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07 Aug 2012 - 16:4788938
Cosplay questionaire
Hey guys, hopefully when I return to Uni, I'll get the go-ahead with making a documentary on cosplay in the UK for my degree. But, for it, I need to find the facts about it since it's a very 'define it yourself' hobby and activity.
I was hoping people would be willing to help me gain more information for a spread of views, from different parts of cosplay, by answering the questions bellow.

How did you start cosplaying?

How long have you being cosplaying?

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

Buy or make your costumes?

How many conventions do you attend per year?

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)


Thanks to all those fill this in, having a few others ideas to help build facts to form a documentary on the cosplay scene of the UK will help move it forward.
(On a side note, if anyone knows of a website that isn't Wiki or Wiki quoted for further information I can use in a research portfolio, I'll love you forever.)


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Last edited by The-oncoming-storm (18 Oct 2012 - 16:42)
07 Aug 2012 - 17:1688941
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How did you start start cosplaying?

As a child, I just dressed up a lot. I'm not sure when it slipped into cosplaying, but it did.

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How long have you being cosplaying?

Well, I started calling it cosplay probably around 6 - 7 years ago. But as stated, fancy dress was a huge part of my childhood, so including that it would be 16 years :3

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Why you continue to cosplay?

I enjoy it. That what it simply boils down to. Even if I didn't go to conventions, I love making costumes and wearing them. So, it's purely for entertainment for me.

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Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

That entirely depends on the costume. I'll spend how much I need to spend on it, if I can afford it. I'm probably looking at several hundred pounds for Lady Loki.

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Buy or make your costumes?

Make.

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How many conventions do you attend per year?

I've just been doing two a year, though I also plan to do October Expo and HYper Japan this year, so that will take it to three. Next year, I'm planning at least May and Ayacon, but I'll probably try to get to other events too.

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Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?

Hah, it's been a mix from everything. I have no limits and no favourites. A character catches my eye, then I cosplay them.

Probably not really from anime or tv though, not a big watcher of them.

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Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay?

Other than the cost, I'd say the ridicule you can be subjected to is the biggest con of cosplay. People who don't understand, and just see it as a stupid thing. "Look! They're protecting their virginity!" That kinda thing. Also, the overly sexual comments that can also occur - I'm not really bothered much, but when it's... aggressive? Nasty? yeah, that does bother me.

Pro? Meeting new people and getting out and about. It's a great way to socialise. I'm rather socially awkward, and cosplay helps me come out of my shell. The costume puts a protective layer, if that makes sense.

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07 Aug 2012 - 18:3488947
How did you start start cosplaying?

Well a friend was watching video's online and came across some cosplaying groups, not long after that she found out about MCM Expo asked is me and my friend wanted to go and thus started our Cosplay Shinanegans xD

How long have you being cosplaying?

Since 2008 (Around August/September time).

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)

Its great fun and hobby I never thought I would become so excited about and also something I cant imagine my life without ^^

I enjoy the attention it attracts from people at expo, I enjoy thinking up my next project and I love the end product (Even if it wasnt entirely made by myself, its still exciting to come home to a package from Hong Kong... it feels like Christmas xD)

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

Around £100, usually I try to make them cheaper but in the end it costs an overll £100-ish.

Buy or make your costumes?

The majority is bought but I make adjustments and make the accesories and restyle the wigs etc.
But since my last Cosplay, I have now decided to make all mine myself ^^

How many conventions do you attend per year?

Usually 1 per year but I took 2010/11 off due to exams and college.

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?

All of the above xD

I have 2 from Anime at the moment and 1 in progress.
1 from a Video game and another in progress.
And currently 1 Disney Character.

But I have loads planned from all media ^^;


Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)

Pro's:

- Making/putting together the Cosplay itself.

- Attending Expo's/con's in the finished Cosplay. I adore the atmosphere and the attention some cosplays get <3

- Using the Cosplay in photoshoots with friends, I love doing photoshoots!

Con's:

- The the cosplay malfunctions, from the wig sliding back to some accesories falling off/breaking and even when someone bumps into you at an expo and end up causing something to break.

- Suffering from Innapropriate Shoes/Clothing.
I hate when My feet begin to die due to high heels r when I am wearing a Jacket for the cosplay in an absolutely boiling hall or even when I am outside.


