Sunday, September 9, 2012

Hiatus Continued!

Woah! I forgot I had a blog! I've been so busy cosplaying, attending conventions, and working all of the time, I sort of let this blog fall by the wayside.

Alas, the hiatus shall continue! I will eventually, come back, I promise, but the blog has to be put on hold so that I can get my business going and make myself some more cosplay money :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Otaku House Competition

I recently entered a "Cosplay Idol" competition put on by Otaku House. Long, long ago, my picture got lost in the shuffle of endless amazing cosplays. Despite that sad truth, I have been really enjoying the talent that has been showcased in this contest! There are a lot of amazing pictures. Of course I'm a little biased, and tend to spend my "likes" on the ones that say they're homemade, but no matter what, most of these entries legit look the parts they are playing. I've decided to post links to some of my favorite contestants. Since there are hundreds and hundreds of them, It's difficult to even pick which ones I want to post, but I'll do my best to narrow them down. I'm only going include my favorites from the first 200 entries. I'll post the rest later, so be watching for them. Beware, not only will I be posting pictures I think are awesome, I will also be shamelessly promoting my friends who have entered the competition. So vote for them or die!

I'll include the link to the page where their entries are located, so that if you have facebook you can vote for them by clicking "like" on Otaku House's page, then "like" the picture you are voting for.

This Jenova is a buddy of mine who attends local cons often, and makes bomb awesome hats.

LinkinSpirit is one of my favorite Link cosplayers, ever. Fullstop.

Melanie, another con-going friend of mine, is the most convincing Winry I have ever seen!

As far as Gijinka's go, this really is one of the best human representations of Red XIII I've seen in a while.

Hannah makes a super cute sexy-jutsu Naruto

That's a good looking Greed!

Raiden from Metal Gear Solid. I love armored cosplays.

An amazing Assassin's Creed cosplay, with some good looking leather work.

Bahaha! Ryuk!

Not familiar with what this is from (Granado Espada) But this outfit is downright amazing.

Midna from Twilight Princess, Just WOW. I love this costume.

Another friend of mine, with a great homemade Roy Mustang uniform

Xiao Qiao - I love Dynasty Warriors Cosplays

Yoko is a cosplay friend of mine who does amazing work. Her Shampoo is simply adorable.

Another Friend of mine, Wes, who is the coolest Dante ever

Another friend, Akemi, dressed as an adorable Akiyama Mio from K-on!

Without a doubt the best Sally Jupiter I've seen

One of my Sailor Moon cosplaying friends, Akiko, in her Uranus costume

Jacob, cosplaying Gender Bender Pluto - another one of my Sailor Moon buddies.

Melissa makes a great Mikuru from "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya"

Hm, that Bellatrix looks familiar, I wonder who she is!?

Meredith does a wonderful Gunner Yuna from X-2

WoW cosplay. No really, Wow.

Medusa from Petshop of Horrors. PSOH is not something that gets cosplayed too often, but it should be. This is superb.

Props on the Prop, Dark Knight Rikku. Amazing job.

I'm really impressed with some of the cosplayers representing North America in this competition, there really is a lot of talent around our country. May the best one win!

Phew! Glad that's over. Oh wait, it isn't even close. I'll be going through the other North American entries later, and I will post a blog about the next set of 200 and so on.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

DMC Group Pics!

KAMI-CON WAS AWESOME. Why? This is why:

That's right. Johnny Yong Bosch and Eyeshine. My life is complete.

I posted a review on our group blog, so check it out here

Some friends and I did a Devil May Cry Cosplay Group. We ran a panel about DMC and followed it up with a photoshoot outside. Here are the spectacular results. (photos taken by Shawn Hunt)

Photos Taken By Brad Sargent:

I had so much fun cosplaying Lady. Why? Because she has a gigantic gun. Everyone was more excited about the Gun than any other part of my costume. Who could blame them? Giant Bazookas win every time. Even got props from Eyeshine for my giant gun. I nearly passed out.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sukoshicon January

Our January Meetup at Sukoshicon Birmingham was a BLAST!

The morning started out with a few fun panels and mini photoshoots with a few members. Everyone else spread out to the game rooms and vendor's areas.

Excerpts from our mini shoots!

One of the most notable panels of the day was done by one of our members, Yoko. It was a photography and modeling panel with special photographer guest Michael Smith from Emerald Coast Models. After the panel, there was a photoshoot outside with Michael and with Shawn Hunt (additional photographer) Even though IT WAS COLD Just about everyone with a good cosplay showed up for the pics. Here's the album on facebook.

Also, the contest was filled with Jedigami members! Sloth and Greed (Myself and Sasuke) both won an award, as well as Seth (the glove master) for his Gene (Outlaw Star) Cosplay.

