Article: What Actually is Cosplay

What Actually is Cosplay?

This is Paid Content: What exactly is this costumed play and when did it start? Costumed role playing, commonly known as cosplay, has been very popular in North America for decades with fans of science fiction, but it didn’t become part of the mainstream until the 1990s in North America.

Cosplay is when a person dresses up as a fictional character. These characters can be from any genre, but the most popular in the mainstream are from science fiction movies, TV shows and books. The characters from Japanese anime shows or manga books are also very popular, with strong fan followings worldwide.

The term cosplay was introduced in 1984 by the founder of Studio Hard during a report in the magazine My Anime following a science fiction convention, but cosplay is much older than the term. Many assume that because the term cosplay is from anime beginnings it is an Asian import. However, since the 15th century Europeans enjoyed dressing up for masquerade balls and other types of celebrations. Most of these events were for the very rich who could afford to have garments made for special occasions, but even commoners took part in special village parties.

During the 1800s European and North American costume parties became a popular past-time. Most of the costumes at these parties were generic with broad themes such as a “Night” or “Springtime”. Although the majority of the costumes were very general, some partakers would dress up as fictional characters as well, with Shakespearean characters being common.

In 1939 at the first World Science Fiction Convention, two fans, Forrest J. Ackerman and Myrtle R. Douglas, wore futuristic costumes based on the pulp fiction art of Frank R. Paul. Ackerman later commented that he thought everyone should be wearing costumes are this type of event. His idea caught on and at the second Worldcon the next year, a masquerade contest was included in the programming. This simple beginning transformed future events of the genre.

One of today’s most popular conventions is the San Diego Comic-Con. The event has held a Masquerade Ball since 1974. Many of those who take part in cosplay (cosplayers) take their play to a higher level with role-playing their characters. Cosplayers tend to be gender fluid with their costumes. These players take on the mannerisms of their characters at events and for special photo sessions.

Many of those that take part in modern cosplay make their own costumes or buy their garments from specialty shops. The most devoted players often spend quite a bit of time and money to get every detail of their character just right with wigs and props. Many of those props are weapon replicas. At conventions there are very strict rules about what is allowed.

Cosplay takes place beyond the world of conventions. The 1975 movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a perfect example of cosplay going mainstream. Audiences show up to cinemas across the globe dressed as their favorite characters in the film. Many of the cinemas have live performances by audiences members taking place at the same time as the screenings.

Dressing up as a favorite character has become a popular activity for many people. Those who enjoy the practice of cosplay get to escape the real world for a time and revel in play with other people. With many more conventions like Comic-Con popping up around the world, there is no doubt that cosplay is here to stay.

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Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleaning Device is the Free Market at work

Boyan Slat’s Ocean Cleaning Device Sets Sail This Summer

When I was ‘surfing’ the web I came across this interesting story, this young man is actually doing something to make a difference in the world.

From Viralnova

When Boyan Slat was 16 years old, he found himself coming across more plastic than fish while diving in Greece. It was then that he decided to dedicate a high school project to investigating ocean plastic pollution and how he could make a difference.


Orionid Meteor Shower Tonight

Orionid Meteor Shower Will Peak Overnight, With Best Show Before Dawn

The Orionid Meteor Shower will reach its peak on Friday night and Saturday morning, with the best viewing shortly before dawn (wherever you are).

Last year, the annual show was less than spectacular — a bright gibbous moon hung in the sky for most of the night, stealing the glory from the meteors.

But this year, there’s barely a sliver of moon in sight — the new moon was just on Thursday. And much of America can expect a nearly cloudless sky, to boot.

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Scientists Just Teleported an Object Into Space for the First Time

Scientists Just Teleported an Object Into Space for the First Time

Scientists have successfully teleported an object from Earth to space for the first time, paving the way for more ambitious and futuristic breakthroughs.

A team of researchers in China sent a photon from the ground to an orbiting satellite more than 300 miles above through a process known as quantum entanglement, according to MIT Technology Review. It’s the farthest distance tested so far in teleportation experiments, the researchers said. Their work was published online on the open access site arXiv.

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Solar System With 7 Earth-like Planets

NASA has recently discovered a solar system 40 light years away with 7 earth-like planets

The 7 earth-like planets themselves orbit a star called Trappist-1 in the constellation Aquarius. It is a small dwarf star so the planets orbit pretty close to the star.

This is the kind of stuff that I love, more fuel for my webcomics. Gives us hope that there are a vast amount of Earth-like planets out there in the vast universe.


‘The first step in finding life outside our own planet is to find a planet like our own: small, rocky, and at just the right distance from the star that liquid water could exist on its surface.

That’s why an announcement today from NASA is so exciting: The space agency, along with partners around the world, has found seven potentially Earth-like planets orbiting a star 40 light-years away.

“It’s the first time that so many planets of this kind are found around a same star,” Michaël Gillon, the lead author of the Nature paper announcing the discovery, said in a press conference. “The seven planets … could have some liquid water and maybe life on the surface.”

Three of the planets are directly in the star’s habitable zone, meaning water can mostly likely exist on the surface of them. One of them, Gillon said, has a mass “strongly to suggest a water-rich composition.” And it’s possible that the other four could have liquid water, too, depending on the composition of their atmospheres, the astronomers said.’

7 Earth-like Planets



In the meantime, we just have our imaginations to fill in the gap. This is an artist’s rendition of what the fifth planet in this bizarre solar system might look like. These planets are believed to be tidally locked to the star, each has a permanent day side and a permanent night side. And because the planets are so close together, they’d appear in the sky like moons.

7 Earth-like Planets