Cosplayer Problems- How Do I Explain It to My Parents?

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Cosplay. It is a pretty cool hobby, I have to admit that, but how exactly do I explain it to my relatives, friends, ect.?

I think if you are in my age and time when you still live with your parents, it is definitely hard to come out to them. We all have that moment where we want to get a new cosplay or our first, and need to tell them what we are buying. Let’s just say it is REALLY hard to say “I need a costume so I can go hang out with other people in costumes,” or something along that line.

The best way, or how I did it, is have my parents sit down and discuss the matter. What could go wrong? I mean, my conversation went so well, that my dad is now my right hand man in prop making.

So to help you with your talk, I have prepared a few things you have to include in your discussion.

1.) History of Cosplay 

Basically go and find the meaning of the word, (costume play), find how it started, how it has grown; I could go on. Just find the roots of it to start your discussion strong. Here are some links to help you!

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay http://www.costuming.org/history.html)

2.) Delve Further into Cosplay Itself

How I described cosplay to my parents is a mixture of theater and artistic aspects all squished together. Cosplay has A LOT of acting and theater aspects, especially if you plan on competing, and has EVEN MORE art forms along with it!

3.) Who or What are You Cosplaying?

Show them what you are cosplaying. Gather up the person/thing you would like to cosplay as in the anime, video game, ect., and a picture of how other people cosplay the character. Bring up a list of materials, costs, and other things you would like help on also.

 

Well there you have it, that is my plan to help you and others join the ever-growing culture of cosplay. I hope you all had a good Easter, and I will see you on the flip side!

 

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My Anime Convention Schedule -Yuzuki [2015-2016]

Hello again! Sorry it has been awhile. School is wrapping up, so I have been quite busy.

This is just a small post, just to give you a basis on what my year holds, and maybe you can check them out too!

A-Kon- June 5-7th, 2015; Dallas, Texas A-Kon this will be my first time, so I don’t have any details on it. I have information from other friends. I guess we will see!

SanJapan- July 31-August 2nd; San Antonio, Texas (San-Japan) San Antonio’s LARGEST anime convention. Amazing and Organized convention. It is a bit pricey, but it IS worth it. I do recommend the competition for cosplay, but it is very hard for first-timers.

Anime Overload- August 14-16th; Austin, Texas (Animeoverload) What can I say about this convention, it is my all time favorite! It is truly amazing for a first timer, and an all timer. They have special guests, such as cosplay personalities from the hit reality tv show on Sci-Fi- Heroes of Cosplay. I HIGHLY recommend going!

Ikkicon- January 1-3rd; Austin, Texas (IkkiconIkkicon is quite a large convention to ring in the new year. Lots of stuff to do and explore. This will also be my first time attending!

 

There you have it! That is pretty much the basis of my year schedule. Hopefully I will see some of you there!

Have a wonderful rest of your day, week, whatever, and long live cosplay.

 

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Cosplay Wigs- How to Properly Buy

Okay, we all know a wig is a HUGE part of becoming the character. It can completely change how the over all feel of your cosplay.

I have made many mistakes on buying wigs, so here are my tips to you!

First off, you want to find a TRUSTED wig dealer. Websites that have wigs dedicated to cosplay wigs, such as Miccostumes, CosplayBoom, and other cosplay shop relators.

*EBAY IS ACTUALLY A GOOD DEALER FOR WIGS!*

The most important part of the wigs is the photos showing the product. The photos should consist of photos containing it displayed on a mannequin head and on a model. Wigs displayed on mannequin has little to no styling- so you will se the product for what you will be getting before modifications.

Do NOT buy the wig if the only pictures are models! You WILL be disappointed. (Trust me, I think we all done it before.)

The only photo is a model wearing the wig- no mannequin to display the actual product.This contains the model and mannequin display. THESE are the ones you should work for!

(TOP) BAD EXAMPLE! This only has the model photos. Watch out for these! (BOTTOM) GOOD EXAMPLE! This contains the model and mannequin display photos. THESE ARE THE BEST YOU CAN BUY!

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Attack on Titan Levi Ackerman Makeup Tutorial

Hello every one of the cosplay community! I am Ally, better known as Unexpected Link Cosplay, and I am here to show you how to become the rough and tough Corporal Levi & Ackerman from Attack on Titan!

Before we start, you will need;

  • Cleanser
  • Plenty of cotton swabs
  • A variety of makeup brushes and Blending Sponge
  • Eyebrow Brush
  • Glue
  • Pallet of eye shadow (mostly blacks and browns)
  • Foundation or Concealer
  • Eyeliner- Liquid or Pencil- I use both (BLACK and WHITE; but white is optional)
  • Loose or Compact powder

Face Prep

Always prep your face! It is helpful later on, plus it feels all nice if you do! I use Clinique Clarifying Lotion. I put this all over my face and EYEBROWS!

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Eyebrows

Now this is definitely the hardest part. After two to three years of cosplaying, I still have difficulties with blocking out my eyebrows. It is a trial and error process; so be patient!
For this, you will need your powder, glue and eyebrow brush. Apply the glue heavily; making sure you have got it ALL in your eyebrow. Then brush them UP, and wait for them to get a bit tacky, so they are easier to work with. Apply the powder, and your brows should look something like this:

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Repeat these steps 2-4 times, depending on how thick your brows are. Here is a reference video that it goes VERY in depth on how to do it.

When you are finished, they should look like this:

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