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Spring Super MegaFest 2015 Cosplay Gallery – Sunday!

Posted April 25, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Late in the day Saturday at Spring Super MegaFest I realized I had been taking pictures all wrong. So on Sunday I got there early enough to set up at a spot where I could photograph cosplayers against the loading dock door that was painted a nice semi-matte black. Among the cosplayers in this gallery […]

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Ichibancon 2015 Cosplay Gallery By Double Stomp Productions

Posted April 24, 2015 by E. Ortiz

While IchibanCon gets its name from the fact that, as a New Year’s Eve and Day convention, it is likely the first of the year, that doesn’t mean we are the first to post a gallery from it though. Here is a gallery of the photos taken by Willie of Double Stomp Productions from Ichibancon […]

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Spring Super MegaFest 2015 Cosplay Gallery – Saturday Part 2!

Posted April 23, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The first Spring version of Super MegaFest was held in Marlborough last weekend, and a slew of great cosplayers showed up. While many people were lining up to see people like Radagast himself, the 6th Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, or wrestler and former host of robot battle show Arena, Chris Jericho, others enjoyed the larger dealer space and therefore […]

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Spring Super MegaFest 2015 Cosplay Gallery – Saturday Part 1!

Posted April 22, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Long known as one of the last cons of the New England season for its November convention in Framingham, the con known as the area’s “mini DragonCon” has expanded to a second event in the Spring. The new iteration of Super MegaFest was held in Marlborough, not Framingham as the Fall event is, and the Best Western […]

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Pokemon Featured Photo Shoot from Zenkaikon!

Posted April 20, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Lancaster is the heart of the Amish region in Pennsylvania, and the home of the anime-focused convention Zenkaikon. Our own KBV Photography was there earlier this month, to help the convention celebrate its 10th year, and took these photos of Corset Scars Cosplay as Umbreon and Iron Squid Cosplay as Professor Sycamore. Photo gallery tips: Once the […]

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Ponycon 2015 Cosplay Gallery from KBV Photography!

Posted April 16, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Fans of all things related to My Little Pony gathered in the pastures and fields of … Brooklyn, NY this past February. Our own KBV Photography was there at Ponycon NYC to capture the images of pony and brony cosplayers. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows […]

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Handsome Jack – Borderlands Cosplay by Gogo Incognito

Posted April 14, 2015 by E. Ortiz

There was no shortage of Borderlands cosplayers at PAX East 2015, and even plenty of gender bent ones. We were lucky enough to photograph and interview Gogo Incognito about her awesome interpretation of Borderlands’ Handsome Jack. Sparrow’s Song did the interview and the photos are from FirstPerson Shooter.

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Sunday Part 2!

Posted April 14, 2015 by Rodney Brown

We will have more content from Anime Boston coming up, but this is the last gallery from me, FirstPerson Shooter. All photos were taken at our table for promoting our upcoming first ever convention, Cosplay And Photography Expo, and many thanks to Anime Boston for giving us the opportunity, at the last minute. In this gallery you […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Sunday Part 1!

Posted April 13, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Well, even on Sunday we took enough pictures of excellent cosplayers at this year’s Anime Boston to split the total into two galleries. In this group of photos you can find cosplayers like Ryuu Lavitz, Cosplay Dad, Lady Cels and Midge Scully, and many others. All photos were taken at our table for promoting our upcoming […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Saturday, Part 2!

Posted April 11, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Time for the second chunk of photos from Saturday at Anime Boston. Get ready for another gigantic gallery of more that 130 images, from cosplayers such as HaruVamp, Leeleethebunny Cosplay, more from Danielle Beaulieu and Jasper Sardonicus with a whole crew of Tarics, Vanity Fox, and then joining Leeleethebunny in an Evangelion group are Ms. […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Saturday, Part 1!

Posted April 9, 2015 by Rodney Brown

So many photos from Saturday at Anime Boston 2015 — I almost decided to make three galleries instead of two. But, breaking it into two comes in about 15 pics under my 150 limit for each gallery, so for this and the next one, really be patient while the galleries load. In today’s gallery, some […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Friday, Part 2!

Posted April 8, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Man, did I take lots of pictures at the recent Anime Boston, held at the Hynes Convention Center. Well, to be fair, I shot a lot, as did my Nerd Caliber fellow contributor Crash: The Photos using my camera and setup, and Benn Robbins, one of our photography panelists at our upcoming first ever convention, Cosplay And Photography […]

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Anime Boston 2015 Gallery – Friday, Part 1!

