so you want to cosplay
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presented by Jessica Overby of JWo DesignsSo You Want to Cosplay
Definition- Term 'cosplay' is short for "costume play" where you dress up in costume as a specific character Origin-Popularity originated in Japan in the early 1990s and has become more mainstream in the past decade in the U.S.Different genres-Spans from TV shows, videogames, movies, books, even original characters
Basic Supplies & ToolsMaterialsCraft foam/EVA (Ethylene vinyl acetate) foam Paint (acrylic/spray paint)Thermoplastics (Worbla, Wonderflex, Fosshape, Terraflex, Friendly Plastic, Instamorph, Sintra, Styrene, ABS plastic, PETG, etc.)
Basic Supplies & ToolsToolsSewing Machine Hot Glue GunScissorsRetractable craft/razor blade Dremel/rotary toolPower Drill
Tools and Supplies SourcesCraft stores (Hobby Lobby, Joann, Michael's, etc.)-Don't forget coupons!-Great place for paint and craft foam sheetsHardware stores (Home Depot, Lowe's, Ace Hardware, etc.)- Great for tools - Also good for EVA foam
Tools and Supplies SourcesWorbla source (cosplaysupplies.com) -Free shipping in the U.S!
EVA foam online in bulk rolls (www.foambymail.com)
Tutorial ResourcesDownloadable ebooks & tutorials-Kamui cosplay (www.kamuicosplay.com)
-Punished Props (http://punishedprops.com/)
Tutorial Resources Pinterest YouTube - Evil Ted (armor & pattern making tutorials)Cosplaytutorial.com- Huge directory of tutorials Cosplay Amino app
Planning and Prepping When to start planning-Depends on skill level and complexity of cosplay-At least 3 months before a convention- If ordering supplies from outside of the U.S., account for that extra shipping time
Planning and Prepping How to plan-Keep a checklist on what is needed & what to do for each cosplay-Art journal to sketch original ideas or patterns-Give enough time before con and room for mistakes-DON'T BE ME
Planning and Prepping Cosplanner App
Convention EtiquetteOverview on prop weapons-No sharp metal weapons-ALWAYS an orange safety tip on prop guns-No props that actually shoot (no BB's, airsoft guns, bow & arrows, etc.)-Always review each convention's weapon rulesHow much should one be covered?-Always cover private areas-Always review convention cosplay rules-Some more strict than others
PhotoshootsProfessional or memorable photos of your cosplay to show off your hard workMany conventions have a free photoshoot area so you can have photos takenPrivate photoshoots (in or out of conventions)-Book with a photographer at least a week prior to a convention-Bring a friend along to help (and help you feel more comfortable)
Other InfoEncouragement for new cosplayersNot limited to doing certain cosplaysAge, race, gender, body shape, etc. are NOT limiting factorsDoes not have to be 100% accurateUltimately about having FUN!
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