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@NIMSCRAFT (Cleveland, OH)

@NIMSCRAFT (Cleveland, OH)

My Assassin’s Creed outfit was my one of my most ambitious projects and I have learned a lot of crafting techniques in the process of making it: leatherwork, …
Regina (Portland, OR)

Regina (Portland, OR)

When I started getting interested in cosplay and costuming, I had absolutely no knowledge of sewing or fabric! I remember going to @FabricDepot in Portland for the first …
Sarah (Nashville, TN)

Sarah (Nashville, TN)

Styling wigs can be a pain trying to manipulate the fibers to stay in these shapes and forms that real hair has no control over. You sometimes want …
@CosplayRepairMedic (Pittsburgh, PA)

@CosplayRepairMedic (Pittsburgh, PA)

How did I become a cosplay medic? I find we get this question a lot and it surprises people how far back this goes for me. When I …
Ashentrees (Philadelphia, PA)

Ashentrees (Philadelphia, PA)

Felix Wong Photography So i did change like the credit card numbers to be like 2023, all of the coupon codes are the dates of the first weekend …
Punished Props (Seattle, WA)

Punished Props (Seattle, WA)

I’m way into video games. For example, I played World of Warcraft for five years. At a certain point the only way that I could express how much …
@theblackbard (Chicago, IL)

@theblackbard (Chicago, IL)

I’m a fashion designer and have always been a nerd/gaymer. But until about 8 years ago I never knew that cons existed, or that people dressed up to …
Molotov Bailey

Molotov Bailey

All the responses were great but this one older guy on the Hyatt sky bridge totally flipped out, Jumping around and Yelling that he ​ had been watching …
@super.ultra.omega (Rhode Island)

@super.ultra.omega (Rhode Island)

( photo: BakedKristi ) With my builds, I do my best to pay the ultimate tribute. ‘Toy Story’ has been a franchise that never ceases to take me …
Super Reflex Cos

Super Reflex Cos

I’ve been a fan of Kirby games pretty much my entire life. King Dedede was one of my original cosplay ideas when I first started going to cons …
Subaru Camui (Las Vegas, NV)

Subaru Camui (Las Vegas, NV)

So my cosplay origin story started back when I was in fifth grade. I was 10 and my mom told me she couldn’t afford to get me a …
OYIMI Cosplay (Seattle, WA)

OYIMI Cosplay (Seattle, WA)

We, Ben (Lone Starr), Victoria (Barf), and Karen (Dark Helmet), start tossing out ideas where we can convincingly incorporate the wheelchair into the cosplay. There is usually a …
Shasta (Anchorage, AK)

Shasta (Anchorage, AK)

After binge watching Dragon ball super, I was excited to see a new females character introduced in the series, Vados. She was shrewd, humorously sarcastic, and possibly stronger …
Monkey Monsters Cosplay (Los Angeles, CA)

Monkey Monsters Cosplay (Los Angeles, CA)

Santos Medrano : The idea came from a joke that I made about myself. See, I love cosplaying, I always loved the idea of dressing up, sadly I …
Sheik (San Francisco, CA)

Sheik (San Francisco, CA)

I grew up watching Wonder Woman with Linda Carter in it because my mom loved watching the show. I loved how beautiful, smart and tough she was. Everything …
Sterling & Gretchen (Kansas City, MO)

Sterling & Gretchen (Kansas City, MO)

“One year there was an evangelist preaching outside to all us con-goers telling us what we were doing was sinful, and a bunch of cosplayers went up and …
Soydoka (Chicago, IL)

Soydoka (Chicago, IL)

I decided to crossplay as Ruby Rose because she is my favorite character from Rooster Teeth’s RWBY. She’s fun character in the series, can be silly at times, …
Volpin Props (Atlanta,GA)

Volpin Props (Atlanta,GA)

In 2013 as part of the second book, I flew to Atlanta to visit cosplayers including Harrison Krix of Volpin Props. He had gain some attention for the …
@Houston_Fisk (Houston, TX)

@Houston_Fisk (Houston, TX)

