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Kickstarting single-use unlubricated monocles

From comic genius/Choose Your Own Adventure maven/Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal purveyor Zach Weinersmith comes the single-use, unlubricated monocle, in a package with a see-through back (so you can show it off without removing it and ruining the gag).

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Mermaid convention photographs by Arthur Drooker

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Cool Hunting continues its wonderful Conventional Wisdom series by following photographer Arthur Drooker to Merfest, a mermaid convention in North Carolina.

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Detailed Snowtrooper armor


A mere $2000 gets you this suit of Imperial Snowtrooper couture armor, suitable for fighting asymmetric warfare on Hoth or chilling at a con.

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Caterpillar cosplay/cyberpunk braces


From Ukrainian leatherworker/fetishwear-purveyor/steampunk/fashion designer Bob Basset, a pair of "Caterpillar" arm braces made from "Natural leather, steel furniture."

Documentary about former Ren & Stimpy artist, William Wray

I'm a longtime admirer of painter William Wray, who I first learned about from his great art in Ren & Stimpy. In recent years Wray has focused on fine art, and Loic Zimmermann's documentary about Wray is a work of art itself.

After his first encounter with William Wray during an art opening in Los Angeles in May 2013, French visual artist Loic Zimmermann felt the need to follow the California based painter and document his artistic process. This inspiring year long journey of an uncompromising artist, takes us from historical downtown LA to the abandoned towns of Salton-Sea and back to the Artists light filled loft in the LA foothills. The filmmaker explores the artists connections with the superhero impersonators he's portraying for his recent series "Fortress of Delusion" as well as technique he uses to achieve his masterful paintings. It is a film that captures the moments of an Artists thoughts, his motivations, and his understanding of the mechanics behind the bridge between representational and abstract imagery within the painted canvas. It is a moving document of a great american painter.

Plush, hooded superhero bathrobes


If the fleece hooded Captain America bathrobe wasn't to your taste, perhaps you'd prefer Batman, Harley Quinn, or Deadpool? $50 each from Thinkgeek.

Halloween in Japan

pnhead A fantastic selection of photos from Japan Times.

Plate armor hoodie


Thinkgeek's $80 Medieval Knight Hoodie lets you stay warm and stylish by simulating a suit of plate armor. The spaulders and visor snap on and off, and the sleeves are pulled into shape by thumb cuffs.

Tortoise Tardis cosplay


Photographed by Punkpixzsticks at the Minnesota Ren Faire: Angus, a tortoise dressed as a Tardis (Angus has lots of other costumes). (via Neatorama).

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Dragoncon cosplayers team up with EFF to fight for anonymity


It's called "Project Secret Identity," and it's a joint effort with Southeastern Browncoats, ; the Harry Potter Alliance, the Baker Street Babes, Wattpad, , Organization for Transformative Works, and IO9.

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Replica Axe-Cop cosplay axe

$20, made from real plastic, and a fitting tribute to one of the most delightfully weird comics in the universe.

The Dummies' Guide To Cosplay Photography in 2014

Andy Ihnatko's golden rule about photographing cosplayers: You must never do anything that makes the cosplayer wish you hadn't taken that photo.Read the rest

Have you ever had sex in your Comic-Con costume?

(Sigh) "Jimmy Kimmel Pedestrian Question: Have you ever had sex in your Comic-Con costume?" (Christ, what an asshole.)

Frightening cosplay character


Cosplayer Yuri Ros created this costume for a character called "Calne Miku," sporting insectile mouth-parts and terrifying symbiotic head-bugs.

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Kids' Boba Fett minifig cosplay


Toronto awesomedad CGS1 created an amazing Lego minifig costume for his son, documenting it on The Dented Helmet.

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How to win pregnant, classic SF cosplay

An intrepid pregnant cosplayer had an inspired costume idea! It's from George Takei's Twitter feed, and a followup suggests that she's called Alison. (via Wil Wheaton)

Crocheted Fourth Doctor dress


Tom Baker's Doctor Who scarf has inspired many textile projects, but Rebel AT's crocheted Fourth Doctor dress is a literal prize-winner.

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Steampunk spring-heeled jack stiltwalker


Spotted yesterday at the Swecon Steampunkfestival in Gavle, Sweden: a magnificent steampunk spring-heeled jack cosplayer whose stilts were the hit of the show.

