So there are numerous comics fans wandering the Frankfurt Book Fair. There are lots of manga fans, perhaps more than would be found at an American comic con, as European fandom was never as superhero-centric as that in the United States. So why not add some cosplay to the fun?
With the growing popularity of comics at the FBM (Frankfurter Buchmesse), organizers added the finals of the Deutsche Cosplaymeisterschaft (DCM), the German Cosplay Championship. Now in it’s sixth year, the tournament takes place at anime and comics shows around the country, culminating in the finals at Frankfurt! (Click on the link above to view video from the following competitions!)
- 15. April 2012 – Animuc in Fürstenfeldbruck
- 06. Mai 2012 – Hanami in Ludwigshafen
- 19. Mai 2012 – Chisaii Con in Hamburg
- 27. Mai 2012 – DoKomi in Düsseldorf
- 09. Juni 2012 – Comic Salon in Erlangen
- 08. Juli 2012 – CosDay² in Frankfurt/Main
- 29. Juli 2012 – AnimagiC in Bonn
- 04. August 2012 – Ongaku Matsuri in Berlin
- The Finals: 14. Oktober 2012 – Frankfurter Buchmesse in Frankfurt/Main
Here are this year’s winners, with photos:
Daniel K. and Bathseba Sch. as Red Pyramid Thing (aka Pyramid Head) and Dark Nurse from the Silent Hill movie
Nicole B. and Lydia Sch. as Oz Bezarius and Gilbert Nightray from Pandora Hearts
First Place: Anita H. and Tanja K. as Medusa and Palutena from Kid Icarus
And the group shot of all competitors:
But wait! That’s not all! This year, the guest of honour was New Zealand! A record 90,000 attendees visited the pavilion, and looking at the design, it’s no wonder! (Add in all the programming, with Maori hakas and loves songs, readings, concerts, and it’s no surprise!)
So, New Zealand was hosting all sorts of programming. Why not fly in Sir Richard Taylor, KNZM, of Weta Workshop to judge a Hobbit Cosplay contest?
1st prize is a trip to New Zealand for two (flights and hotel). The trip includes an exclusive visit to Weta Workshop as well as lunch with Richard Taylor and his creative team. It also involves five nights in a hotel in Wellington and a choice of activities organised for the winner and his or her companion.
Video from the event!