Wherever you find toys, hobbies, and collectibles that invoke fictional characters of any kind, you will find cosplayers. That’s why the Philippine Toys, Hobbies, and Collectibles Convention (ToyCon) serves as an annual index for the growth of Philippine cosplay. At ToyCon 2008, a Filipina cosplayer got behind an autograph table for the first time in history. At ToyCon 2010, five Filipina cosplayers got behind an autograph table.
Rise of the Cosplay Nation
ToyCon 2011 upped the game exponentially, by serving as a filming location for the world’s first full-length live-action movie about cosplay. Cosplay Nation is an international production starring two of the world’s top cosplayers: Alodia Gosiengfiao in the Philippines, and Linda Le in the United States.
Alodia headlined the Cosplay Nation filming at ToyCon 2011, which attracted a crowd of over twenty thousand attendees in and out of costume. The first day of the event saw Alodia don the guise of Mirai Suenaga, the mascot of top otaku culture blogger Danny Choo. The second day saw Alodia enchant the audience as Black Mage Rikku, from the PlayStation 2 role-playing game Final Fantasy X-2. Later in the day, she continued the cosplay fun as Haruhi Suzumiya from the anime series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Click here to continue reading “Alodia Stars in Cosplay Nation at ToyCon”…
Since 1970, the annual San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) has served as one of the world’s biggest conventions dedicated to geeky passions of all kinds: from comics, to animation, to movies, to toys. One of those geeky passions is cosplay, and that passion was extremely well-represented at this year’s Comic-Con. Hundreds of cosplayers from around the world trooped to the San Diego Convention Center to become their favorite characters for four days, representing every genre at Comic-Con.
One particular cosplayer, Filipina cosplay queen Alodia Gosiengfiao, came to Comic-Con this year with a mission: to host a cosplay gathering for Kotobukiya, publisher of the new photobook Otacool 2: Worldwide Cosplayers. Through the global crowdsourcing efforts of top otaku culture blogger Danny Choo, Otacool 2 brings together amazing cosplayers from around the world, including Alodia. How fitting, then, that Alodia’s cosplay gathering should unite four Asian cosplayers in America. Click here to continue reading “Comic-Con 2010 Asian Cosplayers”…