So welcome back to Part 2 of my Con Decompression. Dublin City Comic Con Anime Edition has still come and gone, and I’m still trying to decompress from it all. Still trying to quantify, correlate, and find the words to describe all that I saw and experienced. This time round we’re going to ramble and talk some nonsense about Cosplay.
Now if it’s your first time hearing the word ‘Cosplay’, don’t be afraid. It’s not some crazy cult or some adult only game. Cosplay is basically dressing up as your favourite anime, manga, cartoon, comic book, video game or movie character. Think Halloween at a Con and you’ve got it.
You’ll probably want to go get a cup of tea or coffee before you buckle yourself in, as again this is probably going to be another long one.
I would first like to take a few moments to talk about ‘Cosplay is not Consent’.
If your not fimiliar with this concept/ code of conduct , or new to a Convention that has a Cosplay presence please allow me to fill you in (Parental tone activating ).
Just because someone, whether that is a Man, Woman, or Child has gone to a Convention in Cosplay, it does in no right allow/ or entitle you:
- To Touch that person in anyway.
- To jump around that person in excitement or something similar.
- To pressure that person into taking a photo with you or by you.
What is expected of you is:
- To ask the person for permission to either take a photo of them or with them.
- To respect a persons personal space.
- Not to pressure the person in Cosplay for photos, signatures etc.
- Not to stare at a person in Cosplay. Certain characters from Anime, Manga, Video games are hyper sexualised. Some of these elements may carry over to a persons costume but please, there’s no need to stare.
- Cosplayers are artists, some have spent hours and maybe months working on their costumes so compliments are always welcome. Just be cool and kind.
(Parental tone disengaged)
Now just for the record I asked people in Cosplay if I could take their photos while at the Con, and they were cool with that.
Located on the ground floor of the Convention Center, just behind the traders could be found the Cosplay Village.
The Cosplay Village showcased an exhibition of professional Cosplayers, a repair station (to repair any unfortunate damage to ones costume), a makeup station, an exhibition of movie props, and a number of photo sets. Which I have to say was a great and unexpected inclusion.
The photo sets ranged in theme from Anime, to video games to movies…
As well as the Cosplay Village there were a number of panels and workshops running through out the weekend at the Cosplay Academy.
Some of the Cosplay panels included talks about Photography, How to take measurements for your costume, makeup, and how to choose a Cosplay character.
The workshops focused on working with ‘Worbla’. ‘Worbla’ is a thermoplastic modelling material, similar in regards to EVA foam. Which when heated can be formed into different shapes, to make items such as armour and weapons. It is quickly becoming the go to material for Cosplayers.
These panels and workshops were in great demand at the Convention and I was unable to attend all of them.
The Cosplay segment of Dublin Comic Con Anime Edition concluded on Sunday with a Costume Contest hosted by Wayne Talbot of Rogue Comics and the Irishpubcast podcast.
All in all I think it was a great turnout over the weekend from Cosplayers and fans alike. It really goes to show how big the Irish Cosplay community is, and how big the Anime, Manga, Comic Book and Video Game community is that it deserved a Con focusing on itself, instead of being mixed in with a larger Convention.
Over the weekend I met some awesome people and I’ve included some more photos of their awesome Cosplay costumes.
Until next time, I’ll see at the table.
– from The Man Cave