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15 Aug 2012 - 18:0589369
How did you start start cosplaying?

I came across a anime on british tv (tokyo mew mew) when I was 10 and I thought to myself it would be cool to dress up. When I was a little older (14) i found out there were conventions (MCM MIDLANDS EXPO) and I decided to cosplay for the very first time.

How long have you being cosplaying?
4 years now

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

Its a personal passion/hobbie. Its very fun I have friends that enjoy it too. Go to cosplay photoshoots which is fun. And I love the little anime dances too haha

Experiences are from going to the MCM midlands expo. The atmosphere is great ^^ and you can see some really good cosplayers and get tips from others I had fun participatin g in contests especially the performing categories

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
Around 100 pounds usually

Buy or make your costumes?
I do buy them, I have had a go at making one but its quite difficult.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
between 2 and 3 (MCM midlands, MCM London, J-CON)

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

Anime/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:
Great atmosphere at conventions, fun, see other cosplays, take photos have photos taken, go on photoshoots, contests, anime music, meeting actors, and generally having a good time with friends

Cosplay itself, its different, and is exciting.

Cons:
The high costs of the costumes can be a slight problem as attending conventions especially ones further away can be expensive.

Need to be more major events.

The smaller ones should be boosted like the J-con




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19 Aug 2012 - 20:3989590
How did you start start cosplaying?

This, and the next question, are a but difficult to answer. I started cosplaying really as a natural extension of hobbies I already had. I've been involved in a series of amateur, student and semi-professional drama groups since I was around 7 or 8; initially acting or singing, but I steadily grew to love the backstage elements of creating costumes, props and sets. This, in turn, was superceded by my fascination with dressing up; Halloween and fancy-dress birthday parties were always my favourite thing as a kid. Apparently as soon as I was old enough to toddle into my mum's wardrobe and haphazardly dress myself I was roleplaying and dressing up... so probably about age 1 or 2. I didn't know about cosplay as a term until about 2004-ish, having been to my first con in 2003 where I first encountered what I now realise were cosplayers.

How long have you being cosplaying?

As I said in the previous question, it's a bit difficult to tell at what point my dressing-up became cosplay. Was it in 2006 when I went to my first anime convention/cosplay meet-ups and I absolutely knew that I was cosplaying, or was it when I was 10 and making closet costumes of my favourite Pokemon characters and Samurai Pizza Cat outfits out of cardboard boxes? Generally, I take the timeline to be from 2006, when I was 16-17 and actually started making "proper" costumes involving sewing and wigs, in addition to the many closet jobs... so 6 years.

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

I really enjoy the challenge of making costumes, soucring materials and learning new techniques; how to dip dye this or spray paint that. I met my best friends through conventions and cosplay and continue to meet wonderful new people at each new event I go to. I always say that cosplay is about having fun, if it ever stopped being really fun I'd stop doing it, but until that day, I'll keep on sewing and hot-gluing to my hearts' content.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?


Depends on the costume. I usually spend between £5 and £30 on a costume depending on the complexity and if I'm having to buy a new wig or re-using an old one. Last year I started making more challenging cosplays that cost about £50 or £60 and this year I made two cosplays costing £82-ish each. I'm at a stage now where I want to stop making a lot of cheap, one or two wear cosplays and make more durable costumes that cost more to make, but I'll get a lot more wear out of. The issue I have is that I enjoy making costumes a lot more than wearing them, so I really need to start taking on more commissions to keep me from starting too many cosplay for myself.

Buy or make your costumes?

I make them, it's the best bit of cosplay. I go a bit insane if I go too long without making something; even if it's just a silly wee bit of jewellery that's got nothing to do with cosplay. There's always too much in my head otherwise.

How many conventions do you attend per year?

