Friday, September 15th, 2017 by Gina Thompson
How can you combine creativity, costume-making, and all kinds of crafting with a hearty dose of geeky fun? Cosplay, of course! If you’re out of the loop, cosplay, or ‘costume play’ refers to the act of wearing a costume that looks like a character from a fictional work. The practice of wearing these costumes to science fiction conventions grew popular all the way back in the 1940s.
It’s not strictly limited to science fiction, though – today, characters from virtually all forms of media are cosplayed, including comic books, cartoons, manga, anime, video games, novels, TV series, movies. It’s open to all ages – even babies can get in on the action with a little help from their parents. If there’s a will, there’s a way (although having a hot glue gun helps a lot).
Cosplay for a cure
Last month, the Internode team celebrated Daffodil Day in their own unique way – by geeking out at the office to raise funds for Cancer Council Australia. The team was keen to get on board by coming in to work decked out in their very best cosplay to help out a good cause.
Needless to say, there was a lot of hype for the latest instalments of the Star Wars film franchise…
But we were stoked to be treated to some sweet armour, too! How often do you get to see a sword at your work? (Don’t worry – it was all safe!)
If you’re hankering for more, we recommend that you check out these notable Aussies who’ve been working hard at the craft, incorporating all kind of skills including sculpture, prosthetics, special effects makeup, and even 3D printing!
Have a browse and it’ll become clear that the deeper you get into cosplay, the more intense it gets – especially when it comes to entering competitions such as those held at Supanova and Oz Comic-Con, where some costumes can take hundreds of hours to create!
Last year, the Australian cosplay community was stoked to see one of their own crowned for the first time in an International competition. Major Sam, hailing from Brisbane, took home the gold in the 2016 C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay event with a stunning adaptation of Julietta Necromancer, an intricate character illustration by Japanese artist, Sakizo.
How you can give it a go
Don’t get intimidated by the pros – if you’re a complete newbie, there’s no reason you can’t give cosplaying a go with some of your favourite characters who have a more simple (and wallet-friendly) design.
There’s a number of helpful tutorials online, and although you may get more specific advice by running a search for the character you want to cosplay, you may also benefit from general advice. Cosplaytutorial.com has a huge database of information about all things cosplay, from using different types of tools to making specific garments, weapons and accessories.
Plus, if you’re really strapped for cash (or you just want a laugh) Lowcost Cosplay typically posts his work as a step-by-step photo set.
For even more geeky greatness and all things costume (Halloween is just around the corner, guys), check out the Costume Collections blog.
No matter how you decide to do it, just remember to have fun!