Another incredibly fun panel was the "Iron Cosplay" panel. (Another one by Yoko) The competitors were instructed to construct an outfit from scrap fabric, hot glue, safety pins, belts, etc. They had to include the "secret ingredient", fit the theme of "Super hero", and be done in 30 minutes. Here's what my group (Myself, Emily, Liz and Michelle)came up with (and landed a total victory!)

Abmiki Sukoshi - Defender of Love and Justice with super awesome, heart changing, lightning powers!

Of course we can't forget about the rave at the end of the night, during which everyone danced their cares away in a mass of blurriness and lights xD

Needless to say, Sukoshicon was yet again a success, which marks another awesome meetup for the Jedigami. Our next meetup is going to be held at Kami-Con in Tuscaloosa - a super fun FREE con. Everyone loves free :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Let it Snow

In Alabama, Snow is a big freaking deal. Since we never usually get it, the fact that we've had snow covered grounds TWICE in the past 2 months is completely unheard of. And this time around, Snowpocalypse 2011, we got a solid layer of ice which has not even begun to think about melting....which is also unheard of. In 'Bama if it takes the time to snow, it's usually back to dirt and grass within hours. But since this time around has given us a lovely blanket of white, I can't stop thinking of it as a perfect cosplay background!

Since I didn't prepare myself with any costumes specific to snow/ice, I just tossed on a kimono and went outside.

Partly because I didn't have anything else prepared, but also because kimono was really the only idea in my head. I tried to google ice/snow characters, or characters that live in icy climates, and the answers were so sparse that I just sort of gave up. That's why this blog post is going to consist of a semi-long list of characters that one can cosplay in snowy situations. If you are like me, and want to brave the elements for good photos, this list should be of interest to you.

First I will start with the obvious ones, then I'll go into some anime/manga/game/movie/comic characters that I found by scouring google and picking the brains of friends.

Katara and Sokka
Avatar: The Last Airbender

Both characters live in the South Pole. Sokka cannot manipulate the ice, but Katara is the only waterbender in the Southern Water Tribe. She can bend water and snow as she so pleases - Making these two perfect candidates for a snowy backdrop.

Princess Yue
Avatar the Last Airbender

Another airbender character that looks amazing in snowy climate is the princess of the Northern Water Tribe. She's the daughter of the chief, and Sokka thinks she's a hottie. Her hair is snowy white, thanks to the fact that the moon spirit granted her it's power when she was born nearly dead. Thanks moon spirit, you rock for that.

Mr Freeze

A DC Comics Supervillian, and enemy of Batman, I think he'd be one of the most obviousl snow cosplay characters. Freeze is a scientist who must wear a cryogenic suit in order to survive, and bases his crimes around a "cold" or "ice" theme, complete with a "cold gun" that freezes its targets solid.

Toshiro Hitsugaya


Hitsugaya's thing is ice. Hyōrinmaru is the strongest of all ice/snow Zanpaku-tō in the Soul Society. Hyōrinmaru's spirit is a winged Chinese dragon made of ice. The dragon flies at opponents and instantly freezes anything it touches. The chain-blade also freezes anything Hitsugaya traps with it.

Rukia Kuchiki

Rukia has an ice attack as well, the Sode no Shirayuki. Each "dance" the blade performs produces a different ice based attack. In its released state the blade becomes completely white and a ribbon forms from the pommel, earning it the recognition as the most beautiful Zanpakuto in Soul Society.

Or, you can cosplay Sode No Shirayuki herself, since she's super gorgeous.

Oren Ishii
Kill Bill

Speaking of pretty Asian ladies wearing white kimono in the snow, how about cosplaying Oren Ishii? The Entire final battle between Beatrix Kiddo and Oren Ishii was outside in the snow.

Ur and Gray Fullbuster
Fairy Tail

Either character would be appropriate for snow, since they are Ice Mages. Ice Make Master is a form of alchemy magic that creates shapes or objects out of ice. In Gray's case, he uses Static ice magic, meaning he can shape his ice into weapons or attacks. Ur was Gray's teacher in the magic of the Ice arts.


And Cosplaying Gray is easy because he practically never wears clothing.

Fairy Tail

Like Gray, Lyon practices the ice magic, Ice Make. Which allows him to form any type of object from ice. Unlike Gray whose version is static (which allows him to create weapons), Lyon´s Ice Make is Living (aka Dynamic), which means most of his creations are animal familiars made from ice.

Cygnus Saint - Hyoga

Saint Seiya / Knights of the Zodiac

As a Saint born under the Cygnus constellation, Hyoga is able to control and manipulate ice and snow as he pleases. By increasing his Cosmo, Hyoga can freeze objects and people. Hyoga is another perfect character for an icy photoshoot.

