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Sunday Cosplay Gallery from PAX East 2014

Posted April 21, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Sunday at PAX East 2014 was not as crowded as Saturday, but if you try to guess by how much based on the lines at the food vendors, the answer was “not much.” And the number of cosplayers was, one could logically assume, somewhat less than on Saturday, but again it was tough the tell […]

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Anime Boston 2014 Cosplay Pics by KBV Photography!

Posted April 19, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Anime Boston was held a few weeks ago in chilly late March, and our photography editor KBV Photography was in attendance, grabbing shots of the anime cosplay goodness. Not surprisingly, the immensely popular anime Kill La Kill was the focus of many of the cosplayers. Nudist Beach group shots, anyone?  

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GeeksareSexy: ‘Harry Potter’ Fan Film Kickstarter Needs Your Help

Posted April 18, 2014 by Rodney Brown

The website GeeksareSexy has a great in depth write-up about the plans by a gang of current and former Emerson College students to make a movie about the Marauders, the gang of troublemakers at Howarts in the late 1970s that included James Potter and Sirius Black. The film “The Gathering Storm,” co-written and directed by […]

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Cosplayer Alert! Michaels Stores Data Breach Put 3M Credit Cards At Risk

Posted April 18, 2014 by Rodney Brown

The arts and crafts supply chain Michaels Stores Inc. today revealed the potential scope of a data breach it first reported back in January, and it is a doozy. According to reports, as many as 3 million credit and debit card numbers may have been stolen from the chain, and its subsidiary, Aaron Brothers. According […]

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Lisa Lou Who’s Officer Vi Cosplay Packs a Punch!

Posted April 17, 2014 by E. Ortiz

At PAX East 2014, we interviewed Lisa Lou Who as she was cosplaying Officer Vi from the uber-popular game League of Legends! In our video, she talks about the game’s popularity and the difficulty of making giant robot hands. Below the interview, we have some more photos of her cosplay taken by the amazing FirstPerson Shooter!

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Holly Conrad’s Heroic Dragon Age Cosplay at PAX East 2014!

Posted April 16, 2014 by E. Ortiz

At PAX East 2014 we interviewed Heroes of Cosplay, Crabcat Industries and The Nerdist’s Holly Conrad as she was cosplaying from the new Dragon Age: Inquisition video game! In our video, she talks about her crafting approach and her love of costuming. Below the interview, we have some more photos of her cosplay taken by the […]

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Saturday Cosplay Gallery from PAX East 2014

Posted April 15, 2014 by Rodney Brown

PAX East 2014, held this past weekend at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, saw pretty big crowds all three days, but Saturday had the biggest crowd, and the most cosplayers. Partly that was because of Mass Effect cosplay meetups, League of Legends cosplay meetups, and a costume contest, the male winner of which was […]

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Friday Cosplay Gallery from PAX East 2014

Posted April 14, 2014 by Rodney Brown

While it is true that the game League of Legends seems to be responsible for nearly half of all cosplay costumes at PAX East 2014, held this past weekend at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, that’s not a bad thing. Riot Games has stepped up its design for its characters in the past few […]

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PAX East 2014 Day 3 Reporter’s Notebook

Posted April 13, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Wrapping up the series of observations about the gaming convention PAX East, happening this weekend in Boston, with the third and last day. This type of coverage has a long history in journalism as something called a “reporter’s notebook,” but what it is today is basically a series of tweets I never actually sent. But […]

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PAX East 2014 Day 2 Reporter’s Notebook

Posted April 13, 2014 by Rodney Brown

This is the second in a series of observations about the gaming convention PAX East, happening this weekend in Boston. This type of coverage has a long history in journalism as something called a “reporter’s notebook,” but what it is today is basically a series of tweets I never actually sent. But the objective is the […]

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PAX East 2014 Day 1 Reporter’s Notebook

Posted April 11, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Over the next three day’s I will post a series of observations about the gaming convention PAX East, happening this weekend in Boston. While this has a long history in journalism as something called a “reporter’s notebook,” what it is today is basically a series of tweets I never actually sent. But the objective is […]

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Janeway Left Her Brain In The Delta Quadrant – Updated

Posted April 7, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Kate Mulgrew, the tough, smart Captain Janeway from the series Star Trek: Voyager, is doing the narration for a soon-to-be released “documentary” that tries to argue that something we’ve known to be true for 500 years is wrong and Earth is actually the center of the universe — including the idea the sun revolves around […]

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Is The Most Comic Book Movie Yet

Posted April 6, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Captain America: The Winter Soldier has succeeded in doing what Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios have been aiming for since they started with the creation of what has come to be called the Marvel Cinematic Universe — the creation on film of a real comic book experience. That is it’s most amazing attribute — not […]

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Anime Matsuri 2014 Cosplay Gallery from Angelwing!

