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The Very Best In Cosplay: Julia Kasu

The Very Best In Cosplay: Julia Kasu | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

Julia Kasu, aka KasuzameYuu, is a costume builder and cosplayer from Russia. You may never have heard of her, but if you read this website, you should have seen her work from time to time.

Her Left 4 Dead outfits (both of which she made, while she also "played" the Witch), for example, are some of the best examples of the art you're ever going to see, while her more recent Skyrim Outlaw costume takes itself more seriously - and literally - than you'd think.


I've included the best of her costumes and shots in the gallery above, but to see more you should head to her DeviantArt page. CLICK THRU TO CHECK OUT THE GALLERY

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This Isn't Madness. It's Wonderful and Legendary. Alice: Madness Returns Cosplay

This Isn't Madness. It's Wonderful and Legendary. Alice: Madness Returns Cosplay | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

Chinese cosplay photographer Mengjie Luan is back with another set of spectacular pics.


Click thru to check out the gallery featuring Alice: Madness Returns photos with cosplayer Jill. "There were some problems and headaches during the Alice shoot—but in the end it worked out great," Meng told Kotaku. "I also finally learned the meaning of '苦逼造就牛片' or 'hardship brings great pictures.'"


Besides Alice: Madness Returns, Meng recently completely some photo shots of popular online game League of Legends with cosplayers Xiao Luojun and Ying Tao.


"I personally prefer to cosplay games, mostly because most of my spare time is already taken up by playing League of Legends," said Xiao. "I spent a lot of time working on this cosplay and when I saw the results, I was stunned."

That's the thing about Meng's photos: you always end up stunned. CLICK THRU to check out the gallery!


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Let Taiwan Show You What It's Got

Let Taiwan Show You What It's Got | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

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Taiwanese cosplay photographer Znmoon has a fantastic website filled with wall-to-wall cosplay pics.

 

There's months and months of content to be had here, with photos from a variety of anime, manga, and game events.


Lovely pics, lovely costumes.


Click thru to view the gallery or go directly to Znmoon's website at http://album.blog.yam.com/znmoon

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Mai Shiranui, Brought to Life

Mai Shiranui, Brought to Life | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

via kotaku.com - Brian Ashcraft


Mai Shiranui from The King of Fighters isn't real. But a few days ago in Taiwan, you could've swore she was.


Taiwanese model Yoyo appeared dressed as SNK's jiggly ninja at a promotion for her new photobook, which features photos of her in various states of dress against cheesy Photoshopped backgrounds.


Yoyo isn't a stranger to gaming; last fall, the 20 year-old was the spokesperson for online game Xiang Long and appeared in spots to promote the title. What's more, she once played rock-paper-scissors with a lady dressed like Chun-Li.

Click thru below to check out more pics (and vids)

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10 Unlikely Comic Book Movies (That Actually Exist) | Newsarama.com

10 Unlikely Comic Book Movies (That Actually Exist) | Newsarama.com | Cosplay News | Scoop.it
By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer

This past weekend saw the release of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, which ended Sunday with a solid $22 million gross good enough for a close third-place finish.

Though Newsarama reviewer Mike Avila called it "an experience that feels much longer than the 95-minute running time," the movie looks like it'll end up a modest success. Which, given its current 31 score on Metacritic, is a bit surprising.

Also surprising? That there's a Ghost Rider sequel at all. It's been five long years since the last one, which similarly failed to impress critics, and made a domestically total of $115.8 million, just a tad over its reported $5 million budget. We now live in a world where there still is no Wonder Woman movie, but two Ghost Riders.

Yet Spirit of Vengeance isn't the only head-scratcher of a comic book movie. The last couple decades have seen multiple productions that, good or bad, didn't seem like probably choices when so much other seemingly commercially viable properties go unfilmed.

So with that in mind, Newsarama reached deep into the archives to find comic book movies that beat the odds simply by being produced. Click "start here" in the upper-left corner for the 10 unlikely comic book movies that actually do exist.

Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's FACEBOOK and TWITTER!

