A few weeks back, I told some friends I was going to Comic Con. One replied by asking if such an event was even real or just something they talked about in TV shows.

Dismissing this perception as best I could, I casually mentioned the term “cosplay” as I had planned on dressing up for the con. A few of my friends reacted, “Wait…what’s ‘cosplay?’”

Ok. That I can understand.

There are a few reasons one may dress emphatically as a character or theme to celebrate the popular arts especially at the biggest convention in the country:

1) You are expressing your devotion or adoration toward something to which you are a loyal fan

2) In all honesty, some do it because they love the attention like walking a model runway especially if it’s a character that’s trendy or legendary and if they can make their cosplay extraordinary

3) You enjoy crafting and building. Taking on a project and accomplishing a do-it-yourself makes you enjoy your cosplay and self-expression character all the more

Personally, I cosplay for reason 1 as the drive, reason 3 as the growth process, and 2 is the consolation.

There’s more to it: Community. This weekend my friends and I were able to shake hands, take pics and mingle not only fellow cosplayers and fans who share similar interests, but also the creators of the characters whom we were portraying. Contact information was exchanged, and the anticipation of meeting up again at future cons has begun.

Sadly, there are those who take this pastime too far not being able to separate the fantasy from reality, however most of the population deems it as fun.

It’s just fun.

Moreover, this is not merely a costume nor is it a holiday celebration. It is an expression of a loyalty to a comic book, movie, video game, TV show, etc.

Also, like any other activity, it’s more enjoyable when you do it with others and share creative ideas.

By the way, cosplay = costume + (role)play