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Cosplay & Style

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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Con Reports

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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Cosplay & Style

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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Cosplay & Style

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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Con & Events News

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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Con Reports

Wonder Woman Cosplays at New York Comic Con 2014

Posted December 10, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Check out this quick but awesome collection of Wonder Woman (and occasional guests) cosplay photos by Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography. All of these shots were taken at New York Comic Con 2014.  

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Cosplay & Style

Madame Hydra Cosplay by Kusumi Halcyon Kia

Posted December 8, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Hail Hydra! I mean, check out this gorgeous Madame Hydra cosplay by Kusumi Halcyon Kia. The photos were taken by Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography at New York Comic Con 2014. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to scroll faster than […]

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Con Reports

New York Comic Con 2014 Cosplay Gallery by Alex Valderana

Posted December 7, 2014 by E. Ortiz

This year Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography worked with us at New York Comic Con. We were lucky to get his talents as a videographer in addition to his excellent eye as a photographer. Below is a selection of his best photos of cosplay, parties and vendor booth items taken at NYCC 2014. Photo gallery tips: Once […]

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NYCC 2014 Cosplay Gallery By KBV – Thursday, Friday!

Posted December 5, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Our own Kiera Vallone of KBV Photography was at New York Comic Con, both as a photographer and a cosplayer. Here are her hand-picked shots from the first two days of the convention. Once the page loads, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to scroll […]

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Ridd1e is Harley Quinn at NYCC 2014!

Posted December 3, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our jolly Joker cosplayer interviewed Atlanta’s tiny powerhouse Ridd1e cosplaying as Harley Quinn at New York Comic Con 2014. She talks about the wonderful variety of New York food, designing her bombshell Harley outfit, and might have confessed to a bank robbery with our Joker. After the video, check out the photos by FirstPerson Shooter.

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The Doctor is In at The LI WHO Convention!

Posted December 1, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Photographer Alex Valderana took these awesome cosplayer photos from his time at the second annual L.I.  Who convention held recently in Ronkonkoma (a good Doctor Who planet name, that) on Long Island in New York.  The convention included many guests from the Who universe, including doctors 6 (Colin Baker) and 8 (Ed McGann). Once the page […]

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Super MegaFest Sunday Cosplay Gallery!

Posted November 28, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone! Below you can check out the cosplay gallery from Sunday at last weekend’s Super MegaFest convention held in Framingham, Mass. There are no turkeys to be found! Being a Sunday, the gallery is quite a bit smaller than either of the two parts from Saturday, but the instructions still apply. Once the […]

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Kitsune Kid is Black Canary at NYCC 2014!

Posted November 26, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Kitsune Kid, formerly KO Cosplay, is Black Canary! Check out our interview at New York Comic Con with reporter Unemployed Skeletor about the costume, how she got started in cosplay as well as her thoughts of the fake geek girl controversy. After the video, check out the photos by FirstPerson Shooter.

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Super MegaFest Saturday Cosplay Gallery – Part 2

Posted November 25, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Here we have the second half of the shots of cosplayers from this past weekend’s Super MegaFest, held at the Sheraton in Framingham, Mass. Among the awesome cosplayers in this group of shots are well-known ones such as Gina B Cosplay, BelleChere, HaruVamp, and Leeleethebunny Cosplay and Mhysa Cosplay as the DeeDee Twins. Once again, with more […]

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Super MegaFest Saturday Cosplay Gallery – Part 1

Posted November 24, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Super MegaFest is a comics and pop culture convention held in Framingham, Mass., at the Sheraton hotel. While it is not among the largest of conventions, it strains the capacity of the hotel and its convention facilities to the limit, as Super MegaFest often draws some of the biggest names in the business. That means […]

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Alana Leilani is Lady Rainicorn! Adventure Time Cosplay at the NYCC 2014

Posted November 21, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our boneheaded interviewer Unemployed Skeletor interviews Alana Leilani at New York Comic Con 2014 about her amazing Lady Rainicorn cosplay from the hit cartoon Adventure Time. In addition to talking about her costume, Alana and Skeletor discuss how to improve the Javits Center. After the video, check out the photos below taken by Cantera Image.  

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Red Sonja’s Gail Simone At New York Comic Con 2014

Posted November 15, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our Joker cosplayer, the Clown Prince of Cosplay, interviews Red Sonja writer Gail Simone about the character and, of course, the Joker, at New York Comic Con 2014. Simone is also known as the long-time writer of Batgirl, and new returning writer of the soon to be relaunched Secret Six. She also started the entire movement […]

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2014 Sunday Cosplay Gallery!

Posted November 11, 2014 by Rodney Brown

On the second day of Rhode Island Comic Con I didn’t have my studio setup, so I was lucky enough to spend most of the day with The Batsy Twins at their classic 1966 Batcycle display, grabbing cosplayers as they walked by. This gallery is bigger than either of the two from Saturday by a couple dozen […]

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Part 2 of Saturday’s RICC 2014 Cosplay Gallery!

Posted November 10, 2014 by Rodney Brown

As I said yesterday in Part 1, at Rhode Island Comic Con I was allowed to once again set up a portable studio to shoot photos of the cosplayers being judged for the Cosplay Contest, and any others I could grab and haul in to the room. As was the case the last time I did this, at Granite […]

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RICC 2014 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday – Part 1!

Posted November 9, 2014 by Rodney Brown

At Rhode Island Comic Con I was allowed to once again set up a portable studio to shoot photos of the cosplayers being judged for the Cosplay Contest, and any others I could grab and haul in to the room. As was the case the last time I did this, at Granite State Comic Con in […]

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Sarah Skittles is Supergirl! ‘Girl of Steel’ Cosplay at NYCC 2014

Posted November 8, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our man on the mic with the see-through skin, Unemployed Skeletor, interviews cosplayer and model Sarah Skittles at New York Comic Con 2014, while she cosplays as Supergirl, in a version inspired by the design of Superman’s outfit in the movie Man of Steel. After the video, check out the photos by Cantera Cosplay.