I hope this helps ^^


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07 Aug 2012 - 19:1588951
How did you start start cosplaying?
I'd seen it on the internet from the age of about 12, then when I was 14 I met some people online from the UK who were going to the MCM expo and decided to go - then cosplayed to LFCC a few months later with them.

How long have you being cosplaying?
4/5 years now.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
Recently, I haven't been cosplaying due to time and money restraints, but hope to get back into it for the challenge and fun, and the people of course.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
Money wise? It depends on the costume really.. a decent wig about £20-£40, god knows how much for fabric and props.

Buy or make your costumes?
Make, but I do have two bought costumes that have lived in my wardrobe since I bought them.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
About 4 / 5 usually, so far none this year though.

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
All and any, although I tend to avoid live action things as I would constantly compare myself to the actor/actress.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)

Price will always be a con, but if it's worth doing then the money is worth it in the end.
Lack of events can always be a downer, but it depends what you go to conventions for - I personally have always gone for fun and socializing, so lack of events doesn't always matter as long as theres a place to sit and a bar!
I think the community can be both a pro and con here in the UK - it's very small, so you know everyone, or at least know of them, which is great - but at the same time rumours and bitching can spread fast within it.
I also agree with Nixie's con of people who don't understand, there's nothing less fun than having to explain what you're doing, why you're doing it and so on / have abuse shouted.



Last edited by Illulyn (07 Aug 2012 - 19:16)
07 Aug 2012 - 19:2188952
How did you start cosplaying?
My first ever cosplay was Zack Fair from FF7. I planned to do Steiner from FF9 for my first ever con (Amecon 2010) but ran out of time. My friend had been to a con before and his pictures made cosplay look interesting so it fell to the next con I went to (Ayacon)

How long have you being cosplaying?
Since 2010 but there is a picture of me dressed as Rambo when I was about 4-5 or something though.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
I like the creativity of it. Having to figure how to bring this thing from someone's imagination to something in real life. The community is also great. Cosplay is really the antithesis of my regular day to day life.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
Unfortunately as much as it takes to get done. Usually after spray paints and stuff and failed attempts its in the hundreds.

Buy or make your costumes?
Definitely make, it is the making that I enjoy. I don't mind the wearing though

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Ranges from 1-3 possibly 3 this year including Expos

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Games, I don't generally watch much anime or read mangas.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)
Pros
The community
The feeling when you succeed in your cosplay

Cons
Cost
Public transport, how hard it is to get to events
Most major cons being millions of miles away from


07 Aug 2012 - 20:3488956
How did you start start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying after I went to my first MCM Expo in London (May 09.) I didn't really know much about the cosplay community before this >.< I loved the idea and wanted to try it for myself after seeing other people doing it in person

How long have you being cosplaying?

About 1 and a 1/2 years

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)

I like being able to portray my favourite characters, and learning new skills along the way. I also love the community, I have made most of my best friends through cosplay.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

As much as it takes to complete the costume =/ This does mean having to limit myself to which costumes I can afford to do when and planning ahead. I would say the average (with everything included) is around £150, this figure is of course a lot higher for something very detailed and lower for something very simple

Buy or make your costumes?

I do a mixture of both of the above but also do a lot of editing of pre-existing clothes to make them match the character design. Lately however I have been making more items from scratch.

How many conventions do you attend per year?


Including Expos, Hyper Japan and events like that I have attended 5 so far this year with plans to go to 4 more. In 2011 I believe I attended 7


Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?

So far I have only cosplayed from anime and games and looking at what I have planned these fall into the same genres so I would have to say these are my favourites XD

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)

Pros:
- The friendly and helpful community.
- The feeling I get when I get to finally wear the costumes.
- Photo shoots with friends.
- Learning new skills.

Cons:
- The cost that comes with cosplaying.
- The travelling with bulky/ delicate props and costumes.
- When things get damaged either in transit or on the day and you can't fix them.


07 Aug 2012 - 20:4488958
How did you start start cosplaying?

I went to a small local anime event and decided to wear a costume, I wasn't sure what cosplay was a this point but after the con I decided to look into it and continue it because I found it so fun.

How long have you being cosplaying?

I've being cosplaying since 2007 when the first tokyo pop recon was.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)

I found it a really fun, challenging hobby, I also ended up becoming more confident with my self and around other people and manage to make a lot of friends.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

depends on the cosplay, it can very from £10-£60 with me

Buy or make your costumes?

