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Tokyo Interviews Ep. 01 by Cosplay-in-America
Tokyo Interviews Ep. 01
I spent about a week interviewing various Western cosplayers to find out from their perspective the difference between cosplaying in the States vs. cosplaying in Japan. I wish I had more time to interview male cosplayers as well as prop makers AND I hope to return and interview Japanese cosplayers who have cosplayed at home as well as having some experiences cosplaying in a Western country.

You can watch the interview here : youtu.be/f1CFmEyAFxQ

Check the  descriptions on YouTube for addresses and websites to the stores we checked out and if you h ave any questions about cosplaying in Japan, both Rachel and Paula are up for answering questions. I've included their Facebook page in the YouTube description so you can message them.
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Blizzcon 2014 by Cosplay-in-America
Blizzcon 2014
Walked around taking snaps with my phone on Friday of Blizzcon. See more on my Cospix cospix.net/14/gallery/29544/
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I know, I know, I left DA for like a year or so. What can I say, there's SO MUCH to keep up with. I have a DA, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, Model Mayhem, Google Plus and a website. So guess I'm back for a bit.

So what's been going on ? Well, planning to lay low for rest of 2014 and a good chunk of 2015. Reason ? Need to finish the damn book ! I promised people a book by Christmas 2014 and well, real life got in the way so I had some setbacks. There was a period of a few months that I wanted to give up photography but a few things woke up me plus I did get an awesome 3-day gig working on a commercial. That refreshed me in a way because I felt I was running in circles before. Still working for the same magazine, still working for the same photographer, still have the same clients but I think it is because I let my life get into a rut. 

In any case, I plan to not attend any cons until I get the second Cosplay in America book out. I may make a few exceptions but for the most part I plan on sticking close to home. I still haven't decided about Katsucon yet.

In the end, this has definitely been a shake-up year for me. It is what I call a "sign post" year meaning when you look back at life, you have sign posts - like 18, 21 or first time you buy a new car or something like that. This year was a wake up and shake up your life sig post year. Hopefully everything will work out in 2015 :)
Cosplay Around The World by Cosplay-in-America
Cosplay Around The World
Inspired by Where the Hell is Matt's 2008 video where he danced with people from 40 countries, I decided to spend 3 weeks dancing with as many international cosplayers as possible.

Watch video -----> youtu.be/Q8kGhtOZ9OI

In the end, I danced with cosplayers from 13 countries at three cosplay meet-ups, two conventions and one cosplay event held in five countries. 

The one thing I learn from three weeks of traveling is that the world out there is smaller than you think. I drank at a geek bar Geekárna in Prague, rummaged through comics shops La Borsa del Fumetto and Alastor in Milano, checked out the costumes & wigs at K Books in Tokyo. Geek culture is all around the world.

So do yourself a favor and visit a foreign con - doesn't have to be far - check out Mexican or Canadian cons :)
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I know, I know, I left DA for like a year or so. What can I say, there's SO MUCH to keep up with. I have a DA, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube, Model Mayhem, Google Plus and a website. So guess I'm back for a bit.

So what's been going on ? Well, planning to lay low for rest of 2014 and a good chunk of 2015. Reason ? Need to finish the damn book ! I promised people a book by Christmas 2014 and well, real life got in the way so I had some setbacks. There was a period of a few months that I wanted to give up photography but a few things woke up me plus I did get an awesome 3-day gig working on a commercial. That refreshed me in a way because I felt I was running in circles before. Still working for the same magazine, still working for the same photographer, still have the same clients but I think it is because I let my life get into a rut. 

In any case, I plan to not attend any cons until I get the second Cosplay in America book out. I may make a few exceptions but for the most part I plan on sticking close to home. I still haven't decided about Katsucon yet.

In the end, this has definitely been a shake-up year for me. It is what I call a "sign post" year meaning when you look back at life, you have sign posts - like 18, 21 or first time you buy a new car or something like that. This year was a wake up and shake up your life sig post year. Hopefully everything will work out in 2015 :)

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Cosplay-in-America

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I basically enjoy going to cons :) I'm also terrible at keeping up with my DA so forgive me. Any questions, please email me : ejen@cosplayinamerica.com and this way I know I'll see it !


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anchordrops Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
wow, I'm just a lost old dude that doesn't have a very good grasp on this stuff at all, go ahead and laugh-someday it will be you, chao bella
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WolfNightV4X1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, how cute, your deviantart icon looks like your deviant id except your icon is anime/cartoon ^__^

Also, you're kinda adorable too /)//w//(\

...Aaaaaanyways, I think the kickstarter thing is super cool, I'll definitely see if I can back it
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HellknightLeon Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thats so freaking awesome! I'm working on some stuff and know people... kinda... that build cosplay gear and its super cool to watch and do. Can't wait to see this get Kickstarted! Good luck!
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glorifield Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! There is going to be an anime and gaming convention in Charlottesville, VA. If you're anywhere close by, you should come! [link]
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Soldatoflife Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
I was forced to impersonate you once... :)

(by you ^^)
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Cosplay-in-America Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
And did you not enjoy yourself ? ^^ lololol
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Soldatoflife Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I wouldn't have it any other way with you ;)

For Otakuthon 2013 I won't have any new discoveries in terms of guests as I have already met them all.

Though I might get an awesome guest at Montreal Comiccon 2013 :P

*crosses fingers for Felicia Day, George Takei or Gillian Anderson*

You should get invited to MCC or Otakuthon for your 2nd book entry!

Your kickstarter better not end before I can give you money!
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Vidarson Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Hey, I love your videos and think you do an awesome jobs showing off all the different cons throughout the country. Because of you I want to go to katsucon, Acen and Sakura-con. Do you think you'll ever come to Realmscon? It's fair sized con and this year is its 8th year. They're getting a lot of cool guest and it would be cool if you could come. If you ever wanted a con that does anime, comics, and movies this is one of them.
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Cosplay-in-America Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
Honestly, probably not. Reason is I have a schedule set up for the next 10 months to shoot for the book so focusing on that for a bit.

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Faeryx13 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks for the watch!
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