Scene: Cosplay at New York Comic Con. Cosplay is short for costume play. A performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name. This subculture is centered on role play. The characters chosen to be cosplayed may be sourced from any movie, TV series, book, comic book, video game, music band, anime, and manga characters. Some cosplayers will even choose to cosplay an original character of their own design or a fusion of different genres. Cosplay is generally considered different from Halloween and Mardi Gras costume wear, because the intention is to replicate a specific character, rather than to reflect the culture and symbolism of a holiday event.
Once upon a time, this fall season in fact, fashion fell in love with magical places, legends, folklore, and fairy tales. The collections of Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, and Valentino exhibit this romance. Live in make-believe this season. All your dreams could very well come true.
Scene: Batman’s 75th anniversary! To help celebrates this superheros anniversary — the U.S. Postal Service. Special-edition stamps featuring DC Entertainment’s Dark Knight Detective will be released in November. And, :Chocoolate in collaboration, celebrates Bruce Wayne’s alter ego with a limited collection of goods. The simple collection consists of two t-shirts, a crewneck sweatshirt, and experimental stadium jacket outfitted with small ears at the hood. Check it out. I want the jacket!
Scene: Abolitionista, by author and creator Thomas Estler, with Sandra Salander. Thomas’s passion for fighting human trafficking is energized in this manga comic, which is directed to tweens teaching them how to recognize danger. Eden, the 12 year old protagonist in this comic, is worried about her best friend, Delilah, who disappears. All the clues lead to the dark, underground world of modern-day slavery. An FBI contact of Estler’s estimates 200,000 American born children are trafficked every year into the sex industry. Abolitionista is a comic for a cause.
Scene & Heard: Jumpin’ Jack Flash, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. The Rolling Stone’s live performance from 1968. It appears Mick was a forerunner of cosplayers based on the outfit he wears in this video. Happy Halloween!