I bought my first two costumes then after that I decided to make my own.

How many conventions do you attend per year?

It depends on money usually about 3-6 a year??

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?

I tend to like cosplaying from cartoons and films.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)

I think a pro is my wig styling?? People tell me that's what I'm best at ;W;
A con is maybe that I tend to slip out of character but I have a horrible attention spam and lose focus.



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07 Aug 2012 - 21:0188959
How did you start start cosplaying?
I've always been a fan of anime and video gaming. I was browsing through some forums related to anime and people were discussing the London Expo and how it was a lot of fun. They also discussed cosplay, so when I went to my first Expo in May '06 I sort of did a half assed attempt and checked out the event. I loved the event so much I wanted to go again and again. It wasn't until I started getting friends to go to events with me and that was when I started cosplaying because I couldn't brave it on my own.

How long have you being cosplaying?
Since 2007, so 5 and a half years.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
It's a way of showing my love for the series. It's also a huge stress relief as I love all creative hobbies, so I research and work on cosplays as my down time from studying. I've made amazing friends through the hobby as well and I've always had that "thirst for knowledge" as I always put it, so I like learning new skills and techniques from dress making and photography.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
Depends on the costume. If it's simple, like a school uniform, then I budget around £15 on fabric. If it's something complex like a big elaborate wedding dress, then I'll usually collect materials throughout the course of a year or so to ease out the costings. I mean so far the current cosplay I'm making has costed me more than £160, but this is the first time I've broken the £150 barrier. I usually keep them under £40.

Buy or make your costumes?
Mainly make, but I wouldn't mind buying the occasional one. My Code Geass and Prince of Tennis uniforms were bought!

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Ranges from 3-7. This year will be 6.

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Anime/Manga and video games.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)
Pros:
It's fun, I have a great time with friends, you meet a lot of new people and sometimes fans from the obscure series you never thought would meet a fan of! Gets my creative side going. Also really helps build analysis and attention to detail skills which somewhat helps with what I study. The sense of achievement after spending hours on a costume is fantastic as well. Also a big fan of the travelling, I like travelling to different places and will sometimes try and have a walk about the city with my camera at some point during the con (out of costume).

Cons:
Money, always money.
The general public can be a bit of a confidence killer as well with the remarks they can make when passing by. And as others have said, transporting big heavy suitcases and props to and from events. Another con is the uncomfortable shoes which I always pick, I usually try and wear ridiculous heels to make myself look taller but they can be a killer after a day of walking! One day I'll learn to wear flats, one day.


07 Aug 2012 - 22:3288974
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How did you start start cosplaying?

when I was 11 or 13


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How long have you being cosplaying?

10 or 12 years not sure

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Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)

Meet my friends and enjoy it


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Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

about £50-£100


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Buy or make your costumes?

Make them unless I can't


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How many conventions do you attend per year?

Once as unable to go to more


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Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?

Manga or Anime


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Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)

Pro's
Meeting people, seeing the range of new things, costumes

Cons
Crowded, being ill and the heat


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07 Aug 2012 - 22:3788976
How did you start start cosplaying?

Funnily enough my brother talked to one of the guys who worked in our local corner shop and he suggested it to us! We thought it sounded like a laugh and gave it a go and loved it!

How long have you being cosplaying?

Not long. Think about 3 years or something?

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)

I'm not a very outgoing person, has to be said. I find it hard to meet people interested in the same stuff as me, I like the atmosphere it's all very friendly and i've met some truly awesome people through it!

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?


Depends, usually I try and limit it to around £100, so it's not too expensive but not too sucky. Depends though.

Buy or make your costumes?


I buy my costumes (Yeah, go ahead and sneer!) I honestly don't have the skill or the time to do it anymore. I do make adjustments and such, small sewing jobs, painting and alteration. That kinda stuff.

How many conventions do you attend per year?

Only 2, which is London MCM. They are expensive!

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?

Generally I like anime/manga and videogames, however I often seem to veer more towards videogames because most anime the male characters have somewhat boring designs if you ask me.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)

Pros:

- Awesome way to meet people into the same series as me.
- I love just seeing what people come up with! I really love seeing people go to town with their outfits and seeing everything from the great, beautiful cosplayers to the crazy, hilarious ones!
- I love it when people ask me for a picture, makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
- I like going round the stalls and seeing what kind of stuff they have. I usually end up buying a plushie of some sort. XD

Cons:

- There are the few rude people who can potentially ruin it for everyone.
- It is expensive! No matter how you look at it.
- Creepy people. 'Nuff said.

