I was introduced to the hobby roughly 16 years ago when I attended my first anime convention, A-kon in 2003. At the time I wasn’t aware cosplaying at conventions was a thing, so when I saw people dressed up, I thought “Wow that looks like fun. I want to try Continue Reading


Let me start with how crazy it is that I’ve been cosplaying for over a whole decade! That’s bonkers! I’ve tried typing a lot of different things about cosplay, like how I started, what drew me into the craft, how I’ve grown as a cosplayer and heck even how it Continue Reading


My journey with cosplay has changed as my interests and life focus changed. I originally started in 2004 with comic book conventions and building armor, but I found friends and group cosplay through anime events. I was a member of a large group of as many as a dozen cosplayers, Continue Reading


I first discovered cosplay at my Japanese club in high school. When we attended Animazement in Raleigh, NC, back in 2001, I had no clue that people dressed up but I loved it! Through cosplay, I discovered makeup as an expressive way to transform or just play up and enhance Continue Reading


Going to gaming conventions like GenCon, it wasn’t unusual to see medieval costumes and Klingons. It wasn’t until I went to an anime convention called Anime Central in 2001 in Chicago that I saw cosplays of anime characters; they were more numerous and varied than gaming cons and renaissance fairs. Continue Reading


Most people have a hobby or passion project, right? Cosplaying, among other creative adventures, is that main hobby for me. I love learning. One of the best ways to keep your learning skills sharp is to create a fictional character in real life. Seriously, try building a humongous anime wig Continue Reading


In the past decade, cosplay has brought so many things to my life. It has brought me an outlet to push myself in a creative fields that I had never considered before.  Shortly after getting into cosplay, I began staffing at Anime Los Angeles bringing me a new perspective of Continue Reading


Cosplayer : Zander My first cosplay was a quickly thrown together Dark Link for a friend’s birthday party back in 2003. I didn’t even know what cosplay was back then. I first discovered the word “cosplay” when Naruto was still a new show and I had gone to purchase a Continue Reading


Cosplayer : Malinda Cosplay has certainly impacted my life so much in the past 10 years. It began with self confidence. Sometimes when I dress up, I’ll feel empowered by a character’s strengths. There is a feeling of satisfaction when I make something myself, and I might feel more cool Continue Reading