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Iron Man Hulkbuster Cosplay Exists Already, And It’s Amazing!

Posted November 7, 2014 by E. Ortiz

If you are like me, after seeing the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron trailers, you can’t wait for this film to come out, and one of the many reasons is the battle between the Hulk and Iron Man in the Hulkbuster armor (teased at the end of Iron Man 3 when all of the suits […]

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2014 Cosplay Contest – Video and Pics!

Posted November 5, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Whatever else might have gone wrong at Rhode Island Comic Con this year, the cosplay contest was an unqualified hit. Featuring a large number of astounding cosplayers, a huge audience, and the MC with the most mouth, Boston’s Deadpool, the cosplay contest went off without much of a hitch (not counting some truly outstanding cosplayers […]

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AAC 2014 Cosplay Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter!

Posted November 4, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Another Anime Convention (generally called AAC) was held in mid-October in Manchester, NH, and while anime cosplay was not the only thing to be found, it dominated. For every fem Shepard or Harley Quinn there was a handful of Mikasas — or even more Corporal Levis. The number of shots combined over the two days doesn’t quite […]

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Happy Halloween From Vampirella!

Posted October 29, 2014 by Rodney Brown

It is just a few days before All Hallow’s Eve, and in keeping with the spooky spirit, your editor in chief thought “What would make a good scary photo shoot? Vampirella would! Scary sexy!” (Yes, that is sadly a fairly accurate representation of my typical thought process.) Luckily, the talented cosplayer Panda Luna Valentine, from […]

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Cara Nicole is Power Girl! AZPowergirl Interview at NYCC 2014

Posted October 27, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our Joker cosplayer, the Crown Prince of Cosplay, interviewed AZ Powergirl, aka Cara Nicole at New York Comic Con 2014. They talked about the struggles of being gorgeous, costume making and then he challenged her to an epic thumb war! Below the video, check out the photos by Cantera Image.  

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New York Comic Con 2014 Cosplay Gallery By Cantera Image!

Posted October 26, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Check out Cantera Image‘s cosplay gallery from his time at the New York Comic Con 2014. There are more than 100 images in the gallery, so give it time to load, and enjoy! After you have looked over these pictures, check out Adam Etheridge‘s Friday gallery, Saturday gallery and Sunday gallery, and then the Friday gallery, Saturday, Part 1 and Part 2 and Sunday galleries from […]

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Gillykins is Catwoman at New York Comic Con 2014

Posted October 23, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our Joker cosplayer, the Crown Prince of Cosplay, continues his harassment … er,  interviews of cosplayers at New York Comic Con 2014. The latest is Gillykins, who talks about her killer Catwoman cosplay, NYCC versus San Diego Comic Con, and her favorite Batman: The Animated Series characters. Once you’ve watched the video, check out the photos of Gillykins taken […]

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Joker Yuks it up with Yaya Han at NYCC 2014

Posted October 22, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Yaya Han has a new comic book and our Joker, the Crown Prince of Cosplay,  was there at New York Comic Con to talk to her about the first issue as well as her newest Assassin’s Creed cosplay! Check out her comic book at the Lion Forge Comics website. After the video, check out the photos […]

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Sunday NYCC 2014 Cosplay Gallery from Adam Etheridge!

Posted October 20, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Sunday  at New York Comic Con our man Adam Etheridge captured plenty of images of the amazing cosplayers who still dressed up on the last day of the con. Among the known cosplayers in this gallery are Nadyasonika, Stella Chuu, Vera Baby, Lindsay Elyse and Vampy Bit Me. After you have looked over these pictures, check out Adam’s Friday gallery and Saturday gallery, and then the Friday gallery, Saturday, Part 1 and Part 2 and Sunday galleries […]

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Nadyasonika’s Chun Li Kickin’ it With Joker at NYCC 2014

Posted October 19, 2014 by E. Ortiz

The Clown Prince of Cosplay, our very own Joker cosplayer, challenges Mexican cosplay star Nadyasonika to a contest at New York Comic Con 2014. Who will win? And what violent sport does Nadyasonika reveal was in her past? After the video, check out the photos of Nadyasonika by Adam Etheridge.  

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Saturday NYCC 2014 Cosplay Gallery from Adam Etheridge!

Posted October 17, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Saturday, between us having him do other projects and his own shoots, Adam Etheridge took fewer shots at New York Comic Con than he did on Friday. But still he brought us a gallery of 40+ pictures, featuring cosplayers such as Yaya Han, Nadyasonika, Stella Chuu, Envy Us Deviant, Vera Baby, Soni Aralynn, Micro Kitty Cosplay, and Cara Nicole. After you […]

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Friday NYCC 2014 Cosplay Gallery from Adam Etheridge!

Posted October 16, 2014 by Rodney Brown

We start our second set of galleries from the recent New York Comic Con (officially now the country’s largest, having surpassed the attendance of San Diego Comic Con by about 20,000) with the photos taken on Friday by  Adam Etheridge. Among the nearly 100 cosplayers in Adam’s first NYCC gallery are Zombie Bit Me, Vera Baby, Stella […]

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Joker Jaws With Stella Chuu at New York Comic Con 2014!

Posted October 15, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our Joker cosplayer interviews Stella Chuu about her awesome cosplay of Nisha the Lawbringer from Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel at New York Comic Con 2014. Stella talks about her love of the Borderlands games, how she made the costume in a very short amount of time, and how much she enjoys NYCC, in no small part […]

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