Amy Ratcliffe


Cosplayers continually amaze me. They put a lot of effort into dressing up like the characters they love, but cosplay is about so much more than showing off incredible outfits. Journalist Todd Kenreck decided to explore the people who cosplay and the art of the hobby/profession. He raised funds on Kickstarter to create a documentary called Cosplay Boom and this is the first footage. In it, he talks with cosplayers bout their origin stories. He asks several of them about what they were like growing up and how they got into cosplaying. It’s fascinating.

Watch the first 2 episodes, “Origins Parts 1 and 2″ after the break.

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tardis light up headband

Dressing like the TARDIS from Doctor Who can be as simple as wearing a bright blue dress and putting on this snazzy light-up headband. The accessory features the familiar light from the spaceship, and it’s the perfect companion for any Whovian’s outfit. You only need to add the sound effects.

We’ve featured a similar headband in the past, but this version lights up with the flick of a switch!

See how it looks on the head after the break.

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Dressing like Link doesn’t mean you have to make a Master Sword or a fancy shield. You can simply pull on this colorful cosplay hoodie. The design incorporates Link’s belt, shield, and the recognizable pointy hood. You don’t have to go on any quests to get this gear either; you can just journey to Superhero Stuff and add the Legend of Zelda costume hoodie to your cart.

See the shield action on the back of the hoodie after the break.

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Winter months and cold weather are approaching, and it’s never too early to start planning how you’re going to keep warm. Consider a pair of adorable narwhal slippers that are not only cute but are also heated. They’re literally warm and fuzzy. The baby narwhals are heated with USB-powered foot warmers so you can plug in while you’re working.

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Sometimes a mask is all you need for a great Halloween costume. This alien mind control mask from The Horror Dome definitely fits the bill. It’s filled with foam so it’s lightweight but will still retain its shape as you go to parties and hand out candy. Add blood and a dirty costume to make it even more frightening.

See more shots of the creepy mask after the break.

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Kids can make any costume precious. Whether they’re dressed as a hero like Star-Lord or a villain like Thanos, they usually manage to steal the show with their adorableness. Photographer Kjersten Gallagher photographed the little Star-Lord pictured above at Fan Expo Canada, and I love that he has a potted Groot and the headphones. He rules.

See an equally awesome Thanos after the break.

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cozday admiral skirt

Want more everyday cosplay items for your wardrobe? Then you might want to take a look at the offerings from Cozday Clothing. The company’s collection is designed by Leetal Platt, and she draws inspiration from pop culture. Cozday has just opened their shop and are accepting pre-orders through October 1st. Plus, everything is on sale.

The Admiral skirt pictured above is just one example of the creative looks available. It was inspired by the jackets worn on Battlestar Galactica, and it’s a chic and different style. The shop also has Admiral jackets, a silk version of the BSG double tanks, and Viper pilot pants and shirts. Besides Galactica, there are also some Princess Leia and Han Solo styles in the store.

See more of their unique designs after the break.

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Maybe it’s just that I’m getting older, but it seems like the number of ridiculous “sexy” Halloween costumes increases every year. Nothing is sacred – not even a snowman from an animated Disney film. Yandy has teased a new line of skimpy outfits clearly inspired by Frozen, and the collection includes Anna and Elsa and aven Olaf – as in the singing, cute snowman Olaf. I’m trying to let it go, but I’m shaking my head with sadness.

See the sexy Anna and Elsa-inspired looks after the break.

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Hogwarts sleeve

When I think of Harry Potter tattoos, I usually picture the Deathly Hallows symbol or Harry’s lightning scar – not Hogwarts. This sleeve done by Roly at Tattoo Technique in Clarksville, Tennessee features the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and it’s freaking gorgeous. Magical even. The details in the clouds and on the castle (those lit windows!) are incredible, and it’s hard to believe this ink is still a work in progress.

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It’s rare that we come across cosplay that we haven’t seen before, but this Kvothe ensemble by Ishere Lartnec is something new. The character is from The Kingkiller Chronicle, a fantastic fantasy book series by Patrick Rothfuss. Kvothe is a musician and adventurer, and Lartnec has presented a cool interpretation of the character with his costume.

Photos by Iván Méndez.

See more shots after the break.

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