short for 'costume play': an activity in which people dress up as characters from books or films, often acting out role plays. People who do this are called 'cosplayers', and the activity is called 'cosplaying'
What motivates these fans to don costumes, wigs and makeup varies from person to person, but one trend emerges: cosplay offers a uniquely public way to respond to published artwork and fan communities simultaneously.
Female cosplayers are often challenged by source texts that don't offer interesting, independent, or strong female characters.
Tysk immersed herself in cosplaying, from making props to dressing up and now documenting the culture.Submitted from United Kingdom on 18/06/2013