The History of Cosplay

Who knew? The first person to wear a costume to a science fiction convention dates back to the very first science fiction convention in 1939. The idea grew from there when people realized that it was fun, frivolous, and the better the costume, the more the fun. You got attention, made friends, and spread the news that fictional world fandom can bring the real world together.




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While I have an extensive history in costumes, I only attended a science fiction convention in costume once. Conventions are a major hassle when you live in the middle of nowhere, while there are many opportunities to use a costume of one sort or another, at various jobs, parties, and when you have children. This video is from Timeline.  -via Digg


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First Trailer for Wonder Woman

The trailer for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie debuted at San Diego Comic Con. We first saw Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and now it’s time for her to kick ass and take names in her own film.

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Chris Pine is Steve Trevor. The movie will be out in June of 2017. -via Uproxx


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A Journey Worth Taking

When you are deeply involved in video games, and then Pokémon GO comes along, you gotta go out and catch ‘em all! But maybe you aren’t as familiar with the “real world” as you should be. Try to remember that there aren’t charging stations everywhere in the real world wilderness. This is the latest comic from Kevin Erdmann at The Meerkat Guy. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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"Streets Of Whiterun" From Skyrim Played On A Beautiful Harp Guitar

Watching musician Andy McKee play is a delight for both eyes and ears, since his harp guitar sounds as wonderful as it looks, as you can see/hear when he plays Jeremy Soule's “Streets Of Whiterun” from the Skyrim soundtrack.

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Andy's magical instrument was made by Greenfield Guitars in Montreal, Canada, and proprietor Michael Greenfield shared a bit about the instrument's composition:

My harp guitar has its own, proprietary body shape and many unique features. While inspired by the early 20th century harp guitars, this is truly a contemporary instrument incorporating all of the modern physics and design features found on all of my guitars. …My harp guitar is made of a laminated rim set, with laminated linings and a system of aerospace composite carbon fibre trusses and buttresses. This makes for an extremely rigid and stable skeletal structure. The soundboard is lattice braced. The Laskin style extended arm rest is included, as is a mini-rib rest on the rear of the pointed section of the upper bout.

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Dark Helmet Hates It When Her Schwartz Gets Twisted

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For the San Diego Comic Con, the famous cosplayer Leeanne Vamp dressed as Dark Helmet, the Darth Vader analog from the Mel Brooks parody film Spaceballs. I doubt she'll find the suit as suffocating as Rick Moranis did.


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15 times Star Trek Altered the Timeline

In the Star Trek universe, the Prime Directive prohibits Starfleet personnel from interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations. They violate the directive over and over, but even worse, they interfere constantly with the space-time continuum. You can’t really blame the Enterprise crew, or even the writers, because time travel makes for wonderful stories. But it does mess up the continuity of several TV series and a dozen feature films. The Deep Space Nine episode “Trials And Tribble-Ations” even had the DS9 crew interacting with the characters in the 1960s series!

Plenty of Trek episodes dealt with time travel before DS9, but “Trials And Tribble-Ations” is the first to show characters traveling back to the events of a previous series; in a way, it serves as a prototype for the direction the new movie franchise would take, dipping in to the nostalgia of the original series while still maintaining its own voice. The plot here is largely an excuse to let the crew of DS9 interact with some of their “heroes,” as the episode uses footage from the classic original-series entry “The Trouble With Tribbles” intermixed with matching footage from the present. The effect is hugely entertaining, allowing the show to both mock and pay homage to the flaws and wonders of its predecessor. As a bonus, “Trials” also introduces the Department Of Temporal Investigations, a group dedicated to maintaining the internal logic of history. They mostly serve as a framing story, but the existence of the department is a helpful reminder that time travel and the shenanigans that result from it are an integral part of the franchise.  

The A.V. Club counts 14 other instances that time travel threw the Star Trek universe off-kilter. They always manage to “set things right” by the end, but who knows what changes they made in their timeline that the characters will never realize?   

