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NYCC 2016 Champions of Cosplay: The Winners (and Everyone Else)


The NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay returned to the Javits Center last night, just as it does every year. It seems like every year the quality of the cosplay gets sharper and sharper, in both materials used and creative ideas pursued. Competitors battle for $5,000 in prizes, which is always nice, but for most of these folks it’s not about the money. Glory and the satisfaction of a job well done. Winners also qualify for the final round of the 2017 C2E2 Crown Championships of Cosplay in Chicago, which is the the final stop in the Global Championships of Cosplay.

As sponsor of the event, Autodesk is given access to the contestants earlier in the day, which we love because we get to ask them all kinds of questions about how they made their cosplay. It’s a group of people who are really experienced at making things, including a few people we’ve met in past years who are returning again, but it’s also a bunch of folks who’ve never been in any kind of competition like this before. Some of them have serious butterflies, but our photographer Michael always has a way to get them to stay focused for their photo shoot. As usual, the final photos look great. Here are the winners and all the rest of the competitors for 2016….

Category: Overall

First place: Frau by Lucky Grim from Sakizou Art Work


Second place: Voltron by outLAW2LK from Voltron: Legendary Defender


Third place: The Wanderer by Cap Santiago from Fallout 4.


Category: Armor

First place: Tyrande by Sayakat Cosplay from World of Warcraft Heroes of the Storm


Second place:Imlerith by PhazonJuke from The Witcher 3 The Wild Hunt


Third place:Iron Man by Allen Wong from Iron Man


Category: Needlework

First place:General Hux by Vanya Yount from Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Second place: The Sorcerer Supreme by Canvas Cosplay from Doctor Strange


Third place: Homulilly by With a Thorn Cosplay from Madoka Magica Rebellion.


Category: FX

First place: Belldandy by Alchemical Cosplay from Ah My Goddess!


Second place: Immortan Joe by Adam Shefki (not pictured)

Third place: Tiny Tina by Mangoloo from Borderlands 2


Category: Larger than Life

First place: Voltron by outLAW2LK from Voltron: Legendary Defender


Second place: Count Chocula 2.0 by Michael Wong from Monster Cereal


Third place: Doctor Octopus by Tony Reinen from Spider-Man 2


Everyone Else

These folks didn’t win a prize, but they definitely won a place in our hearts.

The Baker’s Wife by Lady of Time Cosplay from Into the Woods.


Cersei Lannister by Lia London of Go Sew Cosplay from Game of Thrones. (not pictured)

Samus Aran by Victoria Miller from Metroid


Yennefer of Vengerberg by Elynne Costumes from The Witcher 3


Erza Scarlet by Amanda Gazzola from Fairy Tail


Iron Man Mark 1 by Kevin Uribe from Iron Man


Harley Quinn by Autumn Sharer from Batman Arkham City


Oswald Cobblepot by Ozwald Cobblepot from Batman Returns


Tracer by Foxtail from Overwatch


Johanna by A. Steakhouse from Diablo Heroes of the Storm


Gamora by Violette Fiasco from Guardians of the Galaxy


Morrigan by Gabriella Nuovo from Dragon Age


GLaDOS by Orisen from Portal


Junkrat by Hanari Solomon from Overwatch


The Corpse Bride by Amanda Dawn from Corpse Bride


Iron Man Mark 43 by Ken from Iron Man


Clara Oswald by Jana Kucera from Doctor Who


Leona – Valkyrie by Kath Dragons from League of Legends


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Pixlr at New York Comic Con 2016

pixlr at nycc cosplay

If you’ve been following @pixlr on Instagram for any length of time, you know we really love cosplay. We go to events like ECCC in Seattle and C2E2 in Chicago, but the real big event of the year is New York Comic Con. It’s just a few days away.

We’re a sponsor and official photographer of the NYCC Eastern Championships of Cosplay, so we’re busy packing up our gear and making our way as a group toward New York City, but we don’t reserve our enthusiasm just for the contestants of the official event. We set up a photo booth and pick out our favorite cosplay looks and have our brilliant photographer Michael take their photo. We aren’t able to take everyone’s photo due to high demand, but we sure do try. At the end of these events, we usually have a great collection of images on the Pixlr Cosplay Gallery, and we always encourage people to download and enjoy their photos  just as much as we enjoyed taking them.

A few standouts from NYCC 2015, which you can check out in our Cosplay Gallery.

