Cosplay at EGX 2015
We caught up with some of the folks at EGX 2015 who talked to us briefly about their #Cosplay outfits. As well as this we had a chat with Ziggy Newman the UK Technical Organiser of the European Cosplay Gathering at #EGX and Cosplay Coordinator/Director of the EGX Cosplay Championship!
We spoke to David who attended EGX 2015 as Princess Peach. Peach (for those living in isolation for 20+ years) is the princess of the fictional Mushroom Kingdom, which is constantly under attack by Bowser. Princess Peach is a character in Nintendo’s Mario franchise. Originally created by Shigeru Miyamoto. David first attended EGX in Cosplay in 2013 and has since been hooked by it. His costume took approximately 1 month to source the materials and make.
Kevin spoke to us about his Majin Vegita costume. As prince of the ‘Saiyans’, ‘Vegeta’ is extremely vain, believing he is the strongest and becomes obsessed with surpassing his rival, ‘Goku’. He later reluctantly unites with the heroes to thwart greater threats to the universe, becoming an antihero, while remaining a rival to ‘Goku’. Kevin Tells us that it took a couple of days to make the costume plus 3 hours of makeup on the day. Kevin likes to regularly attend conventions in various Cosplay.
We also had a chat with Xur, Agent of the Nine! Xur is a character in Destiny, who is a vendor in the Tower and, the Vestian Outpost. Xur sells extremely rare goods in exchange for Strange Coins and only appears on weekends. Xur’s coming and going depends on the planetary alignments, as he hails from the Jovians, a part of the system that the Guardians have yet to adequately explore. He is in service to the Nine who are rulers of the Jovians.
Cosplay was first developed in Japan and, is considered a performance art. Cosplayers reference characters from Film, TV, Books, Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Manga and Video Games. Many Cosplayers create their own outfits or at least mod shop bought items. Because of this the people involved in Cosplay can develop skills in Textiles, Sculpture, face-paint/stage makeup, prosthetics, fiberglass, fashion design, woodworking, millinery and wig-making!
Arguably the most well known Cosplay event is The World Cosplay Summit in Japan. Now with 28 Countries made up of 2 Cosplayers competing!
Don’t forget to check out our other interviews and blog posts from EGX 2015!