Tagged With cosplay

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Studio Ghibli films have been a touchstone in my life for years. They're artistic masterpieces, featuring a stunning attention to detail. The films defy stereotypes -- they feature female protagonists with great depth, male leads with striking vulnerability, and unforgettable background characters.

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In May of 2014, I wore my first costume to a convention. It was a simple Doctor Krieger from Archer. Stepping into the shoes of a character I liked just seemed like a fun way to spend the weekend. Instead, it turned into an exploration of what it means to be confident.

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Cosplay has existed as a hobby for decades now -- with most people having 'cosplayed' in some way or another for costumed events or parties. Now that people have started making money from it, cosplay's legal status has been thrown into question as a practice that leans heavily on using various companies' intellectual property.

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Have you ever wanted to break into the world of cosplay? Or maybe you just want a kickass costume for your next themed party? Even if you've never touched a sewing machine before (let alone power tools or thermoplastics) there's still hope! The first step to getting into cosplay is to remind yourself that everyone has to start somewhere. Eight years ago, I didn't even know how to backstitch on my Elna Elina 40 -- if you're wondering what the hell a 'backstitch' is right now, you're in the right place.