cosplay

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  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published about a month ago
    Spider-Man Fever

    Spider-Man Fever

    Are your Spidey senses tingling? Good, because this article is about our friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man. I recently asked people to submit their photos to me on Facebook, showing off their favorite suits. They were amazing and I can't wait to show them to everyone. I'm more of a DC fan, but I do respect Marvel fans and I watch more Marvel movies than I do DC. The first Marvel cosplay I debuted last year was The Human Spider from the 2002 film, Spider-Man. I attended a Halloween festival in my area two weeks later, wearing that same outfit. Then the day before my birthday, a loss that crushed Marvel fans everywhere: the death of Stan Lee. Finally, I received something amazing: my first Spider-Man suit. It arrived in the mail before Thanksgiving and when I first tried it on, I was giddy and couldn't wait to show it off to my friends. So I posted pics and videos on social media and received positive feedback. Over two weeks later, I went to see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and yes, I did see that movie in my Captain Spider-Man suit. I've now had my suit for almost a year and have been going to cons and other events in it since. I do plan on buying another suit soon, most likely, Miles Morales. I didn't know that there were around 40 different kinds of Spider-Man suits before today.
  • Yarn Goddess Cosplay
    Published 2 months ago
    Dear Black Men...

    Dear Black Men...

    Once again, if you got past the title then you’re either intrigued or ready to get mad, but either way thanks for the views!
  • Bobby Tequila
    Published 2 months ago
    A Portal to an Asgard Unknown

    A Portal to an Asgard Unknown

    Imagine an evening where you are costumed up in your fave Marvel attire. Imagine being energized to show off a could-be mutant power that you forever dreamt of. Imagine a world where you can have fun and there is no one there to pass judgement on your hero pleasures. The time for all creators to assemble is now.
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published 3 months ago
    Power Rangers Day 2019: In Their Own Words

    Power Rangers Day 2019: In Their Own Words

    It's Morphin Time! You can't go anywhere without hearing that Morphing Chant. 26 years ago today, a live-action series called Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was born. It premiered on Fox Kids on August 28, 1993, which ran for three seasons, and was one of the longest-running kids' live-action series in television history. Over 900 episodes and 26 seasons later, the franchise is still going strong and has no signs of slowing down anytime soon. So you must be wondering if this day was real and how it was a national day to begin with. The answer to your first question is yes, and I'll share with you how Power Rangers Day came to light. According to the National Day Calendar, the toy company Hasbro established it in 2018, to help celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary. If it weren't for Haim Saban, the person responsible for creating Power Rangers, it wouldn't exist today. Power Rangers taught us about teamwork,inclusivity, and diversity to people of all age groups. This tradition is still alive and well today.
  • Hannah Payne
    Published 3 months ago
    Golden Angel's Cosplay

    Golden Angel's Cosplay

    *May contain curse words, anime spoilers, and paraphrasing. Direct quotes are indicated with quotation marks*
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published 3 months ago
    My First Cosplay Contest Win

    My First Cosplay Contest Win

    Last weekend, I attended GlitchCon, which is a convention in Springdale, Arkansas and it's held once a year. It was actually my sixth year in a row going there and I have so much to share with everyone. Now before I talk about the cosplay contest, I want to talk about the cosplay that I debuted at the con. The cosplay mashup I did on the second day was called Lord Gyaradrakkon (pictured above). It was a mashup of Gyarados from Pokemon and Lord Drakkon, the main antagonist from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Shattered Grid comic book series. One of my good friends, Johnny, created the armor, shield, Dragon Dagger (which you'll see in this article), Morpher belt buckle, and the helmet. I wanted the helmet to mirror Gyarados and Lord Drakkon, so he did an amazing job creating it. If you can't tell, those are scales on the shield, gauntlets, and boot covers, adding nice touches to them. Finally, there's a Power Coin in the middle of the shield, which has the likeness of Gyarados. Many people loved my cosplay and they took pictures of me and some with them. Not only that, but I had a solo photoshoot and a group photoshoot with around 15-20 cosplayers. There was a guy that came up to me, who has been following my posts, shared how much I've grown over the last five years, and wanted to meet me in person. He's never met me before, until that day.
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published 4 months ago
    Misconceptions That People Make, Say, and Do About Cosplayers

