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. [..]
The Cosplay Gen team would like to thank you, our readers, cosplayers, photographers, collaborators and partners for all the love and support you’ve shown us in 2010, together with you, we’ve made possible this wonderful project. [..]
We are happy to announce that we are currently working on the third issue of Cosplay Gen. We’d like to thank everyone who sent their submissions to our e-mail address. As we received a lot of them, unfortunately we couldn’t answer to all of them individually, but be sure we read each and every of your e-mails.
Cosplay Gen: There are a lot of versions of Hatsune Miku; what did you see in the 1925 Hatsune Miku version?
Phoenixiaoio: As you say, there are lots of versions, and I think they are extremely different from each other. 1925 is such a cute song and its lyrics contain the historical fact of the year 1925 in Japan. It is the first year when female conductors were used for the trains of Japan. Also, the year was marked by unrest and civilization crowd. People started to reflect whether money is important or not. I think that is what I see in the 1925 version. [..]
Kotanimomo is a very versatile Australian cosplayer, with a very wide range of characters, chosen from anime, manga and games, and including both popular series (such as Macross Frontier), and less known works (notably Sidooh manga). [..]
As of this week we’re going to start posting carefully selected tutorials for the DIY section. This week we present you a video make-up tutorial, by the professional make-up artist Michelle Phan, for those of you who always wanted to cosplay Nana Osaki from the Nana manga/anime series, but didn’t know how to go about with the make-up for the character. [..]
On November 13 and 14, at Suntec City Convention Center in Singapore took place AFA X (Anime Festival Asia), the most awaited event of the year for the otaku community in Singapore and neighboring countries. Judging from various reports of the participants (cosplayers, photographers, or simply the large public), they seem to have had a lot of fun. The foreign guests included, among others, Kaname and Danny Choo, who attended the event for the second time. [..]