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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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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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Ashley Riot Flies High With Aika Cosplay!

Posted April 9, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our first video interview from Anime Boston 2014 is with New England cosplayer Ashley Riot as Aika from Skies of Arcadia! In our video, she talks about her work as a freelance artist as well as the construction of her cosplay. Below the interview, we have some more photos of her cosplay taken by the amazing Cantera Cosplay!  

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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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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 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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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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April Gloria’s BioShock Infinite Cosplay Will Leave You In Rapture

Posted March 7, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our latest cosplayer video interview is with April Gloria Cosplay, a newbie cosplayer from Michigan, at Katsucon 2014. We spoke to her about her Elizabeth cosplay from the video game BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea, the complexity of making her gun prop and what it is like to join the cosplay scene for almost a […]

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Fantastic Nova of Magic Knight Rayearth Costume by Eveille Cosplay

Posted March 6, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our latest cosplayer video interview is with Kelly, aka Eveille Cosplay, an animator we had the pleasure of interviewing at Katsucon 2014. We spoke to her about her passion for the Magic Knight Rayearth series as well as the difficult aspects of making the costume. Below the interview, we have some more photos of her cosplay taken […]

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Awesome Morrigan (of Darkstalkers) Cosplay by Miss Gidget

Posted March 4, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our latest cosplayer video interview is with Miss Gidget, an actress and cosplayer from Northern New Jersey. At Katsucon 2014, we interviewed her about her Onimusha Soul variation cosplay of Morrigan Aensland from the popular Darkstalkers video game. Below the interview, we have some more photos of her cosplay taken by the amazing Cantera Cosplay!

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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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Warrior Princesses and Moon Avatars: The Art of Kelsah Cosplay

Posted March 2, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Kelsah is a fantastic cosplayer from Long Island, NY, we had the fortune of meeting at Katsucon 2014. We interviewed her about her cosplay of Diana (Dark Valkyrie version) from the uber-popular game Leauge of Legends. Below her interview we also have a bonus of a few pictures of her Solange cosplay from the game Code […]

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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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Sailor Saiyans! Awesome Costume Mashup by Malicious Cosplay!

Posted February 28, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Malicious Cosplay are a pair of creative cosplayers who put together an awesome combination of two of anime’s popular shows, Sailor Moon and Dragonball at Katsucon 2014. Unfortunately we only interviewed one member of the team, whose outfit is a combination of characters Vegeta and Sailor Moon. However below her interview we have two pictures showing […]

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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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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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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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Ichibancon Cosplay Gallery, Part Two

Posted February 12, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Here is the second set of photos that Double Stomp Productions got at Ichibancon 2014. Below is a brief rundown of the con from Double Stomp’s Willie Brown, followed by the great pictures. And don’t forget to scroll to the bottom for links to many of the Facebook pages of the cosplayers in the photos. […]

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MAGfest 2014 Cosplay Gallery!

Posted January 27, 2014 by Kiera Vallone

Our very own photography editor KBV Photography went to MAGfest at the Gaylord Resort in Maryland and delivered this cool collection of photos of cosplayers.  

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IKKiCON 2013 Cosplay Gallery by Angelwing Photography

Posted January 26, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Angelwing Photography went to IKKiCON in Austin, Texas back in December, and took these amazing photos of some truly awesome cosplayers (that Cherno Alpha drift team!) Angelwing Photography is based in Texas and always provides us outstanding cosplay pictures from the Lone Star State.

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Oni-Con 2013 Cosplay Gallery by Angelwing Photography

Posted January 23, 2014 by Angelwing

Angelwing Photography went to Oni-Con in Galveston Texas back in October, and took these amazing photos of some really talented cosplayers. Angelwing Photography is based in Texas and always provides us outstanding cosplay pictures from the Lone Star State.

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Arisia 2014 Cosplay Gallery

Posted January 20, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Arisia is an old-school science fiction and fantasy convention held in Boston every January, with panels on topics like gender roles in science fiction movies and proper etiquette in boffer games, among many others. The cosplay trends toward steampunk and fantasy, but there is also a good showing of superheroes and even some gaming cosplays. […]

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My Favorite Cosplay Mashups Of 2013

Posted January 12, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Those of you who know me personally understand that, although I enjoy seeing all sorts of wonderful and well-constructed cosplays, cosplay mashups have always been my favorite. Maybe because in my head, trying to incorporate two different characters or genres into one costume seems twice as hard because creativity is important in order to pull […]

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Buyer Beware! A Guide to Online Shopping for Cosplay

Posted January 9, 2014 by Shauna Leva

We’re all busy people here; some of us have jobs and families and pets to feed. Some of us don’t know how to sew, or vacuum form our own plastic weapons, or cut and style wigs. Whether it be for a lack of time or a lack of skill, many of us cosplayers have considered […]

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xkcd Nails the Truth About Cosplay Elitism (Without Mentioning Cosplay)

Posted January 8, 2014 by Rodney Brown

Read this on-point cartoon from the wonderful site xkcd.com and replace any reference to “photography,” “pictures” and “sunset” with “cosplay.” It sums up exactly how I feel about people who try to define what is — or more commonly, what isn’t — real cosplay.