Posted April 4, 2014 by Rodney Brown

The Ides of March may have been bad news for Caesar, but it was good news for us, as it fell in the weekend of Anime Matsuri this year. The Houston, Texas, convention is another US qualifying stop in the World Cosplay Summit, and the cosplay is, as it is at WCS stop Katsucon, top […]

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Why I’m Breaking Up With Batman

Posted April 2, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

Dear Batman, I want to thank you. Thank you for all of the different versions of Batman out there, from the comic to the cartoons to the films. Thank you for being the only non-superpowered hero that comic geeks can bring up as an equal to the Supermans and Wolverines of the world. But it’s […]

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Evil Empire #1 Falls Short of the Mark

Posted April 1, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by BOOM! Studios Written by Max Bemis Art by Ransom Getty Colors by Chris Blythe I went into this book with cautious optimism. On the surface, here comes more “fight the system, down with the political tyrant” subtext the like of which we’ve seen more than a few times from young writers since the […]

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Is a Nazi-Themed Card Game With Anime Girls Too Much?

Posted March 31, 2014 by Rodney Brown

A sea of pitchforks is just beginning to form over a Kickstarter campaign to bring an out of print card game from Japan to the U.S. — one that features you playing as Nazi Germany storming the Soviet Union, but with all the avatars being cute anime girls in Nazi-like uniforms. Here is the description […]

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Megacon 2014 Cosplay Gallery Sunday

Posted March 27, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Sunday at Orlando-based Megacon was much more suited for the new, larger venue as far as crowds were concerned. Even still, like I said about Saturday’s photo gallery, it would have been impossible to capture pictures of even half of all the amazing cosplays at the con. Below is a gallery of the shots I […]

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BelleChere’s Catwoman Prowls Anime Boston!

Posted March 27, 2014 by E. Ortiz

We were at Anime Boston 2014 and our first video interview from there is with New England cosplayer BelleChere as Catwoman! In our video, she talks about why she chose this cosplay, as well as some advice for new costumers. Below the interview, we have some more photos of her Catwoman cosplay, as well as some bonus […]

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Megacon Nearly Stumbles Over Surprising Crowd Sizes

Posted March 26, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Last year Megacon celebrated its 10th year in existence and set a record for attendance with 62,000 fans flocking to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. While locals consider it the same thing as predecessor OrlandoCon, which ran from 1974 to 1993, Megacon as a separate entity was born in 1993. This year Megacon […]

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Megacon 2014 Cosplay Gallery Day One

Posted March 25, 2014 by Rodney Brown

The 2014 version of Orlando-based Megacon featured three days of perfect weather, a new, larger venue and still too many people to fit, at least on Saturday. As was the case last year, it would have been impossible to capture pictures of even half of all the amazing cosplays at the con, but below is […]

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Cosplay & Style

Ani-Mia Delivers Delightful Danganronpa and Marvelous Maid Cosplays!

Posted March 19, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our latest video interview from snowy Katsucon 2014 is with Ani-Mia, cosplayer and Crunchyroll Ambassador. She took a few minutes to talk about making her maid and Danganronpa cosplays as well as her future cosplay plans. Below the interview, we have some more photos of her cosplay taken by the amazing Cantera Cosplay!  

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Nana Valtiel Adds Va-Voom To Lilith From Darkstalkers!

Posted March 18, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our latest video interview from Katsucon 2014 is with Nana Valtiel, a cosplayer, entertainer and seamstress from the Northeast, who was rocking her Lilith from Darkstalkers cosplay. Below the interview, we have some more photos of her cosplay taken by the amazing Cantera Cosplay!    

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Beautifully Cool Snow Fairy by Aerilaya Cosplay!

Posted March 16, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our latest video interview is with Aerilaya Cosplay, a Connecticut cosplayer we met at Katsucon 2014. She made an original costume of a Snow Fairy, based on her love for fairies and the beauty of winter. Below the interview, we have some more photos of her cosplay taken by the amazing Cantera Cosplay!

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Katsucon Lights Up With Jen-Jen Noodle Bowl’s Dark Elf Cosplay!

Posted March 15, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our latest video interview from Katsucon 2014 is with Jen Jen Noodle Bowl, an awesome writer and cosplayer from New Hampshire. Because of my love for role-playing games, I’m a big sucker for any elf-related cosplay and Jen’s dark elf cosplay did not disappoint. Below the interview, we have some more photos of her cosplay taken […]

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Bethany Maddock Makes Harvest Moon Cosplay Bloom!