Again, this is difficult. I've now attended 19 conventions, not counting mini-cons (e.g. Pokemon events or cosplay clubnights) and cosplay meet-ups. To begin with it was only 1 a year, as I was still young and I had to satisfy certain parental criteria before being allowed to go. In 2008 it jumped up to 3, 4 in 2009 and 5 in 2010. You would think that it would continue on this trend, however, two factors have affeced this. 1: My health. I only did 1 con in 2011, and even then I probably shouldn't have gone to that, but I'm a stubborn bugger. I've been very unwell since late 2010, so this affects my daily life and how much galavanting about before I end up bedridden I can do, so means I can go to fewer cons than I'd like to. And fact 2: Money. I've recently graduated and, like most young people today, I'm unemployed, so I was incredibly lucky to manage to do both Kita and Ame this year. I was hoping to do Oct Expo as well, but that's looking unlikely at the moment unless I can find the money somewhere.

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

Horror, comic books, movies and kid's cartoons. I do cosplay from anime/manga, but very rarely in comparison to my western cosplays. Even when I do cosplay from anime it's far more likely to be from the 80's and 90's.

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:

- Friends: as I've already said, you meet some great people through conventions and cosplay.
- Learning new skills: I never stop learning something new with cosplay which keeps my mind busy and keeps me out of mischief as I get bored easily.
- Fun: if it wasn't fun, I wouldn't do it. I've often started costumes, discovered that actually the only reason I wanted to do it was to make a specific piece, made the prototype then lost interest in the costume. Or if it becomes too stressful to make, I just stop and leave it alone for a while or just drop the costume altogether.
- The Challenge: I apparently hate to make life easy for myself. If I've not got something to take on and fight against I get restless and sometimes depressed.

Cons:

- Money: never having enough to go to all the events I'd like to or make my cosplays as good as I'd like them to be. Leather cosplays are the devil for eating away all your pennies.
- Distance: most cons are in England and I've even been to a few abroad. Even the ones in Scotland are generally at least a couple of hours away from where I live, i.e. the middle of nowhere. Travelling is expensive and takes a lot out of you physically. Also, it limits what props/costumes you can bring to cons due to luggage allowances/ability to transport things on public transport.
- Space: my gods I have more cosplay in my wardrobe than actual clothes and I have nowehere to store all the materials and art supplies so my room is always a tip. Again, there's some amazing costumes I'd love to have a crack at, but I don't have anywhere to put them afterwards, or even the space to make them in the first place!


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22 Aug 2012 - 13:0489726
How did you start start cosplaying?

By accident! I started making costumes for a couple of fancy dress parties and really enjoyed both making them and the fact that I had a unique costume. Then (thanks to a big ol' tax rebate) I fulfilled a childhood dream and bought a suit of Stormtrooper armour about the same time I met a friend of a friend who was into cosplay, and the stars aligned!

How long have you being cosplaying?


"Officially" cosplaying and not just for Halloween, about two years.


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

Because it's great fun wearing the costumes to events and seeing peoples reactions,and showing off your costumes, whilst marvelling at others' work and meeting some really nice folks. I also enjoy making the props (not so much the costumes themselves because I suck at sewing!).

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

It varies quite wildly. The Stormtrooper armour was massively expensive, around £900, but others have cost me less than £50.

Buy or make your costumes?


A bit of both. I love making props, but I really suck at tailoring and sewing, and all that jazz, so I tend to buy the base costume, then customise/upgrade it myself, and build my own props.

How many conventions do you attend per year?

Full cons only one usually, but four or five smaller events (Expo, LFCC, Hyper Japan, etc).

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

At the moment it's a fairly even mix of films, anime, and video games, with my first book-based cosplay underway 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:
Being creative, learning new skills
The awesome people in the community
The community!
Events are always fun

Con's:
Cost - Always need mo' money!
The people that don't understand, and thus resort to mockery.
Cost - So important I mentioned it twice.


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22 Aug 2012 - 16:1089732
How did you start start cosplaying?
I first got into anime back in 2000 when I met my best mate at college. I'd always been creative and had just started an art course. Making my own clothing was the next step, I've always been a bit goth/punk/edgy and made my own accessories from a young age so cosplaying was a natural step into 'I need that outfit!'

How long have you being cosplaying?
11 years

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

It's part hobby, part career aim, part community thing. I met some of my best friends through cosplaying and congoing and also my husband so all in all it's shaped my life.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
I don't put money aside, I make everything from scratch and I do tons of costings charts but it always comes out more expensive. I buy things a bit at a time as needed based on what part I'm working on or saving to bulk buy fabric.