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How Did The Klingons Get Warp Drive?

Klingons are one of the most barbaric and less technologically advanced races in the Star Trek universe, and they typically prefer to solve problems with combat actions rather than words.

So how did a race who spends too much time yelling, fighting and feuding and not nearly enough time studying, experimenting or inventing manage to create a warp drive?

According to this comic from Sheldon Comics they got it from that one Klingon who was super into science, the one who has a pencil tucked behind his ear instead of a knife.

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6 Times Players Were The Real Villain In Video Games

Players always assume they're the hero when playing a video game, unless the box says otherwise, but they can never really tell what the game designers actually had in mind.

I mean, what if Dr. Robotnik was trying to save the defenseless animals from that hyperactive hedgehog, and Bowser was trying to convert the Mushroom Kingdom into a Democratic union?

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Dorkly did an amazing job of making gamers wonder- which other video game "heros" have we been wrong to believe in all these years? Personally, I've always thought there was something not quite right about that Paperboy...

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Studio Ghibli Explains Why Chihiro's Parents Turned Into Pigs In Spirited Away

Spirited Away is Japan's highest grossing film of all time, and even though the Japanese mythology themes aren't fully understood by most non-Japanese viewers the film is still a delight to watch.

But there's one scene even Japanese audiences wondered about- the scene where Chihiro's parents suddenly become pigs.

It was fairly easy to tell the scene was commenting on gluttony and/or greed, but Twitter user @0910noncha wanted to know for sure so she messaged Studio Ghibli- and they answered.

The studio sent her a two-page long reply, explaining that the pig scene is meant to represent “the greed that took place during the Japanese recession of the 80s”:

The letter also explained that the transformation was irreversible in order to reflect the nature of greed in the real world. The letter continued by saying that Chihiro knew that none of the pigs in the pen were her parents because her mindset had changed following her experiences in the underworld.

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A Live Action Futurama Fan Film For The Ages

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Which adjectives come to mind when you think of a live action Futurama fan film?

If you said campy, cartoony and a little bit creepy then you've won first prize! So whaddya win?

A chance to watch the trailer for an amazing looking Futurama fan film by Cinema Relics called Fan-O-Rama!

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Is it just me or does Dr. Farnsworth look like an ancient ninja turtle?

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New Chinese Secret Weapon - A Giant Panda Wearing Iron Man Armor

It has become abundantly clear the Chinese are obsessed with Iron Man, and not just because his armor is red and gold in color just like their flag.

They're also obsessed with panda bears, which they thankfully began to cherish and protect before they went extinct, and now they've brought both obsessions together in one amazing statue.

This giant Iron Panda statue was created by Chinese artist Bi Heng, measures nearly thirty feet tall and must weigh a ton considering normal sized pandas definitely aren't lightweights.

The statue hangs around Shenyang, where people cherish this massive testament to mammalian ingenuity, and if the world is ever in trouble Iron Panda will be there to preserve balance with a blast of his Yin-Yang palm laser.

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Some Of The Most Bizarre Things The Hulk Has Ever Done

The Hulk is one of the most predictable characters in the Marvel Universe, because his battles almost always involve smashing or sheer resilience, but he's also a bit of a head case too.

And whether he's locked in a fit of rage, struggling with his identity crisis or trying to figure out why his friends are fighting with him The Hulk definitely isn't all there mentally.

Over the years the Jade Giant has made some downright bizarre decisions, such as hooking up with his first cousin She-Hulk, playing baseball while wearing blackface, and beating up Santa Claus in front of a bunch of kids.

Beatin' on Thor is one thing, but you'd better leave Santa Claus alone you big green/gray brute!

Read the 11 Biggest WTF Things The Hulk Has Ever Done here


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2 Fans Played Star Wars Music outside of John Williams's House. He Came out to Greet Them.

