Nerd Culture

One of those hobbies that requires buckets of passion, a flair for creativity and the confidence to show off your work, cosplay can be a daunting thing to get into. It’s the kind of thing you have to be prepared to devote tons of time and likely a fair bit of money to in order to get the most out of it. Once you’ve vaulted those hurdles, many cosplayers will tell you there’s hardly a more fulfilling hobby or more supportive community out there, even if you a little hesitant to jump in at the deep end first time round.

PixelPantz Cosplay is the artist that very nearly wasn’t, if one awesome friend hadn’t been so convincing. We spoke to her about what finally persuaded her to give it a go and the creative adventure she’s been on ever since.

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Every cosplayer, no matter how new or inexperienced, is at their core a creative person. A lot of imagination goes into taking a character off a screen or out of a comic book and recreating it in the real world, particularly if you have the skills to raft it to suit your own physical characteristics. The cosplayers that really stand out, though, are the ones that go above and beyond to make their costumes unique. The ones who mash together hugely different characters and themes to create a bizarrely familiar yet very distinct cosplay. The ones who find the least sexy thing in all of popular culture and find a way to confuse all the boners.

Helena Steele is one such cosplayer, and has been blowing minds with her original twists on awesome characters since she first made the move from modeling to cosplay.  (more…)

There are very few cosplayers who get to cosplay professionally from the moment they find it. Usually, you have to have a pretty big following in some other career – and that career can’t be just anything. It needs to have some kind of relationship to nerd culture so that your fan base will be encouraging and supportive of your cosplay work, rather than just seeing it as a passingly interesting hobby. Tanya Tate not only got a huge chunk of her fan base to celebrate her love of cosplay with her, but was also lucky enough to be able to incorporate it into her day job as an adult film star.

We caught up with Tanya to find out about her extraordinary career – her movies, her reviews, her vinyl toys, her superheroes, and more.

Oh, and her cosplay.

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If there is one truly beautiful thing about the cosplay community that is consistent throughout the world, it is that you don’t not have to be famous or well known for people to notice you. If you have a good costume, that you have put effort into making accurate and eye-catching, you’ll get just as much attention at conventions as anyone else there. PixelCat cosplay is one of that exact breed of creators, who have a modest following on social media but never fail to turn heads when she’s out in her best cosplay.

We caught up with PixelCat to find out what inspires her to step into the shoes of her favourite characters and how she brings them to life.  (more…)

In the previous post, you got a taste of what the cosplay at Toronto ComiCon looked like, but to the more professional and artistic standards of those that live and breath cosplay, the results from the weekend were even more amazing. For cosplayers looking to have their work appreciated on the basis of their skill, their imagination, and their sewing and sculpting ability, Toronto ComiCon was giving out daily awards, and for the judges, the sheer number of contestants made their life harder as they struggled to get the results in on time for the six o’clock awards show. (more…)

PHOTO GALLERY: Cosplay from Toronto ComiCon 2017!

What a weekend for cosplay! It seems that Toronto nerds spent their winter months upping their game, creating wonderfully detailed costumes, and adding some news spins to old favourites. Yes, there were the usual suspects like Deadpool, Batman, Harley Quinn and every Star Wars character from the most popular to the most obscure. But how about a zombie Ewok? Or Winnie the Pooh Wookie? There were also unusual pairings. Kick-Ass and Kylo Ren, ALF and a Vulcan science officer with purple hair, and the Macho Man Randy Savage and a Hulk Hulk Hogan. Somewhere along the way at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, you might have even encountered a genuine Captain Canuck and the Average Joes dodgeball team. Let’s take a look at some of the cosplay from Toronto ComiCon. (more…)

For all that some characters are practically eponymous with nerd culture, there are many big names that are not found all that often on the cosplay scene. The aliens and monsters whose details are so intricate on screen that it would be a truly mammoth task to replicated them in reality. While many cosplayers are prepared to take on huge challenges, the added component of lugging around a costume that covers your entire body tends to put many off attempting to create and carry cosplays of, say, Godzilla, for example.

Puerto Rican cosplayer, artist and Kaiju enthusiast, Sean Sumagaysay – best known to his fans as Project Nautilus Cosplay – decided to tackle just that legendary beast when it came to his art. Multiple movie-accurate Godzillas, a Jar Jar Binks and a handful of other choice cosplays later, his work is catching attention all around the world.

We spoke to Sean to find out more about what the challenges and rewards of taking on such huge projects.  (more…)

Syfy returns to the Reality Cosplay Competition Show with Cosplay Melee hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown (Community). The new series pits Cosplayers against each other in a weekly build format with the eventual lone survivor winning $10,000. The real question we all should be asking though is whether this will focus on the skills for Cosplay creation or just the drama that a timed competition brings out in everyone. Make no mistake, that time constraint will be the major factor in this show. When one considers that many cosplayers take weeks, if not months sometimes years to finish their cosplays from design to construction to convention. Check out the new trailer below. (more…)


Little is known of that mysterious masked man who stalks the crime-infested streets of Norfolk, Virginia. Is he a mild-mannered student invested with superhuman abilities after an encounter with a radioactive arachnid? Is he the sole inheritor of an outrageous fortune, forced to turn to fighting crime to avenge his fallen loved ones? Is he a bored student with basic sewing skills and too much time on his hands? All we know for sure is that they call him The Black Widow, and that it’s definitely the last one. (more…)

Creating an effective cosplay is about so much more than just having the right costume. Dedicated cosplayers spend a lot of time thinking about how that costume will relate to their body, and the effect that relationship has on their overall image. They think about how they move to create presence in the space around them. They think about the perfect materials to use to create the desired visual effects for their characters. Cosplay crafting requires a lot of intense and intricate skill, whether you’re sewing everything by hand, building things out of Worbla or digitally designing 3D printed pieces. (more…)