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Misty and Staryu by ~JadedInNowhere on deviantART

Misty and Staryu by ~JadedInNowhere on deviantART | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

via jadedinnowhere.deviantart.com


I don't cosplay often, but this seemed to fit with my current hair color. Btw, yes this was taken underwater, Also, underwater photoshoots are harrrd I am so exhausted. D: 

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Cosplay Corner: Jenni AKA Mostflogged as Kanaya

Cosplay Corner: Jenni AKA Mostflogged as Kanaya | Cosplay News | Scoop.it
Cosplay Corner: You may remember Jenni, aka Mostflogged, as the Poison Ivy to Yaya Han’s Catwoman, but she’s got plenty of other costumes in her repertoire, too.


One of her recent favorites is Kanaya Maryam, the romance-novel-devouring Internet troll from MS Paint Adventures’ webcomic hit Homestuck. Click thru for more photos.

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From Cosplayer to Cover Girl

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via kotaku.com (Brian Ashcraft)

From Cosplayer to Cover Girl


It was only last fall that Macau-born Sunny Lin's cosplay made waves throughout Asia. Japan declared that Lin was the closest to a living incarnation of Boa Hancock from One Piece.


Based in Taiwan, Lin is the February cover girl for FHM Taiwan, underscoring just how rapid her assent has been and that it is possible to build a career based on looking like a One Piece character. Wish her the best of luck.

Check out more photos below.

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The Very Best In Cosplay: Lindze

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The Very Best In Cosplay: Lindze


Kotaku's journey around the very best cosplayers in the world continues this week with a look at American costume builder, model and make-up artist Lindze.


A make-up artist by trade, Lindze is an example of quality over quantity: while her portfolio may not be packed to the gills like many other prominent cosplayers, when she does knuckle down on a costume, the results are usually fantastic.
Going beyond the usual use of simple fabrics, Lindze often employs more complicated materials. That Miranda outfit, for example, needed all kinds of custom-printed stuff (all sewn and assembled by Lindze), while the Baroness armour had to be sculpted by a local artist (though again, she made the rest of the costume).
 

You can see some highlights in the gallery via the link below, while there's more shots on Lindze's official site at http://lindze.com/

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From Mecha Girls to Mecha Men, Fancy Frontier Had It All

From Mecha Girls to Mecha Men, Fancy Frontier Had It All | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

via kotaku.com (Brian Ashcraft)

From Mecha Girls to Mecha Men, Fancy Frontier Had It All

A Japanese cosplayer wearing a NSFW costume grabbed all the headlines at the recent Fancy Frontier event in Taipei. But that wasn't the only game, I mean costume, in town.


There were an array of outfits on display that included what must be the first cosplay I've ever seen of Sega arcade game Boarder Break. (Then again, I haven't really been looking.)


Fancy Frontier is held at the elite National Taiwan University and attracts tens of thousands of visitors.


Check out the festivities in the above gallery. More pics in the link below.

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In 1995, New Mexico voted on a bill requiring psychologists to dress as wizards

In 1995, New Mexico voted on a bill requiring psychologists to dress as wizards | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

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In 1995, New Mexico voted on a bill requiring psychologists to dress as wizards

In 1995, New Mexico state senator Duncan Scott was getting aggravated by the number of psychologists and psychiatrists being used as expert witnesses in legal trials. To protest this perceived overuse of psychiatric professionals, Scott tacked the following protest amendment onto a bill:


When a psychologist or psychiatrist testifies during a defendant's competency hearing, the psychologist or psychiatrist shall wear a cone-shaped hat that is not less than two feet tall. The surface of the hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts. Additionally, a psychologist or psychiatrist shall be required to don a white beard that is not less than 18 inches in length, and shall punctuate crucial elements of his testimony by stabbing the air with a wand. Whenever a psychologist or psychiatrist provides expert testimony regarding a defendant's competency, the bailiff shall contemporaneously dim the courtroom lights and administer two strikes to a Chinese gong.


Surprisingly, the amendment passed unanimously in the Senate but was ultimately excised before the House vote. As a firm proponent of more wizardwear and eldritch ceremony in day-to-day life, I can't say I'd mind this bill one iota. Vermin Supreme is already bringing this look to the mainstream, after all.