So yes, the pros do outweigh the cons!


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07 Aug 2012 - 23:2788979
How did you start start cosplaying?
I used to really enjoy fancy dress growing up and had often seen cosplayers online but I thought Cosplay was limited to Japan/America. I then found out about Expo and took the plunge. I absolutely loved it and have been hooked ever since.

How long have you being cosplaying?
4 years

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
A massive pull is all the amazing friends I have made. I love the UK cosplay scene because it is non judgemental and extremely supportive. I think the other half is due to an addiction to make more cosplays. Unfortunatly cosplayers seem to have a curse that if they watch a new anime/play video game they will instantly pick out a character to cosplay.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
Hmm this is a tough one. I don't budget my cosplays per se but after I've spent my wages on bills, food and travel whatever is left is used for socialising and cosplay making. But I do aim to keep them as cheap as possible.

Buy or make your costumes?
Make without a doubt. There is a lot of enjoyment in making (or self assembling) cosplays. Plus a lot of the ones you buy are made out of horrendously cheap fabrics - it makes me very sad.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
2-3 full three day cons and then probably 10/11 smaller events per year (e.g. MCM Expo, Eurogamer, Play Expo etc)

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
I generally cosplay from Video Games mostly but I enjoy Anime/Manga cosplay also.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)
I'll start with the cons as there arn't that many.
CONS: - My inability to stick to deadlines and therefore I rush cosplays.
- Travelling to and from Cons can be back breaking with massive suitcases (but I guess that is my own fault for packing too much )

PROS: - You can choose your own budget.
- The amount of awesome people I have met over the years. There also all so friendly.
- That feeling you get when you wear a cosplay and your so pleased with the result.
- The feeling you get when you cosplay something obscure and one person recognizes you (This is my favourite feeling of all XD)
- The volume and variety of cosplay events we have every year.



Last edited by gaming_goddess (07 Aug 2012 - 23:31)
08 Aug 2012 - 10:0188990
How did you start start cosplaying?
I forced my dad to buy me my first cosplay after I found some on Ebay and then I started to research more about it and it just exploded from htere.

How long have you being cosplaying?
urm, Sevenish years?

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
It helps my confidence go up. And It was something that made me happy as for awhile I was very shut off from people and cosplay helped me come out of my shell.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
I've never put money a side for cosplay but I guess i do tend to spend probably about £20-30? I try and spend as less as I can xD


Buy or make your costumes?

I prefer to buy my cosplays as I can't really make cosplays myself. but, I have made a few which I was proud of as it was my first time ever making them.


How many conventions do you attend per year?

I've never gone to a convention as I had only ever gone to London MCM expo but even then it was only once a year.

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Hmm, I don't really know. I cosplay a little of everything.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)
Pro's - Making friends, confidence growing, having a laugh
Con's - Cost, There isn't many events close to where I live which is a disappointment.


08 Aug 2012 - 10:3488991
How did you start start cosplaying?
I saw photos of cosplayers back in about 2004 I think? Cosplay.com was pretty quiet and there were only a couple of people I followed on there, but I remember seeing a Halloween Town Sora cosplay and knowing that I wanted to do something like that myself. I didn't actually give it a go until one of my friends at the time said we should meet up at an MCM Expo (Oct 2006).

How long have you being cosplaying?
6 years

Why do you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
It's the friendship mainly. I've made a lot of friends through cosplaying and most of the time, going to conventions is the only time that I get to see them. On the whole, I don't actually do that many cosplays and it takes a lot for me to want to do a new one. I used to be obsessed with having a new cosplay for every event I went to, but now I only really cosplay characters that I really love. I very rarely cosplay characters without a group, so that's definitely one of the factors to why I continue. Groups are much more fun than cosplaying on your own!

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
I do the majority of my cosplays on the cheap (on average they don't cost more than £20/30), but if it's a character I love, I go all out to make it as perfect as possible. I've only had 3 expensive cosplays, one costing about £80, another £100+ and the most expensive, £200.

Buy or make your costumes?
Made every one.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
I don't make a habit of attending conventions (the cost is far too much for me), I've only gone to one before now which was Kitacon this year. Otherwise, I'll mainly go to 2/3 expos/Collectormanias a year.

