Cosplay, creativity and immaterial labours of love

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In June 2011, 7690 people attended the AVCON event in Adelaide, Australia AVCON is a popular culture convention which celebrates all things related to the anime and digital-game genres. A key focus of the two-day event is cosplay, both for competition and merely for the ‘lolz’ of dressing up and having your photo taken with a range of other people in costume. Although it is impossible to measure, it appears to the casual observer that the majority of people attending AVCON attend in costume, and although no official rules apply (excepting those relating to nudity and the safety of weaponry), not just any costume will do. Costumes must relate to Japanese culture, anime, manga or computer games, with some concessions to the sci-fi genre at large. The Adelaide experience is not unique.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmateur Media:
Subtitle of host publicationSocial, cultural and legal perspectives
EditorsDan Hunter, Ramon Lobato, Megan Richardson, Julian Thomas
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780203112021
ISBN (Print)9780415782654
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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