Animazement is here and that means cosplay time! For those of you who are not in the know, cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime. Then when it’s convention time, you get to show off all the hard work that was put into making your costume. Some are very elaborate while others can be put together with clothes you may already have.
Amanda Stone is an avid cosplay enthusiast who has been going to conventions for twenty years now. “I have taught myself how to sew, wood carve, and paint. I’ve learned a lot through trial and error.” She not only taught herself those skills, but also devotes much time and money into this art. “There are some pieces that I’ve put in 2000 hours or more. I can even spend up to $3000 a year on my outfits.” When I caught up with her, she was having her head 3D scanned for this year’s project. “It’s a love/hate relationship building a costume. Your commitment happens because you are wearing it. It’s an obsession.”
What if you are just starting out or don’t have the resources to make or buy the perfect costume? Jonathan Mosher, a new cosplayer, began with “closet cosplay”. That’s when you put together a costume with clothes you already have. Take Dr. Who for example. Jonathan transforms himself into that character with just a shirt, a leather coat, a big felt hat and a long scarf. “Don’t let yourself get intimidated. If you are inspired to do something, don’t let anyone stand in your way.” Jonathan recently even took a sewing class to start work on his own costumes. It goes to show that no matter how you cosplay, there will be a place for everyone at Animazement.
Animazment is May 27-29 and is held at The Raleigh Convention Center. Visit animazement.com for more info.