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Indie Megabooth Game Highlights From PAX East 2017!

Posted March 26, 2017 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! We at Nerd Caliber were once again among the masses of PAX East earlier this month. As in the past, I took a special interest in the Indie MegaBooth, where dozens of self-motivated game developers shared their works of passion with the world. Here you’ll find a list of everything I […]

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Movies

Power Rangers Go, Go To A Bad Place

Posted March 25, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

In the last decade and a half it seems like Hollywood had wasted no time making big budgets versions of precious childhood memories, to varying effect. So it was only a matter of time before Mighty Morphin Power Rangers received the cinematic reboot treatment. This is a project that I have been following closely for 2 […]

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PAX East ’17 In Pictures By Prime Photography

Posted March 24, 2017 by Rodney Brown

While I spent most of my time at PAX East 2017 doing my usual thing — parked in one spot grabbing photos of cosplayers — Steven of Prime Cosplay and Photography was all over the place. Many of the clips in our Cosplay Showcase Videos on YouTube are from Steven’s camera. But he also hit up […]

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Cosplay Gallery from I-CON 32 By KBV Photography

Posted March 23, 2017 by Rodney Brown

After a five-year hiatus, the storied Long Island science fiction and fantasy convention I-CON returned with I-CON 32. That number is an indication of how storied — the first I-CON has held at Stony Brook University in 1982. After Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast, Stony Brook announced it had to shut down the facility the […]

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PAX East ’17 Sunday Gallery by FPS, Part 2

Posted March 22, 2017 by Rodney Brown

The last gallery of hall shots from FirstPerson Shooter taken at the chilly PAX East 2017 isn’t close to the last bit of content. We will have featured sets from me and from Wonderllama Photography. More hall shots from Prime Cosplay and Photography. And reviews and articles from Spectra, and Gallant-Z. Cosplayers in this gallery include Carley […]

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Cosplay & Style

Cosplay Melee Is A Heroic Change Of Pace

Posted March 21, 2017 by Rodney Brown

If you are a fan of cosplay as I am, you will be impressed at the skill and creativity demonstrated by the contestants on the first episode of Syfy’s new show Cosplay Melee. If you are fan of timed competition reality shows, like History Channel’s blade-making show Forged in Fire or The Food Network’s Chopped, […]

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PAX East ’17 Sunday Gallery by FPS, Part 1

Posted March 21, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Sunday at PAX East 2017 was slightly less bitterly cold than Saturday, but it was still frigid, and that combined with the tradition of casual clothes on Sunday meant much fewer cosplay photos that day. Still, there are plenty of gems in this first of two Sunday galleries. Among the cosplayers pictured below are Sidekicker Cosplay, KeiKei’s Cosplay Delivery Service, Cosplay Dad, […]

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PAX East ’17 Saturday Gallery by FPS, Part 4

Posted March 20, 2017 by Rodney Brown

The last gallery from Saturday at PAX East 2017 rounds up the photo coverage of excellent cosplayers in shots taken by FirstPerson Shooter on one of the most brutally cold days of any Boston convention in memory. Cosplayers in this gallery include Petry Cosplays, Ember Jay Cosplay, EmmyCosplays, Jenevieve Devereaux Cosplay, Elegant Valkyrie, Bunny Moon Cosplay, Bethany Maddock, Dusty Cosplay, Jessica Mercy, Burning […]

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PAX East ’17 Saturday Gallery by FPS, Part 3

Posted March 19, 2017 by Rodney Brown

As the projected snow storm for this weekend here in New England turned into a bust, we return back to Saturday at PAX East 2017 when Winter made its brutally cold return. Among the cosplayers in this gallery are Lodaim Cosplay, Grinning Hazard Cosplay, Avacyn Ava, Lady Kayleen, NorseStorm Cosplay, FergyK, Thatgearsguy, Millettant Cosplay and Illustration, Sarah Spectre, Koi Fish Asylum, Glitch Cos, Chibi Kitsune […]

