Tip of the Day #23: Cosplay Etiquette


An important aspects of the San Diego Comic-Con has been the time honored tradition of cosplay. Considered one of the most prestigious places to display a costume, San Diego has seen some of the most creative and inventive cosplay the world has ever seen. However, with the rise in popularity, cosplay has been satirized, misunderstood, and mocked as well as celebrated and embraced. Cosplay is more than just dressing in tights and a cape, but it’s an art form championed by artists. So for today’s SDCC Survival Guide, I wanted to offer some Cosplay Etiquette- with the help of LeeAnna Vamp!

  • Respect: A cosplayer’s desire is to enhance the Comic-Con experience through their art. Regardless of shape, size and craftmanship, cosplayers should be treated with respect.
  • Permission: Always ask to take a picture. A cosplayer wants to give you the best photo as possible. Give them a chance to get ready for your photo
  • Timing: Use good sense when approaching a cosplayer when they are eating, resting, or ‘off the clock’.
  • Rules of Engagement:  Look with your eyes not your hands. Many costumes are made with delicate materials not meant for handling. Even when you take a pic, make sure it’s ok to put your arm around them.
  • Keep it Brief: A cosplayers commitment is to the overall fans- not to any one person. Be mindful of others around you and not dominating a cosplayers time.
  • Cosplay is Not Consent: No lewd or harassing comments or behavior- ever!

Check out last week’s Survival Guide episode about general cosplay tips below and read the rest of my Tip of the Day posts. Please leave a comment with your cosplay etiquette tips. Check out past shows, tweet this post out, and make sure to subscribe to Shout! Factory.

6 thoughts on “Tip of the Day #23: Cosplay Etiquette

  1. Yes. Please follow Tip #5 of keeping it brief. Snap a few shots, say thank you, exchange business cards if any, and move along. Don’t be the guy who takes his shots and strike up a full conversation when there’s 8 angry people waiting for you to move out of the way.

    • Yea, I’ve seen this happen a lot. Fortunately, many of the cosplayers are very generous with their time but I can see it’s hard on them. That’s why I felt important to mention it. Thanks for commenting!

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