Well as usual I’m a little sluggish at updating.. blame the day job! But today’s a day off and while Moo.com are advertising their sale I figured I’d get some new Cosplay Cards printed and do a little bit of coverage.
One of the main things I learned in preparation for World Cosplay Summit is the importance of Cosplay Cards (in Japan, known as Meishi). Here’s some of the Meishi I’ve received (with some of mine thrown in):
While they’re not a big thing in the UK, or across a lot of Europe, most Japanese and a growing number of international cosplayers carry small business-style cards with photos of their costumes and contact details printed to give to cosplayers and photographers. It’s a nice momento for the cosplayers you’ve met, and it means sharing photographs afterwards is much easier, especially in different countries with a language barrier.
Lots of cosplayers only have one design for their cards, but I’m picky so I like to have a few to choose from. Each time I get some printed I change them up a bit too with new photographs from newer costumes or shoots. It’s nice to keep them fresh!
So. The UK Preliminaries for World Cosplay Summit are approaching fast, and in under less than 5 weeks next year’s UK representatives will be chosen! This year the preliminaries are hosted at Play Expo in association with Hyper Japan!
As one of this 2013’s representatives I highly recommend and encourage anyone willing to enter – it’s an amazing experience and a fun-filled 10 day trip in Nagoya with some of the most amazing, talented cosplayers you’ll ever meet! No matter how long you’ve been into the hobby, or what your reason to enter may be, as long as you’re enthusiastic enough about cosplay to go for it it’s worth giving it a try. The great thing about WCS is that everyone is there because of their love of cosplay!
This post is basically a bit of advice I’m giving as a previous entrant, and to show what you should expect from the competition itself. WCS is a huge contest, but a lot of entrants don’t know much about the competition until they get there – myself included! – so I figured it was worth giving some advice from my personal experiences, not only for future entrants from the UK, but for cosplayers across the world wanting to give it a go!