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Cloak & Dagger Is A Different Marvel Show, And That’s Good

Posted June 11, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Two episodes in, Freeform’s first show in the Marvel universe is breaking new ground for both the young adult channel and the MCU TV world. Cloak & Dagger, which premiered on the streaming channel Freeform June 7 with the first two, hour-long, episodes, is tonally more like the FX shows Justified or Atlanta than any […]

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Con Reports

Colossalcon 2018 Cosplay Gallery by The Portrait Dude

Posted June 7, 2018 by Rodney Brown

We are lucky to again this year have an exclusive gallery of cosplay photos taken by our friend The Portrait Dude during this year’s summer cosplay spectacular, Colossalcon. This year, we sent associate producer Crash: The Photos to Colossalcon, but with a mandate to focus on video. So we were thrilled when Wes made a gallery of stills […]

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Cape Cod Photoshoot Week Feature Set: Lexxie_Ann from Fast & Furious

Posted May 25, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Our first Featured Set from the Cape Cod Cosplay Photoshoot (CCCP) Week is of new cosplayer and model Lexxie_Ann as Gisele Yashar from the film franchise The Fast & the Furious. This was our second year running a week-long free photo shoot week on Cape Cod, staging out of the Southfleet Motor Inn in South Wellfleet. We use the event […]

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Cape Cod Photoshoot Week Feature Set Previews

Posted May 22, 2018 by Rodney Brown

We just finished our second year running a week-long free photo shoot week on the beautiful huge sandbar that is Cape Cod. Like last year, we stayed at the Southfleet Motor Inn in South Wellfleet. The event is a chance for us to promote the Cosplay And Photography Expo, which will be held in Nashua, NH, […]

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Anime-Manga

Zenkaikon 2018 Weekend Cosplay Gallery by KBV Photography

Posted May 17, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The last gallery from Zenkaikon 2018 is the second by KBV Photography and covers Saturday and Sunday at the Lancaster, Penn., event. Among the cosplayers in this gallery are Cosplay Crew, RachniQueen, Cosmonaut Cosplay, opheliaccat, Sakuraharunogirl, comrade.kiwi, red_beanie_days, Lady Ava Cosplay, Oshi, sabyr_snikt, actualyohane, mad_doctor_mark, Red Card, and many more. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will see the Forward and Back navigation arrows above the image, in case […]

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Zenkaikon 2018 Friday Cosplay Gallery by KBV Photography

Posted May 16, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Our second set of galleries from Zenkaikon come from one of our longest-serving team members, KBV Photography. She traveled to Lancaster, Penn., a she has for us for many years, and got photos from all three days of the event. Cosplayers in this gallery from Friday include RachniQueen, gc_chan_cosplay, riyuski, loveslastlullaby, ladyleocosplay, sabyr_snikt, lyrabirdcosplay, Hikaru Cosplay, Miss. Erisaka Blu, and many more. Photo gallery tips: Once the […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2018 at Double Midnight Comics, Part 3

Posted May 9, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The last of three galleries from Free Comic Book Day at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH, includes probably more of our regular cosplay friends the previous two. Which if you know how long it takes a cosplayer to get ready, it should be no surprise that they typically show up later in any given day. During the […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2018 at Double Midnight Comics, Part 2

Posted May 8, 2018 by Rodney Brown

At this year’s Free Comic Book Day at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH, I took a few more pictures of cosplayers and costume contestants than last year. The number of galleries is the same at three, but each has a few more images than the same one last year. The second of three galleries includes cosplayers J+C Cosplay, Zombie […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2018 at Double Midnight Comics, Part 1

Posted May 7, 2018 by Rodney Brown

This year, Free Comic Book Day at Double Midnight Comics in Manchester, NH, saw gorgeous weather and fantastic costumes, both from people entering the contest and those just showing up to cosplay and support the store. Once again, we held a giveaway for a night’s stay at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Nashua, NH, for Saturday night during […]