Buy or make your costumes?
Make everything, I've only ever bought things like base shoes and base wigs.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Between zero and 1, I've been out of 'the scene' for a couple of years due to starting a family. Living in the north of the country makes transport more expensive so multiple congoing has never been an option.

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

A bit of everything really. Less anime though overall.

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:
Meeting awesome people, like my dear husband, being able to shed the boredum of life and be someone else for a while. Taking a costume, breaking it down and building it all from scratch and the satisfaction of seeing it come together.

Cons:
There is never enough time or money to do everything I desire. I envy those who have more of each to pour into their hobbies. The UK needs more diverse cosplay events to meet the broad demands of the cosplay scene.


22 Aug 2012 - 17:5489734
How did you start start cosplaying?
I loved to dress up as a child but I started cosplaying when me and a friend got another friend into anime in 2005 and then my friend started to watch videos on YouTube and we looked into the UK conventions and then we wanted to go and wear a cosplay =D

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 fun to do, I get to be a different person, dress up and look pretty, I have met many people and its something different and it keeps me out of troubles of the normal life.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
My first and only cosplay cost between £50-£70

Buy or make your costumes?
Buy but I have only bought one cosplay but I want to start making mien which is why I am making my own version of the original Kagmine Rin cosplay.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
1 so far but I would love to attend more if it wasn't the cost =(

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

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 amazing outfits and the random people that you can meet, the areas that conventions are =D

Cons:
There are mangas and animes that have amazing outfits yet nobody sells them, like the Magical x Miracle School uniform, Anju from Chibi Vampire (Karin) or the changing outfit that Koharu Kusumi weas.
The cost of travel and hotels for conventions, the lack of conventions in certain areas.


06 Sep 2012 - 16:3690573
How did you start start cosplaying?

Early 2010. My first costume was for the May 2010 London MCM Expo

How long have you being cosplaying?

That would make it a little over 2 years

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

Making costumes is rewarding in itself. Dressing up and playing a role is fun. Joining in with a group at an event to cosplay is a great way to meet new friends, and hang out with people with similar tastes.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
I don't have a cosplay budget. I try to make use of things I can use again (parts of my recent costumes have made their way into my regular wardrobe!) I tend towards the cheaper end of things though.

Buy or make your costumes?
Make. I can see the appeal of buying, but I'm more picky about things I buy than things I make.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
At the moment I only attend the two London MCM Expos. Before I started cosplaying, I used to attend one a year (Aya, Ame, etc)

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Anime and TV. I don't play many games, far too many films have boring everyday costumes

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: I've made lots of friends throuhg cosplay, and learned some new skills (like using a sewing machine)

Com: Events are often very far from where I live which limits my cosplaying. Also, as May this year proved, sometimes the weather can unexpectedly make cosplaying impossible for a given costume.


14 Sep 2012 - 16:3990908
How did you start cosplaying?
I really liked the outfits that some of the anime characters wore but I didn't know that people actually dressed up as them until I found some cosplay groups on the internet.

How long have you being cosplaying?
About 4 years. I've been making my own cosplays for about a year and a half.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)?
I have a lot of free time on my hands as I'm home-schooled so making costumes is a fun hobby for me. I'm generally a really shy person so with cosplay I get to be a bit of an attention seeker for a little while. Also cosplayers are most of the time very accepting people so I've made some lovely friends.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
I try to keep my cosplays as cheap as possible but some have come to over £50.

Buy or make your costumes?
Mostly I just buy things that look similar to what the character wears and alter them but some have been made from scratch.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Around 5 or 6.

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
I mostly cosplay from anime and VOCALOID but I've recently started cosplaying idols.

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 lovely people, getting compliments on your cosplay, being able to be a character you love for a little while.
Con's - Sometimes people can be immature, like saying you can't cosplay if you look a certain way, also the price, costumes being uncomfortable...


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15 Sep 2012 - 08:1890941
How did you start start cosplaying?
I dressed up as a child, and wore it ALL THE TIME. I did my first day of school dressed as Wednesday Addams. I truely cannot understand why I can't cosplay every day of my life!

