British Museum Manga Exhibition 2019

Talking Manga: An Interview with British Museum curator Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere

Holly Rose Swinyard, editor of The Cosplay Journal, recently sat down with Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, curator of the British Museum’s Manga Exhibition, which runs until 26th August 2019, and has kindly shared part of their interview with downthetubes as a taster for the whole feature in the next edition of the magazine… The Cosplay Journal:Continue reading Talking Manga: An Interview with British Museum curator Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere

Cosplayer Deepica Mutyala as Wonder Woman SNIP

Social Issues in Cosplay: Racism

Holly Rose Swinyard, editor of The Cosplay Journal, examines an unpleasant aspect of the cosplay scene – and what can be done to tackle racism in the community… With thanks for contributions from cosplayers Andrien Gbinigie and Isa. Racism is probably one of the biggest issues in the cosplay community. You’d think with a community thatContinue reading Social Issues in Cosplay: Racism

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