Types and Styles of Cosplay

For the weeks heading up to SDCC 2018, we are revisiting some of our best articles in regards to con attendance and cosplay.  Hope to see you in San Diego next month!

The other day I was hanging out with a friend and talking about our latest Guardians of the Galaxy cosplay and that it was a screen-accurate cosplay, but also crossplay for Scout and me.  My friend was asking what the difference between crossplay and gender-bend cosplay was.  I thought it would be helpful to list all the types of cosplay out with a description of each.

Screen Accurate

The first type of cosplay is the kind that most people think of when they hear, “cosplay”.  That is screen accurate cosplay.  The term is pretty self-explanatory.  The cosplay looks like it came from the screen or pages of a comic book.  Below are some screen-accurate cosplays:

You’ll notice that each of these cosplays are accurate down to the last detail.  Scout and I are wearing wigs, the exact accessories and the correct clothing pieces.

The Mash-up Cosplay

The next type is the mash-up cosplay.  This style takes two or more characters from a film or comic book and mashes them together.  Scout and I don’t have a mash-up, but here are some mash-ups I found online (photo credits in the caption):

The Stylized Cosplay

The next style is the stylized cosplay.  Like the mash-up, this style of cosplay has been gaining popularity over the last couple of years.  This style combines a clothing style with a cosplay.  Some good examples are the Playboy Bunny Star Wars characters, business suits Disney characters or Steampunk anything.  Our stylized cosplay are poodle skirt Captain America and American Dream:

Crossplay

Crossplay is cosplaying a character of a different gender.  Scout and I crossplay a lot!  When cosplaying, the sky’s the limit, so cosplaying a different gender is not a limitation at all.  Here are some of our crossplays:

Gender-Bend Cosplay

The last style of cosplay is the gender-bend cosplay.  This style is a little different from crossplay in that you are changing the gender of the character you are cosplaying.  So, examples would be my gender-bend Doctor Strange.  I am cosplaying a girl version of Doctor Strange, instead of Stephen, let’s say Stephanie Strange.

So, that’s a quick tour of the different types of cosplay.  If we left anything out, please shoot us a comment.  We always love hearing from you guys.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

*All professional photos of us taken by Justin Davidson Photography

Getting Started with Cosplay

For the weeks heading up to SDCC 2018, we are revisiting some of our best articles in regards to con attendance and cosplay.  Hope to see you in San Diego next month!

As a cosplayer, I get asked a lot how to get started in the world of cosplay by my non-cosplaying friends.  Taking that leap is difficult.  It takes all of your self-confidence and gumption to get out there in your first cosplay.  My journey to being a cosplayer is just like my journey to be a self-loving confident woman…lots and lots of support and encouragement from friends.

My fellow blogger, Toni aka the Herald of Geek, is actually my “nerd prime”.  Not only with cosplay, but really introduced me into the nerdy world.  Flashback to several years ago.  I was newly single.  Becoming single was a huge shock (long story), and I had not been on my own for 22 years.  My group of friends were friends from the marriage, so I found myself without any friends of my own.  I was attending cons alone when my daughter couldn’t come with me, and I had no idea how to get out in the world again. I saw a Meetup.com group of fangirls that got together to play Magic.  I took a chance and met Toni.  She introduced me to people and invited me to events and now we are great friends.  I will talk more about nerdy meet-ups and hang outs in another post, but she sent a note out asking about who was interested in doing a cosplay group of Marvel poodle skirts.  I called Cap and a cosplayer was born!

My advice to you if you want to get into cosplay is to find a cosplaying buddy for one.  Two, keep it simple.  Three, pick something you love.  Four, enjoy the experience.

Finding that cosplay buddy- Just send out a group text and ask if anyone is interested in doing a cosplay with you.  Get up the courage and send that email!  Have something in mind, but let your friends know that you are open to suggestions as well.  Having someone to cosplay with helps takes the edge off as far as nerves and you can help build each other’s confidence.  There are a lot of superheroes and sidekicks out there to get you started.  There are also tons of larger groups that you can try.  Avengers, Justice League, Star Wars Rebels, just to name a couple.  Pick what inspires you.

I had been toying with the idea of trying cosplay, and then as luck would have it, I was invited to join a cosplay group.  The cosplay was also not complicated, poodle skirts.  Pick something simple.  Don’t go for the screen accurate Captain America from Age of Ultron complete with magnetic harness for the shield on your first go!  Look at costumes and see if it is something you can get store bought. A good example is Scarlet Witch from Age of Ultron.  Red leather jacket, black dress, black stockings and boots and you’re pretty much there.  My Scarlet Witch cosplay was 100% store bought.  Don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself.  This is supposed to be fun!

