The next step in fashion evolution.
Or just dorks in stupid costumes?
The real answer...?
There are some really good ideas and technical accomplishments going on out there in the world of cosplay. And then, there are those who need a good slap. The idiots. What were they thinking?
Here they are. Presented, not for the first time, nor the last, but for Right Here and Right Now. The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly.
The BadAlas, for every cosplay win, there's a complete and utter, abject Cosplay Fail. Some folk try hard. And stuff it up. Some folk try too hard to be funny. And just come off sad, stinking of Epic Fail. And some don't even bother trying. You all suck. Here's the Cosplay Hall of Shame.
The UglyIt's difficult to call a costume ugly and not call the people in the costume ugly, because that's not the spirit of things.
A couple of cosplayers at Brisbane Oz Comic-con 2014 introduced black humour to the Dark knight. Dressed up as Thomas and Martha Wayne, they would stalk random Batman cosplayers, run up to them, shout 'Son!', then drop dead in front of him. Their costumes were complete with a broken pearl necklace, a W emblazoned on Thomas's jacket, and a bucket of popcorn.
Lazer Gun Diplomacy salutes you with a 21 gun salute.