The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 2: Suit Up

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 2: Suit Up

Note: This is the second entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Read part one here and stay tuned for parts three and four!. Last week, I detailed the first step in entering the world of charity cosplay: Choosing your character(s). It’s an important decision, because you need the right ‘fit’ to best portray a child’s hero. The thought and research spent picking a hero (or villain) was the easy part, though. If you don’t have your chosen costume already, there is much time and money to…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 1: Choose Your Hero

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 1: Choose Your Hero

Children love their heroes. Think back to your childhood (or now!) and how your favorite superhero or hero from another inspired you. One of the most thrilling experiences is ‘meeting’ that hero. Just look at stories of Hollywood actors visiting children in hospitals in character, like Chris Evans (Captain America) or Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow). But, what if I told you that you don’t have to be a big time actor to be a hero to someone less fortunate? I’m, of course, talking about charity cosplay. This is the first of…

What Pokémon Means to Me

What Pokémon Means to Me

It’s time: Pokémon Sun and Moon release today. I’m clearing my weekend schedule to kick back and enjoy a new generation of monsters, battles, and adventures. This will be my fourth post about the twenty-year-old series, and I snuck in tiny references to it in almost every other piece. Pokémon is, without a doubt, one of the most important things in my life. Surreal to think I followed this franchise for seventeen years, ever since I discovered these crazy creatures on the back of a Lunchables box in the summer of 1999. The…

Healing with Humor: An Interview with Brad Jones (The Cinema Snob)

Healing with Humor: An Interview with Brad Jones (The Cinema Snob)

When you find yourself in your darkest hour, how do you return from it? Brad Jones of Stoned Gremlin Productions, AKA the Cinema Snob, recently sat down with me to discuss his experiences with depression, the healing power of humor, awful Christploitation films, and his upcoming film project Jesus, Bro! Because I’m me, I also wedged Shin Godzilla into the conversation. Before listening, I suggest watching his video Once Upon a Time When I Tried Committing Suicide, which inspired me to reach out to him. Enjoy the interview, and hopefully…

Doctor Strange: Four Ways to Conjure a New Door When Another Closes

Doctor Strange: Four Ways to Conjure a New Door When Another Closes

Man, Doctor Strange was just magical, wasn’t it? The fans and critics agree. I’d give you my own review, but pieces of my brain are still floating around in an alternate dimension. It simultaneously accomplishes molding a mystical world to fit the aesthetic of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, adds a whole new dimension to said universe (literally), and manages to be a damn entertaining adventure to boot. Since I’m talking about it here though, there are some motivational lessons to be found in it too. Doctor Stephen Strange, in both the…

CosFit: Cosplay as Motivation for Fitness and Better Living – Cosplay America 2016

CosFit: Cosplay as Motivation for Fitness and Better Living – Cosplay America 2016

This year I began hosting a panel at local comic and anime conventions entitled CosFit: Cosplay as Motivation for Fitness and Better Living. I finally had an opportunity to get a recording of the panel when it was held at Cosplay America on October 23rd, 2016. I was joined by Captain Cosplay, QuidditchDragon Cosplay, and Klaus Edwards Cosplay and with recording by Goth Mama Cosplay. If you have your own questions about cosplay and/or fitness, feel free to contact me or any of the other panelists on the Facebook pages….

The Motivational Morals of Mothra (Godzilla)

The Motivational Morals of Mothra (Godzilla)

Let’s talk about the illustrious immense insect of the Godzilla franchise: Mothra. She occupies a peculiar place in the pantheon of giant monsters: She’s undoubtedly one of the top five most recognizable kaiju of film (behind King Kong and Godzilla, of course) and is very popular with women. However, she catches derision from many male fans because, well, she’s a giant butterfly who protects the Earth and communicates through tiny fairies. Some are probably wondering why I’m talking about some lame bug when I could gush about the King of the…

Great Podcasts for Self Improvement

Great Podcasts for Self Improvement

Everyone loves podcasts, right? For people with desk jobs and long commutes (like myself), they’re a godsend. If you were interested enough to click this link, you probably have a few favorites of your own. I’ve soaked up hundreds of hours of podcast content at my job, particularly self improvement. I’ve gleaned many a post topic or book recommendation (so many book recommendations), so today, I wanted to share some of my favorites with you. It’s a mixed bag of different topics here, but all are beneficial in their own…

The Pain of Rejection is Real. It Won’t Kill You.

The Pain of Rejection is Real. It Won’t Kill You.

Let’s talk about rejection. It should join death and taxes in the inevitability department, because everyone experiences it in one way or another in their lives. Some rejections are negligible (a left swipe on Tinder), some are heartbreaking (being turned down by your crush), some seem like they’ll shatter your soul down to the atomic level (limited theatrical release of Shin Godzilla not coming to your city). Every single one is unique, and they all hurt in some way. I’m just 25 years old, but I’ve faced my fair share of rejection….

Perfection is Unattainable, and That’s Perfect

Perfection is Unattainable, and That’s Perfect

What is perfection? ‘Condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects’ is the basic definition. And yet, society has blown it into an abstract, colossal, and sometimes contradictory concept. It is sought by many, but rarely found. Some people search for the situation, person, or place that lacks defects or drawbacks, yet others find perfection in a collection of flaws (the Zen approach). Some claim perfection is just around the corner, while others insist it does not exist in any form whatsoever. The…