How long have you being cosplaying?
See above. I am now 27 years old.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
I like the creative aspect, I also love taking on that characters persona and mannerisms. I am a trained actress, so can do this well.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
I like to spend as little as possible, but make my materials sing and dance. For my Loki cosplay I have spend, including money for my sceptre and horns, about £300, which is my most expensive one so far. Normally I would spend less than £100.

Buy or make your costumes?
Make, always make.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
I have never attended a cosplay event, I have been part of the gothic/steampunk scene for years. I hope to be a bit more convident and go to cosplay cons (I am worried my outfits won;t be as good as everyone elses!)

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Film, video games and 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)
I wouldn't say cost, because that is a choice, but resources, definitely. I would love to learn how to etch my own metal armor or mold resin, but I haven;t got the time or resources to do that!


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10 Oct 2012 - 18:0592404
How did you start cosplaying?
I had seen it done by others online, and when I had been to events, and thought that it would be fun to try.

How long have you being cosplaying?
My first cosplay was at MCM Expo in May 2011, so a year and a half.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
Simply, I enjoy dressing up as a character who appeals to me. It may sound narcissistic, but I do enjoy people stopping me for my picture. But conversely I enjoy taking photos of others in costume, as I see it as a form of appreciation.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
I don't really. It is more looking at the cost of the costume, and if I feel the price is justified. Most recently it was £150 for the costume, and an extra £50 for extras for it.

Buy or make your costumes?
I buy them online. I don't have the time, skill or dedication to make them myself. Also, I would simply be frustrated that it isn't as good as what others have made, and so wouldn't want to wear it in the end.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Two in costume, plus a couple of smaller events not in costume. I am tempted to increase the amount for the following year however..

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Currently it has been three anime/manga, and one unworn costume that is comic/cartoon. The source of the medium isn't that important, just the look of the costume and it for a character I would want to (and can) look like.

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 atmosphere. At events such as MCM Expo, it is just eletric with how many people are there, sharing similar interests.
* Seeing other costumes done well, regardless of if I recognise what they are or not, I just have to politely ask for a photo.

Cons:
* Trying to get into it without really knowing other people. Only ones I do know are into Doctor Who, which does not appeal, and they're not into anime.
* Finding costumes I want to do, that are logistically possible, and would look good.


10 Oct 2012 - 20:0892411
[b]How did you start start cosplaying?
My friend went to the Expo in May this year and it just sounded so much fun! I decided to attend the October Expo and give cosplaying a go.

How long have you being cosplaying?
A few months.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
I'm still fairly new to this, but I enjoy making the costumes and being part of the community.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
Of the two cosplays I'm working on, I've probably spent about £200 on one and about £60 on the other.

Buy or make your costumes?
Definitely make! Although I wouldn't rule out buying if I was short of time.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
None yet! But I plan 3-4 for next year.

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

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)
So far, I like making the cosplays and being part of the community. Meeting like-minded people is great

No cons as yet.


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10 Oct 2012 - 20:4992412
How did you start start cosplaying?
I started through a friend. He'd been cosplaying for a few years and suggested that I'd like it and he was right.

How long have you being cosplaying?
Since late 2009.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
Its addictive! Being able to wear something you wouldn't necessarily wear normally and being admired for it. It also brings an ease to meeting new friends with similar interests.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
I generally spend about £60-£70 on a cosplay, depending on if I already have pieces for it or not.

Buy or make your costumes?
It's a mix of both, depending on the complicity of the costume.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Usually around 6, although I try to attend more each year.

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
I'd say it'd be mostly films and games, although I've been doing more comic costumes recently.

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 would be meeting new friends, showing off new costumes and getting lots of photo shoots done (I'm becoming more of a cosplay photographer than cosplayer these days)
Cons would be the price of it all and the elitism that some people have with costumes.


14 Oct 2012 - 11:1592535
How did you start start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying when all my YouTube weeaboo idols started cosplaying, and I wanted to join in as they were going to London Expo too!

How long have you being cosplaying?

I've been cosplaying since I was ten, so 3-4 years now!

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

Well, cosplay has brought a lot of our friends closer together. It's a truly amazing experience, and I wouldn't trade the feeling of it for the world!