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Comic Books

Iron Fist Is The Weak Link in Marvel’s Chain, But Not A Break

Posted March 18, 2017 by Rodney Brown

First, let’s answer a couple of questions. Is Iron Fist as bad as many critics say? No, it isn’t. Are the critics correct about the problems? Yes, but those problems don’t affect the overall quality of the show nearly as much as many critics contend. Below is my spoiler-free review. I will talk in generalities […]

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Beauty and the Beast is Faithful and Formulaic

Posted March 17, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

In every sense of the word, Disney’s 1991 animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, is magical. It features one of the earliest strong female Disney characters. The ballroom dance scene is gorgeous, setting the bar high for visual style and romantic appeal as well as being one of the first fully computer-animated sequences in a […]

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PAX East ’17 Saturday Gallery by FPS, Part 2

Posted March 16, 2017 by Rodney Brown

If you braved and survived the extreme cold of Saturday at PAX East 2017 — particularly in cosplay — you should probably be given some type of medal or plaque. Luckily for us, many people not only survived but showed off their wonderful costumes and props. Kudos to the folks at Twitch for covering the cost […]

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PAX East ’17 Saturday Gallery by FPS, Part 1

Posted March 15, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Saturday at PAX East 2017 was even colder than snowy Friday — like wind chills in the 15 below range and winds so strong the elevated roadway heaved and bucked. Still, more cosplayers showed up on Saturday than on Friday, as is usual with most cons. Among the cosplayers in this first of four Saturday galleries […]

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PAX East ’17 Friday Gallery by FPS, Part 3

Posted March 14, 2017 by Rodney Brown

The last gallery from Friday at frozen PAX East 2017 continues to show off the outstanding cosplay which was, logically, heavily focused on game characters. Cosplayers in this set are Mieu, Razgrizaces, Petits Bisous Cosplay, Chocobobutt, Starbornekid, Nekonami Cosplay, Jackie-chan Cosplay, Jynx Art & Cosplay, Khepera Cosplay, J. Warford, LenaKali Cosplay?, GiveWave Studios, FootiePajamas Cosplay, Carley Winn Cosplay, Avacyn Ava, and many more. Photo […]

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PAX East ’17 Friday Gallery by FPS, Part 2

Posted March 14, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Our second gallery from PAX East 2017 is the second of three from the snowiest of the three days, Friday. The snow and cold didn’t stop attendees from showing up. And it certainly seemed that those who had planned to cosplay still did so, despite the poor weather. Cosplayers in this set include MicroKitty Cosplay, Steel […]

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PAX East ’17 Friday Gallery by FPS, Part 1

Posted March 13, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Despite the fact that it was so cold cosplayer’s hair was freezing in the security lines outside and the wind was so strong Summer Street was bucking up and down, PAX East 2017 was fantastic. We got a ton of photos and video of outstanding cosplayers. Our panel on Sunday, Advanced Cosplay Q&A, sponsored by our […]

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Katsucon 2017 Cosplay Gallery by The Portrait Dude, Part 2

Posted March 13, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Before we get to the gaming craziness that was PAX East 2017, we continue with the second set from Katsucon taken by Wes, The Portrait Dude. We’ve featured his photos from Ohayocon and ColossalCon in the past, and were very excited to hear he was going to Katsucon this year. This set is made up of enhanced […]

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Kong: Skull Island Is Just Monkeying Around

Posted March 9, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

I saw the two big-budget franchise properties hitting theaters this week: Logan and Kong: Skull Island. Both feature rage-fueled, hairy characters protecting their adopted families from a world that hates them. One is daring, original, and brilliantly acted; the other has a giant CGI gorilla. The latest remake of the 85-year-old Kong saga brings the […]

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Anime-Manga

Katsucon 2017 Cosplay Gallery by The Portrait Dude, Part 1

Posted March 8, 2017 by Rodney Brown

New to our team at Katsucon this year was Wes, The Portrait Dude. We’ve featured his photos from Ohayocon and ColossalCon in the past, and were very excited to hear he was going to Katsucon this year. This set is made up of enhanced hall shots that Wes calls “Turbo Shoots” — basically pick-up shoots of interested […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

