Editorial: Behind the Masks : A Word on Cosplay (Episode 2) GeekFest 2017 – Geek Node

Editorial: Behind the Masks : A Word on Cosplay (Episode 2) GeekFest 2017

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Darth Zady Bun
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Behind the Masks

“Behind the Masks” – A Word on Cosplay

Episode 2 : Geekfest 2017


Cosplay is the contraction of the words “costume play”. This art form involves participants (i.e. cosplayers) dressing in costumes and accessories to represent characters. Hell, some cosplayers even go to the extent of role-playing to represent their chosen character.

With the source material ranging from comic books, video games, live-action movies all the way through to television series there’s something for everyone.

While the Cosplay scene in foreign territories is fairly well established, recent years have seen a boom in the Cosplay community here in South Africa as well.

I noticed that there is more than enough media coverage on the magic of Cosplay out there, yet it seems that there is a serious lack of focus on the artists behind the masks.

Nobody talks about the challenges the artists face or the work that goes into the artwork itself.

In this series, I will (together with the help of some of my friends) try to unpack the mystery and mystique of exactly what goes on behind the scenes.

Today’s feature:

In this episode, I talk about my first experience as a Cosplay judge. Suffice to say that it was truly challenging and rewarding experience.

I had a chance to speak to my fellow judges and learned how to “hack” a Cosplay competition.

In addition, I was able to discuss the creation of the Cosplay Hospital with Linda Jager from GES-SA.

Last, though certainly not least, I was lucky enough to have caught up with a few of the winners from the different categories throughout the weekend. They were all kind enough to share their respective journeys and of course the pit stops along the way.

For ease of reference, the different interviews take place as follows:

“How to Con a Cosplay judge” – Mariska & Miguel (4m27)
A word with Linda – The Cosplay Hospital (5m52)
A word with a winner- Puggy Penguin Cosplay (15m34)
A word with a winner- Chaotic Good Cosplay and Cookie Cat Creations (19m57)
A word with a winner- Kali Kittie Cosplay (26m49)

Have a look at the video and be sure to like, comment, share and follow us.

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Lastly, if you are a cosplayer who has an interest in chatting to me about your experiences please reach out to me.


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Darth Zady Bun

Darth Zady Bun

Guest Contributor
Zaid is a story teller, traveller, artist, entertainer and comic culture geek of note. Powered by chocolate, and guided by an ever growing bucket (and collectibles) list, he finances his addiction to geek merchandise, comic books, action figures and all the cold cast porcelain and PVC pieces of heaven he can buy by giving (mostly) legal advice. He is also rumoured to have once eaten an entire pack of Marie Biscuits with a single mug of Five Roses Tea. Witnesses deny the incident.
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