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Video games.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)
The cost, I guess. I'd go to more conventions if they weren't so pricey. They're really not high on my priority list so I don't tend to go to many of them. Also, far too many people know how to make drama out of absolutely pointless stuff. Considering we're all grown people dressing up as fictional characters, there is far too much drama amongst the UK community given what we're all doing with this hobby!

As for pros, everyone you meet is really friendly. It's incredibly easy to make friends at events, even if you've got next to no confidence. I remember being incredibly shy the first time I went to an Expo, but I made friends with two people before I'd even left the hotel.



Last edited by Mungojerrie (08 Aug 2012 - 10:36)
08 Aug 2012 - 11:2388994
How did you start start cosplaying?

I had friends at the time who were going to a convention and they persuaded me to go with them and helped me decide on my first cosplay.

How long have you being cosplaying?

About four years.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)

Thanks to cosplaying I now have some of the best friends in the world and am involved in a couple of groups. Without these friends I probably wouldn't have found a place to fit on or have some of the best times in the world!!!

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

It depends really I would say £40 to make sure that I have money for a wig and materials. I do get support from my Nanna to pay for costumes

Buy or make your costumes?

As a general rule make because I love to make them however i have bought 2 due to my parents buying them me cause they thought they would be rather complicated to make and they were a gift.

How many conventions do you attend per year?

as many as I can roughly I would say 5 but it can be more and it can be less depending

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?

for me I would say anime and manga.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)

Pros
*Friendships
*Having a laugh
*Sending time doing something I love
*Being recognized
*Going on stage at cons/expos

Cons
*Cost
*Distance I have to travel to get to cons
*Overcrowding of some events


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08 Aug 2012 - 12:0088995
How did you start start cosplaying?
my friends said that they were going to go the midlands expo 2008 as the legndary sanin and i asked my mom if she could make me a hinata cosplay

How long have you being cosplaying?
about 4 years now since i was 14

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
dunno really ive always consider quitiing cause of college, no money and some comments that i have recieved but i guess that ive always loved cosplay since i love to make things and i think i would be lost if i didnt copslay and i would lose a lot of good friends

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
depends really i tend to spend less than £50 per costume but i find that if i can make the costume it is even cheaper since i have made my blackstar cosplay for £25 and ive found it on the internet for £70+

Buy or make your costumes?
if i can use the costume for more than one caracter then i will most likely buy it if not i will most likely make it

How many conventions do you attend per year?
around 4 a year possibly more depending on if i can get to them eaisly/ if i can attend cheaply enough

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
anime and manga and sometimes games ive been having a crave for making pokemon cosplays more

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)
pros
- love making cosplays since i like to be creative
- making new friends is good
- get to go to places around the uk which i would not normally go to
- love the satifaction that people reconise and love the costumes i make
- love getting a new wig in the post

cons
- cost that it takes to make cosplays (this is where most of my ema went)
- last minuit rush to make the cosplays like 3 days before the cons (i will have a party when i can not experience this)
- the bad comments that i receive with regards to my weight (yes i might not be the skinyest but it dosnt give u the right to take the mick out of me)


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08 Aug 2012 - 14:5789003
How did you start start cosplaying?
My best friend at uni introduced me to all kinds of manga and showed me amazing pictures of cosplays from where she'd been to cons. It looked amazing and I couldn't wait to work on my own cosplay.

How long have you being cosplaying?
Not long really. My first expo was March this year and I started on the costume maybe a month before?

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships etc formed from it)
Well I've only been to one smallish expo but it was enjoyable and I think I can top my previous costume. I've also became part of a cosplay group and I feel this is my chance to get to know people from the site better and make new friends.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
Depends on what I'm cosplaying I'd say £60? I try and get costs down but things add up! Even buying cheap things if the cosplay has lots of bits it gets pricey.

Buy or make your costumes?
Bit of both, I'll buy bits, make others, customise bits I've bought! depends on the complexity and I'm still quite new! I hope to make a full cosplay next year maybe? When I have my own sewing machine.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Well it'll be 2 this year!

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Probably anime and manga! I read more manga than comics.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)
Cons:Everyone will say this but price! Travelling to cons with props can be awkward as well. I last cosplayed Chrome and had to carry round my home made trident on the train then all round birmingham both days!
Pros:I always feel proud of my costumes especially when people recognise you and ask for pictures! It's a great excuse to go stay in a city you might never have been to before! Going with friends is always fun at the con and away from it! Meeting new people is great. In my experience the people are friendly, and I know from the website a lot of great people cosplay!


