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Betrayal At Baldur’s Gate Blends D&D and Horror

Posted October 31, 2017 by E. Ortiz

There have been some spectacular horror-themed board games published in the last twenty years. But when people ask me about my favorite horror game, I tell them Betrayal at House on the Hill, and if you love role playing games like me, definitely the new game Betrayal at Baldur’s Gate. Why you ask? Pull up a chair. […]

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Puerto Rico Relief Effort Launched By Keanu Reeves and NYCC

Posted October 3, 2017 by E. Ortiz

A powerhouse group made up of ReedPOP, Keanu Reaves, other filmmakers and more have launched an initiative to help give Puerto Rico immediate relief from the damage they sustained from Hurricane Irma and Maria. Please take the opportunity to read this and see how you can be a hero to someone today. ReedPOP is calling upon New […]

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Con Reports

HasCon 2017 Puts Family Fun On The Table

Posted September 23, 2017 by E. Ortiz

HasCon is a brand new convention that differs from most conventions in the New England area for two reasons. HasCon, which took place in the Providence Convention Center on September 8th, 9th and 10th in Providence, RI.,  is run by Hasbro and only promotes Hasbro products, from Transformers to Dungeons & Dragons to My Little […]

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IT Isn’t Clowning Around With The Scares

Posted September 8, 2017 by E. Ortiz

Readers, understand that I have read Stephen King’s IT and saw the two-part television special many moons ago. I tried reading Stephen King novels and his books start out well, full of great moments of horror. But the seem to stumble midway through the plot and always end poorly. IT, the novel, follows the same […]

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Comic Books

Houston Deadpool Responds To His City’s Needs

Posted September 4, 2017 by E. Ortiz

As Hurricane Harvey has finally wrapped up its rage in Texas and its neighboring states, Houston still continues to struggle as thousands still need aid and close to 40,000 homes have been destroyed. While many are helping those afflicted by the storm, one person is using cosplay to bring smiles to the children hurt by […]

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Cosplay & Style

Scarlet Witch Cosplay by Yaya Han in Video And Photos

Posted August 31, 2016 by E. Ortiz

At Otakon 2016, we had one of Nerd Caliber’s popular interviewers Lauren Grant talk to popular cosplayer Yaya Han about the details of her Scarlet Witch cosplay, what Pokemon team she is in and why she feels Pokemon Go is bringing people together. This was Otakon’s final convention in Baltimore before moving to Washington, DC., next […]

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Pokemon Gijinka Cosplay by HanniBanani Cosplay

Posted August 18, 2016 by E. Ortiz

At Boston Comic Con 2016, interviewer (and fantastic Deadshot cosplayer) KIA Cosplay and myself met up with a wonderful group of Pokemon/gijinka/Playboy bunny cosplayers led by HanniBanani Cosplay, who were gracious enough to spend sometime with us and talk about their costumes and their love for Pokemon. Check out below for some fantastic shots by FirstPerson […]

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Bewitching Witcher Cosplayers From Czech Republic

Posted August 17, 2016 by E. Ortiz

Alzbeta Trojanova shared on Reddit a series of photos called “Geraltina of Rivia fighting a Bruxa” of Witcher cosplayers, based on her enjoyment of the latest Witcher video game. Check it out! On Reddit, she wrote: “Just a quick info, if anyone is interested. The main inspiration for the photshoot was this awesome artwork. It’s my […]

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Who’s A Better Boyfriend For Harley; Joker or Deadpool?

Posted August 14, 2016 by E. Ortiz

Ever heard of Harleypool? Harleypool is a fandom that explores alternate scenarios of Deadpool and Harley Quinn together. Some of the stories are adventerous, some comedic, some romantic or a combination of the three. At MASSsive Comic Con, a comic book convention in Worcester, Mass., we asked cosplayers who they thought would make a better pair, […]

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The Red Skull Campaigns At A Donald Trump Rally

Posted August 11, 2016 by E. Ortiz

Cosplayer Slade Wilson had an idea. Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump was speaking at a rally in Portland, Maine, in early August 2016. He knew there would be protesters and supporters and wondered what would happen if one of Marvel’s evilest villains made an appearance. “I have cosplayed as the Red Skull in the  past […]

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Hijabi Hooligan Cosplay On Cosplaying Cap

Posted August 9, 2016 by E. Ortiz

Many of us growing up have looked up to the Marvel Comics’ character Captain America as a hero we all wanted to be, and that applies especially to me. To that end, meet Dania, whose actions would make Steve Rogers proud. Dania goes by Hijabi Hooligan Cosplay and right now she is using the fame she […]

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Bonnie The Bunny Asks About Easter At Anime Boston!

