I’ve been a Sailor Moon cosplayer for many years now, and it comes from a love and appreciation of Sailor Moon. I don’t only cosplay as Sailor Moon, I’ve cosplayed as other characters and have plans to cosplay non Sailor Moon related characters. I’m only saying that I seem to enjoy cosplaying from Sailor Moon a lot more than other cosplays.
So you’ve decided you want to try your hand at this crazy ‘cosplay’ thing. Good for you! Most likely, the first two questions you will be asking yourself are: who do I want to cosplay, and should I make or buy the costume? I see first-time cosplayers struggle with these two questions often. As someone who has been cosplaying for 11 years, I would like to break down the decision-making process in the hopes of helping first-timers into jumping into this fantastic hobby!
Barbarella, some know the name, some know the film by heart and for some they have only see or heard the things it has influenced. The 1968 camp sci-fi film was a French-Italian production and was based on a French comic of the same name.
Costumes that involve bodypaint are tricky, because no matter how good the actual costume parts are, the paint job will make or break the whole thing. There’s a lot you have to keep in mind and a long list of things that can go wrong during the painting process – most of which I’ve learned from painful first hand experience! So with that being said, let’s see what you can learn from my foray into bodypainting.
Hello internet! Ashbrie here, and today I would like to demonstrate the basics of wearing a wig. I often see cosplayers at conventions who are constantly adjusting their wigs, or their wigs are slipping back, or have their own hair sticking out, and then they get frustrated with wearing wigs all together because they seem like such a huge inconvenience! But they don’t have to be at all. That’s why I want to share how to comfortably wear wigs without feeling like it needs constant adjustment—because wigs, like cosplay, should be fun, damnit!
John Carter, Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers were all pioneer characters in sci-fi and all left their futuristic boot print on pop culture. In a time when the Earth had become a much smaller place people looked to both space and the future with more scientific curiosity than ever. It was the late 1920’s and 1930’s. This was the era which propelled sci-fi forward while strapped to a rocket pack and born from this was Buck Rogers. He was a futuristic Rip Van Winkle and the viewers would see the future through the eyes of one of their contemporaries.
I started cosplaying sixteen years ago when I went to my first Dragon Con. I have always been in love with costumes. I was in theater and took dance when I was a kid and I kept all my costumes. I used them during my own made up dance performances to songs like “Hungry Like the Wolf” which I would force my family to watch. Halloween is my favorite holiday. The rest of the year was always just a boring interlude until October rolled around. So when I found cosplay it was a perfect match.
I have a history of working with scale mail, leather and spandex but the scale mail and the leather are the most relevant to my current project of Poison Ivy which after two years is finally finished. Even though I swore I would take a break from putting something together made out of tiny pieces, Poison Ivy came into being just like one of my scale mail designs.
Hey look—Ashbrie is back again! This time, I would like to tell you all about another Legend of Mana cosplay of mine: Kathinja.
(Photo credit: Panda Punch Photography. Elazul cosplay by Issu Setsu)
Kathinja is my most complex costume to date. She was one of those characters I have been obsessed with ever since I first started cosplaying 10 years ago. Kathinja is a very minor character in Legend of Mana, but what little we see of her, I loved: because what is there not to love about a sassy, badass basilisk school teacher?!