GOMA’s Cosplay draws in the crowds
Thursday 2 February 2012 Share FacebookDelicious Email


We celebrate our first-ever Cosplay event showcasing the costuming talents of our local Cosplay community. Congratulations to all those who rocked the day!

Presented in conjunction with the Gallery’s ‘Drawn to Screen: Graphic Novels, Comics and Serials‘ film program, GOMA celebrated the art of ‘costume play’ with an eruption of colourful costumes, gravity defying wigs, props and excited cosplayers of all ages.

Our contestants sashayed across the stage — stopping frequently to pose for a delighted audience — before sharing the secrets of their fantastic character recreations with host John Robertson. With an audience overflowing from inside the cinema into the Gallery foyer — GOMA celebrated Australia Day 2012 in pure Cosplay style.

With the help of Judges Jeremy Sue, Sabina Myers and Zimiel (Shona Gray) GOMA would like to congratulate the winners from the following categories.

Best Overall and Best Role-Playing/Performance (Solo) | Portrait photography by Adam Sebastian West www.adamsebastianwest.com

Best Overall and Best Role-Playing/Performance (Solo) | Frances as Alexiel from the graphic novel Angel Sanctuary.

‘Alexiel is one of the key characters in the graphic novel Angel Sanctuary. An Organic Angel, Alexiel is sickened by the growing corruption of Heaven, she starts a rebellion and in doing so her soul is cursed to suffer tragic lifetimes as a human.’ (Frances)

Best Role-Playing/Performance (Group) | Portrait photography by Adam Sebastian West www.adamsebastianwest.com

Best Role-Playing/Performance (Group) | Andrew and Erin as Kamina and Yoko from anime Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

‘Kamina is the enigmatic leader of Dai Gurren in the anime Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. His sheer tenacity to fight, survive and be manly has earned him the title of manliest man in all of mandom. Yoko is the girl in the picture. She supports Kamina in his shenanigans.’ (Andrew and Erin)

Best Costume (Technical Design – Solo) | Portrait photography by Adam Sebastian West www.adamsebastianwest.com

Best Costume (Technical Design – Solo) | Michael as Ezio Auditore Da Firenze from the video game Assassins Creed 2.

‘Ezio Auditore Da Firenze, an Italian assassin from the early Renaissance, and main character of the video game Assassins Creed 2, He’s a flamboyant but incredibly talented assassin who devoted his life to the war against the Templars.’ (Michael)

Best Costume (Technical Design – Group) | Portrait photography by Adam Sebastian West www.adamsebastianwest.com

Best Costume (Technical Design – Group) | Matthew and Jessica as Atlas and P-body from the video game Portal 2.

‘Atlas and P-body are testing robots from the video game Portal 2, our cosplay is based on a humanoid version of the robots.’ (Matthew and Jessica)

Best first time Cosplayer | Portrait photography by Adam Sebastian West www.adamsebastianwest.com

Best first time Cosplayer | The Pyro from the video game Team Fortress 2.

‘A mumbling, suited psychopath of indeterminate origin, the Pyro has a burning fondness for fire and all things fire-related in the video game Team Fortress 2. (Joel)

Honourable Mention | Portrait photography by Adam Sebastian West www.adamsebastianwest.com

Honourable Mention | Raniera as Commander Shepard from the video game Mass Effect Series.

‘Commander Shepard is the main character in the video game Mass Effect series. I am presenting myself in the default battle armour of Mass Effect 2 with a matching modified Nerf handgun.’ (Raniera)

So, who would your Cosplay character be?

3 commentsSubmit yours
  1. All are such amazing costumes. But my favourite was the first women with the wings. Sadly I don’t know the graphic novel her cosplay is from but her outfit is great. It must have taken so much time and effort but it totally payed off.

    I also love the last picture. The kid look absolutely spot on!

    Amine Sydney
    http://aminesydney.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/ouran-highschool-host-club-competition.html#idc-container

  2. I take it GOMA isn’t happening on 2013? Since there’s no event listing.

  3. Hi Michael. Cosplay 2012 was presented in conjunction with the Gallery’s ‘Drawn to Screen: Graphic Novels, Comics and Serials’ film program. In 2013, we focus on ‘The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) with a free APT7 Cinema program http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/cinematheque/current/apt7_cinema. Thank you for your interest. Regards QAGOMA

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