Posted March 31, 2016 by E. Ortiz

KIA Cosplay is Bonnie The Bunny of Five Nights at Freddy’s, talking to cosplayers at Anime Boston 2016 about how they would spend Easter at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. The answers range from the frightened (Armin Alert), the aggressive (Alex Mercer), the inspirational (Bernie Sanders) and everywhere in between.    

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John Scalzi Talks TV Adaptations, Favorite Authors And ‘Whatever’

Posted March 14, 2016 by E. Ortiz

This January at the science fiction and fantasy convention Arisia in Boston, we had the chance to interview one of the hottest authors in sci-fi of the past decade, John Scalzi. Scalzi, author of books like Redshirts and the Old Man’s War series among others, was the author guest of honor at the convention. Our […]

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Cosplay & Style

Battle Princesses! Awesome Super Mario Bros. Cosplay

Posted March 8, 2016 by E. Ortiz

At Katsucon 2016, we met up with a group of awesome Canadian cosplayers who put together battle armor versions of popular princesses from the Super Mario Bros series. The outstanding trio are Bec’s Cosplay Wonderland as Battle Peach, Purblind Cosplay as Battle Rosalina and Cyborg Katie as Warrior Daisy. After the video below, shot by our founder E. Ortiz and edited […]

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4 AM Cosplay On Making And Cosplaying Cheshire Cat

Posted February 23, 2016 by E. Ortiz

While at Katsucon a few weeks ago, we caught up with 4 AM Cosplay and got a chance to interview her about her version of the character Cheshire Cat from the art book Alice’s World by the DeviantArt artist Sakizou. In the video she talks about why she loves the design, how she transformed it […]

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Celebrating Black History Month At Katsucon 2016!

Posted February 21, 2016 by E. Ortiz

The are a number of reasons why Katsucon is the best convention at which to make a video honoring Black History Month by highlighting cosplayers of color. First, it is the first big con of the year on the East Coast. Second, it is always held in Black History Month. But most importantly, Katsucon is […]

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Deadpool Interviews Killer Warriors From the Future!

Posted February 18, 2016 by E. Ortiz

Our own Deadpool (and Bonnie the Bunny among many others), KIA Cosplay, went to Ohayocon this year and met up with a squad of four Halo cosplayers. So of course he interviewed them about futuristic murder techniques — OK, costuming and cosplay. The cosplayers are from all sorts of version of the Halo universe (although […]

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Love Harley Quinn? Then This NYCC 2015 Video Is For You!

Posted October 15, 2015 by E. Ortiz

My Mission: Film every Harley Quinn I can find at the New York Comic Con 2015 and try to survive. Among the very many Harley cosplayers are Ms. Moogle Cosplay, Steamed Eggs and Tom Catt (the tall crossplaying classic costume Harley, who the day before had won the Deadpool contest judged by Rob Liefeld himself […]

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Bonnie The Bunny Asks, What’s Hardest About Being A Cosplayer?

Posted September 21, 2015 by E. Ortiz

At DragonCon 2015, KIA Cosplay, dressed as Bonnie, that friendly bunny from Five Nights At Freddy’s, asks cosplayers what is the hardest part of doing what they do. For more Dragon 2015 coverage, check out Sunday’s first gallery, the second and the third; the first, the second and third gallery from Saturday; part one, part two and the third part of Friday […]

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Cosplayers Speak Out Against Harassment at Otakon 2015

Posted August 23, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Just how big is the problem of harassment when it comes to the lives of cosplayers? At Otakon 2015, we sent convention reporter Lauren Grant to ask cosplayers their thoughts about this issue, from experiencing and protecting themselves from harassment at conventions to proper etiquette. Below is our video of their answers. Those sensitive to this issue […]

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Bonnie Asks Cosplayers, “What Is Your Favorite Board Game?” at Gen Con 2015

Posted August 21, 2015 by E. Ortiz

At Gen Con 2015, in Indianapolis, IN, we wanted to ask cosplayers to name their favorite board game. We asked KIA Cosplay, dressed as Bonnie, that friendly bunny from Five Nights At Freddy’s, to ask the question for us, and maybe this time to not kill anybody. Filmed by Michael Elliott!  

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Fanime 2015: A Fan Favorite

Posted June 7, 2015 by E. Ortiz

(Ed. Note: Cosplayer ImaginEeri went to Fanime a couple weekends ago and wrote this impression of the convention for us.) Memorial Day weekend sees people in costumes take over the streets of San Jose, Calif., around the convention center. Every restaurant is full of people in colourful wigs, placing orders; the lobbies of hotels are […]

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Fan Expo Dallas 2015 Cosplay Gallery!

