What is cosplay ?
"Cosplay" is the contraction of "costume play",
and it's a sort of particular "carnival" during japanimation
conventions, where people disguise like a hero of manga/anime/comic/videogame/visual
group of their choice, and they have to look like their model the most
they can, with a quality costume totally home made.
This activity appared in France in 1996 and comes directly from Japan.
There's two kind of cosplay: free cosplay and competition cosplay. In
the free one, you simply roams in the conventions' corridors, for fun.
In the second case, you have to join a cosplay competition. You can
be alone or in a group, and you have to play a scene (copy known scenes,
sing, mime, execute choreographies with music...) in front of a very
enthusiastic public. There's generally prizes to win.
Where to see cosplay in France
Look for the japanimation conventions dates, like the Japan-Expo,
BDExpo, Cartoonist, Anim'Est, Mangacity, Japanim Spirit...
AS cosplay links
Photos of french cosplay
Japan Expo 2004 (Paris) - thanks to: Cosplay Paradise ~ TotalManga
Japan Expo 2003 (Paris)
Cartoonist 2002 (Paris) - thanks to: ?
Cartoonist 2002 (Toulon) - thanks to: A-Anime
~ Cosplay hq
Japan Expo 2002 (Paris)
Convention Epita 2001 (Paris) - thanks to: Les
Cartoonist 2001 (Paris) - thanks to: A-Anime
Japan Expo 2001 (Paris) - thanks to: A-Anime
~ Les SD
Photos of german cosplay
Animagic 2002 - thanks to: Toni
007 ~ Bakahausen
Bonenkai 2001 & Connichi 2002 - thanks to: Toni
Animagic 2001 (Koblenz) - thanks to: Animagic
2001 ~ Odiesoft
Miscellaneous photos of cosplay (japanese, american...)
Thanks to: Alisa's
Cosplay ~ Shiny
Clouds ~ Miyuki
Cosplay 2001 ~ Angelic
Fire ~ Asylum
Garden ~ AS.com