The Cosplay Journal is a coffee table periodical focusing on the Diversity and Craft of cosplay. We want to show that not only can anyone from any walk of life be involved in cosplay, but also that we are all capable of learning new skills, creating amazing things and bringing joy into our own and other people’s lives through the art form of costume making.
The Cosplay Journal’s mission is to dispel the myths about cosplay and cosplayers, as well as promoting cosplay as way into a world new world and maybe even a new career.
There is no one way to be a cosplayer. Many mainstream media outlets choose to show only certain elements of cosplay, creating an idea that cosplayers have to be “traditionally attractive,” which has led many to believe that they can’t cosplay. This is, of course, not the case because the idea of traditional beauty is ridiculous and damaging to society as a whole and it really doesn’t matter, what matters is having fun in your costume. We believe that everyone is beautiful and so we showcase a whole rainbow of truly stunning, talented, diverse people of all shapes, sizes, races and genders.
We also want people to see that what starts out as a hobby can give you a new outlook in life. It can lead you into a career; costume design or construction, working in fashion, video games, comic books or any number of design related industries, becoming a photographer or film maker, engineering and mechanics or even a journalist. For others cosplay helps tackle confidence and anxiety issues in their lives. Many people have said that cosplaying gave them more confidence in themselves, using it as a way of coping with stress in their “real lives,” the costuming and creative outlets providing a new way of looking at themselves. There is no wrong way to cosplay, or any wrong way to be a cosplay, there is only your way and The Cosplay Journal is here for all of it.