My friends and I tend to go to various places around the Island (Isle of Wight, where we all live) and cosplay there. We ask for permission first, of course, but the hosts love it, as it gets their guests excited (you should have seen the little kids playing with me as I was dressed as Karkat from Homestuck outside Blackgang Chine) and makes sure everyone is having a good time!

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

Well, I can only usually dedicate something like £20 a month, because I get £40 a month, and that's what I have to buy most things with. But since my cosplays tend to pan out across several months, and sometimes I have things that I need already, the amount of money grows or shrinks respectively.

Buy or make your costumes?

Hard to answer really! I tend to buy things from charity shops and the like and then modify them. I do, however, have two pre-bought costumes from when I was younger.

How many conventions do you attend per year?

Three or four; I attend both London Expos, both ReCons, and I'm planning to attend some other cons later on.

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

I love cosplaying from Homestuck, because the fandom is so big and so reliable and so sweet, at least to me and my friends. They didn't even complain when Alex's wig exploded in May's meet.

(Other things I'd like to cosplay from because of the fandom are Adventure Time, Gravity Falls, and then English TV like Misfits, Sherlock and Doctor Who.)

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 proud feeling you get when you're wearing your homemade costume and someone compliments you

Friends who cosplay with you in a group

Meeting with people who enjoy the same things as you

Having fun!

CONS:

Cost

Effort

Depending on where you are, there can be a lack of cons, or it can be expensive to get to said cons


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15 Oct 2012 - 12:4292583
How did you start start cosplaying?

a card game nationals was being held at mcm, got told everyone cosplays there and we decided "why not, dont wanna look out of place!"

How long have you being cosplaying?
since 2007
Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
Love the freedom, the people and getting to be my favourite characters
Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
Aha, oh dear... i dont ._.; if it costs that much, it costs that much
Buy or make your costumes?
technically make? i dont buy a pre-set thing i buy items similair and edit owo
How many conventions do you attend per year?
between 2 and 5
Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
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)

the cosplaying itself i can never hate, the number of cosplayers seems to have dropped in recent years from the cons i attend which saddens me, i love seeing the sheer lengths and detail myself and others (especially others) will go to for accuracy. cons are that many people seem surprisingly bitter, considering this is a hobby for sharing interests..


15 Oct 2012 - 21:1692600
How did you start start cosplaying?

I realised I was really passionate about anime and saw how cool everyone looked with cosplays so I though, "Eh, why not?" and started!

How long have you being cosplaying?

Haha...2 or so months? XD

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

It's a fun hobby! You form new friendships, it's always a surprise, it's fun to compare cosplays, always working with what you love and the pride of wearing something you made yourself is amazing!

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

About 30-40 pounds?

Buy or make your costumes?

So far I've only made mine but in the future I may buy my own if it gets too difficult to make.

How many conventions do you attend per year?

Since I have yet to attend one, none. But I'm aiming for about 3 at least?

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

Anime! Hetalia, Death Note, Fairy Tail, Naruto, Bleach, Black Butler and many 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: You make more friendships. It's so fun! You do something you love. You can bring the character you love to life. Pretending like you are that character and 'set yourself free'.

Cons: It can be very expensive. And there aren't that many conventions out there.

Hope I'm not too late for an answer!


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18 Oct 2012 - 12:1892736
How did you start start cosplaying?
I made friends through a series I was into at the time, and noticed they were posting pictures of events they'd been to and that they were dressed up. I wanted to take part with them, so I made sure I had a costume for when we all got together.

How long have you being cosplaying?
Six years, first time was October 2006.

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
Existing friendships and the occasional new one. I'm not hugely interested in cosplay any more, it's more of something to do with friends for a laugh but I don't have a drive to do it unless they are and there's something easy I can do.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
I try not to put money aside at all. At most I'll spend about £10 if I want new shoes for it, or a new wig.

Buy or make your costumes?
Both. I hate making things, but I don't want to spend a lot of money on something I won't wear a lot, so I try to alter mostly.

How many conventions do you attend per year?
Roughly three to four.

