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Cosplay Stories : Bernard & Bianca / Disney’s The Rescuers by Rude Noise cosplay & TappytoeClaws

Bernard & Bianca from Disney’s The Rescuers : rudenoisecosplay and tappytoeclaws

Details are hazy due to the passage of time, but I’m pretty sure one of us (TappyToeClaws or I) said “hey, wouldn’t it be fun if we cosplayed the Rescuers” and it went from there. We’d already cosplayed PJ and the Beret Girl from An Extremely Goofy Movie before, and for a while it seemed the goal was to cosplay characters from B-tier Disney properties.

I’m what you might call a Closet Cosplayer; most of my cosplay comes from eBay, Amazon, and on more than few occasions, a run to Walmart, hoping that the right shade comes in my robust size. It’s been lots of fun, but with no shortage of tears, frustration, and at one point, screaming in a hotel room about how much I hate cosplay as I desperately tried to zip up a pair of spats.

Still, I’ve had more fun than I’ve had bad times, and there’s nothing quite like cosplaying an obscure character, or putting together a cosplay that doesn’t exactly require more than dress clothes and the right t-shirt, and watching somebody else have that “a-ha, you’re *blank*” moment, before they ask for a picture. It’s rare for me, personally, so when it happens, it’s always a treat.

More often than not, when we were recognized, it was from people over a certain age, about 25 and up. One of the vendors in the vendor room actually called us over specifically so he could take a picture for his Facebook page.

In my case, I used a wig and pair of khakis I already had, bought the cap and sweater online, and Taps took care of mouse ears and make up. I also used my own personal work boots, since it felt like it fit Bernard’s blue collar roots.

The only issue, if it could be called that, was finding the right convention to do it. Apart from that, it was the easiest and maybe even the most comfortable cosplay I’d ever done, and one of my cosplays was literally a t-shirt and jeans.

I first read the actual word cosplay in an issue of EGM Magazine back in 2004, but I’d long had knowledge of Trekkies and Sci Fi fans dressing up at conventions. When you’re younger and don’t know any better, it seems kinda weird, but it also looks like fun.

Eventually I started going to cons, and thought “I could probably get into this.” It took me a few years to work up the nerve (and the budget), but I feel like I got to where I wanted. And then I *staffed* at a convention. That was the breaking point of me going “oh yeah, I could do this.”

My first con? It was bad! I didn’t have any money for a hotel, so I slept in my car, I didn’t know anybody at the time, and to be honest I wasn’t really the best version of myself at the time anyway. I don’t know if I have a positive memory of my first convention. So of course, I kept going back to them, and even staffed at a convention for a few years.

Cosplay means to me, mostly, having fun, either by yourself or with your friends. The harder you make cosplay, the harder it is for me to enjoy it, so I try my best to make it as fun as possible, frustrations, set backs, and all.

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22/11/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by quachstar.jpg Somnacanth from Monster HunterCosplayer: the_gnome_queen I’ve been cosplaying for 9 years and every time I choose a cosplay I like to add something new to my skillset. Sometimes it’s from a franchise I’m deeply familiar with and sometimes it’s just something that catches my eye. Somnacanth was an example of the latter. I saw the concept art for the armor and was immediately drawn in by how different it was. The colors, the design, and the potential to add my own details to the armor was what attracted me. But I don’t like being ignorant of the source material and I hadn’t played Monster Hunter in years, so I started picked up Monster Hunter Rise. What I love about the game is the creature and world design, as well as the ability to craft materials into your own weapons and armor. Although the world of Monster Hunter doesn’t technically have magic, there are similar qualities to the experience. The Somnacanth Armor reminded me of something inspired by mysticism and the creature itself has almost supernatural qualities that I wanted to capture in the amor and details. I love finding new technology and incorporating it into my cosplays. With a recent project I discovered tiny LCD screens that play back eyeball visual effects with movement. I knew I wanted to incorporate that into the monster head prop. However, I had never used that technology before and so it took some time to learn and master the coding needed to customize that effect as well as the wiring involved. One of my favorite aspects of cosplay is connecting with other creators and “talking shop”. Each year, NYCC draws extremely talented individuals to compete in the Crown Champsionships of Cosplay. I’ve been able to meet some truly amazing makers who are so giving and passionate about sharing knowledge within the cosplay community. NYCC was one of the first conventions I returned to in a post pandemic world and so it’s special to me in that way. This was my third time competing in the Crown Championships at NYCC and while I had won a category in the past, this was my first time placing in the contest. It’s truly an honor (and so humbling) to be recognized by such inspiring judges and stand alongside other cosplayers who are at the top of their game. I’ve never travelled to a convention that hasn’t been within driving distance from my home. The chance to attend C2E2 for the finals and meet other cosplayers from around the country and the world is thrilling!  I hope to make the Monster Hunter community proud! Something I really love about cosplay is seeing people’s reactions to something I’ve worked so hard on. With my Somnacanth Armor I was especially proud of all the details I added. From hand beading to lighting sfx and foam smithing to 3d modelling I am floored when people get to see the details I’ve added. There’s nothing more gratifying than someone saying “look at this…but then look at this….and then there’s this!” I love sharing knowledge about making things. When someone reaches out with a question about how I did something, or how they can learn a new skill it feels good. I hope my passion for this craft and community comes across in what I share. Cosplay has given me the opportunity to have a creative outlet among a group of likeminded people. Growing up, my father always taught me that age is just a number and if you love something you should embrace it. He passed away just before I started cosplay as a hobby and so I threw myself into it to deal with my grief. I was initially reluctant to share my hobby with those in my everyday life, but as I learned more about myself through crafting, I became more confident and proud of my creations. I realized I wanted to be the person that younger me would be proud of. I know a lot of people find them creepy, but I really just love gnomes! I’m totally dating myself, but I grew up watching a cartoon called David the Gnome. Gnomes have always kind of followed me throughout my life. Friends and family give them to me as gifts. They’re all over my house in small and large ways. I even have two gnome tattoos! Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
