The ever evolving face of comic book fandom has fully embraced costume play aka Cosplay. The comic book and pop culture convention circuits welcome Cosplay as a thoroughly entertaining part of the experience and a great way to see heroes and villains brought to life. Elaborate costumes made at home by costume designers who are keeping pace with, if not passing, the costume designers of Hollywood.
Two Cosplay initiatives announced last week show that Cosplay is as much a part of Pop-Culture as the comic books, movies, television shows, and videos games that inspire it. First is the Marvel Comics Cosplay Variants revealed in a press release on August 21, 2015. Coming to comic book shops later this year are 20 different comics books featuring Marvel’s beloved pantheon of characters brought to life. The covers bring the convention experience home and immortalize them as a part of Marvel’s history.
“Cosplayers are taking over. Each convention I go to, it seems like there are more and more fans dressing up like their favorite Marvel characters. These homemade, hand-crafted costumes are so elaborate, it looks like they leapt off the comic page. The Cosplay Variant initiative is our way of supporting a community that supports us,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel in the Marvel press release.
The covers released by Marvel last week show many favorites like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man, but also showcase newcomers like Spider-Gwen and Ms. Marvel. Spider-Gwen is one of the newer Marvel characters whose tremendous success is in part due to the wide range of Cosplayers who have made their own versions of Robbi Rodriguez’s radical costume.
The second huge news comes from Los Angeles’s biggest pop-culture convention Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo. On October 31, Halloween, Stan Lee’s Comikaze will crown the first ever National Cosplay Champion. The winner will receive $10,000. While many conventions have help Cosplay contests and Masquerade parties in the past this is the first one to ever boast as being for a National Championship. Rules apply and you do need to be present at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo with ticket in hand.
The host who has given his name to Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo is no stranger to being portrayed by cosplayers himself. In addition to creating a plethora of characters portrayed by the Cosplayers, Stan Lee himself has been portrayed by fans young and old. Will “Stan the Man” himself be one of the mystery judges for the contest?
The Comikaze Expo has grown exponentially every year similar to the growth of fans in costumes. The traditionally planned Halloween weekend event has embraced Cosplay like no other convention. Its guest list includes renowned Cosplayers like Ivy DoomKitty, LeAnna Vamp,Vampy BitMe, Nicole Marie Jean, Abby Darkstar, RIDDLE,Ashen Phoenix Cosplay, and Raychul Moore. Whether you are a participant or a fan the spectacle of this event will be one of the hotter topics to come out of this convention.
In addition to the National Cosplay Championship, Stan Lee’s Comikaze will award the first ever Prop Making National Championship on Sunday November 1. Held all weekend long this completion will be focused on the participant’s artistry and craftsmanship. No ordinary Infinity Gauntlet or Golden Lasso will capture this prize. See more details through Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo.