Huxxley

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Huxxley

This was a thrift store cosplay at its finest. I think the whole thing cost about 25 bucks total. The most time consuming thing was having my wife paint the symbols on my arms. Now the alchemical symbol “The Red King” is completely an affectation of the Keanu Reeves movie but I thought that I would add it in as it makes the character distinguishable and it really was the one cool parts about that movie interpretation.

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Zalora & PiggyNukka

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Zalora & PiggyNukka

This hobby, while fun, is extremely catty. It's a shame how some people feel the need to drag others down to bring themselves up. Just remember that you're doing cosplay FOR YOU, not for the approval of other people. It doesn't matter how many likes or views you get, because those posts will become obsolete and forgotten with time. You can make what you want of this hobby. I think it's much more important to open your closet, look at your outfits, and have the memories of the blood, sweat, and tears you put in to make it happen and the memories you created with your friends because of it.

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Hachi-chan

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Hachi-chan

 

My first con was Animazement in 2008 and I knew people dressed up and I wanted to too, but I didn't really know it had a name. My first experience cosplaying was my first year of college. So it wasn't a con. It felt a bit awkward walking through campus as Kagome from Inuyasha but I was excited. I had one guy ask me if I wanted to join the archery club.

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Back of Beyond Cosplay

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Back of Beyond Cosplay

Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicles was always one of those "dream costumes" that I had on my list to do one day, but always put off for fear of not doing it well enough. This year I bit the bullet though, and decided to make it my competition piece for Youmacon since I felt it was challenging enough to try finally. It took over a month for all the initial research, looking for historical garments to reference to it, and traveling to different states to buy fabric before I even started working on the dress itself which took another 4 months to finish.

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Kitty

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Kitty

I actually loved her concept art immediately when it was released. Once Gaige was added to the game I put an embarrassing amount of hours into it and only really wanted to play as her. Right around that time I was getting to know some of my (now) closest friends and they mentioned cosplaying Borderlands so naturally I chose my favorite!

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Allen Waiserman

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Allen Waiserman

I'm a HUGE Disney geek in every aspect, & I love Hercules, and have always loved the character of Hades, which is one of my favorite villains. He's so twisted yet smart and has SO much sass, so I knew he would be so fun to play in person and bring to life. I also like creating unique versions of characters that others have never seen. I like my cosplays to have an over-the-top Broadway or drag look & feel to them with lots of sparkles, sequins, big features, and glam; as if they just stepped out of one of Disney's electrical parades.

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Robyn Rees

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Robyn Rees

There's an artist named Heather Kreiter that did a series of 'Demons of the Apocalypse' that were horse versions of the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, also there was a Robot Chicken episode of My Little Ponies of the Apocalypse and my sister and I thought it would be an awesome idea to make our own versions of these characters!

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Bgal1245

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Bgal1245

Overall, I got a lot of Zelda fans who, instead of laughing, just looked at Link and razzed her for making me wait! I think I got more sympathy than laughter from some people, which was so funny. I distinctly remember some guy walking past me, flipping around and stopping me, reading my sign and then leaving with no words just bursting into laughter! It was so hysterical!

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Sara Cosplay

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Sara Cosplay

Since I was a teen, I’ve had a weakness for historical fashion, especially costumes from the Renaissance and the Regency eras. My historical version of Snow White was designed on a whim at the end of 2014, and was my first major cosplay.

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Kiguzoomi

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Kiguzoomi

Overall, cosplay has been a big part of my life, helping to shape who I am today. I'm not very good at crafting; I can't knock out ten new costumes in a year like of my friends, and I'm no authority on what makes a cosplay great or not. But what matters to me is just having fun, getting to meet good people, and becoming someone else for a day.

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Lauren

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Lauren

As I grew up, I felt like I related to Kiki more and more. She is so unsure of herself, and questions whether she in on the right path. And as I have grown up, I also feel unsure at times about whether I am on the right path. But ultimately I feel like, just like Kiki, I will figure out where I am supposed to be.

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Dreamsicles Cosplay

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Dreamsicles Cosplay

In a way, I guess you can say that cosplay has allowed me to express myself. It's like a form of art but only it's bringing a character that's in an anime, web comic, comic book, movie, cartoon, etc to life and recreating that to the best of your ability to show everyone that it's okay to walk around like your favorite character. Doesn't matter who you are or where you come from because if you like that character then you go for it and cosplay them.

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Twinzik Cosplay

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Twinzik Cosplay

"In particular, children REALLY enjoyed posing for pictures after, instead of encouraging them to smile for their parents with the cameras, we got to make DISGUSTING faces together! Attempting to ruin photos has never been more in-character. Sorry, Deadpool."

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Justin & Jason

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Justin & Jason

"My No Face costume had fallen apart and I wanted to remake it, however I don't really like doing something twice so I decided to tweak it a bit. Luckily I saw some fan art online of Baymax as No Face. I thought it looked adorable and so I just went for it"

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Alizarin Crimson

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Alizarin Crimson

"I have a general sewing kit which includes needles, I think 20 colors or more of thread, safety pins, regular pins, and fray check. I also have three kinds of glue (craft glue, super glue, and sometimes a glue gun if I have a chance). Sharpies, pens, duct tape, a battery pack, and other various odds and ends fill my bag as well. It's still a work in progress as far as I'm concerned."

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Lady Beard of Texas

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Lady Beard of Texas

"At first it started as a little joke between us. She would be Tuxedo Mask and I'd be Sailor Moon. I had gotten the idea from a photo I saw of the real Ladybeard."

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NTG Cosplay

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NTG Cosplay

"The process behind Monty Jack was relatively simple & straightforward, the only real crafting we had to do was to make an aviator hat with the mouse ears already attached, a rat tail, and a Rescue Rangers logo for the jacket, everything else was store-bought -- Amazon Prime FTW! "

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Harlequin Cosplay

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Harlequin Cosplay

"When she [No Flutter] started posting her progress on her Jessica Rabbit piece, I was instantly love. It still had that Jessica Rabbit attitude and vibe, but a dress that seemed so much more fun to make and in a style that I love."

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Consuela Cosplay

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Consuela Cosplay

"What really made it come together were the little details such as how she styled her hair, her stance and straight face. Invoking her personality is what really makes this cosplay come to life. Over the years I have fine tuned the costume but it remains relatively the same. But the most important accessory is the passion to cosplay and the imagination to follow through"

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Cheeseburger Apocalypse Cosplay

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Cheeseburger Apocalypse Cosplay

"Not to be corny, but don't worry. This is not 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."

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