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First off, I apologize for going a bit MIA the past month! I handed this blog in for assessment as part of my Uni course (haven’t heard back on marks yet though!) and now I can continue this!

As part of my final degree project as a photojournalist student, I have mashed it with my love of all things geek and concentrated it on cosplay. I’m hoping to attend at least 3 (hopefully 4) UK con dates this semester to photograph the beautiful and inspiring costumes I find! (If anyone’s in the Midlands-ish area of the UK and cosplays, or is going to the cons up to April, drop me a line and I’ll shoot you!)

So through my research of this, I watched this video from the New York Comic Con last year. Although the video’s been around for a while now, and is an hour long, it is most definitely worth a watch. Featuring psychologists Robin Rosenberg and Andrea Letamendi, and cosplayers Jill Pantozzi (The Mary Sue), Holly Conrad (Comic-Con Episode IV) and Bill Doran (Punished Props).

Personally, I would absolutely love to get into the cosplay community. I have an idea for a steampunk Harley Quinn in the pipeline (purely to avoid the full body lycra), so that’s a start! Settling on a character is the hardest part I find…

But I found this video fascinating. More people need to be aware of the wonders and beauty of cosplay, and not criticise it as something “weird” or “freaky”. These people put a hell of a lot of time and money into these projects (the video mentions one person who spent 2880 hours on ONE costume), and that needs to be recognized.

So, everyone should watch this insightful video, and contact me if around for a shoot! (Or attending the MCM Expos in Midlands and Birmingham). Get in touch!

Also, any cosplayers out there help Robin out with her survey into cosplay, by filling it out here.

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