Posted March 14, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our latest video interview is with Bethany Maddock and Mike, a pair of New England cosplayers we met at Katsucon 2014. We talk about their love for the Harvest Moon video game series and the details of costume making. Below the interview, we have some more photos of their cosplay taken by the amazing Cantera Cosplay!

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Check Out Cosmos Fox’s Shiny Gyarados Cosplay!

Posted March 12, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our latest video interview is with Cosmos Fox Cosplay, a creative costumer from Virginia we interviewed at Katsucon 2014. Her interpretation of a Gyarados from Pokemon has to be one of the most creative costumes I have ever seen from that series. Below the interview, we have some more photos of her cosplay taken by the […]

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Katsucon 2014 Cosplay Gallery by KBV Photography!

Posted March 11, 2014 by Rodney Brown

At the recent 20th anniversary Katsucon, our own photo boss KBV Photography took these shots of some amazing cosplayers inside the beautiful Gaylord Resort and outside. Check out the fun and frivolity below!  

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Spectacular Skyrim Armor By Kamui Cosplay!

Posted March 10, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our latest cosplayer video interview is with Kamui Cosplay, a fantastic German writer and cosplayer we met at Katsucon 2014. Besides speaking to her about her Skyrim cosplay, we talk about what new costumers should learn before attempting armor making as well as the differences between German and American cosplay. Below the interview, we have some […]

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Can NPH Avoid Being Lambasted by Transgender Media?

Posted March 7, 2014 by Ashley Rogers

The Academy Awards occurred the other day and while there were a few cute photobombs by Benedict Cumberbatch and some amazing GIF sets of Leo’s face slowly churning from optimistic to completely sour, one of the big stories to pop up after all the red carpets had been rolled up and been put away dealt […]

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Image Continues Strong Story with Lazarus #6

Posted March 6, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by Image Comics Written by Greg Rucka Art by Michael Lark Colors by Santi Arcas With this second installment to the second arc, we find ourselves focusing on two parallel stories. The first is a flashback to a young Forever Carlyle as she works her behind off to try to become the penultimate student […]

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Update: New Bill Says No (Mass. Court May Have Made Creeping Legal)

Posted March 5, 2014 by Rodney Brown

In one of the fastest responses to a public issue in the history of the Bay State, on March 6 Massachusetts legislators drafted and approved a new bill that would make taking upskirt photos illegal, and today on March 7, Gov. Deval Patrick signed it into law. I have been covering the legislature in Massachusetts […]

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Space Dandy: Space, Yes; Dandy, Not So Much

Posted March 4, 2014 by Rodney Brown

This statement won’t win me many fans, but I don’t particularly like Space Dandy. I understand this is an unpopular position, at least based on the amount of love the new anime series gets on my Facebook wall. Everyone seems to enjoy the comedy action anime featuring the adventures of Space Dandy as he searches […]

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Katsucon 2014 World Cosplay Summit Qualifier Gallery!

Posted March 3, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Katsucon is one of the US locations at which teams can qualify for the World Cosplay Summit. This year our own KBV Photography went to the Sunday event and got these shots of the cosplayers acting out their skits. The winning team was Bejitaballz Cosplay, with their Soul Calibur group (the team with the guy […]

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Starfire and Fairy Tales: The Lovely Cosplay of Jazzmin Jolly

Posted March 1, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Jazzmin Jolly is a fantastic cosplayer from Philadelphia who we had the pleasure of interviewing at Katsucon 2014. We talked to her about her cosplay of AndrAla from the Reboot series. Below her interview is a series of different cosplay photos of Jazzmin, from My Little Mermaid to Teen Titans’ Starfire! You can check out […]

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‘Mighty Avengers’: Come For the Diversity, Stay for the Quality

Posted February 27, 2014 by Rodney Brown

February is Black History Month, and I admit I feel pretty lousy about using it as an excuse to review the Marvel Comics book Mighty Avengers. After all, I hate to be seen as pandering, and the reason you read it shouldn’t be because it has one of the most diverse cast of heroes in […]

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2013 Game of the Year Pick Here at ‘Last’

Posted February 26, 2014 by JIbrii Ransom

2013 was another great year for videogames. A lot of amazing titles came out that pushed the limits of the current generation consoles, making way for the next generation of consoles to be released and allowing a new age of gaming for the gaming community. From the incredible over the top action of Metal Gear […]

