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'2 Fdday,.at]a'st 5, 201'i' West Sate'i-erald ' Halloween in July? Nope it's Gasukan Monthly costume party gathered in Lincoln Park on July 30 By Patrick Robinson Members of an unusual b m by , no means unpopular gr3-c'alled _._.__..,_G_.ahe_-d at t,lncoln Park on Saturday July 30 to dress up in sometimes amazing costumes, socialize and share their love for anime and fantasy fiction. Cliff Nordman, one of the members explained, "It's basi- cally a monthly costume party. Every month we pick some public place and some date and we all show up and wear costumes (...) It started back in 2007 and we've had 40 of them so far. Gasworks was the first one which is kind of where the name came from. We had to have kan at the end and we need a name at the/oegm-fifig so we chose Gas f0Gasworks and we had Gasukan. Some people are photographers, some people show up to have super awesome cos- tumes, some people just show for fun to share food. It's a lot about socializing." Costume play or Cosplay is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes, make- up and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Sebbey Young came wearing a borrowed costume and said, "I'm ""-'---, having a blast and I'm going to go "'cat a cheeseburger in a minute." %, - 00It's basic00llyu monthly costume party. Cliff Nordman, Member of Cosplay Kimberly Robinson Bryanna Gentry is a Karkat from Homestuck and was part of Gasukan on Saturday, July 30 Kimberl7 Robinson Nineteen year old Athena Cole tt,,.1,. ,,,,, y,- ,', make this '.,,',v, e from sc,.w.,ci J,d ,'as part ?f Saturday "s gathering of members of Gasukan, a group that Iove.s attime, video games and fantasy fiction She is a chanter from the video game Aion. She is a student going to college next year. Sydney Parkhurst cosplaying Flutter-shy from My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic said, "It's partially just to get to know other people who like the same things that you do. It's also because it lets you act like someone you aren't. It lets you put on persona of some- one different than you. I'm a very outgoing person but the character I'm cosplaying today is really shy and really likes animals." The website thread for the gath- ering is on a site called Cosplay. com and the details are there but in brief it's a monthly cosplay/anime meetup for cosplayers and photog- raphers in the Northwest. People come from as far away as Canada and Oregon or further. The events are free and are generally held in the central Seattle area. The webpage itself has a good overall description of Gasukan as written by its founder Kristen "KumioChan." "We're themed. Our first meetup had a theme of Under the Umbrel- la. It was my way of encouraging everyone to bring a prop and sort of tie us together. And for some reason, we've continued the tradi- tion ever since. The important thing to know about the themes is they are completely optional. In other words, if they don't fit the outfit you want to wear that month, that's perfectly fine. They're merely there to set the mood for the gathering (and help you pick a costume if you've got multiple options.) Since May we've evolved to have two per GK, one that sets the mood and one that's a "prop" theme. - We're mobile. Our location changes depending on expected weather conditions and is often influenced by our theme for the month. This helps us find new and exciting backgrounds for our pho- tos. We've met at many locations- -the UW campus, Seattle Center, Tacoma's Botanical Conservatory and even Freeway Park by the Con- vention Center in Seattle--but our home base is Gasworks Park and it's likely we'll meet there at least twice a year. - We're free. Transportation and parking notwithstanding, there is no entry fee to attend GK. Anyone Celebrate Cherry Consignment's" 2nd Anniversary.' Join us August 6th, 11 a.m, - 6 p.m for snacks n' sips and help us kick off a week long celebration. August 6th - August 13th OFF ecarw a great selection of mens, womens, maternity & plus sizes, so come shop'til you drop! 4142 CaUforina Ave SW 206-933-7479 Open Monday- Saturday 1 I-6 and Sunday 12-5 can show up, either in costume or not. The only thing we ask is that you be polite and friendly to the other attendees and especially that you respect our surroundings and passersby who may not be aware of who we are or what cosplay is" For more information on Cosplay, go to www.cosplay, com. Patrick Robinson can be reached at pr@robinsonnews.com. Sebby Young in a video game 'cosplay'she borrowed. The char- acter is Al Bell. @ journey. Amputee Support Group Wednesday, August 17 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. This special group--designed to share health and lifestyle tipsis an ideal source of help and encouragement for amputees, families and caregivers alike. Join us monthly! Contact Lea Dang, RSM, at 206.664.7415. 4700 SW Admiral Way, Seattle tWlSettle Joint Commission accredited