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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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The Making of Clash Cup Turbo!

Posted March 25, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we have a top tier candidate for ridiculously fun party games – Clash Cup Turbo! In essence, Clash Cup Turbo combines the crazy fast-paced physics of air hockey with arena-style combat, where players take control of an avatar with a paddle. Each player has their own goal zone, initially lined […]

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Rumor: Canada’s Fan Expo Buying Orlando’s MegaCon

Posted March 24, 2015 by Rodney Brown

One of the signs in the business world that a business sector has reached maturity is the steady growth of new startups in the market. The geek and nerd convention sector has been at that stage for a couple years now, and even we are jumping in on the bandwagon with our Cosplay And Photography […]

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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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There Shouldn’t Be Any Batgirl Cover Controversy

Posted March 19, 2015 by Rodney Brown

Much as I have tried not to, it is time I weighed in on the foment surging around the now-cancelled variant cover to Batgirl #41 by Brazilian artist Rafael Albuquerque, because I think people are making arguments that just aren’t valid. And to be clear, this is just the opinion of Rodney Brown, not as […]

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Indie Games Explosion at PAX East 2015!

Posted March 17, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Earlier this month I had the pleasure of experiencing my third PAX East in Boston. So naturally, I had to spend some time checking out the Indie MegaBooth, a huge chunk of the expo hall dedicated solely to indie developers! Like my MAGFest review, here’s a compilation of as many indie titles […]

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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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Schilling Shows Us How To Handle Cyberbullies

Posted March 4, 2015 by Rodney Brown

It is likely that very few of the people reading this pay attention to what Curt Schilling says. He is a very outspoken conservative Republican, the founder of a famously failed game development studio and a member of the 2004 World Series champion Red Sox. But in this case, you should be paying attention, because […]

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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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Handling Hoth Conditions At PAX East 2015

Posted March 2, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The enormous gaming convention that is PAX East starts this Friday, March 6, and for the first time in its six-year history, snow will be a problem. We asked some people in the know what this will mean, and below are their answers. The Tl;dr version — travel in Boston will still suck, and be […]

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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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Fifty Shades of a Hilariously Shady Interview

Posted February 24, 2015 by Ashley Rogers

As a general rule I try not to initiate a conversation about media I absolutely disdain (particularly the media I haven’t consumed) because, yeah, I may dislike it but someone else does like it. There’s plenty of popular media that I have defended and loved and been berated for anything from its problematic nature and […]

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Will Your Interest Die Like Every Character In ‘Vidar’?

Posted February 23, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we’re checking out a game that makes a full 180 on the norm — Vidar! Vidar is an RPG puzzler where everyone dies. Yep, you read that right. You are an unnamed stranger that finds his way into a town on the brink of destruction. You take it upon yourself […]

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Should You Spy Out A Screening of ‘Kingsman’?

Posted February 22, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The team that brought us the movie version of Kick-Ass is back with Kingsman: The Secret Service. Did they once again kick ass? Matthew Vaughn is back as the director of a movie based on a comic series written by Mark Millar, as was the case in the hit movie Kick-Ass. In this case the […]

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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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Crypt of the NecroDancer: Indie Diablo Meets Rhythm

Posted February 10, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! The insanity of this year’s Super Bowl left me wanting to dance the night away, so it’s only fitting we take a look at my latest rhythm craze — Crypt of the NecroDancer! Brought to you by Brace Yourself Games, Crypt of the NecroDancer has been highlighted, awarded and recognized by […]

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New ‘Starfire’ Book and Look Keeps The Redesign Train Rolling

Posted February 6, 2015 by Rodney Brown

“Batgirling.” According to Bleeding Cool, citing an unnamed internal DC source, that is what the company is calling the redesigning of female characters to be less … well, sexist. The latest to get this treatment, according to news today from DC, is Starfire. The alien girl who went from sexy but innocent member of the […]

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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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(Some Of) The Indie Games of MAGFest 2015!