If you are like me and don’t know how to sew at all, there are tons of websites to get your cosplay gear.  Start with Etsy.  You will be able to find artisans that can make what you need there.  No matter how obscure the character, there is someone on Etsy that makes cosplay pieces for that character.  Bank on it.  Ebay is another great source.  Then hit up Amazon.  There are also some great sites that specialize in cosplay gear and even make custom costumes.  Cosplaysky.com is a great one.  For jackets, black-leatherjacket.com is fantastic.  I sent in my measurements and got a Scarlet Witch jacket that is screen accurate and didn’t cost all that much.

If you want to try your hand at some DIY, then youtube.com searches are the best.  Two of my favorites are GoldenLassoGirl and CuriousJoi.  They both post DIY tutorials as well as make-up tutorials.

Lastly, ask your fellow cosplayers for help.  The community is super supportive and helpful.  Just reach out.  More is merrier in the cosplay world.

Links to sites mentioned are located in the Find It Here Guide on this blog.

I hope that you try your hand at cosplay.  I know it is taking a chance, but it will be fun.  I guarantee it.  Please share your pictures with us so we can see what you created!

Love, Kim and Scout

WonderCon Recap: Final Thoughts

OK, so for a final wrap-up of WonderCon 2018 aka Nerd Camp, we wanted to post some pictures from the trip.

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Arrival and badge pick-up day.  The rains moved out just in time!

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Day One and we’re going in!

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First day cosplays, Cap and Falcon.  Dress by Gold Bubble and Shield from cosplaysky.com

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Our favorite part, running into friends!  Here we are with Curious Joi.

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Love the new step-and-repeats that they’ve started putting up at cons.

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Hilton bar selfies on night one…

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and night two…

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Day Two cosplay, homemade Spidey and Stark.

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We always take on-point selfies with Quimbo!

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Also with Toni of Squeedar….

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A parting shot on the last day, we always sit by the fountain and take it all in til the last second.

See you all next year!

Love, Kim and Scout

WonderCon Recap: Cap Corset

I took advantage of the nice weather at WonderCon this year, and had another photo shoot with Justin Davidson Photography with my Captain America corset from Castle Corsetry.   Book him here.

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You might remember last time, I paired it with leggings, but this time with a hi-lo skirt from Amazon.  My shield is from cosplaysky.com.

 

My corset was a commissioned work, but Castle Corestry has several offerings for the Marvel fans out there.  Shop the store here.

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

 

WonderCon Recap: Cosplaying With Your Kids Panel

We got to host our panel, “Cosplaying With Your Kids” again at WonderCon 2018.  We were so happy to be able to host the event again.

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Anastasia Washington was our Moderator again.  We were joined by Deborah and Celia of Ravenpuff Cosplay and Jake from Little Negan Cosplay.

We covered some of the same topics of discussion as last time, such as cosplay ideas, sources for smaller children, cosplay mash-ups, cosplaying as a duo or in a group, but we also took on some more topics this time.  Scout and Celia are 12 and 13, respectively, so they had some great insights into dealing with social media and bullying.  I think everyone was impressed with their mature take on the subject.  Basically, look for and find your tribe for support and protection from bullying.  As they get more and more involved with social media, Deborah and I had some parental tips and advice for the other parents in attendance.  The basics were to have an open-door policy on social media.  Know your kids’ passwords for safety and not for snooping.  If you give them freedom to explore the world, they will come to you for advice and guidance navigating those waters.

Extra thanks to Justin Davidson Photography for the photos of us!  Book him here.

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We had a fantastic time and hope to host another panel again at SDCC!  Stay tuned…  Meantime, if you have any items you’d like us to talk about at our next panel, please hit us up in the comments!

Love, Kim and Scout

*All photos of us by Justin Davidson Photography

Scout’s New Spidey Suit!

As the kiddo has gotten older, I decided it was time for her to have her first custom-made cosplay.  She chose a new Spidey Suit.  Our wonderful friend, Vegan Spiderman, recommended zentaizone.com.  They did not disappoint!

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All these amazing photos were taken by Justin Davidson Photography.  Book him here.

We highly recommend you go the custom route.  The suit fits her perfectly.  We also recommend a removable mask and putting soles on the feet.  Both of those options came in really handy!

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The zentaizone site link is here so you can order your own suit!

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout