Meet Japan's Batman - Chibatman

This has been appearing in various places lately, but the video article on the BBC News website is particularly good. They got a chance to ask the man (who states he’s a 40-something welder) why he dresses as Batman, and his response was:

"During the great earthquake, people forgot how to smile. I wanted to bring their smile back."

Cosplay means a lot of different things to different people, but whether competitive, creative, challenging or about making a statement, I like to believe that cosplay is about having fun and making people smile, in a world that at times can make that very difficult.

I admit that there are times when I lose sight of that, and I need stuff like this to remind me. In any case, Chibatman seems an awesome guy.

Hagane’s new project - Star-Lord

So, it’s been a ride, but I think now is a good time to draw a line under my Shepard cosplay and start something new.

As a result, I’ve been thinking a lot about what to try next; a few things have been suggested by others, but there’s one character I keep coming back to.

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You probably guessed it! From one space-faring hero to another.

So, why Star-Lord?

Firstly, I should say that the movie Guardians of the Galaxy absolutely blindsided me. I’ll be honest, before the hubbub about the movie, although I was familiar with the character (like I could’ve named him, if you’d shown me a picture) I knew almost nothing about him.

Despite that, the film was my movie highlight of the summer, and I’ve been listening to the soundtrack every day-or-so for weeks.

The most striking thing though about Star-Lord is his charismatic attitude:

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I’ve really enjoyed cosplaying as Shepard, but he can bit a bit wooden (BroShep, particularly). This is no criticism of Shepard as a character (he is, after all, both a soldier and a player avatar, so the character has to toe-the-line between actor and blank slate). I thought for my next cosplay, I’d pick someone a bit more jovial and fun.

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Secondly, as was the case with the Shepard outfit, I always want to try and challenge myself - to attempt something that I don’t 100% know how to do when I start. I did briefly consider doing a Shepard mk2, or Garrus, or perhaps a Tau Fire Warrior, but all of those would use very similar build techniques to my Shepard armour.

Some elements of Star-Lord will be fine. The helmet, for example, or the gun - these things will take work, but I’m confident I can do them after my work on similar stuff for my Shepard armour.

On the other hand, I’m going to need to learn a bit of tailoring, and I won’t lie - that TERRIFIES me. Seriously. People at cons with awesome tailored outfits speak to me and say things like “I could never build armour” - well here’s a secret - I run a MILE at the sight of a sewing machine.

Thirdly and finally, there’s one more reason, and that has to do with Chris Pratt’s portrayal in the GotG movie.

One of the things I worked at during my Shepard build was my weight. Longtime followers will know that this came from specific medical advice. I lost more than enough weight to deal with that, but in the process, I realised that I actually enjoyed testing myself physically in this way. As a result, I have another challenge, which forms the first part of the cosplay:

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I’ve decided to set a new goal; to try and achieve a new peak of physical fitness as part of the Star-Lord costume. Naturally I don’t have to achieve that kind of look (Chris Pratt worked at it 5-hours-a-day for 6 months, after all), but I’m going to try my hardest and see how far I get.

And for the record, this isn’t a “fat shaming” thing; this is something I want to do, not because I feel I should do, but just because I want to challenge myself to do it. I’m not suggesting I “need” to lose the weight to cosplay the character, or that anyone else needs to - I just think it’ll be fun.

My deadline is Summer 2015.

So, wish me luck! I’ll try to update at regular intervals with my progress. If you want to follow things as they progress, be sure to follow my blog!

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squeaky-pickle:

I do love a cute bookworm, librarian, or bibliophile, real or imagined.

Talk wordy to me.

Read or Die's OVA really is wonderful (though I prefer the first half to the second). If you're an anime fan, it's worth a look.

I suppose it’s like an anime take on the X-Men, or SHIELD, except the organisation is based in England and a bit Victorian (even though it’s set in modern times).

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Today’s activity: Making a chocolate cake from all the odd-and-ends in the house which are about to go out-of-date, while getting trashed on ouzo

Random body selfie as the waistcoat from my new suit finally arrived today!
Literally just threw it on to be sure about the fit, and hadn’t cut off the tag - with it being mail order it had my receipt attached with some debit card info, so had to blur it out High-res

Random body selfie as the waistcoat from my new suit finally arrived today!

Literally just threw it on to be sure about the fit, and hadn’t cut off the tag - with it being mail order it had my receipt attached with some debit card info, so had to blur it out

Shepard Cosplay Complete & Future Plans

So, it’s been a wild ride, but I’m finally approaching the end with my Shepard cosplay.

I have only one task remaining; I’m going to try and rework the front and back plates to split into smaller pieces that connect via studs, so I can fit the whole thing in a box. Right now, those parts are huge and quite fragile.

Once that’s done, though, it can go in a crate to come out for the occasional con, and I can start work on my next project…

… which is going to be an altogether different sort of space-faring hero.

;)

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One of the things I like the most about cosplay is that just when you think you’ve seen everything, you always seem to find something totally new.

Some real creativity on show from this person & their photographer.

Katayanagi Cosplay!

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katayanagi-cosplay:

I’ve been a cosplayer for a while, starting when I was 13 with my first badly made ichigo mew cosplay and I have not wanted to give up since. I am trying to set up my own cosplay business so that hopefully I can make cosplays for other people and make their con life just a bit easier. 

So to help start up I have started this blog. I started it quite a while ago but am determined to keep it updated with my progresses and tutorials. If you have any questions send me a message and feel free to share your cosplays with me, I’d love to have a cosplay community 

Awesome to hear! I hope it goes well! Always great to see new people getting into cosplay, either just on their own or making a business out of it.