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Cosplayer Sarah Battista in Words and Images

Posted February 25, 2014 by E. Ortiz

In this article,we interview cosplayer and photographer Sarah Battista about her awesome Final Fantasy cosplay (pictures taken by Adam Howell). Together, we explore where the source of her Final Fantasy inspirations comes from. NC: Tell us a bit about what you cosplayed at Katsucon. Sarah: At Katsucon I cosplayed as Rikku from Final Fantasy X-2, […]

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Katsucon 2014: 20 Years Old and Still Some Growing Pains

Posted February 21, 2014 by JIbrii Ransom

Katsucon is a three day annual anime convention that takes place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. It is traditionally held in February over Presidents Day weekend, and was previously held in various locations around Virginia, and Washington, D.C. This is my second time at Katsucon, and this year […]

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Templecon 2014 Fashion Show Gallery

Posted February 20, 2014 by Rodney Brown

One of the highlights of the gaming and steampunk convention Templecon, held earlier this month in Warwick, R.I., is the steampunk fashion show. I was lucky enough to get a front row seat, and even luckier to get to steal some lighting power from the semi-official con photographer Matt Norris. On display were works from  Cloak […]

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The ‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ Trailer: Yuks and Violence

Posted February 19, 2014 by Rodney Brown

After much hype and rumor, the trailer for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie was debuted last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The tone of the film is set right out of the gate, making it clear that this is a James Gunn movie. The man who wrote the 2004 reboot of Dawn of […]

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How ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Should Have Ended

Posted February 19, 2014 by Tini Howard

I’m not one to tell people how to interpret art of any kind. Popular “you’re enjoying this thing wrong!” articles give me heartburn. I thought Coven, the third season of FX’s American Horror Story, was great at the story part, and chock full of delicious Cajun Americana. What I don’t know is that it was […]

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Templecon 2014 Cosplay Gallery

Posted February 13, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Templecon is a relatively little known, relatively big four-day gaming conference that fills up the Crowne Plaza hotel in Warwick, R.I. The focus is on gaming, particularly board games, tabletop games with miniatures and even a room dedicated to some of the most obscure arcade game machines you will find on the East Coast. As […]

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Watson and Holmes is a Study in Amazing

Posted February 12, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

In honor of Black History Month we took a closer look at African-American talent who are making waves in the comics industry. You know that sinking feeling when you find out about a comic when it’s already a few issues into the run? The dilemma — do you take a chance on an issue later […]

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So Many Problems Make Furious #1 Infuriating

Posted February 11, 2014 by Gene Selassie

Published by Dark Horse Comics Written by Bryan JL Glass Art by Viktor Santos Being a huge fan of Mice Templar, I was fast to check out Bryan JL Glass’ newest work. He dips his toe into the superhero pool with Furious. While it is a good read with no huge missteps, a score of […]

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‘The LEGO Movie’ Build Event a Total Turkey

Posted February 10, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

After seeing the film, The LEGO Movie fever was upon our family so we made plans to attend the building event at the Toys “R” Us store in our area. Scheduled from noon to 2 p.m., it offered the chance for kids to build Emmet’s car and to participate in a raffle as well as […]

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The LEGO Movie Builds an Unexpected Treat

Posted February 9, 2014 by Shawn Proctor

There are two kinds of people on Valentine’s Day: People who are going on a date and people going see The Lego Movie. It turns out the latter group might be luckier. So many great moments elevate this above the standard all-ages film. The people behind the film avoided the temptation to cast unknowns and […]

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DC Comics Whitewashes Previously Black Character

Posted February 6, 2014 by Rodney Brown

On her Tumblr account, cosplayer Jay Justice posted about the new look for Green Arrow character Onyx, now that she has been reintroduced in the New 52 universe. That new look, in the first week of February, Black History Month? Apparently, white — or at least white-passing African American. I couldn’t imagine expressing how bad […]

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How LOTRO Made Me a Killing Machine

Posted February 5, 2014 by Rodney Brown

I have been a player of the MMORPG Lord of The Rings Online since before the game launched, but haven’t played much in the last year or so. A new release, however, has changed things so much that I am back in with a vengeance. Why? Because it has turned my somewhat gimped character into […]

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Nerdy Ads Filled Up the Super Bowl

Posted February 3, 2014 by Rodney Brown

There were plenty of ads about beer drinkers and puppy lovers during Super Bowl XLVIII last night, but the ads focused at the nerdy interests in all of us were on full display too. Some were promos for the upcoming Fox Network reboot of Carl Sagan’s classic show Cosmos, now featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, and […]

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