Cosplay Positive

Cosplay is more popular than ever in geek culture. Geeks of all colors, shapes, and sizes are embracing and thriving with the hobby. Cosplay Positive explores the world of cosplay with a nod towards the mantra: to love your cosplay is to love yourself.

My First Cosplay

I nervously lace up the boot on my right leg—an uncomfortable angle when you have five-inch platforms on the bottom and the bed is too short. But I get it done. Now to do the other boot. My roommate gives me an incredulous look, somewhere between understanding and “Do you know what you’ve gotten yourself into?” The other boot takes a little more time, because the angle is even more awkward than the first one, but I’m going to...

5 Things Not to Do When You Meet a Cosplayer of Color

CONvergence is here! And, just as with other cons, thousands of cosplayers will be sitting on and in panels, competing in games, hanging in the smoking area, and circling the party rooms. I’ve been going to conventions for many, many years, and while cons of all types have been getting better in numerous ways, one aspect still seems to be confusing for some of our fellow con-goers: interacting with cosplayers of color. As you can see in the photo...

Minnesota Conventions to Cosplay at in 2017

Are you a MN cosplayer planning your cosplays for 2017? Twin Cities Geek is here to help with a comprehensive list of conventions—and a few other select events—in Minnesota you might be interested in visiting to cosplay at in 2017. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website, which will have the most up-to-date information on dates, registration prices, guest appearances, things to do while at the convention, and more. February Blizzard World Minneapolis ComiCon (February 25, 2017) St. Paul,...

When Did Cosplay Stop Being about Fun? (Spoiler: It Didn’t)

Boy, cosplayers sure are dramatic, aren’t they? Aren’t they a bunch of elitist bullies who would rather tear each other apart than go out and have fun? I guarantee that if you’re active in the cosplay community, you’ve either run across a post that has said something along these lines . . . or you’ve had these kinds of thoughts yourself. I’ve even written about the bullying that happens in the community. A lot. I’ve given panels about the...

A Geek’s Guide to Creating the Ultimate Cosplayer’s Emergency Repair Kit

Meta Con 2014 was truly a historic convention for me. It was the first con where I started doing cosplay repair, with my inspiration coming from two places: meeting another cosplay repairman—General Maintenance, a punny name inspired by the one who started the viral the movement, Captain Patch-It—and Greg Ayres’s passion for antibullying. Two years and three major outfit revisions later, I’ve built a reputation and a small following as Takeo, the Cosplay Repair Guy. Heck, it’s because of...

Cosplaying While Disabled Is Both Wonderful and Frustrating

Many geeks enjoy the art of cosplay. Whether you go for a traditional look or you combine your favorite couple of themes, it’s always fun to embody your favorite character. Some people cosplay casually, adding a wig or a piece of jewelry. Some people go all out, painting their entire bodies or spending tons of money on the perfect look. Everybody has their own rules for cosplay. Some people refuse to go outside gender lines. Other people will dress...

The Art of Last-Minute Cosplay

I’ve had it happen myself: I start out the year thinking, “No, I’m not going to cosplay this year. I don’t have the [energy/budget/time/insert reason here].” Then as the convention creeps closer, the itch sets in. The next thing I know I’m scrambling to find something quick and easy in the days leading up to the my next convention. Well, my repeated procrastination can now benefit you! Here are some fun ideas for a last-minute costume based on what...

Essential Convention Reading: Geek Culture by Kate Norlander

Convention season is in full swing, and CONvergence is quickly approaching. For many, this is their first or second time. Others of us are seasoned congoers. But no matter who you are, this book is for you. Kate Norlander has written a coffee-table book called Geek Culture that looks back on CONvergence 2013, “British Invasion.” It features beautiful photos taken by Emmerlee Sherman and covers every facet of CONvergence, from the long ticket lines to early-morning yoga with YogaQuest....

Cos-Buyer Beware!

As Con Season 2k16 kicks off and we look toward Anime Detour in just under a month, it’s doubtless that many cosplayers new and experienced are beginning to feel the pressure when it comes to finishing their costumes. It is usually around this time that cosplayers start looking to outside sources to help alleviate their workloads. While it’s fairly common for a cosplayer to purchase part—or even the entirety—of a costume for various reasons, it is an unfortunate reality...

Why You Should Never Compare Your Cosplay to Another’s

Time and time again I hear something along the lines of “Oh, I really want to cosplay X, but Cosplayer Y already did it and I could never come close to Y,” or “My cosplay of A will never be as good as the one that Cosplayer B did.” I’ve heard it from acquaintances, I’ve heard it from friends, and more than once I’ve heard those statements come out of my own mouth. Even now, as I spend hours...
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