When I stepped off the plane at the Greensboro airport, it
became evident at once that there was a major event going on in town. The crowd
of college-gear clad fans and huge signs welcoming ACC fans clued me in right
away that the ACC Basketball tournament was taking place in town and I made a
mental note to see if I could fit a session in to my schedule.
Luckily I was able to squeeze in the Friday evening
semifinal games at the Greensboro Coliseum and caught two games featuring four
of the best college basketball teams in America. The first game featured # 5
seeded North Carolina vs. #1 seed Virginia. It was a great game with UNC
jumping out early and Virginia making a furious comeback to take the lead only
to fall short at the end with UNC claiming a 71-67 victory.
I traced the costumed characters back to a pair of large
hotels which were hosting a Cosplay convention. I had a notion to what Cosplay
is all about. Cosplay is a combination
the words costume play
, is a performance
art in which participants called cosplayers
wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or
idea. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play and
a broader use of the term "cosplay" applies to any costumed role play
in venues apart from the stage.