Cosplay is a geek subculture that's growing in popularity around the world, and South Africa is no exception. A portmanteau of the words costume and play, cosplay involves creating and wearing costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea: drawing on all other geek subcultures for inspiration, cosplayers adopt the visage of their favourite hero or villain from comics, anime and cartoons, computer games or movies and tv series.
Devin Green, Jeanine-Dee Hartog, and Justin Rogers are three Johannesburg-based cosplayers who very kindly sat down with us recently to discuss cosplay in more detail. We had a wonderful, hour long chat that covered plenty of topics including:
- Their individual geek origin stories and how they came to cosplay
- We discuss how interests in cosplay range from basic expressions of fandom to completely immersive performance art where you try to 'become' the character as closely as possible.
- And an overview of how to jump into cosplay if you're interested: while we do discuss the, potentially, more expensive aspects of creating your own costume, we also chat about how to get started, the tools you're going to want to use (including costs) and possibly the two most important skills to become a cosplayer - being resourceful and being tenacious.
Plus - it's only taken 22 episodes, but finally ... Les manages to stuff up a recording. And you're not going to have to wait very long to hear about it.