Making My Nana Shimura Cosplay

In October 2019, I finally started My Hero Academia. I had heard of it so much but never got around to watching it. The thing that finally pushed me to watch was attending a MHA Jeopardy panel at Animefest that Kasey and Joseph had been in, hosted by Jalitza who I now consider a good friend and who took my pics below!

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Officially Leveled Up: Journeyman Craftsmanship Cosplayer

I entered my Grimm Reaper cosplay into yet another cosplay contest, this time at Anime Dallas. AD’s contest rules stipulate that Judge’s Awards do not count towards your total number of awards and therefore doesn’t disqualify you from entering that cosplay into the contest. With this in mind, I was effectively at zero awards, so I entered into the Inexperienced (Novice) category. Continue reading “Officially Leveled Up: Journeyman Craftsmanship Cosplayer”

Thrifting for Cosplay

So you want to cosplay and you want to do it on the cheap. What can you do? Well, there’s actually lots you can do. You can wait for sales, become a coupon hoarder, and buy in bulk. You could buy a readymade cosplay on one of the many cosplay stores online (infinitely cheaper than making something from scratch). One other way? You could put your cosplay together yourself using the wonderful world of Thrift Stores. *angelic choir* Continue reading “Thrifting for Cosplay”

I Won an Award!

Last weekend, I entered my Maria Calavera cosplay into the Animefest Cosplay Contest. I hadn’t entered into a contest since my first one in 2016 when I cosplayed Korra during Kumoricon. (Kasey and I had entered the FanExpo contest with our Overcooked chefs, but I don’t count that since it was just a walk-on and not a craftsmanship contest.) Continue reading “I Won an Award!”

My First Time Judging a Cosplay Contest

This past weekend, I had the honor of getting to be part of the panel of judges for the Quakecon Cosplay Contest. Saturday of the con, I ran around helping get the green room set up, answered cosplayers’ questions about where they were supposed to be, and sat in a single room for 3 hours straight seeing all the different competitors. It was a fun, slightly exhausting, really eye-opening experience. Continue reading “My First Time Judging a Cosplay Contest”

Cosplays, Cons & Controversies: A Deep Dive into the Cosplayer Experience

This isn’t my first time attempting this series. I set out to do this a few years ago with my “Meet a Cosplayer” series but ultimately came up short of my original goal. Originally, I was hoping to make it similar to my “Leaving Home” series, in which I sent questionnaires to be answered and then I would read them all and write one cohesive (chaptered) story.

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