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Friday, March 25, 2011  0 Comments

Top 10 Twists on April Fools Pranks


The origins of April Fool’s Day are speculative and convoluted, but we’re more interested in the laughs anyway. A visit to our Magic and Clown section will help you create them!


Choose your favorite pair of clown shoes, show up to work in a full clown costume or fool your friends with magic tricks. But the real motherlode is in our Gags & Pranks section with almost 100 chances to shock people into laughter (sometimes literally). Among them are classic explosive surprises, snakes jumping out of seemingly innocent containers, pretend messes, and a variety of smoke, snaps, and squirts.


Here are our top 10 favorite twists on the classics!


1. Funkenring Metal - Wear this and anything you touch will shoot off sparks at your command!

2. Squirt Stapler – It looks like a real stapler, but squirts instead of stapling.

3. Plate Lifter –slip this under someone's plate and watch the fun when you make the plate or glass move!

4. Dehydrated Worms - Drop them in any drink and watch them grow…along with the startled eyes of your victim!

5. Exhaust Whistle – This metal device fits into the tail pipe and screams when your victim drives off.

6. Bar Bug Ice Cube - Looks like bugs are in your drink. See if anyone alerts you!

7. Ketchup Squirt - When you squeeze the bottle, red strings startle your victim, who leaves relieved, laughing and unstained.

8. Pop Up Tie Deluxe – Wait for just the right moment to let your tie raise and stands out stiff as a board.

9. Chocolate Mess - Looks like chocolate syrup spilled from an open can tipped on its side. Pretend to lick it up!

10. Phony Cast – This realistic imitation white plaster arm cast will have people doing favors out of sympathy for you all day! Finish the day with a good arm wrestle and a chuckle.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011  0 Comments

Captain America Turns 70


“It was 70 years ago this month that Captain America, the greatest of all the patriotic-themed superheroes, first hit newsstands with a red, white and blue shield gripped in his gloved hand,” writes The Hero Complex’s Geoff Boucher. He also gets his own feature film this summer, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and to celebrate, The L.A. Times Hero Complex is doing a salute with 18 images from the new film, as well as interviews and retrospectives.


The film takes us to the 1940’s and war-torn Europe. And though Captain America has carried his shield through space, time and magical dimensions, fought against (and beside) gods, monsters and aliens, for Ralph Macchio, senior editor at Marvel, there’s no place where the character thrives the way he does as in the battlefield settings of World War II.


“The version of Captain America which resonates most with me is the World War II version. Although Cap has been brilliantly integrated into contemporary society since his return in the early ’60s, to me, he will always be a creature of World War II. He was created to battle the Nazis and take down Hitler, and it’s in that setting that he is most alive and vital to me.”


Mark Millar, one of the top names writing for Marvel Comics and a creator who has watched his anti-heroes hit the Hollywood screen in the films “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass,” said, “Actually America’s economic decline makes Captain America more attractive to people in a strange way.”


Millar said the purity, legacy and hopefulness of the Captain America icongraphy take on strength when the readership is confronted by real-world anxieties or eroding national stature.


“Like Superman,he was created in a difficult time to give the country a little hope and the U.S.A. could use some good news right now with a nice, straightforward hero making everyone feel a little better,” Millar said.

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Monday, March 21, 2011  0 Comments

Underwater Rabbit Cosplay

Yes, that’s what we said and that’s what we meant! The cool web mag, i09, shared a video of underwater cosplay – a creative reenactment of one of Aesop’s Fables, The Tortoise and the Hare. A sea turtle represented the tortoise, who swam in a race against a scuba diver in a rabbit costume. It was all part of a children’s program to promote the COEX Aquarium in Seoul, Korea. What’s he tie-in, you ask? It’s the Chinese Year of the Rabbit!


Yes, we looked it up. The Korean calendar is based on the Chinese calendar, so they inherited the zodiac. And Wikipedia explained that, “The Chinese Year of the Rabbit is actually the Chinese Year of the Hare, as China has seven native species of hares and no native species of rabbits. “ So now you know.


You can celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in a rabbit suit or bunny costume too – either underwater or on land—and you’ll be just in time for Easter.


A search on rabbit cosplay brought up mostly Jessica Rabbit, but we got one mention of the Black Rabbit from Pandora Hearts Alice….


But then we got curious about the possibility of other similarly wet and wonderful cosplay situations. A search revealed:


  • A cool photo of a merperson swimming with dolphins from Deviant Art
  • A blog post with samples from 3 underwater photographers, for those who might want to try underwater cosplay
  • Pegasus Maiden’s website whose photography was done by Fathom Films.

We see potential in this idea! If you’d like a custom costume, cosplay or otherwise, made for underwater use, fill out our form! The link is right there, near the bottom of that column on the left side of the page. See it?



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Friday, March 11, 2011  0 Comments

More Reasons to Celebrate in March



From Holiday Insights.com’s Bizarre and Unique Holidays, we’ve chosen a few that come up in the next couple of weeks for your consideration:


Today, March 11th gives two reasons to celebrate: Johnny Appleseed Day and Worship of Tools Day.


