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Sunday, May 13, 2012  0 Comments

This Cosplay Batman is a Real Hero to Kids with Cancer

 In every sense of the word, Leonard Robinson is a true Superhero.  

By utilizing his resources, as well as his big heart, he spends a vast amount of his time entertaining children in hospitals using his
Batman cosplay costume.  Robinson takes his responsibility as Batman very seriously.  Because of his desire to brighten the bleak days of the children and families he spends time with, Robinson uses only the best accessories in order to make his appearance as Batman as authentic and unforgettable as possible. Not only does he appear exceptionally realistic as the famed Superhero, Robinson also gives out gifts to the children he visits.  Upon receiving a visit from Batman, each child is given t-shirts, hats and other Batman-themed items to brighten their days.  Robinson has been Batman to countless numbers of children since 2001.  

In addition to his
amazing Batman cosplay costume, Robinson creates a true Superhero impression by driving a Batmobile, complete with every detail necessary.  Right down to the floor mats in the vehicle, which proudly display the Batman insignia.  

Robinson is an inspiration to anyone who is interested in cosplay costumes.  Cosplay can be utilized for a variety of reasons, including being a source of entertainment, happiness and hope for children, like the ones Robinson visits every day.  The key to great cosplay costumes, as Batman illustrates so beautifully, is authenticity.  Details are what's important when planning your attire for that upcoming cosplay costume party or event.  

Or maybe you're inspired to make a difference like Leonard Robinson.  Whatever your reason for
cosplay, one thing is certain.  When you choose a beautiful, detail-oriented costume, you will make a lasting impression.  Just like Batman.  

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Monday, December 19, 2011  0 Comments

Costume Con 30 is Just around the Corner

Although New Year’s Eve isn’t even quite here yet, history has it that spring is just around the corner. The end of short days a just a bit more warmth should certainly give you something to look forward to if you’re currently experiencing the Holiday or winter blues. Fortunately, a rise in temperature and some brighter sunshine aren’t the only things cosplay fans will have to look forward to this coming Spring – they can also delight in the coming of CostumeCon30, which will be held at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe Arizona from May 11th 2012 through May 14th 2012.

Best put by Costume Con 30’s official website, “Costume Con 30 is a celebration of costuming where amateur, hobbyists, and professional costumers come together for a weekend to share knowledge, appreciation, and love of all types of costuming.” This year’s event slogan is “The Sands of Time,” and appropriately enough, costume and cosplay artisans will be exhibiting and selling costumes based in many historical time periods during the May event.

Love a good sparring match of sorts? Costume Con 30 will allow costume connoisseurs to compete in multiple arenas throughout the event. The historical masquerade, which is a series of short presentations showing off historical costumes, will feature a competition convention goers can sign up to enter for now.

Competitions will also be held during the science fiction/fantasy masquerade, giving science fiction fans the chance to really show off their stuff. If days of old are not quite you’re style, you can even compete in the future fashion folio and show off your post modern costume flair, and of course all cosplay lovers are invited to enter the single pattern art/wearable art contest.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010  0 Comments

Grand Cosplay Ball

The Anime News Network pointed us to an event coming up in London at the end of this month – The Grand Cosplay Ball.

“The Grand International Cosplay Ball is one of the few shows in the calendar where hundreds of costumers from many different countries can get together, break out their formal cosplays and socialise, so expect to see Lelouche waltzing with Princess Jasmine, or Mario boogieing with Sailor Moon!” (Yes, they used the British spelling of the word “socialize”, but don’t hold it against them.)

Held at Clapham Grand, a converted Victorian theatre, it is the only event in the world to combine cosplay performances with circus acts and professional performers. Previous years have seen everything from fire performers and aerial acrobats gracing the stage, alongside cosplay performances and live bands. Cosplay guests have included world reknowned cosplayers Yaya Han and Giorgia Vecchini – as well as hundreds of visiting cosplayers from all over the UK, Europe and Asia! This year is the third annual installment of the event, with the theme of Arabian Nights, so guests can expect belly dancers, a sword performance and an Arabian Bazaar, as well as bands, DJs and ballroom dancing.

The Guest of Honour for 2010 is cosplayer Jenni Kallberg (aka Pixelninja) from Sweden. Half-Swedish Half-Japanese Jenni has been cosplaying since 1999 in her home city of Stockholm and has made 27 costumes. Most video game fans will recognize Jenni from photos of her Samus from Metroid costume, which have become well known across the internet. Last year, Jenni accompanied Nintendo on a European press tour as their official cosplayer, and appeared as Samus in the German advert for Metroid Prime Trilogy.