A Fond Farewell to the Wii U

Posted March 7, 2017 by JIbrii Ransom

Now that the Nintendo Switch has made its way to store shelves I feel a proper send off for the Wii U is in order. Sadly the system didn’t live up to the hype and many didn’t even know it was a brand new system upon its announcement. I remember working at Gamestop at the […]

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TerrorCon 2017 Cosplay Gallery, Sunday

Posted March 2, 2017 by Rodney Brown

With a focus on horror or supernatural movies, TV and books, TerrorCon returned to Providence, RI, last weekend after taking a two-year break since its inaugural event. TerrorCon is put on by Altered Reality Entertainment, which also runs Rhode Island Comic Con, ComiConn in Connecticut and Colorado Springs Comic Con in Colorado. Among the cosplayers and costume wearers on Sunday […]

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Black Cosplay Showcase Video from Katsucon 2017

Posted March 1, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Is it OK to extend #28daysofblackcosplay into a 29th day? Unfortunately for us, post-Katsucon con crud and colds delayed this video into March. But under the theory it is never too late to celebrate awesomeness, we present this video showing off some of the outstanding black cosplayers we filmed at Katsucon. Among the cosplayers in […]

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TerrorCon 2017 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday

Posted February 28, 2017 by Rodney Brown

After taking a two-year break since its inaugural event, TerrorCon returned to Providence, RI, last weekend. Put on by the same company that runs the much larger Rhode Island Comic Con — and in the same convention center — TerrorCon focuses on horror or supernatural movies, TV and books. That focus means that the vast […]

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Katsucon Featured Set: Sinon by AssassinAni

Posted February 27, 2017 by Rodney Brown

While cranking out video for us at Katsucon 2017, Steven of Prime Cosplay & Photography also shot photos. In addition to the gallery that is already live, he shot this Featured Set of the excellent cosplayer AssassinAni as Sinon from the Gun Gale arc of Sword Art Online. The set both profiles AssassinAni’s Sinon and shows off some of the […]

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Beauty and the Beast Featured Set by The Portrait Dude

Posted February 22, 2017 by Rodney Brown

When Wes (The Portrait Dude) mentioned that this set was available to us, we decided we had to jump on it and interrupt our just-started Katsucon 2017 content stream. Wes got together at a castle in northern Ohio with the incredibly talented Knightmage and SuperKayce (I thinks it’s very obvious who is who) for this outstanding […]

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Katsucon 2017 Cosplay Showcase One, Prime Cosplay & Photography

Posted February 21, 2017 by Rodney Brown

We begin our coverage of Katsucon 2017 with the first set from Prime Cosplay and Photography! Steven was pulling multiple duties, (as most of us do) shooting video and trying to grab hall shots at the same time. While Katsucon has always been one of the busiest places for cosplayers and cosplay photographers, in this set […]

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Ohayocon 2017 Cosplay Showcase by The Portrait Dude!

Posted February 20, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Last month we were lucky enough to have Wes, The Portrait Dude, photograph cosplayers at Ohayocon 2017. Held at the greater Columbus Convention Center, Ohayocon is one of the first cons of the year to draw cosplayers from all over the Steel Belt and the Northeast. Cosplayers in this showcase include Akakioga, Kim is Possible […]

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Movies

Logan Is The X-Universe Movie We Need AND Deserve

Posted February 18, 2017 by Alec Bellante

It’s sad to see Hugh Jackman leave us as Wolverine (he has confirmed this is his last movie in the role) but he does so behind the best-written and best-produced of any of the X-Men or Wolverine movies to date — and featuring the best action. Below is my spoiler-free review of Logan, telling you […]

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The Great Wall Is Less Great, More ‘Meh’

Posted February 17, 2017 by Byron D. Zero

The early 21st Century in the film industry has had a very strong ongoing debate about the whitewashing of various aspects of Asian culture, from the cancelled potential train wreck that was Hollywood’s attempt at Akira, to The Last Samurai which was heavily reliant upon the infamous “White Savior” trope. With an outcry for diversity […]

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Inside Cosplay With ‘Behind The Seams’ Series!

