Cosplayers unite and show-off your favorite detective character costumes. Well, detective costumes are preferred, but if you have a favorite outfit for cosplay, by all means…wear it!  

The Matthews Opera House and Art Center is hosting a Detective Cosplay Game Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, in the opera house. This event is part of The Big Read Spearfish and is free and open to anyone age 15 and up.

Cosplay-FB-event This evening includes detective themed board games, a fashion show, and refreshments.Detective themed costumes are recommended because prizes for the best male and female detective costumes will be awarded. The fashion show will start at 7:30 pm, with judging and awards to follow. 

“We are very excited for the opportunity to present this creative facet of the comic and graphic novel movement. The Black Hills has an active Cosplay community. We can’t wait to see all the costumes against the backdrop of our historic theater. The photo opportunities are endless,” says Ava Sauter, The Matthews community outreach manager.

What is Cosplay?

cosplay-people-webThe term “cosplay” is a contraction of the words “costume” and “play.” It is a performance art in which participants, called cosplayers, wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture. A broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed, role-playing event in venues apart from the stage.[1]

Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series. [1]

The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since 1990 has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of popular culture in Japan, other parts of Asia, and in the Western world. Cosplay events are common features of fan conventions. There are dedicated conventions, local and international competitions, as well as social networks, websites, and other forms of media centered on cosplay activities. [1]

[1] “Cosplay,” from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


TBR-Logo-PartnersThe Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 


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