This is Ozoneocean filling in for Em! Today I want to talk about cosplay, but not just any cosplay… no, I'm talking about cosplay from webcomics.
What IS cosplay? Well it's people dressing up as their favourite pop-culture characters, or maybe even doing their own original character. Movie superheros and anime characters are by far the most popular things to cosplay, but there are many other things people are inspired by too: movies, games, comics, artwork, books, cartoons, TV, and even concepts and jokes! Then there are things like cross-play (you cosplay a different sex), gender-bend cosplay (you cosplay the character as a different sex), and mashups (you blend a character with another).
One thing that seems reasonably rare though are people dressing as characters from webcomics. Maybe it's because they feel the cultural traction is too low so they're hesitant? A big part of cosplay is being noticed afterall, which is why so many people choose very popular mainstream characters.
Webcomic cosplay DOES exist though! I've cosplayed as my own character Ace Kinkaid opposite models playing my character Pinky from my webcomic PinkyTA at photoshoots and various conventions including San Diego ComicCon.
Famously people used to make a thing out of cosplaying characters from the webcomic Homestuck. I've seen cosplay of the webcomic Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki, and the webcomic Megatokyo has seen it's share. It's a great way to expand the fanbase of your comic and promote it outside the the web, not to mention a great deal of fun! It's also a brilliant way to energise and embrace fans; by encouraging them to dress as your characters.
Have you every cosplayed? If so what as? And have you ever seen a webcomic cosplay or considered doing one yourself?
http://montrose.is/sgvy/ - https://www.facebook.com/pg/sgvycomic/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1100920406591744
http://www.pinkyta.com - https://www.facebook.com/PinkyTAcomic/
Ozoneocean at 12:00AM, Sept. 6, 2019
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