CosPod is the podcast for all things cosplay. We cover the materials, techniques, products, and people essential to the art of costuming and bringing characters to life!
In part 2 of the badge tutorial, Amber has shown you how to make a cool, geeky lanyard. Now it's time to make a custom badge pocket to accessorize your new nerdy gear!
We talk about the World Cosplay Summit! This year it's returned amid the pandemic with some changes, with the primary costume contest moving to a video format. Our thoughts, what we saw, and what trends that will probably carry over into next year!
With most patterns moving online for ease of use, we thought this would be a great time to create a tutorial that covers how to put together a printable pattern!
On this episode, we look at the meaning of TrashCons. What are they, how to spot one, and what you can do to ensure your money is spent at a better convention. With Covid-19 restrictions easing in many US states, we felt this was an appropriate time to talk about TrashCons. Many TrashCons are reappearing to take advantage of unsuspecting nerd/geek …
We're doing a new type of tutorial this episode! How to make your own badge lanyard. Which is a great cosplay accessory if you're looking for something that better matches your costume. Or if you want a fun nerdy touch to your casual-wear for your next convention.
We tackle the serious topic of ConCrunch. What it is, how it can affect you, and why cosplayers should stop supporting the practice. The hosts of this podcast are not medical professionals. Any detailed information we share will come from various medical sources that we researched, and we will be linking the content in the show notes below. If you …
With Amber's recent experimentation into foam, we broke down a full tutorial on how to make foam look like leather, with 2 different methods plus painting!
We review another cosplay book! This time it's 'The Cosplay Handbook' by Grace Herbert/Grace Willow Crafts, which gives a general overview of how to get into cosplay and what to expect when you're in costume.
Amber experiments with foam in trying to transform it to look like leather. What does she learn in the process?
We're back with another episode of CosPod! Amber updates her work on the armor pattern and we dive into a Twitter discussion about cosplay contests, are some people being priced out of competing? Is there a cost barrier to entering?
Amber is back and returns with some new patterns to try out! Everything has been printed, and now we await the results.
Val flies solo and talks about preparing for hosting a panel with an online convention. She covers the in's and out's of how to set up your panel, ideas for presenting, and what questions to ask the convention when hosting in an online format.
Amber and Val tackle the question "what does your cosplay say about you?" We explore this oddball subject and come to learn a lot about ourselves and others in the process!
Amber and Val are back with another round of cosplay talk. This time we wanted to bring you our tips of things we've learned with crafting over the years that we wish we knew when we started! Volume 1, because this will always be a topic with much to learn from.
Amber and Val talk about the freezing weather that halted all cosplay progress. But in this, we found a great topic to discuss: how and why you should upgrade your tools!
Amber and Val catch up on cosplay happenings and review a book that is all about garment fitting to help you in your costuming escapades!
We talk a lot about cosplay contests on the podcast. But this episode we thought it would be good to tackle the discussion of what to do if you didn't win a prize? How do you handle a loss? Amber and Val share their suggestions to help out and motivate you with your next cosplay.
Welcome back podders! It's the start of Season 10, and we've got a whole bunch of CosPod news for you. In fact, so much it's an entire episode. A lot has happened with the show in the past 2 months and we want to keep you all updated.
For those who listen/watch on podcasting apps, you're missing our on our Afterssions! These YouTube exclusives are more mayhem and nerdy randomness, but somehow we always tie it back to cosplay. Many of our jokes and memes are born from Aftersessions. Here's a sample!
Inspired by our makeup book review, this CosPod Extras is dedicated to Makeup Brushes! One thing that we found missing from a number of makeup tutorials is information about the brushes. And jumping into makeup without knowing the brushes is overwhelming. Which ones do you get? What's the difference between Foundation Brush Y and Foundation Brush Q…
We might be on our seasonal break, but that doesn't stop the rush of cosplay. Introducing CosPod Extras! A Mini Episode of cosplay content in a bite-sized serving so you can continue to enjoy our crafty shenanigans between seasons. Our First Mini Episode we interview cosplayer Kia Sangria! A New York-based costumer and designer who has a really coo…
It's our last episode of the season - Halloween Party time! We spend this session talking just a smidge about cosplay and mostly playing games wiht our viewers. Thank you to everyone for joining us, for your years of support, and we'll see you in Season 10! Note: This is our annual "After Dark" episode so expect content to be more on the PG-13 side…
It took 9 years, but Amber finally has her magnet episode! Learn about the wonders of magnets in cosplay and the multiple ways to use them!
