Breaking Down: Cosplay is a 6-part web series following Jordan O’Leary into the fascinating world of cosplay, taking up a costume at a convention for the first time, having his picture taken and talking to all sorts of folks at the convention about this hobby. It’s certainly not the most professional and accurate, but it offers a pretty good perspective from an outsider’s point of view. [..]
Katsucon is an annual 3-day convention which traditionally takes places over the President’s Day weekend in America. This year, it’s 17th edition took place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Their activities include: hall cosplay, masquerade, masquerade ball, a maid cafe, karaoke etc. [..]
Wonder Festival is a bi-annual event that takes place in Tokyo at the Makuhari Messe International Convention Center. The Winter edition took place on February 6 and while the event is centered mainly around figures and garage kits, plenty of cosplayers can be found at the event as well. [..]
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While the cosplay subculture doesn’t have nearly enough videos as others to express how amazing it truly is, regardless if to some people it is just a hobby or a way of life, there are still some videos out there that caught our attention.
Cosplay Gen: What is your favorite cosplay up till now and why?
Yolkler: I don’t have a favorite cosplay, because I always think I can make another one that’s better. But, up till now, maybe Mononoke (Kusuriuri), because Japanese people told me that my Kusuriuri cosplay is the same as the Kusuriuri character. [..]
In a hurry to complete a complicated looking prop? Only have less than a week until an event and haven’t started? Here is a quick tutorial on making an emergency prop!
The key to quick and accurate prop is to take every step calmly and divide the workload. The exmaple this time will be Syaoran’s Night Staff from Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.
Cosplay Gen: You specialize in geisha costumes and traditional cosplay; how long did you research geisha and traditional make-up and fashion in order to reach this level?
Monique: Two years and ongoing. It’s a learning process and I can safely say that, considering the amount of information and the depth of this particular culture, I am still a beginner. I don’t believe I have the right to say that I am any more than that – I believe that I’m always learning new things and trying to get better as much as I can. [..]