Posted April 7, 2015 by Rodney Brown

At Anime Boston this year, we were lucky enough to have a table in the main hallway (called Con Row by the AB staff) along with other local conventions to promote our first con, Cosplay And Photography Expo. This allowed me to set up a backdrop and some lights, and other Nerd Caliber contributors along […]

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MAGfest Cosplay Gallery From KBV Photography!

Posted April 6, 2015 by Rodney Brown

While we work through the some 2000 images from Anime Boston, check out this great gallery of game-focused cosplayers from MAGfest earlier this year. Our own KBV Photography was there to capture all the costumed awesomeness. And for a super-comprehensive overview of the indie games on display there, check out Gallant-Z’s article that runs down […]

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CPAC 2015 Cosplay Gallery By Adam Etheridge!

Posted April 3, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Castle Point Anime Convention is a one-day event held in Hoboken, NJ, overlooking New York City. It was held this past weekend and we had our man Adam Etheridge there to take pictures of the talented cosplayers. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, […]

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The April Fool’s Day Misty Mystery

Posted April 1, 2015 by Rodney Brown

At what seems like noon Pacific time today, dozens of cosplayers around the world posted to Facebook that they were planning on cosplaying the same character at a non-existent convention, in what seems to be one of the most elaborate April Fool’s Day pranks of the day. Dozens of cosplayers — mostly women, but some […]

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Great Advice On How Not To Creep

Posted March 31, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Recently Avalon Cosplay hosted a panel at CPAC on how to be safe while cosplaying at conventions, and a significant portion of the panel was targeted at fans, with advice on how to behave so as not to be a creeper. She posted the major points of that part on her Facebook page, and gave us […]

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Cool Infinite Crisis Cosplays by Cool By Proxy!

Posted March 27, 2015 by E. Ortiz

At PAX East 2015 we got a chance to interview and do a photo shoot of Cool By Proxy, who were working at the Warner Bros. booth for the game Infinite Crisis. That is why they are in cosplays of Zatanna and Green Lantern in two of their more rare and unique game skins — Arcane Zatanna and […]

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D&D Meets Hyrule: Barbarian Link and Oracle Zelda!

Posted March 24, 2015 by E. Ortiz

In his Reporter’s Notebook blog from PAX East 2015, Rodney Brown mentioned how he noticed that many relatively new cosplayers had impressive costumes, and having an experienced mentor was a common thread. This is somewhat the case in this cosplay of Oracle Zelda and Barbarian Link by experienced Lisa Lou Who and K-Wall’s Prop Shop, who was cosplaying at […]

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Street Fighter Balrog Cosplay Is Too Good To Be Real

Posted March 23, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Cosplayer Lamark “No Sleep” Ingram’s interpretation of one of Street Fighter‘s legendary combatants is amazing and epic. Check out these amazing photos of Lamark’s cosplay, taken by Willie Brown of Double Stomp Productions.

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Kohalu Gender Bends League’s Morgana Perfectly!

Posted March 20, 2015 by E. Ortiz

The first combo of photo shoot and video interview from PAX East 2015 is of a Californian who came all the way over to Boston to check out the largest gamer-focused convention in the country. Kohalu Cosplay nails the sultry poses of Morgana in the shoot, and talks about why he chose the character and how […]

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Maya Murphy is Cersei Lannister! Beautiful Shots by Alex Valderana

Posted March 13, 2015 by E. Ortiz

New York Comic Con 2014 was the con that keeps on giving. These beautiful shots of Maya Murphy‘s Cercei Lannister cosplay were taken by Alex Valderana Photography at the largest nerd convention in the U.S. last October.

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PAX East 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Sunday

Posted March 12, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The last day of PAX East 2015 had fewer cosplayers attending the con in costume, as is the case with all cons. But those that did cosplay were excellent, as always. In this gallery are cosplayers like HaruVamp, Myratheon Cosplay (twice) and BelleChere, among others. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads, you will see the […]

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PAX East 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday

Posted March 11, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Saturday at PAX East 2015 was much busier than Friday, and the fact that there are 90 images in the gallery below shows that. But that number is still below previous years, and it backs up the observation I made that there were fewer cosplayers this year than in the past few. That said, the […]

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Creative Uncommon Cosplay: 3/1-3/7

