Articles From Category “General” 12

  • BritKig: First Year in Review

    2018 has been a major year for me, with plenty of ups and downs both in and outside of cosplaying. It won't be much longer to the day one year ago that Irina came to my doorstep and I feel it is time to reflect on my first year as an animegao cosplayer.

    On March 17th, I attended my first convention in a cosplay costume at MCM Comic Con Birmingham March 2018 in The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham.

    This is not the first time I have been to this venue for this event, in-fact, it is my third time. I have to attribute this being possible to my younger brother as, although I have an automatic driving license, I cannot afford to maintain even a basic car (and some of us do know what insurance and road tax can amount to).

    The sensations I experienced this time was a complete contrast on past occasions and, make no mistake, my mindset was completely different. I was actually quite popular with the kids and their grandparents. Interestingly, I never
  • A copy of this article, which you add suggestions to, is available on this link here.

    Hi ya!! /(^ x ^)\

    Thank you for stopping by! So you want to learn how to make cleavage in your skin suit? Hopefully this guide can help you out!!

    So, just a tiny bit of history? Originally I was starting a new project where I wanted to show some cleavage but I didn’t want to show any of my actual skin ‘cause I’m kind of modest in real life about that, lol!! Mid-Western values and all. =)

    Anyway, I knew I needed to make some sort of skin suit and did a ton of looking and research on the internet and by luck stumbled upon Natsuki-San’s website on how to create cleavage! I thought, “OMG, this is perfect, it’s exactly what I’m looking for!!”. Also, total bonus, but since I was binding myself down and would be using silicone breast forms I could “reset” my bust line and really accentuate my figure to whatever size I wanted and really get that hour-glass shape without surgery or…
  • I couldn't get the photos in here but the story is the same, if you want to see the photos which I believe help tell the story more, you can see it here.…FqzwqQlaCzEAJklBhSI1zVq3A

    In order to truly tell this story, we must go back in time. Way back to Otakon 2001.

    *Jumps into Delorean and hits 88MPH*

    Back then, I was a budding young crossplayer, living a completely sheltered life, while dealing with a constant migraine from a neck injury. I was just… existing…

    During the day when I was cosplaying at Otakon ‘01 I believe, I ran across Yuri. I can’t remember what she was wearing, but I remember everyone’s reaction, and I am sorry to say, it wasn’t positive. I honestly didn’t like their reaction, as I found kigu fascinating. But in my stupid youth, I went along with my friends and never saw her again.

    Afterwards, I spent some time looking for websites on what I saw. This was back in the day of dial-up, ass-slow Internet, and Google was not yet a…
  • Hey Kig people! I just want to have a heart to heart with you for a moment. Recently I got to have a chat with Cici, One of the Co-Owner’s, about the creation of this site

    I heard the History of Cici and a previous forum, and all the drama that went with it. I heard about how Things that start friendly can turn into a painful mess, and how Priorities can be skewed by personal problems and create drama for those trying to help. But I also heard about how friends can come together to make something beautiful and support one another! This is the most inspiring thing that I've taken away from this site. Even with all the drama that happens on other Social media Platforms, We can come together on this Forum to share Ideas and Provide support for one another. The fact that I can go through the forums without worrying if someone is going to attack my post or Shame my picture shares speaks to the fact that this is in fact a community, not an Elitist clique or club.

  • Hello,

    French KigO division reporting :
    Exactly one month after the Japan Expo, I found some time to write this little article for the Leek.

    So, what is Japan Expo ?
    Japan Expo is the #1 biggest convention in Europe. It exists since 1999 and the 2015 occurence attracted ~250K people during 4 days. Yes, it's a lot of people ! (half way to the Comiket attendance :S )
    There are smaller versions of Japan Expo (USA, Belgium, south of France, ...) since it becames some kind of brand. But the main one is always located near Paris at the begining of July. French uses the abbreviation "JE" to talk about their favorite annual meeting.

