Tagged cosplay

6 Essential Tools Every Cosplay Crafter Should Own

I started making props in 2010, inspired by the portal-gun replica made by Harrison Krix (Volpin Props). He posted his build online in detail, with pictures showing how he made it, step by step. I was amazed by his end result; a replica forged from PVC pipe, foam, and a little bit science. I remember staring at my computer screen and thinking to myself that it didn’t look that hard and that I could build one too. Little did I...

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...

Embracing the Special Creativity of Being a Solitary Geek

In my most recent article, I talked about how I developed an all-or-nothing attitude when it came to geekdom because of the way I was raised by my Cambodian parents. The downside to diving deep into my interests, though, is that I end up spending a lot of time alone—but even that has its perks. What kind of perks? The kind that lead to creativity. I mentioned in my previous article that my parents’ well-meaning, though misguided, overemphasis on...

How Being Raised to to Give 100 Percent Made Me the Fanatical Asian Nerd I Am

I’m a Cambodian American geek. As I’ve talked about before, this has had its challenges, like clashing with parents who thought my geek hobbies were a waste of time and money, but standing up for myself and what I liked also helped me develop a thick skin against criticism. Another way my upbringing was a benefit to my adult geekdom is that I was raised to give everything I have to anything I choose to do. Growing up, my...

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...

Win a FREE Costume of Your Choice from HalloweenCostumes.com!

It’s October, and you know what that means: Halloween! Getting a costume ready in time can be a challenge, so to help you out, we’re offering an awesome giveaway from HalloweenCostumes.com, a web-based store with popup locations in West St. Paul, Apple Valley, and Eden Prairie. To enter, all you have to do is: 1. Follow @TwinCitiesGeeks on Twitter 2. Tweet us by 5:00 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, October 4, telling us who or what you’d like to...

How Being an Asian Geek Trained Me to Stand Strong against Criticism

I’m a Cambodian American. Technically we’ve been here before: in my debut article for Twin Cities Geek, “The Surprising Difficulty of Being a Cambodian American Geek,” I brought to light—for the first time publicly—my personal experiences, observations, and difficulties with dealing with antigeek hostility in my own ethnic community. The majority of experiences were due to conflicts between the older generation, who emigrated from Cambodia as a result of the Khmer Rouge, and the younger generation, who were born...

Minnesota Fans Party with Pusheen

On July 29, Pusheen fans from all over the Twin Cities gathered at the Mall of America Tomodachi store to celebrate their favorite cat friend. Pusheen, if you’re not familiar, is the star of an animated web-comic series, as well as a sticker set on Facebook. Fans were treated to a cosplay competition, a DJ, a coloring contest, and prize drawings—as well as sneak previews of prototype Pusheens coming to stores in the fall. Elated fans got a look...

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...
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