Posted March 11, 2015 by Rodney Brown

This is the second in our new weekly feature in which we highlight a handful of the best cosplay taken and posted to Flickr within the previous week. All the images have been posted under the Creative Commons license, and all posters will be identified by their Flickr account at the least. When possible, both cosplayer […]

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PAX East 2015 Cosplay Gallery, Friday

Posted March 10, 2015 by Rodney Brown

If you read my Reporter’s Notebook about PAX East 2015, you will remember that I foolishly left my camera gear at home, and by the time I got back to the convention, I had lost about four hours of shooting time. So, this gallery from the first day, Friday, is one of the smallest ones […]

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Top 5 Dangers Of Making Costumes At Home

Posted March 10, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Making a costume is harmless, right? Wrong. There are many dangers to making a costume in your home. Some of these dangers you wouldn’t necessarily think of when you first start off making a cosplay. After collecting all your pieces that you need to make a costume, you now have the job to ensure that […]

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PAX East 2015 Reporter’s Notebook

Posted March 9, 2015 by Rodney Brown

PAX East 2015 is in the record books, and below I have a series of short observations and impressions about the latest version of Boston’s largest annual convention, in the style of the traditional journalist’s tool the Reporter’s Notebook. Many things were good, some were bad (some very, very bad) but all were interesting. Read […]

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Fairy Tail Cosplay Fires Up Katsucon!

Posted March 5, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Not only does Alex of Alex Valderana Photography take great pictures, he also a great interviewer! And today at Nerd Caliber, Alex interviews cosplayers Succubus Cosplay and Lady Kaylee Cosplay who are dressed as the cat-like Millianna and the tough Erza Scarlet with her Sea Empress armor, both characters from the popular Fairy Tail manga and anime. Filmed and shot at Katsucon […]

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Creative Uncommon Cosplay: 2/22-2/28

Posted March 3, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Welcome to a new weekly feature in which we highlight a handful of the best cosplay taken and posted to Flickr within the previous week. All the images have been posted under the Creative Commons license, and all posters will be identified by their Flickr account at the least. When possible, both cosplayer and photographer […]

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The Lessons From Darrien Hunt, Victim of ‘Cosplaying While Black’

Posted February 27, 2015 by Lauren Grant

Ever since I can remember I’ve felt safe in the world of nerds. I became a nerd September of 1990, aka: the day I popped out the womb. I grew up in the stereotypical, all-American family with a Star Trek loving, retired military, computer engineer for a father and a home-making, social butterfly seamstress for […]

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A Tiny Sample Of Terrific Black Cosplayers

Posted February 25, 2015 by Lauren Grant

‘Tis the season of remembering and celebrating black excellence! Here at Nerd Caliber we have one of the most diverse staffs, from the different kinds of nerdy things we like and do, to our ethnic backgrounds. So in honor of Black History Month I’ve found some amazing Nerds of Color who are making moves in […]

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Katsucon 2015 Cosplay Gallery from Micro Kitty Cosplay, Part 2

Posted February 19, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Here is the second half of the shots taken by Micro Kitty Cosplay from Katsucon 2015, held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland just outside of Washington DC. Among the cosplayers in this second batch of 100 images are LuckyGrim Cosplay, Jaycee Cosplay, Bethany Maddock and Kamui Cosplay. Nearly unrecognizable is Boston’s Deadpool, […]

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Awesome Cammy Cosplay by Animated Reality

Posted February 18, 2015 by E. Ortiz

At Katsucon 2015, Dollicious took a break from cosplaying her own amazing creations to be an interviewer for us. Here she interviews Leigh of Animated Reality Entertainment about her impressive Cammy coplay from Street Fighter. After watching the video, check out the amazing images from photographer Cantera Image.

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Katsucon 2015 Cosplay Gallery from Micro Kitty Cosplay, Part 1

Posted February 17, 2015 by Rodney Brown

We had an outstanding team at Katsucon this year, including Micro Kitty Cosplay who moved from on camera interviewer as she had been at previous cons for us to behind the lens photographer. She brought back exactly 200 images from the convention held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Maryland just outside of […]

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Jason Says ‘Happy Friday the 13th!’

Posted February 13, 2015 by Rodney Brown

For those of you not hiding under a bed afraid of triskaidekaphobia — or of machete-wielding psychos from summer camp — below I have a trio of cosplays of Jason Voorhees, the not-quite-dead son of the psycho cook at Camp Crystal Lake. From the spot on version taken at Super MegaFest in 2011, to the bloody […]

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‘Black Vortex’ Will Suck In Lots Of Cosplayers

Posted February 4, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Marvel Comics has kicked off its latest multi-title crossover comic book event, under the overall rubric of “Black Vortex.” The first issue hit the stands today, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1 (yes, it is a God-awful name, seemingly inspired by the ridiculously long names of some modern anime series). […]

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Cosplay Gallery From the First PAX South!

