Latest CTS Press Release:From Cosplay to Idol Group and Content Franchise

CTS-Cosplaytheseries.com – One of  our Partners in Indonesia share their latest PR today, Bonni email me about the PR, so I think we should repost it in our blog to support. And Miccostumes.com have worked with CTS to release the co-brand lolita line – Delicious! , the first two lolita dresses will be ready in May,if you are interested,dont forget to check our lolita line in our shop.

Our dear partners,

First of all, I on behalf of our growing membership, cast, and crews would like to thank you for your continuing support for our work. It has been a wonderful year for us, and we couldn’t have done this much without you.
In our latest press release we are proud to officially announce several exciting developments of COSPLAY: The Series, as well as a brief write-up of our Anniversary Event held on April 22nd. Among them are the integration of our team into artist/idol management company Nagaraja, an upcoming production of CTS Singapore Special, adaptation into light novel series, a production of our very own lolita fashion line, and spin-offs in the form of a one-shot manga, a visual novel, and an iPad game. Both as a cosplay and filmmaker community and a web series entity, we believe it is quite an achievement, and we feel honored to have such supportive fans and of course partners like yourself.
Along with this press release we would also like to share with you our two latest videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHo-vwjv6Hk — this is a teaser of what’s to come, to go along with the press release
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKnAUdthWeM — this is a short documentary of our journey, commemorating our first anniversary
It is our hope that we can foster a stronger and more productive cooperation in the years ahead, expanding the realms of creative possibilities in both the cosplay and web series worlds and in pop culture in general. If you would like to propose ideas for collaboration or ask a question or two, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line. Thank you very much!
All the best,
Bonni Rambatan

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Write For Cos-play.com

We are currently collecting cosplay related articles for our new cosplay blog site – cos-play.com. If you can provide us cosplay tutorials, cosplay tips, cosplay resources or even the cosplay stories in your country, please send us your article via a Word Document to share[@]cos-play.com. We will check your article and publish it on cos-play.com.

Articles we need right now:

  1. Content about Cosplay History and Trend.
  2. Cosplay Geography : introduce cosplay in your country or your local.If you think Cosplay in your country is too broad ,maybe try to introduce the cosplay in your local city,town even school.
  3. How to cosplay a specific character – any cosplay tutorials (costume,wig,makeup,props etc ) or Cosplay tips.
  4. Real Cosplay Story: provide your own Cosplay story.

Basic Rules for Your Articles:

1. Only original articles which have never and won’t be published anywhere else are accepted.

2. While citing an image, video etc from somebody else, the resources should be credited!

3. The article can’t be overly promotional (excessively promoting a site or product). The links in the article should be content related and no more than 3.

You will have the opportunity to Get:

1. An author biography is permitted at the ending of the article. So our fans will better know you.

2. Gift card or special coupons from our shop will be offered to you. And we will work with other anime shops to provide more coupons and gift card as well.

3. You will have a chance to be sponsored by us, with free costumes ang wigs.

Cosplayers, just explore your mind and send articles we need to share[@]cos-play.com!

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Support “Kony 2012” with Miccostumes.com

kony

Kony 2012, a film created by Invisible Children, aims to bring Joseph Kony to justice in 2012. The film has been viewed by millions of people on internet since it was released on March 5, 2012. You may already know Joseph Kony, who is the world’s worst war criminal. He is the leader of the lord’s resistance army (LRA), which earned a reputation for its cruel and brutal tactics.

Here you can support “Kony 2012” with Miccostumes.com. Everybody can join in. Each participant will be given a 5% coupon code for their purchase at Miccostumes.com. Besides, one will be drawn out every month to get $60 gift card.

How to Join?

1. Take a photo with the Kony 2012 picture, as this one below:

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2. Share the photo, together with your thoughts about Kony 2012 on your facebook, twitter, blog or other personal sites. (If you do not have facebook, twitter or site, you can send the photo to our email – miccostume[@]gmail.com (remove the “[]” while sending your email), with the title of “Support Kony 2012 with Miccostumes.com”, please tell us your name in the email, thank you.)

3. Sign in at our forum

Reply this post in our forum (of course, you have to register first :) ) with your name and the link of the site where you share the photo. (For participants who send us the photo to our email, please also leave a comment by telling us your name.)

