Working on your last minute cosplays before the con is it worth it?

Ever have that moment where your just working on those last minute costumes and you feel like your at your limit and you can’t even do it anymore?  Your on the verge of tear’s your just about to give up but lets talk reality here you don’t need to give up.  Sit back relax take a long deep breath and think about it is it worth it or is it not.  And if you decided yes it was worth it then go at it try your hardest loose sleep, make that extra cup off coffee, just always make sure your having fun. If your not having fun stop and save it for another time.

I believe about 2 years ago for one of my local conventions I cosplayed as goddess Madoka and oh man I was in for ride.  I decided the night before the convention that I totally had to cosplay as madoka no if’s and’s or buts and guess what?  I cried, I literally cried in the process of sewing this costumes together but I pulled it off and it was worth it.  I can say that I loved that costume and so did so many others.  I have probably never gotten so many photo’s at a convention before.  For me it was was worth it will it be for you?

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What to Bring to a Anime Convention

Anime Conventions are a busy time for everyone, especially for cosplayers who are scrounging for whatever bit of time they can get their hands on, rushing to finish their costume for the big day. Picture this – after snipping off the last thread, you bundle yourself into your car or try to fit onto public transport, then you arrive at the convention with a big smile… which is quickly dashed after realising you forgot to pack properly!

I’ve been in the same situation before which is why I meticulously check my to-bring list often before I leave. This article is here to help you stay organised and keep your worries from spreading further than your cosplay!

Here is a list I wrote for myself a while ago (customise it to suit your own needs!):

  • phone + charger
  • camera + charger + SD card (empty it out before the con or bring extras)
  • console (3DS, PS Vita, etc) + charger + games
  • money/wallet
  • con ticket/pass
  • things you may want con guests to sign
  • pencil case
  • transport ticket/pass
  • keys
  • food (lunch or snacks like muesli bars)
  • bottle of water
  • first aid kit (bandaids at the very least)
  • umbrella/raincoat
  • sanitary products
  • deodorant
  • spare socks
  • medication/painkillers

 

  • thread that matches your cosplay + needle
  • binder
  • makeup + remover
  • hot glue gun +sticks
  • superglue
  • lint roller
  • safety pins
  • wig caps
  • bobby pins/hair clips
  • insoles
  • hairspray/styling products
  • contacts + case + solution
  • scissors
  • wig styling scissors (if you’re cutting it really close! Haha!)
  • sewing kit
  • iron (there are mini ones you can purchase)

I prefer to write down repeats (like the chargers) instead of lumping them into one group as it’s easier to tick off.

If I’m bringing my cosplay and changing at the con, I find it helpful to write down every single component of it while looking at an official picture of the character (NOT doing it according to memory!)

Takakura Shouma meeting Penguin #2 in “Mawaru Penguindrum”

For example: wig, wig cap, shirt, tie, vest, blazer, trousers, belt, shoes, Penguin #2 plush, shoes (though normally I wear the shoes there so I usually won’t write it down)

The protagonist of “Persona 3”, known as Arisato Minato in the manga and Yuuki Makoto in the movies

For example: wig, wig cap, shirt, bow, blazer, binder, mp3, headphones, armband, belt, trousers, holster, holster belt, Evoker (the gun prop), tarot card

Ayanami Rei from “Neon Genesis Evangelion”

For example: wig, wig cap, contacts, shirt, bow, dress, black socks, white shoes, bag (when I cosplayed her, I made the dress in two parts so I also wrote down straps, skirt, safety pins)

 

Being extremely specific is the key!

 

Here is a great picture that cosplay-on-a-budget.tumblr.com put together:

Source: http://cosplaying-on-a-budget.tumblr.com/post/72589477533/making-a-con-survival-kit

Here’s another one from Crazy 4 Comic Con:

Visit their page for the full size: https://crazy4comiccon.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/comic-con-check-list/

Let us know in the comments what else you would put on the list!

-Pinni

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Why People Don’t Like Your Cosplay?

