Holiday Cosplay

Tuesday, 29 November 2011, 8:00 | Author : Janet
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Every year, a local cosplay photographer organizes the “Christmas in the Park Northern California Cosplay Gathering.”  For his meeting place, he often takes advantage of “Christmas in the Park,” a local attraction held annually in downtown San Jose.  This cosplay gathering (and others like it) have begun to attracting large numbers of cosplayers for a variety of reasons.  For some, they yearn to cosplay mid-year when there are fewer conventions.  For others, they want to re-imagine their favorite characters in holiday-themed attire. Still yet, some simply enjoy socializing at these events.

This event is rather appropriate within the context of anime fandom. Many popular shows have produced artwork of their characters dressed in santa hats and red velvet, fur-lined costumes for the Christmas season. Though I must admit, when winter comes around, I prefer to focus my cosplay photography around snowy landscapes and barren trees, rather than Christmas costumes. I almost feel like I’m violating the authenticity of the character by succumbing to these Christmas-themed fandoms.  But even with such strong opinions, I must be in the minority, because these events are growing in size every year. Perhaps this will be a new trend within the cosplay community, similar to our prediction that swimsuit costume competitions might be a huge success at summer conventions.

If you’re interested in attending, you can find more information on the Cosplay.com forums: http://www.cosplay.com/search.php?searchid=5309637

You can also view the photo gallery from last year’s event: http://photo.oscarc.net/Conventions-Cosplay/NorCal-Cosplay-Gatherings/Christmas-in-the-Park-2011/

 

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