Posted June 4, 2015 by E. Ortiz

When the company that runs Canada’s Fan Expo convention bought then-named Dallas Comic Con in February 2014, it only took a year to change the name to Fan Expo Dallas. This year the newly rebranded convention was held this past weekend, and we were lucky enough to get Ayden Grace Photography to take pictures of the cosplayers […]

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Awesomeness Alert! Final Fantasy Tactics’s Black Wizard

Posted May 5, 2015 by E. Ortiz

The latest in awesomeness from around the world is this Final Fantasy Tactics’s Black Wizard cosplay by Kaori Cosplay! Kaori Cosplay is from Minsk Belarus and yes, the cosplayer is using actual fire for this cosplay. See the instagram video for proof! Please don’t try this at home. Photos by D.Eugen‪     A video […]

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C2E2 2015 Cosplay Photo Gallery

Posted April 29, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Being based in Chicago, C2E2 is not a con we often can get to. Luckily this year we had Michael Elliott able to cover it for us, and he brought us the outstanding pics in this C2E2 015 cosplay photo gallery! Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the […]

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Ichibancon 2015 Cosplay Gallery By Double Stomp Productions

Posted April 24, 2015 by E. Ortiz

While IchibanCon gets its name from the fact that, as a New Year’s Eve and Day convention, it is likely the first of the year, that doesn’t mean we are the first to post a gallery from it though. 🙂 Here is a gallery of the photos taken by Willie of Double Stomp Productions from […]

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Handsome Jack – Borderlands Cosplay by Gogo Incognito

Posted April 14, 2015 by E. Ortiz

There was no shortage of Borderlands cosplayers at PAX East 2015, and even plenty of gender bent ones. We were lucky enough to photograph and interview Gogo Incognito about her awesome interpretation of Borderlands’ Handsome Jack. Sparrow’s Song did the interview and the photos are from FirstPerson Shooter.

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Cool Infinite Crisis Cosplays by Cool By Proxy!

Posted March 27, 2015 by E. Ortiz

At PAX East 2015 we got a chance to interview and do a photo shoot of Cool By Proxy, who were working at the Warner Bros. booth for the game Infinite Crisis. That is why they are in cosplays of Zatanna and Green Lantern in two of their more rare and unique game skins — Arcane Zatanna and […]

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D&D Meets Hyrule: Barbarian Link and Oracle Zelda!

Posted March 24, 2015 by E. Ortiz

In his Reporter’s Notebook blog from PAX East 2015, Rodney Brown mentioned how he noticed that many relatively new cosplayers had impressive costumes, and having an experienced mentor was a common thread. This is somewhat the case in this cosplay of Oracle Zelda and Barbarian Link by experienced Lisa Lou Who and K-Wall’s Prop Shop, who was cosplaying at […]

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Street Fighter Balrog Cosplay Is Too Good To Be Real

Posted March 23, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Cosplayer Lamark “No Sleep” Ingram’s interpretation of one of Street Fighter‘s legendary combatants is amazing and epic. Check out these amazing photos of Lamark’s cosplay, taken by Willie Brown of Double Stomp Productions.

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Kohalu Gender Bends League’s Morgana Perfectly!

Posted March 20, 2015 by E. Ortiz

The first combo of photo shoot and video interview from PAX East 2015 is of a Californian who came all the way over to Boston to check out the largest gamer-focused convention in the country. Kohalu Cosplay nails the sultry poses of Morgana in the shoot, and talks about why he chose the character and how […]

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Maya Murphy is Cersei Lannister! Beautiful Shots by Alex Valderana

Posted March 13, 2015 by E. Ortiz

New York Comic Con 2014 was the con that keeps on giving. These beautiful shots of Maya Murphy‘s Cercei Lannister cosplay were taken by Alex Valderana Photography at the largest nerd convention in the U.S. last October.

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Top 5 Dangers Of Making Costumes At Home

Posted March 10, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Making a costume is harmless, right? Wrong. There are many dangers to making a costume in your home. Some of these dangers you wouldn’t necessarily think of when you first start off making a cosplay. After collecting all your pieces that you need to make a costume, you now have the job to ensure that […]

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Fairy Tail Cosplay Fires Up Katsucon!

Posted March 5, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Not only does Alex of Alex Valderana Photography take great pictures, he also a great interviewer! And today at Nerd Caliber, Alex interviews cosplayers Succubus Cosplay and Lady Kaylee Cosplay who are dressed as the cat-like Millianna and the tough Erza Scarlet with her Sea Empress armor, both characters from the popular Fairy Tail manga and anime. Filmed and shot at Katsucon […]

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Awesome Cammy Cosplay by Animated Reality

Posted February 18, 2015 by E. Ortiz

At Katsucon 2015, Dollicious took a break from cosplaying her own amazing creations to be an interviewer for us. Here she interviews Leigh of Animated Reality Entertainment about her impressive Cammy coplay from Street Fighter. After watching the video, check out the amazing images from photographer Cantera Image.

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Cosplay Gallery From the First PAX South!