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Leave It to this Italian To Bring a South Korean MMORPG to Life

Leave It to this Italian To Bring a South Korean MMORPG to Life | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

via kotaku.com (Brian Ashcraft)

Leave It to this Italian To Bring a South Korean MMORPG to Life

Way before cosplay was mainstream, Italy's Giorgia was doing her thing, dressing up as game and anime characters. She's been cosplaying since 1997, which, in internet time, must be a century.
 

Giorgia's photos are extremely well done—ditto for the outfits. No wonder she won Best Individual Cosplayer at the 2005 World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan.
 

Lots of Western cosplayers dress up as Japanese game and cartoon characters—fewer of them dress up as characters from, say, a South Korean MMO. Have a look at Giorgia's take on Yuan from Cabal Online. Developed by ESTsoft, the free-to-play Cabal Online was first released in 2005 in South Korea.
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A Shirtless Man Holding Large, Pointy Objects - Kotaku

A Shirtless Man Holding Large, Pointy Objects - Kotaku | Cosplay News | Scoop.it
A Shirtless Man Holding Large, Pointy Objects
Elffi is the pride of Finnish cosplay. The 23 year-old, who is currently studying business management, represented his country at the World Cosplay Summit in Japan—which is like the Olympics of cosplay.


Whether it's Final Fantasy: Dissidia or Bleach, Elffi finds a way to bring these Japanese creations to life by either taking off his shirt or holding a large sword—or both.


Have a look through the gallery or check out more of his cosplay work in the gallery below. He makes many of his own costumes as well as those pointy things.
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International Star Wars Fan Groups Now Accepting The Old Republic as Costume Canon

International Star Wars Fan Groups Now Accepting The Old Republic as Costume Canon | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

It may have Lucas' blessing, but a Star Wars product isn't a true Star Wars product until the fans accept it into their hearts, or their costuming communities. Both the Light and Dark sides of international Star Wars costuming organizations are now allowing applicants to submit outifts based on BioWare's massively-multiplayer online role-playing game.


While it may seem like an insignificant development to the outsider, the fact that The Jedi Assembly and The Dark Empire are both accepting applications from costumers decked out in the latest The Old Republic gear is a huge step in legitimizing the game in the eyes of the more fervent fans. These are groups that are incredibly strict about the costumes they allow to represent their organizations (the Jedi more so than the Dark Side, appropriately enough).

The Jedi Code of The Jedi Assembly has been modified to include: "Star Wars The Old Republic: "Basic customizable characters" - that is, those you would start out with at the beginning of the game, must only be in earth tone colors. No highly customized characters are allowed. Your costume must have a basic Jedi look to it."

So yes, rather strict, but then a Jedi needs not love, adventure, or high-gear. Let's see what the Dark Side has to say.


"The Dark Empire international dark side costume club is pleased to announce that it will accept for full membership within the organization any costume representing the dark side from the new SWTOR game, including non force-users such as Sith Troopers, Imperial Agents, and Bounty Hunters. Costumes may be canon or customized. Custom dark side costuming is a major component of TDE, and we welcome all dark side costumes, canon or custom, that conform to our costuming standards."

In other words, come to the Dark Side, they have cookies and incredibly flexible costuming rules.

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When You Love Games So Much, You Dress Up as Them

When You Love Games So Much, You Dress Up as Them | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

via kotaku.com


Ask cosplayer Motiusagi about her favorite games, and she'll rattle off titles like Assassin's Creed, Uncharted, Red Dead Redemption, or her favorite, Final Fantasy XII.


Then there's Persona, Catherine—the list is seemingly endless.


"I've been playing games since I was four," Motiusagi, a former bikini pin-up, recently told Kotaku. "My dad was a huge gamer, and I played whatever he was into."


While many cosplayers, especially Japanese cosplayers, seem to be hardcore about a few titles—or even a specific genre—Motiusagi is into everything, from JRPGs to big budget Western games. She even plays erotic PC games.


"I've always liked the outfits game characters wear," said Motiusagi, who's been cosplaying for the past three years. "It's that love of the characters that's made me want to cosplay."


Her cosplay can get on the revealing side, with skimpy outfits, but she's quick to point out that cute characters merit cute cosplay, while sexier characters demand, well, sexy ones.