Sounds like a good time, doesn’t it?

Grand Cosplay Ball Promo video

Anime fans and general public are welcome at the event too, as cosplay is not compulsory. There is a no jeans or trainers rule, however.

Tickets are available from the ball website: or can be bought from Tokyo Toys London store at the Trocadero in Picadilly Circus. A limited number of tickets will be available on the door.

Grand International Cosplay Ball: Arabian Nights

Date: 28th November 2010

Venue: Clapham Grand, London SW11 1TT

Time: 19:00 – 01:00

Age: 18+ only

Tickets: £18 from or Tokyo Toys store (London branch).

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010  0 Comments

Upcoming June Cosplay Opportunities

Coming up this weekend, June 11 – 13, you can cosplay in Virginia and/or Kentucky at either Anime Mid-Atlantic in any of their handful of costume events, including Cosplay Chess. The deadline for pre-con signups is June 10th by 4PM, so hurry! Or you might catch OMGcon in Paducah, KY. If you’re on the other side of the nation, cosplay at the Pahrump Anime Fest in Pahrump, Nevada.

Next weekend the 18th – 20th, you can play in New Jersey, Minnesota, Iowa or Oklahoma.

AnimeNEXT - in New Jersey has a Masquerade, a Hall Costume Contest, Hangry & Angry Model Contest, LARP, Cosplay Dating Game and Cosplay Human Chess. Sounds like you could spend the whole weekend in costume!

Minneapolis Anime Con - “The MAC Cosplay Competition is broken down into two parts. The first part which is judged and that is the costume competition. Which also has a cash prize offered to the top three places. The second part of the competition is for fun only, and that’s the skit portion.”

QC Anime-zing! in Bettendorf, Iowa.
The QC stands for Quad Cities, and if you’re from the area, you know what they are. They’ll be having a Hall Cosplay Contest and a Masquerade. The link above will tell you all about it. Also, QC Anime-zing! will be held in The Lodge - perfect for steampunk, Hellsing, and other cosplay photoshoots.

Tokyo In Tulsa will be hosting three contests: a Main Cosplay, Hall Cosplay and Skit Cosplay Contest. Plus some Loli Tea Parties! The theme for this year’s Tokyo in Tulsa is Steampunk so they’ll also be having a Steampunk masquerade where steampunk or Victorian Formal attire with a mask is preferred, but not entirely required. Formal wear based off of an Anime Character cosplay, Sci fi, or an appropriate video game is also acceptable.

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Friday, September 18, 2009  1 Comments

Time for the New York Anime Festival

The New York Anime Festival starts this Sunday, Sept 20th! Okay, so it officially starts on the 25th and runs through the 27th, but there are a few events to enjoy even before the official opening, while you’re getting your cosplay costumes prepped and ready.

First, on Sunday, September 20th it’s Eureka Seven Day at Kinokuniya Bookstore. Celebrate the theatrical release of Bandai's Eureka Seven and the New York Anime Festival with giveaways, guests, maids and Gothic Lolita clothing sale.

Then on Thursday, September 24th is the official NYAF Pre-Party. The New York Anime Festival and Del Rey Manga are partnering in a joint celebration. Free and open to the public, they welcome NYAF attendees, anime fans, manga readers, industry professionals, and casual New Yorkers interested in the world of Japanese pop culture.

And after all that partying, there’ll be plenty of time for cosplay competitions. There’s a Masquerade where you can win a trip to Japan, five nights in a Tokyo hotel, VIP tickets to the Tokyo International Anime Fair, and $1,000 in prize money. And a Hall Cosplay Contest for those who don’t want to perform.

An Anime LARP is happening too, about which the NYAF website says, “An Anime Convention LARP is equitable to the most ridiculous and at times over-the-top mass crossover mash-up you could imagine.” Sounds fun! Costumes aren’t mandatory but are more than welcome, and pre-registration is required online.

A non-competitive Cosplay Variety Show, is available to showcase the “big, bold, daring, and experimental acts”. Registration is closed, but it’s sure to be a good show. And there'll be a Cosplay Dating Game! (Of course if you don’t find your perfect match there and then, you can always check out Soul dating site for fans of Anime, Sci-Fi, Horror, Fantasy, Animation, Comics, Video Games, Conventions, Cosplay and Fan-Fiction. )

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