Posted January 31, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) started more than a decade ago in Seattle, and expanded to Boston with PAX East five years ago. Just last weekend, the latest expansion was held in San Antonio, Texas, dubbed PAX South. We were lucky enough to have Micro Kitty Cosplay attend and be a photographer for us, and she brought back this […]

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Elemental Evil: The Newest Storyline For Dungeons and Dragons!

Posted January 23, 2015 by E. Ortiz

Of the many Dungeons and Dragons modules I played so many years ago, The Temple of Elemental Evil was the most memorable. I’m not going to spoil it for those who have never heard of or played it before, but it’s a huge dungeon crawl. It’s a campaign I played for months but never grew […]

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Joker Invades New York Comic Con 2014

Posted December 31, 2014 by E. Ortiz

While it may not be our last post from New York Comic Con, it is our last post of 2014, and this penultimate NYCC post is pretty much the ultimate. Check out all the amazing and wonderful cosplay at this year’s NYCC as they interact with our Joker interviewer, Crown Prince of Cosplay! Our funniest […]

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GillyKins Casts a Spell as Raven!

Posted December 29, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Continuing with the excellent photo sets from New York Comic Con, Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography has another set of GillyKins, this time as Raven! After you check out these photos, look at the previous set Alex shot of GillyKins as Captain Cold.

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Hooked On Phoenix Cosplay is Zatanna!

Posted December 22, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Hooked On Phoenix Cosplay was Zatanna at New York Comic Con 2014 and Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography was able to get these great photos of her for us. You can also check her out as a fantastic Angela, with an excellent Gamora, in the Friday NYCC gallery from FirstPerson Shooter.  

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‘Korra’ Creators Explain Why There Will Be No More Korra

Posted December 19, 2014 by E. Ortiz

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Avatar: The Last Airbender’s and Legend of Korra’s Creators and Executive Producers Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko about the end of Korra and the future of the Airbender universe. Nerd Caliber: You guys have come such a long way. How do you feel about Korra […]

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Jaycee Cosplay Was a Hit as Power Girl!

Posted December 17, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography has another set for us from New York Comic Con, this time of Jaycee Cosplay as Power Girl!  There was even a guest appearance by a Lady Blackhawk and a Huntress!

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Emma Lipschutz is Catwoman at NYCC 2014!

Posted December 14, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Emma Lipschutz is a model and actor who we were fortunate enough to get these amazing photos of at New York Comic Con 2014. Her Catwoman cosplay was shot by Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography.

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Rhode Island Comic Con 2014 Cosplay Photos by Cantera Image

Posted December 12, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Manny of Cantera Image was one of the photographers that were allowed to set up a photo studio at Rhode Island Comic Con 2014 to shoot photos of the cosplayers being judged for the Cosplay Contest, and he took a slew of cosplay photos, which we present below. In addition to these images, check out the Saturday galleries Part […]

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GillyKins is Hot as Captain Cold!

Posted December 11, 2014 by E. Ortiz

We have another cosplay set out of New York Comic Con from Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography, this time featuring Canada’s GillyKins as Captain Cold — start the jokes about cosplaying to your environment now.

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Wonder Woman Cosplays at New York Comic Con 2014

Posted December 10, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Check out this quick but awesome collection of Wonder Woman (and occasional guests) cosplay photos by Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography. All of these shots were taken at New York Comic Con 2014.  

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Madame Hydra Cosplay by Kusumi Halcyon Kia

Posted December 8, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Hail Hydra! I mean, check out this gorgeous Madame Hydra cosplay by Kusumi Halcyon Kia. The photos were taken by Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography at New York Comic Con 2014. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case you want to scroll faster than […]

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New York Comic Con 2014 Cosplay Gallery by Alex Valderana

Posted December 7, 2014 by E. Ortiz

This year Alex Valderana of Alex Valderana Photography worked with us at New York Comic Con. We were lucky to get his talents as a videographer in addition to his excellent eye as a photographer. Below is a selection of his best photos of cosplay, parties and vendor booth items taken at NYCC 2014. Photo gallery tips: Once […]

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Ridd1e is Harley Quinn at NYCC 2014!

Posted December 3, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Our jolly Joker cosplayer interviewed Atlanta’s tiny powerhouse Ridd1e cosplaying as Harley Quinn at New York Comic Con 2014. She talks about the wonderful variety of New York food, designing her bombshell Harley outfit, and might have confessed to a bank robbery with our Joker. After the video, check out the photos by FirstPerson Shooter.

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The Doctor is In at The LI WHO Convention!

Posted December 1, 2014 by E. Ortiz

Photographer Alex Valderana took these awesome cosplayer photos from his time at the second annual L.I.  Who convention held recently in Ronkonkoma (a good Doctor Who planet name, that) on Long Island in New York.  The convention included many guests from the Who universe, including doctors 6 (Colin Baker) and 8 (Ed McGann). Once the page […]

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