The word ‘CosCom’ is a combination of two words i.e. cosplay and community. Cosplay is also a combination of two words; costume and play. It’s a culture where people dress up as a famous known character in a movie, series, book, cartoon, anime, personality, etc. It’s a culture that’s heavily celebrated in some parts of the world (especially Asia), while in Kenya it is quickly growing. The #CosCom event organized by Movie Jabber is the first of its kind. Judging by the kind of reception it got, it’s definitely not going to be the last. I was blown away by the beauty, great vibes and creativity this event had. The cosplayers brought their A game- most of them designing their outfits from scratch.
Did you know that some cosplayers actually make a living from this? I know what you’re thinking- how does one get paid for dressing up? Cosplayers actually put a lot of time and effort into creating their costumes. Some have fashion design backgrounds and can prepare complex costumes in anywhere between 3 weeks to 2 months. There’s more to it than just “dressing up”.
Professional cosplayers can be hired by co-operations to entertain guests visually, appear as judges on TV show competitions, model, endorse brands, become costume designers in movies and so much more. Some of the most famous cosplayers reportedly earn 6 figures from certain projects.
It is fascinating to see how creative cosplayers can be with their costumes and even more mindboggling to see how close they look to the real thing. The cosplay culture is alive and well here in Kenya thanks to Movie Jabber, these talented cosplayers and the fans. Can you guess which characters these cosplayers are portraying?
I am so excited for the next #CosCom event and you bet I’ll be scanning the Movie Jabber page to know when it is. These guys sure know how to keep a crowd pumped and active. What was your favourite cosplay in the pictures above? Are you interested in cosplaying? Let me know in the comments below!