What exactly IS cosplay?
Ok, here is the boring definition of it, via Wikipedia:
Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.
Now…. What is BSAM cosplay?
Well, at BSAM, aka Black Speculative Arts Movement, we focus on BLACK COMICS, AFROFUTURISM, ASTROBLACKNESS, BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION, HIP HOP, JAZZ, AFRICAN CULTURE, etc!
BSAM more focused on highlighting our OWN culture and our OWN creators of the African diaspora. And that’s honestly where the fun comes in! You can dress as Yoruba priestesses, Witch doctors, Run DMC or Salt n Pepa. You can dress as the goddess Yemaya or tthe emcee Remy Ma, Malcolm X or Professor X, lol. You can dress as a FELA dancer or a FAME dance crew! Keep it creative and keep it FUN! And yes… If you still want to do anime, of COURSE you can!
It is also not a REQUIREMENT to cosplay to attend. Come as you are, if that is your choice! BSAM and MECCAcon also have our panel series, HEROES UNLIMITED: BLACK COSPLAY, which highlights the significance and important roles of cosplayers of the African diaspora!
This convention series is always filled to the brim with culture! Black comic book vendors, afrofuturism scholars and educators, MECCAcon International Film Festival, artists, panels, workshops, book readings, and more! Check our schedule for our upcoming events!!