Posted January 31, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) started more than a decade ago in Seattle, and expanded to Boston with PAX East five years ago. Just last weekend, the latest expansion was held in San Antonio, Texas, dubbed PAX South. We were lucky enough to have Micro Kitty Cosplay attend and be a photographer for us, and she brought back this […]

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Arisia 2015 Cosplay Gallery From Our Newest Photographer!

Posted January 26, 2015 by Rodney Brown

At Arisia we got a chance to work with contributors we haven’t seen in months (welcome back Grace!, and you rock Luis!), but we also started working with a new photographer based here in New England, John Green. He has been shooting cosplay at conventions for a couple of years now and he has a […]

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The Real Impact of Cosplayers Charging For Shoots

Posted January 22, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The latest mostly pointless controversy to hit the online cosplay community is about cosplayers charging to have their pictures taken. Not surprisingly, this is a polarizing issue, with people expounding how it is only fair since photographers sometimes charge for photoshoots, and others saying it is foolish for a hobbyist to charge people to enjoy […]

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Arisia 2015 Sunday Cosplay Gallery!

Posted January 21, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The third day of the four-day science fiction and fantasy convention Arisia featured fewer cosplayers than Saturday — at least wandering the lobby of the Westin Waterfront. In fact, there may have been more overall than Saturday, but many of them were involved in prepping for the Masquerade. Alas, I didn’t go to the Masquerade […]

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Arisia 2015 Saturday Cosplay Gallery!

Posted January 20, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Arisia is a well-established science fiction and fantasy convention held in Boston early each year at the Westin Waterfront hotel. Timed to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, the con runs for four days, and like its much bigger relative DragonCon, it holds events and panels 24 hours for those four days. The […]

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Joker Invades New York Comic Con 2014

Posted December 31, 2014 by E. Ortiz

While it may not be our last post from New York Comic Con, it is our last post of 2014, and this penultimate NYCC post is pretty much the ultimate. Check out all the amazing and wonderful cosplay at this year’s NYCC as they interact with our Joker interviewer, Crown Prince of Cosplay! Our funniest […]

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GillyKins Casts a Spell as Raven!

Posted December 29, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Continuing with the excellent photo sets from New York Comic Con, Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography has another set of GillyKins, this time as Raven! After you check out these photos, look at the previous set Alex shot of GillyKins as Captain Cold.

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Hooked On Phoenix Cosplay is Zatanna!

Posted December 22, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Hooked On Phoenix Cosplay was Zatanna at New York Comic Con 2014 and Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography was able to get these great photos of her for us. You can also check her out as a fantastic Angela, with an excellent Gamora, in the Friday NYCC gallery from FirstPerson Shooter.  

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Jaycee Cosplay Was a Hit as Power Girl!

Posted December 17, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography has another set for us from New York Comic Con, this time of Jaycee Cosplay as Power Girl!  There was even a guest appearance by a Lady Blackhawk and a Huntress!

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One Nerd’s Guide To Speaking On Race In America

Posted December 16, 2014 by Brianne Glover

Gracious reader, forgive me in advance if this article seems opinionated. We all have opinions, and as a black woman —  living in soon-to-be 2015 America —  no, I don’t think we live in a “post racial society” nor should anyone else. Hopefully many of you are up to speed on the recent events involving […]

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Emma Lipschutz is Catwoman at NYCC 2014!

Posted December 14, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Emma Lipschutz is a model and actor who we were fortunate enough to get these amazing photos of at New York Comic Con 2014. Her Catwoman cosplay was shot by Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography.

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2014 Cosplay Photos by Cantera Image

Posted December 12, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Manny of Cantera Image was one of the photographers that were allowed to set up a photo studio at Rhode Island Comic Con 2014 to shoot photos of the cosplayers being judged for the Cosplay Contest, and he took a slew of cosplay photos, which we present below. In addition to these images, check out the Saturday galleries Part […]

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GillyKins is Hot as Captain Cold!

Posted December 11, 2014 by E. Ortiz

We have another cosplay set out of New York Comic Con from Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography, this time featuring Canada’s GillyKins as Captain Cold — start the jokes about cosplaying to your environment now.

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