Johnny Appleseed Day honors one of America's great legends, a real man who, as he moved west across the continent, planted and sold apple trees along the way. Celebrate today with fresh apples for snacks, and some applesauce or apple pie for dessert. And, make plans to plant an apple tree while dressed in an apple costume, or something apple-related.

Worship of Tools day hardly needs a separate celebration. Men already worship their tools daily, considering them natural extensions of their bodies.


Next weekend you can celebrate Poultry Day on the 19th and Extraterrestrial Abductions Day on the 20th.


Poultry Day celebrates chicken, turkey and other birds commonly consumed by humans. Why not celebrate them?

Chicken and turkey are lower in fat and cholesterol than other meats, making them better for you. Plus, they provide nutrient-rich eggs! So celebrate Poultry Day with eggs for breakfast, a chicken sandwich for lunch, and barbecue chicken for dinner. Don't forget to the chicken fingers! If you don’t think chickens have fingers, check out these chicken costumes. (We’ve got turkey costumes, too, if you prefer.)


Extraterrestrial Abductions Day is a day to spend reading and watching Sci-Fi. Wear an alien costume or dress as your personal favorite extra terrestrial. A list of the 50 most famous aliens includes Superman, Spock, Dr. Who, Ford Prefect, Mork, the cast of TV’s 3rd Rock from the Sun and characters from the Men in Black films.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011  0 Comments

Green Convention Scene



A visit to Convention Scene Magazine showed us that this weekend, March 11 – 13th you can attend Animeland Wasabi in Denver, CO, or a Gaming Convention in Boston, MA, or even get Kevin Smiths autograph if you’re in Indianapolis or Kansas City, MO. And Containment told us about Madicon, a gaming, fantasy and sci-fi con at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. (NOT in Madison, Wisconsin, as you might guess.)

Next weekend, along with celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, you have even more variety to choose from. There are 2 anime conventions on their calendar, plus FIVE Comicons and 2 sci-fi cons!


For anime, manga and cosplay fans, there’s A&G Ohio and Toronto Anime Con. For comic fiends, here’s the list of five:

1. C2E2 Comicon in Chicago

2. Wizard World Toronto

3. SPACE (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) in Colombus, OH

4. Captain's Comic Expo in Charleston, South Carolina

5. Lehigh Valley Comic Con in Schnecksville, PA


And then for sci-fi fanatics, you can go to All-Con in Addison, TX or Vericon X at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.


SO, we think you should work copious amounts of the color green into your costumes, whether you’re going costumed as an anime, superhero or science fiction character, or some variation thereof.


  • Anime fans could go as Yusuke Urameshi from YuYu Hakusho, or perhaps Naruto’s Nara Shikamaru (Part II).


  • Comic fans might want to take advantage of the wave of green superheroes to hit the cinema lately and be either the Green Hornet or the Green Lantern.


  • And Sci-Fi aficionados could go as Star Wars characters Boba Fett (there’s some green) or a tall Yoda!


Wearing green ensures you won’t get pinched, but then again, you might like that sorta thing!

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Monday, March 7, 2011  0 Comments

Daily Cosplay Inspirations


If you go to Anime News Network, you may notice a feature known as “Daily Cosplay”. We’re always happy to see cosplay whenever we can, and the more often, the better!


Each photo is accompanied by an explanation of the anime, manga or video game character, an identification of the cosplayer, if available, and the copyright holder for the photo. And if you click the photographer/copyright owner’s link, you can see more from them!


So far, in March, there have been four (4) Daily Cosplay photos you can see and comment on. They are:



Gurren Lagann's Nia, taken at the 2010 Leipzig Book Fair in Leipzig, Germany


Cosplayer portrays Nia Teppelin from Gainax's television anime Gurren Lagann. Nia wears the outfit portrayed above later in the series after it is revealed that she is not who she seems to be. In the comments, we learn that the cosplayer is Marino, who has plenty of cosplay photos to admire.


Bleach's Byakuya Kuchiki taken at the Montreal Botanical Garden in Canada


Cosplayer Marie-Pier Evoy portrays a major character in Tite Kubo's manga Bleach and its anime adaptation. He wields the zanpakutō Senbonzakura, which can dissolve into a collection of small blades shaped like cherry blossoms.


Final Fantasy XIII Trio -- Game's Sazh, Hope, Vanille portrayed at 2010 Tokyo Game Show



Characters from Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIII videogame. In the game, these characters and several others join together to fight against the theocratic government called Sanctum.


K-On!'s Mio Akiyama -- Cosplayer portrays character's outfit from "Don't Say Lazy" ending footage.


Cosplayer portrays Mio Akiyama, a primary character in kakifly's popular manga K-ON! and its television anime adaptation. With friends, Mio forms the band Ho-kago Tea Time and writes most of the band's music, as well as singing the vocals on some of its tracks.


Find inspiration for your next cosplay costume at animenewsnetwork/interest!

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011  0 Comments

March 2011 Cosplay Events


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