What is Cosplay? And can I do it?

In recent years Cosplay has rising to fame but I still get asked pretty regularly “What is Cosplay?” or “Where can I do it?”  To help answer those questions Heroes’ Beacon will be hosting a Cosplay Meetup on February 24th.  We are hoping to attract those Cosplay curious as well as the veterans in the community.

Before then I hope to answer a few common questions.

  1.  What is Cosplay?

Cosplay stands for “costume play” and is a performance art in which cosplayers wear costumes to represent their favorite character from games, movies, comics, and all other fandoms.  As a hobby it has been on the rise since the 90s but the first cosplayers might have been  Forrest J Ackerman and Myrtle R. Douglas, who attended the 1939 1st World Science Fiction Convention New York, USA dressed in “futuristicostumes”, based on the 1936 film Things to Come.

Cosplay has evolved to be more than merely wearing costumes, but has a thriving competitive scene at many conventions.  Contestants are judged on accuracy, craftsmanship, presentation, and even ability to impact the audience.

In short Cosplay can be as simple as buying a ready made costume or as advanced as making your own costume and crafting a skit to perform during judging!

2. Where can I do it?


My honest answer is anywhere!  Typically Cosplay is found at comic and game conventions like our local Impossible Realities.  Cosplayer come out for Free Comic Book Day at comic shops all over North America.  Cosplayers are also known to gather for charity events helping to raise funds for many great causes.

If you want to try it out.  If you enjoy making costumes or props.  If you are already cosplaying.  Or if you just want to meet some really cool people with a fascinating hobby come join us on the 24th!


Chris Duffield
Chris has been working in the comic and gaming industry for more than ten years and is an owner of Heroes' Beacon. He enjoys reading comics, playing board games, painting and playing miniature war games.