Michael Miller got his flugelhorn and Bryce Hayashi got his trumpet and they journeyed to the home of John Williams, the composer of the music of Star Wars. Standing outside his home, they played the title theme for the franchise.

It was a risky move. Williams could have taken offense at having his private life invaded by fans. But he was instead delighted at their performance. He came out of his house to greet them.


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Female Fantasy Armor Explained

Female body armor seems to be made with sex appeal in mind rather than protection, at least according to many pop culture franchises, and up until the recent assimilation of geek culture that was fine.

But now people are declaring this sexy armor scandalous and demanding an explanation, so DeviantARTist Nebezial took a stab at explaining how it works with this strip. Seems legit to me!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Anime Recommendations and Open Thread


(I Will Become the Pirate King t-shirt on sale at the NeatoShop)

I watch more anime than is medically advisable and, every few months, make viewing recommendations and ask for yours. Let's do it again!

Of all the new series I've tried this season, the most striking is Orange, a romance with a tragic ambiance. Naho, a high school student, recieves a mysterious letter. It contains instructions from herself, written 10 years into the future. A crisis is coming--one that will impact herself and her friends forever. She can change the future.

Or can she? It seems simple enough, but Naho finds that altering the present isn't easy. She has less control over the wellbeing of her friends than she thinks.

In Planetarian, it has been 30 years since the collapse of civilization in some mysterious apocalyptic event. Kuzuya, a scavenger, explores the remains of an abandoned shopping mall. He's looking for food and other essential supplies. But what he finds instead is Yumeni, an android girl who works at the planetarium.

She doesn't understand why no one comes to her facility anymore or that the projector doesn't work. But her naive and carefree manner charms Kuzuya, who decides to repair the projector so that they can again see the stars circling over a ravaged Earth.

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Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos Will Appear in Star Trek

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When Star Trek Beyond comes out on Friday, watch carefully and you'll see Jeff Bezos in the background. The founder of Amazon.com introduced us to the future of retail and is now participating in the future in a small role in the latest Star Trek movie. The Associated Press quotes director Justin Lin about the experience:

"He was awesome," said Lin. "It was like a president was visiting, you know? He had a big entourage! But it didn't matter because he was so into it. He had to wait around all day because it was one day we were shooting, like, three different scenes and, it was also credit to Jeff because ... he just nailed it every time."

Bezos has spoken in interviews of his passion for Star Trek and said his childhood dreams of space led him to found his private space travel company, named Blue Origin.

IMDb already lists Bezos in the film as a "Starfleet Official."

-via io9


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Fan-made Trailer for Star Wars VIII

Disney is heavily promoting Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, because it drops this year. But fans are looking past that, to the next episode of the Skywalker family saga in 2017. Alex Luthor put together a trailer for that movie, using footage from The Forces Awakens plus scenes from other fan films.

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There are no secrets revealed here, as far as we can tell, but it does make one anxious to see what Luke Skywalker will do when he finally rejoins the world in 2017. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Actors Who Are Terrible To Their Fans

Some fans take their celebrity worship too far when they find themselves face-to-face with the object of their affection, and this creates awkwardness between fan and idol.

But the awkward feeling isn't always the fan's fault, because some celebs hate dealing with fans so much they turn an already tense moment into sheer social torture.

Even worse- the celebs who use social media to ridicule their fans, talking trash about the people who help pay for their decadent lifestyles and acting like they're "over it" when it comes to having a fanbase.

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Screen Rant presents a list of 10 Famous Actors Who Are Terrible To Their Fans, including some stuff about Christian Bale (angry) and Shia LaBeouf (batty), and the time Jesse Eisenberg hated the fans at Comic-Con so much he compared it to a genocide.

-Via GeekTyrant


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Cosplay of Garthim from The Dark Crystal

Cosplayer Ryan Wells outdid himself this time, with a super-realistic costume of the Garthim.