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ruby cosplay made and modeled by www.facebook.com/chaosfoxcostuming

Crescent Rose scythe made www.facebook.com/madhattershion

I think this is a question many of have asked ourselves more times then we possibly should have.  Cosplay should be fun, cosplay should be accepting, cosplay should be so many positive things but sometimes there are just those bad apples, those little flaws, that end up scaring people away from such a wonderful hobby.There are so many reasons though sometimes people won’t like your costume because of the color of your skin, others won’t like it just because of your size, while others even believe that you should only cosplay characters that you resemble,even the cosplay photo locations. My personal opinion. cosplay whoever the heck you want.  I truly do believe though that the biggest reason why people don’t like a lot of your costumes is due to their own personal insecurities.  I have dealt with my share of this by having anonymous posts about me ranking on costumes that I spent hours, shed tears and blood into making and were so perfectly accurate but yet these people still made fun of me.  I used to be a skinner girl but due to life changes I actually gained a bit of weight and man have I heard so much from it.  Personally I don’t think my size should matter but some people say that I shouldn’t be cosplaying as anything due to being a tad bit overweight.  Yes it hurts my feelings, yes it makes me uncomfortable, discouraged and all the negative but will I stop?  NO, never stop what you love because of someone else.

I personally have a friend she is down in the photo who cosplays as a great version of yang from rwby and this costume is just absolutely amazing but she did at one point have someone try to insult her about it.  This person was running around telling lots of people that her costume wasn’t on point, it was extremely inaccurate and she didn’t look anything like the character and shouldn’t be cosplaying as yang. Her costume is so amazing though so why would anyone even dare to go about saying that you might be thinking. Well this leads me to the part where people get cruel when their insecure.

The person who actually went around talking so much about her costume, should have been more talking about themselves to be honest.Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against them everyone starts off somewhere and their a newbie. But I think he was very jealous and insecure since some of his costumes have some minor inaccuracy and he doesn’t resemble a lot of characters. In the end all in all I truly wish that this person would realize they don’t need to be insecure no one does.  The cosplay community is so welcoming and so nice.  Well at least the majority of it.  Of coarse you have those bad apples but people please just ignore them, have fun let them be sour sprouts.  I have totally met the best people I have ever met in my entire life through cosplay and anime conventions though.  I have met my best friend, who I love to death and I have also met my life partner through cosplay and can not wait to keep meeting and learning more.  I hope that this topic will inspire you who has read this to go out there and cosplay whoever and whatever you love and meet new people.  Always be careful but have so much fun, we only live once make the best of it through your passion, and I defiantly know that cosplay is mine.

Happy cosplaying to all!

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Yang cosplay made and modeled by www.facebook.com/KikiMika

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Cosplay Ideas- Phantom Thieves! (and their companions)

I’ve loved phantom thieves since I was a kid. Their fantastical flair and ability to steal anything from under anyone’s nose fascinate me to this day, even if their wild stunts do sometimes defy the laws of physics. Their fondness for theatrics are shown through the costumes they wear, which make them very fun characters to cosplay!

Without further ado, let’s begin!

1. KAITOU KID

Starting off with a classic and one of my favourites! Magic-obsessed teenager Kuroba Kaito by day, elusive-yet-showy thief by night, Kaitou Kid’s deft sleights of hand, outrageous tactics, and daring escapes (including driving a car out of a skyscraper window) have dazzled fans since 1987. Although it seems like he steals for the fun of it, Kid is actually trying to find and destroy a gem that grants immortality before the organisation that killed his father can get to it.

You can find him in the Magic Kaito manga, the 2014 adaptation Magic Kaito 1412, or the Detective Conan series (which is known as Case Closed in the US), where he often appears as a rival of the main character, Edogawa Conan.

Many of the side characters have fairly simple designs as well, so this is a great group cosplay idea for beginners!


Kuroba Kaito and his alter ego, Kaitou Kid


Kaito’s childhood sweetheart, the energetic Nakamori Aoko


One of the few who are a match for Kaitou Kid, the genius detective Hakuba Saguru

2. PHANTOM R

Another teenager in disguise, Phantom R is a thief slightly unlike his more traditional associates – he returns the artworks he steals! He only pursues treasures that may hold a clue to his missing father, and has no need to keep them if they do not prove to be useful. When he isn’t busy sneaking around in museums, the swift Phantom R spends the remainder of his nights jumping over the rooftops and theatre balconies of Paris with his pet dog Fondue as he evades the police force. The rollerblading police force. When he isn’t up to his usual hijinks as a thief, he prefers to flip pancakes and toss treats to Fondue to the beat of the music in this funky (and, sadly, obscure) rhythm game from Sega.


