Florida Cosplay: Cosplay meets History

In Miami there are many beautiful places.  Today I would like to show you how cosplay has made it even more beautiful.  In Miami there is a place known as Vizcaya where there lies gorgeous historic buildings surrounded by a lovely garden.  Andrea Van Der Plaats, Stephanie Cone, Shana Harlow, and Katie Inderbitzen, some of South Florida’s best cosplayers,  have visited this place and will now share with us a glimpse of what makes Florida cosplayers so special.

Hatsune Miku – Singer in a Box

(concept) illustration by KEI
Hatsune Miku - illustration by KEI

From Ninja, to Pirates to Sailor Moon, where is our adventure of to next. What the heck does he mean by the title? Miku is not a Singer in a box, what craziness is this.

Well, I decided to find the roots of one of the most famous non-living Singers in the world. Little did I know that this was not all that it seemed. This lovely lady – Hatsune Miku – actually started out as a simple Singing Synthesizer. It was later development into a software called Vocaloid. This is where we get the name of ‘Singer in a Box’. Not only was it produced in Japanese and English, but you can now get it in Korean, Chinese and Spanish.

Vocaloid Group
Vocaloid Group

What was cool with this was that a new character was created for each version. They just didn’t stop at one Vocaloid, but decided to set out to form a diverse group of them. I think this was a smart call as it really showcases the way you can market a product without that much capital. Seriously, so many people have fell in love with these characters, that it just makes one of the greatest promotional series. If you want, you should check out the numerous figures that have been designed and sold of them. Even I want the VN2 version figure so I can start at it’s awesomeness.

Why the heck is Miku sometimes pictured holding a LEEK and carry it around for that matter. Why would this vegetable (sort of spring onion on steroids) be such a draw for this character. I guess it is to whack all the fanboys away from her – LOL.

Now lets not leave out cosplay of Hatsune Miku which has exploded across the conventions. I think this is one character that anyone who saw it would recognize her immediately. You can even check out a great blog review right here of Gloria (Sweet Angel) showcasing one of the many cosplays you can find here.

What’s up for the next blog form yours truely, well lets just say my son will be helping me as you ‘Gotta Catch them All“.

Videogame Cosplay Interview: Jen Amador as Cammy White (Part 2)

In my last piece we learned about Jen Amador, a Florida cosplayer, that cosplays as the beautiful Cammy White of Street Fighter fame.  We learned about her love of the character and what she did to make the cosplay come to life.  To see the first part of this interview click HERE.

This time we will be learning about Jen’s experiences as this femme fatal, in Part 2 of this interview.

7. What do you personally feel when you are portraying the character and why do you choose to cosplay her?
I feel really confident and strong when I’m cosplaying Cammy. This costume has really taught me to love and appreciate the body I have despite what anyone else thinks.

8. What are people’s reactions to you when you are in costume?
I have gotten some comments about it but I’ve also gotten a lot of compliments from males and females alike. I feel like people misinterpret love of a character and of your body as a need for attention.
The reactions vary. Some people love it and want to stop me for a picture or to ask me for a win quote and some people make rude comments. But that’s the situation with any cosplay I suppose.

9. What was the hardest part about bringing this character to life?

Maintaining the serious attitude all day. I’m a very happy person most of the time but Cammy is known for her serious determination, so keeping my poker face was the hardest part.

10. Did you ever get any special recognition for this costume?

None yet but I’ve only worn it once.

11. What videogame character would you like to portray next?

Next on the list is Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, but you can expect a lot of video game costumes in the future.

12. Lastly is there anything you would like to convey to the readers?

Just that cosplaying is a hobby in order to showcase the things that you love. If you love a character, don’t let anyone else’s opinions stop you from cosplaying them.

If you wish to see more cosplays by Jen Amador, you can check out her Facebook Cosplay profile HERE, her deviant art page HERE, or her Cosplay.Com profile HERE.

Weekly Fan Art Feature #13 – Black rock shooter, Hetalia, Yume Nikki and Black Butler

This week’s Fan Art feature showcases 4 works from three amazing artists.

Our first feature for today is from E. Am they come from the U.S and the work was digitally created using Photoshop. Their work below is of Black rock shooter, an upcoming anime series based on the Black★Rock Shooter concept

For more of their works check out their deviantart page!

Black rock shooter

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The second feature is works by Dawn who is also from the U.S. Their works were also digitally created using Paint.NET. The first image is of America from Hetalia. The second image is Mafurako from Yume Nikki. Like their works? click here to visit their deviantart page.
Hetalia – America

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Yume Nikki – Mafurako

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For our last Fan Art feature for this week I present to you Kerri Johns from England. Their work is of Ciel from the anime Black Butler or Kuroshitsuji. The work is a traditional line art drawing using pencil and paper.  Kerri is a  huge fan of Kuroshitsuji, Nabari no Ou and other anime’s featuring dark character’s and intresting plots. Visit there deviantart page for more beautiful works
Black Butler – Ciel
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To have the chance for your works to be featured here please email us at miccostumesfanart [@] gmail.com with the following:
Your NameCountry.Website [if desired]Medium of work i.e. Pencil, Paint, Photoshop etc.A maximum of 2 works attached in the emailThe name of the anime/manga/video game it is from