Alrighty so here’s my story. Dallas Comic Con . This was my first con to ever attend and I didn’t want to do cosplay at the time, because …
CaffEineCraft & Setterspecs (Chicago, IL)

CaffEineCraft & Setterspecs (Chicago, IL)

Photo: Payton’s Photography CAFFEINECRAFT: This is the story of how Setterspecs and I met and how things came together for us to get married the day before Anime …
Anna-neko

Anna-neko

It really does go back to ancient days of AOL – usenet boards (rec.arts.anime) anime chatrooms where you might accidentally stumble upon a fellow nerd who had the …
Miss Relena  & Angelic Threads (Hurricane, UT & Las Vegas, NV)

Miss Relena  & Angelic Threads (Hurricane, UT & Las Vegas, NV)

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the Alice in Wonderland stories from when I was little. When Ouran High School Host Club was …
@DraconPern (San Antonio, TX)

@DraconPern (San Antonio, TX)

It started probably back in 2006 or 2007. You get bored and you look online for anime-related stuff and by chance I see these characters, these photos online …
Patience (Anchorage, AK)

Patience (Anchorage, AK)

Well I don’t believe I really became a geek until my first time at Senshi Con back in 2012-2013. I didn’t know about the cosplay world until I …
MelPool (Washington DC)

MelPool (Washington DC)

So last year when I was with my family over Christmas break, I binge watched Young Justice on Netflix. When YJ first came out I was still super …
Avis (Dallas, TX)

Avis (Dallas, TX)

I could fill a book with all the funny things people do when they come up to Lightning [Final Fantasy XIII]. You would think such a serious character …
Yaya Han (Atlanta, GA)

Yaya Han (Atlanta, GA)

“When I quit my job to open a costume commission business in 2005, I took the leap to making cosplay my only source of income. Since then my …
Buffalo's Best Batman (Buffalo, NY)

Buffalo’s Best Batman (Buffalo, NY)

William Lorenz, Jr. may not be a name you immediately recognize; however, Lorenz’s alter-ego has brought him increasingly into the spotlight as Buffalo’s Best Batman. Ever since Lorenz …
Damon & Yancey (Minneapolis, MN) 

Damon & Yancey (Minneapolis, MN) 

My first experience cosplaying…this may sound odd, but the best part was meeting many other cosplayers and those people who don’t cosplay but appreciate what we do. Wearing …
Delta Major (New York City, NY)

Delta Major (New York City, NY)

I love cosplay but wanted to step out of doing exact replicas of the characters; instead, I wanted to do my own take on the characters by adding …
Sumikins cosplay (portland, OR)

Sumikins cosplay (portland, OR)

I am cosplaying Rue from Princess Tutu – Specifically her Fire Festival dress from Episode 5. Princess Tutu is arguably my favorite series of all time. I love …
Nick Yarian (Eagle River,  AK)

Nick Yarian (Eagle River, AK)

Ever since I was a kid, I loved watching anime and playing video games, I was a pretty typical young boy growing up and loved watching Dragonball z …
Kryten (California)

Kryten (California)

Sure, well the reason I picked the Doctor was pretty much when I was in college a friend of mine introduced me to the TV show Doctor Who …
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Alive Alf

I believe it was Anime Los Angeles 2017 when I met Alify Nasution or better known as Alive Alf. I remember this because he had a portfolio book …
Rethink Cosplay (New York, NY)

Rethink Cosplay (New York, NY)

Written : Zippy / Photo : Felix Wong Ariel Krupnik, aka Rethink Cosplay, creates elaborate and unique cosplays that not only make you do a double take in …
Aaron & Amber (Nashville, TN)

Aaron & Amber (Nashville, TN)

We were making jokes about Attack Titan characters one day and came up with the name Han-G, imagining her [{Amber] in gangsta gear and gold chains. Amber decided …
ANNA MINA (North Carolina)

ANNA MINA (North Carolina)

For years I’ve seen Jim Shore’s Disney Traditions figures and thought they were beautiful– they’re still Disney, but very unique compared to the original character designs, with intricate …
Trap Sushi (Atlanta, GA)

Trap Sushi (Atlanta, GA)

