About two and a half weeks ago, I celebrated four years of being a cosplayer. I made my cosplayer debut as Texxx-Man Cosplay on August 1, 2014. A year earlier, one of my friends at work was telling me about a hobby called cosplay. He was preparing to attend a convention, which was a few days away. At first, I didn't know what cosplay was until I searched it online. When I did, I was impressed to see people dressing up as their favorite characters and has inspired me to cosplay. So without further ado, I'll now count down my top three moments from the last four years:
So, what does Coach Mousie do in her off-season when she is not covering hockey (other than going a tad stir crazy missing her Jets and her Bisons)?
It's time for another cosplayer interview and recently, I got the chance to interview Batsu Cosplay and got to know more about him. Just a reminder that at the end of every one of my articles, if you want to support me and love reading them, feel free to send me a small one-off tip of any amount, if you'd like. With that said, I hope you enjoy this interview.
This year I was lucky enough to be hired for a makeup job at San Diego ComicCon. I was hired by Serena Ruiz to transform her Greta Gremlin from Gremlins 2 on Saturday of ComicCon. In order to complete this daunting task, we started from scratch creating all the prosthetics needed.
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Not many people will know about cosplay, however, it has been growing more and more popular over the years. It is something that sparks a great passion within me. I myself am a cosplayer and a seamstress - perfect combination if you ask me. It is such a unique art form, offers an escape from reality, has a strong community, and is excellent for EVERYONE.
Cosplay is something I've been in love with since 2014, and I don't have any plans of stopping anytime soon. Seeing cosplayers on social media and in person shows me that we're all unique and talented. Whenever you post a picture of your cosplay, you're flooded with likes and fantastic comments. However, with the good comes with the bad. You cosplay as your favorite character and suddenly, someone comes in your comment section on your social media page and says, "You look nothing like your character" or "So and so character is this race. Why are you doing this character?" I can remember someone saying this to me at a convention called the Art Pop Comic Expo in Springdale, Arkansas back in June 2017.
Cosplay: a term you may have stumbled upon if you are part of any pop cultural community. Merriam-Webster dictionary says cosplay is a compound word of costume and play that refers to an activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction (such as a comic book, video game, or television). It was apparently first used by Japanese journalist Noboyuki Takahaski as 'kosupure' in 1983. Just to put it into perspective, that is one year before the first Ghostbusters film was released in theaters. Cosplay was first coined in English in 1993. That’s the year The Nightmare Before Christmas was released. There is basically no limit to what one can do for cosplay. I personally have been cosplaying for five years by 2018 and I can say that this practice has somehow helped me grow as an individual. I wanted to share my experience with you. I do not claim to be a scholar or an expert of any kind. Take this text as what it is. If I find more sources, I might rewrite a more accurate paper.
"I want adventure in the great wide somewhere, I want it more than I can tell."
Con season is in full swing and most cosplayers are doing the most good for their communities by donating their time volunteering at an event or visiting sick children at a hospital. What I love the most about being a cosplayer is meeting people and appreciating the amazing cosplays that they do. One of those people that I have spoken highly of is Arkansas Iron Man. Last November at the Cosplay Con and Anime Experience in North Little Rock, Arkansas, it was my birthday weekend and suddenly, I ran into Iron Man. I wanted to take a picture with him badly, but I was too nervous to ask. Hopefully, we'll cross paths again at another convention. With that said, I've had the pleasure of interviewing him recently and knowing more about himself.
It's Morphin Time! Those three awesome words never get old for Power Rangers fans everywhere. This year is the 25th anniversary of the premiere of arguably one of my favorite shows of the 90s: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I remembered being that five-year-old who would watch it every day after school. Every episode that I watch, I always pretended that I was a Power Ranger. I had some action figures, including a White Ranger watch. So you can tell that I was a die-hard fan and still am to this day. Even as an adult, I collected even more action figures and had lots of Power Rangers comic books. I've noticed that people are hating on this 90s television series and calling it, "lame," and, "cheesy." Luckily, this Power Rangers fan is coming to their defense by clapping back at the naysayers.
Whenever I'm on Facebook or Instagram, I love it when cosplayers have creative minds. In the almost four years that I've been doing cosplay, I've only done two cosplay mashups. I'll get to that shortly, but you must be wondering why cosplay mashups are popular. I'll give you one reason: they're a way to display your creativity to everyone. Most cosplayers spend hundreds of dollars and months to create the perfect cosplay. With that said, I'll now be sharing both of my cosplay mashups. I have written stories about DIYs and step-by-step instructions of both Zombie Mario and Punk Rock Superman, which you can check out right now.