This is 10% Howl, 20% Fate, 15% about why Homestuck is great, 5% Beifong, 50% gay, and 100% reason to weep over cosplay.

Eikiji Makes things - cosplay & props

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January 19th
3:30 PM EST
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necroticnymph:

stainedglassboots:

Let’s say you wanted to glue fabric to wood, but what do you use? What about glass to paper? This to That lets you choose two things you want to glue and lists what types of glue is best. (Because people have a need to glue things to other things!)

I use this website constantly. Much recommended.

necroticnymph:

stainedglassboots:

Let’s say you wanted to glue fabric to wood, but what do you use? What about glass to paper? This to That lets you choose two things you want to glue and lists what types of glue is best. (Because people have a need to glue things to other things!)

I use this website constantly. Much recommended.

January 2nd
8:14 PM EST
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Welcome to Cosplaying While Trans

relenawarcraft:

cosplayingwhiletrans:

Recently, I decided to try to find a blog that showcased cosplays that were done by trans women only, hoping I could find some sort of inspiration for me, a trans woman who hasn’t done a cosplay since 2010 and wants to get back into it. I found none. I then tried to find a blog showing off cosplays done by trans people in general, yet found none. This is going to be that blog.

We welcome all trans people, including trans women, trans men, non-binary people, and genderqueer individuals to submit their cosplays from their favorite media! These can be cosplays can be of characters with your gender or any other gender, including the gender you were assigned at birth, so don’t be shy!

-Mod K

Yooooo okay so this is a thing my friend and I started up yesterday. We’re both really excited for this and we’re hoping to spread the word as much as possible!

December 27th
12:00 PM EST
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lizziegoneastray:

theyfuckingsaidmegstiel:

garlandsevergreen:

indulging-inaccuracy:

dirkstriderschoicebooty:

turtle-nerd:

Putting on cosplay 

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don’t forget “DOES ANYONE CARE IF THEY SEE ME IN MY UNDERWEAR”

usually followed by either “NO, GO AHEAD,” or “STRIP STRIP STRIP”

and the unfortunately popular WHAT?! IT WAS FINE WHEN I TRIED IT ON AT HOME OMG. 

and the unforgetable “SHIT, DOES ANYONE HAVE A SAFETY PIN”

cosplay sounds a lot like backstage at a theater production

That’s pretty much exactly what it is.

September 26th
3:00 PM EST
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riderjetfire:

Best moment in the whole series.

Whenever I see this gifset, I’m reminded of a con several years ago when we ran into a dude who was a perfect Boulder and he kept flexing for pictures and talking in the voice. After we took some photos of him, we wandered off and one of us quoted this line.

He apparently could still hears us and shouted at the top of his lungs, “THE BOULDER WAS NEVER CONFLICTED!”

September 5th
12:01 PM EST
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princething:

deducecanoe:

bibliophilicwitch:

edwardvanelric:

awkwardpandalalala:

criticallyill:

lazysmirk:

HOW TO BUY LOW-COST GLASSES
If you are like me, you are low income. It doesn’t matter why, but you are and sometimes you need things to prevent your quality of life from dipping too much. Like a decent pair of eyeglasses.
Zenni Optical was brought to my attention by one of the residents at the clinic I interned at. The staff is remarkably skilled and it was my privilege to be able to work with them for 300 hours. Anyway, they serve many low-income folks and, instead of them sending them to their optician to look at frames, they recommended taking the up to date prescription and plugging it in at Zenni to get a good pair.
What you need
Your eyeglasses prescription. Get it however:

Dig it up from your paperwork
Call the last place that did your exam and pick it up
Pay for a new eye exam, decline fitting, and take the paper

Your pupillary distance

This is likely on your script somewhere. Look for “PD” and the number behind it. Otherwise, try this.

Here’s what you do:

Make an account at Zenni.
Plug in your prescription. I won’t go into the details of why and how scripts are written the way they are and how cool it is. Just plug in the values exactly as you see them. OD (ocular dexter) is the right eye and OS (ocular sinister) is the left. Sphere, cylinder, and axis for each. 