15/11/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by shotbyryandee​ SnowWhite from the MotherlandCosplayer: lakelilovescosplay I am an African American cosplayer and there is very little African American representation in certain genres, so I love to take well known characters and add my own cultural influence. It means a lot to me to have opportunities to show that cosplay can be inclusive and have diversity and that you can be creative and bring your own representation to any character. Snow White even by her name is historically the “fairest of them all” quite literally. Her name is even coined from having skin as white as snow. I thought this would be the perfect character to bring some color and minority representation to. The biggest challenge was creating her dress utilizing African fabrics and designs in a way that the character would still be recognizable but I could still pay homage to African culture. I tried several different skirt designs before finally going with a design that could tie in the same colors as the original Snow White costume but add some flair to it. It wasn’t hard to add the accessories once I figured out the skirt and dress design The best experience was being stopped by children and adults off all different colors, seeing the smiles when they saw my colorful dress, asking for pictures, wanting hugs, and being told that they loved my cosplay dress. It was so rewarding to have such a warm reception and to genuinely have my work appreciated.  Photo by shotbyryandee​ I am a co-founder of a disability nonprofit organization called Telic Empowerment and the best part is helping bring respect, inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities to my community. It is very similar to how I feel about cosplay in that I am passionate about helping change the culture of how people see others that are different. In cosplay, I’m trying to also expose people to seeing characters in all different shades and I’m advocating for people to respect, accept and appreciate the creativity a cosplayer of color has when they decide to cosplay a character that means creativity, diversity, and inclusion for all. Cosplay means anyone can participate and be free to create whatever you want. Cosplay is a positive outlet that allows people from all walks of life to come together. Cosplay is community. The worst part of being a cosplayer is seeing the tremendous amount of hate, disrespect, and outright abuse that cosplayers of color have to endure when they choose to cosplay a character that is not of color. I have even experienced this type of racism. This is why I continue to make efforts to showcase representation in all characters I portray. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
08/11/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by fxdandy Mipha from The Legend of Zelda : Breath of the Wild : bambilashesdesign I specifically designed this cosplay to wear to the Cosplay Met Gala event at Katsucon 2020. l decided this was a perfect opportunity for me to cosplay Mipha since I love her original design but it wasn’t my style of costume to create. So, I jumped at the chance to redesign it into an outfit I would love to make and have a ton of fun with!  This cosplay was a great opportunity for me to get creative and experiment – since it was my own design, accuracy wasn’t an issue! At the same time, I had set myself some challenges. I wanted as dramatic a mermaid tail effect as possible, so I ended up constructing a knee-down hoopskirt to get the right shape! One of my favourite parts of the whole build was the embellishment, since I let myself go all out in attaching beads, rhinestones and sequins wherever I pleased. The shinier the better! Photo by key.ve_living I first found cosplay years ago when I tagged along with my best friend to a convention here in Ireland, wayyyy back in 2008. Our con scene was absolutely tiny at the time – in my first year, the convention I went to was the only one in Dublin and had an attendance of about 800! When I cosplayed for the first time the following year, it was in a bought costume and it was definitely just so I could run around with my friends! It wasn’t until about five years ago that I switched to making all my cosplays, and the con scene has exploded here since. Mipha was the last costume I got to debut at a convention, back when it was safe to do so. Looking back at this cosplay reminds me that sooner or later, we’ll all be back to cosplaying together. For now, it’s okay to just be crafting at home, because it’s not forever! https://bambilashes.storenvy.com/ Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
01/11/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by gimmiecookie Powerline from A Goofy Movie : roquois The response when I first debuted this cosplay at Katsucon was amazing! I really felt my character was obscure and that many people wouldn’t remember it but I was wrong lol. So many people came up to me and we talked about A Goofy Movie and how the music was dope and it was really a great feeling. Just hearing someone say “OMG is that POWERLINE!?” and then stopping me in my tracks to sing and dance with me was sooooo amazing. I had a tiny bluetooth speaker attached to my back and was running around the con with Eye 2 Eye on repeat and so many people asked me to do the perfect cast and I did lol. Too many people stopped to sing and dance with me so I think the entire day was memorable. I didn’t think it could get any better but when I went to BlerDCon as powerline a few months later it was even more of a warm reception. The feeling of someone enjoying something you made, and that something meaning something special to you is a feeling I don’t have enough words for. I have always loved A Goofy Movie and felt Powerline was such a great character and decided to put my own spin on it as I am also a singer/songwriter. I had an idea of what I wanted my Powerline to look like. I love to dress up and be a bit over the top for my own performances so I felt I had to do the same with Powerline. I started with a zentai suit for the base and then I purchased thigh high sparkly boots from Amazon to start things off. I love a good high heel and the boots are really what brought it all together. What was challenging was hand drawing the atom symbol and making it removable so I could wash my cosplay. I also made the neck and arm bands removable too so I can easily wash my cosplay. I added buttons on the back of my suit for securing the neck piece. I also made the ears with hair clips so I can freely style my hair. Wearing my natural hair for this cosplay was so important to me. It really brings my personality to this character. I think for me cosplay has always been part of my life. I have always loved dressing up for halloween and really wanted to embody every character. It wasn’t until I discovered Otakon when I was 18 that I realized that people dressed up outside of halloween. It was my first con experience, I hand sewed a Sailor Moon cosplay and attended the con solo. I don’t think it gets any more nerve wrecking than that. It was a time when there weren’t many Black cosplayers at cons and not much Black or POC representation at cons. Despite that, I still managed to meet a few new friends and enjoyed every moment of the con! I even ran into two friends from high school which was super embarrassing but I was also happy to see them lol. 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I have been told by industry people to “be sexier” or do things a certain way or make certain types of music and to separate my social media, and my brands too confusing… It really isn’t easy. I just want to make music, watch anime and cosplay when I want to and to share my passions with the world. Why can’t I write music, sing, perform across the world and still share my cosplay from the con I went to the week before? I often think “what am I missing” or “why can’t I love and do both”.  I would love to get booked at a con again and get to do both! I love artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, Janelle Monae, Robyn, Megan Thee Stallion and so many others, but I also just want to be myself and make pop music without feeling like I have to fit some specific mold. They all found a way to be themselves and thrive doing what they love and I want that too. I just want to be Roquois; Singer, Songwriter, Superhero. http://roquois.com/ Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
25/10/2022Cosplay StoriesSkull from Persona 5 // Cosplayer : boolprops I was enamored with P5 when my fiancee and I played through it together, but I decided to cosplay from the series when my sister and cosplay partner @calorline decided to cosplay from the game. I cosplayed Skull to complement her Joker because he’s my favorite Phantom Thief and these two characters are close friends like my sister and me. The other major reason I cosplayed Skull was to cosplay the game’s user interface (UI), which is almost like its own character in the game. I’m a UX/UI designer, so I spend half my time playing games looking at the user interface/experience. P5’s UI is an inseparable part of the game and reinforces the theming and game “feel” so well I couldn’t resist incorporating it into the costume. Similar to how cosplay can translate character representations in the real world, props can translate graphical game elements into tangible artifacts. I can also easily transfer the UI prop to my sister when we cosplay from P5 and it’s her turn in battle! For Skull, I bought the base costume from ezcosplay.com and made my own vertebrae pieces for the back out of EVA foam and spray paint. The mask is a gorgeous piece by @detravoid (IG) and the pipe is PVC from Home Depot. The wig is courtesy of Arda Wigs. The battle UI is comprised of a trifold display board, foam board, and construction paper – I’m a walking science fair display. Getting the base “backpack” to fit over the jacket vertebrae without damaging them was tricky, so I made a prototype with an extra board. Once I had a working prototype for the base, I added some adjustable backpack straps, which blend in with the black of the Skull suit, and the UI “wings”. It made my day seeing how excited people got when they saw me with my sister as a complete P5 cosplay unit. I enjoy sharing our builds because this and many of our other projects are collaborative. It’s extra satisfying to watch a project come together when the result is greater than the sum of its parts and is a testament to teamwork and a shared vision. I’m glad we made people smile and recall the joy of experiencing Persona 5, because that’s what cosplay means to me: expressing yourself and the shared love of meaningful media, stories, and characters. My one piece of advice is keep learning. Whether you’re picking up a new skill, having difficult conversations, or trying to understand the experiences of others, I think having an open mind and an open heart is really important, for yourself and others. You can learn something from everyone’s story. