Cosplay Spilling into Daily Life?

Cosplay has been around for along time. Originally something done by the few, “costume play” has exploded in popularity to the point where it is an integral part of pop culture. Cosplay at comic cons, or any cons, nation and world wide is so popular that contest are setup and cosplayers are rewarded for creativity and ingenuity. Participants spend months preparing for events, meticulously designing, planning, sculpting, and refining their costumes. There are even fan pages on Facebook for specific cosplayers who can be hired to attend events and have achieved name recognition and some degree of fame. What is really interesting about Cosplay though is that it is now spilling over into daily life. A quick search on the popular crafters and handmade site Etsy shows hundreds of products made with cosplay themes but for regular daily life and I’m not talking about just t-shirts of your favorite characters either.

Imagine if you will, that you are in need of a new daily coat and you are fan of the BBC series Sherlock. Well you would be in luck be cause there is a company called that offers you a real life, high quality peacoat almost exactly like that worn by the series lead Benedict Cumberbatch. Or if Sherlock isn’t your thing but the CW’s Green Arrow centric show ‘Arrow’ is you could just get a green hooded coat styled after the show. What if comics are you your thing either but video games like Assassin’s Creed is and you only need a hoodie? Well has you covered!

Personally I think its a lot of fun to be a geek today. Having been a fan of comics from back when you could get beat up at school for it, its kinda nice to let your geek flag fly! Even areas where you wouldn’t expect cosplay to touch are being effects, and in a good way! Check out Etsy for business casual and formal gear and you can find custom Deadpool cuff links with matching tie bar, of course there are the normal custom ties, but how about custom high heels!?! Then at the other end of the spectrum like motorcycle gear you will find things like custom painted helmets such as this Spider-Man themed full face helmet on Etsy. has line of themed motorcycle riding suits like this one based on the batsuit from The Dark Knight movie. And if a full riding suit isn’t quite you then you can hit up Weld Burn Masks and get a Punisher themed handmade motorcycle face mask.

Its an exciting time whether it is DC or Marvel, Comic or Anime, Movies or Video Games there is someone out there making something for your everyday life to help slake your cosplay passion between events!

Deadpool – Banned in China and Not Kid Friendly… Just Like it Should Be!

Deadpool is an interesting character. Created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza for Marvel Comics he debuted in The New Mutants #98 in February 1991. The story goes that after Rob was done with the character design Nicieza called him back and remarked that this was a rebranded copy of DC Comics popular villain Deathstroke. To drive the joke home the pair gave him the real name ofWade Wilson a spin on Deathstroke’s really name of Slade Wilson. The character went on to almost immediately gain fans and only a few years later was given his own title. Deadpool was ranked 182nd on Wizard magazine’s list of the Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time, ranked 45th on Empire magazine’s list of The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, and placed 31st on IGN’s list of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes. So why is he interesting?

He’s Bat Shit Crazy

Those words were chosen carefully. Wade was entered in the Weapon X program because he really had nothing to lose since he was dying from cancer. (His cancer is a reoccurring joke in the comics) Wade is not a mutant but during his time in the Weapon X program is artificially given an enhanced version of Wolverine’s mutant healing factor. The trouble is that it didn’t cure his cancer so his body is in a constant fight of healing the damage that his cancer is causing. Considering his brain was one site of infection, the constant damage and repair causes him to be unpredictable and often times completely mental. Though initially he didn’t have any on-board internal dialog, he is now famous for having two additional voices in his head which are represented on page with yellow and white speech boxes with which he often has verbal dialog to the dismay of those around him.

Deadpool talking to himself

Deadpool alone with his crazy

He Can Heal From Virtually Anything

The X-Men character Wolverine is the source of Deadpool’s healing factor but he heals faster and more completely than his donor. Known for diving in head first, sometimes literally, knowing that while it might hurt but that he will be fine has become a signature technique for Deadpool. With no regard for himself Wade is willing to do anything at anytime which when combined with his fragile mental status makes him a dangerous foe. Taskmasker, a foe with photo-reflexive memory which allows him to copy anyone’s fighting skills by observation, was unable to defeat Deadpool due to his chaotic and improvised fighting style. Taskmaster has also stated that Deadpool is an expert at distracting his opponents. Other formatable fighters in the Marvel Universe like X-Men member Gambit are also afraid to directly engage Deadpool even going so far as to offer to pay him off rather than fight him.

Deadpool's body says

Did someone say

Scratching my brain!

And last of all…. *reader insert drum roll here*

He Knows He’s in Comic Book

To my knowledge there isn’t a point that’s been portrayed in the comics at which Deadpool discovers that he is just a comic book character created and used for the enjoyment of the reader but he does know it. As famous has he is for the previous points, and MANY many others, at the top if the list (or at the bottom I suppose) should be his frequent breaking of the fourth wall, something nearly no one else in the Marvel Universe does. Frequent references to real world events, pop culture, references to previous issues by issue number, and even characters from other comic book companies like Batman are bewildering to other characters but are a staple and major point of interest for fans. In short, it wouldn’t be a Deadpool comic without at least one breach!

Deadpool envy's Batman

Deadpool's Previous Issue References

Deadpool recaps for the reader

With the release of his new movie on the horizon, February 12th in the US GET your ticks like now, take the time to enjoy Deadpool for what he is the “Merc with the Mouth” (not that X-Men Origins: Wolverine bullshit).

Deadpool loves a shower scene

Deadpool loves a shower scene


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