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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

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In Review: Wales Comic Con 2018

Wales Comic Con was a show that many of my friends, acquaintances and general interesting bods have been to over the last few years – and all of them have sung its praises, encouraging me to go along and try it out for myself. This year, I finally managed to get the opportunity and headedContinue reading In Review: Wales Comic Con 2018

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Sneak Peek: The Cosplay Journal Volume Two

With the success of the first volume, The Cosplay Journal team are back with their second edition, bringing even more of the amazing life of cosplay into focus. The Cosplay Journal , published by Markosia and edited by Holly Rose Swinyard, is a coffee table periodical focusing on the Diversity and Craft of cosplay. “We wantContinue reading Sneak Peek: The Cosplay Journal Volume Two

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Making a Difference: Special Effect – The Gamers’ Charity

Holly Rose Swinyard explores the life-changing work of the Oxford-based Special Effect – The Gamers’ Charity, who put fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, they’re finding a way for people to play to theContinue reading Making a Difference: Special Effect – The Gamers’ Charity

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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