Cosplay, short for "costume play," is a trend that started in Japan and has spread world-wide. It is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime. Some cosplayers have their costumes commissioned, some piece them together from thrift store finds, and some make their costumes from scratch. The cosplay world is very much about innovation and resourcefulness so all methods are welcome. The majority of the community is polite, helpful and encouraging. Seasoned cosplayers gladly share tutorials and tips online which makes it easy for beginners to find help. Cosplayers often go to anime conventions to enter costume contests or just to show off their creations.