Gotham Lolita: The Fashionable Side of New York Comic Con

Posted by Christian Liendo on Oct 16, 2011 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

The Fashionable Side of New York Comic Con: Photo by Christian Liendo

Many a stylish fangurl could be spotted at New York Comic Con this year — this photo essay not only includes those into goth lolita looks, but also those cosplayer who go that extra mile: Read more…

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The Coolest Parents in the Universe: Family Cosplay at New York Comic Con

Posted by Christian Liendo on Oct 16, 2011 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

The Coolest Parents in the Universe: Family Cosplay at New York Comic Con: photo by Christian Liendo

One of the coolest trends we spotted at NYCC this year were parents and kids attending the show both dressed in cosplay! What we liked about this is that it makes the whole event more family friendly, and we hope to see more of this next year… Read more…

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The Silly Side of New York Comic Con

Posted by Christian Liendo on Oct 16, 2011 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections, Star Wars

Waldo doing a photo bomb of Princess Leia Organa: Photo by Christian Liendo

There are those fans who will tell you that cosplay is a high art to be taken seriously — and what follows is a photo essay which doesn’t feature those fans! Shown above is Waldo doing a photo bomb of Princess Leia Organa. And below is that net troll you all know and love: Read more…

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Missed DragonCon This Year? Beat Town Boogie Has You Covered

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Sep 27, 2011 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

Sure, it’s another video, but I’m sure you’ll overlook that once you see what it is. Beat Town Boogie, the guys who produced that hilarious Metal Gear Solid x Modern Warfare fan-film the other year, recently attended DragonCon in Atlanta. While they were there, they took their nifty HD camera setup and filmed all the cosplay they could. Here’s the final product; a 23 minute montage of some of the best cosplay you’ll ever see. After seeing the quality of these costumes, its no wonder why everyone I know decided to attend this year. The number of con-goers who attend in costume is simply mind-boggling, and from what I understand, continues to grow each year. If this video isn’t enough to convince you to attend, I’m not sure what would — it really looks like a blast.

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SDCC11: A Few Highlights

Posted by Gia Manry on Jul 25, 2011 in Fandom

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There is more to see and do at Comic-Con International than any blogger can cram into a single post, so here are just a handful of highlights spotted around the show— and they barely scratch the surface! (What can I say? I had panels to attend and swag to grab!) Read more…

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Burlesque for Videogamers in NYC

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 18, 2011 in Fandom, Videogames

 D20 Burlesque

If you love old school videogames, like the ladies and live in NYC you’re in luck! On Saturday July 23rd the D20 Burlesque troupe will present their stage show 8 Bit Beauties at the he Parkside Lounge. The official show description is as follows: “For its fifth show, D20 Burlesque will bring you a night of scintillating burlesque themed around those old school videogames near and dear to our hearts. If you still remember blowing into cartridges and can enter the Konami code in your sleep, this is the show for you!” Sadly the guaranteed seating is sold out but if you can stand it general admission is still available — you can get tickets here… Read more…

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Canada’s Space TV Gets Fanboy Confessional Special

Posted by Gia Manry on Jul 11, 2011 in Fandom, Television

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When I heard about this news, I went over to the U.S. SyFy Channel’s schedule and saw that the cable network is showing the three original Indiana Jones flicks, National Treasure, and six hours of Hollywood Treasure, a reality show about a team of Californians who acquire and resell props and other memorabilia. Blech. Meanwhile, Canada’s Space TV is getting a reality show spotlighting actual fans.

WTF, SyFy. Read more…

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The Best Anime Photos of the Week

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 5, 2011 in Animation, Fandom

Anime Themed Photos of the Week (July 5, 2011)

After hours of research most of the cool photos we found this week were cosplay shots from Anime Expo — however we did stumble across a few nice examples of fan art: Read more…

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Cosplay for a Cause

Posted by Tim Sheehy on Jun 1, 2011 in Fandom

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It’s been several months since the magnitude 9.0 Tōhoku earthquake devastated Northeastern Japan, and while the subject no longer dominates our headlines, the entire region remains in need. To help support the relief efforts, a group of  relatively well-known cosplayers have gotten together to create a cosplay calender for charity with 100% of the proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross society. The full sized calender will open to 11″ x 22″ with the actual photos measuring at 11″ x 17″.