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How did you start start cosplaying?
I started using the internet when I was 12 and always looked at pictures from my favourite games. I saw cosplayers and really wanted to give it a try but didnt get a chance until I was 16 when I had my own money coming in and prepared for my first con.

How long have you being cosplaying?
Since I was 16 so 5 years

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
I love doing arsty things Its just that I love having hobbies that allow me to be expressive and watch myself grow and improve over it while taking the time to learn lots.

From the anime society we attend cons as groups and it also keeps this nice connection with them, helping me to build socially. Even without the cosplay part I may still be going as I have the best friends ever from the club but its really nice going to events together.

I love meeting new people at events but it wouldnt feel right not cosplaying at cons to be honest.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
I's like to have a budget of £50 at maximum, but £20 if I can.

Buy or make your costumes?
Make, always did

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Usually about 3-4 events

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?

Anime but want to try more gaming cosplays

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)

Pros

The friendships I made over the years.
Having a hobby that allows me to watch myself improve and grow.
Learning about new games and anime I may not have known about.
A fun, productive hobby that passes the time and something to do while job hunting and waiting for cons.
Weekends away with wonderful friends.
Wearing clothes that are colourful and wouldnt be able to wear in everyday life.
Being with like minded people, such a lively and fun atmosphere to be in!
The cheering during masquerades! Oh my gosh just remembering the ones from the past make me wanna squeal with joy.
My favourite; making people happy! I love seeing people who are happy just to see a obscure character cosplayed! Its simple, but its such a lovely feeling!

Cons

My bank account ;_;
Travelling to cons; distance, trying to not get separated by friends, arguments over trains/routes, carrying delicate props/parts and I despise carrying heavy luggage >.>
Elitists and cosplay 'critics', anyone who are open/rude about critique to new/shy cosplayers.
Cons in the middle of nowhere.
Rude hotel staff/muggles.
Stories of fallouts/abandonment, and general lonliness in cons. They just break my heart considering the lively atmosphere of cons.


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08 Aug 2012 - 22:5489043
How did you start start cosplaying?
I started officially cosplaying after joining an anime and manga social group. Thought it was interesting so I did a simple group cosplay with a couple of the members there. I'd seen it in videos online beforehand but didn't really feel the urge to do so until I joined that group. I would dress up a lot as a kid, though, as my dad was one of those people who went all-out for fancy dress parties.

How long have you being cosplaying?
Since February 2009.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
At the start, I would cosplay because of the social aspect. Most of my friends cosplayed, so I just tagged along, but in the past year I've also been cosplaying because I enjoy designing and making the costumes and being able to make a character come to life.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
I don't really plan how much costumes are going to cost when I start out (probably why I end up broke in the middle of them) but usually costumes cost around £40 on average. Just depends on the costume, really, as one of my costumes I've got planned is probably going to be over £100.

Buy or make your costumes?
I make my costumes.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Usually I only attend one large one a year due to money issues and lack of free-time. I attend small ones that are close by whenever I get the time. Probably three of those a year if I'm lucky?

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
I love cosplaying from books or film/TV adaptations of books to save with design aspects (even though that can be great for certain characters). I've yet to complete a costume from it, but comics are looking very appealing to cosplay from at the moment - I'm planning on a few when I have money.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)
Cost is a definite issue and sometimes I can get overly frustrated if I screw up a costume badly as that means I've just wasted a tonne of money that I can't really spare. I also dislike how far away cons tend to be but that's not a huge issue as I rarely attend them anyway. Space to make and store all my costumes (what can I say? I have a tiny bedroom) tends to bug me and a few of my older cosplays have had to be discarded to make room for new ones.

Pros of cosplay are being able to have a project going because I tend to get bored otherwise and also the social aspect as most of my friends have come from the cosplay community. I also feel that, whilst cosplaying, I'm able to talk about things that interest me more as it's obvious I'm interested in something if I'm dressed from a character from it, whereas I usually don't have chances for decent conversations otherwise. It's also great to just dress up and escape a little as it's a great way to use up excess energy which I wouldn't be able to. It's such a great laugh and I love seeing other peoples' costumes and the hard work they put into it - it inspires me to push myself.


