All posts tagged: Cosplay

Cosplayers of MadFest 2016

This past weekend for the first time ever Madman Entertainment held their Madman Anime Festival event or MadFest for short. The event as expected became the stage for many anime fans here in Melbourne to showcase their incredible cosplay skills. Be it characters from Sword Art Online, Love Live, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure or even My Hero Academia, cosplayers brought their A-Game to MadFest and we were on the floor to photograph many of these cosplayers in action. You can check out our full gallery of cosplay photos below. Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for more coverage from MadFest as we continue our rolling coverage of the event. -30-

Oran Con – The Mini Con With The Big Heart

Over this weekend past, in an up and coming suburb somewhere South West of Sydney City, an event was held. Humble in personality and modest in size, this young convention proved itself to be just as promising as the place in which it was held. From the title, some of you will already know what it is that this article is about, but to others it is something that has clearly piqued your curiosity. Otherwise, why else would you be here? Regardless, seeing as you are here, how about we all get properly acquainted with what will hopefully be the next big thing in the celebration of popular culture. Engineered by the enthusiastic and hard-working team of United Cosplayers Australia, 2015 saw the genesis of what I’ve grown to call the first ever cosplay-centric convention held right here in Sydney, Australia. It’s name is Oran Con, and the collective hope of all who attended very much hope that it is here to stay. Despite it being one of the hotter Sydney days as of late, …

Cosplayer Shot Dead by US Police

Tragic news has just come through with SBS reporting that an innocent cosplayer has been shot dead in cold blood at shopping mall in Saratoga Springs, Utah. Equally shocking is the fact that the men who pulled the trigger were Saratoga Springs police officers. At the time of his death, the cosplayer, Darrien Hunt, a young man aged only 22, was cosplaying as a sword-wielding anime character, apparently from the popular anime and manga series Bleach. Police retain that shots were fired when Hunt apparently lunged at them with a sword, despite the fact that autopsy reports pertain that Hunt was shot a total of 6 times in the back, dying instantly. On top of that, the sword in question was merely a plastic replica. All of which brings into question the motives of the police officers for this cold blooded fatal act on an innocent man. The Hunt family’s lawyer Randall Edwards commented on the incident stating, “I just can’t believe that this kid in the costume was somehow posing such a threat to the officers …

Reika SMASH! 2014 Panel, The Art of Cosplay

Over this past weekend at SMASH! 2014 at the Rose Hill Gardens, cosplay superstar Reika held panels for her adoring fans, discussing her love of cosplay and the detailed artistry that goes into crafting the perfect cosplay. Reika is arguably Japan’s best cosplayer, having won numerous cosplay competitions in her home nation as well as internationally. She has garnered global acclaim for her cosplay performances as characters such as Levi from Attack on Titan, Tobio from Haikyuu, Sakon Shima from Sengoku Basara and many many more. During Reika’s panel she held a cosplay workshop, teaching cosplayers in attendance her ways, taking on the role of cosplay sensei for many rookies in the audience. She detailed different ways to style wigs, apply make-up and of course construct the outfit itself. From an outsiders perspective, having no real cosplay experience myself, it was abundantly clear that Reika was an expert on the subject and her professionalism and passion had me enthralled in her panel. Following her workshop demonstration, Reika held a Q&A session answering the questions of …