Plain (for video game standards, anyway) student Raphael is actually the notorious Phantom R


The skilful violinist Marie crosses paths with Phantom R one fateful night


The son of the police inspector who pursues Phantom R, Charlie Vergier is one of Phantom R’s rivals

3. KAITOU JEANNE

The 1998 manga Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (which saw an anime adaptation a year later) reveals the secret life of high school gymnast Kusakabe Maron. A modern day reincarnation of the French heroine Jeanne D’Arc, Kaitou Jeanne is Maron in her transformed phantom thief/magical girl state. Though, technically, she does not steal anything – she is on a sacred mission to save God which involves defeating demons that just happen to reside in artworks. After the demons are defeated, the artwork disappears so it seems like they were stolen. Thus, the public begins to call her a phantom thief.


Jeanne’s rival, Kaitou Sinbad. Unbeknownst to her, Sinbad knows of her real identity although she does not know his.


Jeanne and Sinbad’s companion angels, Fin Fish and Access Time.

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5 Ways To Find Cosplay Ideas

Gone are the glorious days where you knew exactly what to cosplay, now a distant memory as you sift through all the characters you know, hoping for a bolt of inspiration to strike. Newbies and veterans alike, this is a problem nearly every cosplayer can empathise with.

I’ve had my fair share of staring blankly while fruitlessly trying to think of something, but it doesn’t mean you will have to! Hopefully this guide will make it easier for you to find “the one” and leave you with one less thing to worry about as the next convention crawls closer.

Don't worry, Hatoful Boyfriend has human designs which you can cosplay!
It’s like trying to pick a romance route but much worse.

Read on after the cut for some ideas!

1. ANICHART

Anichart.net is an extremely handy website listing all the new anime coming out each season each year, which you can use to check the current season or even skip ahead to the upcoming seasons. As you pick out new anime to watch, you will surely find someone you would like to cosplay. Anichart even has an archive which you can use to go back in time and see anime that was airing up to 20 years ago!

Out of these I'm enjoying Kaitou Joker the most
You can also color-code the various titles. I’ve highlighted what I want to watch, what I don’t want to watch, and what I might want to watch.

2. COSPLAY SHOPS

Like right here at Miccostumes! Window shopping is always nice, and with the internet it’s even easier. Randomly browsing cosplays and wigs is fun, but can be boring for some – however, this method is good because of the variety concentrated in one place which lets you look at lots of ideas in a short amount of time. Have a look through with your friends and maybe family members! Plus, the price is listed, so budgeting is a cinch.

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I do love me some uniforms.

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Vocaloid is excellent as the characters often keep the same hairstyle, so you can reuse your wig many times and save money.

Don’t just stop at cosplays and wigs – expand your horizon to cover shoes, props, and accessories too!

3. ANIME CHARACTERS DATABASE

With Anime Characters Database, you can enter a list of characteristics and search for someone you like the look of or think you would suit appearance-wise. This website is also very handy if you already have a wig or some contacts and would like to use them again.

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I have a short blue wig, brown contacts, and a low budget… I wonder who I could cosplay next?

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Be as general or as specific as you want!

“What if I want to try something other than anime?” you ask. Well, I hope you like video games, because the next thing I’m going to recommend is:

4. CREATIVE UNCUT

Creative Uncut is an archive of concept art from all sorts of video games. This website is a bit more tedious to go through, but concept art is an excellent resource particularly for those who want to make their own cosplays as you can see a lot more detail in them.

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The “Zero Escape” series is a personal favourite of mine.

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Concept art like this will give you a good idea of the cosplay’s level of difficulty. This is Mitsuru from the “Persona” video game series, and as you can see, her outfit is quite detailed and requires a high level of skill – not a good choice if you are just starting out.

5. YOUR LOCAL COSPLAY COMMUNITY

Hit up your local cosplay community for some fresh ideas! Just search your local area/city and “cosplay” or “cosplayers” on Facebook or Google and voila! These communities serve as hubs for general cosplay discussion, whether you need help with looking for something to cosplay, making a prop, recruiting members for a group cosplay, or if you’re curious as to what other people are up to.  Many communities also host meet-ups which is a great way to make new friends!

Great fun!

Ask them for recommendations on not just anime, manga, and games, but also things like comics and movies! Photo source: http://www.meetup.com/sacgeeks/events/185896272/

And that was 5 places to turn to when you need some new content! What do you usually do when you run out of ideas? Let us know in the comments!

If none of these tickle your fancy, don’t sweat – stay tuned for more articles!

-Pinni

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