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Anime:   Anime are Japanese animated productions usually featuring hand-drawn or computer animation. The word is the abbreviated pronunciation of "animation" in Japanese, where this term references all animation.
Artists' Alley:   Artist Alley is a venue for amateur and professional artists/artisans to sell their works to the general convention members. This includes comic book artists, publishers, makers of small cosplay accessories, and much more.


Chibi:   someone who is short, small, and cute.
Con:   A convention or public gathering of fans.
ConCom:   Short form of 'Convention Committee,' the group or company who put the event together.
Con-Goers:   patrons of a convention.
Con-Plague:   cold or sniffles that show up the day after attending a con due to the close proximity of others who are ill.
CosPlay:   Cosplay, short for costume play, is a performance art in which participants, called cosplayers, wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name.
Cosplay Contest:   contest where participants are judged by craftsmanship, uniqueness, originality and acting.
Costume Contest:   contest where participants are judged by the craftsmanship of their costumes alone.
CrossPlay:   Cosplay that is unique in that it crosses the gender gap. This is when men cosplay as women and women cosplay as men.

Dealers' Room:   The area at a Con that is set up for vendors who sell everything from comics to merchandise.
DIY:   Do It Yourself is the method of building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals.

ElseWorlds:   Elseworlds was a term originally concerned a group of comic books produced by DC Comics that took place outside the company's canon. The term now reflects CosPlayers who do the same with their characterizations.
Eye Candy:   Cosplayers, usually female, who dress in a very revealing way and have the most beautiful of features.

Fabric Spray:   This is a permanent spray-on fabric paint that requires no heat-setting and features vibrant color that doesn't launder out.
Fan Service:   the act of two or more cosplayers (in character) performing varying acts, saying various lines, making various poses, to please fans.
Fosshape:   In its non-activated state, Fosshape looks like a white pliable felt, but it's a whole lot more. It is a unique nonwoven fabric, comprised of a low melt synthetic polyester fiber that when exposed to heat and pressure, you can create a multitude of crafted items.
Furry:   The furry fandom is a subculture interested in anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting the ability to speak, walk on two legs, and wear clothes.

Gijinka:   cosplay style based on anthropomorphizing, or human representations of nonhuman characters.
Glomp:   a surprise loving tackle hug, usually of mutual affection.
Good Girl:   Refers to a style of art, usually from the 1930s-50s, that portrays women in a sexually implicit way.

Hentai:   In Japanese, the term describes any type of perverse or bizarre sexual desire or act; it does not represent a genre of work. Internationally, hentai is a catch-all term to describe a genre of anime and manga pornography.




LARP:   A live action role-playing game (LARP) is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically act out their characters' actions. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other in character.
Latex:   The word is also used to refer to natural latex rubber particularly non-vulcanized rubber. Such is the case in latex clothing. Worn on the body (or applied directly by painting) it tends to be skin-tight, producing a "second skin" effect.
Lolita:   a type of fashion originating in Japan, based on old-fashioned dresses, large skirts, and lots of lace and frills.

Manga:   Manga are comics created in Japan, or by Japanese creators in the Japanese language, conforming to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. They have a long and complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art.
Mascot:   usually noticable by the big head and cartoony features. Mascot costume fur is very cheap, not good quality faux fur as a Furry would wear.
Masquerade:   When CosPlayers perform a small skit in front of a live audience. Sometimes part of an event's Costume Contest.

Nerdgasm:   What happens when one meets their favorite character's actor or creator or something amazingly cool happens like being singled out for an incredible CosPlay.
Noob:   A slang term for a novice or newcomer, or somebody inexperienced in any profession or activity. It can have derogatory connotations, but is also often used for descriptive purposes only, without a value judgment.

Original Costume:   slightly self-explanatory, a cosplayer's costume based on an original character/design
Otaku:   a die hard fan, often used proudly but carries a negative connotation to some as it is Japanese for "house" (i.e. these nerds often stay in the house focused on anime all day and night).

Panel:   A panel is a group discussion on a topic they enjoy. The panelist speakers are often fans or professionals who work in the related industry.
Pocky:   cookie sticks covered in icing shared among Cosplayers.
Prop:   A prop can be as large as a staff or sword or as small as a ring. It is the detail that makes one's CosPlay successful. It is also a term of endearment for one's detail, i.e. "I give you props for your cool prop."


RPG:   Role-playing game, in which players act out the roles of characters in a narrative game.

Signing:   an event where fans can get the autographs of celebrities.
Skit:   cosplayers acting in a scripted performance (Masquerade).
Spandex:   Spandex or elastane is a synthetic fiber known for its exceptional elasticity. It is strong, but less durable than its major non-synthetic competitor, natural latex.
Styrene:   Styrene is thin ABS plastic. Most CosPlayers use .030 in thickness. It is often used in vacuumforming objects.


Voice Actor:   the person who provides the voice for a specific animated character.

Warcraft:   characters from the Blizzard game World of Warcraft.
Wonderflex:   Wonderflex is an extruded thermoplastic composite sheet. It is comprised of a unique synthetic polymer that when heated, will soften and activate a built in adhesive for molding and forming.
Worbla:   A thin thermoplastics that is non-toxic and doesn't need special tools. You use hot air, water or steam to shape the plastic. There's no waste as scraps can be conditioned and 100% re-blended. These leftovers can be molded like putty, like a form of clay.


Yaoi Paddle:   similar looking to a cricket bat or a canoe paddle with the word YAOI across it which fangirls often carry to spank.

Zentai:   A skin-tight suit that covers the entire body, including head, hands, and feet. Used as a base for other costumes.
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