, I generally ignore them.

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 one of my cosplays is going to be from Harry Potter, so that's hardly Japanese xD Apart from that... yes, mostly Japanese originated stuff. I've considered a few Western TV shows such as Doctor Who, Flashfoward... generally Sci-Fi stuff. However, most of my costumes come from Japanese anime and manga. I would cosplay some Japanese games, but many of the costumes are extremly complicated so for now, I'm leaving them out.

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?

Becuase it allows me to be several things I wanted to be as a child. I can act, I can model, I can dress up, and I can create outfits. When I first discovered it, I was fascinated! I wanted to cosplay more and more by the day.

At the moment, it is a great frind magnet. Plus, it is one of the things I get complimented on the most. People in awe-inspiring costumes that make mine look like sewn rags come up to me and exclaim thta they love my outfit. You can't help but feel adoration for them, and a small hint of pride for yourself.

5) Do you make or buy your costumes?
Make... in a certain sense. I generally buy and customise garments since many of my costumes COULD do that. However, I don't buy pre-made costumes. Although, I think in the near future I may buy one simply because of time restraints.

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 like elitists, people who look down on others becuase their costume was bought should be ashamed. They seem to forget that cosplay is for FUN. Plus, no one is brilliant at something first time around, someone may look down on a porrly made costume... but it may be a very first self-made costume. It will have errors! They may then ind that ACTUALLY for a first self-made costume... it was pretty good.

Very occasionally, I can think that just throwing on normal clothes and saying you're a "casual cosplayer" is... well, a little lazy. If you put more effort into it, you'll get more enjoyment 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?

Hmmm, I'm not sure. Going back to the point I made in Question 1... well a lot of potential cosplayers simply haven't heard of it (or conventions) so I do think there should be a lot more advertising for it. Midlands Expo for example, used to be 2 days, now 1. Didn't get enough people. Why? IT'S NOT ADVERTISED ENOUGH. I think advertising it on the internet on... creative websites (such as art ones, media ones, etc) would be a good move.

As for TVs and magazines... I'm not sure. I feel that a lot of people would dismiss it as some weird following, or see us as children who've forgotten to grow up. So cosplay may get a negative view... then again it would mean thta people would be more aware of it... so you DON'T have to explain your hobby everytime someone asks you about yourself.

I think (in terms of mainstream) if it was done CORRECTLY it may help. You'll always get people who dismiss it in every hobby, cosplay is no exception. However, with every hobby there are people who admire it, even if thye don't do it or have any desire too. You may say one day "I cosplay" and instead of "What's that?" you may get "Oh wow! Who have you cosplayed as?" A much more desirable question. Plus, the media MAY explain it better than myself anyway. I usually (unintentionally) show cosplay in a rather geeky light.

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 did mention advertising it on creativity based websites... I feel that could help. As for mainstream media... I'm not sure, I'd leave that up to the media students... wait I'm meant to be a Graphic Designer. Uhm... perhaps advertising some of the BIGGER events in creative magazines or on tv could help. Possible some of the ones whic hhave a liiiiittttlllleeee more Sci-Fi in them, as they would appeal to a wider audience.


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