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A Weekend at Scarborough Faire

Posted by Gia Manry on May 23, 2011 in Fandom

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My parents are nerds, but they’ve never been the dress-up kind (not including that one Star Trek-themed murder mystery dinner party they went to, shocking me by renting very nice Next Generation outfits). However, this never stopped them from taking my brother, me, and occasionally our friends to our nearest Renaissance Faire for many years. The Faire took place in the Blackpoint Forest in Novato, California, for some years…until the land was sold and it had to relocate to— I kid you not —what was essentially the enormous parking lot of The Nut Tree, the “legendary” road stop in Vacaville, CA. The first year it was held there was the last year I remember going, although the faire continues to this day (now held at the Casa de Fruta, a similarly large truck stop in— *shudder* —Hollister, CA). Read more…

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These Cat Ears Know What You’re Thinking

Posted by Michael Sacco on May 7, 2011 in Fandom

Brainwave-controlled cat ears

Leave it to Japan to create an entirely new level of cosplay. Tokyo-based Neurowear has created a set of cat ears that, when worn, allegedly react to your brain waves and act accordingly — if you’re concentrating very hard, the ears will perk up, and will droop back down when you’re mentally at rest. Are they very useful, all things considered? Well, probably not. At they very least they’d add a new level of realism to your catgirl cosplay, though. What do you mean you don’t cosplay as a catgirl? And a more important question: what happens if you put these on a cat?
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A Treasure Trove of Retro Cosplay

Posted by Michael Sacco on Apr 8, 2011 in Cinema, Comic Books, Dr. Who, Fandom, Star Trek

Dirty Pair retro cosplay

Cosplay isn’t a new phenomenon — for pretty much as long as there’s been fandom, there’s been cosplay. These retro cosplay photos, posted on 4chan’s cosplay board, prove it! We’ve compiled the best here for your perusal, from events ranging from WonderCon to WorldCon from the 70s to the 80s. You’ll notice some patterns — Red Sonja was a very popular cosplay choice for ladies back then, and Vulcans and Elric of Melnibone were popular for men. You can even see cosplay mainstays like Orion slave girls. It’s almost comforting to know that people have been dressing themselves up like fantasy and scifi characters for this long — it means that there have always been incredibly nerdy people in the world. Read more…

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What Flavor of Otaku are You? A Quick Guide to Anime Fandom

Posted by Linda Yau on Mar 7, 2011 in Animation, Fandom

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For hobby enthusiasts, developing a passion and devotion to an industry takes time, and while it can be visually measured with how much you own (thus bringing in the materialism and consumerism aspect). There is more to the limited examples for what was presented in Tokyopop’s search for the Greatest Otaku. Otaku can be defined as being loving all things Japanese anime, or obsessive introverts, but to be a devoted fan really is have the knowledge and sincere passion for it. Similar to uncovering the layers of an onion are identities and fandoms of this niche cultures that is worth exploring and considering. Before getting to the list, I have to mention that some of the labels I have used is an approximation of how a certain fandom treats aspects of the anime hobby. Read more…

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An Authentic Evangelion Uniform

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 31, 2011 in Animation, Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

Evangelion Uniform

Shown here are two cosplay uniforms from Evangelion (Ichi Junior High School girls uniforms of the New Tokyo City 3) which are being released in Japan. According to an interview on the site selling the apparel they actually went a step further and added some additional detail that wasn’t in the anime series. And just to make sure those detail were right the character designer from the show was involved in the design process. Read more…

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Look Out Japan! The Taiwanese Weather Bunny Girls are Here

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 17, 2011 in Fandom, Television

The Taiwanese Weather Bunny Girls

NextTV Weather GirlsAs an old time anime fanboy I’ve been pleasantly surprised how NextTV from Taiwan has really knocked it out of the ballpark with their series of computer animated shorts on topical events: But when I took a look at their Weather Girls video segment I was blown away! This ongoing daily series of videos features seven bunny cosplay attired ladies presenting the temperatures in major American cities: Read more…

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And Now a Word from Tron-Cat…

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 4, 2010 in Cinema, Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

Tron-Cat Sez 'On the other side of the screen it all looks so easy!"

