Attracting Attention

Thursday, 1 April 2010, 10:00 | Author : Janet
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly One of the most horrific cosplay costumes I have ever witnessed was worn by an overweight man dressed in a leotard and a cheap blonde wig.  Despite his lack of sex appeal, I would watch him with gross fascination as he strode through the crowds.  He was attempting to cosplay the famous character […]

Masculine Appearances

Thursday, 25 March 2010, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly I remember the first time Amitie told me about the term “crossplay”, meaning male-to-female or female-to-male cosplay.  I thought it was odd that the cosplay community needed to distinguish when a cosplayer chose to wear a costume outside their gender.  Considering that many male anime characters have feminine characteristics, it has been easy for me to cosplay both […]

The Selection Process

Thursday, 18 March 2010, 10:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Every year, it seems that we encounter the same dilemma. We must decide whether we will cosplay individually or with a group. If we decide upon a group cosplay, then we still have to discuss which series we will cosplay and bestow the privilege of cosplaying the main character. In considering alternative methods for this process, I have decided that we should start holding cosplay auditions before we start working on our costumes.

Imitating Anime Eyes

Thursday, 21 January 2010, 15:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly In an effort expand my knowledge of makeup, I have been reading How to Cosplay: Transformation and Special Effects Makeup.  Although this book has beautiful pictures, I hesitate to recommend it simply because it was written for Japanese audiences and tends to only address Asian physical characteristics.  Yet there is one technique, in particular, that […]

Welcome to a New You

Monday, 18 January 2010, 15:19 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

The new year offers us a time of change and I have decided that this year I want to become an alien. In light of the new Avatar movie, I would like to declare this the Year of the Blue Alien. Just consider the cosplay possibilities: Shiva (Final Fantasy), Zelgadis (Slayers), Gunther (KKM), Mystique (X-Men), Captain Planet (Captain Planet). I’m already planning my own blue alien cosplay for this year’s Fanime (the specifics of which I will wait to reveal) even though I’m having trouble assembling a willing cosplay group, which saddens me.

Ideas for Winter Break

Thursday, 10 December 2009, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly If you have time during this busy holiday season, I recommend visiting the intersection of Geary and Laguna in San Francisco:  The district of Japantown.  Although the internet has made it easy to purchase almost anything online, sometimes it is fun to shop for Japanese items while visiting a local Japanese community. If […]

Cosplay Wish List

Thursday, 3 December 2009, 9:02 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly If you haven’t had first-hand experience yet, cosplay as a hobby can be rather expensive.  In an effort to save yourself some money, I recommend adding some cosplay items to your Christmas wish list.  The following items will make a great addition to your bookshelf and help you build a strong foundation for […]

Seasonal Photography: Winter

Friday, 27 November 2009, 20:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly There is something mystical about snow that takes you to another world – especially when you live in a town that never gets below 40° F.  This winter, you should plan a trip to the mountains so you can cosplay in the snow – but remember to keep yourself warm! Fantasy series, of course, […]

Lose Fat 4 Fanime

Thursday, 19 November 2009, 18:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly Anime characters are often portrayed as being physically attractive (i.e. young and thin).  This makes for beautiful art and great fantasies, but if our ultimate goal is to imitate the appearance of these characters, then I want to feel attractive too!  Although we all want to feel good about our bodies, few people […]

Places You Can’t Cosplay

Wednesday, 11 November 2009, 22:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly I can imagine that many people will read the title of this post and develop a vendetta to prove me wrong.  I understand that with enough determination and self-esteem, one can cosplay pretty much anywhere.  However, it is important to remember that in some locations individuals must conform to safety regulations and corporate rules. […]