Underwebtribes: Cosplay

Some common-interest communities have become so big that they're a niche culture in itself. The cosplayers scene has been around ever since the 1960's and is still growing worldwide. This weekend they gather at FACTS, the biggest comics, sci-fi and anime festival in the Benelux.

Some common-interest communities are fairly broad in nature. The more the interests and activities classify as niche, the clearer the delineations of the group in question. Some interests require more time and dedication than others. Transforming into a cyborg for example is only possible when you’re okay with having a technological device implanted in your body.

The cosplayers (a contraction of the words costume and play) scene has been around ever since the 1960s. The 1990s saw a rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying for a hobby. Particularly in Japan, some other regions in Asia and in the Western world, cosplay has become a staple in popular culture.

Cosplay events are common features of fan conventions and there are also dedicated conventions and local and international competitions, as well as social networks, websites and other forms of media centred cosplay activities.

Wasteland Weekend is a fully immersion fan event for people who love Mad Max and are crazy about cosplaying. Drawing on the typical post-apocalyptic Mad Max iconography, everyone is adhered to the set theme. 

This is an extract of our trend report Browsing The Margin, featuring the Underwebtribe trend

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