Dark Eyed Redhead

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Dark Eyed Redhead

Just lots of admiration, comments about how creative it is (and, original, as I am the very first), and wanting to trade weaponry during photo ops. I traded my lollipop for a barbed-wire covered bat (imagine Negan holding a lollipop), also traded guns for the lollipop in certain posed pictures. Everyone was super respectful and really loved the concept of the mashup of the country girl from Kansas and the Princess in the bikini.

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Dragon Theater

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Dragon Theater

One of the most memorable moments at a con for me was when I was requested to play soccer with a few adults and a group of kids. It was a blast but the kids were so amused and enamored at how my tentacles were able to kick the ball. The just couldn't figure it out.

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Jeff Porter

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Jeff Porter

I found when I wore it to the Fan Expo in Vancouver that I had a lot more people recognize Babar compared to ECCC but I always love the response I get “OMG! Babar! You were my childhood!!!”. I also tend to get more adults then kids get excited to see Babar. From kids I get “Who is the big elephant . . . ?“

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X-Ray Kitty Cosplay

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X-Ray Kitty Cosplay

To me cosplay mean new everything. Each time I put on a cosplay, I'm living a new life. Since cosplay, I learned new skills, like sewing and prop making. I even been to new cons like Acen. I always end up making new friends or making new connections with old ones. It's just new experience all together. Cosplay open my life up.

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Inoli Shiba

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Inoli Shiba

Cosplay came at a time in my life where everything and everyone I knew changed, it was a silly masquerade that led to close friendships and having a more positive outlook towards myself. As silly as it sounds, cosplay has really given me a sense of purpose and value for the first time in my life.

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Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay

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Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay

 In fifteen years of cosplaying this is the closest I've ever come to dropping something from my lineup, but never underestimate a stubborn cosplayer in crunch mode.

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Kayla

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Kayla

"When I started out, my parents were just glad that I was able to put my time into something constructive, but when I began getting into cosplays from shows of my past and princess cosplays, they started getting really involved and interested. I could tell they weren't too sure about my hobby at first, but I knew they'd support this over alternative hobbies kids my age were getting into. Now is a different story. They support me 100% in all of my cosplays, and even help me with hands-on construction if it's too much for one person. Sure, my Dad thought my skirt for Sailor Moon was a little short; and he was completely right. It was a tiny little thing."

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Todd Whalen

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Todd Whalen

Anyone who was Canadian, related to or worked with a Canadian, couldn't help remark at how awesome they thought it was. I think the most fun part was meeting up with Left Coast Avenger, who I'd met the year before and has an amazing Civil War Cap cosplay.

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Kyle Kortvely

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Kyle Kortvely

Cosplay is an art at heart, where it’s only as good as the person doing it, never by how the world might judge you. Even if things start falling apart and you feel like it will not go anywhere for you, never give up your passion as long as it still stays lit in your mind and body. There is always someone or groups of people that have been where you are that can help and make you feel right back to how it all began, so never give up and always keep dreaming on that next big cosplay.

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Candy Heart Cosplay

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Candy Heart Cosplay

I've been totally overwhelmed with the response this dress has gotten! I've been cosplaying with my friends for seven years now and none of my cosplays have ever gotten a response like this one! It's crazy to me and I'm incredibly thankful for all of the love and support I've been receiving. This is the first time people have recognized me from social media at a convention both in and out of costume and it got me a little emotional. It's been a wild ride and a really great experience (even when little kids tried taking horses off my dress)! I'm constantly learning and growing as a cosplayer, so to see a response like this to something I made...It's just a really amazing feeling!

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Cookin' In Tights

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Cookin' In Tights

Hanzo meant a lot to me because the video game Overwatch has helped me out quite a bit during a rough time in my life. In 2016 when the game came out, I was in a slump. This was my year of soul searching as I lost ambition, happiness, and direction in my life. Overwatch was a way for me to escape reality and soften my internal struggles.

