Cosplay Contests Sponsored by Mic Costumes – Spirit up in March!

Except our own cosplay tutorial contest, we also take charge of the sponsor for many other cosplay conventions. Winners for those contests will receive gift cards that are worthy of at least $60.00. Some of them have already ended and some are proceeding vigorously. Cosplay devotees, keep your spirit up in March and win a gift card from us now!

Below are some conventions sponsored by us in March:

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1st, Cosplay Contest on Animesaltlake.com: winners have been announced. A gift card of $100.00 was sponsored by us.

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2nd, Cosplay Contest on Knightrokon.com: all contest forms are due by February 21, 2012. But you can still enter the contest during the convention. Winners will be sponsored with two gift cards. Each of them is worthy of $60.00.

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3rd, Nipponcon Anime Convention on Wix.com: it’s held on March 3rd, 2012. Winners have been sponsored with two gift cards. Likewise, each of them is worthy of $60.00.

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4th, Cosplay Contest on All-con.org: the cosplay competition will take place on March 16th, 2012. The winner will be sponsored with a gift card worthy of $100.00.

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5th, Masquerade on Animeconji.org: the event is scheduled on March 17, 2012. The winner will be sponsored with a gift card worthy of $100.00.

We gladly cooperate with more of you. Contact us for details anytime :P!

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Cosplayer Interview with Fire Lily

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It’s our pleasure to have interviews with you – cosplay geniuses. Thanks so much for sharing us these useful tips and inspirations. Today, Fire Lily accepts our interview. To know more about her, stop here minutes please :D.

1. Since cosplay becomes more and more popular, how do you think about the good things and also bad things on this performance art?

The bad things I see are increased negativity and the “celebrity” obsession streak that is running through the hobby currently. We’re nerds, and cosplayers only make up a very small part of Nerd Culture. People go to conventions mainly to see guests, watch anime and see exclusive previews, and buy merchandise, and cosplay really doesn’t return much of the investment that conventions spend to make the convention happen. We have to remember that we are a small niche, a small group of like-minded people, and despite being strewn across the country and across the world, we have to remain a tightly knit group. So all the negativity I’m seeing is really disappointing, especially when we should all be encouraging each other and building each other up through the sharing of knowledge and friendship.

But the good things I see are more access to materials, costumes, prop makers, and commissioners that previously weren’t available, and I think it really helps everyone out there get a chance to have a really nice costume and to be able to cosplay what they want, instead of missing out on the hobby altogether. Cosplayers are also becoming more and more creative with how they craft their costumes and it’s a huge learning experience for everyone involved, because people are sharing their knowledge more and more so we can all benefit from their methods and experiences. I’m also really happy to see cosplayers becoming more ambitious with their costumes and props – I have seen some absolutely amazing costumes lately and whether they are handmade or not, I appreciate seeing such detailed and extravagant costumes out there.

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2. Do you consider yourself a “cosplayer” year round, or only when participating in certain activities?

I am definitely a year round cosplayer. I am always making costumes or buying materials and wigs, and even making my own clothes or gifts for other people. Sewing is a huge part of my life and I honestly don’t know what I would be doing if I wasn’t sewing or crafting!

3. Going to a venue with many people to watch you in costume and simply taking a photograph, which one is more meaningful?

It honestly doesn’t make much difference to me. I do enjoy showing off my work at conventions and getting pictures there, but I also love doing private shoots with my friends. On the one hand, convention photos aren’t always flattering and I have more control over posing during a private photoshoot. On the other hand, I love to get people’s reactions to my costume and it’s nice to have people appreciate my work in person. So, both are meaningful to me!

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4. Is the creation of the costume or characters more valuable than the actual acting or vice versa, or is it a mix? As well, how much of the do-it-yourself mentality is admired? If someone just bought their whole costume, are they still a true cosplayer?

I personally don’t like to call myself a “cosplayer” – I am definitely more of a “costume maker.” I don’t feel a need to “act” like my character, and I really prefer to just show off my costume making skills. But I think a lot of people like to act in costume and really get into character and that’s fine with me! There seems to be a pretty even division over the people who make their costumes and the people who buy their costumes. I feel that a costume is more impressive to me if I know the cosplayer made it on their own as opposed to buying it, but that’s because I am used to making everything by myself. If I didn’t have much skill or talent in sewing or crafting and I was only used to buying my costumes, I think I’d be impressed with all of it. So, I guess it just depends on your own perspective!

