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?
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
things you may want con guests to sign
food (lunch or snacks like muesli bars)
bottle of water
first aid kit (bandaids at the very least)
thread that matches your cosplay + needle
makeup + remover
hot glue gun +sticks
bobby pins/hair clips
contacts + case + solution
wig styling scissors (if you’re cutting it really close! Haha!)
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!)
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)
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!
Yang cosplay made and modeled by www.facebook.com/KikiMika
Big Wow Comicfest 2015 was held in the San Jose Convention Center on April 1819. This is one of my favorite conventions to attend. It is for true comic book fans and cosplayers.There had to be at least 5,000 people waiting to receive their badges the first day of arriving at Big Wow. The Big Wow staff was on point! Took about 15 min to enter and get into the site. The crowd was high with anticipation! There was everything from cosplay, geeks, nerds,and comic fans all awaiting for the door to open. The door opens and everybody rushes in like wild animals. “geeked out” and not knowing where to go first, I decide to hit cosplay roll to see the professional cosplayers booth. I saw one of my closes friends there, Vegas Power Girl (@VegasPG) Snapped some pics and chatted it up with her. I found out that she will be doing a panel on Sunday. I then interviewed her for Miccostumes.com. Then exchanging some kisses, I said bye, and moved on to the other awesome things Big Wow had to offer.
My favorite comic book illustrator Frank Cho. Greeting the wonderful Frank, we exchanged the great news that I am teaming up with miccostumes.com to be there Convention Reporter. As Frank high fived me he said “See all that hard work paid off bro!” Frank was teasing me and told me to not miss his panel, and i said “Frank I wouldn’t miss it for anything in the world.”I was then fighting through the crowd to go and try to see the Back to the Future Delorean, and the Ecto One from Ghostbusters. I snapped a lot of great pictures.
Next, I headed to the panels, the most important one for me was “Cosplay Stars”. It was a great panel and super informative. The panels was lead by some of the biggest stars of cosplay, and all I can say is you had to be there!
The crowds were bigger, the costumes were better, and anticipation was greater. I debuted my newest creation from Dragonball Z, Mr. Satan and my bro Mark was Ox king. We were huge hits! We could not go for one second without being stopped. Frank Cho’s panel was just unbelievable! He is not only the best artist that Marvel and Dc has ever had, but also the most hilarious guy alive. This year was a little different than most years, instead of Frank drawing or sketching Ivy Doomkitty, Frank drew cosplay superstar Riddle who was cosplaying as spider women.
Overall Big Wow is one of my favorite conventions and something i will never miss! It is definitely something that you have to see!
Hey guys I’m Chaos Fox I may be considered a veteran cosplayer as I have been cosplaying for over 6 years now but honestly I’m just your typical nerd who set up a cosplay studio in her basement. If I’m not watching anime, raging over games then I’m sewing or covered in wig hairs. I’m looking forward to learning more and teaching others. I hope you will all enjoy my blogs!