A Beginner’s Guide to Cosplay


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Randy "Ren" Wagstaff, Entertainment Reporter

If you ever feel bored and want to express yourself in various ways, costumed play (known as cosplaying) as your favorite characters is a great way to show everyone the type of person you are.

If you are one of the many people that want to learn how to cosplay, this article is for you.

Step one is to find the specific character(s) that you may enjoy from certain shows, movies, anime, video games, etc. You have the choice to cosplay one or many characters as many times as you want.

If you’re a fan of superhero movies, some of the most popular characters are Superman, Batman, Iron Man, and other iconic superheroes within the DC and Marvel universes.

If you’re a fan of anime, try out Naruto or Dragon Ball Z characters. If you’re a fan of video games, try out Xenoblade Chronicles, Persona, or even Mario characters.

There’s no shame in picking certain characters because every person is different and unique. If you want to express yourself in the way of cosplay, you want to stand out from everyone else and be yourself, unless someone else has the same interests as you.

Step two is to either find an outfit of that character or even make it yourself. Many online stores such as amazon have cosplay sets in great detail, and some costumes can be found in local stores, such as Spirit Halloween.

There can be some problems with certain sets/costumes depending on the character or your body shape, such as the sleeves are too long, the clothing is too tight, or even both.

If you know how to make clothing, then making the cosplay set is highly recommended to make sure it perfectly suits you.

The third step is to try it on to see if you like the outfit. If you feel nice and comfortable, ready to show other people as well as your friends, then the next step is to find events that you can go to, such as a local or regional comics conventions known as Comicons. The cons offer contests for cosplayers and also just a chance to hang out with like-minded people with similar interests.

As of right now, nearly all potential cosplay events, such as comic cons, are all cancelled due to COVID-19, although you can still show off your cosplay by uploading pictures on social media to attract a lot of followers. There are several prominent Instagrammers, like [insert a couple links here].

If cosplay events are still closed or if you’re nervous about going to an event when the pandemic (finally) blows over, you can still learn other people’s experiences with cosplay and try to get a good idea about how all of it works.

Seems like Trick or Treating is a good starting point for kids to want to be future cosplayers, huh?