If you have ever been to a comic, anime or movie fan convention, you probably saw lots of people dressed up in colourful costumes. This is cosplay, and they are showing their love of the culture and having fun pretending to be different characters. Their presence can create a fun dynamic at any convention, but it also means that rules of etiquette need to be in place to protect everyone and make sure everyone has a good time.
The first thing you should know about interacting with a cosplayer is that they don’t want to be touched without asking, just like anyone else. That means you should not touch their costume either. Many times, these costumes take hundreds of hours of work and hundreds of dollars to create. If you had spent so much time and effort on something, you wouldn’t want just anyone touching it without asking either. Many times, cosplayers will let you touch their costume if you ask them politely.
It’s a good idea to ask before you take their picture as well. They may even pose for you and give you a really cool shot, if you ask nicely.
It’s not okay to make disparaging or sexual comments about the cosplayer or their costume. If you’re not sure how to interact with someone in costume, just remember to treat them like anyone else and to treat them as you would want to be treated.