    "Oui ! nous allons à la JE cette année !! ♥"

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    Since I started Kigurumi in 2013, the french kigu club (now named KaoKig, Kiff) always longed for this annual meeting. To my delight, every year, we had the pleasure to meet with foreign kigus too who wanted to perform in France. We got Finnish, UKs, Swissies, Belgies, Germanisies, Spanishies, ...…
  • A couple of weeks ago, AN2016 in Toronto became a main attraction for the cosplay and kigurumi communities. Although it was a great experience for all attendees, it was actually quite hot and humid compared to last year's gathering. Here is my latest Ahri's Diary entry on 5 tips on surviving the heat:

    1) Water - when you are in full zentai, foundation garments, padding, etc. you will inevitably sweat like a pig. I don't know where this idiom comes from considering that pigs only a few sweat glands — compared with more than 2 million in humans. Sorry, I digress. Let's just say that you will lose a lot a water due to perspiration (which can be a bit stinky. Pee-you!! So ladies, please don't forget to apply a generous of deodorant). Staying well hydrated is a must. Water would be a key component. For those that need more calories, there are always sports drinks for considerations.
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    2) Caffeine - stay away from the cup of java or another swig of that dark cola. …
  • Let's face it, when it comes to Kigging - it can and will get pricey. This art form is not without its share of financial investment. What hobby or club do you know of that is "free" or has little monetary investment? Many sports incur some sort of cost like golf - shoes, clothing, golf clubs, lessons and green fees. Video gaming has a price tag - the electricity, the game system and controllers, the internet charges, the games themselves and the hundreds of hours spent in front of a screen.

    Between the different Kig cosplay outfits, the undergarments and its contraptions, the videos and photos to learn to mimic your desired Kigurumi character, the cost of attending various global conventions (travel, hotel stay, food, convention prices), and not to mention the coveted mask - Kigging can become an expensive adventure. Since this is my first exposure to the world of Kigurumi, I'd be lying if I told you that I knew how each of the masks are constructed and which is better. …
  • Day 3 - Saturday

    .......It went without saying that my role as interpreter was practically useless: Nine times out of ten, we just approached communications obstacles by busting out Google Translate. So now I'd effectively fucked over my attempt to represent the west. Now, waking up to the sight of that renowned red-haired Iluca in the corner of the room, I realized I'd been given the opportunity to fuck over representing the east.

    Earlier, we'd been insistent that Hoson kig with us - he declined, insisting that one of us don his mask so he could get pictures. Cici doesn't wear masks made by others for business reasons, and Jesse didn't seem to vocal about the notion either. Therefore, since I'm perpetually dissatisfied with myself and obsessed with wearing other peoples' things, the duty to represent Hoson as his living watermark fell onto my shoulders. My broad, quarterback-like shoulders.

    Thank fuck her cosplay is a hockey jersey, lest I look like even more of a pinhead.

  • Written by Sofa
    Photos by Sofa, Jesse, and HOSOn

    Day 2 - Friday

    .......We'd be picking up Hoson from the airport later today. Coffee was gifted to me as I dwelled on our predicament. The guest we'd be picking up spoke nary a glimmer of English, while my grasp on Japanese is tenuous at best. And here I was, being entrusted to something resembling translation: This foul-smelling heap of organic misery, whose Japanese sounds like it's coming from a two-year-old, was expected to represent the western kigurumi cosplay community to one of the most influential figures in the hobby in the east. And I'd be the one to retrieve him from arrivals, too, meaning I'd be their first impression of this corner of U.S. kigu. As for our group as a whole, it was up to us to make sure he was well-accommodated here, and got to do what he came here for: Sightseeing, fine dining, and shopping for t-shirts with crummy Japanese writing on them were just a few of the things on the list aside from anything…
  • Written by Sofa
    Photos by Sofa, Jesse, and HOSOn

    .......I don't like LA. It's hot and humid and you can't get anywhere because the drivers are shit. I don't like AX, either, because it's crowded and expensive and it's in LA. Thus, it was with some hesitation that I told my college geometry professor that I'd be absent for a few days surrounding 4th of July weekend, and much regret that I saw how much makeup work would pile up while I'd be at Anime Expo 2015. However, this was not to be a leisurely event. I had the obligation - nay, the opportunity - to help BAKA accommodate a guest from Japan, a kigurumi photographer of some clout. The problem would arise in that he speaks very limited English, whereas the most Japanese our group can collectively speak are such phrases as "I'm a pencil", all of which are spoken only by me.

    Day 0 - Wednesday

    The drive was about as eventful as one would expect - a 45-minute jaunt through the SF Bay Area's uninteresting urban sprawl…