After catching up on some cosplay updates, we review a more recent cosplay book from Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay: The Art of Extreme Wig Styling.
With 2020 steadily, and finally, making it's way to an end, we wonder what convention life will be like in 2021? What will a post-pandemic con look like? Will we be able to go to conventions at all in the US in 2021? We take a look at what conventions can do to stay safe.
Amber continues on her molding mayhem and reviews the resin product Castin' Craft. Will she resiin in 100 degree F heat? Will she stay indoors? Will her molds melt?!
After our cosplay updates and WCS news, we review a makeup book by Kinpatsu cosplay!
After 9 seasons, some of our tutorials are a bit out of date. And we've learned so much over the years, we want to share our knowledge. So first tutorial in need of an update is Pattern Draping: The Basics.
We check up on the latest in cosplay news, talk a little bit about #ComicConAtHome with San Diego Comic Con, and Amber review InstaMold - a "fast" way to make temporary molds.
We're back with another episode! Amber reviews the book 'Foam Armor, Fast' by Bill Doran.
A hot topic right now has been a growing question among many cosplayers: is cosplay a community? How has it changed over the years? Was it ever a community? We tackle the question with this episode.
Welcome to the digital runway for the ALL-CON 2020 Online Cosplay Contest! Support ALL-CON Dallas' March Recovery effort by buying your badge for 2021 or you can donate directly at all-con(dot)next/shop(dot)html. Video has been edited to remove the off-screen judging session and any pauses in the original stream.…
Ready to enter the world of cosplay guesting? Amber and Val provide tips for all cosplayers on how to get started, building your portfolio, and how to reach out to conventions to get your name out there.
Amber and Val catch up on cosplay news, share an announcement for our Online Cosplay Contest, and provide a very handy, full-proof glove tutorial!
After Val's panel for AradaniCon, she received quite a few questions! So we're going to answer them live and help you gain even more insight into cosplay contests, how they work, and what you can do to improve your costume.
New to cosplay? Interested in it? Don't know where to begin? That's what this episode will cover! We'll talk about a few ways to jump into cosplay without feeling overwhelmed!
Amber and Val catch up on their latest cosplay happenings, and we take a moment to review a new book: 'The Art of Cosplay' by Andy Knapik. Note: We did receive the book from the author for free, but we were not paid to review it. The responses and feedback you will hear/see are our honest review of the book.…
NWe update everyone about ALLCON and the cosplay contest, but we also have something fun to share: VAL GOT A CRICUT! Unbox with us!
No puns on this episode title! We're talking about recent convention cancellations due to COVID-19. What is this virus? How do we reduce our risk to catching it? Is all of the talk over-hyped or are there some truths to the virus? And what to do if the con you were attending was cancelled.
Catch up on the cosplay shindigs! Amber provides a great tutorial on how to paint foam to look like wood!
Another ALL-CON announcement and Amber and Val discuss how this crazy hobby of cosplay can translate to helping you in the real world!
First! We announce the prize pool for ALL-CON Dallas 2020's cosplay contest. Joy! Then, we get ready for the angry e-mails. Amber and Val discuss Photoshopping in cosplay and how sometimes it goes too far.
We're back to start out Season 9 with the first episode of 2020. And of course Amber and Val have to cover one of their favorite topics: adhesives. What glues work best when? What is our favorite glue? And why is hot glue the best thing next to craft foam?
It's here! We've finally made it to 200 hundred episodes of CosPod. Rejoice! Thank you to all of our listeners and viewers for your support these past 8 seasons. This Q and A episode is for you. As a warning, our Halloween mash-ups are After Dark episodes. So there may be a swear word or two dropped in. Music: Galactic Damages by Jingle Punks (free…
After a convention has ended, what do you do with you cosplay? Amber and Val share their tips and tricks to maintain your costume for years of con adventures!
It's back! We have more pet peeves with cosplay and conventions. Some of them are funny. Some of them are too real for words. Some of them are legitimate concerns that conventions and media should address.
Get your budget ready for cosplay! Amber and Val talk about move than "clipping coupons." We walk you through how to build your budget and sticking with it!
Amber and Val catch up on CosPod news (episode 200 is soon!) And we update an old wig wefting tutorial - create your own wefts using your scrap wig fibers! A great way to save money and be more eco-friendly.
Amber and Val take a look at the World Cosplay Summit competition this year, and Amber covers innovation in cosplay.
Can you be "green" with cosplay? Absolutely! In this episode, Val will go over how you can Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to make your costumes more eco-friendly!