What is cosplay?
Wikipedia defines cosplay as “a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.”
Do I have to act like my character while I am in costume?
No. Some people do choose to role-play while they are in costume, but it is by no means required, unless you are participating in an event.
Do I have to be in cosplay to attend the gathering?
Absolutely not. Many people attend the gathering in street clothes. You will not feel out of place if you are not in costume.
Where do I get a costume?
Some people make their own costumes, some buy them from places like eBay or specific costume retailers. It is not required that you make your own costume unless you are competing in the Masquerade, where you will be judged on your craftsmanship.
How do I decide who to dress up as?
Dress up as whoever you like! There are no rules as to who should dress as what.
Should I dress up as a character who is or isn’t popular?
As stated in the question above, you should dress as a character you love, regardless of their popularity. Be aware that wearing a costume from a little-known source may mean that you won’t be asked for as many pictures, but the people who DO recognize you will be thrilled to find you!
Can I wear a costume that ISN’T from Final Fantasy?
Yes! While we are a Final Fantasy event, we do not require that cosplays be exclusive to Final Fantasy (unless you are planning on wearing the costume to participate in a specific cosplay event). If you are just planning on walking around the halls, feel free to wear whatever you like. You may feel a little out of place if it’s not Square Enix related though.
Will people take my picture if I cosplay?
Almost certainly. It is very common for people to request photographs from people wearing costumes, particularly of popular characters. Practice your poses, just in case. This said, if you aren’t comfortable with people taking your picture, don’t be afraid to say so. The vast majority of people are respectful of the cosplayer’s wishes and will not photograph you without your consent. If someone does snap a photo without asking, you may politely ask them to delete it. If you encounter any problems with people taking unwanted photographs of you, feel free to contact any member of KupoCon staff or security, and we will be happy to help you.
I am commuting to the event, and don’t feel comfortable wearing my costume while travelling. Is there somewhere I can change?
We do not provide any sort of changing rooms at the event, but you can change in the bathrooms if you need to. Another possibility would be finding a friend who is staying at a nearby hotel and asking if you might use their room.
What is “cross-play”?
This is a phrase used to describe cosplaying as the opposite gender from your own. A girl dressing up as a boy character, or a boy dressing as a girl, would be cross-play. It is very common.
I want to make my own costume, but I don’t know how. Where can I learn?
There are many fine tutorials over online. We’ll be providing workshops at the event.
My costume is pretty skimpy. Can I still wear it to the gathering?
An ounce of common sense is required here. We kindly ask that people refrain from wearing costumes that would be considered inappropriate in public. If you’re asked to cover up by staff, please comply.
My character doesn’t wear shoes. Can I walk around barefoot?
No. Shoes are required on the gathering grounds. Wearing flip-flops or skin-colored dancer’s shoes are acceptable alternatives, however.
My character wears roller-blades (or any other wheeled form of transport). Can I wear them?
No. The gathering center has a strict rule prohibiting anything with wheels (excluding mobility assistance devices like wheelchairs, of course).
What is allowed for prop weapons? Do I have to do anything for my weapons?
Please see the Props Policy for questions on prop weapons and how/where to get them approved.
My costume is HUGE. I can barely fit through doors. Is it still ok for me to wear it to the gathering?
Please be aware that the hallways are often very crowded, and moving in such a large costume would be difficult. If you have an oversized costume you may contact Cosplay Staff and we will work with you to ensure that you have a place out of the way of general traffic to set up for photos. However, if your costume or props are just too big for the area you’re in, you may be asked by KupoCon staff to remove it from the facilities.
Can my costume incorporate blinking lights, sound, or portable smoke/fog machines?
Lights are perfectly fine, as long as they are not turned on in screening rooms or other dark events. Sound may be employed, but must be kept to an acceptable level. Strictly no smoke or fog machines.
Is there somewhere at the gathering where I can fix my costume if it becomes damaged?
Yes! Visit O’aka’s, you will find a “Cosplay Repair Station.” The materials at the station are completely free. If something should happen to your costume or props, feel free to come by.
My costume involves an element which is frowned upon in society, like wearing a swastika armband, or black-face. Is it still okay to wear it?
While we cannot stop you from wearing something which may be deemed socially unacceptable, we would like to encourage you to refrain from doing so. It is impossible to know how other people will react to such things, and we wouldn’t want to see you hurt because someone took offense to something you are wearing, especially if you leave the gathering while wearing it. It is far better to be safe than sorry.