The Garthim were huge, tentacled, black-carapaced flea-like creatures, armed with powerful claws and moved with a loud ticking sound. When not in battle, they stood like sentries in the corridors and pits of The Castle of the Crystal, standing immobile until given a command.

The picture is awesome, but watch how it looks when he moves!



Looks for Wells in this getup at San Diego Comic Con. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Celebration Reel

To drum up excitement for the new movie Star Wars: Rogue One, Disney has released a video of some behind-the-scenes footage and quips from the cast and crew. This was first shown at Star Wars Celebration in London.

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It’s not enough to let is know what’s happening, but enough to let us know that it looks awesome. It does focus on violence a lot, which is not indicative of the finished movie, but works for previews. The beach scene was filmed in the Maldives. -via The A.V. Club


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The Science Behind The "Stringless" Yo-Yo

"Stringless" and "Yo-Yo" are two words you don't expect to see together because a Yo-Yo without a string is just a giant plastic spool cast in flashy colors.

But Yo-Yo wizard Ben Conde can do some amazing aerial tricks with his "stringless" Yo-Yo, proving the string doesn't need to be attached for a Yo-Yo to function in spectacular fashion.

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This enlightening video by Veritasium reveals the secret behind the incredible tricks you can do with a stringless Yo-Yo- friction!

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This Baby's Harry Potter Photo Shoot Was Magical

It's hard to do a great photo shoot with a baby becacuse they will inevitably start crying or have an accident. That's why this Harry Potter photo shoot is so brilliant -its actually better if the baby cries. After all, have you ever seen a smiling mandrake? Of course, it doesn't hurt if the baby's big brother is there to look annoyed at having to wear ear muffs just to transplant a bothersome screaming plant.

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The Leonardo DiCaprio Guide To Living A Carefree Life

Leonardo DiCaprio may have only recently become an Oscar winner, but he has been one of the coolest characters on the Hollywood scene since he started acting as a kid.

He's always emitting this air of confidence and lighthearted ease, with a bratty smirk on his face and eyes that refuse to look away no matter what sort of horror they're exposed to.

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It's like Leo was born without any f%@ks to give because he doesn't care about unimportant things like celebrity competition, photos posted on social media or high fashion.

We can learn a lot from Leo about living a carefree life, and you don't have to be rich to live like Mr. DiCaprio- you just have to make sure no man, woman or sinking ship stands in the way of you and your cookies.

Read The Leonardo DiCaprio Guide To Getting Away With Everything here


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Lowcost Cosplay Returns And He's Looking Cheaper Than Ever

The penny-pinching mastermind behind Lowcost Cosplay is back with more amazing costumes made from stuff he found lying around his house, now with a new format and a quality logo!

If this is your first encounter with Lowcost Cosplay let me introduce you- his name is Anucha "Cha" Saengchart, he hails from Thailand, and he constantly improves his costuming skills without spending a dime.

Well, he might spend a little pocket change on a bag of chips here and there...

In the most brilliant marketing move ever "Cha" has added a fuzzy little extra to his photo shoots, allowing him to broaden the range of roles available to him.

Plus, cats were born wearing costumes, so his kitten partner doesn't inflate his budget!

See more from Cheap Cosplay Guy Strikes Again here


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This Family Lives in a Star Wars-Themed Apartment

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Don't be too proud of this architectural terror you've constructed. The ability to comfortably house a family is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

But, still, the lucky family that lives in this interior design by White Interior is enjoying the good life. They enjoy lightsaber lamps (be careful changing those bulbs!) a TIE-fighter table, and bookcases inspired by the Millennium Falcon. You can see more photos at Contemporist.


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Go And Catch Them All, But Be Careful While Playing Pokémon Go

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Pokémon Go has brought lots of good things to the world of mobile gaming, bringing real life trainers together like no Pokémon product ever could, but along with the good there is always the bad.

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In St. Louis, Missouri, robbers set up a beacon at a PokéStop then proceeded to rob any players who responded to the signal at gunpoint, effectively using Pokémon Go to bring victims their way.

