Cosplay

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When we are younger, we imagine ourselves as superheros flying from roof top to roof top fighting evil. Those brave ideas eventually fade and our imagination steps aside to make room for thoughts of a more practical life.

Photographer Benjamin Von Wong, wanted to remind us to never stop dreaming with a photo series aimed to capture the  very essence of what it takes to be a superhero: fearlessness. Wong and his group of heroes were truly fearless as the entire photoshoot took place on the edge of a skyscraper overlooking a 1000 foot drop.

On his website, he writes:

“It’s a fantasy we’ve all had at some point. We imagine ourselves standing on the edge of a building, overlooking the city, hair blowing in the wind. As we get older, we stop dreaming. We stop believing that anything is possible because we’ve seen too much of what isn’t. And that is why I wanted to photograph ordinary people as superheroes?-?so that they could see themselves as they had once dreamed.”

Wong chose a group of ordinary people from SmugMug to face the most primal fear of heights. The group of “just dads, engineers and customer service people” brought their own costumes and agreed to be suspended from cables from atop the skyscraper.

“Seeing them challenge themselves and finding courage where they thought there was none was absolutely inspiring. It is not the lack of fear that makes a superhero a hero, but what they do in the face of fear that makes all the difference.”

Head after the break to see the amazing results…

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Or maybe 93% better? 128%? A more modest 78%? I’m not going to crunch the numbers here, but I can definitely state that Twitter user @kasyuu’s trick for adding a face to anime cosplay—best when you’re posing for pics and not walking around, but hey, maybe swinging around foam weapons has left you with high arm endurance—is pretty damn spiffy. Just load a pic of your character’s face onto a tablet, line it up so it matches with the rest of your cosplay (still gotta do that hair), and voila! Instant giant eyes/practically non-existent nose/anime tears/blush lines/tiny mouth/huge screaming mouth (circle as applicable).

See another pic after the cut.

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Sailor Moon cosplay doesn’t have to be just for conventions anymore. In Japan, the ubiquitous sailor uniform fashion trend is considered  “nanchatte“, as in “just for fun.” And with super colorful prints like “Heavenly Flash” and “Glowing Jellyfish” these outfits are too friggin’ cute!

Costume party store Clearstone just announced their line of Sailor Moon inspired uniforms which will be available in March and priced at 7,990 yen (US $66). The ensemble includes the top, skirt, and iconic matching neck ribbon.

Check out all four prints after the break.

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Didn’t make it to Katsucon? As always, Beat Down Boogie has you covered with his latest series of videos. He notes:

The videos include party Borderlands bunnies, cosplay from Blizzard’s new Overwatch game, Monster Hunter cosplay, tactical Pokemon costumes, a Sailor Moon / Kill La Kill mashup, Shovel Knight cosplay, an armored My Little Pony warrior group, Falcon with moving metal wings and much more.

Check them out after the break…

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An industrial design student at Philadelphia University named Jackson Gordon (no relation to the Gotham detective) recently built a Batman-style combat suit that might actually be able to protect you from a stabbing at the hands of Talia al Ghul.

It’s not bulletproof mind you, but it does offer protection from bats, machetes and fists. Originally, Gordon designed a cosplay version of the Batsuit that was purely for entertainment purposes, but he soon felt the need to design an actual suit, so he started making prototypes last September.

The suit weighs roughly 25 pounds (the helmet alone weights three pounds), and speaking with USA Today he notes:

“It sounds like a lot, and when you have it in a bag over your shoulder it weighs a ton, but when you are actually wearing it, you barely feel it,” he said. “If this were to inhibit my movement, it would be completely useless.”

Check out a video demo and another pic after the break…

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These vintage-styled steampunk gauntlets looks like what Iron Man would have fashioned for himself has he lived in the 1800s.

Etsy shop owner SkinzNhydez makes each custom piece by hand using 8oz veggie tanned leather, LED lights, brass sheets fashioned with rivets and studs, and dyes and finishers to add an aged, worn appearance.

With the level of detail and craftsmanship involved here, each piece takes about a month to complete. You can even provide custom design ideas.

Check out more pics of kick ass gauntlets after the jump.

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You do. I don’t make the rules!

Above, one of a family of guineas owned by Twitter user @chikuwa_kintoki. “Owned” may not be the appropriate term. More like given free food and lodging and awesome clothes by—because pet owners know who’s really in charge. All she asks is that the pigs dress up like Sailor Moon now and then.

Below the cut: Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th, Mario, Chun Li, Luffy from One Piece, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

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If you never had an interest in makeup, that will probably change after you check out the work of Lianne Moseley. The self-trained makeup artist makes her living doing standard work on brides and models, but recently began dedicating her free time and ample skill to transforming people into superheroes that literally look as if they just took a trip from the pages of a comic book into the third dimension. Needless to say, the internet quickly took notice, leading to the landing of her first professional gig at the beginning of the month.

The process is said to take several hours to complete, and as you will see in the additional examples after the jump, the results will make you think you’re looking at something created with Photoshop.

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Back in November we told you about the College of Wizardry, a live action role playing group of almost 200 members that pose as students, staff, ghosts and creatures of the Harry Potter Universe.

Unfortunately, the group has made an agreement with Warner Bros. to detach itself from the Harry Potter universe in future events, but they still want to hold epic larps in a setting that is inspired by the books.

The group currently rents out a castle in Poland but has recently set up an Indiegogo campaign to raise enough funds for future larps and maybe even the $1 million they need to buy and renovate this unbelievable castle in Poland as a permanent home base. It’s an ambitious goal, but imagine taking dark arts classes generic wizarding classes in an actual castle? Walking through those corridors for a 4 day long LARP event set in the most magical themed universe in existence might be the most exiting weekend of your life!

College of Wizardry explains what members can expect in the future:

“Here, long-flowing robes and dragontooth wands meet jeans and leather jackets. Magical theory is taught in old castles to students at home on iPhones, and while some wizarding families proudly trace their lineage back to famous magicians such as Morgana le Fey or the Oracles of Delphi, there are powerful sorcerers popping up in suburban Chicago and downtown Shanghai.”

(via Mirror)

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