WCS USA Mountain Regionals: #2 Wild Garden Cosplay - Revolutionary Girl Utena uploaded by World Cosplay Summit United States Preliminaries
I want to bring your attention to the #notacosplayer project run by Eddie of Food and Cosplay (facebook, tumblr).
Pretty angry at those photos right? Yeah, me too. The top one is me and six of the other cosplayers are extremely close friends of mine. (I’ve tagged their pages if you click on the photos!)
#notacosplayer is here to tackle the bullying within the cosplay community and especially that from outside. A lot of people, too many people believe that you have to be a thin, white woman with large boobs and an incredibly attractive face to be “allowed” to cosplay, and then what? If you are you’re brandished a slut/whore, a fake geek and only doing it for male attention. Yes there are a small handful of people who do infact cosplay for attention and have no interest in the characters, but for the people with a genuine love of what they’re doing, this is massively hurtful.
Comments like the ones above are received on a daily basis for a lot of cosplayers, whether it be a sly remark from another convention goer, on a facebook page where “well its just a picture on the internet” or some other form of online forum, the comments are read and they’re upsetting.
Cosplayers spend countless hours picking costumes, hunting down where the best place to get them from is or locating the most realistic parts for a costume. They send off designs and reference to commissioners to ensure that their piece is perfect and just how they want it, constantly giving feedback and input on their item. Some other cosplayers spend hours and hours slaving away with cuts and burns to create something they’re proud of and love.
They take a picture and hang it with absolute pride at how awesome they look, how they replicated their favorite character in their own way. They show it to their friends who all say how awesome it is and they share it around.
And for what?
Definitely not for some random person off the internet to feel the need to comment and chip in, ignoring every ounce of effort and accuracy on a costume. Friend, you found this image probably because you’re a fan of what I’m cosplaying from, could you comment on my costume please?
No, straight for the jugular, right in the “you’re not good enough to cosplay because…”
"You’re #notacosplayer because…”
Well I am. And Everyone else who says their a cosplayer is a cosplayer. The rules of cosplay aren’t written on attractiveness or likeness, they’re written on costume play.
So stand proud guys. Bullying will not be tolerated anymore. Share your stories and lets stop this horrible taboo where we never speak about the nasty comments we receive. Its a major part and its driving out incredible members of our community. Negativity won’t be tolerated anymore.
You’re all amazing and incredible and you can do whatever you set your mind to. Don’t let these comments put you off doing that dream character or starting cosplaying. Stand up proud and where that costume, show bullies and negativity that you don’t care…
Dragon Wing out of an Umbrella - Tutorial by Aliuh
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Would you rather…
Running out of supplies halfway through your project, during crunch time OR Not knowing if your wig is going to come in the mail on time?
Cosplayers & Costumers, we here at Marvel.com are always super appreciative and constantly in awe of your costumes, time and time again! As is now tradition, we would like to honor the costuming and cosplay community for the time and effort you’ve put toward the Marvel fandom throughout the month of October. For 31 days, we will highlight cosplayers & costumers through profiles, news articles, events and more! Plus you all get your chance to participate! Here’s how:
Every day, starting October 1, we will pick a cosplayer or costumer to profile on Marvel’s Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.
If you’re interested in possibly being spotlighted, send in the photographs* of yourself in costume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
So remember to stop by Marvel.com, plus Marvel’s Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter every day for the month of October to celebrate in everything cosplay & costuming!
And for more information, head to our Costoberfest Hub!
*We will need a signed release (to be provided by Marvel) from the model and approval from the photographer of each photo. All photos must be of cosplayers 13 years of age or older.
Tips on how to safely navigate a convention as a cosplayer by Yaya Han
Bloomers Tutorial by Yiji
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Tip Tuesday #84
Have allergies / sensitivities? When commissioning a costume make sure to the let commissioner know! That way they can let you know if there is a possibility of contamination, especially if you have sensitivities to common laundry products or pets!
If you are a commissioner, make sure to inform your clients if you have pets, live in a smoke-filled environment or use products that may cause people to react.
