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.
After partaking in a collaborative project known as a Cosplay Music Video (CMV, for short) for a fandom I am in, I briefly mentioned the idea of hosting a collaborative CMV for a different song. A friend/fellow cosplayer of mine exchanged some ideas for what other cosplayers should do for it (such as whether or not to lip sync the song in question) and getting a reminder that the host of the initial CMV we participated in that they edited like an amateur as well. I figured it wouldn't hurt to actually reach out to some fellow cosplayers and give it a try to put the project together.
If you have been cosplaying for a bit, this might sound familiar.
Greetings, my nerdy fam. Welcome to another copslayer spotlight feature, where I interview cosplayers, and they tell us more about themselves. This is my second cosplayer interview of 2019, and recently, I got a chance to chat with Matt Hollands, better known as Mister Cosplay. He's an amazing and talented cosplayer who has such a positive presence on social media, especially at conventions. I hope you enjoy this interview.
These days, it's difficult to find anyone that isn't into cosplay, in one way or another. That's just because it's good, inventive, escapist fun and literally anyone can do it (if they're willing to be the center of attention now and again). Most people who become interested in the cosplay scene get involved at a local con or event, and then get hooked and ready to look for more. The problem is, there aren't all that many big local events that can quench the thirst of your average cosplay newbie, and you might need to do a little bit of traveling to scratch your brand new itch. If you're in that situation, here are five major anime and cosplay conventions where you can get your costumed fill.
Now that spring has arrived, I'm back with some cosplay interviews. Last year, I've had the pleasure of interviewing over a dozen cosplayers and hearing their stories of their love of cosplay were interesting. More interviews are coming this year, so be on the lookout. Just to remind everyone that I'm among the many entries in Vocal's Poetry in Motion contest. I wrote a poem about the challenges of having autism and being on the spectrum. April is both Autism Awareness Month and National Poetry Month. If you haven't had a chance to read it, check it out here!
Last week, I've asked my friends and followers on Facebook and Instagram how cosplay has changed their lives. I often ask this interesting question, because I'm curious to hear the stories of cosplayers like myself and why they love it. Most of you have heard of my story of how cosplay has changed my life, so it is my pleasure to introduce everyone to two people that were willing to do just that. To check out my article about how cosplay has changed my life and taught me to be more confident in myself, you can check out the link here: https://geeks.media/cosplay-confidence
I've been quite busy lately with work and everything else. Most of 2018 was a difficult time for me—mental health issues, homelessness, and took a three month hiatus from cosplay until things improved. Last but not least, I've now lost 45 pounds and feel much better and more active. I do want to lose at least 10-15 pounds by the summer, so that's what I'm working on right now. I feel that 2019 will be so much better for me and I'm eager to find out what's in store. Three weeks ago, I debuted my first cosplay of the year, WWE star Irwin R. Schyster, or I.R.S. for short. You can see a pic of that below. He was the wrestler from the 80s and 90s who told us to not forget to pay our taxes.
Someone is enthusiastic about a show or movie that they have seen. There is an issue, though: They are unable to see themselves in a character they wish they could. Among other forms of creativity, here comes cosplaying to save the day.
February is not only Black History Month, but it's also a month for cosplayers of color: #28daysofblackcosplay. In the last several days, I've had the pleasure of interviewing a couple of cosplayers and asking them these two questions: what does being a black cosplayer mean to you and why is this hashtag is important? But before I proceed to their interviews, I want to share who started #28daysofblackcosplay with everyone. A woman by the name of Chaka Cumberbatch (also known as Princess Mentality Cosplay on Facebook) is responsible for making it trend in the first place. If you search for that hashtag on Instagram, there are over 25,000 posts of black cosplayers posting their amazing cosplays for everyone to see. For those who aren't aware of #28daysofblackcosplay, it's basically every February, black cosplayers post a picture of one of their cosplays on social media once a day for 28 days. Regardless of skill level, age, appearance, or other, it's a time to celebrate black excellence in the cosplay community. Now without further ado, I hope everyone enjoys these interviews I've done earlier this week with these two copslayers.
Creating. Content. Isn’t. Cheap.
I’m going to get emotional for this one, so let’s go.