It should look like this: 


Now shop for some glasses and order. 

Cheapest pair is about $7. Shipping is a flat $4.95 no matter how many pairs you order. Sales are often so, sometimes, shipping is free.
You can also order prescription sunglasses! Just make to order a regular pair in whatever frame, import the prescription you plugged in, and choose Add Standard Lens Tint. 
I recently order my sunglasses because my eyes are going to boil out of their sockets. Took about a week. Came with a lens wipe cloth, PD ruler, and a case. Lenses are accurate and the frame doesn’t feel cheap or unbalanced. 
SUPER.


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Lots of people I know order from zenni and they get wickedly cute glasses for cheap. It’s awesome.

these are some pretty anime glasses

I literally cannot function without my glasses; I can barely function in my own apartment without my glasses. Last year I got a new pair of glasses that my grandma bought me. They were my first new pair of glasses in FIVE YEARS with the pair they were replacing literally taking apart. I NEEDED this site. Also PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES FUCK YEAH! I can’t contain my excitement!

I have an absurdly complicated prescription so I got my regular glasses from the optometrist and got my sunglasses from zenni. I had the PD done by the people at the eye place (I recommend this) and the rest of  my prescription, and then did the sunglasses on zenni. In retrospect I would have worked harder to find a “large” pair of glasses that fit my absurd prescription, cos my sunglasses LOOK small on my face. They aren’t, really. They fit perfectly and didn’t need adjusted when they came in, but I think they look small. Or I have a fat head. I think it’s the fat head thing. 
ANYWAYS.  The prescription, even though it is absurd and complicated CAME IN PERFECTLY. And the focal point was in the right place. Which Davis’s labs (my former eye insurance) couldn’t manage in THREE tries on my last pair. 
Mine were about 65 because the cheapest glasses that would hold my absurd prescription were about $25, and I got various coatings (I need the non-glare, bare minimum beause the lenses are so thick) but I skipped on the super-thin lenses, and while they do spill out on either side of the frame, well, they’re sunglasses, and who cares? I mostly wear them when I am driving. Also, they are shiny red frames. I have always wanted shiny red frames but have never gotten shiny red frames because they don’t make them in dude glasses. 
SO. YES I would get Zenni glasses again, with reservations. I would make sure I got the right size frame (and it says whether it is SM MD or LG on the screen) for my fat face. But y’know, we learn stuff. 

I’ve only bought my glasses at Zenni for the past 5ish years! They’re super cheap but the glasses always hold up pretty well! The ones I’ve been wearing now for about 2 years are finally getting to be unwearable because of wear and tear, but that’s after me not getting my yearly checkup.

All of my glasses, real world and cosplay, have come from Zenni. I have never had an issue with anything. And if they break, big deal I spent like $15 on them! (Though I’ve yet to have anything break.) Recommended to EVERYONE.

princething:

deducecanoe:

bibliophilicwitch:

edwardvanelric:

awkwardpandalalala:

criticallyill:

lazysmirk:

HOW TO BUY LOW-COST GLASSES

If you are like me, you are low income. It doesn’t matter why, but you are and sometimes you need things to prevent your quality of life from dipping too much. Like a decent pair of eyeglasses.

Zenni Optical was brought to my attention by one of the residents at the clinic I interned at. The staff is remarkably skilled and it was my privilege to be able to work with them for 300 hours. Anyway, they serve many low-income folks and, instead of them sending them to their optician to look at frames, they recommended taking the up to date prescription and plugging it in at Zenni to get a good pair.

What you need

  • Your eyeglasses prescription. Get it however:

Dig it up from your paperwork

Call the last place that did your exam and pick it up

Pay for a new eye exam, decline fitting, and take the paper

  • Your pupillary distance

This is likely on your script somewhere. Look for “PD” and the number behind it. Otherwise, try this.

Here’s what you do:

Make an account at Zenni.

