Cosplay

July 08, 2014 | 4:02 p.m.

‘Marvel Method: Cosplay’ builds toward a Comic-Con reveal

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They might have called it “How to Cosplay the Marvel Way.” After all, Stan Lee and John Buscema’s “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” has proved enduringly popular. But “The Watcher” host Lorraine Cink’s and Marvel cosplay blogger Judy Stephens’ new video series is titled “Marvel Method: Cosplay.” The duo will explore the method to cosplay madness in chapters released every Tuesday and Thursday until Comic-Con, with input from costume designer Carly Bradt, wig specialist Katie Hondrogen and cosplayer Yaya Han. The plan: Choose a character, design and construct the costume, and reveal it at Marvel’s booth at the pop-culture exposition in San Diego later this month. So, which mighty Marvel hero did they choose? “After considering so many powerful women of the Marvel Universe, we continued to be drawn back to the Scarlet Witch,” Cink said in a […]
July 06, 2014 | 1:37 p.m.

Japanese ambassador of cute joins cosplayers at AX

Kimura U, the Ambassador of Kawaii and the Ambassador of Cute. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
“My name is Kimura U, and I am the most pink creator of the world.” Walking the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Thursday during Anime Expo, Kimura U — wearing chunky pink platform heels, a pink leather jacket, pink tights, a pink frilly dress and ombre hair that faded from light purple to light pink — surprisingly fit in among a group of 200,000 attendees often eager to stand out through their apparel. But unlike the thousands of cosplayers dressed as characters, it’s Kimura U’s job to dress this way: She’s the Japanese ambassador of kawaii, a.k.a. the ambassador of cute. Appointed by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the position in 2009, U travels the world to promote Japanese culture abroad, specifically Harajuku fashion, a type of fashion based on trends in the Harajuku district […]
July 04, 2014 | 4:19 p.m.

Anime Expo 2014: A cosplay fan’s photo gallery

Hope Donovan, left, of San Francisco, dressed up as Rin from the anime show "Free!,"  adjusts the scarf of friend Cyrene Cruz, of Los Angeles, dressed up us as Haru, a character from the same show. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
At Anime Expo 2014, the wigs are out, big time. Organizers had promised to push the cosplay quotient at the annual anime and manga festival, and fans have shown their approval by filling the Los Angeles Convention Center with the surreal costumes, painted faces and most excellent hair of their favorite characters. Over here, the spiked red locks of Grell Sutcliff  and the V-shaped bangs of Angelina Dalles, both from “Black Butler.” Over there, the muscled face of Colossal Titan. And over there, the white eyes and bloodied forehead of Fujitora from “One Piece.” Somewhere amid all the fur, the horns, the hats, the high stockings, the Pokemon onesies, the blue-painted faces, the skeleton-painted faces and a fair amount of skin, you could even see an Elsa from “Frozen,” a bit out of place, seemingly lost on her way to […]
July 02, 2014 | 3:59 p.m.

Anime Expo: New ‘Dragon Ball Z,’ ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ and cosplay

The 23rd Anime Expo, the largest anime and manga convention in North America, is opening Thursday at the Los Angeles Convention Center for four days of exhibits, panel discussions, concerts, commerce and, yes, cosplay (take a peek at the gallery above for duds from 2014). After feedback from last year’s attendants, the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, which organizes the expo, has expanded the role of costume play in the event, creating more sets where cosplayers dressed as their favorite anime (animation) and manga (comics) characters can take photographs. “Anime Expo draws a lot of people who get into costume, and we wanted to provide an area for them to be able to take some really good pictures. We have a lot of really cool sets,” said Meg Amo, the society’s brand manager, citing a Japanese garden and a […]
April 19, 2014 | 2:34 p.m.

WonderCon 2014: Cosplayers congregate for Anaheim genre celebration

Jeff Campbell, 33, as Batman and his 8-year-old daughter Phoenix as Robin. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
WonderCon 2014 is underway at the Anaheim Convention Center, with cosplayers, comic book enthusiasts and genre fans flocking to the city’s convention center to check out a range of booths, panels and special programming. Smaller in scale than July’s massive San Diego confab, Comic-Con International, WonderCon still draws movie studios and television networks eager to showcase their upcoming titles. Saturday’s schedule included arena presentations devoted to such upcoming blockbusters as “Godzilla,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” while Friday night brought the premiere of the new animated movie, “Son of Batman,” which was followed by a Q&A with actors Jason O’ Mara, Sean Maher, Xander Berkeley and others. COMIC-CON PHOTOS: Cosplay costumes, in all their crazy glory Cosplay, of course, is always a big part of the scene at the annual pop culture expo […]
Nov. 03, 2013 | 10:10 a.m.

