The History of Cosplay

Our special guest Helen McCarthy will be holding a talk about the history of Cosplay in the Aniway Room on Saturday morning. Don't miss this talk! Helen was one of the first cosplayers ever, way before the word was even invented! But she has done her research and she will be speaking of way more than just here personal experiences. Be prepared for a wave on interesting information on how Cosplay began, grew and became the phenomenon it is today.

The talk will start with the early days of Cosplay in the Yayoi era of Japan when we were still treading water here in the time of the Romans and continue until she reaches the start of modern cosplay up to present day Cosplay. All richly illustrated with pictures of the best of the best costumes.

As someone recently remarked: this lady was cosplaying before you were a gleam in your mothers eye! She's got something to tell you!

At the end it will be possible to ask Helen questions.


Not required.


The usual rules apply.


'Whole Weekend' AND 'Saturday Only' visitors.


Saturday 10:30-11:30


The Aniway / Ravel room.

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J-POP in cooperation with:
  • Aniway
  • Archonia
  • Bit Agency
  • CrunchyRoll
  • Game Mania
  • Warner Brothers Games
  • Hercules
  • Mindscape
  • Nationaal Videogame Museum
  • Republic of Gamers
  • Samsung
  • Ziva Events
  • AFK e-Sports
  • GameRoomS
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