Cosplay

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Magic: The Gathering cosplay, is cosplay centered around the game of Magic.

Description[edit | edit source]

Cosplay, a portmanteau of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character from a certain franchise. The term "cosplay" was coined in Japan in 1984 and has been applied to a wide range of anime, manga, cartoons, comics, television series, and video games. The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since the 1990s has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of popular culture in Japan and some other parts of Asia and in the Western world.

For Magic, any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation (most often planeswalkers or legendary creatures, but sometimes also just a catching cardface) may be taken up as a subject. Cosplayers often attend conventions, MagicFests and other events.[1][2] It is not unusual to see genders switched.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

In the context of Magic: the Gathering, cosplay first began to be noted during the 2011 World Championships with the appearance of Christine Sprankle costumed as Elspeth, Knight-Errant.[4][5][6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Neale Talbot (August 29, 2015). "Santiago Cosplayers". Magicthegathering.com.
  2. Neale Talbot (October 30, 2016). "Cosplay at Grand Prix Santiago". Magicthegathering.com.
  3. Chapman Sim (January 31, 2016). "Magical Cosplay". Magicthegathering.com.
  4. Blake Rasmussen (November 19, 2011). "Feature: Christine Sprankle, Knight-Errant". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Gaby Spartz (February 22, 2017). "What I Love About Magic: The Gathering". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Marc Calderaro (April 19, 2016). "Cosplay Has Transformed the Community". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.

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