The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 4: Great Power, Great Etiquette

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 4: Great Power, Great Etiquette

Note: This is the fourth entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, and part three! You’ve chosen your character, you’ve assembled your costume, you’ve joined a crew of fellow costumed Samaritans to volunteer with. Now comes the exciting but sometimes scary part: diving into character to brighten the day of a child less fortunate. It’s intimidating as you suit up for your first hospital visit or charity benefit, I won’t lie. Once you cross that first hurdle though, you’ll find a heartwarming experience…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 3: Heroes Unite

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 3: Heroes Unite

Note: This is the third entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, and part four! You picked your character. You acquired their costume. You’re well on your way to being a superhero for someone less fortunate. But what is just one hero though? If the Avengers, Justice League, and the X-Men taught us anything, it’s that a group of heroes can accomplish much more than any solo underoos crusader. Route 29 Batman rides solo, but it’s always more fun with friends. You’re probably…

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. Check out part one, part three, and part 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 be spent ahead. I…

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

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

Note: This is the first entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, part three, and part four! 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…

An Ode to Vegetable Oil

An Ode to Vegetable Oil

My fellow cosplayers, let me tell you a story of happiness, heartbreak, dread, redemption, and household cooking products: The day vegetable oil saved my favorite cosplay. I arrived home last night to see my Civil War Spider-Man had arrived, two days early in fact!. I tried it on, it fit perfectly, I selfie’d it up, thrilled to wear it at Animazement. When I’d had my fun, I put it on a hanger and took it up stairs to safely store in my closet. I open the door, and I see…