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Cosplay, Conventions and COVID

on March 11, 2020, the country enter a new reality

With large gatherings of people being discouraged or banned in many places, many conventions cancelled or postponed. The weekend of the 15th, Emerald City Comic Con, Naka-kon and 24 other conventions across the country shut down. Some conventions have attempted to move to virtual events, but the experience is often quite different and lacks the same level of excitement and engagement as an in-person event.


  • Mae Mae Twin

    There a lot to this to be honest. It’s made me step back and see that I definitely spent a lot of money and time cosplaying so I’m trying now to be conscious of what I consume to make the costume now and also direct funds for others things. I still want to make cosplay…


  • Blue.Eyed Cosplay

    During the peak of the pandemic, my congoing went down to attending no in-person cons but I continued to attend virtual cons. However, the virtual cons never gave me the same feeling as attending one in person did. So I was becoming more excited to attend in-person cons again. As for cosplaying, the pandemic actually…


  • KōgiHime Cosplay

    The pandemic severely affected my energy levels. Not sure if it me getting older, but my social threshold is much lower. I get tired quicker. I give myself a lot of grace, it was hard at first but I lowered my expectations of what is possible for me. Add more time to projects and decide…


  • faerie_fingers

    I started a huge project at the beginning of lockdown, and I used its completion as incentive to get back into competing as the world began opening up again. Should it have taken nearly 3 years to make? No, but I will blame the anxiety, distance learning and working, lack of personal space and free…


  • Veijanikita

    It’s made a big difference. I spend more time on my projects and am overall less motivated to crunch. I build less for other people than I used to. I go to less cons than I used to, but am starting to up that again. My partner and I still mask indoors at conventions even…


  • Dio maxwellE

    I havent been to a con since 2020 and even though things opened up a lot this year, I didnt go to pretty much any. I was at Fanime every year without fail since like 1998? (The final year it was at foothill college, anyhow, with a $5 weekend badge!) But just being in thickly…


  • Spidereyezzcos

    To be honest, the pandemic has truly affected my going to conventions. I have a disease in which affects my blood vessels located in the brain and optic nerve which can cause aneurysms any time. I have not left my home since 2020 because this pandemic targets my disease as well as the vaccine targeting…



    Prior to the pandemic I was satisfied with attending cons in my cosplay and just being seen at the event but ever since the pandemic I’ve been focused on social media and how to capture photos and videos of my costume in an eye catching way. Now I build friendships online and not just in…



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