GGHQ Podcast – Episode 1: Cosplay


Sep 19, 2016

Hey Geeks and welcome to Headquarters! We’re Erika Ashley and Chelsea and this is our very first podcast episode for Girl Geek HQ. To kind of outline what we’re all about – it’s simple. We love all things geeky – nerdy – and interesting. We’d like for this podcast to focus around different subcultures, fandoms, communities whether they be IRL or online (most are online). But, we’ll be discussing much more than just fandoms – there is just too much geek culture to cover and explore.

Let’s define the work Geek shall we? I’ve come across three completely different definitions.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Geek as: a person who is socially awkward and unpopular : a usually intelligent person who does not fit in with other people OR a person who is very interested in and knows a lot about a particular field or activity. – noun 1. a digital-technology expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often used disparagingly by others).

  1. a person who has excessive enthusiasm for and some expertise about a specialized subject or activity: a foreign-film geek.
  2. a peculiar person, especially one who is perceived to be overly intellectual, unfashionable, or socially awkward.
  3. a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.

Urban Dictionary – (top definition) The people you pick on in high school and wind up working for as an adult. – The geeky kid now owns a million-dollar software company.

What does being Geeky mean to you? To me it’s about being passionate about whatever it is you’re interested in and not being afraid to own it. Finding people that share your common interest and “geeking” out with them.

Today’s Topic – Cosplay

History- Cosplay is a combination of the words- Costume & Play. It’s a performance art in which participants called “cosplayers” wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or genre.

  • Originated in Japan in the early to mid-1980s.
  • The term was coined by Nobuyuki Takahashi (an anime director of Studio Hard in Japan) while attending the 1984 World Science Fiction Convention in Los Angeles.
  • Japanese manufacturers of cosplay costumes reported a profit of $35Billion Yen – $336ish Million in USD in 2008.
  • Cosplay has picked up popularity in the early 2000s and has hit a peak in 2014 in the US.

Cosplay Culture Brings Nothing of Value to Conventions

Big busty babes? Most “famous” cosplayers remind me of softcore porn “actresses.”

Plus-Size Cosplay

  • Online communities: BigBeautifulCosplayers
  • IRL Communities: ChunkyGirlUniverse
    • Host panels at local comic con’s discussing the importance of diversity in comics and cosplay.
  • Cosplayers: Tuesday Top List

Controversial Cosplay:

  • Dragon Con 2k16: September 11th Twin Towers
    • Tasteless?


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