Cosplay is not Consent

Cosplay is Not Consent: Social Issues within the Cosplay Scene

The Cosplay Community as a whole is an incredibly open and welcoming place, everyone mucking in together to build a creative space where people can enjoy their hobby. But there are so still a lot of problems with social issues – sexism, racism, sexual assault and body shaming being the most obvious amongst them. TheContinue reading Cosplay is Not Consent: Social Issues within the Cosplay Scene

MCM Comic Con 2018 Cosplay

Superheroes and Villains descend on London for MCM!

Britain’s leading cosplayers arrived in the capital ahead of MCM Comic Con this weekend, with Iron Man, Spider Woman, Aquaman, Bane and Harley Quinn spotted out and about in London this morning. The characters paid visits to commuter hotspots, dazzling Londoners on their way to work, ahead of MCM London Comic Con’s launch this Friday. The event’s specialContinue reading Superheroes and Villains descend on London for MCM!

Cos-Con's Host Des O'Gorman, Judges Kitty Lappin, Mighty Cushion Cosplay and Lionheart Cosplay, Entrants Evilblu, Milkystar Cosplay, Katelyn and her partner. Photo: Alasdair Watson Photography

Cosplay 101: The Competitive Life of Cosplay by Holly Rose Swinyard

Wearing costumes for fun is far from new and costume parades were an integral part of early comic and other media conventions. But cosplay as a concept, in many ways a whole separate world to comic and other media fandom, has only become truly recognised in its own right very recently. Cosplayers the world overContinue reading Cosplay 101: The Competitive Life of Cosplay by Holly Rose Swinyard

Flavia in Cosplay as Elyos

Cosplay 101: Conventions and Cosplay Etiquette by Holly Rose Swinyard (Part Two)

Wearing costumes for fun is far from new and costume parades were an integral part of early comic and other media conventions. But cosplay as a concept, in many ways a whole separate world to comic and other media fandom, has only become truly recognised in its own right very recently. Cosplayers the world overContinue reading Cosplay 101: Conventions and Cosplay Etiquette by Holly Rose Swinyard (Part Two)

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Markosia gets set to launch “The Cosplay Journal”

We’re delighted to report the imminent launch of The Cosplay Journal,from independent publisher Markoisa – a great looking guide to the hobby, edited by Holly Rose Swinyard, who has written some great articles for us here at downthetubes. Launching next month, The Cosplay Journal is a coffee table periodical focusing on the Diversity and CraftContinue reading Markosia gets set to launch “The Cosplay Journal”