Up until a few weeks ago, I had no idea what cosplay was. I saw the topic in my list for this challenge and assumed it must be describing a type of bedroom shenanigan involving boldly patterned crew neck sweaters. I have since educated myself a bit on the subject (thank you, as always, dear Internet.)
Come to find out, I already knew what cosplay was, I just didn't know what cosplay meant. For years, I worked in downtown Baltimore, home to one of many conventions known as "Comic Con." Every summer I watched cosplay play out in a magnificent fashion. I rode into town on the Metro next to Superman. I ate lunch as the nearby food court with Harley Quinn. I may or may not have seen Bobo Fett in Banana Republic at the Gallery mall. There was lots of makeup and weird weapons and skin, skin, skin. These people are devout.
In case you have yet to catch up, cosplay is short for "costume play" and represents a type of performance art wherein participants dress up as characters from anime, graphic novels, comic books, video games, and the like. I suppose it is a type of role play, though I do not know if any acting, per se, is involved. However, based on some of these amazing photos I assume these artists full monty it in every direction.
Though I can respect the amount of thought, time, and energy "cosplaying" requires, I am ridiculously relieved that my husband is not into this. Though, if I had to guess, I suppose he might choose to dress up as Spike from Cowboy Bebop (an anime series he adores and, yes, I have watched. Hmm, great blog topic idea. Why didn't one of you think of it?!?) If you know the character (and my husband), you realize this would not be a huge departure for him (Spike basically wears a suit and tie.) Regardless, I vote cosplay as a deal breaker.
I mean, let's get real. I would never partake in cosplay. I don't even dress up for Halloween. I used to, of course. It was fun. And, I guess I did dress up as She-Ra (Princess of Power) when I was six. I don't think that counts, but if I revisited that costume again this year...thoughts?