Plug in your prescription. I won’t go into the details of why and how scripts are written the way they are and how cool it is. Just plug in the values exactly as you see them. OD (ocular dexter) is the right eye and OS (ocular sinister) is the left. Sphere, cylinder, and axis for each. 

It should look like this: 

Now shop for some glasses and order. 

Cheapest pair is about $7. Shipping is a flat $4.95 no matter how many pairs you order. Sales are often so, sometimes, shipping is free.

You can also order prescription sunglasses! Just make to order a regular pair in whatever frame, import the prescription you plugged in, and choose Add Standard Lens Tint. 

I recently order my sunglasses because my eyes are going to boil out of their sockets. Took about a week. Came with a lens wipe cloth, PD ruler, and a case. Lenses are accurate and the frame doesn’t feel cheap or unbalanced. 

SUPER.

saving this for later

Lots of people I know order from zenni and they get wickedly cute glasses for cheap. It’s awesome.

these are some pretty anime glasses

I literally cannot function without my glasses; I can barely function in my own apartment without my glasses. Last year I got a new pair of glasses that my grandma bought me. They were my first new pair of glasses in FIVE YEARS with the pair they were replacing literally taking apart. I NEEDED this site. Also PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES FUCK YEAH! I can’t contain my excitement!

I have an absurdly complicated prescription so I got my regular glasses from the optometrist and got my sunglasses from zenni. I had the PD done by the people at the eye place (I recommend this) and the rest of  my prescription, and then did the sunglasses on zenni. In retrospect I would have worked harder to find a “large” pair of glasses that fit my absurd prescription, cos my sunglasses LOOK small on my face. They aren’t, really. They fit perfectly and didn’t need adjusted when they came in, but I think they look small. Or I have a fat head. I think it’s the fat head thing. 

ANYWAYS.  The prescription, even though it is absurd and complicated CAME IN PERFECTLY. And the focal point was in the right place. Which Davis’s labs (my former eye insurance) couldn’t manage in THREE tries on my last pair. 

Mine were about 65 because the cheapest glasses that would hold my absurd prescription were about $25, and I got various coatings (I need the non-glare, bare minimum beause the lenses are so thick) but I skipped on the super-thin lenses, and while they do spill out on either side of the frame, well, they’re sunglasses, and who cares? I mostly wear them when I am driving. Also, they are shiny red frames. I have always wanted shiny red frames but have never gotten shiny red frames because they don’t make them in dude glasses. 

SO. YES I would get Zenni glasses again, with reservations. I would make sure I got the right size frame (and it says whether it is SM MD or LG on the screen) for my fat face. But y’know, we learn stuff. 

I’ve only bought my glasses at Zenni for the past 5ish years! They’re super cheap but the glasses always hold up pretty well! The ones I’ve been wearing now for about 2 years are finally getting to be unwearable because of wear and tear, but that’s after me not getting my yearly checkup.

All of my glasses, real world and cosplay, have come from Zenni. I have never had an issue with anything. And if they break, big deal I spent like $15 on them! (Though I’ve yet to have anything break.) Recommended to EVERYONE.

August 13th
9:20 PM EST
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Horse_ebooks Guide To Cosplaying

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August 12th
12:16 PM EST
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Watch Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity on PBS. See more from COSPLAY! CRAFTING A SECRET IDENTITY.

momocon:

Not in Atlanta?  Missed out on the PBS airings?  Cosplay: Crafting a Secret Identity (a great documentary on the Atlanta cosplay scene featuring MomoCon and DragonCon and a lot of great cosplayers) is now online for viewing!

August 11th
5:46 PM EST

Step 1: Gather materials for cosplay!
Step 2: Start combining materials to make cosplay!
Step 3: Actually wait.. this is harder than I thought it was.
Step 4: I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING. WHY DO I DO THIS.
Step 5: Stare at materials as if willing cosplay to make itself.
Step 6: Roll around on floor crying.
Step 7: Hurriedly throw everything together in a panic.
Step 8: Somehow cosplay?

March 25th
11:41 AM EST

Too many costume ideas for the cons you have planned.

Not enough money/time off to go to more cons.