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Con Reports

Zombie Leader Feature Set from Bulldog Enterprises Anniversary Show

Posted May 1, 2018 by Rodney Brown

With few cosplaying attendees to take pictures of on Saturday at the Bulldog Enterprises Cards, Comics and Collectibles Anniversary show held a few weeks ago, I ended up taking lots of photos of Zombie Leader interacting with cosplay guests. I decided to split many of those out of yesterday’s gallery and give Todd his own Feature Set. […]

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Bulldog Enterprises Anniversary Show Cosplay Gallery

Posted April 30, 2018 by Rodney Brown

It has taken me far too long to get these images posted, but in mid-April we were guests and panel runners at the anniversary show put on by Bulldog Enterprises Cards, Comics and Collectibles. The show is in Springfield, Mass., in the Eastfield Mall. It takes place roughly once every three months during the weekly antiques […]

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PAX East 2018 Sunday Gallery by Zephyrlynk Productions

Posted April 25, 2018 by Rodney Brown

On Sunday PAX East 2018 we had Jake from Zephyrlynk Productions join the team. While I was stationed in one spot all day, and Gregg of Wonderllama Photography was off doing Feature Sets, Jake was wandering the halls and show floor. Among the cosplayers in this gallery are Pasha Cosplays, Dollilicious, kamarirosa, zeristhusa, and many more. Photo gallery tips: Once the page loads the images, you will […]

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Avengers: Infinity War Packs a Gauntlet-Covered Punch

Posted April 24, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Our policy at Nerd Caliber to never post spoilers in reviews is strained to its limits with Avengers: Infinity War. Even discussing in broad strokes what small problems the movie suffers from would possibly give away enough clues for sharp fans to take away some information about the plot and story of the film. So […]

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PAX East 2018 Sunday Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter, Part 2

Posted April 23, 2018 by Rodney Brown

We have now reached the final gallery from me of cosplay photos taken at PAX East 2018. We will have more galleries from Zephyrlynk Productions as well as more Feature Sets from Wonderllama Photography. But what a way to end the con — getting a chance to shoot photos of Maul Cosplay. Literally minutes before I broke […]

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PAX East 2018 Sunday Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter, Part 1

Posted April 21, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Sunday at PAX East 2018 was more crowded on the show floor itself than any Sunday I’ve ever seen. But the overall crowds were smaller than Saturday or Friday as is the case with most cons. I still took enough photos of cosplayers for two galleries for the day. Among the cosplayers in this gallery are Petry […]

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PAX East 2018 Saturday Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter, Part 3

Posted April 19, 2018 by Rodney Brown

As the day wound down on Saturday at PAX East 2018 the costumes continued to be amazing, and the photos sometime got a little loopier — or maybe the photographers did. In this set you’ll see my teammate Wonderllama Photography directing a couple of pink furry creatures from Fortnite, and the amazing Shashin Cosplay Photography getting his Pokemon […]

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PAX East 2018 Saturday Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter, Part 2

Posted April 18, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The second gallery from Saturday at PAX East 2018 has all sorts of amazing cosplays, and a few from a group that will tug at your heart strings. The group that contains Grinning Hazard Cosplay and Vee Cosplay — both featured in this gallery — among others, are cosplaying as mashups of Pokemon and D&D characters. The […]

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PAX East 2018 Saturday Gallery by FirstPerson Shooter, Part 1

Posted April 18, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Requirements of my day job kept me from attending Thursday or Friday of PAX East 2018, which was a great frustration for me. I knew that our content would be well taken care of by Gregg of Wonderllama Photography in my stead, but I missed some great friends and awesome cosplay. While things seem to start […]

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Sunday Gallery by Zephyrlynk Productions from Anime Boston 2018

Posted April 13, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The final gallery from Anime Boston 2018 is from Sunday and shot by Jake of Zephyrlynk Productions. Again Jake was able to get photos of cosplayers I missed while i was manning our table promoting our own Cosplay And Photography Expo. Cosplayers in this gallery include High Maharajah Cosplay, Natalie Fuinha Cosplay, Vault Belle Cosplay, Blue Eyed Fairy Cosplay and More, Riveth Cosplay and Photography, ShotCaller […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Masquerade by Prime Cosplay & Photography

