You may have heard the term “cosplay” but you may be asking yourself, “What is cosplay?” or “What does cosplay mean?”. Let’s start with the latter first. The term “cosplay” is a contraction of the words “costume” and “play” and simply means, “the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genre of manga and anime.” You most likely won’t see people randomly dress up as their favorite anime character on a random Tuesday, but you will most likely see cosplayers in action at comic book conventions or movie premiers. While many people associated cosplay to “dressing up”, it’s much more than just a costume. The art and creativeness that are put into these cosplay costumes are unparalleled. Cosplay is a huge subculture that is growing by leaps and bounds. If you visit a comic book convention and you’re not in costume, you are most likely the minority.
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