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
18/10/2022Cosplay StoriesZohakuten of Hantengu from Demon SlayerCosplayer: aerospace.acePhoto: jaecin_88 & gkcarter21Convention: AnimeFest 2022 (Dallas, TX) I was drawn to Zohakuten’s design and since I generally lean towards the shorter characters when cosplaying, it was perfect. This cosplay was a chance to challenge myself with sewing his skirt and making his drums since it was only my second time working with EVA foam. Besides that, I love to cosplay characters that not many have cosplayed before. It makes me happy seeing reactions to characters I love that may not get as much recognition. I learned quite a lot through this cosplay. It was pretty tedious but overall it was super fun to create and design everything. I’m most proud of how the skirt and drums turned out. Since he has no official coloring yet or have been cosplayed barely at all, I wanted to make the cosplay my own. I love the fabric I used for the skirt and even added details that aren’t in his official design. I think it makes him look more extravegant and demon like versus how his manga design would look in real life. I think the biggest challenge was making the harness to wear the hoop of drums. Luckily I was able to figure it out but I was really crunching for time since I barely gad a week left until the convention. At Anime Fest I expected maybe a few people to know my cosplay since he’s only in the manga right now but I was honestly surprised with the response I got. Including those who didn’t know the character but loved my cosplay! It really made me feel like all the work I put into it was worth it. I was honestly surprised I won best prop in the cosplaycontest! That may be the perfectionist in me talking but when the judges said that the prop looked real I genuinely didn’t think it was me! What was even more surprising was when an actual drummer (unconnected to the con) thought they were real as well! Winning best prop was one of the happiest moments I had at the con! I can’t wait to enter more in the future! Cosplay is like an escape from reality for me. With college and work, it’s exhausting to live day to day only thinking about my future and studying. My motivation comes from the breaks I make to work on creating my cosplays and dressing as some of my favorite characters. I find a challenge in every costume and prop I make but it’s more fun than anything. I’ve made amazing friends through this hobby and feel like I can really express myself. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
11/10/2022Cosplay StoriesAdmiral Ackbar from Star WarsCosplayer: propstohistoryPhoto: erikjawsphotoConvention:; C2E2 (Chicago, IL) I was working as the Propmaster for Netflix’ Bridgerton Experience which is set in the Regency Era of England. We were coming towards the end of the show in Chicago and I wanted to “dress up” for the last show. I had recently acquired the mask for Admiral Ackbar and I remembered Adam Savages take on the character, where he combined period clothing to create something similar. So, off to Etsy to find an Admirals coat and accessories. Thats how you have ‘Grand Admiral Ackbar’. The very first time. Which of course was on the set of Bridgerton Experience. My coworkers loved it (for the most part) and our Violinist began playing the Star Wars main theme when I first walked out onto set. This led to that last show of the tour being filled with Star Wars references added by the announcer, the musicians and the actors. Some subtle, some not so subtle. And largely the guest received it rather well, as to them, i was just another guest in costume. Surprisingly, it was extremely easy to put together. The biggest difficulty was cooling. As anyone knows, wearing a big rubber mask for hours at a time is not the most comfortable thing ever. I’ve since solved the problem with simple fans, but when I first built it, it was done on a bit of a time-crunch. And walking around a con (or in my case, work) without adequate ventilation is just not fun.I work full time in the film industry as a propmaker/sfx artists and that affords me the very fortunate opportunity to be creative as job. Every day is something new. and right now its Space Suits, lots of Space Suits Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
04/10/2022Cosplay StoriesPunk Sailor MoonCosplayer: figglybuffPhoto: felixwongphotography & jriversxphotographycustom car xtrek_lun Convention : Otakon (Washington DC) Sailor Moon was my first love ~I guess you could say in anime~ + as the first source of my femininity + empowerment at a young age that stemmed from Asian influence. I grew up watching the American version. Then I rewatched the OG Japanese + fell deeper in love. As a kid born in 93, I appreciate it more as an adult. In middle/high school days, I was a misfit. I heavily experimented with my looks + fashion choices to express myself. I had more phases than the moon (pun intended) but my emo/punk phase never trickled out of my system completely. How could I pay homage to one of my favorite childhood fandoms? By marrying the rebellious side of my teen angst years with the soft, feminine magical aesthetic of Usagi/Sailor Moon. I was watching Sailor Moon Eternal + Sailor Moon Crystal on Netflix. I saw a Facebook post from my friend, Amy Tiller asking for a Sailor Moon replacement in their Punk version group at Otakon ASAP. How crazy the timing was since I was in the middle of watching the anime! The fact that we rushed it in two days to finalize the entire look was impressive. Amy Tiller treated it as a free commission + we exchanged ideas based on the iterations of Sailor Moon’s looks. I loved the idea of wearing a denim vest with a Punisher crossover since the last con I cosplayed as the Punisher. She crafted + adorned the denim vest, the hair accessories, hand-painted the brooch, + put grommets in the blouse to make a shoelace effect.Her sister, Beth Tiller made the tiara out of cardboard, took a red gem from old jewelry then glued it using gold puff paint, jeweled my mask, + made the beaded mask holder. She reduced the floofy pigtails with bubble braids. She also re-arranged the metal chains intertwining my shirt. I chose a mix of clothes to fit the punk scene to be recognizable enough. I styled the wig + hot glued heart shaped red gems on the pigtails. To stay on brand, I used the Sailor Moon ColourPop makeup palette. I added anime lines under my eyes for extra flair. I “hardened the look” with gothic touches by introducing black leather garters + thigh highs. I am thankful that this was a collaborative effort. This entire outfit was put together by the power of love and friendship! 🌙 ✨🖤 The Punk Sailor Moon because of how perfect the situation was under time pressure + how my look was completed through the assistance thanks to new friends. I was overwhelmed with compliments + met cosplayers who rocked Sailor Moon characters. I was in the spotlight of the anime sports car section. A customized Subaru was decked out in Sailor Moon artwork. I was given a dope sticker of a modern day Usagi posing with the car just as I was in real life. The unique photo opportunity was the most memorable to me. Otakon was my first Anime con + being Sailor Moon was the cherry on top. Despite the stressors of cosplay crunch, I’ll still look back + be over the moon of the experiences I shared. During my childhood, I looked forward to playing dress up + planning my Halloween costumes in advance. I chose obscure characters + would happily tell everyone the lore behind the character I was recreating! I discovered cosplay in 2010. In highschool, I felt alone most of the time so I crafted + created in my spare time to share with others online. My way of escaping reality = planning my self-photoshoots at home. I would post my cosplay photo sets on Tumblr to reveal my love for > insert characters here < My first cosplay + videogame was Lara Croft: Tombraider. I dressed up as her many times in my youth because I played a lot of the games. She was a strong, badass icon whom I admired. As I started to begin my fitness journey, I subtly dressed up as her. Then gym regulars started to refer to me as, “Tombraider”. I didn’t know this at the time, but this is where my cosplaying journey began. Cosplay was a constant in my life since I was in diapers. I just didn’t know what it was at the time or that it would become my lifelong mission as an adult. It gave me my sense of self, the strength to see myself in these characters + stories, a supportive community,+ an awakening of my creative power. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
