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DAVID & CLAUDIA

DAVID : I first did the Pumpkin/Goblin King mashup in August at Stockton Con ..it was the Magic Dance version..I liked the fact that Jack is the Pumpkin King and Jareth is the Goblin King.. and I felt it would be awesome to bring both Kings together.... 

CLAUDIA ; I never am someone to copy or mimic something directly (screen accuracy seemed too straight forward and been-there-done-that) so I always try to come up with creative and original ideas for some of my favorite characters. And when I met David, I knew that he felt the same way because I've never met somebody as unique and imaginative as him! So when I saw his first version of Jack X Jareth from the Labyrinth (his casual/normal outfit in the movie) I immediately was struck with an idea to do the infamous ballroom scene with Jack & Sally and I quickly drew up a concept art design to share with him my inspired vision. He was absolutely floored and we started gathering materials right away!

DAVID : Claudia then reached out to me a few months after.. about doing the Ballroom Version.. She told me she had the dress.. then she sent me a drawing that she did.. and I was really super excited about what I seen..We knew right away that this was going to be good...I m so thankful to her for reaching out to me because we became friends because of this and to share this experience with her was magical and priceless.. 

CLAUDIA : The biggest part of my inspiration was the fact that I already happened to have an authentic 80's wedding dress in my closet that I bought almost 10 years ago from the Goodwill just for fun! It already had the fabulous sleeves and big poofy dress that with our short time frame and limited budget after the holiday season, it was a lot easier to convert that into the design rather than start from scratch. I also found the perfect blue sequin jacket with coat tails online that we had to ship priority to arrive in time for David to try on and turn into the Goblin King. I bought even more materials and fabric to further add onto the existing pieces but we decided to save those for an upgrade in a future con with more time under our belts as even this took me until the night before to finish in time for the con. So this isn't even our "final form"!

DAVID : We met at a fabric store.. to look at some fabric...and that was the first moment we actually officially met in person.. The jacket was the main thing that we got ..everything else I had.. She attached and made the collar... and also made and attached the tail..The results that were added ..was a huge difference...so Im thankful to her for that.. She is very creative and wonderful person...She is amazing......

CLAUDIA : From the very beginning of our collaboration, we knew that this was going to be something big (literally and figuratively) but since we had to schedule it on the first day of the con, we didn't think we'd get as much attention as on the weekend. But we actually still had tons of people both freak out immediately about mashing their 2 favorite fandoms or others just stare at us trying to fit the pieces together until you could physically see the light bulb switch on their faces! It was quite entertaining and loved sharing that moment with them - even had to constantly drag David away from all his adoring fans who kept stopping us for pictures in between our photoshoots, we kept causing foot traffic jams!

DAVID : The response at Sac Anime was huge ...Peoples reactions were priceless.. I heard a lot of .. Omg ... my two favorites together mashed up...bringing Zero the dog was awesome....one person was jumping up in down..and couldn't believe it ....some people It took them awhile to figure it out ... with a confused face...but when they did they they smiled .. I was playing both themes of music.. when I played David Bowie.. people started dancing.

DAVID : Operation MJ
CLAUDIA : Cricket Fantasy - Art & Cosplay

Photo : Cosplay of Sacramento

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Ginny Di

I've loved the centaurettes from Fantasia for my whole life — I used to rewind and rewatch that section of our VHS copy of Fantasia over and over again. Once I started cosplaying, I did think about trying a centaurette, but assumed I'd have to adapt it into a two-legged costume. Then I saw Maja Felicitas' centaur costume and my brain started going a mile a minute!! It was the first time it even occurred to me that I could cosplay one of the centaurettes complete with four legs. I dreamed about it for a while after that, scared to start, but eventually I told myself "If you don't do it soon, someone else will do it first," and that helped kick my butt into gear!

The actual construction of the costume wasn't nearly as challenging as I thought it would be! Instead, it was working out the structure and the motion that presented the biggest challenge. Much of the time spent on this costume was just doing something, trying it on, adjusting it, trying it on, etc. for days at a time. I had to do a lot of research into a horse's gait and skeleton, and then do my best to recreate those shapes and those movements with the most minimal, simple engineering possible. It was a mental challenge far more than it was a physical one!

I debuted this costume at Denver Comic Con 2017, and the reaction was amazing. I had a little boy come up to me while I was standing still, talking with friends, and politely ask if I could take a few steps, because "my brother doesn't believe you can walk." His brother's face was priceless when I walked a few feet and the back legs stepped with me! It's not the most comfortable costume to wear (and certainly not the most mobile) but I'm glad I wore it to a convention nonetheless — there's something extra meaningful about seeing people's reactions in person.

The online comments were a bit of a different story, haha! A lot of people online find this costume really weird, don't understand why I made it, or even think it's creepy. Probably the most common comments I get on it is "what the fuck??" People also like to make jokes about furries and bronies. At first it was pretty disheartening, because this was such an important costume to me and so many of the comments are negative. But I try to remind myself that great art makes people feel something, even if those feelings are polarized. I'd rather someone remember the costume, even if they're remembering it because it creeped them out!

For a long time, the Fantasia centaurette was my dream cosplay. But by calling it a "dream cosplay," I was putting it on this pedestal that made it seem unattainable. Once I finally put my hands on some materials and started crafting it, I was surprised by how quickly it came together. Sometimes, I think the idea of a "dream cosplay" can put more distance between us and the projects we're really passionate about. I don't want to have dream cosplays anymore — if it's really important to me to make a specific costume, I should just make it. Turn your dream cosplays into reality cosplays!

---- Ginny Di ( FB / IG )

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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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