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Blackout Cosplay in Salem Mass

Cosplay is a fan-based comic con activity that involves individuals dressing up as their favorite character, and it is something that crosses all genres as well as genders. In fact it is often more interesting to see some of the more elaborate gender bending costumes that are brought to comicbook shows that combine characters from different media as well as cross gender lines. We’ve seen men dressed as Wonder Woman, and women dressed as Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and others. We’ve seen Steam-Punk Dock Ock, as well a whole plethora of anime and sci-fi characters that would make your head spin. Perhaps that is why we are personally looking forward to the Blackout Cosplay event that is occurring in Salem Mass on the evening of Saturday August 9, 2014.

Dressing up in the dark
Dressing up in the dark
Robert J. Sodaro
Get dressed up in the dark and play!

The event is being held from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on August 9, 2014 at the YMCA in Salem, MA (1 Sewell Street, Salem, MA). The event is intended for 18-year-olds-and older (valid identification is required). Participants are asked to dress in cosplay solo or in a team. The event is being hosted by GigaCon, and the event’s promoters recommend the use of blacklight reactive makeup and accessories in preparing costumes for maximum effect. There is a $10 Cover for the event ($15 Cover at the door), with a Cosplay Contest where the winner will receive $100 + 3 Tickets to the Nightmare Museum; 2nd Place Prize receives two tickets to the Nightmare Museum. Finalists will get to walk the Cosplay Runway to show off their costume creations!

There are limited tickets available, and the event is free for GigaMembers (follow the link to become a GigaMember for as low as $20 to get FREE admission to this and other events). There is a $5 entry fee to this contest for individual contestants, and an $8 entry fee for groups. If you don’t want to do your own blacklight reactive makeup, don’t know how or would prefer that you get it done with some of the greatest makeup and special effects professionals, that will also be possible as there will be live Blacklight Reactive Makeup Sessions. Come early to get your glow-in-the-dark makeup done for you by: Barry Mahoney of SyFy Series FaceOff, or Youtube Makeup Artist: J Hermbaby. Sessions start at 8:00 p.m. individuals interested in private sessions and full make-up, email to schedule an appointment. This option is available to GigaMembers only.

There will also be a silent art auction of paintings, sculptures, and other art, featuring Glow-in-the-Dark Paintings, Glow-in--the-Dark Sculptures, and Blacklight Reactive Posters of Popular Movies/ Shows/ Comics (Pick-up and delivery options are available for auction winners). There is a $20 auction fee to enter your art (space is limited; reserve your space today). Keep all proceeds! There will also be a glow in the dark sculpture contest (Prize $295 value), or you could win free Artist Alley Space (a $295 value) for GigaCon 2014 in October. Also up for graps are teo tickets to the Nightmare Museum in Salem, MA,

The Blackout Cosplay event August 9, 2014 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the YMCA Salem (1 Sewell Street, Salem, MA).


Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.

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