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In Wyoming a 19-year-old girl stumbled upon a dead body while playing Pokémon Go near the Highway 789 Bridge, leaving her with some new memory scars but zero water type Pokémon.

“I probably would have never went down there if it weren’t for [Pokémon Go],” 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins said. “But in a way, I’m thankful. I feel like I helped find his body. He could have been there for days.”

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And staff at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. are asking players to be respectful and stay out of the building while hunting Pokémon, because duh.

But what's worse- someone reportedly caught the poisonous gas type Pokémon called Koffing inside the museum, although the image has since been removed from Imgur.

So go, catch 'em all and meet your fellow trainers in the wild, but be safe, stay aware and make sure you don't get caught in a Team Rocket style trap!


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Margot Robbie Defines 50 Australian Slang Terms In Under 4 Minutes

Margot Robbie had to ditch her Australian accent while playing Harley Quinn in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, but that doesn't mean she has lost touch with her Aussie roots.

She's still every bit the authority on all things Australian that she was before becoming Harley, and one aspect of Australian society which she has truly mastered is the art of Aussie slang.

Here she is demonstrating her laudable knowledge of linguistic lore by defining 50 Australian Slang Terms In Under 4 Minutes for Vanity Fair.

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It's ironic Margot didn't know what "doovalacky" meant considering (according to a Google search) it's a word used when you can't remember the name of something...no worries, Miss Robbie, you still proved you're a Fair Dinkum Aussie!

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Photographer Creates Long Exposure Shots Of Entire Movies

Long exposure shots can light up the night, track motion with trails and reveal all that happens in front of the lens while it's left wide open, creating a single frame record of time passed.

But what happens when you create a long exposure shot of an entire movie?

You get a ghostly image representing how long the actors and the sets appeared in the film, as well as an overall feel for the color palette used in the film.

The image directly above is Alfred Hitchcock's classic Rear Window, and as you can see Jimmy Stewart spent so much time on-screen in the film you can actually make him out in a long exposure shot.

On the other hand, the image at the top of the post is from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and while you can make out parts of the set and a few ghostly silhouettes the shot doesn't say much about the cast.

Photographer Jason Shulman captures the feel of his favorite flicks with these ethereal long exposure shots, and once you start staring at them it's hard to look away!

-Via Bloody Disgusting


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Epic Trailer For Dan Harmon's New Animated Series HarmonQuest

Dan Harmon has taken us back to community college, to the far reaches of the Rickstaverse and he even brought historical figures back to life just to give us a history lesson.

And now Dan is set to take us somewhere that is simultaneously really old and really new- the dark, monster infested depths of a tabletop RPG dungeon. (NSFW due to language)

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HarmonQuest is an awesome new animated series adapted from actual Pathfinder RPG sessions Dan and funny friends such as Aubrey Plaza, Chelsea Peretti, Ron Funches and Paul F. Tompkins played out in front of a studio audience on Dan's Harmontown podcast.

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The 10 episode first season will premiere on Seeso on July 14th, when it will prove comedians don't make the greatest tabletop RPG players, but they definitely make the game more fun!

-Via GeekTyrant


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A Harry Potter Style Yo Momma Joke Battle

The guys and gals who attend Hogwart's School of Wizardry have to find ways to blow off steam in-between lessons and their constant battle against the dark side of the magical arts.

Some like to get stinking drunk on Firewhisky, others train tirelessly for Quidditch tournaments and magical duels, but the most popular pastime of all is the Yo Momma joke battle.

A finely crafted zinger aimed at an opponent's unwitting mother can be more damaging than a spell, and leave a nastier mark than the one old Voldy left on Harry's head.

It's fine for the students at Hogwart's to pass the time bagging on each other via Yo Momma jokes, but leave Harry and Neville out of it because talkin' smack about their mommas is just plain mean!

-Via Nerd Approved


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