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Helio Pixy

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Helio Pixy

When I’m Ms. Fortune, the response is so energetic and empowering. People were ecstatic that I shared their passion for the game. It’s always a brief moment of human connection, but it’s there, and it’s a wonderful burst of escapism where you ARE that character. It’s my favorite part of the whole experience. She’s such a fun, badass character to emulate, and I think the effort was appreciated. I got really into it!

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That One Cosplayer Guy

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That One Cosplayer Guy

I have always been a Wolverine fan. I started cosplaying the character in 2014.I've done 4 different versions of the cinematic version..I also happen to be a Hugh Jackman fan! When I heard that Hugh was returning to play wolverine one last time, I made sure to be ready for any type of photos or stills so I could prepare myself for his new look...the first photo surfaced and it showed with a new hairstyle and him with a grey beard and a brown jacket. There was also a little girl with him in the picture and we were all curious as to who she was. After months of speculation it was confirmed that she is Laura/X23. When I found this out I knew this was a great opportunity to family cosplay with my 10 year old little girl, Adriana!

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Sithcamaro Studios

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Sithcamaro Studios

I'd say that the art has taught me to be a more humble person. It's perfectly understandable for a first timer, with a sudden slew of attention, to have it go to their heads. I've been there, and I know many others have been as well. It's up to that individual to decide how they handle themselves after that. For me, I allowed it to push me into continuing and expanding my skills. My goal is not to take part in any competitions, but rather accept the praise of my peers on the convention floor.

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Chris Etuk

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Chris Etuk

Mr. Freeze is my first cosplay and NYCC 2016 was my first convention. So last year i decided i wanted to go comic con and was talking to a co-worker about costume ideas. I wanted something that wasn't so frequent to see and a character that i felt i can make believable. So my co-worker suggested Mr. Freeze. After some googling of other cosplays of him and images of his suit i picked the Arkham City video game version of him. Plus he's bald and I'm bald so that really sold me.

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ImaginEeri

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ImaginEeri

I think, in a lot of ways cosplay enriched my life. While I wouldn't have died or anything without it, I think cosplay has made the quality of my life better. Given me opportunities I would have had, helped me make friends, helped me learn skills, and been overall good for my mental health. I think cosplay has the potential to enrich everyone's lives who really loves it, as long as we don't lose sight of what's most important within cosplaying: friendship and having fun and accepting everyone for who they are.

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Crimsyn

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Crimsyn

For conventions, I usually bring 2 costumes: a more casual cosplay and a heavier, more detailed cosplay. For Katsucon, I needed a casual cosplay for Friday, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. As I was scrolling through Netflix, I found that the Spongebob Movie was available, and it wasn't something I had seen in quite awhile. When I saw Stripper Patrick Star at the end of the movie, I knew that was the perfect casual cosplay that presents my sense of humor as well!

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Dr. Disney Cosplay

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Dr. Disney Cosplay

Finally, throughout my years of cosplaying, I've encountered many things. I've seen people bashing other people's cosplays, people trying to force themselves to get noticed by the community and people struggling to make their cosplays worthy of the convention floor. I just hope people realize that cosplay is a way to express a person's creativity and helps some people relieve stress. Whatever what people do with their cosplays, don't make it hard for others to enjoy it as well. Whether you're a beginner or expert, remember to keep the "play" in "cosplay."

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Slayer - Braxus Cosplay + Newton Stoner IV

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Slayer - Braxus Cosplay + Newton Stoner IV

Well Swat Kats was an idea we had for a cosplay 5 years ago. The idea came when we had a 90's cartoon weekend with a group of friends. Another friend mentioned he thought it be a cool idea and I agreed, but wasn't confident in my cosplay skills at the time. The years went by and then my buddy Newt (T-Bone) brought up that he wanted to start cosplaying and wanted to do Swat Kats, At this point I was like maybe its time to test my skills.

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Kellie & Chris

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Kellie & Chris

The response at the convention was amazing and a little overwhelming. We could barely move without being stopped. So many pictures taken and people saying that are characters were their childhood. Also that they had never seen a Jak & Daxter cosplay before. It seemed we genuinely made people really happy.

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