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. [..]
Cosplay Gen: How did you make the Master Chief suit?
Zam: The process is actually simple. The base layers are made from a thick 250gsm matte card. Here, the details and main structure come to life. After that, all the finished paper structure is covered with fiberglass resin to make it rigid. Matte Card absorbs it and becomes rigid from inside out. Fiberglass mat was used in the inside to avoid the details on the outside getting covered. The fiberglass just makes the paper structure more rigid so it can withstand some sort of damage when wearing it. [..]