Basic Claw Marks Make-up Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Buttstrong and teaches you how to do basic claw mark make-up. I figured it was a good one with Halloween coming up!

Basic Claw Make-up Tutorial by Buttstrong

Basic Claw Make-up Tutorial by Buttstrong

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Interview with Vigilante Cosplay

It’s time for another interview, this time with Vigilante Cosplay! He’s a newer cosplayer from Arkansas, who loves the hobby and its community!

Vigilante Cosplay as Green Arrow from Arrow, photo by OSP Imaging

Vigilante Cosplay as Green Arrow from Arrow, photo by OSP Imaging

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My alias is Vigilante Cosplay and I chose it because my first cosplay of any real quality was Green Arrow from the show on TV and it just kind of clicked for me.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve cosplayed for only a couple of years but have gotten a lot more into it this year. I always loved Halloween and have been big into anime and comics, so what’s more fun than dressing up as your favorite characters?

Vigilante Cosplay as Green Arrow from Arrow, photo by Vaughn Photography

Vigilante Cosplay as Green Arrow from Arrow, photo by Vaughn Photography

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
My favorite thing to work with is the more random stuff. Like just going to a store with a vague idea in my head and finding things I think I can piece together or make into something awesome.

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m excited to expand my horizons and learn to sew and get better with Worbla, so I can make more and more of the entire costume myself. It’ll give me more pride wearing it knowing I put the work in.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
The traits I like to see in other costumes are mostly the original spin and how a cosplayer can take an outfit or character that other people do, yet make it their own. Personally, I think that reveals who the better cosplayers are out there versus the people who just buy an outfit or dress as a character without putting the thought into that character’s personality or poses.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
My view on the cosplay scene is that it’s bigger than ever and I love it. There aren’t many places you can go in today’s world and just be whoever you want to be and not worry about being judged or made fun of. It’s a close community of amazing people who just want to have fun and meet other people who are like-minded.

Vigilante Cosplay as Green Arrow from Arrow, photo by OSP Imaging

Vigilante Cosplay as Green Arrow from Arrow, photo by OSP Imaging

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
Something I’d really like to see change is the view of some of the “elitists” who make fun of other cosplayers or who put themselves on a pedestal of grandeur. Another is society’s view on cosplay, thinking it’s for nerds and people with no lives. Granted, it’s come a long way from the early days where someone couldn’t even go to a Star Wars movie holding a lightsaber without being made fun of and ridiculed but that stigma is still out there.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
The only advice I can give someone thinking of getting into cosplaying is do it! Don’t be nervous or afraid of your outfit not being good enough or worrying about being judged. Go to your local stores and get some clothes, fabrics, whatever and get to playing around with it! It’s good experience and will fuel your imagination and love for what cosplaying is all about.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
My favorite convention so far is probably a tie between my two most recent ones; Anime Blues Con held in Memphis, TN and Glitch Con in Arkansas. They had guests from Dragonball Z, which is my favorite anime of all time, and good venues with a big turnout without being as crowded as Wizard World or some of the other huge ones where you can miss out on a lot because of how enormous it is.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
A random fact about one of my costumes? Hmm, that’s a toughie. My latest costume, Black Adam, is basically the same costume his nemesis and hero Shazam wears. It’s just black instead of red, which can make for some confusion at conventions for people who aren’t super familiar with the character.

Vigilante Cosplay as Black Adam from Shazam, editing by Estudios BOOM

Vigilante Cosplay as Black Adam from Shazam, editing by Estudios BOOM

Thanks for the interview, Vigilante Cosplay! You can see more of his work on his Facebook page!

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Female to Male Crossplay Make-Up Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Vilya0 and teaches you how to do female to male crossplay make-up! :D

Female to Male Crossplay Make-up Tutorial by Vilya0

Female to Male Crossplay Make-up Tutorial by Vilya0

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New Wig Resource!

I found a new site today, but have never ordered from it and its various “break down” pages listed. Soooo, I asked for opinions about the site from those who had!

Dolluxe.com – This site has various styles of wigs, ranging in colors, lengths, and styles. The prices are about average in comparison to other major wig sites, with free domestic shipping for most of the U.S. Shipping is otherwise about normal for everywhere else.

Cosplayer Reviews:

I’ve purchased from glw (Gothic Lolita Wigs) a few times. They’re not bad but I got one of their bouffant wigs that had a weird musty smell. Other than that no issues. Love the lashes too.”

I’ve purchased from them and good quality on the wigs. Just sometimes they don’t have the style I want or they are sold out.

LOVE their stuff. The fibers are beautiful.

In my opinion, it’s overrated and overpriced :x

Thanks for the input, everyone! :D It’s good to get information from those who have bought their items, lol!

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Painting a Prop with Rhinestones Tutorial

This tutorial was created by RuffleButtCosplay, and is super simple to follow! It teaches a neat trick to change the color of a prop, while protecting the rhinestones from the paint!

Painting a Prop with Rhinestones Tutorial by RuffleButtCosplay

Painting a Prop with Rhinestones Tutorial by RuffleButtCosplay

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Facing Facts on Tree City Comic Con

With the success of all the various comic conventions popping up everywhere, it’s always best to research where the money is potentially going. Or double check guest announcements. Why? Conventions are getting more and more expensive, so you want to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth, and that it isn’t potentially a scam.

Up in Idaho, there are actually quite a few conventions popping up. Anime Oasis and Fandemonium have been around for over ten years now, the latter happening August 1st through the 3rd this year. Now, there is a convention attempting to grow from their examples called Tree City Comic Con. Unfortunately, there are so many “iffy” aspects of it, that it’s not a convention starting off on the right foot at all.

We’ll start off with one of the simpler pieces of the puzzle. On May 30th, Tree City announced Nicole Marie Jean, a very well known U.S. cosplayer, as a guest on their Facebook page. As of June 16th, in a private email screen-capped and sent to me, she made it clear she had no knowledge of being a guest there, or the fact her image was being used without her consent. If it has been cleared up since then, I don’t know, but with all of their big guest announcements, I’d be curious who else isn’t actually going.

They’ve also claimed to be connected with Salt Lake City Comic Con, another convention who has had huge success within their first few years. Kevin Hansen, the head of Tree City Comic Con, claimed to have worked for them, when all SLCCC has done was rent AV equipment from him. While there were no issues between the two, SLCCC has made it clear they wish to dispel the rumor because they’re not associated with Tree City AT ALL. Again, this was all shown to me via screen-capped emails.

The final nasty piece? Kevin Hansen is being tried for theft, and you can see the story here. I cannot find any new information on it all, so I’m not sure if the case has been closed or if continuances have been granted to cause it to not continue to trial just yet. Either way, it’s something that would make me wary to throw my money at this con.

Needless to say, it’s best to take a look on everything and make a decision before dropping cash on something like this. There are so many comic conventions now, that I’d hate to see people disappointed and potentially getting scammed, when we have so many options to attend. Be aware, take note, and think about it before jumping on the boat.

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Custom Fabric Pattern Tutorial

This great tutorial was created by Kapalaka, and teaches you how to create your own pattern on fabric! :D

Custom Fabric Pattern Tutorial by Kapalaka

Custom Fabric Pattern Tutorial by Kapalaka

Click to enlarge! Hope this helps! :D

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