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Posted 2/25/15
ive always thought cosplay was kinda dumb but just recently ive decided that it looks like it could be a lot of fun doing that and going to conventions or something. How much does cosplay cost. How does someone start doing it. those are my main questions.
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Well, cosplay is really fun and also cosplay is an expensive hobby too haha it eats up all your money in just a snap lols Well, it costs too much actually, as I said earlier its an expensive hobby.Speaking of how much it costs it also depends on what character you wanted to cosplay since it has lots of variations to be considered too. But mostly, its kinda cheaper if you cosplay school-themed cosplays
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I think it's a bit tacky but I see it as sort of like Halloween on a non-Halloween day.

I've always wanted to go to a con and dress up. Just once, if anything. Never been to a con myself. I've also never cosplayed.

I think it depends how much you're willing to spend and what you want your cosplay to eventually look like.

Posted 2/26/15
well wigs from china costs about $10-20.
the costumes themselves vary dependent on complexity... but most costs about $50-70. Some are in the $200 if they're complex to make.

These two items can be bough from ebay. or your local anime/manga stores if they have them.

Contact lenses. this is if you want to look as accurate as possible... I recommend going to your local optometrist to buy coloured contacts. as they let you have a free trial of 2 weeks etc and they're expert on fitting the lens with the curvature and shape of your eyes. I would NOT trust online dealers... as you don't know what your eyeball size is...

and the eyes are our most important organ... you don't want to get it infected from incorrect lens sizes. Contact lens cost: $30? per pair. check your area.

Shoes... buy from Target or something. and try to make it look like your characters' shoes.

Accessories... this is kind of hard. I mean, if you're female, you can just go to those fake jewelries stores and grab some accessories. But if you're a male... it's kind of hard to do that... it's so awkward and you're just like thinking to yourself, "What am I doing here... people are looking at me...."


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Cosplaying requires a lot of shamelessness...
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Posted 2/26/15
I really enjoy cosplaying as one of my favorite characters from BlazBlue. Its fun mostly when you doing it with a partner or friend(s). Besides, there is no shame in cosplaying (one thing that everyone that I know tells me about how shameful and embarrassing anime/cosplaying is, but I don't care). It sure costs a ton of money that for sure.
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Posted 2/26/15

mesakillyou wrote:

ive always thought cosplay was kinda dumb but just recently ive decided that it looks like it could be a lot of fun doing that and going to conventions or something. How much does cosplay cost. How does someone start doing it. those are my main questions.


Moved this over to Creative Corner, since it's a good area to find other cosplay-related threads

The cost can vary greatly.. I've got a list of suppliers over at /forumtopic-817795/cosplay-suppliers that may help once you know what you're looking for, but really you could start with clothes and items you already own. If you do armors or large props, they tend to be more expensive because of the materials involved, but for something like a Naruto cosplay, you could easily find it for under $60 pre-made.

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Personally, I think the best way to get started is to pick a character you like, and start putting it together. One of my first was Gourry Gabriev, from Slayers, so I can kind of walk you through the steps that worked for me.


That's a very rough layout, but hopefully it gives you the basic idea. Lots of cosplayers put up much more detailed build logs and how-to videos on YouTube these days, which makes it a fantastic resource. Once you've picked a character, just start searching and see what comes up!
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