Celty Helmet Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Lishlitz and teaches you how to create your own Celty helmet from Durarara!

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Celty Helmet Tutorial by Lishlitz

Hope this helps!😀

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Dealing with the Post-Con Blues

I figured I’d make another article on something I know the entire community deals with after every convention simply known as “Post-Con Blues” or “Post-Con Depression”. I know I deal with it every time I do an event, even if I just attend for a single day!

I fully admit I’m pretty introverted on a daily basis, but I allow my inner extrovert to fly at conventions. After they’re over, I’m not sure what to do, especially if it’s the only time I get to see certain friends each year.. Or, over yearly spans in some cases. I try to always reach out the following weekend after the con, either to friends in town for a dinner meet-up, or I try to set up a Skype night to see the out-of-towners. Doing these quick communications helps me get back into the normal swing of friends without feeling like a hermit.

I also plunge right back into projects, whether they be cosplay-related or otherwise. It helps me stay focused on things to keep my mind from dwelling too much on being sad that I’m not around my friends in a convention setting. Sometimes even setting up a photoshoot day helps me out, moreso when I reach out to friends to join in!

I’m not saying my ways of coping with post-con blues are the only way to go, as everyone deals with things differently. So, how do you guys deal with it? Comment below!

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Interview with Liliphae

It’s time for another interview, this time with Liliphae! She’s a relatively newer cosplayer from California, who loves League of Legends!

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Liliphae out of costume

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Technically the “long” version of my cosplay identity is Lilith Phaedra. Lilith like the succubus (and also my name) and Phaedra for the Greek word for bright. It doesn’t really make any sense. And it was too long, so last year I shortened it to Liliphae and have been going by the shorter version ever since.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
For some reason, people seem to think I’m a veteran cosplayer whom has been in the scene for a grand number of years. They get really surprised when I tell them I’ve only been doing this for two years. I made my debut at San Jose’s FanimeCon in 2014 as Ezreal from League of Legends because I loved the character so much and greatly enjoyed the game. League of Legends is pretty much what got me started. I think that little tidbit is the same for a lot of people though considering its popularity.

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Liliphae in an Original Steampunk Design, photo by BlizzardTerrak

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I have honestly not worked with a lot of stuff when it comes to creating my own costumes. I am not shy about telling people that I commission the things that I deem too hard to do myself, but I am finally learning a bit of the ropes. Foam and PVC has been pretty exciting!

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
In all honestly, I have no plans for making any new cosplays right now. I just finished three so to even think about touching new supplies makes me a bit iffy. I guess if I had to pick something though, I’d like to work more and get better with worbla.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
When it comes to traits, I do look for accuracy in costumes, but I also don’t at all mind if people take creative liberties with their cosplays so long as the character is still recognizable. As for who does well in them? I can’t really name any names.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
The “scene” has treated me well. I don’t really pay attention to any drama that happens to occasionally appear. I just surround myself with as much positivity as I can and of course try to have fun at all the community-run events I get invited to.

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Liliphae as Ahri from League of Legends, photo by Jackson Rose Photography

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
Less drama, definitely? I don’t get involved with it but I do catch glimpses every now and again. We’re all just a bunch of nerds. Don’t have time to make mountains out of molehills.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
There are two rules. Follow them closely. One, your first cosplay is always going to be awful. Two, never forget that this is a hobby and you’re supposed to have fun. If you go into this with a bad attitude, you’re not going to have a good time.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Anime Expo 2015 was pretty rad for reasons I can’t fully get into. Fanime is always good because it’s my “home” con. SacAnime Summer and Winter are some of my absolute favorites because the smaller conventions always have an air of charm about them unseen in the bigger ones. Every con is good for seeing friends though, of course!

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
I made my Kitty Cat Katarina (League of Legends) cosplay out of small Ahri (also League of Legends) tails. I cut them up and took the white fur and just covered a bandeau and a pair of panties with it. Probably one of the more creative things I’ve done to create a cosplay.

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Liliphae as Kitty Cat Katarina from League of Legends, photo by BlizzardTerrak

Thanks for the interview, Lilphae! You can check out her Facebook page here and her Tumblr here!

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Where Have the Interviews Gone?

I get asked why there isn’t any new interviews being published on here…

Well, plain and simple, I send out invites, people show interest, and I never get anything back. As I work full-time, am prepping for conventions, and am dealing with rising health issues, I don’t chase the sent interviews. I feel bad, because I’d love to have more turned in, but I just do not have the time to basically “nag” people for them. This includes photographers and cosplayers. Plus, a lot of them are honestly quite busy themselves, so I get why it becomes something on the back-burner.

Now, this doesn’t mean there won’t be anymore interviews. I do plan to send some stuff out this weekend since I finally get a break in everything. I’m hoping to get some new interviews coming in, even if just a couple, to share with you all.❤

Until then, feel free to check out old interviews and features. Always feel free to send new content, such as suggested resources, tutorials, etc. in to share! This is for the community, after all!

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Steampunk Bracelet Tutorial

Time for another tutorial! This one looks pretty fun and simple to follow, and was created by Dorinootje!

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Steampunk Bracelet Tutorial by Dorinootje

Hope this helps!😀

 

 

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HYDRA Badge Resource

I was contacted by a gentleman, Craig, who created an app to create your own HYDRA badge! After how awesome the Agents of SHIELD badge was, I decided to share this here!

Follow this link to create your own!

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Guest Article: Cosplay Infographic

Besides providing a platform to express one’s self, cosplay has also become a way to build relationships and have fun.

Some cosplay facts are listed in the following infographic by Magicangeleyes, which is titled: “Cosplay. Who, What, When, Where, & Why.”

According to the infographic, 64% of cosplayers are female and 60% of the total cosplay population are in the age range of 22-39.

To find out more, check out the infographic below:

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Cosplay Infographic by Magic Angel Eyes

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