Saturday, July 20, 2013

Feverish Fanboy Fantasies: Cosplay Sizzlers

Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch

Amora, the Enchantress

Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat

Dr. Pamela Lilly Isley, Poison Ivy

Hela, the Asgardian Goddess of Death

Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat

Dr. Pamela Lilly Isley, Poison Ivy

Teenaged Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man, is snared by that smokin' hawt cougar, Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat.

From Wiki:

Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure), short for "costume play", is an activity in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea from a work of fiction

Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.

Favorite sources include manga, anime, comic books, video games, and films. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. 

Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa. There is also a subset of cosplay culture centered on sex appeal, with cosplayers specifically choosing characters that are known for their attractiveness and/or revealing costumes.

The Internet has enabled many cosplayers to create social networks and websites centered around cosplay activities, while forums allow cosplayers to share stories, photographs, news, and general information. 

The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since 1990 has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of popular culture. This is particularly the case in Asia, where cosplay influences Japanese street fashion.

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