27/09/2022Cosplay StoriesKing Dedede from Kirby // Cosplayer: super_reflex.cos I’ve been a fan of Kirby games pretty much my entire life. King Dedede was one of my original cosplay ideas when I first started going to cons.  I first experienced and heard of conventions back in 2006 I believe. Thanks to my brother, I was able to go to my first Ohayocon in 2007 and I volunteered and got to experience how cool cosplaying was. In 2011, I finally tried to cosplay thanks to some amazing friends I met freshman year of college. Since then, I’ve learned how to sew, work with wood and foam, make various different pieces of clothing, and even work with makeup. I actually based the costume off a design I made a while back where I based it off a more japanese-styled traditional outfit. Since he’s a uh, penguin so I took some creative liberties but tried to keep the look so it was still recognizable. I used real velvet for the jacket and on the back, I satin stitched his insignia on the back. For the hammer, I used EVA foam and made a pattern similar to wood panels and used the amiibo as a reference. And used Terraflex for the rim of it to keep it solid. I’ve learned cosplay is a very important way to expand many horizons. It has opened many doors, introduced me to many great people I can consider friends, and increased my problem-solving skills. Cosplay has also helped me become a much more social person and to take all opportunities I can and use them as much as I can! Not to be corny, but don’t worry. This isn’t even your final form. It takes a really long time to get good at anything and the best thing to do is at least try. It won’t happen all at once. Let time run its course, keep with it, and keep practicing. And remember to keep having fun and no one can judge you if you’re having fun. Cosplay is meant to be a fun time dressing up with friends and enjoying all the nerdy stuff we love. Don’t take it so seriously. Have a good time, enjoy your friends, and take it easy! Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
20/09/2022Cosplay StoriesWinchester Mystery HouseCosplayer sayyadina42Photographer: wireheadarts kylie.clark_makes.thingsCon: Silicon 2022 (San Jose, CA)Sarah Winchester was heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. Her husband died of tuberculosis and afterwards she moved to San Jose, California. She bought a small farmhouse in 1886, and began adding onto it. She was basically a hobbyist architect, and in a time before building codes she could do anything she wanted! Each room was a new creative project, and she added onto the house with no overall plan. She had the budget to pay for amazing woodwork, beautiful stained glass, and many innovative and modern features for the time such as a shower and an in-house “telecom” system. The house reached seven stories before the 1906 earthquake destroyed a large portion of it. I was inspired to make the costume when I visited the house in 2021. There were so many details that I felt I could incorporate into a really interesting garment. I also realized that the 100th anniversary of Sarah’s death with nearly coincide with SiliCon in 2022, so it seemed like the perfect time and place to present the costume! The bottom half of the costume breaks down into four flat panels. The bodice is based on a standard Victorian style pattern. The difficulty came in connecting with the top and bottom smoothly, and in supporting what became a very heavy “skirt.” Originally I was going to have it hang from a frame that just attached to my waist, like a bustle.  Ultimately though I had to build a wheel base to get the weight onto the ground. The structure is made of PVC pipe. To get the costume on and off I have to hammer it together or apart with a mallet which is a pretty funny looking process! Figuring out how to do the lights was difficult as well. I had hoped to use a ready-made product of some kind so I wouldn’t have to deal with wiring, but I couldn’t find anything that would work. So I learned to solder for this costume, in order to use lights that would work for the effect I wanted! Wearing the costume at the Winchester house was really neat, because of course the people on staff there know the house so well. They were able to appreciate better than anyone the details that I incorporated. And I incorporated a lot of details as accurately as I could! It was also really interesting seeing the house in person again after having studied the pictures so closely while working on the costume. The house felt smaller than before, in a friendly and familiar way, because I had put so many parts of it into my head in the process of putting it onto my costume.I would like to recognize Janan Boehme of the winchestermysteryhouse for providing pictures of the tower windows, and Estella Inda of the San Jose Library California Room for providing the picture of Sarah Winchester. Thank you so much!!! Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
06/09/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by kevinqgray Blathers from Animal Crossing / Cosplay by sailor_joestar_cosplay The joy halo was definitely the eye-grabber for Animal Crossing fans! Being told that others were inspired to add reactions to their own Animal Crossing cosplays was the best outcome I could hope for. One fan of my cosplay saw me filming myself doing the actual “Joy” reaction movement and (safely) ran from across the room to tell me how their night was made by seeing that happen. Blathers resonated with me on such a personal level. We’re both obsessed with academic exploration while being slightly awkward and info-dumping about fun topics. His expressions and daytime sleepiness are also so similar to my own! The costume was mostly purchased. I knew that I couldn’t do a cosplay without a personal, handmade touch, so I added a “Joy” reaction halo and a mask with Blathers’ iconic red cheeks. I ended up having to make very last minute adjustments to the flowers on the halo, since the con it was debuted at was windy enough to pull the glue! I always bring emergency super glue for situations like these, so the halo was saved. Cosplay in general has been in my life since I was about 12 years old. It was always a way to wear a more confident persona than I had myself, being a teen suffering from depression and anxiety. I made friends through conventions, and eventually discovered that I am trans through crossplay and character exploration. Cosplay has been a way for me to fully express myself in many creative ways. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
16/08/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by Juve Travels Boba’s Bountea / Cosplay by Steve Robin Laughter… just people laughing and enjoying it. Also, there’s a moment where some folks are confused about what it is, then you hear them get it and it’s magic. It seems to give them good feelings and energy. My wife (robin quick) and I love boba tea and Star Wars. We frequently make jokes about the play on words. We figured once I got the helmet it would be doable. My buddy Zaldy Serrano is an amazing graphic artist who made all the logos. The 3 of us came up with the name and design over 4th of July weekend. We flew down to SD from the SF Bay Area so we had to make it portable and coming up with a way to construct the costume framework and figuring out lightweight materials was a challenge. We ran into many issues trying to paint some of the parts. No paint would stick the shower curtain (inner and outer parts) and the hula hoop frame. I was printing the logo on Cricut printer and had the worst time. So a few days before we flew down, I found a printer close to my house who printed it in vinyl. Then when we got to the con it was a beast to apply it to the shower curtain and get it to stick. We are beside ourselves with the response. As we were assembling it, we didn’t know if it was any good or if anyone would like it. Glad we are here. It’s strange to walk around and people take pictures of you… then take the costume off and be totally anonymous. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
