How I Choose Cosplay Characters

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I’ll be honest. One of the hardest things about cosplay is choosing a character. I’ve had some characters on my list for years and I haven’t done as much as write a shopping list for some. My first cosplay was supposed to be teenage Bulma from my favorite series Dragon Ball. It was my intention to make her costume from the cover of volume 10 of the original Dragon Ball manga. But…the only thing I still have for that costume is the pants…5 years later. (I’m pretty sure that they don’t fit anymore.) I plan on cosplaying forever so I’m sure that I will eventually finish it! (Why I love Cosplay)

My thrift store finds for my junior high Hanji cosplay! I only spent $3.00!

One cosplay I am currently working on is Hanji from Attack on Titan; specifically, her incarnation from the junior high series. (The anime is awesome but the manga is better! Trust me!) She is my favorite Attack on Titan character because she’s awesome and I relate to her in several ways. (Although I’m currently not fighting titans.) I can’t wait to finish this one!

I don’t really have a formula to choose characters. I see a character and then I add them to my list. However, I DO have criteria for investing time in and going through with a cosplay. Here are five things that help me choose a cosplay character.

  1. Convention/Event Rules– Sure, you’ve had your heart set on your Cammy cosplay for months now but if you’re going to a con where the buttocks have to be covered, you’re out of luck. Anime Fest is one con that does not allow exposed butt cheeks . Men can’t be shirtless either. While this may seem unfair, cons must adhere to the rules of their venues and the law. Laws against “indecent exposure” vary from state to state. I have not had issues with dress code with any of my costumes. I just make sure that I am aware of the dress code so that I am not disappointed.

    Me as Kuranosuke from “Princess Jellyfish”
  1. Craftsmanship/Skill Level– I have never tried building armor so I have never chosen a character who has armor. Sure, I’ve done lots of crazy things to complete a cosplay because I like to challenge myself. But if I don’t feel that I am capable of executing a cosplay properly, I won’t do it. I don’t want to waste time on something that I am not ready for. I would rather take time learning how to do something properly. I am currently improving my sewing machine skills. I think that I am an okay-ish seamstress.
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(my poor fingers)

  1. Likability– I don’t necessarily chose characters that I have a connection to. I may find a character cool or funny. For example, I have loved Human Luna’s design ever since I saw the Sailor Moon S movie as a child so I knew that I would cosplay her one day. I decided to cosplay as Kuranosuke from Princess Jellyfish because I love his outfits and I think he is Being a longtime fan or expert is not a criteria for choosing a character. Cosplay is about having fun and connecting with others.

    Human Luna cosplay from the Sailor Moon S movie
  2. Cost– If a character makes it past the list stage, I start hunting for items online and in stores. This includes wigs, fabric, shoes, accessories, weapons, and even thread. I write down the prices of these items so that I can estimate the total cost of the cosplay. (I also search for items in my closet and around the house). I always make sure that I find ALL of the items at a reasonable price BEFORE I start the cosplay and make purchases.
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  1. Time– Is the con in 5 weeks? Or is it in 5 months? Time is a huge factor in deciding on a cosplay. But if you have 5 weeks, you can easily pull off a new cosplay. Establishing a line up early is a good practice so that I know how to manage my time and reach my goal. But I’m not a super human. I’ve worked on cosplay at 3 am….the day of the con. It happens. But I finish before I pull out the parking lot!
    ("Twas the night before the con...")
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    (Twas the night before the con…”)

As stated before, I am not  a guru. The list above is based on my experiences over the past 3 years. Following this criteria has helped me finish my cosplays on time without breaking the bank! But do what works best for you and as always, have fun!

How do you choose cosplays? Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

Welcome to The Geek Parade: An Introduction

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I personally want to welcome you to The Geek Parade; a place where I’ll be celebrating my love for all things geeky: cosplay, cartoons, music, films, anime, and etc. I started this blog because I love talking about various forms of entertainment. I rarely see things at face value and I’ve always had a habit of analyzing things. I love to take things apart and see how and why they work. But most of all, I love sharing my thoughts with other people who are just as intrigued as I am.

A shot of me as Mikasa.

The first anime series I ever laid eyes on was Yama Nezumi Rokki Chakku (Rocky Chuck, the Mountain Rat). The series told the story of a woodchuck named Rocky and his animal friends who went on adventures while avoiding predators; namely a weasel, a fox, and a farmer. However, the series was known as The Fables of Green Forest on the English language channel while I was living in Germany circa 1992. Being that I was only 3 years old at the time, I had no idea that I was watching an anime series from 1973. But what I did know is that I was viewing an enjoyable piece of animation. When Sammy the Blue Jay screamed “TROUBLE! TROUBLE!” in the opening sequence, I knew that I was in for an adventure.

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(I reached out to Rocky Chuck at his home for an interview but he wasn’t having it. He threatened to call the police.)

Fast forward to the mid-90s and by this time I had viewed shows like Speed Racer, and G-Force (Gatchaman). However, it was not until I discovered Sailor Moon that I found out that it was from Japan and called anime. The characters, storylines and music demanded my attention and I needed more of it. It was through Toonami that I discovered Dragon Ball ZIt was through the small video rental shop by my house that I was able to watch Ranma ½ . Showtime, Sy-Fy, and HBO introduced me to classics such as Akira, Armitage III, Project A-Ko and Dirty Pair.  I could go on.  But not only did I enjoy watching anime, I loved to talk about it. I would talk to anyone who would listen (or not tell me to shut up).

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(Me: “But Conan and Jimmy look exactly like! How is it that no one has figured out his identity? It’s the Superman effect!” Other human: Not killing me)

This is my 3rd or 4th blog; I lose count. I get an idea, try to start a blog and then I leave it to die in the blog wasteland after a few months. But my old blogs had one thing in common: they focused on things that I wasn’t really passionate about. So I had trouble creating content and lost steam. But the 4th (or 5th) time is a charm. I absolutely cannot contain my excitement as I begin this journey.  Stayed tuned, hold on, and get ready to be a part of The Geek Parade! You’re in for a treat! 🙂