STGCC 2011 kicked off with a bang today, and our team had a great time geeking out to the awesome happenings at Singapore’s defining pop culture event.
There was definitely plenty to see and do at STGCC, what with DC coming aboard this year and Marvel making it’s return in a big way.
What’s more, there were kickass convention panels to go to, and plenty of toys, games, and comics and cosplay galore.
We’re still processing our convention photos and piecing a video teaser together, but in the mean, here’s a special treat for our cosplay friends.
The Neo Tokyo Project managed to catch up with Tadaaki “Jacky” Dosai, and quizzed the main man behind COSMODE about some of his thoughts on cosplay and a burning question on many cosplayers’ minds: the East-West cosplay divide.
Here are some snippets from our interview:
Crimson: As a leading authority on cosplay, how do you define cosplay? Do you see a difference between Eastern characters from Japanese anime and games and Western characters from American properties?
Jacky (through an interpreter): “I think it’s pretty much the same. I don’t discriminate between whether it’s Eastern or Western cosplay, as long as the effort and the passion is there. It’s all very respectable. If the feelings and components are the same, then it’s no difference to me.”
Crimson: Some cosplay purists are adamant that Western characters shouldn’t be considered cosplay. What do you have to say to that?
Jacky (through an interpreter): “I think it’s a bit of a waste.
Take this event for example. Everybody is here at the same event and there are characters from American comics and Japanese manga, and it’s a good event.
Everyone is here doing the same thing and enjoying the same thing, and they’re having fun. So it’s such a shame really, if people think there’s a difference.
I just don’t understand why people would discriminate against one or the other, because even manga greats like (Osamu) Tezuka, who drew Astro Boy and all, he got influences from sources like Disney.
Even for cosplay, there’s a lot of influences going back and forth, a lot of exchanges between East and West. Don’t hate, appreciate if you know what I’m saying.”
Crimson: What do you look for in a cosplay performance? Do you have any advice for cosplayers joining a cosplay competition?
Jacky (through an interpreter): “More than anything else, just truly, carefully, deeply think about the character you want to do or that you’re doing right now.
In the end, cosplay is about portraying a character, and the best way to go about it is to go about it is to portray the character for what the character is.
What I like best is to see a person portray a character earnestly – if it’s a beautiful, elegant character, and the cosplayer actually puts in the effort to carry herself in a similar manner, that would definitely be the best.
In the end, I guess it’s sort of like a battle between how long the cosplayer has thought about the character he wants to cosplay and his portrayal of the character, versus how he can get those feelings across to the judge that’s watching him.
It can seem really daunting at first, but as long as you keep at it, you’ll find your comfort zone.”
Some really telling pearls there from the man himself.
Jacky also tells us that Nishimata-san, COSMODE’s editor-in-chief is on the prowl for cosplayers to snap for his photo feature (he’s really discreet about it. Shhhh~!) so if you want a chance to make the pages of a premier Japanese cosplay mag, then be sure to pose for every photo op you can tomorrow between 11 am and 1 pm. XD