Colorful spandex, polystyrene accoutrements, really, really long queues. Yes it’s Convention season, the time of year that sees literally millions of people dressing up as their favorite comic book or movie character in order to stand in a long line for a long time – the purpose of which to share a fleeting moment with their movie and comic book heroes. The rise in popularity of events like Comic Con over the last few years has been nothing short of staggering. The nerdy legions, bursting with cosplay pride, and sometimes bursting out of their skimpy little outfits, turn up in their droves whether wind, rain or shine. Many dressed to the hilt in their hero’s legendary garb, they paint quite a picture on convention center floors across the length and breadth of the country all summer long. Cosplay has gone mainstream!
Cosplay is Born!
Cosplay though, is not a new phenomenon. In fact it’s been around for decades, maybe even centuries if you include the Masquerade Balls of the 15th century. In modern times, the first known modern cosplayer was science fiction writer, Forrest J Ackerman, who attended the first World Science Fiction Convention in 1939 wearing his “futuristicostume”. He caused such a stir walking around in the Myrtle R. Douglas designed outfit that he inspired many other fans in following years to do the same. Cosplay in the U.S was born!
However, the word cosplay actually derives from Japan, and a guy named Nobuyuki Takahashi. In 1984, while reporting the sight of a convention hall filled with people in costume he coined the term Kosupure. Kosupure is a Japanese abbreviation that combines the words “costume” and “play” into one word, thus creating the word “cosplay”.
All The Way To The Bedroom!
So that goes a little to the history of the genre and the etymology of the word used to describe it, but as you likely already know, there is far more to cosplay than that! From the different elements and sub-genres like Furries and Pony Players to the modern day comic book Superheroes and of course the Japanese Anime kosupure, to those that like to play doctors and nurses at home to spice up the bedroom, cosplay is beginning to permeate every walk of life. Obviously the big screen success of movie franchises like Star Wars and the revamping of comic book characters like Deadpool and Wonder Woman, to name just a couple, has breathed a huge amount of life into the cosplay scene. And it’s a scene that goes all the way to the bedroom!
Superheroes Are Sexy
Truth be told, I’m not a cosplayer. But the sight of one of the most iconic female movie and cosplay characters has stuck with me since I first laid eyes on her many years ago. Carrie Fisher as slave Leia gave me tingles in places I’d never had tingles before! I wasn’t even that into Star Wars, but I was big into slave Leia. It’s a fetish I’ve had ever since. I know I’m not alone in that. They say the source of many people’s fetishes are born in childhood, and that they develop as we get older. Superheroes tend to play a big part in our young lives, and we don’t realize it at the time but they are by definition sexy. Generally speaking, they are extreme versions of ourselves. They encapsulate everything we crave to be. Handsome, beautiful, muscular, strong, intelligent, physically perfect specimens that speak to everything we find attractive. So it really comes as no surprise that as we mature into adulthood we begin to sexualize them and make them the object of our desire. Websites like Clips4Sale show us just how popular cosplay is as a sexual fetish. Literally thousands upon thousands of cosplay clips (and incidentally plenty of super sexy slave Leias) allow users to live out the fantasies many have held all their lives. Many of these clip producers will accept custom clip requests, i.e. they allow you to write the story and scenario of your dreams (at a cost) so you can achieve the perfect real life fantasy!
A Spidey Shag?
Find a willing partner though, and cosplay can transform the bedroom by adding that missing spark that may have petered out with vanilla sex. Whether it be the nurse and her patient, the ever popular french maid who does more than just clean the room or a full-on bondage scene with your choice of superhero or heroine turning up to free you slowly and seductively from your bindings, dressing up can inject the spice your love life may be missing. Wanna be pegged by Poison Ivy? You can be! Want a Spidey shag? Go for it! (Incidentally, if full body skin-tight spandex is your thing check out Zentai fetish). Cosplay is your conduit to living out your fantasies under your own roof, and that’s probably one reason why it continues to gain in popularity. What was once considered a nerdy endeavor, is becoming part of the fabric of modern society.
Another aspect driving the genre’s success is escapism. Leave real life behind for a few hours as you pull on your Lara Croft outfit. Forget your woes for a day and lose yourself in that banging Green Lantern get up. Cosplayers take great pride in the accuracy of their outfits, and there is a certain satisfaction in tracking down the exact parts you need, or even making them yourself – a satisfaction that’s that much sweeter when you start receiving the acclaim of your peers at events and shows. With that being said though, you don’t have to go all in to enjoy cosplay. The perfect outfit is not a necessity to have fun. After all, there’s a good chance it’s only going to end up in a pile on the bedroom floor!