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Cosplay Meets Metal in This Band’s Kick-Ass Video

Posted January 5, 2014 by Rodney Brown

I love it when two nerd worlds come together. In this case, the band Anaria does an outstanding cover of the song “I See Fire” from the movie “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” The lead singer of Anaria is none other than the talented and beautiful cosplayer Madam Mercy. So in this one video […]

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This Cosplayer’s Naga Costume Will Blow Your Mind

Posted January 3, 2014 by E. Ortiz

This is Russian Cosplayer Vermine Venom‘s incredible original cosplay of a Naga or Hebi creature. Although I couldn’t find the photographer who helped with her shots (and if someone knows, please let me know so I can credit them), they did a great job showcasing how elaborate is the construction of her snake tail. You […]

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Lovely Pin-Up Styled Captain America Cosplay by Katy Scarlett!

Posted January 2, 2014 by E. Ortiz

What happens when you get two get photographers (Alex Valderana and Noxi Photography), a creative cosplayer named Katy Scarlett and Captain America? We have some of the spectacular shots of Katy Scarlett’s cosplay of a classic pin-up style version of Captain America at Super Megafest 2013. Special thanks to photographers Manny Rude, Alex Valderana, and […]

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My Best Cosplay Shots of 2013: The Ladies

Posted December 31, 2013 by Rodney Brown

If I thought picking the best photos for yesterday’s rundown of the best male cosplay shots of 2013 was tough, today’s was even more challenging. In fact, I couldn’t stick to 12, so I present a baker’s dozen of the most amazing cosplay shots featuring ladies I took in 2013. Like the last two retrospectives […]

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My Best Cosplay Shots of 2013: The Gents

Posted December 30, 2013 by Rodney Brown

This is the second in a three-part series looking back at some of the most amazing cosplays I got a chance to shoot in 2013. I was a very busy year for me for cons and cosplay photography. I was privileged to get to go to cosplay powerhouse cons like Katsucon, Megacon and DragonCon for the […]

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My Best Cosplay Shots of 2013: Genderbenders and Crossplayers

Posted December 29, 2013 by Rodney Brown

2013 was a very busy year for me for cons and cosplay photography. I was privileged to get to go to cosplay powerhouse cons like Katsucon, Megacon and DragonCon for the first time this year, and managed to take photos of some truly mind-blowing cosplayers and costumes. Starting today I will post a list of […]

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Cosplay Inspirations: Wonder Woman Edition

Posted December 19, 2013 by Guest Writer

Written by Lauren Grant With the new “Justice League”-like Man of Steel sequel coming in 2015, this gives many cosplayers out there a chance to use their imaginations to see what the impending film’s characters will look like. But who’s really interested in what Batman or Superman will be wearing when we’ve seen countless superhero […]

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Momocon Cosplay On Ice 2013

Posted December 18, 2013 by E. Ortiz

Momocon “Cosplayers on Ice” took place on Dec. 8, 2013 and Willie of Double Stomp Productions had the opportunity to be a part of this event! Here is what he had to say about the experience: “Needless to say, we had a blast! It was a great chance to get everyone amped up for what […]

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Marvelous M. Bison Attire Cammy Cosplay by Alexia Jean Gray!

Posted November 25, 2013 by Rodney Brown

  At the past weekend’s Super MegaFest comic book and entertainment convention held in Framingham, Mass., Florida cosplayer Alexia Jean Gray braved the New England deep-freeze to be a cosplay guest, along with Pennsylvania’s Soni Aralynn and native New Englanders Nicole Marie Jean, Destiny Nickelsen and Renata Gatti. We got a chance to do a […]

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Cosplay Marriage Proposal

Posted November 22, 2013 by E. Ortiz

Our own contributor Kevin Conn (known to you as Unemployed Skeletor) managed to pull off an amazing marriage proposal to his girlfriend Laura at the most recent New York Comic Con. Not only did he do it in character (not Skeletor, but Lt. Flint), but he managed to bring Laura’s father to the con to […]

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Veteran’s Day: Not Just A Normal Day For These Cosplayers

Posted November 11, 2013 by E. Ortiz

Today, in honor of Veteran’s Day and for those who served in the military and protected our rights, I wanted to spotlight certain cosplayers in our nerd community to share with us their thoughts on the holiday and whether their military background has made an impact on their nerd lifestyle. In this article, I talked […]

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Awesome New 52 Wonder Woman Cosplay by Queen Helene!

Posted November 11, 2013 by E. Ortiz

There were many great cosplayers our video teams interviewed at New York Comic Con 2013. One of them was Queen Helene Cosplay who put together this awesome New 52 Wonder Woman costume. Below we have our interview with her about her Wonder Woman cosplay as well as some pictures from photographer Adam Etheridge. Check it out!

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