Posted April 12, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Next up in our coverage of  Anime Boston 2018 are photos from the Masquerade on Saturday evening. Unfortunately our man Steven from from Prime Cosplay and Photography couldn’t stay for the entire rather lengthy event (OK, I couldn’t wait any longer and pulled him out, to be fair), but we did get this gallery of cosplayers in the Fashion Show part, […]

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Saturday Gallery by Zephyrlynk Productions from Anime Boston 2018

Posted April 11, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Saturday at Anime Boston 2018 saw Jake of Zephyrlynk Productions wandering all over not only the Hynes Convention Center, but out into the mall at Prudential Place as well. This allowed him to grab all sorts of interesting poses and angles in his photos of cosplayers, something I was less able to do while at our table promoting our own […]

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Friday Gallery by Zephyrlynk Productions from Anime Boston 2018

Posted April 10, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The first of a bunch of galleries by Jake of Zephyrlynk Productions is made up of the shots taken on Friday at Anime Boston 2018. While I was at our table in Con Row promoting our upcoming Cosplay And Photography Expo, Jake was wandering all over the Hynes Convention Center grabbing photos of cosplayers that I never saw. We will […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Sunday Part 3

Posted April 10, 2018 by Rodney Brown

We’ve reached the last gallery from Anime Boston 2018 of photos I took. I had a great time and we had a great response to our table promoting the Cosplay And Photography Expo. Stay tuned for more Anime Boston galleries from Zephyrlynk Productions and Prime Cosplay and Photography. In this gallery are cosplayers Flukeoffate Cosplay, ka1amity_jane, cnuon_20, Mnemosyne’s Lunarian Cosplays, Blue Eyed Fairy Cosplay and More, Riveth […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Sunday Part 2

Posted April 9, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The smaller crowds on Sunday at Anime Boston 2018 meant for a more relaxed day, which also meant more time to eat the Easter chocolate people brought me (thanks to all!). Among the cosplayers in this gallery are Neria Elm, Mini Mal Cosplay, Jillian Cipher Cosplay, blondeherocosplay, Everyone’s Hero Cosplay, candiedcherries, HanniBanani Cosplay, Cosplay Dad, Chantel Marie – Cosplay, _kit_kat_cosplay_, Chelsea Von Chastity Cosplay, Jenevieve Devereaux Cosplay, Carley Winn Cosplay, Sindy […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Sunday Part 1

Posted April 7, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Sunday at Anime Boston 2018 was quite a bit quieter than the previous two days. Not surprising since it fell on Easter once again (and April Fool’s Day, so I guess thank you for those people who brought me chocolate and not grapes re-wrapped). I still managed to get enough photos for three cosplay galleries from our […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Saturday Part 5

Posted April 6, 2018 by Rodney Brown

After 11 hours at our table on Saturday at Anime Boston 2018 I was ready to pack things up, and the cosplayers had cleared out into dinner, panel rooms or the ongoing Masquerade. It still took me nearly 20 minutes to pack up, because cool cosplay kept walking by the table. Among the cosplayers in this last […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Saturday Part 4

Posted April 6, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The photos in the fourth gallery from Saturday afternoon at Anime Boston 2018 were taken at the height of the crowds, and reflect the variety of cosplay source material. There are more comic book characters than usual at an anime con, and some creative mashups. Cosplayers in this gallery include Elegant Valkyrie, CiaoBirdie Cosplay, em_mae_cos, Oceania Cosplay, White Fang Cosplay, Lucky Grim Creative, Norse Dance […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Saturday Part 3

Posted April 5, 2018 by Rodney Brown

As the Saturday afternoon at Anime Boston 2018 got underway, many cosplayers were preparing for the evening’s Masquerade contest. Photos from the Fashion Show portion of that event taken by Prime Cosplay and Photography will be posted in a few days. Among the cosplayers in this third of five galleries from Saturday are MoonLight Angel, Mhysa Cosplay, Bombeii Cosplay and Photography, Everyone’s Hero Cosplay, […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Saturday Part 2