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Prince Robot IV cosplayer with working TV head


Shawn Scott Smith (@luckycreature) snapped a picture of this astounding Prince Robot IV cosplayer (with working TV head!) at Heroescon (the character is one of the villains of Saga, the new comic-book series that has most impressed and delighted me).

(via Super Punch)

Octopus hairpiece


Deviantart's Deeed documents the construction and unveiling of her amazing Octopus hairpiece, created and worn for a steampunk ball.

Octopus Hairpiece (via Crazy Abalone)

(Photo: Gillian B Dragancaor)

Genderswapped Boba Fett cosplayer


A cosplayer at C2E2 stops and poses in her elegant, gender-swapped Boba Fett getup. She's the kind of bounty hunter our galaxy needs!

The Great Pit of Carkoon has been good to you, Ms. Fett. #StarWars #C2E2

(Image: theapexfan)

(via Neatorama)

Zentai: full-body masked spandex subculture from Japan

Zentai (short for "zenshintaitsu," Japanese for "full body suit") is a largely obscure Japanese subculture whose adherents go out wearing full-body patterned spandex suits that cover their faces. In a relatively unsensational article in the Japan Times, Harumi Ozawa talks to a few zentais about their hobby, and learns that for some proponents, being completely covered is a liberating experience. The zentais in the article describe the suit as an anonymizer that frees them from the judging gaze of society, which is a fascinating study in contradictions, since the suits undoubtably attract lots of judgmental looks, but these seem to adhere to the suit without penetrating to the wearer within.

Some zentais wear their suits in superhero fashion, and do good deeds in public, while others wear the suits for sexual kicks. They are often mocked in Japanese pop culture. One academic cited in the article believes that the wearers use the suits to hide their appearance in order to force others to deal with their "true" underlying identity.

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Homemade cardboard Portal gun for less than $10


Redditor Pastlightspeed cosplayed Chel from the game Portal and put together an amazing Portal Gun out of cardboard and paint for less than $10. The Imgur set shows some details of the build, and the incredible fact that she ran a 5K while dressed in full Portal drag and carrying her sidearm.

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Into the deep woods

Wherein Rob and Heather try their hand at cosplay, the art of fandom-based costume design and performance. Read the rest

Left 4 Dead tank cosplay


From the Geeks Are Sexy gallery of photos from London's MCM Comic Expo: a clever fellow in his Left 4 Dead Tank costume, snapped by Nick Acott. The full set of Acott's photos is really worth a go: there were some extraordinary cosplayers at MCM this year!

MCM London Comic Con Cosplay in Pictures [Gallery] (via Super Punch)

Bollywood Steampunk


"Bollywood Steampunk" -- created by DeviantArt's MakeupSiren and photographed by Andrew Williams . There's loads more, all great.

Bollywood Steampunk : Salkcity Photo Shoot (via Pipedream Dragon)

Danny Hellman draws three scenes from Cosplay Apocalypse

Here's one of three Cosplay Apocalypse scenes drawn by bOING bOING illustrator Danny Hellman. See the other two on Danny's blog.

DragonCon cosplayers who dressed up as Marriott carpet get a cease-and-desist for their fabric offering


There's widespread consensus that the best cosplayers at this year's Dragoncon were the people who dressed up in bodysuits patterned after the notoriously bizarre institutional carpet at the Atlanta Marriott hotel, one of the event's venues. But when one of the cosplayers offered to supply carpet-camo to other attendees, Couristan Inc (the company that designed the carpet) sent them a legal threat.

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Fan-made Batman scalemaille


Etsy seller CreationsChristopher has listed a $9500 suit of Batman scalemaille, originally made for a Batfan project called Legends: The Dark Knight. It's handmade, took 350 hours to complete, and weighs 60 lbs.

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Tiny pink Stormtrooper


Stephanie sent this pic of a tiny pink Stormtrooper cosplayer to Fashionably Geek. They say it was a little girl in there, but that seems to be citing facts not in evidence. In any event, this kid is hella cute.

Little Girl Proves Stormtroopers Look Good In Pink [Cosplay] [Amy Ratcliffe/Fashionably Geek]

(via Wil Wheaton)