09 Aug 2012 - 00:0089053
How did you start start cosplaying?

I first begun cosplay when my friend suggested to go to MCM since we were both anime and manga fans and really enjoyed ourselves there. The main attraction was seeing so many amazing cosplayers and it made me feel inspired to wanna join them. I've always adored dressing up when little and had a fascination with the theatre and character portrayal so I thought why not start a little cosplay story of my own? ^_~

How long have you being cosplaying?

2 yrs 9 months roughly

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)

1. Learn new creative skills to explore what I can and can't do
2. Meeting new people in person who appreciate the same hobby since it's very for me to do that from where I am based.
3. Injecting much needed confidence in myself to improve my low self esteem
4. Love portraying characters that I adore to show how much I appreciate the series and the creator <3

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

It varies on the cosplay. Some of them can be around £25-60 margin and others can even budget over £100 T^T It's normally the many metres of fabric I need to purchase that makes the cost go up dramatically!

Buy or make your costumes?

Only brought one which is a Vampire knight uniform - since then, I have attempted to make all my cosplays cos I love exploring and learning new skills rather than rely on something custom made and it doesn't fit right . I do make little exceptions like accessories for examples that can be brought and customized and would save time me time if I'm on a tight schedule

How many conventions do you attend per year?

About 4/5

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?

I'm more of an anime/manga and Disney fan. A lot of my cosplays are characters that wear gigantic dresses And love cosplaying from anime art works too. The most often series I do are Pandora hearts, YGO and a few of the Disney princesses/heroins.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)

CONS:


* Obvious one - THE COST... Every cosplay requires ton of money and time (both of which r limited to me XD) Plus every con I go to there is no avoiding travel expenses as well as ticket or registration money. I pay for this rarely as I commute to most cons but the accomodation is what gets to me mostly when I need it. T^T

* The painful travel to get there with the bags and suitcases u packed that may have a cosplay that can be fragile...

* Difficulty to meet up - cos all cosplayers r scattered round, a friend for life that u coulda made through the hobby could be living on the other side of the country or a place that's not easy to get to and it's not exactly cheap to visit them ;_; so u can only see them in person mainly when they're at cons.

* Not everyone gets cosplay and no matter where u go, you'll always run into someone who will think of you as a 'freak' - it can be quite awkward to do photoshoots in a public areas for example and I always get this fear that some people will walk by, make fun of you and worse off, even damage your cosplay

* Stressful nights and days of putting together a cosplay that needs to be finished for a con = loss of sleep and sanity XD

PROS:


* releases creativity, confidence and a way to escape from the real world
* A great way to meet people and appreciate their artistic skills
* Teaches u so much about yourself in terms of ability and how it can potentially affect your own personal life for the better


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09 Aug 2012 - 00:0489054
How did you start start cosplaying?
I saw other people do it at memorabillia events and thought that it looked fun

How long have you being cosplaying?
Just under 2 years now

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)

It's fun and I've gained some amazing friends and am immproving confidence through it.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
Depends, most expensive was about £140

Buy or make your costumes?
Most are bought but I'm teaching myself to sew so I've made parts for a couple of cosplays and will start making whole cosplays soon hopefully.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
About 3-4 if counting expos

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Games though I have a couple from anime and films too.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)

Pros: Good fun, great friends, you can show appreciation for your favourite series and characters. It's nice to meet people with similar interests.

Cons: Money, travel, elitists, funny looks from non con goers but this doesn't bug me too much as it's out of the norm for them- elitists annoy me more.


09 Aug 2012 - 14:1889081
How did you start cosplaying?
I would spend hours browsing the net for cosplay photos. I loved seeing people bring my favourite characters to life. I only considered giving it a go myself when an old friend came over and suggested we do a cosplay photoshoot, using random items from my wardrobe. After that, I was hooked.

How long have you been cosplaying?
About 3-4 months.

Why do you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships etc formed from it?)
I love the feeling of bringing your favourite characters to life. I also love the cosplay community - it's a great feeling knowing there are other people like you, who share your interests and aren't about to judge you. You feel really powerful - like, you want to organize a flash mob and go invade somewhere...

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
More than I should. Nearly all of my earnings go towards cosplay. And of course it depends on how extreme / expensive the cosplay is.

Buy or make your costumes?
Bit of both. I tend to make my own props more than my own costume.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Ah, one. I haven't been into cosplay for long, so I can't really say. I'm going to a con in September, but I'm moving country before the year is out... So I just hope there're plenty of cons in Wales...