Posted February 14, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Are you interested in the process of crafting costumes and props? Curious about how different cosplayers approach their hobby? Well, you can of course come to our Cosplay And Photography Expo this August in New Hampshire. But you should also check out Behind the Seams! Behind the Seams is the new YouTube series we are […]

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Anime LA 2017 QotD: What to Know Before Dating a Cosplayer

Posted February 13, 2017 by Chantal Eyong

Anime Los Angeles is a smaller but active anime convention on the West Coast. It is based in the Ontario Convention Center and Radisson Ontario Airport. That’s Ontario, Calif., not the one north of the US border. This was Nerd Caliber‘s first time at Anime LA. According to the site AnimeCons, attendance at Anime LA for 2016 was […]

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Anime Los Angeles 2017 Cosplay Showcase Video

Posted February 13, 2017 by Chantal Eyong

This was the first year we were able to get a team to Anime Los Angeles, a smaller but active anime convention on the West Coast. Out of that I got two videos, this cosplay showcase and a second one with a Question of the Day, asked by Nerd Caliber team member Brianne Glover. Anime LA […]

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Black History Month Cosplay Feature: Mr.TUSA-Team

Posted February 11, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Our second feature highlighting New England area cosplayers for Black History Month is the beloved Mr.TUSA-Team.  He is known in the cosplay world as simply “T.” I have been lucky enough to both be able to take pictures of T for six years now, and blessed enough to call him my friend right from the […]

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Black History Month Cosplay Feature: Brandon the Shapeshifter

Posted February 6, 2017 by Rodney Brown

It is Black History Month and there are a handful of wonderful ways various people and organizations are highlighting black cosplayers. One of the best is the hashtag campaign #28DaysofBlackCosplay. I suggest you follow it on whichever social media platform you like best. Chances are it’s trending on there. In addition to other coverage throughout […]

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Kami-Con 2017 Cosplay Gallery by Bentpic5

Posted January 30, 2017 by Bentpic5

This past Saturday, I was able to attend Kami-Con. For those who might not know, Kami-Con is a 3-day convention that celebrates Japanese culture, geek culture, anime and manga, cosplay, tabletop and video gaming, and much more. It was their 9th year running, with it being the 5th year held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex located in […]

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Gaming Reviews & Culture

Crypt of the NecroDancer DLC Powers Up Already Great Game

Posted January 29, 2017 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Welcome to Indie Spotlight! Almost two years ago, I raved about one of the coolest rhythm games on the market. Today, it’s time to AMPLIFY your interest with a new update — Crypt of the NecroDancer: AMPLIFIED! AMPLIFIED is the first full DLC added to this insanely fun dungeon crawling dance party. As the star of […]

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Get Free Passes To ‘The Space Between Us’!

Posted January 26, 2017 by Rodney Brown

If you like character-driven science fiction like Moon or Arrival, you’ll probably like the upcoming movie The Space Between Us. And you have a chance to get your free passes to showings in either Boston or the Hartford area! The movie stars sci-fi stalwarts Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, and as the lead character, Ender himself, […]

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Belle of the Ball at Boston Public Gardens

Posted January 24, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

As we get deep into a chilly, rainy winter, we thought you’d enjoy another reminder of sunny summer weather — with Beauty and the Beast‘s Belle in a beautiful summer garden. In August, I got together with Starlenia for a wonderful outdoor photoshoot. We met at Boston Public Gardens at the height of late summer colors. […]

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Arisia 2017 Cosplay Gallery, Sunday Two

Posted January 23, 2017 by Rodney Brown

Sunday was our last day manning at table at Arisia 2017, as day jobs kept us from attending on Monday. But that didn’t stop me from getting another nearly 100 images of excellent and fun cosplays, to end our hall shot galleries. In case I haven’t mentioned it enough over the past five galleries, we had […]

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Arisia 2017 Cosplay Gallery, Sunday One

Posted January 22, 2017 by Rodney Brown

We start off the first of two galleries from Sunday at at Arisia 2017 with a spot-on, adorable, and probably age-accurate cosplay of Eleven from the wonderful Netflix series Stranger Things. And things stay awesome throughout the more than 100 images in this set. Arisia is held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, also the hotel for PAX East, held […]

