Maki Rolls & Kimono Jones

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Maki Rolls & Kimono Jones

Cosplay has given me so much in terms of business ventures, but the best thing it has given me is friendship.  Almost all of my close friends (including Kimono) have been people I've met through cons or cosplay, and it's such an good feeling to have people that share your passion for nerd and geek culture, as well as creativity. I am constantly inspired by the creatives in my life, and many of them were brought to me through cosplay.

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Momo Kurumi

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Momo Kurumi

Jessica Rabbit especially has a cult following around the Disneyland area, as she's often snuck into small places, such as in some of the pin merchandise, or some special figurines. But for the most part, she isn't a widely featured Disney character.

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Michael Weber & Claire Rogoski

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Michael Weber & Claire Rogoski

Cosplay doesn't mean you have to look or act like a diva or a perfect pin up or a centerfold or a model. It doesn't have to be about having the most expensive or tricked out prop or costume. But having fun as the character; as your own spin on the character, can be as rewarding as you can possibly imagine it.... and more! 

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Bree the V

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Bree the V

When the second series for Avatar came out, I was pretty hyped, but I didn't know it was going to feature a brown gal like myself, so I was really excited. I saw the first season, and did my best to try and catch up with it all but I was usually busy with work. I already had plans in place to cosplay Korra in her first look, with the ponytail and thicker boots, but when the last few seasons were released with her new look... Oh my gosh, I just remember saying "Wow!"

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Quaintrelle Cosplay

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Quaintrelle Cosplay

So looking at the design I had sketched out (its somewhere on my cosplay page on Facebook I realized something very important: There are a ton of skirts and fabric in this design. And I cannot sew a single stitch. I don't know how to use a sewing machine!!

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Big Trouble in Little China

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Big Trouble in Little China

We toiled away for months and finally made it to Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017 where we won Best Group Cosplay in the Costume Contest. This whole endeavor was a learning experience, a bonding of friendships and just unforgettable. My favorite part was seeing how excited people would get when they saw our group. They'd see Jack and get excited, then they'd notice Gracie, Miao Yin or Lo Pan and get MORE excited. Then they'd see The Storms and just lose it! I'm very glad we were able to bring this Classic to life for them.

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Revington Deschain and Amanda Lopez

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Revington Deschain and Amanda Lopez

The idea for Kubo actually came from a friend while we were brainstorming characters we could cosplay as a duo. C2E2 was only a few weeks away and we were short on building time so I took his praise of the movie to heart and went for it. I had never seen Kubo and the Two Strings, let alone heard of it until then, so I bought it to have as a reference thinking, “This thing better be good…” I absolutely adored film!

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Canvas Cosplay

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Canvas Cosplay

Cosplay is a blend of science and art, and being able to develop my craftsmanship skills and partner them with my performance abilities creates a magical experience. I thrive in these little pockets of shared sunshine where we can step outside of our ordinary lives and create the world we've imagined. In addition, being a plus-size cosplayer has encouraged many to be more body-positive and accepting of themselves and others.

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Honey Glazed Cosplay

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Honey Glazed Cosplay

My favorite fans are most certainly the kids though. They are both excited and shy and they just light right up when they get to see and talk to one of their favorite movie characters. The most adorable thing is letting them wear the hat which is usually twice as large as they are, but they don’t care, just smile and run back to their moms giggling. It really makes things special while being in La Muerte.

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Sean St. Michael

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Sean St. Michael

I was honestly shocked at how much attention the costume got when I showed up. I had people yelling Rick and Morty quotes at me as soon as I walked in andstopping me every few minutes for pictures. I had a blast but I felt bad in a way that a costume that cost me about $5 to make was getting more attention than the hardcore cosplayers that spent large sums of money and countless hours of time and effort on their outfits. My girlfriend was with me the whole time as Tank Girl and I totally thought that she was going to steal the show. I guess you should never underestimate the power of good cartoons and obscure food references.
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Marie Schiavone

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Marie Schiavone

Creating costumes is always a careful process for me, I tend to get stuck on a concept when I create mash ups or themed costumes for a character. So like the many that had come before, this was a new style and several different patterns of skirts, boleros, capes and bodices that I then ‘mashed up’ to create the particular look I wanted.

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XxSnowfrostxx & Superrlynn

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XxSnowfrostxx & Superrlynn

Really the main point for us was the props. For the instruments, because of my musical background, we already had many pianos and violins to use as well as lots of sheet music. I even had all the music for a majority of the pieces they played in the anime. We also had pink flower petals as well as the letter that Arima received at the end of the series both at the con and for shoots.

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Krex Cosplay

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Krex Cosplay

Honestly, I wouldn't have been able to make this costume without Anarchy Girls Cospace. It's a cosplay workshop in Utah (my home state) that supplies members with an area to work and a vast amount of tools to use. The only materials I had to buy for Pet Shop were my boots, gloves (inside the wings), and the felt for my wings! Everything else was supplied by Cospace or something I already had. They even allowed me to stay until 5am on multiple occasions to finish him! I'm extremely grateful for them and their help.

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Joanna Bert

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Joanna Bert

I saw Rogue One 3 times in theaters and it has been my favorite of the new Star Wars films so far. I am a rebel leader at heart. Like Jyn, I aspire to be a voice for justice and to always fight for what is right. It is inspiring to see her brave sacrifice for freedom in the galaxy and it brings me personal strength to embody her character. Plus, she's the only blue eyed brunette protagonist in the live action Star Wars universe!

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Aristargirl Cosplay

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Aristargirl Cosplay

They say don’t procrastinate, but I prescribe by the philosophy of go big or go home… so in the six days I took to make the costume, I didn’t sleep for three days straight. I also initially made the headpiece way too big – probably carved away about two cans of expanding foam by the time I was happy with the size. Other fun moments include retouching the details on my kimono the night before the WonderCon masquerade, and bribing my brother into helping me paint my back twice over the course of the weekend.

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Harley Kat

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Harley Kat

One of my favorite ones was with this little girl who was also dressed as Wonder Woman. She was soooo excited to see me that she ran over for a picture and her face completely lit up when I asked if she wanted to hold the lasso for it. Every once and a while we really get to make a kids day and those moments are pretty awesome.

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FellowHermit

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FellowHermit

Oh, gosh. Tell you what -- I have never made this many children cry before. Having said that, I also posed with a lot of badass little princesses who were not daunted by the creepy goat-person. They were just vaguely disappointed that I was not, in fact, Groot. Bahaha.

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Chris Villain

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Chris Villain

Cosplaying has affected my life in the most positive way! Most of the close friends I have, I've met through or because of cosplay and I couldn't ask for a more supportive group of people to surround myself with! It's also helped boost my self confidence in ways I couldn't imagine! There's something about becoming another person or character that makes you feel more confident and I've been lucky enough to have that confidence stick with me in my day to day life!

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Syless Jinx

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Syless Jinx

I read Fairy Tail manga and I remember a chapter where his armor appeared. It was so different from her other armor and weapons and I knew I wanted to cosplay it! 

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Dogeman Cosplay

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Dogeman Cosplay

I had a really surprising and positive response! I didn't expect it to be so well-received, and bringing it back this year with Hendo Art with her awesome Buzz Trooper was just lot of fun. I was glad that so many people got what we were, it was nice to have both Toy Story and Star Wars fans come up to us.

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