Schrei205

Schrei205

Cosplayer, gamer, streamer, procrastinator. Raid leader of the official Geek Lyfe World of Warcraft guild, Emerald Templars on Wyrmrest Accord.

Blizzcon Is Coming and the Cosplay Is Going to Be Insane

Blizzcon holds a special place in my heart. It was my first ever convention, and it was my inspiration to begin this crazy cosplay hobby. Blizzcon cosplayers are truly a step above the rest as we all support each other to go above and beyond and create the best versions of our favorite Blizzard characters we can. I’m always learning from the amazing creators that attend Blizzcon, and just hanging ...

Battle for Azeroth: A Rough Start

The latest World of Warcraft expansion, Battle for Azeroth, released around 6 weeks ago. The community has been in a bit of an uproar since, with many referring to it as “Beta for Azeroth.” The random passerby who heard all the praise lavished upon the previous expansion, Legion, may be confused as to why the tone has shifted so drastically. The perceived issues are plenty, so let’s break them dow...

Schrei205 Interviews Glenn Rane (Warning: Fangirling Within)

World of Warcraft holds a special place in my heart for a huge variety of reasons. One of those reasons includes the incredible art that accompanies the game, from the illustrations, to the concepts, to the in-game scenery. The quality of Blizzard art has always been truly impressive, and I was so excited to hear that a long-time Blizzard artist, Glenn Rane, would be a guest at Phoenix Comic Fest ...

Before the Storm: Review of the Battle for Azeroth Prequel Novel by Christie Golden

Everyone that knows me knows just how much I love Warcraft. Many of my cosplays are from World of Warcraft, I’ve had my account active almost constantly since 2006, I’m super interested in all the lore, and I’ve read all the novels so far. Naturally, I was really excited to read the new novel by Christie Golden, Before the Storm. This is the official prequel novel to the upcoming World of Warcraft...

How to Get Started with Cosplay: Planning

Now that you’ve done all your research to get started on your cosplay, what’s next? There are so many different ways to tackle the same task, so how do you choose what to do and where to start?I’m going to share my process for cosplay planning: how I decide the answer for each piece, and how I get going on that road to a completed costume! My next main step after extensive research is ...

How to Get Started with Cosplay: Research

You’ve done it. You’ve decided you want to become a character from one of your favorite games, movies, anime, comic, or whatever kind of fandom you enjoy most. Or maybe you just have friends that already cosplay, but really would like to do a big group and they’ve asked you to be part of it. You’ve never cosplayed before, or have only done a quick “closet cosplay” but nothing quite as serious as y...

First Impressions: Shout Around (Beta) The Essential Convention App

First Impressions: Shout Around (Beta) The Essential Convention App By Schrei205 In March this year, prominent cosplay photographer Martin Wong began a Kickstarter for a new app designed to “completely change the way you attend conventions.” The app is called Shout Around, and is currently available for beta testing on Android and iPhone. A lot of big name cosplayers have been promoting this app a...

Phoenix Comicon 2017 from a Cosplayer’s Perspective

By now, we’re all aware of most of the drama coming out of Phoenix Comicon. The volunteer situation led to some other big concerns with staffing and security. The prop ban was controversial. Darth Mexican wrote a great review of the con from the general attendee’s point of view, but what was it like for a cosplayer this year? I want to fully explain what happened to my personal convention experien...

What is “cosplay”?

What is “cosplay”? By Schrei205 I recently dared venture into the terror that is a Facebook comment section on a popular cosplayer’s picture. I know, what did I expect to find, that’s a terrible place, etc. It really got me thinking, though, as people were insisting that this picture they were replying to was not “cosplay.” This is a sentiment that I have seen more and more often in various settin...

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