Vancouver’s Biggest Costume Party: Cos and Effect, Aug 24-26

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Time to drag that Pikachu costume out of your closet.  Vancouver’s biggest costume party is set to descend on UBC this weekend – three straight days of costume competitions, SFX makeup battles, workshops and themed dance parties after dark.

This is the third annual installment of Cos & Effect, described as a “costume, cosplay and alternative fashion convention” that brings out the “diverse geek and sub-culture communities of B.C.”

Cosplay, for the uninitiated, is a far cry from your typical Halloween party.  Hardcore fans don costumes and accessories to literally “become” their favourite characters from the worlds of manga and anime, comic books, video games and films.  They take on the body language, personality and identity of the characters portrayed.

And the Cos & Effect schedule is jam-packed with events where cosplay lovers can strut their stuff.  In total, more than 3,000 cosplay fans are expected to attend.  Tickets are $30, with most events in the UBC Student Union Building.

The headliner is the big costume contest (Saturday, Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m. in the War Memorial Gym): 40 pre-selected contestants will battle it out for more than $2,000 in cash prizes.

But there are also dozens of smaller, quirkier events that really steal the show at Cos & Effect, including: Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Biggest Costume Party: Cos and Effect, Aug 24-26