Sometimes I think I'm on top of the pop culture game, and then I discover I'm as hip-less as a snake.
I had never heard of the term COSPLAY until a few days ago. It's probably because I've never been to a comic book convention or any kind of Sci-fi convention (surprising, I know), although I have plenty of friends who have (Wait, is that something I should admit?).
I love subcultures. I love discovering entire communities of people who are participating in activities and rituals that most other people know nothing about. From spelling bees, gamer communities, collectors, pet show participants, or the American Harp Society... anything where people share a passion, obsession or fetish. The writer in me just loves all this and considers it great fodder for writing.
If you've never heard of COSPLAYING (combination of Costume and Role Playing) it started in Japan and is a subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, videogames, and sometimes fantasy TV shows and movies. Apparently there are Cosplay parties and even certain streets where people hang out in their COSPLAY gear. It's catching on elsewhere, too, my friends. Many sci-fi/fantasy authors use it to market their books. I would pay to see J.K Rowling dressed up as one of her characters.
Check THESE PHOTOS of people in their Cosplay gear.
I must, must, must work a cosplayer into a screenplay somehow.