09/08/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by dtjaaaam Ruin Guard from Genshin Impact / Cosplay by biotom27 The experience has been amazing. it always makes big views and has a lot of people coming up to take pictures at the events I take it to. My socials have been getting crazy traction since I started posting a build process for it. There are some really dedicated people in the community and it just brings me joy that other people love what I do. Other than that it’s really opened my door to more opportunities with people in the community that I’d never imagined I’d be friends with, let alone talk to.  From my small viewport on the Ruin Guard, most of the con-goers were just in awe that a 10ft tall costume was standing in front of them, let alone sometimes walking in front of them. Even with the amount of space I had at A-kon, I had to show off the Ruin Guard’s signature spin. almost every time I’d hear the group of people wow in amazement. The main challenge was scale. I have 3 main principles: Accuracy, Scale and Uniqueness. so i had to make it big. I had a small room while building it and it got so big that on some days it had to lay on my bed. The first one is a bit of the reason I hauled the Ruin Guard 6 hours to Dallas. I knew the Eng VAs for Genshin were going to be there, and I managed to meet them and record some videos and take some pictures. I couldn’t believe that the actual talent for the game were acknowledging my work, I almost teared up inside the costume. The next one, I’m going to sound like an awful person, but once in a while I’d scare a person or two while cosplaying. Makes me happy that I’m roleplaying the Ruin Guard which is supposed to strike fear due to its size. Another challenge was making it spin like it does in game. I had come up with multiple sketches and ideas on how I was going to accomplish it. At one point I was going to purchase a large lazy susan wheel that would have jacked the price up to $70-ish dollars, but decided I can do it for cheaper. In the junior year of high school, I started getting fully into anime and heard about this convention. After going, a lot of the time I was just excited naming out all the characters being cosplayed. So the next event I decided to cosplay myself. The unfortunate thing was that no-one was selling the cosplay I wanted, which was my Warlock from the game, Destiny. It was a hodge-podge of cardboard, EVA foam, cardstock and a mass produced Assassin’s Creed hood, but that’s when it all started. Over time, I keep taking on more difficult and diverse characters that test my skills in crafting and a bit of engineering. I want to keep getting better at what I’m doing and expand my skill set at the same time: 3D modeling on Blender, playing around with servos and LEDs on Arduinos, Airbrush painting just to name a few things. On top of that, I take commissions and make cosplay pieces and props for other people, some say I might be able to make a living out of this but I’ve yet to see it myself. But at the end of the day, I’m just a guy that enjoys crafting and to amaze other people with my craft is why I enjoy cosplay so much. https://www.instagram.com/biotom27/ View this post on Instagram A post shared by Biotom27 cosplay 🇵🇭 (@biotom27) Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
02/08/2022Cosplay StoriesColumbia Pictures Torch LadyCosplayer maskjesticdesignsCosplay assistant emmdartPhotographer Felixwongphotography HARMONY : I was watching a movie and the idea sparked if you will. I wanted something more commonly known something anybody would have come across and it was perfect. EMMA : Harmony always had on imaginative mind. She told me about her idea all the way back in 2019 and jokingly said I should hold a banner with the letters behind her, and well, she took me seriously. I don’t regret it tho, it was epic! HARMONY : Seeing peoples delighted and shocked faces, hearing their enthusiasm as they begged their friends to look our direction or straight up bolted to us to ask for a picture made all the hours and needles poking my fingers worth it. A little cinematic magic in person shared with a crowd of like-minded people. EMMA :  For my part, the hardest part was figuring out a way to be able to hold it by myself while still making it easy to move around since we were going to be in a convention after all. The rope used to hold all up with wooden poles did break the first time I put the banner up which was really unfortunate but thankfully the cosplay lounge had some rope could use to fix it  HARMONY : I studied a lot of different Greek styles before I bought the material needed. It is only the second garment I’ve mode with my sewing machine so I’m quite proud of it. A friend 3D printed the the torch and painted gold. The torch is powered by a portable battery pack hidden of the back of the dress. EMMA : I learned that my arm strength is actually not as bad as I thought did cover the that maybe I’m not a big fan of having my picture taken but I do enjoy being part of something that seems to have reach so many people, sorta makes me feel wholesome to see that something we mode mode so many people happy and lough. Maybe I’ll start cosplaying more now. HARMONY : I’ve come to love to sew a lot. It’s a creative outlet I never knew needed not wanted. Cosplay brings people together and l’ve made new friends and connections throughout these experiences I would not have otherwise  Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
26/07/2022Cosplay StoriesMexican Wonder Woman / Mujer Maravillosa – Cosplay by muygroovyPhoto: foote4productions hsailormoon chuanosta The first time I debuted Mexican Wonder Woman, the response was unreal. “La Chancla de Justicia” is the piece that sent my cosplay into viral mode!   I was over the moon to see my cosplay on BuzzFeed, WeAreMitu, and LatinLife!  It’s cool that I can still Google, “Mexican Wonder Woman” and I pop up. My cosplays are mostly mash-ups with some humor added in.   Since I am an older cosplayer and vertically challenged, I thought long and hard about how to cosplay as my childhood hero, Wonder Woman.  When I first heard Wonder Woman was coming to the big screen, I had to come up with my own tribute to the Amazon goddess. It took about two years to come up with the whole concept.  I started piecing together the cosplay.  I even used a table cloth to make the skirt because I could not find the right fabric.  I completed version #1 of Mexican Wonder Woman just in time to debut at SDCC 2017.  (Side note:  I also put in an appearance as Dr. Poison that year as well). Like with all my other cosplays, I wanted to do a mash-up that would make people smile.  Also keep in mind that given the touchy political climate at the time, I did not want to create a look that would be disrespectful to either my country, my culture, or DC Universe.   As for the name #mexicanwonderwoman, that’s super easy to remember.  Trying to get people to remember “Mujer Maravillosa” would be challenging. Trying to stay true to my Mexican culture and the legacy of Diana, I crafted, what I think, was my most beautiful and creatively fulfilling cosplay.  I racked my brain to get the Mexican elements just right; the traditional Mexican braided crown, the glittery WW eagle emblem, and gold lamé gauntlets were my vision of what a mashup of both worlds.   And of course… you can’t forget “La Chancla.”   La Chancla de Justicia (The Sandal of Justice) is the hallmark of my costume and single-handedly took my cosplay to the next level.  Anyone who knows old-school Mexican discipline knows not to mess with a woman who uses la chancla. I know this is totally cliche, but cosplay is my creative outlet.  There is something so satisfying about having a vision and creating a living piece of art.  Mexican Wonder Woman is my Mona Lisa.  All pieces were created from scratch.  Then, the best part is wearing it out and getting the accolades. You can’t beat that feeling.  It’s truly the best “high.” I never knew I had it in me to create and cosplay.  It just happened.  I started small with my homage to Speed Racer and I never looked back after that: Oogie BoogieSteam Punk Day of the DeadRipley with her pet Aliens.“League of Our Negan” mash-up with A League of Our Own and TWD.Melesandre from GOT (both young and old versions)The Shame Nun – I went viral with this one because it was an interactive experience.  People were shocked that I was able to crank it out so quickly after the episode aired.  I think I was the first one with it. I love the cosplay universe and it’s people.  I wish I knew about this world when I was younger in the hood.  I was such an outcast and geek.  I’m thankful that I was able to join the community of fun, creative and vibrant people that make me feel alive and that spark joy! I’m hoping on debuting my latest version of Mexican Wonder Woman at SDCC 2022.  I’ve had some snags in getting it together.  Crossing my fingers that it will be ready for showtime. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
