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Cosplay

The word became popular with the anime genre but it really speaks of the art of costuming: - providing an outfit made to resemble the prevailing fashion, coiffure, jewelry, and apparel of a time period, country or class, either real or imagined.. - to create the appearance, characteristic of a particular person, place, or thing.

A wonderful art form where a person who loves to live life without limits, creates or purchases high quality costumes patterned after characters from various genres, established or self created.

Characters can be from a specific comic theme, sy fy film or show, comic book creation or time period. Some cosplay Renaissance/ fantasy or military themes, as opposed to those who cosplay a specific character from a comic book/ or anime story, or science fiction movie or tv show.

Some cosplayers create their own characters and character costume designs.

The art of costuming can be as simple as taking something in your closest and 'cosplaying it up' by adding various accessories, or it can be deeply involved: buying material, sketching a design, sewing or finding a seamstress, or purchasing a high quality made outfit, and there are some online stores where you can select an outfit, (or give them a pic of an outfit of your own creation), and have it made to your specific measurements.

Add in accessories, jewelry, hair colors, hardware, makeup, etc and you are ready to strut your stuff! This is the difference between a cosplayer and somebody who just puts on something. Others put on a costume, cosplayers perform and bring a character or theme to life!

Cosplayers pose and take on the life, nature, personality of the character/ theme/ time period they are cosplaying. They research the character or time period or theme they are cosplaying and bring it into manifestation. Cosplayers are the second layer of 'stars' at any convention next to the actual actors/ artists who are appearing.



Group Theme Shots!

As our group increases both at the conventions and on various occasions I will coordinate 'theme' photograph sessions for our members. These sessions will take place indoor and outdoor. I will hire the photographer for us and everyone will receive a photo of the session for their portfolios. You are a professional so start a portfolio if you do not have one already, especially for those new to the art so you can progress your development.

Themed shots will center around a specific genre or time period or comic theme. I may want to do an all Renaissance/ fantasy theme/ military gears of war/ war machines/ comics DC vs Marvel/ birds of prey or justice league/ science fiction, etc etc. I may also want to do 're-enactments' such as the 'storm/ black panther wedding scene'. This is all in good fun!

I will also do general pics around town against backgrounds that would be good for our photo shoots.
Even if you are not about costuming but let's say you are a makeup artist or jewelry maker or photographer, you are welcomed to accompany us and join us! We have use for your skills!

What type of person Cosplays?

Some everyday person who loves to have fun! Who loves to live a life without limits which is why cosplayers come in all genders/ ethnicities/ ages/ and can cross cosplay characters not of their own gender or ethnicity or age.

Cosplayers exsist above the mundane! And we love to bring fun to any gathering!
If you want to cosplay you cannot be shy, especially when it's picture time! You must be patient with the public for if your outfit is over the top, you can expect to be stopped every 5 minutes for a picture request. How you interact with the public reflects on you and all cosplayers, so always smile and be courteous, even if you have had enough flash in your face tongue

So what can you expect from this group?

A safe haven where you can interact with others in all stages of development, from newbies to masters! You can learn, get ideas, learn poses, receive helpful costuming insights, and never worry about going alone to a place which is part of the reason some have not gotten into cosplay, because they do not know anyone personally who is doing it.

Discounted Group rates if 10+ of us are going to a specific con together. Group photos will be done at the cons and we can all cosplay as one huge group and wow the crowd together! This is especially good for new ones still a little shy and unsure.

Volunteer events where we can bring joy to folks at various community and family day activities. We may cosplay at a children's hospital of for a certain military/ police/ firehouse family day event!

We will have social gatherings and outings and our own after con parties/ and themed dinners! We also plan to bring in guest speakers whenever possible. Do parades together/ play games or lay in the park and have a picnic! Our other outgrowth also supports independent writers/ filmmakers/ etc!

There is no limit to what we as an active group can do, so share your ideas and suggestions and let's have fun!

Welcome to the world of Cosplay and Living a Life without Limits!

WE ARE COSPLAYERS!




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