Over the last decade Atlanta’s reputation as a hub for fandom and geek culture has grown.  Much of this growth is driven by the success of major conventions …
IAN (Dallas, TX)

IAN (Dallas, TX)

I was reading the comic Young Avengers when it re-launched from Marvel. It was not only super funny but super insightful about gender norms and race. As a …
Charmedseed (Denver, CO)

Charmedseed (Denver, CO)

I was born in Indiana and raised in Wyoming before moving to Colorado for college. Having grown up very crafty and creative, as well as a little nerdy, …
Chunky Cosplay (Anchorage, AK)

Chunky Cosplay (Anchorage, AK)

So, at first Maybel Pines started off as just a simple costume just to provide some more content on mymusical.ly account. I came in to the Gravity Falls …
DeZBAH ROSE

DeZBAH ROSE

Photo: @terrance_clifford Dani is one of the few fully developed Indigenous characters in comic book history, let alone a Native Woman. I decided to give her more authenticity …
@FernsideDragons (Seattle, WA)

@FernsideDragons (Seattle, WA)

☺️❤️❤️ #nyancat #eccc #ECCC23 pic.twitter.com/EHrt27YnvD— Wink❤️????????????????✨ @sakuracon (@Winkonthings) March 3, 2023 CIA What inspired the Nyan cat? MEGAN I have loved Nyan cat ever since I first watched …
Stephen (New York CIty, NY)

Stephen (New York CIty, NY)

I started cosplaying for last year’s NYC Comic Con and loved it, That year I was a Jedi Knight and a Elven Decker from the RPG Shadowrun. I do cosplay …
TrinityRen (Denver, CO)

TrinityRen (Denver, CO)

I wanted to put my skills to the test by making five CLAMP cosplay because I absolutely love CLAMP. The Sakura-viewing outfits were always one that I was …
@samurairocker55 (Los Angeles, CA)

@samurairocker55 (Los Angeles, CA)

It was 2002 and I just finished the first Devil May Cry video game. I had a black leather jacket, some toy guns and this huge sword so …
Katana Cosplay (Reno, NV)

Katana Cosplay (Reno, NV)

I (Kate) am the one who manages the accounts and does most of the cosplay work. Nana is there for support and helping me figure things out, and …
William, Evelyn & Natalie (Vancouver, WA)

William, Evelyn & Natalie (Vancouver, WA)

The crowds never really bothered Evelyn. She’s kind of a ham and likes attention, so people asking for pictures made her day, plus she could show off her …
Amanda Werner

Amanda Werner

Meet Amanda Werner, financial reform crusader. On Wednesday, former Equifax CEO Richard Smith testified before the Senate Banking Committee…. Today, though, there was someone interesting peering over Smith’s …
Alan Yeh (Cary, NC)

Alan Yeh (Cary, NC)

Being in cosplay repair can definitely get you into some strange circumstances. Last year at Dragon Con a Mr. Mime cosplayer ran up to yelling “HELP ME MY …
Spades & Aces (Anchorage, AK)

Spades & Aces (Anchorage, AK)

At a young age I found the original Ghost In The Shell movie, and it helped cultivate my love of anime alongside Inuyasha and Yu Yu Hakusho. She …
Nicole (Houston, TX)

Nicole (Houston, TX)

The  online cosplay contest are scary to me. They [the judges] do not see all the details or hand stitched parts you have done. All you can do …
CHIP (Chicago, IL)

CHIP (Chicago, IL)

My group of friends usually gets pretty into Halloween, so everyone wants to have a good costume. And through that I found it was fun to create costumes …
Brandon (Orlando, FL)

Brandon (Orlando, FL)

I found out about cosplay and conventions from my Vice President from the Japanese Culture Club, when we were in High School. I mostly knew only the culture …
@blueclarice (Pennsylvania)

@blueclarice (Pennsylvania)

I’ve always enjoyed dressing up. When I was a kid I would refuse to go anywhere without wearing a tiara which eventually evolved in me not going anywhere …
RADCOSPLAY (ANCHORAGE, AK)

RADCOSPLAY (ANCHORAGE, AK)