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Arisia 2017 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Three

Posted January 20, 2017 by Rodney Brown

We are up to the third and final gallery from Saturday at Arisia 2017. Again I had World’s End Design and Lucky Grim Creative sitting at our table helping promote our event, the Cosplay And Photography Expo. In fact, about one third of the photos in this gallery were taken by Lucky Grim, as talented a photographer as she is […]

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Arisia 2017 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday Two

Posted January 19, 2017 by Rodney Brown

The second gallery of three from Saturday at Arisia 2017 continues the creative and fun cosplay the convention is known for. Arisia is held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, also the hotel for PAX East, held at the attached Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Like PAX East in the past couple of years, Arisia arranged for a number of […]

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Arisia 2017 Cosplay Gallery, Saturday One

Posted January 18, 2017 by Rodney Brown

On the second day at Arisia 2017 I was lucky enough to have a couple of panelists from our upcoming Cosplay And Photography Expo sit at our table and talk up the con. World’s End Design and Lucky Grim Creative both were big hits and effective at communicating what CAPE is all about. Not to be outdone by World End’s […]

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Arisia 2017 Friday Cosplay Gallery

Posted January 17, 2017 by Rodney Brown

We set up our table at Arisia 2017 Friday evening, to promote our upcoming convention the Cosplay And Photography Expo. In order to again have the last table in the row of convention and organization promo tables, the good folks at Boston Whovians! agreed to swap spots. That allowed us the space to get this gallery […]

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MAGfest 2017 Indie Games Awesomeness Roundup

Posted January 15, 2017 by Chris "Gallant-Z" Ruiz

Hello and a belated Happy New Year to all! This year I was thrilled to return to tradition by spending the post-New Year’s weekend at none other than MAGfest! (It used to always be this weekend, but moved later for a while.) Four days of arcades, tabletop, concerts and great friends — what more could a […]

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MAGfest 2017 Was Max Fun, Maybe Too Much For Some

Posted January 12, 2017 by JIbrii Ransom

With the horrid year that is known as 2016 now closed, we start 2017 off with a bang! MAGfest 2017 was the latest version of an annual festival celebrating both music and videogames, held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. It is consistently one of my favorite con experiences to date. My first time going to MAGfest […]

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Featured Set: Cloud City Characters Cosplay by Wonderllama Photo

Posted January 11, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

With the sad passing of Carrie Fisher this month, we’ve been posting galleries of Princess Leia cosplayers. This gallery features everyone’s favorite princess on Cloud City, along with Luke, Lando, Han, Chewie and R2-D2. The Cloud City scenes from Empire Strikes Back have several amazing, unique costumes. The Amazing Joy hand-made her incredibly detailed Bespin Leia cosplay. […]

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Featured Sets: Rey From Star Wars by Wonderllama Photo

Posted January 7, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

A belated Happy New Year, Nerd Caliber fans! Of all the amazing movies coming out in 2017, it’s a safe bet that one of the most anticipated is Star Wars: Episode VIII. What better way to get ready than a feature photo set of the hero of Episode VII, Rey. These shots from Rhode Island Comic Con […]

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Featured Sets: Spidey & Mary Jane by Wonderllama Photo

Posted January 5, 2017 by Gregg "Wonderllama" Snider

Happy New Year, Nerd Caliber fans!  We’ve got a few more feature photo sets from Rhode Island Comic Con 2016. And they’re perfect lead-ins for some of the amazing movies coming out in 2017. First up, a photo set with two of my favorite cosplayers: Chris Doherty Quest for Screen Accuracy as Spider-Man and GeezAlize Cosplay as […]

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CAPE 2017 Is Now a 2-Day Event!

Posted January 4, 2017 by Rodney Brown

What’s better than one of anything? Two of course! Whether it is two Baymaxes or two days of panels and workshops at the 2017 Cosplay And Photography Expo, doubling up is twice the fun! After looking at how much we have saved up for CAPE 2017, we decided that it made sense to pin down […]

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