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by Katherine Erlikh

BEHOLD! A lovely cosplay of Tohka Yatogami from the post-apocalyptic anime and graphic novel "Date A Live" has crossed my dash today, and I thought you really needed to see it, because it's lovely. Not that I know anything about the series, mind you - I don't. I just thought the editing on the photos and the costume design were very well done. The cosplayer is Deviantart user Yuki Godbless. Even if you know nothing about the series, you should totally stare at these photos for a while and appreciate the work that's gone into them, because they're gorgeous. See more photos below the cut!

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Get your little black dresses ready because we’re heading to Elvira town. Yes, dressing as the Mistress of the Dark looks easy, but it’s more than a slinky black dress, large black hair and a ton, a ton, of cleavage. Who knew 25 years after the release of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark that she’d still be some people’s number one choice when it came to dress up time? No one, but most are glad she is because it’s not just a sexy outfit, it’s one badass chick.

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Kleefeld's FanthropologyFor the past five years or so, the name of Herbert Chavez has popped into my view on a roughly annual basis, and it's always in the exact same context. He's the gent from Calamba City, Philippines who's undergone multiple plastic surgeries to look as much as possible like Superman.

The mainstream articles almost always read exactly the same, regardless of the outlet or the year, so I won't belabor all the details here, but the short version is that he really, really, really likes DC Comics' Superman and struck a deal with a local plastic surgeon to get these procedures done for free in exchange for doing promotion work for him. My guess is that each spate of articles is prompted by a new procedure having gone well. Read More...

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This just in, folks - an alternate universe version of the 11th Doctor has been stranded in our universe with a non-functional TARDIS, and has decided that the best way to spend his time until his time machine is fixed is... cosplaying himself. There really is no other explanation for it, unless you're going by that good old "there's seven people in the world that look exactly alike for no good reason" thing - and hey, I'm sure that's true sometimes, I know a lovely fellow who looks exactly like Tom Hiddleston, height and all, but come on, guys - after Doomsday, I don't trust any person who looks exactly like the Doctor to be anything but the Doctor. Nope, nope, not at all.

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I am not very familiar with the MMO "Dragon's Prophet" as it is very new; that much, I will admit. However, when I saw the cosplay photos this morning in my DeviantArt search for "dragons" (because everyone is not coping very well with their "Game of Thrones" withdrawals and clearly, the way to fix this is with dragons), well... let's just say I was enchanted. And you'll totally get it when you see it.

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Let's be clear: Halloween will always be the original "Cosplay Day," but for fans of designing, crafting, and showing off your favorite costumes based on animation, TV, film, games, and movies, tomorrow's International Cosplay Day should serve as a secondm non-convention day to mark off on your calendar to get out there and show your very best Hakune Mitsu.

To celebrate, YouTube is spotlighting a collection of videos featuring some of the best and brightest in cosplay.

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Dressing up as a superhero seems easy after you think of what it takes to pull off a character from a Tim Burton movie. Sometimes you have to look like the living dead and other times you have to make sure your props are on point. To celebrate Burton’s 55th birthday on Sunday August 25, here are the best of the best when it comes to cosplay based on his films. Which character would you dress as if you were invited to a Burton Party?

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The event begins in eight hours, but the parking lot is already teeming with several hundred fans in colorful costumes. In an hour or so, around one and two in the afternoon, that number will increase to a few thousand. Grills are already firing up, and the sound of whirring blenders competes with similar sounding music emanating every few yards from another car’s sound system. A sense of community is already setting in as old friends catch sight of one another, and new friends share stories, food and yes, shots.

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Cosplay is about to go mainstream. The concept of getting decked out and assuming a different personality is familiar to the con-going nerd set, but with a new Syfy show, “cosplay” is poised to become as much a part of pop culture vernacular as “GTL” was a few years back.

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by Alison H. Mayer

Well, there's that old adage that a picture is worth a thousands words (gak), but it's certainly true here. These "Legend of Korra" cosplay pictures, featuring Annjela Saet with photography by Andy Ryan, are nothing short of incredible:

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Since the heroes and villains from the "Kick-Ass" movies are essentially just regular guys and gals in costume, that makes dressing up as the characters ever more awesome. You yourself are just an average person who wants to save the world while masked – or destroy it if you’re going for the Red Mist method. Either way, no matter which side you choose, you look awesome doing it. So to celebrate the release of "Kick-Ass 2," we give you the Top 10 Kick-Ass cosplayers.

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By Karen Yossman

When Disney started buying up nerd properties like it was Black Friday, fans feared the movies would suffer and the merch would be tasteless. Thus far their fears have been unfounded (t-shirts of Darth Vader riding Dumbo aside). After all, Marvel has continued to flourish under the Disney umbrella and George Lucas butchered a few of his own movies long before the House of Mouse got their mitts on them. But Disney’s acquisition of both properties has provided unexpected inspiration for cosplayers, who have taken brand collaboration to a whole new level. Check out the pictures below, from the D23 Expo this weekend, to see what we’re talking about…

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If you visited YouTube this week, you may have noticed that they've changed their logo a bit. They've added a "Geek Week" tag on the end of it. Between August 4-10, they're spotlighting a number of geek themed channels, with each day focusing a little more narrowly on a more particular theme. Monday was "Global Geekery" looking at international videos, "Braniac Tuesday" highlighted science related pieces, and so on. Further, YouTube went out of their way to film a series of three-ish minute videos introducing each day's motif, using a variety of hosts who have their own fairly popular YouTube channels.

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Hell hath no fury like a cosplayer scorned – especially since most cosplayers craft their own fury. In an Aug. 4 review of Syfy’s new “Heroes of Cosplay” reality show, New York Post writer Linda Stasi called the series subject “weird” and questioned whether cosplayers are “confused,” presumably, about reality.

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Kleefeld's Fanthropology

I've actively avoided the "fake geek girl" discussion so far for a few reasons. First, it's asinine. Who the drok do you think you are to question anyone's interest in any fandom? That someone even feels the need to openly denounce the legitimacy of another's fannishness says more about the accuser than the accused, so you accusers would do best to shut the frak up.

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