Come and get your photo taken

If you’re going to NYCC and are dressing up, please stop by and say hello and let us take your photo. Our booth is two-sided, with SketchBook on the flip side of our booth. They will have some very talented artists drawing in real time, and they’ll even be broadcasting on their Twitch channel, so follow SketchBook on Twitch or just check in and see what’s up if you like art and drawing.

New Pack of Pixlr Overlays: Prax’s Patterns

patterns to overlay on your photos

We’re big fans of Colourlovers, a site for making color swatches and all kinds of other neat things. Their community has been around for many years, and they joined Autodesk not too long ago with the team from Creative Market. We’re always using Colourlovers to grab ready-made color swatches for our graphic design projects, but you may not know that they also have some very neat pattern-making tools. What’s great about their Seamless Pattern Maker is that you can make a very colorful pattern and download a copy of it in multiple sizes. We use it sometimes to make Overlays to use in our Pixlr app.

You can make your own overlays?

That’s right, you can actually make your own custom Overlays by using the Double Exposure option to add a patterned image to your photo. Once you add your second image, adjust the strength of the overlay, use blending modes (when possible) to make the overlay work better with your image, or use the Eraser to erase parts of the overlay. Once you realize this, you no longer have to settle for the hundreds and hundreds of Overlays already in Pixlr apps. 😘

Prax: an expert pattern maker

Within the Colourlovers community, Praxicalidocious — Prax for short — is an incredibly prolific swatch and pattern maker. It may be hard to believe, but using Colourlovers’ online pattern making tools Prax has made a whopping 14,569 patterns! She’s very good at it. It follows that she would be the perfect person to make patterns for Pixlr, so we commissioned her to help make the new Patterns content pack that you’ll see debuting today. Each of the 14 patterns in this pack are named after patterns she made on Colourlovers. We made a few to show you how we use them.

Double up and rotate

We used the Potatostamp option once on the photo below, but then we applied it a second time and rotated this second overlay for a bit of an offset effect. It ultimately gave this photo a bokeh-like patterned background. We also used the Eraser to paint out some of the effect on her figure.


Double up and saturate

We doubled up on the Swirl pattern and increased the Saturation (+10) and Vibrance (+20) because these swirls look so pretty in this landscape that has a lovely mirrored vanishing point. 

Spotlight a subject

These patterns have radial masks in the very center, which means the effect lessens toward the center of your photo. It can give a clarity to something in the center of a photo, especially portraits. But it works in landscapes, too, like this bridge photo below.


Those are just a few ways to use the new Patterns Overlay pack. This pack will be sticking around for good, but we’ll be promoting it in the app for the next week or so. We’ll also be spotlighting some of our favorite community made images on the @pixlr Instagram feed, so please tag the images you make #pixlr so we can find and feature them.

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Top 5 Most Reliable Free Font Sites

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It can be difficult and frustrating digging around the web to find the perfect font for a project — only to realize it comes with a formidable price tag or isn’t applicable for commercial use. To help save you some time down the line, we’re sharing our five favorite font sites you can comfortably use without having to worry about cost or usage limitations. In our humble opinion, these are the most reliable places to find free fonts. There are lots of really cool smaller sites that offer amazing and unique fonts, but these sites are the places that serve up lots of downloads — maybe think of them as commodity font sites. They work fast and don’t require you to jump through a lot of hoops to download fonts.

Once you download a few or a few dozen free fonts, our free online Pixlr Editor app for graphic designers lets you use fonts you’ve installed on your computer. Our Pixlr for Mac/PC app, which some people use to add text to photos, also lets you use fonts you’ve installed on your computer.

Font Squirrel

font squirrel best free font site

Font Squirrel is the number one best place to find quality, free, commercial use fonts. Unlike some of the other websites on this list, all of the fonts provided on this website are available for commercial use. So you don’t have to worry about adjusting your search options on their site in any shape or form. But, if you do want to expand your options, they offer a small but quality list of “Almost Free” fonts. Font Squirrel likely has the smallest library of fonts from this list, but the quality of the chosen fonts are undeniable. And they are unique. If you have a specific category you’d like to search, choose your options on the right-hand side. The download process is also the most straightforward. Simply click the download button next to the font you’ve chosen, unzip it, and double click the .otf or .ttf file to install. You can probably see why this is our go-to favorite font site. They make it easy for you to find and download fonts. No strings attached. And as if that wasn’t already great enough, this website also has a font identifier where you can upload an image of a font you have that you are trying to match. You can create an account and save favorites if you want.

What we like best: Well-designed site. The most useful features of any site or service. They even have full lists of glyphs and a way for you to enter text to see how it will look in a particular font face.

