For all the attention it has got in recent years in more mainstream circles, there is still a lot about the cosplay community that exists on the fringe of popular culture. People can choose to portray any of their favourite characters from any show, movie, book, comic regardless of how little or well known it is and be welcomed with just the same enthusiasm as anyone else. The sense of community allows anyone and everyone to show off their creativity and their love for their own favourite fandoms. It invites people to come out of their shell and be whoever they want to be within the safe space of the convention.
This was certainly the case for Gina B, a once shy teenager who now has tens of thousands of followers supporting her experiments with cosplay.
We spoke to Gina about her journey from her first tentative foray into cosplay to the influential she plays in the community today.
Based just outside of Paris, Soo Cosplay is making waves in the French cosplay scene with her intricately detailed cosplays. While the accuracy and realism of her costumes and props could not be achieved with serious hard work and dedication, what really defines Soo is her sense of joyfulness and her love of play. Through cosplay, a lot of people find a way to connect with the part of them that still experiences the world with a sense of childlike wonder. Of all the cosplayers working today, Soo embodies that perfectly, creating cosplays with love above all else and letting the results speak for themselves. (more…)
With more than fifteen years of cosplay under her belt, Lindze Merritt is a veritable veteran of the scene. The daughter of a seamstress, costume creation was in her blood from day one. As well a creating a whole host of incredible cosplays to wear at conventions all over the world, she has spoke on panels, judged competitions and has applied her expertise to creating the perfect make up for everything from film to theatre to weddings. Now, her beauty work takes up a lot of her time, but she takes every opportunity to pass on her love of cosplay to her young daughter. (more…)
For many cosplayers, creating costumes is about paying tribute to as many of your favourite characters as you can. For others, it’s about finding something you’re really good at, something you love, and honing your ability to create it until you could be mistaken for the real thing. Katie Sheddock is one such artist. She started consplaying in her teens and soon found it to be a great outlet for her love of zombies. Over the past few years, she has experimented with materials and styles to join the ranks of the walking undead. At the first ever Walker Stalker Con UK, she was spotted and her face is now emblazoned across the promos for next year’s event. (more…)
You know what’s totally heinous? Being reminded how old you are. But, hey, that’s what happens when reflecting on pop culture classics of yesteryear. If you’re a child of the 80’s/early 90s’, and remember Bill and Ted, then you’re an old dude (or babe). It’s been a whopping 27 years (Whoa!) since rockin’ nitwits Bill S Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan hopped in a phone booth and traveled through time, meeting up with historic figures like Genghis Khan, Socrates (pronounced in Bill & Ted speak as “So Crates”), Billy The Kid, Abe Lincoln, Joan of Arc and Napoleon. And, 25 years, since their follow up sequel Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, which saw the happily dimwitted duo go the hell (literally) and back.
Regardless of the passage time, and despite the long promises of a 3rd movie from actors Keanu Reeves and Alex Winters, the fandom for Bill and Ted is still strong. So much so, that NECA, purveyors of toys and collectibles from the hottest IPs, have released a most triumphant figurine boxed set. (more…)
Though fairly new to the cosplay scene, Rebecca Lindsay has got a lot of people talking with her incredible Mystique cosplay at NYCC earlier on this month. Her imaginative take on the X-Men shapeshifter had bounced around between Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Imgur, Reddit and even international news sites before she left the convention. She got home to find her photo had gone viral and cosplay enthusiasts around the world knew her face.
We got in touch with Rebecca to find out more about her and to get to grips with what drives her creative gears. (more…)
Adam Savage loves Cosplay and it has become somewhat of a tradition for him to build a new Cosplay and try to walk the halls of the latest convention he is attending anonymously. He recently attended his first New York City Comic Con and brought his latest one day build Cosplay. Do you think you could have picked him out? (more…)
On a list of some of the scariest clowns, you could easily include: Pennywise, the Killer Clowns from Outer Space, and Bozo the Clown. For whatever reason, 2016 has seen an increase in clown sightings. Reports of clown activity has ranged from just standing on the side of a road to actually attacking individuals. In rare cases, some of these clowns have been scaring little children. Some of it may have been unintentional, but the kids who see these clowns have been frightened by them. So of course it would make sense that they would need someone to step up and protect them. Someone to let them know that they’ve got their back. Cue Batman.
Half the fun of any comic con is the wide variety of cosplay you can see on a given day. Sure, there are a lot of regulars like Spider-Man, Deadpool, and the Joker, but the truly creative set themselves apart with elaborate recreations of anime or video game characters, variant costumes and mash-ups, even Mr. Sparkle. Yes, we did find a Mr. Sparkle at Fan Expo Canada. We even found a Banjo Tooie, the Belle of the Belles, and the Marvel Knights team-up of Daredevil and Black Panther. In the couples category, we encountered the Penguin and a Jedi, and the saddest looking married couple in Westeros (in season 2 anyway). Submitted for your enjoyment, here’s some of the great cosplay from the first two days of Fan Expo! (more…)
Comic conventions are a great thing. Not only do many like-minded geeks get to have a safe space where they can meet people with similar interests and sometimes meet celebrities, but Cons are also a great thing for retailers to sell the wares to the geek community. You can ask any person who attends a Con and they can attest to spending hundreds of dollars for souvenirs for things they enjoy. Souvenirs could be anything from comic books, to posters, to the even obscure items. I once noticed people get wedding rings engraved in House Stark writings at a Con, so there’s something for everyone. One thing that is also at comic cons is the cosplay attire. Because Cosplay and comic Cons go hand in hand, there are such a plethora of items people can get related to Cosplay. Now it looks like replica weapons are also on that list and Wizard World isn’t too pleased with that.