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5 WOC Cosplayers That Elevate The Hobby

Kay Bear

 

Fierce. Regal. Beautiful. No matter how you describe them, cosplaying women of color are powerful forces of nature that command attention for their stunning costumes and the personas they take on. They display their love for their favorite characters right on their faces, and they don’t let anyone stop them. Cosplay is for everyone and these 5 women of color show exactly how well it can be done by lifting their hobby to new heights.

 

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The Ancient Egyptians held cats in the highest esteem. Regarding their cats as loving, important members of their families, and treated them with as much respect and dignity as their own children. Some 5000 years later, not much has changed. Actually, scratch that. A lot has changed. Where once cats were heralded as great protectors and practically worshiped as gods, our furry friends have been reduced to idolatries of amusement. Cat memes. Youtube videos. And now…. Cosplay?

Cats being silly and doing cat stuff is no longer the status quo. Owners are projecting their penchant for pop culture onto their 4 pawed pals and dressing them up as superheroes and other cultural icons. And oh f**k, is it cute.

Get ready to dawww your eyes out…. (more…)

A hijab, which is often referred to as a headscarf, is worn by Muslim women all over the globe. It is a symbol faith, much like a flag or a banner. In cultures around the world, one can see the beautiful array of this traditional Muslim head dress.  Most western eyes, however, don’t understand its purpose, what with their passing frosty glares and all. Some even see it as a sign of oppression, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

To close this transcontinental gap and challenge stereotypes, there is a growing number of Muslim women who are finding creative ways to integrate their modest clothing styles and hijabs into pop culture via Cosplay. The most prominent of which, is Malaysian-based makeup artist Saraswati, known to her Instagram fans as Queen of Luna(more…)

The Best Cosplay Pics From New York Comic Con

Whether you come to comic-con looking for toys, panels, or to raid the back issue bins in search of those books that you need to fill your collection, you can’t miss the breathtaking cosplay that fills the show floor. Homemade costumes that took months of nights spent losing fingerprints to a glue gun or hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of dollars spent on pro made props that help to blur the line between fan film grade — both were all over the Jacob Javitz Center for New York Comic Con this past weekend. And while no one could capture all of the wildly imaginative and incredibly geeky looks, we did pull a few selections from our time there for you to see. Rick and Morty, Negan, Game Of Thrones, and a few surprises — hopefully there’s something for every single fan.

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Every year, fans come in droves to San Diego Comic Con. Among those fans, there are those who brave the heat and wear elaborate costumes to show their support for their favorite characters. Extensive research, planning, and construction can go into these labors of love. Other times, it’s just cardboard and paint. Whatever the level of skill and commitment, one truth is clear: everyone loves cosplay! Without further ado, here are some of the cosplayers we encountered at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

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As the quality of cosplays from creators all across the world gets ever more impressive, many artists are exploring new ways to make their work stand out. From perfecting their battle cry to recreating their gait as they walk the convention floor, today’s cosplayers fully commit to bringing their favourite characters to life in every way possible. Stuntman Ben Schamma¸ better known to his fans as Maul Cosplay, takes this dedication to a whole new level. Between his martial arts skills and his stunt experience, Ben brings the dangerous attitude of the hardest fighters and renegades from popular culture to the real world.

A staple of German TV and movies, where his fights and stunts have become a part of the action-packed fabric of German entertainment, Ben still takes the time to showcase his cosplay work at conventions all over the world. From the fiercely competitive scene of his native Germany to the emerging community in Ireland, his stony-face, musclebound characters are hard to ignore.

We caught up with Ben to find out how he gets inside the head of pop culture’s roughest, toughest characters.   (more…)

For so many years, cosplay was a niche hobby even among the global nerd community. It is only in the past few years that it has gathered mainstream attention and, for some of the early attempts at introducing it to a wider audience, not all of it was good. This year, Syfy showcased cosplay in an entirely new way with its show Cosplay Melee. It focussed on the creative drive and the passion felt by everyone who makes the effort to step into the shoes of their favourite characters by bringing pop culture’s most fantastic costumes to life.

The show wouldn’t have been anywhere near as successful if it wasn’t for the dedication of the cosplayers who strutted their stuff on the Cosplay Melee catwalk. Becka Noel was one of the creators who took the leap from convention floor to international television and captured the imaginations of nerds all over the world with her art.

We spoke to Becka to find out how the show has changed her work in cosplay and what she could possibly have lined up to follow it.  (more…)

When top cosplayers strut their stuff on stage or the convention floor, all flashing armour and skin tight spandex and story accurate props, they seem like the most confident people in the world. They step into the shoes of their favourite characters and, for a moment, they leave behind the stresses of the real world in favour of the effortless cool of their new identity. The excitement of seeing these characters come to life is only heightened knowing that the person underneath the suit is a fan just like everyone else at the convention. (more…)