Recently, I got together with a group of 20 cosplayers and we each bought a copy of Fashionpedia when they launched their Kickstarter back in March 2016.
I was really excited to get a copy since I am a big fan of another book they created - The Fashionary - which has fine outlines of figures, so you can draw consistent designs over top. They even have variations for men and shoes. I just did my first read through the Fashionpedia and here are my impressions .
Note on Images: All subsequent photos are from Fashionary's website so that I don't post anything beyond what they are willing to share because copyrights are a thing.
Wiggity Wiggity Wack!
Back in my day... maybe I should start all these segments with that line to really emphasize that I've been here for awhile.
This week I'm looking back at how the use of wigs has changed in the past 10 years for cosplayers.
I went from "au naturale" to almost mandatory wig purchases for every project. We've come a long way costumers, so let's look back.
For more info on the costumes shown, visit my Costume Page.
More blogs in the 10 year Cosplay Retrospective Series:
Week 1 -Wigs | Week 2 - Make-up | Week 3 - Armour | Week 4 - Cosplay Closet Purge | Week 5 -Planning | Week 6 - Inventory |
This year seems to have flown by. I attended 12 conventions and events this year - a record for me. It was a taxing to say the least. I have also come to the realization that when you start attending more events, you reduce the number of weekends you can work on new projects. Although it doesn't feel like I slowed down this year, in terms of costume progress I have.
I only made 5 costumes - One was a big project but all the others were rather simple. Which makes me a little disappointed in myself. The funny thing is that I am juggling many projects so it doesn't feel like I only made five. Many of my old projects are getting close to completion. What also slowed me down is that I scaled down my commission business and upped my artist alley presence, and so my free time normally spend on costumes was spent on making products.
I was a bit unlucky this year. A persisting (even now) eye problem prevents me from wearing contacts, even regular contacts. Which means I spent most of the year putting on makeup within 2in of a mirror with my bad eyesight and wandering the convention halls with glasses. I can't wait till they get back to normal.
On the bright side I was invited to 4 events (G-anime, ConBravo, Quinte Mini Con, and Geek Market) as a guest this year, in addition to being invited as a judge for masquerades at another 3 events (Otakuthon, Ottawa Comic Con, and Pop Expo). I was very honoured to have been invited to the events and I'm glad I was able to spread some cosplay knowledge, help a few people out with their construction problems, and to be trusted with deciding the winners of the masquerades.
One of my highlight of the year was getting to meet a lot of new photographers, cosplayers and collaborators. Katsucon and ColossalCon were the best events for this. I look forward to seeing them again at upcoming events.
Btooom just wrapped up it's first season so I figured it was time to give my impression of the show.
I've only watched the series and have not read the manga. Although I might now since I don't know if/when the second season will air.
You can watch BTOOOM! on Crunchyroll in HD for free with my special link :D
2012 was a year of more and less. I went to more conventions but I made less costumes. I made less commissions but I sold more in artist alleys. I participated in less masquerades but I judged more of them.
Here is a recap of my life in cosplay for 2012, including my costumes, expenses, favourites, and let downs.
Candid shot from Aion photoshoot
_Last year was an interesting one indeed. It was the first year that I didn't really accomplish my cosplay goal of creating my set list of costumes. I was bogged down with school work which made me learn how to make due with little time. I only made 5 out 7 costumes I planned. Even with that in mind and the horrible weather, I still had a great year cosplaying. This blog will be a summary of last year's highlights and lowlights.
Blog Highlights: See how much it costs to be a traveling cosplayer; my favourites from costumes, props and conventions; a round up of features and awards; a good commission year; and a look to 2012.
MeltingMirror's Cosplay Blog
Learn more about my experiences in the cosplay world, from conventions to photoshoots and everything in between.