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 […]
Here it is, our last ever gallery of cosplay photos from Otakon based in Baltimore. As with the previous sets, photos in this Sunday Otakon 2016 set were taken by our mid-Atlantic go-to guy, Adam Etheridge. Otakon is moving to Washington, DC., beginning next year. The fact that this will the last year at its current venue may have […]
We now present our cosplay gallery from Otakon 2016 Saturday with photos by our mid-Atlantic go-to guy, Adam Etheridge. This was Otakon’s final convention in Baltimore before moving to Washington, DC., next year, and going forward. The fact that this will the last year at its current venue may have helped Otakon recover a bit from the downturn in attendance in experienced […]
Our 2nd Otakon 2016 Friday gallery continues our coverage of the celebration of its final convention in Baltimore before moving to Washington, DC. Once again, photos by our mid-Atlantic go-to guy, Adam Etheridge. The fact that this will the last year at its current venue may have helped Otakon recover a bit from the downturn in attendance in experienced in […]
Don’t worry Otakon attendees, we didn’t forget you. While Boston Comic Con was happening here in the Hub, Otakon was celebrating its final convention in Baltimore before moving to Washington, DC. We start our coverage with the first Otakon 2016 Friday cosplay gallery by our mid-Atlantic go-to guy, Adam Etheridge. As Lauren Grant noted in her […]
For almost 20 years, Otakon has brought the “Otaku Generation” to Baltimore. This year was its final year at the Baltimore Convention Center and it definitely went out in style. In 2017 Otakon will be moving to Washington, D.C., and after speaking with an array of con goers from far and wide, as well as […]
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 […]
While doing double duty at Otakon 2015 as both a photographer and videographer, Adam Etheridge still found time to do a photo shoot set with the amazing M I S S I S S I P P I (yes, the spaces are important). I guess that means he pulled triple duty, then. M I S […]
Sunday was the last day of Otakon, held last weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center, and our photographer (and videographer) Adam Etheridge got these shots of the excellent cosplayers showing off their skills and love of their fandoms. When you are done with this gallery, check out the shots from Friday, as well as the first half of Saturday’s […]
Now we have the second of two galleries by Adam Etheridge from the anime-focused convention Otakon, held last weekend at the Baltimore Convention Center. Among the cosplayers in this gallery are M I S S I S S I P P I as Princess Peach and the featured photo, Shinrajunkie as a Witch Doctor. When you are done with this gallery, […]
The Baltimore Convention Center last weekend yet again hosted the anime-focused convention Otakon, and we sent Adam Etheridge there to cover all the excellent cosplay. Here is the first of two galleries of his photos from Saturday. When you are done with this gallery, check out the shots from Friday as well. Photo gallery tips: Once the page […]
One of the nation’s largest anime-focused conventions, Otakon, was held at the Baltimore Convention Center last weekend, and we had Adam Etheridge there to grab photos of the amazing cosplayers that showed up. According to online observations (not any official numbers to be clear) attendance this year was down slightly from last year, possibly in […]
Want to see some epic Kill La Kill cosplay? Of course you do! We interviewed C&C Cosplay Factory and Sarah Fong about their awesome Satsuki and Ryuko cosplay at Otakon 2014. And check out some great photos below! Interviewer: Lauren Grant Cameraman: Adam Etheridge
At Otakon 2014, we took a few moments to talk to cosplayer Ely Renae about her awesome genderbent Ganondorf cosplay from the popular Legend of Zelda series. If you want to see more of her cosplays, you can find them on her Facebook page here! Interview conducted by Lauren Grant. Photos and video by Adam Etheridge.
Saturday at Otakon this year our photographer Adam Etheridge nabbed a whole passel of pictures of great cosplays, including a number of outstanding groups. He even managed to sneak in a shot of the ice cold water guy! Among the many cosplayers Adam got photos of is Maki Roll, in her amazing Ryuko in Senketsu armor […]
How do you forget the long line problems that plagued Otakon 2014? Chat with Yaya Han! Interviewer Lauren Grant talked to cosplay superstar Yaya Han about Super Sonico, cosplay as fun, mastering Google Fu other fun topics. And check out the photos by Adam Etheridge and AshB Images!
Despite an initial problem that frustrated many attendees looking to do an early pickup of their badges, Otakon 2014 was by all accounts a success, and as usual featured many outstanding cosplayers and costumes. We had Adam Etheridge on the scene at the Baltimore Convention Center, and he supplied us with these excellent images.
At Otakon 2014, we interviewed many cosplayers about this question: “What is something you should never say to a cosplayer?” The answers are as varied and interesting as the cosplayers themselves, but one general trend seems to emerge throughout — don’t say something judgmental. Check out the answers in the video below, from the funny (the […]
One the bright side, at least no one has been offered time in the ball pit. Last night hundreds of people, possibly more than one thousand, waited in line for three hours or more to pick up their pre-registration badges at Otakon, and the vast majority of them left empty-handed. While that would be enough […]
Like any two-year old, Rhode Island Comic Con is experiencing growing pains. But this past weekend it proved itself to be a beautiful baby comic convention, with a broad appeal to attendees outside the comic book world. Mind you, the con took place despite the best attempts by fate to disrupt it. On Friday, the […]
We interview photographer Kayhettin, owner of Elysiam Entertainment about the details of his photographic art of cosplayers. Filmed at Otakon 2013. This includes cosplayer Ani-Mia‘s opinion about Elysiam’s work and photo/modeling tips. You can find more information about Elysiam Entertainment here. Interview conducted by Spectra Cosplay.