Posted April 4, 2018 by Rodney Brown

This year Anime Boston and the Hynes Convention Center seemed to have worked out all the kinks of the previous couple of years regarding security and bag checks. The line was almost non-existent when I got in at 8:30 a.m., but I kept hearing how there was almost no wait even mid-day. One big help was that […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Saturday Part 1

Posted April 4, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Saturday at Anime Boston 2018 saw bigger crowds and better air conditioning, making for a busy and fun day. I took enough photos to make five galleries, each larger than the ones from Friday. I also handed out a pile of flyers for our upcoming Cosplay And Photography Expo, July 28 & 29 in Nashua, NH. Among the […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Friday Part 4

Posted April 3, 2018 by Rodney Brown

As afternoon turned to evening Friday at Anime Boston 2018 the crowd sizes only shrank a bit, despite people leaving the steamy Hynes Convention Center to get dinner. About those crowd sizes — I never got into the Artist Alley or wandered the upstairs halls, but in the main hallway where Con Row tables were set up as always, […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Friday Part 3

Posted April 3, 2018 by Rodney Brown

By early afternoon on Friday at Anime Boston 2018 it was clear that the Hynes Convention Center hadn’t planned for a 60-degree day with a center full of people in costumes. To say that that center was muggy would be an understatement. Even with the lack of proper air conditioning, attendees still made the best of it and […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Friday Part 2

Posted April 2, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Friday at Anime Boston 2018 started out with a bit of a delay, until those of us waiting to get escorted to the hallway outside the dealers room to set up our promotion tables took matters into our own hands and grabbed an escort. After that things went smoothly, and I even managed to snag the first […]

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Anime Boston 2018 Pics by FirstPerson Shooter, Friday Part 1

Posted April 2, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Despite some concern prior to the convention about not initially getting a table in Con Row, Anime Boston 2018 was a smashing success. After some other organization dropped out, we did get a table to promote our upcoming Cosplay And Photography Expo, and the response was fantastic. We had a pretty sizable team covering the Hynes Convention Center […]

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Queen City Kamikaze 2018 Gallery Part 2

Posted March 22, 2018 by Rodney Brown

This past weekend was the first time we had a table at Queen City Kamikaze, a one-day convention held at Manchester Memorial High School in Manchester, NH. We were there promoting our own event, the upcoming Cosplay And Photography Expo, July 28 & 29 just down the highway in Nashua, NH. Being placed right by the load-in doorway was chilly until […]

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Queen City Kamikaze 2018 Gallery Part 1

Posted March 20, 2018 by Rodney Brown

I discovered the one-day convention Queen City Kamikaze last year, although a search through our records shows Nerd Caliber had covered back in 2011. The event has been going on for years, held at Manchester Memorial High School in Manchester, NH. The bulk of the volunteer staff are high school students, but if you think that means it […]

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Jessica Jones Season 2 Trades Pure Evil for Moral Complexity

Posted March 11, 2018 by Rodney Brown

It is going to be tough to write a spoiler-free review of the second season of the Netflix Marvel show Jessica Jones, because the big reveal needs to be kept secret, but is absolutely vital to what makes this season different from the first. I am committed, however, to never spoiling a show or movie […]

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Why Vero Is Problematic And Why It Isn’t

Posted March 1, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Like many of you readers out there, I jumped on to the Vero – True Social bandwagon recently. I saw a number of cosplay community friends I admire talking about it, and checked it out. My main reason to even give it a look was the description of an ad-free platform with a smarter user […]

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Katsucon 2018 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Saturday Part 4

Posted February 26, 2018 by Rodney Brown

We’ve reached the fourth gallery from Saturday at Katsucon 2018, and the last gallery of the convention by me. That nine-hour drive back from the Gaylord to Massachusetts meant no Sunday time at Katsucon for me or most of the team. More galleries and featured photo sets by Wonderllama Photography will be coming up starting tomorrow, and will include […]

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Katsucon 2018 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Saturday Part 3

Posted February 25, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Once the not-much snow started Saturday at Katsucon 2018, things got dark fast. Thanks to Crash: The Photos I set up an LED light wand on a tree and used my light stand and umbrella for a main light. Again, the black light stand blended into the black wrought-iron fence well enough that I got no hassle from security. […]