Stan Lee’s Comikaze cosplay: Thor, Loki, Disney, Batman and more

Des Grisham, of Los Angeles, works on the finishing touches for her Wonder Woman costume in the women's restroom at the Los Angeles Convention Center during Comikaze on Saturday. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Thor, Loki, Captain America and Iron Man cosplayers mill around the escalators in the Los Angeles Convention Center lobby on Saturday morning during Stan Lee’s Comikaze. A group of X-Men gather on the stairs, and a dozen people dressed as “Star Wars” bounty hunter Boba Fett pose together, wielding their blasters for the cameras. Thousands of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic book fans gathered in downtown Los Angeles this weekend for Comikaze, the homegrown pop culture expo that wraps up Sunday. The convention, now in its third year, featured panels, screenings, game tournaments, merchants and guest speakers from the genre entertainment world. Comikaze began as a passion project for Regina Carpinelli, chief executive of Comikaze Entertainment, and her siblings after ticketing complications kept them from attending San Diego’s Comic-Con International. “We were terribly bummed,” Carpinelli told Hero Complex. “We thought, ‘There needs to be a show that […]
Aug. 13, 2013 | 4:39 p.m.

Cosplay gets reality TV treatment in Syfy’s ‘Heroes of Cosplay’

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Cosplayers are hoping that a new reality show will shine a light on their creative, if quirky, endeavors. “Heroes of Cosplay” — a sort of Comic-Con-meets-”Project Runway” docu-series — premieres on Syfy tonight, pitting cosplayers against each other in Wizard World Portland’s cosplay competition. Cosplay, short for “costume play,” is a hobby that blends costume-making and role-playing. Cosplayers portray their favorite characters from genre movies and television, video games, anime, comic books and more, wearing handmade costumes to comic conventions and sometimes competing for prizes. It’s that competitive element that “Heroes of Cosplay” aims to spotlight, with each episode featuring a different contest and the cosplayers who, with varying degrees of experience, prepare to compete. Although the show isn’t without the seemingly manufactured drama that’s a hallmark of reality TV, “Heroes of Cosplay” provides some context for a hobby that […]
July 23, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013 top 10 moments: Superman, ‘Breaking Bad’ and more

Comic-Con 2013: Top 10 highlights
Now that Comic-Con International attendees have had some time to eat, sleep, wash off their face paint and pack away their blasters and batarangs, it’s time to look back at some of the most memorable moments of the expo. “It’s a place where you can be who you are, or who you want to be,” said David Glanzer, spokesman for the San Diego convention, which wrapped up Sunday. “I think for a lot of us who grew up and our interests weren’t always necessarily in the mainstream, it’s great to pal around with 134,000 people who probably share your interests.” Here are are top 10 moments from Comic-Con 2013, as well as a few honorable mentions. Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments. 10. Zombies invade the Gaslamp Quarter It seems apt that the undead had such […]
July 21, 2013 | 4:43 p.m.

Comic-Con nightlife, as told by Kit Harington, Felicia Day and more

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With San Diego’s Comic-Con International expanding nearly every year, the annual pop culture convention has also accommodated the flourishing nightlife. “I understand that San Diego Comic-Con is like the Detroit Auto Show,” said “Banshee” actress Lily Simmons. “Sure, other places can have an auto show, but it’s not the Detroit Auto Show. “ While the city’s boisterous Gaslamp Quarter bustled with convention-goers and other Saturday night patrons, Hollywood took on its fair share of lavish events. “It’s just kind of insane,” said “Game of Thrones” actress Esme Bianco. “I think there’s a scale of everything that’s kind of amazing to me. A couple people have warned me that it’s big. Everyone’s right!” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Bianco, who played the upward-climbing courtesan Ros on the HBO series, said she party-hopped quite a bit over the weekend, starting off […]
July 21, 2013 | 7:20 a.m.

Comic-Con cosplay: Costumed role-players become temporary superstars

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Clad cowl- to-boot in her handmade black and purple Batgirl suit, Briana Roecks arrives in the Gaslamp Quarter and pauses to adjust her boyfriend’s Robin cape. Instantly, the couple is surrounded by Comic-Con International attendees wielding camera phones. Roecks, 27, and her sidekick, 30-year-old Adam Earnhart, shift seamlessly from pose to pose as the cameras snap. Soon a Yahoo producer snags them for a quick interview. Afterward, a group of fellow Batman fans dressed as the characters from “The Dark Knight Rises” join them for a round of impromptu photos. A man approaches Roecks and plops his baby in her arms for a picture. More videos. More pictures. More poses. In half an hour, the couple has moved only 50 feet. “When you cosplay, you’re not a nobody,” said Roecks, who works in Hollywood as a visual effects assistant. “You’re […]
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