19/07/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by nude_carbon_studios Bernard & Bianca from Disney’s The Rescuers : rudenoisecosplay and tappytoeclaws Details are hazy due to the passage of time, but I’m pretty sure one of us (TappyToeClaws or I) said “hey, wouldn’t it be fun if we cosplayed the Rescuers” and it went from there. We’d already cosplayed PJ and the Beret Girl from An Extremely Goofy Movie before, and for a while it seemed the goal was to cosplay characters from B-tier Disney properties. I’m what you might call a Closet Cosplayer; most of my cosplay comes from eBay, Amazon, and on more than few occasions, a run to Walmart, hoping that the right shade comes in my robust size. It’s been lots of fun, but with no shortage of tears, frustration, and at one point, screaming in a hotel room about how much I hate cosplay as I desperately tried to zip up a pair of spats. Still, I’ve had more fun than I’ve had bad times, and there’s nothing quite like cosplaying an obscure character, or putting together a cosplay that doesn’t exactly require more than dress clothes and the right t-shirt, and watching somebody else have that “a-ha, you’re *blank*” moment, before they ask for a picture. It’s rare for me, personally, so when it happens, it’s always a treat. More often than not, when we were recognized, it was from people over a certain age, about 25 and up. One of the vendors in the vendor room actually called us over specifically so he could take a picture for his Facebook page. In my case, I used a wig and pair of khakis I already had, bought the cap and sweater online, and Taps took care of mouse ears and make up. I also used my own personal work boots, since it felt like it fit Bernard’s blue collar roots. The only issue, if it could be called that, was finding the right convention to do it. Apart from that, it was the easiest and maybe even the most comfortable cosplay I’d ever done, and one of my cosplays was literally a t-shirt and jeans. I first read the actual word cosplay in an issue of EGM Magazine back in 2004, but I’d long had knowledge of Trekkies and Sci Fi fans dressing up at conventions. When you’re younger and don’t know any better, it seems kinda weird, but it also looks like fun. Eventually I started going to cons, and thought “I could probably get into this.” It took me a few years to work up the nerve (and the budget), but I feel like I got to where I wanted. And then I *staffed* at a convention. That was the breaking point of me going “oh yeah, I could do this.” My first con? It was bad! I didn’t have any money for a hotel, so I slept in my car, I didn’t know anybody at the time, and to be honest I wasn’t really the best version of myself at the time anyway. I don’t know if I have a positive memory of my first convention. So of course, I kept going back to them, and even staffed at a convention for a few years. Cosplay means to me, mostly, having fun, either by yourself or with your friends. The harder you make cosplay, the harder it is for me to enjoy it, so I try my best to make it as fun as possible, frustrations, set backs, and all. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
12/07/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by ewide Gaige from Borderlands : joy.bomb There are a lot of brilliant cosplayers that are absolute wizards with fabric and foam. I may not be anywhere close to their ranks, but I bring a different skill to the table. Welcome to the world of what I call, “Bootleg Cosplay.” I absolutely love seeing how cheap I can make a costume with mostly thrifted / upcycled materials. My average price for a costume is about $35, but my cheapest (and by far one of my favorites) was only $12! The bootlegging doesn’t stop at just the fabric part of a cosplay. I have utilized plastic cookie packaging and empty jars of peanut butter for goggles, weapon parts and light up chest armor. Cosplay is for everyone, even if you are on a rull tight budget. I typically cosplay the non-popular or obscure series character. One day during Anime-Fest, I saw a couple cosplay Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey from Ace Attorney. I was also cosplaying Ace Attorney (Ema Skye), yelled objection and dramatically pointed  from probably like 60 feet away. They saw (and heard me) and dramatically pointed back. I didn’t find them during the rest of the con. I did find Maya Fey on Instagram and started chatting her up immediately. She is now one of my closest and dearest friends. I feel like cosplay is a love letter to a series that has meant a lot to you. It’s also a great billboard to advertise what you’re into and a great conversation starter Photo by scott.fischer.79 Photo by roxas_studios. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
05/07/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by cerberus_fotos  Overhaul from My Hero Academia / Cosplay by dat_ashe_cos For me, cosplay was one of the few instances where I experienced gender euphoria. I get misgendered so frequently in my day-to-day life, no matter how much work I put into deepening my voice, wearing my binders, wearing suits and ties, I still get ma’am’d at my “normie” job and it hurts. Most days I feel like just disappearing, not going to lie. Cosplay gave me one of my first instances of gender euphoria. I get gendered correctly 90% of the time and it feels incredible. I will still never forget the time where, from over 15 meters away on stage, a comedian at a con asked my significant other if I was their boyfriend while I was in my Overhaul cosplay from My Hero Academia. The sheer elation I felt still makes me grin to this day and it will always be my favourite cosplay because of that. I am a guy, and cosplay helps me feel comfortable with my body, even when dysphoria is kicking me in the gut. At a convention in Houston in August of 2021, I was on a panel with several other trans and nonbinary cosplayers and we were talking about our experiences as trans and nonbinary cosplayers during said panel. I will never forget how many people came up to us afterwards and spoke to us about how comforting it was to see cosplayers like us talk about our experiences. I will never forget this 13yr old coming up to me and asking me for advice on binders and on coming out to his loved ones and, if his family didn’t accept him, if he would find a family in the cosplay community. We were both crying by the end of the conversation. For any LGBTQ+ creators who may feel like their work passes under the radar. You matter. Representation matters. There are many cosplayers who never see themselves represented at cons. Become the representation you want to see and keep fighting to be seen. You’ll never know how much it means to someone that you exist. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
