(I wish that more guys would participate along side me in the cosplayshows in Denmark.)
performance in cosplay in Denmark consists of about 98% women and the
remaining 2% are the guys. Converted into an amount of persons, we got
about 2-3 guys making an appearance on stage in a cosplay competition.
My question to the male part of the cosplay community is, why is that?
I would love to see some more guys unfold into the art, in acts with fights and things alike.
I get from observing the presented cosplay communities at the
conventions here, are that the guys simply aren’t interested in
performing on stage. Can this be the truht?
seen and been in awe of homemade costumes being displayed at the Danish
conventions, and the male cosplayers wearing the costumes has done an
awesome job both wear and constructing them. There are so much potential
just being wasted on Hall cosplay.. Why not put this awesomeness on stage?
Social cosplayer theory
this current world of cosplay, I’ve developed a bunch of typical
profiles that most of cosplayers can be labeled with. One of these are
the ‘social cosplayer’
profile, which I from only observating male cosplayers at the popular
conventions here in Denmark will state, is the most common amongst male
we like it or not, our clothes is a communicator, and cosplay makes a
great tool for this. Put simply, cosplay is being used as an indicator
for people to make easy contact with others alike.
I could go on and on about theories, but what I am trying to defend here, is a theory that males mostly use cosplay as a social tool. (I'll be writting a separate post about the stereo typical cosplay personas that I think there is find in the different cosplay communities)
It’s an artform - put it on the stage!
a male cosplayer myself, I find that cosplay easily makes contact with
other fans of a particular series possible. Putting the ‘social tool /
communicator’ aside, in my mind and world, I strive to portrait cosplay
as a visual- and performance art, where portraying a characters true
self is the highest priority. Not saying this can’t be done off the
stage, but is most
nicely done before an audience. So fellow male cosplayers, please do
consider bringing your newly polished cosplay boots to the stage and
interact with the audience.
What would it take for the guys to step it up?
Sadly I don’t have an answer to this question, which I would love to have.
I’ve tried to do was creating a platform for both female and male
cosplayers to brighten their horizons with. The Danish cosplay magazine ‘CosMag.dk’,
which I’m the Editor in chief for, was started in 2008, with the goal
of raising the interest in cosplayers creating their own costumes and
illuminate what parts of the popculture and news that is relevant to
keep up with the trends, construction and the social part of the cosplay
a look at the typical reader of the magazine, one finds that the
typical reader ofcourse is female, which could be that it (by it meaning
the magazine) simply doesn’t appeal to the male audience, since it’s
layout and content intent isn’t targetet towards females 100%.
What I’ll be trying to do about this
the next couple of conventions happening here in Denmark, I’ll try to
talk with these kind of male cosplayers and incourage them to take the
leap and join their female counterparts on stage.
Besides incourage them, I’ll try and analyse their answers and bring it in a later blogentry some time in the feature.