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
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)
You can make good friends that you wouldn't otherwise have met, and it gives you a good chance to explore other parts of the country.

However, the community is quite shallow and there can be a lot of cattiness. Not to mention body negativity and creeping.


18 Oct 2012 - 15:4192752
Special request
Thank you to everyone who has filled this in so far. We're nearly at 40 replies now (I know, I've recently had to count them up several times to be sure xD) but I was wondering if people knew any other guys on the forums to fill this in?

The replies are dominantly girls, so if another four guys could come forward to round off those who have already replied it'd be greatly appreciated.


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18 Oct 2012 - 21:1192779
A quiz huh!?
How did you start start cosplaying?
I started cosplaying after i went to my first expo in london almost 6 years ago now! My very first costume was the spy from team fortress as it was the only thing simple enough for me to do at the time! It was actually inspired by some people i spoke to at the expo who were also dressed as game characters! I always thought cosplay was restricted to anime! >.<

How long have you being cosplaying?
About 5 to 6 years as mentioned above

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
Sometimes i have to ask myself the question "why do i keep doing this?" especially when i get so annoyed with a costume I'm working on. but i suppose the satisfaction you get when someone knows who you're dressed as and the new friends you meet through doing so! It's just an amazing experience knowing your hard work is getting appreciated by someone! ^_^

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
DAMN! If it's a cosplay i really want to do then i can go over £100 easily! I did for discord and it looks that way for my newest as well! damn i do love this hobby too much! but it'll be worth it when it's done

Buy or make your costumes?
Bit of both! I am crap at prop making so if it's desperate i get them made for me! I make everything cloth wise myself as I'm pretty handy with a needle!

How many conventions do you attend per year?
As many as i can! I have a job now where as last year i didn't due to college so it's usually 3 plus.

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Definitely games! It's something i have a massive passion for and when i found out cosplay was for anything i dove straight in as game characters! i just feel a connection to them better as you've played as them! 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)
I've mentioned this above! The definite pros are the fact you make so many friends cosplay or not actually, that and the satisfaction that someone likes your costume!
The cons are also mentioned above in the price and the frustration of making a costume when it doesn't go your way! XD

After all is said i love the conventions (cosplay or not!) Everyone there is very friendly and it's definitely my favourite place to make new friends! I should know my best friends are my con buddies!



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24 Oct 2012 - 00:2093037
How did you start start cosplaying?

A friend had gotten into anime, cosplay, was talking about conventions, and had formed a cosplay group with a few of her friends, so the terms were recognisable to me, but I didn't really look into what it all was. A few months later, I started university, and saw some students cosplaying for the anime society at the Fresher's Fair they hold there every year. I decided to join the society after hearing my friend talk about how great anime was, they ran a society trip to a convention, I decided to cosplay to it, and bam! That's how it all began!

How long have you being cosplaying?

Hm, since last april, I think? So a year and a halfish? It feels longer than that, somehow.

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

I keep cosplaying because it's a way to hang out with friends I don't see very much (at conventions and the such), and I like having little creative projects to keep me going. Frustrating as it can all be sometimes, I do find the whole process of making cosplays pretty fun.

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?


I don't really keep track. It's healthier for my state of mind that way (though not so much for my bank balanace). I'm quite cheap really, so if I can get away with reusing spare fabric and wigs, then I will do. It's generally around the £50- £70 mark though, once you add fabric, wig and other general prop costs.

Buy or make your costumes?

I make them! I'm a terrible actor and I can't really stay in character, so the making is the only bit of cosplay I'm really half decent at. I find it pretty relaxing to make cosplay (long as it doesn't cut too close to when I need it done buy), so it would be a bit anti climatic to buy it, for me personally. Also, I like having the sense of control making your own cosplay gives you.

How many conventions do you attend per year?

2 main cons, due to time and money, and an expo if I can. I've yet to go to any local meets so main cons are what I'm restricted to really, but I'll be looking into more local stuff in due course.

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

Games and anime, with a few cartoons and comics sneaking in there, mostly. I'm cosplaying less and less from anime though - I play games a lot more than I watch anime, so have more to want to cosplay from there.

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 really fun way to hang out with friends, get funny pictures, have a few laughs - the usual friendy stuff really!
- It's a great distraction from the other stresses that can fill up your life at times.
- That feeling of success (or relief) when you manage to complete something!
- Going to a convention has such a nice atmosphere, it's like a minature holiday, where you can act like you know everyone going, and (nearly) everyone will be friendly to you!

Cons:
- The cost.
- Sometimes it can be a little too much of a distraction, and more important things can take a bit of a backseat once a con's coming up...
- The cost.
- COSPLAY RELATED DRAMA, OH MAN. There can be a lot of drama in the cosplay community. Most people are lovely, but you get some very loud opinionated or melodramatic ones at times.
- Seriously, the cost.


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24 Oct 2012 - 01:3793038
How did you start start cosplaying?

I'd been sewing and making things for a little while before I discovered cosplay, just as a hobby. Then I started to get into anime and Japanese culture and the whole cosplay world opened up! I instantly wanted to be a part of it and planned my first costumes from there.

How long have you being cosplaying?

I started making my first costumes in 2009 but my first event was October Expo 2010.

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

I keep going because I love the creative challenge and for me it's a great way to showcase/homage the series I love. Every new game / tv series / book series / anime I come across there will be a character I want to attempt my own version of.
It's also because I have made incredibly close friends through cosplay and being part of my group gives me a lot of motivation to see costumes through to the end, that I don't think I would have if I was doing it on my own (Syl is still not finished omg)

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?

More than I would like. It really depends on the costume though, anything that's based on historical designs or characters I really love and want to do well I will spend a lot of money sourcing the proper fabrics and materials (I can easily spend £100-200) but for more modern characters, where I can get away with cheaper blended fabrics, I will.
I think I average about £60

Buy or make your costumes?

Make them!! The whole creative process is what I enjoy most about cosplay. And the satisfaction from attending an event or masquerading or being part of a group in a costume you have made from scratch and laboured over every detail is so much more for me, than wearing something I have bought.

Saying that though, the pre-con stress of finishing things last minute... I can do without

How many conventions do you attend per year?

Seeing as I haven't really been attending events that long (feels longer than 3 years) I'd say probably 2 a year. I would love to make it to more cons but I've found it too difficult to balance with uni.

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

Hmmmm.... Difficult one. I choose cosplays based on artwork and character design and I think the characters I love best are from games BUT the cosplays I've enjoyed most are from Film and TV. I think probably because I found it easier to create the costume from references that are already a real life costume as opposed to a virtual design.

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:
Fantastic creative outlet.
Amazing people and great times.
Little bit of pride and satisfaction.
Best memories.
Constantly improving skill set.
Positive comments and helpful critique

Cons:
The money!! >.<
The stress.
Post-con depression.
Self-doubt when you mess things up.
The drama!


24 Oct 2012 - 11:4193044
How did you start cosplaying?
I started when a college friend invited me along to an event and introduced me to cosplaying

How long have you being cosplaying?
Since 2009

Why you continue to cosplay (any feelings, experiences, friendships ect formed from it)
It just feels really cool to dress up as your favourite characters and just be somebody else for a day

Roughly, how much do you put aside per cosplay?
It depends. In the past I've not really spend more than £100 to each cosplay, but where I'm getting into more complicated cosplays, it's probably going to be more money

Buy or make your costumes?
I usually buy, but I want to get into making my own if I can

How many conventions do you attend per year?
At least 2, sometimes 3

Favourite media to cosplay from (anime and manga, games, film, television, comics?)?
Anime and manga usually, sometimes TV, and I want to do some game cosplays 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)
Pro's - Meeting new friends, being another person for the day, it's fun and cool

Con's - Money, can't always find a piece to a cosplay that you're looking for, impossible to make


15 Nov 2012 - 18:4993973
Thank you to everyone who replied!
I gathered over 40 replies in the end, and now in the process of collecting and putting each response into a graph.

But thank you everyone who took their time to fill it in, you've being a great help.

When the actual documentary is completed, a link should find it's way here as well as the official thread I made on the forums here.


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19 Jan 2013 - 12:0396128
I had an entire response filled out here, then I saw it was from 2012. My apologies! ;-;


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