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  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published about a year 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 about a year 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 about a year 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 about a year 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 about a year 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.
  • Monique Star
    Published about a year ago
    Experience While Hosting a CMV

    Experience While Hosting a CMV

    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.
  • Shane Kay
    Published about a year ago
    5 Creative Ways to Bring Your Cosplay to the Next Level

    5 Creative Ways to Bring Your Cosplay to the Next Level

    If you have been cosplaying for a bit, this might sound familiar.
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published about a year ago
    Cosplayer Spotlight: Mister Cosplay

    Cosplayer Spotlight: Mister Cosplay

    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.
  • Andrej Kovacevic
    Published about a year ago
    Five Major Conventions to Scratch Your Cosplay Itch

    Five Major Conventions to Scratch Your Cosplay Itch

    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.
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published about a year ago
    Cosplay Spotlight: Jason Chevres

    Cosplay Spotlight: Jason Chevres

    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!
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published about a year ago
    How Has Cosplay Changed Your Life?

    How Has Cosplay Changed Your Life?

    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
  • Mark Wesley Pritchard
    Published 2 years ago
    Cosplay Plans for Spring 2019 and Beyond

    Cosplay Plans for Spring 2019 and Beyond

    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.