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March 6th
4:42 PM EST
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boneses:

a 39 second cosplay skit that receives a standing ovation.

once you watch it, you’ll understand why.

January 17th
9:46 AM EST
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hokaidoplanet:

twistedmondo:

COSPLAY DANTHOLOGY 2012 (by MLZStudio)

or how all of my hope toward cosplay disappeared in a pile of meaningful ashes.

one day i hope to be this good
i have all the cosplay feels now 

November 6th
6:03 PM EST
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About Cosplay…

murtunacaptor:

So I was laying in bed last night, and I had a lot of thoughts about cosplaying, why it means so much to me, and what I’m doing with my life. So finding a job is hard. Sometimes I worry that cosplay is really detracting from that, or some sort of big counter against me, or that I really have no skills that will ever get me anywhere. But cosplay, even though it doesn’t provide me any actual income, means a lot to me, and it’s not a meaningless hobby, by any stretch of the imagination.

Cosplay takes courage.


No, really, it takes TONS of guts to cosplay. As a person, not just as a person contributing to a fandom, to your own personal portfolio, or even just because you want to, it takes serious courage. In cosplay, you’re putting your face out there, your body out there, to bring a character to life. It’s SCARY. People can judge your art or fanfiction from afar, and you can feel as though it is not you personally that they are judging (this is not always the case, but bear with me for the sake of example), but in cosplay, a big part of what you’re putting out there is you. Physically speaking, your body and your face. Humans come in all shapes and sizes, and some people like some shapes and sizes more than others, so it’s hard. It really requires tenacity. 

Many cosplays require you to show your face, and people can judge your cosplay and simply say “yeah I don’t like their face for such-and-such character.” And that’s fine, everyone is entitled to their own headcanons of what a character looks like or is like if they were real, but a cosplayer is essentially in some way, bringing that character into reality. Sometimes cosplayers have to show lots of skin, or wear difficult-to-fit outfits. Even taking photos of yourself in your bedroom in a half-finished cosplay, it takes courage to put those on the internet. It takes guts to show up to a con, to let everyone in that convention center or hotel look at you, in hopes they’ll see you as that character. Even more than that, if your pictures hit the internet, you have thousands of people judging you, looking at your cosplay, looking at photos of you. 

To the public eye, people who don’t understand fandom, cosplayers may be many of the only faces they see, especially for internet-based fandoms. Cosplayers are often scrutinized by people who don’t even know what they’re doing, but at the same time, strangers on the street who might see them in costume can greet them with a strange curiosity and a reverence for what they do. We’re literally putting our physical selves out there, displaying our costumes on our bodies for people to see.

If it doesn’t take courage to step out of your bathroom or bedroom or hotel room in a cosplay, I don’t know what does.

Cosplay is creation.

Whatever we do, no matter how big or small, we’re making something new. Whether we go to Goodwill and buy some old clothes and wear them, make something from scratch, or buy our cosplays off of the website, no two cosplays will ever look exactly the same, no two cosplayers will ever be exactly the same, because it’s unique as every single person can be. Even if two people share the same outfit, they’re different people—they’ll wear it differently, look different, and bring a different personality to the character. 

Some of us stay up late at night, or panic days before a con, staring at photos, videos, illustrations or drawings of their characters, trying to get little details right, whether they be their hair, the way they move when they speak, or trying to decide based on a murky or unclear reference how a detail would look in real life.

We’re essentially being our characters for a day, bringing them out of fiction (or from far away, for those of us who cosplay actors and movie characters) and into wherever we might be, or to our tiny corner of the internet.

Cosplay is dedication.

For 99.9% of the cosplay community, no one is paying us. No one is asking us to do this. Most of us don’t have a very strong online presence, nor do we have a following. No one is asking us for photos or begging us to make costumes. No one is offering us money to wear these costumes, or gather large groups of people to do these things with us. We run on sheer love of the characters and our craft, we run on dedication and motivation to do something we care about. Actually, to the contrary, we’re often paying for these things ourselves! We dish out money for costume parts, for the gas to get to cons, for the space in our hotel rooms, sometimes we’re paying disgustingly exorbitant amounts of cash just for parking, or we procrastinate and then have to fork over just as much cash for shipping on materials, supplies, or parts from the internet to get them to us in time.

