2016 has come and gone while cosplayers filled the year with creativity, advances in construction, and tons of booty. We asked some of our favorite cosplayers what were their favorite things in cosplay and in the community in 2016 to commemorate the year in the best way possible.
Vivid Vision is an avid cosplayer with over ten years of cosplay experience. Since childhood, she has had an interest in Japanese anime and culture. Over the past decade she has immersed herself in the artistry of costume design and creation; spending countless hours crafting costumes and props. She is heavily involved in the anime community and has travelled to various anime conventions in North America and Asian. Combining her cosplay skills with her new found passion in photography, she continues to expand her creative horizon.
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Evgenia Medvedeva, a Russian champion figure skater cosplayed Yuri from Yuri on Ice. This series gained alot of traction of cosplayers to start skating and do photoshoots on ice. It also enticed alot of females to crossplay (including myself :p)
Hey, here I'm based in New York and have been cosplaying since 2011. A majority of my costumes are from video games, mostly from League of Legends. My main motivation when it comes to cosplay is being able to travel the world and meet new people. And more importantly, it's fun to be able to handcraft a costume and bring beloved characters to life. I'll always work my hardest to be accurate and stay true to the character. Just like what Ekko says, "Not quitting until it's right!"
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For me one really cool thing about 2016 is the increasing amount of ways that Riot started giving back to the community. They started featuring more and more cosplayers and artist. We were on the client and they even let us join their events as guests. It was pretty cool, always an honor and forever grateful.
Overwatch came out during 2016 and it seems like everyone jumped on that wave. It was nice having a diverse yet connected group of cosplayers all the major cons like Anime Expo.
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I’ve been preaching the love for the booty since forever but finally everyone else caught on. I don’t need to even explain any further. I’m just happy people are doing more booty shots this time around.
2016 saw a huge stride of new ways of cosplay fabrication. While these methods did exist before 2016, this was the year when everything became popular. Eva foam, Worbla, Thibra, 3d printing, resin casting, etc. It was a creative year.
I'm a cosplayer based in Vancouver, Canada! I've been cosplaying for three years now and I mostly enjoy cosplaying characters from video games! My favourites are League of Legends and Fire Emblem. Cosplaying has helped me expand my creative skills and make some amazing friends!
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This game was released and the cosplays exploded! People have been creating many amazing overwatch cosplay projects!
This theme became more popular and creative! People like to play around with character concepts for a fun and easy photo shoot!
New ways to stream became available on Instagram, twitter and Facebook which enabled many cosplayers to learn and interact with each other.
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