28/06/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by fleming.photos Miles Morales from Spiderman / Cosplay by djluffystix As a cosplayer, when you cosplay a certain character, people love you as that character so much, that they can’t stop talking about it. For me, it’s Spider-Man characters. More specifically, Miles Morales. When I cosplay as Spider-Man, I love putting a smile on kids faces with my craziness lol. I wondered to myself “I wonder what these kids think of me when they see me as Spider-Man or in any of my other acosplays” Well, a mom changed that for me when she posted this tweet about her son, Micah, wanting to become Miles Morales after seeing Into The Spider-Verse. I replied with a tweet of me as Miles taken by a photographer I know, and he loved it! Afterwards, I thought to myself “I want to send him some Spider-Man toys and comics because of how awesome he is” and it didn’t stop there. I met Caleb at a con in Arlington a couple of months ago, and he was too shy to go up to a cosplayer. When he saw me as Miles, I gained his trust. After that, he fell in love with Miles. He didn’t know much about Miles, but he loved him! Months later, I decided to surprise him and another young Spidey fan with a Miles Morales Christmas gift box. I got them comics and few toys in them. When Caleb saw me, he immediately gave me a big hug and a drawing he did of me. I loved it! After all this, I was thinking “What do I call these awesome kids who love me as Miles?!” Well, I though “Spidey-Kids” would work. It’s still a work in progress, but these kids are awesome. I make sure that they are doing well with everything. I do forget sometimes to send them letters and gifts for their birthdays and whatnot, but I make up for it lol. Whenever I receive a letter or drawing from a child about how awesome Spider-Man is, I make sure to put it on my wall. It shows that I’m making a difference in my own fun way. I have more cosplays coming, and whether if I’m cosplaying or not, I’m gonna continue to make a difference for a ton of people in life. I’m glad to be a cosplayer and role model for kids like Caleb and many others. The world may be crazy right now, but as long as you can make a difference for someone, that a good thing Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
21/06/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by Felix Wong The Peacemaker from The Suicide Squad / Cosplay by Daracelll Well, I grew up a huge wrestling fan, so any wrestler turned actors, I always support their projects. Like The Rock, Dave Bautista, and John Cena. I was initially skeptical when he was cast as Peacemaker but still excited to see how he would do in the Suicide Squad movie. After seeing it, I really liked him as Peacemaker. It inspired me to cosplay Peacemaker because I really like the character, John Cena, and me paying homage to wrestling. I first wore Peacemaker to Dragoncon 2021, and many people loved it. They were like, “Peacemaker?! Nice!” When the Peacemaker show came out, I .became obsessed with Peacemaker. I’m always thinking of ways to make my cosplays better and stand out from other cosplayers, so I had the idea of having Eagly flying over me. I’ve never seen anyone do that; I’ve seen birds on the cosplayer’s shoulders but never floating over someone. So I bought a stuffed eagle, built a stand for it, and wore it like a backpack. The first time I wore it to Megacon was last weekend, and immediately people loved it. I’ve heard so many people shout, “It’s Peacemaker! and Eagly!!” So many photos were taken of me, which is the best compliment for cosplayers! I was spoiled by my very first convention I’ve ever been to, Dragoncon 2011, and Dragoncon is where people bring their “A” game cosplays. Seeing other’s awesome cosplays and their quality inspired me to make mine better. So each year i strive to make my cosplays better and more accurate to the real characters. I cant come with no half a** cosplays, Thank God I invested in a 3D printer because most of the Peacemaker cosplay was 3d printed. I 3D printed the helmet. 3D printed the dove emblem for the shirt, the shoulders pieces, and the gun. I made the belt out of eva foam with a holster for the gun. The only thing I had to buy was the blue leather gloves. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
14/06/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by jeremytakespics Battle Cinderella from chilurii_art // Cosplay by gracefacecosplays Some of my favorite moments are when the people who asked for a picture or stopped to compliment my work, and their late reaction of “OMG THE MOUSE HAS A TINY SWORD!!!!” I really loved that some people caught that small detail I thought no one would notice. So I already love to cosplay princesses, but I fell in love with Chiluri’s version because they were able to take the kindest and gentle princess and turn her into a total boss. His small details, such as the pumpkin mace, really sold it to me. It’s a detail you might not catch unless you’re really looking! I was actually really wanting to try my hand at working with foam armor for the first time! Not only was I obsessed with the artist’s portrayal of the character, but I thought it would be a great opportunity to challenge myself and try something new. The process was… CHAOTIC to say the least. I am the queen of procrastination, so I had two weeks to make EVERYTHING. I started with sewing the dress from scratch. Then I struggled to make the foam leg braces (nearly gave up) and ended with the props. My loving partner sculpted each spike on my pumpkin mace for me because sometimes ya can’t do it all yourself! I think I chalked up at least 15 trips to Joanns between all of this. Definitely learned my lesson and will be starting sooner on future projects. Cosplay has taught me to really have more trust in myself. I continuously begin my cosplays thinking that they look like garbage and everything looks a mess. But time and time again I finish my cosplays feeling EXTREMELY proud and LOVING the work that I put into it. I’m slowly learning to remind myself that I do have the skills and talent to make my cosplay dreams come true! Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
31/05/2022Cosplay StoriesGoku Black from Dragon Ball Super gata_fiera_cosplayAs a nurse during the pandemic it was almost impossible for me to work on any Cosplay. So I thought of the idea of actually incorporating it into my scrubs. I would design them and my friend allisonzinnwilliams would help with some sewing. They brought so much joy to my coworkers and patients during these hard times. So many people knew who Goku was I was shocked. Whenever I wear cosplay scrubs, most patients love to start up conversations pertaining to the show whose character my scrubs reflect.Cosplay has shown me how creative I can be. I’ve been working with different cosplay materials. I have had my share of failures. But they were learning experiences which helped me get better. Cosplay has taught me to persevere through challenges. Moving from the Bay Area to Florida at first gave me the impression that I would have to start all over again. That impression was a bit scary. I felt that I was quite established in California and had already developed my network in the area. However, after attending a few cons in Florida, I was overwhelmed with how welcoming the community here is Florida is. I feel like I have been able to easily pick up where I left off and actually surpass my level of activity from before. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
24/05/2022Cosplay StoriesIchigo Momomiya from Tokyo Mew Mew creamcheese.cosplay So my sister actually she’s a part of the Nineties kids, we are ten years apart big gap but she grew up watching Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, all of those like classic nineties animes. She also had a manga collection when I was little. And one of the manga that she had was Tokyo Mew Mew.  I wasn’t allowed to watch anime or touch her mangas Because I wasn’t old enough  So I would secretly read Tokyo Mew Mew when she wasn’t in the room. That cosplay is a tribute To my older sister for those year back when she had to hide anime and manga from me.  Though after  cosplaying her, my sister told me she always knew I was reading her mangas and know that Ichigo from Tokyo Mew Mew will always be my favorite magical girl she said I reminded her of the character alot growing up Let getting the settings so you understand where I’m coming from. I live in Mississippi deep South and it’s 2013. Being a part of the South my family is very religious so NO Halloween. I don’t know why it bother me so much that I couldn’t dress up. I think it might have been I thought I could never be a princess. Anyways I was starting 6th grade and I just learned about Spirit Week an entire week I could dress up and be who. I remember not knowing what to be and stressing out it. I was using my mom phone to look up character.  This is a core memory.  I wanted to relax and I there were no cartoons to watch because it was cable so I sat in the family room with my mom. We are a family that love science fiction movies and the Syfy Chanel. That day I watched a show called HEROES OF COSPLAY. Let me tell you it changed my life I found out that costume aren’t bounded by anything.  You don’t need a day or a week to be a princess you can be that anytime. I don’t remember the names of the cosplayer in the show anymore but I remember one of them cosplayed as Rainbow Dash and this was during the height of MLP love. I flipped my shit over that. That same day I was looking up photos of human rainbow dash on my mom phone. I started making my first cosplay her wing were cardboard that my dad sprayed painted blue for me. I got my outfit from dirt cheap and I bought a terrible blonde wig and just how the girl did it in the show I spent hours using Sharpie to color that wig. Km pretty sure my parents thought I was going crazy. And I don’t have photos of the cosplay anymore but I didn’t look good at all but I didn’t care it gave me such a confidence boost be pretend to be someone looked up to. Nobody can tell me shit because I’m Rainbow Dash still to this day. https://www.instagram.com/creamcheese.cosplay/ Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
