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.

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...

The Story of the Lone Black Kid and Why #29DaysOfBlackCosplay Rocks

Last year, a hashtag surfaced throughout social media that showed the majesty that is the black cosplayer. Every day, all throughout the month of February—completely intentional month choice, by the way—#28DaysOfBlackCosplay soared through the skies to proudly display cosplayers of color. Many people took part, and it received all sorts of coverage, but to me the best part about the movement was the number of black cosplayers who hadn’t stepped out before finally throwing on that costume and wearing...

Minnesota Conventions to Cosplay at in 2016

Update 1/23/2017: Looking for 2017 convention information? Check out “Minnesota Conventions to Cosplay at in 2017!” It’s a new year, and that means it’s time for 2016 Cosplay planning! There’s not much going on in these short, cold days of Minnesota winter—but come March, cosplay-friendly Minnesota conventions will already be starting up. Here’s a helpful list of conventions in Minnesota you might be interested in visiting and cosplaying at this year. Click on the convention’s name to visit its website,...

Cosplay Event Alert: Outpost Anime II

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE! If you’re like me, you’re already planning for this year’s convention season. And, if you’re like me, you’ve already done some damage at the fabric store. Bless holiday sales and coupons, am I right? However, con season hasn’t really started here in Minnesota just yet. But if you’re itching to get all dressed up, flex your cosplay muscles, and have fun with some local geeks, Anime Twin Cities has got you covered! Check out “Outpost Anime...

Don’t Panic! Star Wars Cosplay Is Still Okay

With the beginning of the holiday season and all the geeky blockbusters ready to grace our movie-theater screens, many people are raiding their closets for costumes to wear while standing in line. Heck, I’m one of them. Dressing up is a part of the experience for lots of us fans, and it can range from a T-shirt to a Jedi robe to a full-blown costume made custom with one’s own lightsaber. This week, however, this statement from AMC has...

How Labeling Some Costumes as “Gender Bending” Erases Trans Identities

I love gender-bending cosplays. I love seeing female Spider-Man costumes, male versions of Tomb Raider’s Lara Craft or one of the gems from Steven Universe, and any number of other creative reversals—and I think it’s necessary for people to take claim and gender-bend characters, especially since the world of comic and cartoon characters is dominated by men. Similarly, I also think it’s important for people to lay claim to race-bending characters when the industry is dominated by mostly white folks....
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