ReCore’s story resonated with me a lot and I find Joule very relatable. Since it was my first time working with worbla, or doing anything armor related, I …
StrangeCatCosplay & Fooprawn (New Orleans, LA)

StrangeCatCosplay & Fooprawn (New Orleans, LA)

CIA: What was it about @btanselanocian’s redesign that inspired y’all to tackle this project? STRANGE CAT COSPLAY: When I saw the designs I fell in love with the props, …
Forrester Sisters

Forrester Sisters

By Lauren Forrester. We are dressed as a Japanese animation show called The Dirty Pair (Kei and Yuri). We had been dressing up in these costumes at Japanese …
ventuswentus

ventuswentus

(photo: Felix Wong) He’s cool as hell, punk, AND BLACK? That’s such a win for black fans, especially black fans who are alternative like me. This has been …
Scrapper Costuming (New York)

Scrapper Costuming (New York)

media @making.with.megan The Classic Batman TV series, to my memory was my first real exposure to superhero media- my parents were both the right age to watch the …
Corey (Anchorage, AK)

Corey (Anchorage, AK)

I actually decided on cosplaying Bob Ross while I was out looking for a mask for a different cosplay and my mom pointed out how this one afro …
Kelsey (Atlanta, GA)

Kelsey (Atlanta, GA)

Since it’s a local landmark, people from out of town didn’t understand it – they just stared in confusion. But Atlanta locals LOVED IT! I’d hear people scream …
@goddessradiance (Atlanta, GA)

@goddessradiance (Atlanta, GA)

(photo: @I_love_cosplay) The response was amazing! Young and old recognized me. Truly. Sometimes I had younger people asking for photos to send to their parents. Sometimes they just …
@alia_vera

@alia_vera

Dressing as Madame Leota was inspired by many years of visiting Disneyland with my favorite ride being the Haunted Mansion. My family wanted to do a group costume …
Scrapper Costuming (New York CIty)

Scrapper Costuming (New York CIty)

Photo: @making.with.megan The Classic Batman TV series, to my memory was my first real exposure to superhero media- my parents were both the right age to watch the …
KAYE COSPLAY (Orlando, FL)

KAYE COSPLAY (Orlando, FL)

Photo : Felix Wong. I was surprised that so many people at the convention recognized who I was cosplaying! I expected that not many people would know because …
Jeff & Elizabeth, (Minnesota, MN)

Jeff & Elizabeth, (Minnesota, MN)

Earlier in my life as a teenager I observed that as the people around me aged they seemed to stop in place and tended to dwell more and …
Steffanie (Ashburn, VA)

Steffanie (Ashburn, VA)

Photo: @Zarf_ I’ve only been doing cosplay for about 2 years. But in that short time, it’s become a major part of my life. My first con was MAGFest …
Gerald (Nashville, TN)

Gerald (Nashville, TN)

Gerald of SPN Creative & Mage TV It all started back at a convention called Omnicon in Cookeville, TN back in 2012. I ran into a group of …
amuly21 (North Carolina)

amuly21 (North Carolina)

2014 2019 In 2014, I wore the comic book Captain Marvel costume to HeroesCon, a guy ran up to me and asked if I could take a picture …
Marc Kandel (NEW YORK)

Marc Kandel (NEW YORK)

Photo: @Miggychagon Iron Man, the Silver Centurion and later the Modular armor, were chosen as all my builds are, from a period from roughly 1982 to 1994, the …
Xander (Austin, TX)

Xander (Austin, TX)

Photo: Kevin Lillard. It was sometime in the very early 2000s, probably 2000 or 2001. I discovered the website A Fan’s View run by Kevin Lillard. He went …
Jeremy Fisher (Los Angeles, CA)

Jeremy Fisher (Los Angeles, CA)

My first home built costume was Boba Fett for Halloween back in 1997. Ever since I saw the original trilogy, Star Wars has been a huge part of …
Phaleure Cosplay (Columbia, MD)

Phaleure Cosplay (Columbia, MD)

We are all pretty local to each other so we do it quite often at least once or twice before each major con. If we can’t meet in …