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Over 100 Great Cosplay Photos from New York Comic Con 2010: Part 1

Posted by Christian Liendo on Oct 11, 2010 in Comic Books, Fandom

New York Comic Con 2010 Cosplay: Photo by Christian Liendo

This is part of our collection of the best cosplay at New York Comic Con 2010:

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Over 100 Great Cosplay Photos from New York Comic Con 2010: Part 2

Posted by Christian Liendo on Oct 11, 2010 in Comic Books, Fandom

New York Comic Con 2010 Cosplay: Photo by Christian Liendo

Sadly New York Comic Con 2010 has come to an end — but what impressed me is that I think in the long term this may turn out to be the one show that can rival the San Diego Comic Con. Part of my evidence for this was the sheer scale of the number of quality cosplayers that could be spotted at the con. Here is our collection of our top 100 photos that we captured this past weekend:

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New York Comic Con: The Cutest Kid Cosplayer!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 9, 2010 in Fandom

New York Comic Con: The Cutest Cosplayer!

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Prediction: Scott Pilgrim Will Become a Cult Classic Film

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 9, 2010 in Cinema, Comic Books

Scott Pilgrim Cosplay at New York Comic Con 2010

I see it time after time again: A new film opens packed with hype, does poor box office and then fades away within a week. A good pulse check of this is if you see any cosplay related to said property even a month after the film is heading to video — so I was very pleased to see the above Scott Pilgrim cosplayer at New York Comic Con on Friday. I think too many reviewer got lost with the videogame story telling style and lost fact that Pilgrim is really an A+ geeky romance film that speaks to a generation (or two).

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Reni Continues Her Cosplay Conquest of New York

Posted by Michael Pinto on Oct 9, 2010 in Animation, Fandom

Reni Mimur at New York Comic Con 2010: photo by Cristian Liendo

I’ve got to say that I’m very impressed at how in a short amount of time that Reni Mimur has really perfected her Japanese maid show act — and has won over so many fans in the process. This year Reni returned to the New York Comic Con and I think what’s great is that this will give her an opportunity to win over non-anime fanboys while warming the hearts of the local otaku community. Read more…

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New York Comic Con: Cosplayers and Lolita Fashionistas

Posted by Christian Liendo on Oct 9, 2010 in Fandom, Hobbies and Collections

New York Comic Con 2010: Anime Cosplayers and Lolita Fashionistas by Christian Liendo

Our fear that with New York Comic Con being kitbashed with the New York Anime Festival that the anime aspect of the show would be swallowed up by the comic book aspect of the show — however the high quality of anime cosplay and lolita fashionistas proved otherwise:

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New York Comic Con: A Cavalcade of Costumes

Posted by Christian Liendo on Oct 9, 2010 in Comic Books, Fandom

New York Comic Con Costumes: photo by Christian Liendo

With the addition of the New York Anime Festival to the New York Comic Con non-anime cosplayers have been forced to step up their game to gain attention — and from the looks of these photos competition can be a very good thing!

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Anime Images for Your Amusement

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 30, 2010 in Animation, Fandom

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We wasted many hours trolling the net to find interesting and amusing anime inspired images so that you don’t have to! Most of these images were found via Twitter although the above screen shot is from this Japanese blog. My personal favorite is the parody below which makes fun of the typical charts that showcase what new anime shows we can expect to see in the new season: Read more…

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