Cosplay Craze by Aisha Anime

So photogenic :-p

So photogenic :-p

SO the Cosplay Craze has surfaced overground and people of Britain are beginning to question this hobby and see who are the people behind the costumes and why they do it.. At London MCM , May 2014, we saw one of the biggest queues yet to the venue for the Otaku culture community.

Held at London Excel, it houses merchandise and entertainment for people into Sci-fi, television, comics, manga, anime, art, plushies, weapon replicas, fashion, games, guest and cosplay. Here me and bunch of friends encountered a reporter and camera man from the BBC investigating the event and wanted to all what all the hype was about revolving cosplay.

They interviewed around 15 people hailing from London to Devon, the general consensus was female, it seems we all want to either be creative or show our appreciation for our hobbies. Ideally I'd like to be a reporter with a steady incoming reporting for these events full time, thi isn't something that comes will-nilly so till that day I work at a marketing company. Everyone has to pay the bills, feed the cats and buy the fabrics for the next cosplay. Int he feature they follow around my friend Becca Moriarty, part of the press team for Anime League and founder of the blog League of Extraordinary Cosplayers in her routine to cosplay at local meets. Again she is someone who has an interest in anime and holds down a full time job. We aren't y different from anyone else.

Watch the full clip here via BBC:

Read my feature regarding the clash of cosplay and Japanese fashion in the latest issue of MYM magazine, available in WHSmiths. ~Aisha Anime~

BBC cosplay craze behind the scenes photo by Stephan!

BBC cosplay craze behind the scenes photo by Stephan!

Summer LFCC with Ground Breaking Queues by Aisha Anime

mario cart cosplay

Normally 'queuing' is link to MCM Comic Con but this tile LFCC took the biscuit! This was because their chief guest was Stan Lee, the man behind Marvel attending for his last appearance in the UK. At the age of 91 everyone was grateful he attended after making his cameo appearance in the Avenger's movie the day before.

Press had access to some promo events on the Friday where the dolarian was driven in an a skit played out by the Doc and Marty from Back to the Future.Later on fantastic Bubblebee robot/cosplay part of the Transformers entourage turned up too on Sunday.

You had Optimus Prime, two Bumblebees and the police car park outside Earl's Court 1 for all spectators to see. Th Police even drove in and requested selfies with the Transformer cars.


Upon entering the venue we had panels with various stars such as Teabag from Prison Break, Dax from Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Colonel from 24, Peter Petrelli from Heroes.

Milo talked about his exit from Heroes and wishes for their success in the new series. then spoke of his projects, one of which is his own digital series and new series directed by Spielberg called 'Whisperers'.

Later Stan 'the Man' Lee came on stage and received a roaring welcome. He proceeded to answer questions from the audience about his favourite cameos in the movie such as Thor and Spiderman. What is more important story of art in comics. He believes you could get away with story in the past but now art is crucial. Lots of questions about Antman flew around too. With dire hearing problems we got lot lots of witty banter from Lee in between translation.

stan the man

Amongst the astronomical queues to meet top guest at the events including George Romero (Day of the dead, most zombie movies to date), Jason Mewes (Jay from Jay & Silent Bob), Lita (Wrestling), Carrie Fisher (Princess Laia, Star Wars, Juliet Rose Landau (Druscilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Teabag from Prisonbreak (no one called him by his name the whole weekend and then he refused selfies what a douche-bag <-- see what I did there ? :-p I on the over hand was being witness to Bulk and Skull's shenanigans, they stole my cat ears and pulled my hair - some things never change even with age.

Bulk and skull pulling my hair &nbsp;and wearing my cat ears !

Bulk and skull pulling my hair  and wearing my cat ears !

The stalls were alot more varied than usual, you had your comic section, merchandise, comics but this time we had an increase on My Little Pony swag and shoes. Yes ladies, you could of bought yourself some boutique heels adorned in jewels to make geek chic patterns.