10/05/2022Cosplay StoriesPhoto by archmax_studio Sailor Sun : sailorxtasy One of my friends from college knew of Anime Conventions and asked me to join him.  I had just finished school (undergrad) and was like “let me see what the fuss is”.  My first convention was Animazement in North Carolina. I went in not knowing what to expect.  When I saw the cosplays of my favorite anime characters and video game characters I LOST MY MIND.  It was then and there I decided that I wanted to be a part of it! And that’s how it began….closet cosplays, then ordering off of EBay to Amazon and having a seamstress. Cosplay has taught me to have confidence in myself. I used to be somebody with very low self-esteem when I discovered cosplaying; it really helped boost up my confidence, it really helped me see my favorite characters reimagined in the way I see them and that I should not let anybody tell me who I can and cannot cosplay.  Cosplay is for everyone and it is a hobby; I’m here to have fun no matter My Size,  the color of my skin, or my age! What inspires me to keep cosplaying is seeing how many more and more there are of  people of color cosplaying their favorite characters and putting their own spin to it. I want to be one of those people that keeps inspiring cosplayers and inspiring people who are older like myself who are in their thirties and forties to let them know that life does not end when you become a full-fledged adult. That you can still enjoy watching anime, watching cartoons, reading comic books, going to the movies and dressing up as your favorite pop culture characters. I want to keep cosplaying for as long as I can.  I do it for fun; I’m not looking to be famous and I’m not looking to make money.  It’s nice if it happens and if it doesn’t it doesn’t matter because at the end of the day I’m happy that my cosplays inspire others to play a little dress up. I’m 43, a mom to a 10 year old son, I am a Special Education Teacher and overall a big kid at heart 🙂 Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]
03/05/2022Cosplay StoriesAdora from She-Ra by colleen_cosplay Something I really love about She-Ra and the Princesses of Power as a show is that the characters are all strong and powerful in their own ways, but you also get to see their weaknesses. Adora has great leadership skills, she sees the best in those around her, and she is She-Ra, a super strong warrior! What really made me love Adora though, was seeing her weakness. Adora really struggles with self-worth. She wonders if she is good enough to be a leader, or good enough to be She-Ra, or good enough to save Catra. She has a huge burden of responsibility to shoulder in a world that is largely unfamiliar to her after she left the horde. Did she choose to be strong? Or was it that she was put in a situation where she had no choice but to get stronger? I resonate a lot with Adora’s weaknesses. I struggled for a long time with self worth even though a lot of people on the outside see me as very strong! I’ve taken on more responsibilities and leadership roles as I’ve grown as a cosplayer, and as a person, and sometimes I don’t feel good enough to be worthy of that responsibility. Sometimes, I don’t know if I really am strong or if I was just put in a position where I had no other choice. I went to my first con when I was 15 and once I knew what cosplay was, I knew it was something I wanted to do! That wasn’t the start of Colleen Cosplay though, that came later. When I first discovered cosplay I was still able-bodied and my free time was largely taken up by athletics. I was a cross-country athlete, horse owner, and martial artist. I did cosplay very casually, maybe one cosplay a year for Halloween or a convention I wanted to go to. By the time I was 21, my athletics days were over. It was very hard for me to sell my horse and quit athletics entirely. So I looked at what I could still do and I could still do cosplay. From there I really became obsessed with the hobby. With no other interests to compete with cosplay, I went all-in as a cosplayer. I learned to sew and craft and I started my cosplay YouTube channel! Cosplay has had a huge impact on my life since then. I spend so much time doing cosplay now and it has become a passion of mine. I made cosplay friends and I found the cosplay community and I can’t imagine quitting for anything now! ”Ableism in the Cosplay Community. Let’s Talk.“ (Dec 2021) Link When I first started cosplaying seriously, I was concerned about how my disability would be perceived. I hadn’t recalled seeing many disabled cosplayers, and with my disability being progressive, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would need to use mobility aids with my cosplay. I thought that surely there must be disabled cosplayers out there since there are a lot of cosplayers in the world and also a lot of disabled people in the world. I gave it a search on YouTube and ….nothing. I was surprised to find there was very little content on YouTube or even the Google search about cosplaying with a disability. For a while I tried to hide my mobility aids and pass as able-bodied when in cosplay. All the cosplay I saw around me was able-bodied so I just conformed to that. Eventually, I could hide it no longer and I started using my knee braces with my cosplays and I was surprised that I was, in some cases, treated differently because of it! People started to point out the inaccuracies of my knee braces and I started to get comments of “But this character doesn’t use a knee brace” or “is that part of the costume?”. I was immediately self conscious of my aids, but at that point I really couldn’t go without them. It took time, but I found other disabled cosplayers. There were other people who echoed my story and there were also other people who were just as lost. I decided that I never wanted anyone else to feel the way that I felt when I was starting out. I already had my YouTube channel, so I decided to use it to share my story and create a guide that my younger self could have benefitted from. I make videos covering everything from decorating mobility aids, to bringing awareness to ableism in the cosplay community. YouTube has helped me a lot! At first, it was just a distraction from what I was going through at the time, then it became a hobby, and now I see it more as a passion. YouTube has given me a way to communicate with other people and share my journey with them. I’ve met so many people through my YouTube and it has opened up a lot of opportunities for me. My channel also provided a way for other disabled people to find me and reach out and that’s how I’ve met so many people and made a lot of friends. I really feel like we have created a welcoming community on this little corner of the internet and I think it has helped a lot of people. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from it! I didn’t expect my content to resonate with so many people. I’ve gotten many messages from disabled cosplayers that have found confidence in watching my videos. I’ve gotten comments from able-bodied people showing understanding and empathy. I’ve gotten comments where people have decorated their mobility aids by following my tutorials! I’ve heard stories that were very similar to mine and found a whole community of disabled cosplayers from it. Disclaimer: All images and videos used, do not belong to FnC and belong to their respective owners. This story first appeared Cosplay In America and if you want to share a “Cosplay Stories” to be shared here on this website, full details can be found here. Like this:Like Loading... [...]

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