Cosplay Contest – $2,000 Prize

Charity Cosplay Competition
Japanese Inspired Theme
($2,000 cash prize giveaway at Concert for Japan)

Come dress up to support Japan and have fun. You can wear anything you want, but we will only be selecting the best Japanese inspired   theme.

Help the 25,000 children and 90,000 people still homeless in Japan. We are giving way $2,000 ($1,000 per day for the best costume under our theme).

What is Cossplay?

Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), short for “costume play” is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.

Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and Sci-Fi. Favourite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies.

Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa.

Cosplay differs from Halloween and Mardi Gras costume wear not only in existing independent of any particular holiday, but in its goal. The object of cosplay is interpretation: one attempts to become one’s character much as a stage actor inhabits a role. Costumes are expected to adhere meticulously to the attire known to be worn by the character represented. Even more generic costumes get an elaborately artistic treatment. Cosplayers may purchase or create costumes through fan labor. Cosplayers often educate themselves in crafting specialities such as sculpture, face paint, fibreglasswork, fashion design and the like in the effort to render the look and texture of a costume accurately.

Once in costume, cosplayers often adopt the affect, mannerisms and body language of the characters they portray (with OOC or, “Out Of Character” breaks). The cosplayers do this because once they have that certain costume on, they feel and act like the character that they are dressed up as. Some Cosplayers prefer to snap into character for photos with poses and stunts, but otherwise remain fairly out of character. Cosplayers often gather to view the costumes of others, show off their own creations, take pictures, share tips, and participate in contests. This activity is maintained between major events through participation in online forums. Major events include but are not limited to anime and comic book conventions as well as costume balls such as Labyrinth of Jareth Masquerade.

Thanks to Cosplay Station for providing the Judges: Sunny Zhao, Priscilla Chen and a third person to be identified. 






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