Legend of Zelda Gold Belt Tutorial by Straight Line Association Cosplay
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Weeping Angel Cosplay Tutorial by Celebration Generation
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Lace Crowns — Quick Microwave Methodmakes ONE 18” crown
1/2 yard crocheted lace
- (Also look for “Cluny Lace” or “Dyeable Cotton Lace”. You can find the lace I used for these crowns HERE)
- Fabric Stiffener (I used Aleene’s Stiffen Quick)
- Small bowl
- Tacky Glue
- 1 sheet posterboard
- clear packing tape
- paper plate or parchment paper
- thin butterknife or offset spatula
- sewing pin
- Gold or silver metallic paint**
- Rubber gloves
- Paint brush
- Hot glue gun or a jewelry adhesive (I used Aleene’s Platinum Bond Glass & Bead)
- Vintage jewelry, rhinestones, jeweled scrapbook trim, etc…
Step 1: Place lace in a small bowl and cover with fabric stiffener. Soak for 15 minutes.
Step 2: While lace is soaking, prepare a crown form by cutting a 20” x 4” strip of posterboard. If using a smaller piece, cut two 10.5” x 4” pieces. Overlap by a 1/2” and tape together on the front and back.
Step 3: Roll the posterboard in to a tube, 17.5” in circumference, and secure with packing tape.
Step 4: Remove lace from bowl, allowing excess to gently drip back in to the bowl. Return excess stiffener to the original bottle. Wrap the wet lace around the base of the posterboard form. I used a spot of tacky glue to hold the overlapping ends of the lace together.Step 5: Put crown and form on a paper plate or piece of parchment. Microwave on high power for 30 seconds. There may be some crackling sounds in this initial phase. Continue to microwave in 30 second increments (depending on the power of your microwave, you might be able to go up to a max of 1 minute increments), until the lace is dry to the touch.Step 6: Remove plate from microwave and completely spray the crown (while still on the form) with stiffener. Return to microwave and microwave in short increments till it is dry to the touch.Step 7: Repeat the process of spraying and drying until you’ve achieved the desired level of stiffness. For me, I found that 7 spray/dry cycles was sufficient.Step 8: Remove crown from the form. You may need to slide a butterknife or offset spatula underneath to help loosen it. If some of the stiffener has closed up some of the holes in the lace, you can easily clean it out with the end of a pin.Step 9: Return the crown to the plate and microwave for an additional 30 seconds to a minute. When removed from microwave, crown should be completely dry and stiff. Set the crown aside while you set up your paintStep 10: Wearing rubber gloves to keep your hands clean, paint the crown, inside and out. Do not be surprised when the crown goes soft with the application of the wet paint. It will stiffen, harder than ever, when it dries.Step 11: Gently slide the wet crown back on to the posterboard form. Set aside to dry. You can use a hairdryer to help speed up the process, but DO NOT return the crown to the microwave.Step 12: When crown is dry, attach bits of glitz and finery with a hot glue gun or jewelry glue. I used bits of broken vintage jewelry that I dismantled with the help of tin snips.thanks to Jenn “rook No.17” http://www.rookno17.com/2012/02/lace-crowns-quick-microwave-method.html
Hey guys! Corsets/Shapers are such a huge part of anime costumes right now and are always helpful to wear under a costume, not to mention it’s my favori…
I rarely post tutorials that aren’t mine, but I don’t think Eli has a cosplay tumblr and her new tutorial is great for beginners! :)
Disclaimer: This is for female-to-male transformations OR for anyone that wants to look extra manly
Materials you will need:
- fabric scissors
- hot glue OR a sewing machine (you can attach them with thread or glue, both will work equally well)
- Approximately 1/2 yd cotton batting (the…
How to make a sword with insulation foam
1. Copy the pattern to the board and cut it.
2. Start carving.
3. When u finish carving it use a sander with a paper sand # 120.
4. Make a hole in the mid of the sword to put a stick inside so it wont break if hits some or something, then cover it with gypsum board filler. (This step might take time since u have to sand it many times and add filler many times if necessary).
5. Details can be added with foamy.
6. Once you done with details put 2-3 layers of mudge podge and paint it and done!
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