We interview photographer Ashley Badie, owner of AshB Images about her love for cosplay photography and what she thinks about shooting at different conventions. Filmed at Otakon 2013. Also includes cosplayers SunsetDragon as Merida and Silva Halo as the Black Cat. You can find more information about AshB Images here! Interview conducted by Spectra Cosplay.
At Otakon 2013, we had an amazing opportunity to interview Kikiama Cosplay. She wore a costume of Ellie, a character based from the popular Borderlands video game series. I was very fascinated at how she constructed it, and together with interviewer Spectra Cosplay, we put together a video where we talk to her about her cosplay. […]
At Otakon 2013, we had the opportunity to interview Micah Moore of video makers Beat Down Boogie. BDB have been successful on Youtube, not only with their original web series such as Mario Warfare, but also their cosplay music videos of DragonCon, KatsuCon and most recently Otakon! And speaking of Otakon, besides our interview with […]
BronyCon, the My Little Pony convention phenomenon which rose from 100 to 4,000 attendees in the last two years, has made the next step in its evolution by moving from the Tri-State area (originally held in NYC and New Jersey) to Baltimore, Maryland in 2013. There has been mixed reactions to the news of the […]
Just about a month ago, I was doing my very first food panel at Otakon. As luck would have it, I wasn’t able to do the rice balls I had in mind. Fruits Basket was where I first learned of rice balls and that’s also when I became interested in learning how to make them. […]
Our entire collection of video interviews with the cosplayers of Otakon is completed. We at Nerd Caliber have placed everything in a Youtube playlist for you so that you can relive the exciting cosplays all in one place. You can view the link here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6B5FA29C37F83DDC&feature=mh_lolz And if you love what we’ve done, and want to see […]
For those suffering from Otakon convention withdrawal, this may help you pass the time till next year. Otakon is teaming up with Studio Nasu to create Crisis Heart Brawler’s: Clash at Otakon! They need your help in making this game and are asking for donations at Kickstarter. Check out the information below and let me know what […]
Kiera Vallone interviews cosplay photographer Ger Tysk about her book she is working on called Breaking All the Rules: Cosplay and the Art of Self-Expression. Find out here why this book will interest any cosplayer (and how you can support its release)! 1) What made you want to publish a cosplay photography book? What goal are […]
Lucretia Dearfour of The Copper Claw interviews Yaya Han about her passion for cosplay, her new calendar and why she chose to cosplay Chun-Li from the popular Street Fighter videos games. Filmed at Otakon 2012. If you want to see all our Otakon footage and more, subscribe to our Youtube Channel here!
Together with reporter Lucretia Dearfour of the Copper Claw, we interviewed attendees all over Otakon 2012 about what should someone consider when they are dating a cosplayer. Check our video for funny and insightful answers! If you like to see more cosplay videos or want to be up-to-date on our next Otakon 2012 interview, subscribe […]
I interviewed cosplay veterans Level Up Cosplay about what it takes to be successful performing at a masquerade competition. I have watched many masquerade competitions that contained some lively and entertaining skits and some that have left me scratching my head in bewilderment. I have always been curious as to what goes into the planning […]
In this article we interview GunKat Cosplay who ran an Otakon panel called “Defying Gravity: Anime Physics in Cosplay.” I discussed with GunKat days before her panel about the art of elaborate costume-making and prop-making and what cosplayers should be aware of before making them. ******** Share a little bit about yourself and how cosplay first […]
A few weeks ago at AnimeNEXT in Somerset, New Jersey, I was asked by someone, “So I get that you are wearing Ho-Oh’s wings, but what is the rest of your costume?” I had to explain to him that my entire costume was a “gijinka” version of Ho-Oh. What is gijinka, you ask? Gijinka (萌人え) […]
With all due respect to larger conventions, the smaller sized (both in venue and occupancy) Super Megafest had a charm all its own which doubled as a great weekend for newcomers and seasoned con-goers alike. Held at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, MA Saturday and Sunday Nov. 19 & 18, SMF was a refreshing switch […]
What differentiates a picture from a work of art? Nerd Caliber interviews Stephen Tang, an amazing photographer, from the worlds of New Jersey and New York. We asked Mr. Tang, with his many years of photography experience, to talk to us about the art of the camera and what separates amateur picture-taking from professional photography. […]
Here’s a heads-up on some great events happening this year. The second year of PAX East is March 11th to 13th at the Boston Convention Center, and pre-registration is open! Last year’s PAX was a huge success; if you didn’t get to check it out, don’t let this year’s event pass you by! Online pre-reg for […]
Pictures and Review by Ayden Gotzmer Otakon, run by Otakorp, Inc. is easily the largest convention on the East Coast and has been hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center since 1999 but began in 1994. Since then, the convention has grown from 350 attendants to over 29,000. This year, unofficial attendance was announced at 29, […]
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Amanda Walker of Shutterwish Photography has been a cosplayer for six years and has been into photography since she picked up a point and shoot years ago. You can usually find her plotting masquerade skits with her friends, photographing fellow cosplayers, and even dressing up in costumes herself (whenever she finally decides on which […]
Check out our huge Otakon Pictorial by photographer Elizabeth Conforti! If you like this check out our other three Otakon reviews and pictorials! ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Elizabeth Conforti is a photographer from Pennsylvania who specializes in portraiture, fashion and cosplay photography. Click on the link to see her set of photos she took during Otakon […]