I certainly don’t mind cosplayers having the option to buy pre-made costumes, especially if they don’t have the skills/time/money to make their own costumes. I do have to admit that making my own costumes is a huge money pit and not a lot of cosplayers out there have the funds available to make a costume. My only concern regarding pre-made, and even commissioned, costumes is when cosplayers claim the craftsmanship for their own or lie about the costume details, especially during competitions specifically for craftsmanship. So, as long as you are giving credit where it is due, I have no problem seeing a nicely-made, bought costume and calling it cosplay!  After all, cosplay is really just about showing your love for a show or game, and it doesn’t really matter where you get the costume from in order to be a cosplayer.

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5. Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?

Have fun. Don’t get bogged down with the negatives. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of you or your costume as long as you are happy with it and having a great time in it. Take compliments with pride and ignore the rest, because you should not let those jealous and unhappy people bring you down if you are having a fun and fabulous time while cosplaying!

6. Which contest theme do you mostly want to see at Miccostumes.com?

I would love to see a contest for partners in crime! Like Vash and Wolfwood from Trigun, Chrono and Rosette from Chrono Crusade, or any number of characters from Baccano, I’d love to see a theme centered around awesome duos who either fight crime or commit crimes!! The picture ideas alone are staggering.

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Cosplay Tutorial Contest – How to Do Sasuke Make Up by Michelle Garcia

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This is a guest post from Michelle Garcia, entered in the Cosplay Tutorial Contest. Click here to check out all the participants and their scores, and more details about the contest, like the rules, how to join, the prize, etc.

Author Bio:

Name: Michelle Garcia
Gender: Female
Nationality: hispanic
Personal Blogs & Social Networks: deviantart, facebook, cosplay.com
Comments about the tutorial: this is my how to do Sasuke Uchiha’s makeup tutorial. i show you how to make mostly girls look like guys and also if you have dark skin color i teach you how to make it lighter too.

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Cosplay Tutorial Contest – Sailor Scouts’ Glove Cuff Tutorial by Brigitt Hardwick

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This is a guest post from Brigitt Hardwick, entered in the Cosplay Tutorial Contest. Click here to check out all the participants and their scores, and more details about the contest, like the rules, how to join, the prize, etc.

Author Bio:

Name: Brigitt Hardwick
Gender: Female
Nationality: Canadian
Personal Blogs & Social Networks:You can find me on Facebook, DeviantArt (look for Seiryuu-san), Cosplay.com and Cosplay Lab
Comments about the tutorial: This tutorial is about how to make the Sailor Scouts’ glove cuffs (the puffy tubes at the end of the gloves). You can use this tutorial for all the scouts ( yes even Uranus and Neptune. Just put the cuffs on an angle.).

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Cosplay Tutorial Contest – How to Make Wings for Flandre Scarlet by Jasmine Davis

Step1: memorize her wings, know the colors of the crystals and know what order they go in. Also keep in mind the frames of her wings are black.

Step 2: Organize your materials. You will need four long strips of cardboard, black spray paint, 16 crystal shaped pieces of cardboard, white spray paint, light blue paint, Blue paint, purple paint,  pink paint, orange paint, yellow paint and light green paint.

Step 3: Spray paint the frame. Take the long strips and the black spray paint outside and spray the strips on one side. When that one side is done spray the other side and after both sides are dry, bring the strips back in.  Also put the black away to reduce cluster

Step 4: Spray paint the crystals. Take the crystals and the white spray paint outside and spray the crystals. These will take longer to dry because you may have to do multiple layers of white spray paint. When the white has dried, bring the crystals back in and put the white away.

Step 5: Paint the crystals. Paint four of the crystals light blue, two of them blue, two of them purple, two of them pink, two of them orange, two of them yellow and two of them light green.

Step 6: Assemble the wings. After the colors on the crystals are done drying, join two of the long pieces of the cardboard together to shape a semi bent elbow. Do the same with the remaining two pieces.

Step 7: Attach the crystals. On one elbow shaped wing glue the crystals on in this order from the base to the tip: Light blue, blue, purple, pink, orange, yellow, light green and light blue.

Step 8: attach the spine. The “spine” goes right on the back side of each wing. This spine can consist of any type of strong, heavy plastic. Attach it by taping it to the back side of your wings.

Step 9: Tape the wings to the inside of your Flandre vest. Usually duct tape works best.

Use staples and duct tape to fix your wings if they come apart. I hope this helps

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This is a guest post from Jasmine Davis, entered in the Cosplay Tutorial Contest. Click here to check out all the participants and their scores, and more details about the contest, like the rules, how to join, the prize, etc.

Author Bio:

Name: Jasmine Davis
Gender: Female
Nationality: Canadian
Personal Blogs & Social Networks: deviantart, blogger
Comments about the tutorial: My tutorial is a word document on how to create Flandre Scarlet’s wings from touhou

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