Crystal Saint
Saint Seiya / Knights of the Zodiac

The Crystal Saint is Hyoga's master in the anime adaptation. His Cloth resembles a snowflake when not being worn. His home is Siberia, and his constellation is Corona Borealis.


He was a villager from the Land of Water and a member of the Yuki Clan. He later became a Ninja after meeting
Zabuza. Haku's most noticeable power was the utilization of water and wind chakra to create ice. His power over ice granted him special techniques, like the Demonic Ice Crystal Mirrors and Thousand Flying Water Needles of Death.

One could probably also cosplay Zabuza in the snow, even though he focuses on Water techniques. Since he's always with Haku, I would still say he'd be a good one to consider having a snowy backdrop


As a dark mage and vampire, Evangeline specializes in ice-based spells and dark magic, and is shown to be incredibly powerful once in her full capacities. she is still a very skilled fighter and can effortlessly take down a man twice her size, largely due to her mastery of the Japanese martial art Aikido.

Nobara Ibaragi
Gakuen Alice

Nobara is a middle school student in Gakuen Alice. She is in the Dangerous Ability class, and the only known female member. She appears only in the manga, possesses the Ice Alice and has multiple personalities. Complimenting her Alice, her appearance somewhat relates to the depiction of "Yuki Onna" (lit. Snow Woman).

Shaman King

His guardian ghost is Kororo (losely meaning Ice) Horohoro mainly uses his oversoul to freeze water vapor into ice and use it to attack his opponents.

November 11 / Jack Simon
Darker Than Black

MI6's top agent, and a field leader whose civilian alias is Jack Simon. November's ability enables him to freeze liquids, including blood. He is able to shape water into projectiles by freezing it and subsequently hurl them with lethal precision. He can also create protective shields out of frozen water.

Aidou Hanabusa

Vampire Knight

Aidou is known among the Night Class as "Kaname-sama's right hand" and has a fierce admiration for Kaname that borders on jealousness. Aidou is a noble-class vampire and possesses the ability to freeze matter.

Sailor Mercury
Sailor Moon

In Japanese, the name for the planet Mercury is Suisei (水星), the first kanji meaning 'water' and the second indicating a celestial object.  Sailor Mercury's abilities are water-based due to this aspect of Japanese mythology. As she grows stronger, Sailor Mercury gains additional powers - mostly improving their strength with the addition of "Freezing" or "Snow"

Kingdom Hearts

Vexen is the nobody of Even and is Rank IV within Organization XIII. He controls ice and uses it to command storms and blizzards, freezing his opponents solid, while defending himself with his massive shield.

Kula Diamond
King of Fighters

Kula has an impressive control over ice. When using her powers, Kula's hair becomes blue. As the Anti-K', her fighting style is primarily based on K's, but adapted to her ice-based powers. She also fights using her ice skates.

Mizore Shirayuki
Rosario + Vampire

Shirayuki Mizore is a Yuki-Onna. Keeping in line with Japanese mythological monster, she has the ability to control the element of ice at will, and can form clones composed of said element.

Sub Zero
Mortal Kombat

When he first appeared in the first Mortal Kombat, Sub-Zero featured only two special moves: his ice blast and sliding kick. These moves have become Sub-Zero's trademark since then, being featured in every game he has appeared in.

Olivier Mira Armstrong
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong is Alex Louis Armstrong's older sister. She is in charge of Briggs, the northern military border. Due to the extreme cold at the Drachma border, Olivier Milla Armstrong and her men appear in heavy coats with shoulder pads to denote their respective ranks. Armstrong's men have done extensive research into designing new equipment that will work in the subzero tempetures. She is called "Ice Queen"


Iceman possesses the power to radically decrease the temperature of ambient water vapor in his immediate environment, thereby freezing it into ice. In this manner he is able to quickly form a great variety of ice structures, including projectiles, shields, ladders, baseball bats, etc.

Have fun figuring out how to cosplay this guy.

Ice Master Card
Yu Gi Oh!

Although it's less of a character and more of a trading card, you can't deny the cool costume this could be.


The only princess heir to the crown of Lestava. She is a user of ice-themed ÄRMs, and later water-themed.

Fai D. Flourite

Fai is a powerful magician from the country of Seresu. Fai appears to be happy-go-lucky and good-natured, and acts very carefree. He is very often (nearly always) depicted with Ice and Snow covered scenery.

Although I'm sure there are TONS of characters I didn't cover, I feel like I got the most important ones. I'll probably come back to this list often to add to it, because I'm sure later I'll be like..."ZOMG So-And-So TOTES BELONGS ON THIS LIST" So check back for updates :)

In the meantime, go brave the ice and snow and get those amazing cosplay shots you dream about.