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A person’s choice of cosplay can tell you a lot about the person beneath the costume. It can give you an idea of the kind of movies they watch and books they read and games they play. You can guess the sort of characters that inspire or intrigue them, the kind of aesthetics they’re drawn to – not to mention, their creative skills and style. When someone’s cosplay repertoire is as well crafted and as diverse as that of Laura, known to her followers as Taisie Cosplay, it’s safe to assume there’s someone really interesting beneath the twisted Cheshire grin. (more…)

If this is is the first time you’ve heard Adi Shankar’s name, then sit down around the fire and let’s brush up on some history. Shankar served as executive producer on the 2012 Dredd movie, The Grey, and was the creative mastermind behind the over-the-top Power Rangers short that had people talking in 2015. In the 25-minute phone conversation we had with him, Shankar talked with us a bit on his most recently announced project “Castlevania”, the first season which is set to premiere later this year on Netflix.  (more…)

It takes a lot of time and effort to make a great cosplay. Cosplayers the world over spend years honing their creative skills so that, when the time comes, they’re costumes will look perfect. Even when they’re as accomplished as they can get, the really impressive pieces can take weeks – or even months – to make. Just watch a cosplayer stream to see how much care and finesse goes into the tiny details. Then there are those cosplayers who go a step further and don’t just spend hours upon hours sculpting their costumes, but even their own bodies, to create portrayals of their favourite characters that are as accurate as possible. (more…)

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For a lot of cosplayers, creative costuming skills are developed through a desire to pay homage to their favourite characters as accurately as possible. The better a creator gets at crafting and sewing and designing clothes, the more impressive their cosplays look. Often, you see how someone’s skills are improving from cosplay to cosplay. For Lena, the creative mind behind Saddle the Hipogriffs Cosplay, cosplay provided an outlet for her lifelong love of sewing. Discovering cosplay provided the perfect hobby to blend her existing creative passion and her love of her favourite pop culture characters. The intricacy and carefully stitched detail in her cosplays make them a magnet for the attention of cosplay enthusiasts all over. (more…)

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It’s only been running since 2015, but this year it has received over 450 entries worldwide. It has tempted swarms of amateur, student and professional filmmakers from all over the globe to crawl out of the woodwork in a bid to terrify us, and is curated by some of the scariest minds in horror cinema. The 15 Second Horror Film Challenge is a wonderfully fascinating example of what the darkest, most twisted and creative storytellers can achieve in only, well, 15 seconds. (more…)

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As well as paying tribute to all your favourite characters from video games, comic books, movies and wherever else you find inspiration, cosplay can also serve as a way for you to make those characters your own. Whether you choose to do that by gender-bending a character, morphing a creature into a human or just adding your own subtle twists to make a character feel more you, cosplay offers all kinds of opportunities to indulge your creativity. Tabitha – better known to her followers as Demorafairy Cosplay – has earned her reputation for unique costumes. From steampunk styles to Pokémon gijinkas, her handcrafted cosplays are infused with her own personal style.

We got in touch with Tabitha to find out how she comes up with her unique cosplay ideas. (more…)

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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.

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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…)

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Stuart Bray knows a thing or two about making monsters. The rogue’s gallery of his 20-year special effects career includes Shaun of the Dead’s zombies, Doctor Who’s Autons and a whole host of wounds and disfigurements featuring in everything from The Mummy Returns to Saving Private Ryan, and now most recently Doctor Strange. When Directors and producers want someone to get audiences squirming in their seats, Stuart’s the guy they’ve got on speed-dial. We caught up with him to have a relaxing conversation about terrifying monsters, blood-soaked mayhem, and the importance of keeping things messy in an increasingly digital world.  (more…)

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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…)