For Motiusagi, cosplay isn't only a part of otaku culture; "cosplay is a wonderful culture."
 

Click thru to check out Motiusagi's cosplay pics in the gallery

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Cosplay Isn't Just About Costumes. It's about Shoes.

Cosplay Isn't Just About Costumes. It's about Shoes. | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

via kotaku.com


It's easy to forget, but shoes can make or break an outfit—especially a cosplay. Good shoes, whether you're dressing as a soldier or Sonic the Hedgehog, matter. That was evident at the recent Comic World in Busan, South Korea, where some fancy footwear was on display.
 

Comic World is a huge fan-based comic convention held once every two months. Above, check out the footwear, courtesy of photographer leeys2714 (via MMOSite).


Click thru for an image gallery

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McAyla As SUPERGIRL

McAyla As SUPERGIRL | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

via facebook.com - Eurobeat Kasumi Photography


Click thru to check out some more awesome pics of McAyla as Supergirl

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Serah Farron cosplay by *Salvarion on deviantART

Serah Farron cosplay by *Salvarion on deviantART | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

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Here's an awesome Serah Farron cosplay from Salvarion on deviantart.com


Click thru for more pics from the photo shoot

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World Cosplay Summit 2012's Team USA Chosen (Updated)

World Cosplay Summit 2012's Team USA Chosen (Updated) | Cosplay News | Scoop.it
"Coconut Bubble Sex Cosplay" group performs as Princess Tutu characters


A duo who goes by the name "Coconut Bubble Sex Cosplay" won the American regional rounds for this year's World Cosplay Summit on Saturday. Katie (left) and Diana (right) performed as characters from Princess Tutu at Katsucon, the host of this year's U.S. preliminary rounds. The two earn a free trip to Japan for the finals, US$300 in wigs from Arda Wigs, and US$250 in cash from Katsucon.


"Cupcake Cosplay" placed second among 22 teams with Ah! My Goddess:


Coming in third place was Bejitaballz with Revolutionary Girl Utena:

This year marks the 10th anniversary of World Cosplay Summit. As in previous years, the finals will be held in Nagoya, Japan. At least a dozen different countries are scheduled to take part.


Click thru for more pictures and video

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week) - 02.13.12 - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews

Best Cosplay Ever (This Week) - 02.13.12 - ComicsAlliance | Comic book culture, news, humor, commentary, and reviews | Cosplay News | Scoop.it
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving community of costuming that exists today and cosplay communities such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. In honor of the many fans who've displayed excellence in the mastery of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), a weekly collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we've discovered and assembled into our own super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

Read More: http://www.comicsalliance.com/2012/02/13/best-cosplay-ever-this-week-02-13-12/#ixzz1mO5ROos7

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Meet China's New Nerd Goddess

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via kotaku.com (Eric Jou)


Meet China’s New Nerd Goddess


Over the course of the Chinese New Year, a young girl took China's internet population by storm. Unlike other previous net celebrities, this lady didn't do it by showing off skin, being outrageous, or destroying public goodwill towards the red cross, instead she did it through cosplay.


She became famous because of a series of self released pictures that depicted herself in pigtails and a traditional Chinese dress. Chinese netizens have been more than supportive, instantly making the girl, raised in Southern China, an internet sensation.
Cosplay isn't new in China. Right across the street from my office in Beijing at the University of International Business and Economics, there is a big cosplay club, and next to my favorite drinking hole there a store dedicated to making cosplay outfits. Nan Sheng Guniang (南笙姑娘), or Southern raised girl, SRG, rose to prominence for a series of strange reasons


Chinese netizens say they are drawn to SRG due to her retro-look and her air of innocence. Instead of baring skin or being naughty, she looks pure and innocent. Other netizens have remarked that SRG looks like a younger Vivian Hsu. The Chinese media has at one point even labeled her as the new Chinese "otaku" goddess.


According to the Baidu wiki, SRG's real name is Lou Xiaomeng. She is 21 years-old from Sichuan province, and she is some what of a pseudo-celebrity, having appeared on a Chinese and South Korean produced television show. Apart from what little we know of SRG, rumors have started coming out of the woodwork about how she is a lesbian and that Nan Sheng is just a homonym in Chinese for Nan Sheng (男生) which means boy.