    Misconceptions That People Make, Say, and Do About Cosplayers

    Cosplay: it has high and lows. It’s advantages and disadvantages. However, many people assume the worst about cosplayers, like myself, whether it’s at a con or in public. I asked everyone on my Facebook page what misconceptions people have made about them, while in cosplay and I’ve received two responses. Here are a couple of them:
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published 4 months ago
    Cosplayer Spotlight: Christina Barber

    Cosplayer Spotlight: Christina Barber

    Before I attend GlitchCon later on this week, I decided to do one more cosplayer feature. Not to worry, because I'll be doing more of them after the con, so stay tuned. In case you missed my last cosplayer interview, you can check it out by going to the link at the end of this article. In the meantime, I recently got a chance to interview Christina Barber. Before I go any further, if you like any of the articles I've written so far, please feel free free to send me a a one-off tip, which is located at the end of every article. No tip is ever too big or small. It helps me and other Vocal content creators create better stories, and you'll be supporting us in a positive way. On that note, I hope you enjoy this interview.
  • In the Hyphen
    Published 4 months ago
    The Magic of a Costume

    The Magic of a Costume

    Now, if you are anything like me, I am assuming you know who this character is, right? If not, well first this is me, and I am cosplaying as Agent Peggy Carter from the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Yes, I am one of those insane people that sell their soul, blood, sweat, and tears to the costume gods. This journey began in 2015 when my best friend invited me to my very first convention. I had always loved costumes and dressing up, so the idea that masses of people came dressed as characters and interacted nearly blew my mind. After sorting through many ideas, my friend and I settled on going as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler from the popular BBC show Doctor Who. This event was an incredibly positive experience and I loved how positive everyone was towards each other. Thus began my journey down the rabbit trail of being a cosplayer. Since then, I have crafted many, many cosplays ranging from Star Wars to Marvel to Disney (although those are all now kinda the same thing aren't they...). Anywho, from that convention, I have been hooked on the incredible feeling that bubbled up when I donned my costume. Suddenly, I wasn't myself, but a strong brave heroine or a semi-immortal alien. My introverted tendencies and social anxiety are banished and I am free to interact. Free is a perfect word, especially in cosplays with a helmet, helm, or intense makeup; nobody knows who I am! Nobody knows or cares about my faults or illness, they just care about my craftsmanship and general geekiness. With every character and costume I embody, the more I find my confidence raising. I feel as though a little piece of each character follows me when I reenter my own life. Okay, before y'all freakout, this isn't some new-age thing, and no I am not insane, I just mean that I find myself assimilating the character's most positive traits and their strengths. For instance, when dressed as Agent Carter (like the picture above), I find that I am valuing myself better and channeling her strength and boldness. When back in my life the next day, I know my value and feel strong.
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published 5 months ago
    Captain Spider-Man Costume Review

    Captain Spider-Man Costume Review

    Greetings, Vocal readers. I'm here to do a review, but this time, it's this awesome Spider-Man suit (pictured above). I've never owned a Spider-Man suit before, but always wanted to own one. My suit arrived on November 21, 2018, just about a week before Thanksgiving. I was ecstatic and eager to put it on. When I first tried it on, I felt like I was part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU for short. I posted pictures and video on social media, showing off my suit to my friends and followers. I've received positive feedback and I immediately fell in love with my suit.
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published 5 months ago
    Cosplayer Spotlight: Gary Prudhoe

    Cosplayer Spotlight: Gary Prudhoe

    Since I joined Vocal over a year ago, I've had the pleasure of interviewing 20 amazing cosplayers. They were great people, and I learned so much from them. Sure, they love cosplay and representing that community with pride, but at the end of the day, they're regular people just like us. I'm proud to be part of the cosplay community, and I have been a cosplayer for about five years. I have no plans of stopping anytime soon.
  • Anna Ponomari
    Published 6 months ago
    Bran Stark Is My Hero

    Bran Stark Is My Hero

    Back in 2014 I left my land ''Khalasar,'' the country in which people were living by the principle of the "strongest survives." Due to my disability I wasn't anywhere close to being the strongest, so my parents were looking for a place where I wouldn't have to be stuck inside the house and I could feel just like everyone else. That place was chosen to be England.