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Anime, manga and games. Occasionally books.

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's):
PROS: It's a great experience, you get to make so many new friends, and it's really enjoyable.
CONS: IT COSTS SOO MUCH, and cons are really far away and hard to get to.


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09 Aug 2012 - 17:1889086
Thanks to everyone whose replied so far. C:
I didn't expect a strong response so quickly! *hugs for everyone*


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09 Aug 2012 - 18:4989092
How did you start cosplaying?
I started sort of by accident! I was invited last minute by my friends to come to London Expo, and Holly made me some Chobits ears so I could throw together a Freya cosplay XD

How long have you being cosplaying?
At least 5 or 6 years. I've been focussing on making as much myself as possible for the last 4, as when I first started, my mum helped me with everything!

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)?
Because it's fun! I get a lot of satisfaction from wearing the things I've made, and from making people smile when they think I've done good. All my closest friends cosplay so its something I can ejoy with them.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
Timewise, most of my spare time. Money-wise, I try to get the best quality things I can for as cheaply as possible, so I try to keep my budget small. Sometimes I will go all out and buy something expensive if it's a costume I plan to wear loads of times!

Buy or make your costumes?
Make as much as possible. I will buy certain items, such as a cardigan if it is cheaper/would end up better to buy than make.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Too many!

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
I cosplay a lot from games at the moment!

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay? (This can be anything like cost, lack of events as cons, to community friendship or bringing characters to life for pro's)
Pro's:
- as I said before: it's fun and so satisfying when it goes right!
-it's been a huge confidence booster for me
-it's helped me make some awesome new friends

Cons:
-elitism is scary. Some areas of the cosplay community are really bitchy and elitist, but I do my best to avoid this as much as possible!
-the heartbreak when somehing goes terribly terribly wrong and you have no idea how to fix it/can't afford to start over
-some costumes are so impractical!


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09 Aug 2012 - 22:1789101
How did you start cosplaying?
I'd been watching an anime called 'Shugo Chara' and I really loved the outfits that Amu Hinamori wore. So I looked up her school outfit on eBay, and that's when I stumbled across the phrase "Cosplay". I had heard of it in a few other animes, so this made me curious enough to research it. Since then I've been hooked!

How long have you being cosplaying?
Since early autumn 2009.

Why you continue to cosplay
Basically cosplay has always been my favourite hobby because it combines all of my favourite hobbies into one thing. That's probably the main reason that I continue to cosplay. I also feel that because there are so many other hobbies included in it that there's so much to experience; I'd like to have more photoshoots and make videos etc because the creativity of it is endless! With each new cosplay comes more ideas!
The friendship part of it is also a big thing for me. You can meet so many people with the same interests as you, and I've met my greatest friends through cosplay. It also helps me to come out of my shell a little more.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
It completely depends on the cosplay. I suppose for me though from £20 - £120.

Buy or make your costumes?
Both. Or I like to buy half of it and then make the rest- I stick more to the crafty artsy things rather than making clothing.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
I think on average... 3 - 4. There's always May expo and October expo and I also attend Thought Bubble. However this year I'll be attending a grand total of 5!..If I can afford to.

Favourite media to cosplay from?
I really have no limit these days. It started as from anime, I've wanted to cosplay a few game characters here-and-there, then went on to television and now I'm hoping to do film/comic cosplays. The sky's the limit!

Your personal pro's and con's of cosplay?

PROS
+ Confidence booster.
+ Travelling to new places for conventions and meetups.
+ Massive creativity supplier.
+ Inspirational.
+ Friendships.
+ Just a big dose of FUN!

CONS
- The cost of everything. E.G. Convention ticket prices, hotel prices, travel prices, and the cost of a cosplay itself.
- Certain people in the community, who can be nitty picky people when it comes to other people's cosplays, and some people are just really arrogant in general.
- Comments from the general public- although to be fair, some of the general public can be lovely aswell. It's just that fear I suppose, because you know that people wont understand easily.
- Most cons are in or around London, which is a really expensive place to go when you go atleast twice a year.

( There you go m'dear! I hope that's okay :'3 sorry if I rambled a wee bit.. )



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15 Aug 2012 - 16:5689366
I'm just giving this a little bump. More responses I can collect, the better my research will turn out C:


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