One thing is for sure though, she proves that one can become a Chinese internet icon without resorting to showing skin and being just an all around terrible person.

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The extremely subtle Captain America motorcycle suit — for the fan with too much money

The extremely subtle Captain America motorcycle suit — for the fan with too much money | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

via i09.com (Meredith Woerner)

Suit up in your very own red, white and blue Captain America motorcycle suit, and no one will miss you while you scream down the highway.


UD Replicas has made official Iron Man, Batman and Stormtrooper motorcycle suits — and now they're manufacturing Captain America motorcycle suits!


And for a mere $1,290 you too can have a very expensive piece of Avengers gear.

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Real Life Gotham City Impostors Looks More Entertaining Than the Game

Real Life Gotham City Impostors Looks More Entertaining Than the Game | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

via kotaku.com (Mike Fahey)

Real Life Gotham City Impostors Looks More Entertaining Than the Game

Whoa there, viral marketeers! You have to be careful not to overshadow your product with the promotion, as these lovely shots of everyday people dressing up in Gotham City Impostors garb readily demonstrate.


Monolith's game of vigilant justice versus criminal insanity is now out on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, but it's no substitute for actually cobbling together a makeshift superhero / villain costume and taking to the streets of your local Gotham equivalent.


If I didn't have a job this is probably what I'd be doing instead.

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A Dazzling Display Of Cosplay

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Jay Tablante from the Philippines is an absolute legend. We’ve featured his work at Bleeding Cool before, here are some comic book characters brought to life wonderfully, through his camera… and a a little work.
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The Waitress Uniform That Started It All / Kotaku

The Waitress Uniform That Started It All / Kotaku | Cosplay News | Scoop.it

For a generation, Anna Miller's was more than a coffee shop. For a generation, it inspired video games, anime, and countless cosplay. For a generation, it's quickly becoming a memory.
 

This week, the second to last Anna Miller's restaurant closed its doors in Yokohama, leaving one open in Tokyo's Takanawa Wing. This is it, the last one standing in Japan.

The American diner, with its big pie racks, once captured the country's imagintion. Anna Miller's, originally a Hawaiian chain, spread through Tokyo during the late 1970s and early 80s.


Anna Miller's was staffed with young waitresses who wore iconic uniforms that accentuated their chests. For its day, Anna Miller's was similar to Hooters, but less aggressively sexy and a place families could patron. (Here's a photo account of visiting one.)

As previously posted, the restaurant was a "proto-maid cafe", existing before there was such a thing. It quickly became an otaku hangout. The skirts were short, and diehard regulars would hang out in Anna Miller's hoping to catch glimpses of underwear.

An Anna Miller's waitress during the chain's heyday. 

During the 1990s, Anna Miller's got its second wind. While the food was overpriced, the staff's uniforms, with their heart nametags, inspired video games and anime—such as how adult PC fighting game Variable Geo aped the Anna Miller's uniform and how visual novel Welcome to Pia Carrot is set in an Anna Miller's style eatery. Even the recent DS game Love Plus features waitress uniforms inspired by the restaurant's iconic outfit.


Yet, even with that nerd cred, Anna Miller's begin closing one by one en masse after the turn of the century. By the time maid cafes, which were no doubt inspired by the chain, begin hitting big in 2003 and 2004, around sixteen Anna Miller's had shutdown.

While Anna Miller's was a proto-maid cafe, it was never able to capitalize o Akihabara street cred. During the turn of the century, Akihabara was not mainstream as it is today (the notion that Akihabara idols like AKB48 could overtake the country was mere fantasy), and perhaps the chain was reluctant to officially brand itself an otaku coffee shop with a prime Akihabara location. Otaku took their business elsewhere, frequenting maid cafes, and as the decade pushed forward, the remaining Anna Miller's closed diner by diner.


The last one standing opened in 1983. It's survived the collapse of the Japanese economy and the rise of the maid cafes, and it's all that's left of Anna Miller's in Japan.

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