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.

The Importance of Empathy in the Geek Community

If you’ve been following my writing on this site lately, you’ll have read about how I’ve turned some of the negativity I’ve faced for being a geek to my advantage—last time, I talked about the silver linings of spending a lot of time by myself. But as cool as all that may be, probably the most important thing I’ve learned about being a geek is this: being a marginalized group, empathy and compassion in our community is hugely important....

Cosplay Cost Saving

As winter approaches and convention season winds down, now is the time to start planning your cosplay lineup for next year! Whether this is your first or 100th cosplay, hopefully some of these tips can help you save some time and money. I highly recommend using the app Cosplanner to help stay focused and organized. It allows you to create a list of your in-progress projects and helps track progress throughout the build. Each individual listing allows for elements...

A Minnesota Maker’s Introductory Guide to 3D Printing

“What is 3D printing, and why should it matter to me?” Great question! Since you are reading this on the Internet, I am going to assume you’ve heard of 3D printing in one form or another. In the last several years, 3D printing has become more affordable, reliable, and accessible to the general public. It has also become a buzzword in the tech world and has helped craft a new generation of makers. Before I get too far ahead...

Let’s Talk about Minnesota Fan Fest’s Cosplay Policy

When the organizers of Minnesota Fan Fest—a new comic and pop-culture convention coming to the RiverCentre August 19 and 20—released their costume, prop, and weapons policy last month, the local cosplay community reacted quickly on social media. Many cosplayers wrote that they felt portions of the policy were sexist, seeing that they specified which parts of the female body needed to be covered, and that the prop limitations seemed absurdly over the top. After watching a heated discussion about...

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...
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