August 12th, 2016
Comic Con and Cosplay in Manchester has it’s roots in San Diego.
Comic con began in 1970 when a group of comics and science fiction fans banded together to put on the first comic book convention in California. Over 300 attendees packed into the hotel’s basement for that groundbreaking event.
The event featured a dealers’ room, it also staged film screenings, sold programs and panels and lots more. Essentially, the model for every comic book convention to follow.
What is cosplay? Cosplay is a shortened form of two words, costume and play. The early 90s saw the rising of cosplay into popular culture, although it probably originated initially in Japan. It is the practice of portraying a fictional character and at times completely identifying as that character whilst in costume (and thus acting as if the individual was that character to add to the authenticity of the experience).
Photographing such an event is great fun. I simply walked around the area outside the arena looking for interesting juxtapositions. My colleague stopped people and asked to take their picture, they all happily agreed.