We subject ourselves to date deadlines that are almost immovable, unless the conventions themselves are postponed. We spend our precious time making things, finding things, searching for things on the internet, rifling through thrift stores, emptying out fabric stores, cutting and styling wigs, buying clothes from china or whothefuckknows where, coordinating with friends and strangers to bring plans together, sometimes writing skits, gathering and taking photos, painting, drawing, whatever we do, we’re spending our time doing it.

It’s delayed gratification and we know it. Everything comes up to the convention, and after the convention, the photos, videos, and memories that will come out of it. It’s almost masochistic, really, but for those of us who haven’t quit yet, we’re either totally crazy, or we fucking love something about it, who knows what. We’re dedicated, even if we’re not motivated. Even if we sometimes lay on the floor, curled into a ball because we’re not done or don’t know how to handle part of a cosplay or don’t think we can meet our own standards or just have so many feelings that we need a moment, there’s something that keeps us going. Something  that makes us get up the morning of the con, put on that costume, and step out into the public eye. We’re fucking determined. 

Cosplay is a community.

There are tens, maybe hundreds, of thousands of us out there. Even if we don’t realize it sometimes, we’re a gigantic community. A convention like DragonCon usually has around 40,000-50,000 attendees, and I’d say it’s safe to say about a quarter of them go in costume. Go to a more anime-based convention like Anime Expo, which had 47,000 attendees in 2011, we can assume around at least one third of them were in costume. That’s a LOT of cosplayers!

Some of us put on panels, or host huge gatherings. Some of us host askblogs (bless your precious brave faces) or make youtube videos. Some of us plan meet-ups in the park to meet and get to know other cosplayers, because even if we’re crazy diverse, and like all kinds of different things, we do have this one thing in common. 

Our numbers are great, and our ability to forge friendships and create memories is even greater! Sometimes we can meet complete strangers at a con and just have fun with these people we’ve never met before! There’s something great about that.

Cosplay is art.

It’s more than just wearing homemade creations or compiled creations. Cosplay is an art in itself. Sometimes it’s acting, sometimes it’s painting, sewing, drawing, writing, wood or metalwork, leatherworking, wiring electronics, doing makeup, cutting and styling wigs, interpreting illustrations, planning, organizing, improvisation, innovation, and photography. 

There’s so much that we do, I don’t think there’s even one particular category we can put our craft in. It’s art in the act of wearing, in our very presence. It’s always a work in progress. You can never be perfect, everyone can improve, but at the same time, everyone is amazing, because if you think about it, it’s your personal take on what a character would be like in real life. It’s different for everyone, just like the way art is perceived.

The number of different standpoints from which we can observe cosplay—photography, acting, construction quality, makeup, etc, is incredible. If you don’t have the resources or skills to do these things yourself, you either must teach yourself or find someone who can do them for you. It’s incredible, because there’s so much to the craft. There’s so many different aspects, despite the facts that the characters may not always be our own, there is always an art to it.

Maybe it’s an art only some of us can appreciate, but if you ask me, it’s to be admired. 

Here’s to the cosplayers. You’re amazing. 

(Cosplayers featured in this post in order of appearance include frankenfreddie, miramoondarling, murisaboy, sonameam, eternallyfacetioustradanui, and shes-a-pirate. Photos are from Metrocon and Megacon, by various photographers.)

October 14th
8:14 PM EST
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amonspiegel:

videogametropes:

My friend Rachel spotted these cuties at this years Comic Con SD

oh holy christ that’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen

October 9th
10:16 PM EST
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July 17th
12:32 PM EST
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rufftoon:

EIP Koizilla by *dramaelfie
YAY! Someone made one!!

ohmigosh greatest costume!

rufftoon:

EIP Koizilla by *dramaelfie

YAY! Someone made one!!

ohmigosh greatest costume!