Cosplay – a hobby of wearing costumes and accessories to represent a specific character.
At the Edmonton Expo, dressing up as your favorite character from media – whether that be movies, comics or video games – was more of the hype at times than the special media guests themselves. And that is saying a lot considering William Shatner and Gene Simmons were in attendance.
It was exciting to see how creative some people could be, I saw cosplay that was very simple (Halloween costumes), to ones that you could see that the people spent countless hours making (or at least dishing out the $ for) all the gear, including dress, wigs, weapons and makeup, needed to bring life to their character. At times you would also find groups of people taking cosplay to its extreme by teaming up with each other to put characters from the same comic universe or game together, such as the DC characters or the entire team of Guardians of the Galaxy. It made for some fantastic photo ops.
Cosplay does not discriminate and people of all ages, shapes and sizes were out rocking their characters with ultimate pride.
It was just a thrill to have an opportunity to run up to people and snap their picture just to capture the sheer brilliance and creativity that was to be seen at the expo.