Posted February 1, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! I spent this past weekend enjoying the thirteenth annual MAGFest in National Harbor, MD. Besides catching up with college friends, invading the arcade machines and grabbing some sweet nerd loot in the dealers’ room, I made a dedicated round through the MAGFest Indie Videogame Showcase, and today I’m here with a handy […]

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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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Like Night and Day: A Week 1 Review of ‘The Nightly Show’

Posted January 28, 2015 by Ashley Rogers

At the time of writing this there have been four episodes of The Nightly Show available for viewing on Hulu or through the Comedy Central website. Larry Wilmore knew the size of the shoes he had to fill and how many eyes would be upon him when taking over the time slot that had been held for […]

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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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Elemental Evil: The Newest Storyline For Dungeons and Dragons!

Posted January 23, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Of the many Dungeons and Dragons modules I played so many years ago, The Temple of Elemental Evil was the most memorable. I’m not going to spoil it for those who have never heard of or played it before, but it’s a huge dungeon crawl. It’s a campaign I played for months but never grew […]

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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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Shovel Knight — Will You Dig It?

Posted January 19, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Today we go old school with one of the greatest crazes of 2014 – Shovel Knight! (After months of banter, hearsay and appraisal, it was time to “dig into” this game for myself! GET IT?) As its name suggests, you play through the heroic tale of Shovel Knight, a noble warrior […]

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‘Pokemon Omega Ruby’ & ‘Alpha Sapphire’ Are Gems

Posted January 14, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

With great success of Pokemon X & Y and the Kalos region, it’s time to revisit a fan favorite, and come back to the Hoenn region of the third generation of Pokemon, in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Pokemon Alpha Sapphire. Pokemon has been a video game stable since the late 1990s, taking the world by […]

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Poll: What Movies Do You Most Want To See in 2015?

Posted January 12, 2015 by Rodney Brown

There are lots of movies targeted at us nerds being released this year, from the highly hyped movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens to small movies like Chappie. Are you most excited about a sequel like Insurgent, or a remake with a twist, like Pan? Not included in the […]

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Super Smash Bros 4 Beats All Contenders

Posted January 9, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

After a highly anticipated wait Nintendo finally delivers to us probably one of the best games of the 2014 gaming year, Super Smash Bros 4. Super Smash Bros 4 not only delivers what it promised, but then some. An amazing experience from beginning to end, Smash 4 is one of Nintendo’s best games to come […]

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Can ‘Archer’ Recover From Season 5?

Posted January 7, 2015 by Rodney Brown

The satirical spy comedy cartoon Archer has its season 6 debut tomorrow night, and fans are eager to see if it can pull itself out of the slump that most agree it had in season 5. Below I will explain why I think season 5 went off the rails so badly (well, ultimately not so […]

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The Top 5 Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2015!

Posted January 5, 2015 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! With 2015 in full swing, it’s time to get ready for all of the great games that will be coming our way over the next year. Of course, there are far too many to squeeze into a single article, so I have picked out my top 5 most anticipated indie titles […]

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Despite One Major Flaw, ‘Guilty Gear Xrd’ Rocks

Posted January 3, 2015 by JIbrii Ransom

Heaven or Hell! Duel 1! Let’s Rock! I cannot begin to say how happy I was to hear that Guilty Gear was coming back. Guilty Gear has always been a unique fighter in my book, since most fighters I played came from Capcom, or other fighting games like Tekken, Killer Instinct, and Mortal Kombat. Guilty […]

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Help Us Resolve Our New Year’s Resolutions

Posted January 1, 2015 by Rodney Brown

It’s the first day of 2015, and all sorts of people are stating and explaining their New Year’s resolutions. We here at Nerd Caliber also have some resolutions for the coming year. Of course, we call them “business goals,” but the spirit is still the same. Also, we started discussing these resolutions months ago, which […]

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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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Subversive Queer Representation in ‘The Legend of Korra’

Posted December 24, 2014 by Ashley Rogers

First off we will be discussing the final season of Legend of Korra, in particular the last ten minutes or so of the series. So obviously you should really watch Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Legend of Korra, and: SPOILERS AHEAD Avatar Korra wrestled with a lot over the past four seasons. Where avatar Ang came to […]

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Indie Spotlight: ‘Mark Of The Ninja’ Is Killer

Posted December 23, 2014 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! This week we step into the shadows and get the drop on Mark of the Ninja! Brought to you by Klei Entertainment, creators of Eets and Don’t Starve, Mark of the Ninja puts you into the tabi shoes of a shadow warrior that has become the champion of his clan in […]

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