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Katsucon 2018 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Saturday Part 2

Posted February 24, 2018 by Rodney Brown

There will be four galleries by me from Saturday at Katsucon 2018, despite the quiet period mid-afternoon for the huge Fire Emblem shoot. The projected snow that would have crippled traffic in the DC area turned into almost a non-event. While many daring photographers and cosplayers went outside and captured some beautiful images in the light […]

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Katsucon 2018 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Saturday Part 1

Posted February 23, 2018 by Rodney Brown

On Saturday of Katsucon 2018, Wonderllama Photography and I got to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center early enough to snag the spot I wanted — the right corner in the fountain seating area. Plants, trees, brick walls and good lighting. And a table and chairs. We even managed to survive almost getting thrown out […]

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Katsucon 2018 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Friday Part 3

Posted February 22, 2018 by Rodney Brown

In this last gallery from Friday at Katsucon 2018 it is clear I was trying out a couple of different locations for lighting once the sun set. While I eventually settled on lashing my flash to the top of the wrought-iron fence and shooting against the back lighting of a tree, there’s clearly some adjusting going […]

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Katsucon 2018 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Friday Part 2

Posted February 21, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The second of three Friday galleries from Katsucon 2018 demonstrates the shifting lighting inside the multi-story glass aquarium that the Gaylord calls the atrium. As the day progressed, the clouds built up and eventually the rain started. That didn’t stop cosplayers or photographers from going outside to get some dramatic images. I was not one of those. […]

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Katsucon 2018 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Friday Part 1

Posted February 20, 2018 by Rodney Brown

The first of three galleries from Katsucon 2018 actually starts with three images I missed from the Thursday gallery. The only photos I took outside were of Yuffiebunny Thursday afternoon when it was sunny and in the mid-60s. After nine hours of driving, I mostly sat in the warm sun, recharging like Superman. Friday morning I managed […]

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Katsucon 2018 Cosplay Gallery by FPS, Thursday

Posted February 19, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Our coverage of Katsucon 2018 gets underway with a solid gallery of shots taken Thursday afternoon and evening. After a nine-hour drive, I thought I would be too tired to do much work, but as soon as our team got into the atrium at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, I was re-energized. It had been […]

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Cosplay Feature: D.Va And Mei Get a Valentine’s Surprise

Posted February 14, 2018 by Rodney Brown

After shooting individual sets of Chantel Marie – Cosplay with her bunny suit Mei and Deadlysymmetry in her schoolgirl D.Va cosplay, it only made sense to do a duo shoot. There are only about half as many photos in this set as in either of the previous two, because everyone was laughing so hard most of them didn’t come […]

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Cosplay Feature: D.Va Digs a Different Valentine’s Treat

Posted February 13, 2018 by Rodney Brown

Once we settled on an Overwatch theme for our Valentine’s Day featured photo sets, another obvious choice was Deadlysymmetry and her schoolgirl D.Va cosplay. Kat joined Chantel Marie – Cosplay with her bunny suit Mei cosplay, profiled in yesterday’s featured set. D.Va strikes some cute poses before getting a Valentine’s Day treat, then another. Finally she makes her […]

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Cosplay Feature: Hot Mei Wishes You a Cool Valentine’s Day

Posted February 12, 2018 by Rodney Brown

When we were brainstorming ideas for a Valentine’s Day shoot this year, one person to contact was obvious: Chantel Marie – Cosplay with her bunny suit Mei. We first saw Chantel in this suit at Rhode Island Comic Con this past November, and I jumped at the chance to do a featured set shoot with her. Mei […]

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The Real Cloverfield Paradox: Who Will Stop J.J. Abrams?

Posted February 7, 2018 by Rodney Brown

I wasn’t going to write a review of the new Netflix movie The Cloverfield Paradox, but the more I think (and fume) about it, I can’t help myself. Sort of how J.J. Abrams can’t help himself from ignoring (or actively hating) actual science. First off, a warning — this review will have spoilers. There is almost […]

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