Prize for the Participants

One will be drawn out every month to get $60 gift card. Besides, each participant will be given a 5% coupon code for their purchase at Miccostumes.com.

If you have any questions or suggestions,  do comment below or send us an email at miccostume[at]gmail.com.

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Can you really catch them all?

Ash and Pikachu
Ash and Pikachu

As you can tell by the title, we are going to talk about Pokémon this time.One of 2 of the favorite things my son likes in reference to gaming.

To give you a bit of history, in 1996 this game called Pokémon was created by Satoshi Tajiri for some company called Nintendo. Anyone ever heard of them? Would you believe that this idea originated as a childhood hobby of collecting insects – seriously it did. Makes me wonder why my son likes them so much. Even my wife got on the bandwagon and has a collection of the Pokémon cards with Bulbasaur being her favorite.

Bit of background now on the story. You have a young boy by the name of Ash who’s first Pokémon is a pikachu. This is an electric type Pokémon which will be come Ash’s best bud throughout the series. The other types that are easy to mention are grass, water, fire, rock, flying and ground. In total there are 17 various types and each has there own unique defense and attacks.This of course helps to really widen the field for a variety of battle with them. To help you along with all the hundreds of different Pokémon, you have a Pokédex. Kind of a portable computer database for you to review.

The hard part however, is catching them. You first need to battle the Pokémon and after you tire it out, try to capture it with your Pokéball. Even after a good battle, if they do not want to be caught ‘pop’ goes the ball and out they come. Through all the trials and tribulations of life and Poke battles, Ash finds many friends. On top of all this, he has the uncanny luck of meeting all the RARE Pokémon you can imagine.

Of course where would our heroes be without some villains. In comes Team Rocket with Jessie, James and their Pokémon Meowth. This is not the original Team Rocket, but the more well known by far. They act more like the three stooges than actual villains, but they do put on a good show. They came with the latest gadgets to catch the poor Pokémon. However, in the end, Ash and his group always seems to win.

To think this simple concept has turned into this International sensation.Can’t go to a supermarket, retail or gaming store without bumping into something from this franchise. Even in Japan they got crazy and you can even fly an airplane (747 no less) with your favorite characters for everyone to see. For those who want to stay closer to the ground, they even had trains covered with the characters.

Even at the conventions, you can catch them dressing up as Ash or even Pikachu for that matter. Though, I have seen some really odd versions of them on the intertnet. Catch the Pokémon fever yourself and see if you can catch them all.

btw: To answer the title, there is no freaking way to catch them all unless you have bank to pay for them all!

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Hatsune Miku – Singer in a Box

(concept) illustration by KEI
Hatsune Miku - illustration by KEI

From Ninja, to Pirates to Sailor Moon, where is our adventure of to next. What the heck does he mean by the title? Miku is not a Singer in a box, what craziness is this.

Well, I decided to find the roots of one of the most famous non-living Singers in the world. Little did I know that this was not all that it seemed. This lovely lady – Hatsune Miku – actually started out as a simple Singing Synthesizer. It was later development into a software called Vocaloid. This is where we get the name of ‘Singer in a Box’. Not only was it produced in Japanese and English, but you can now get it in Korean, Chinese and Spanish.

Vocaloid Group
Vocaloid Group

What was cool with this was that a new character was created for each version. They just didn’t stop at one Vocaloid, but decided to set out to form a diverse group of them. I think this was a smart call as it really showcases the way you can market a product without that much capital. Seriously, so many people have fell in love with these characters, that it just makes one of the greatest promotional series. If you want, you should check out the numerous figures that have been designed and sold of them. Even I want the VN2 version figure so I can start at it’s awesomeness.

Why the heck is Miku sometimes pictured holding a LEEK and carry it around for that matter. Why would this vegetable (sort of spring onion on steroids) be such a draw for this character. I guess it is to whack all the fanboys away from her – LOL.

Now lets not leave out cosplay of Hatsune Miku which has exploded across the conventions. I think this is one character that anyone who saw it would recognize her immediately. You can even check out a great blog review right here of Gloria (Sweet Angel) showcasing one of the many cosplays you can find here.

What’s up for the next blog form yours truely, well lets just say my son will be helping me as you ‘Gotta Catch them All“.

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