1001 fonts

1001 fonts free site

1001 fonts has a very large collection of fonts. They also have a specific section of fonts that are for commercial use only. You can access the commercial fonts directly from this link. Don’t be fooled by the direct-marketing style name of the site or its appearance. It’s definitely not as pretty as Font Squirrel, but rest assured quality is still in there. They have a very large and impressive collection of commercial free fonts that are high quality and easy to install. Because of this site’s popularity and lite community features, there are comments on a majority of the fonts available so you can easily take a glance at what people are saying prior to downloading. If you want to look through fonts from the category options, remember to click “Only view fonts that are free for commercial use” before starting to look through the lists. The download process is also quite simple. Simple click download on the right end of the font you like, unzip it, and double click the .otf or .ttf file to install. One thing to note is that the character map on the font web pages do not always accurately represent the characters that come with the font. Some of them show the font as having very few characters but when installed have the full set. This site also has an account option if you plan on becoming a frequent user.

What we like best: Quantity. There are a lot of fonts on this site.

Google Fonts

google fonts free

Shocking, we know. Google comes through for us again. All of the fonts on the Google Fonts site are open source. You can modify them or use them for commercial use, and they are all free. The one downfall to this website is that the categories are not very specific, especially if you’re looking for something unique. The display fonts category contains everything that isn’t serif, sans serif, handwriting, or monospace. So if you want something decorative — for example, a Halloween font — you might end up scrolling through pages and pages of the display fonts category before you find something that works. You can definitely try the search function, but unfortunately many of the font names are not even related to the style of font they represent. The download process also has a few more steps than some of the other font websites on our list. The good thing is you can download a collection of fonts that you like as a group. Look through the fonts and simply click “add to collection” for anything you’d like to download. Once you’ve chosen all your fonts, click the download button on the top right. A download box will pop up, select “Download the font families in your Collection as a .zip file”. Unzip and double click the .otf or .ttf files to install. This customization takes a little longer but it’s very useful.

What we like best: Elegance. This being Google, it pays attention to developers. You can use the web versions of Google Fonts to place fonts directly onto your website. In fact, that is something that Pixlr does in its own Pixlr Express web app. Also, their fonts are rock-solid and elegant. We’re big fans. In fact, Pixlr uses Lobster for our own display headlines sometimes.


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DaFont is a great website to get some free commercial use fonts, but you need to know how to properly navigate it. The site has been around for a long time, and its age and short-sighted site design really shows. Further, there are a lot of possible details to include with fonts, but this site doesn’t always include them. And the font you download might not have a comprehensive collection of glyphs. Then again, you’ll find all kinds of crazy dingbat and symbol font collections on here. If you’re going to search for free commercial use fonts on this site, it’s probably best to start with a category. Here are three steps to get you on the right path:

  • Search a category
  • Select more options (Note “More options” drop-down)
  • Check off both “free” and “public domain”

It’s very easy to download fonts from this site once you get the search functions right. Simply click download next to the font you’d like to use. Unzip and double click the .otf or .ttf file to install.

What we like best: Quirky. This is *the place* for oddball, niche fonts. Need some Elvish runes for your Middle Earth inspired party flyer? They’ve got you covered.

Font Space

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Font Space is quite similar to DaFont. It has a great selection with tons of categories to choose from, and there are tons of user-submitted fonts, but its design is a little friendlier. Be aware that although Font Space has a big collection of unique fonts, the website does have a bit of a cluttered look with a few too many ads. If that’s just not your cup of tea, the other sites on the list should provide more than enough options. To ensure you’re only looking through free commercial use fonts, follow the steps below:

  • Pick a category
  • Check off “only show commercial use fonts”
  • Click apply

Simply select the font you’d like to use and click download. Same as the other sites: unzip and double click the .otf or .ttf file to install.

What we like best: Independent. People who submit fonts on this site seem to be talented solo designers — the kind of people you see on Creative Market. If you are particular about licensing, this site is incredibly explicit about your many options.

The five websites listed are in ascending order: From best to less best based on ease of use and quality of fonts they’ve curated. The first three on the list are the best of the best when it comes to free commercial use fonts, but it never hurts to have more options!


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Pixlr Rewind: Bringing Back Fan Favorites

usa flag

Every once in awhile, we dig up an old content pack from the past and bring it back. We’re calling it Pixlr Rewind. Today, we’re bring back an old fan favorite — a pack of flag overlays.

We’ve been watching the 2016 Olympics in Rio this past week, and we can see the 2016 Paralympics on the horizon next month, and all of this Olympic fever reminded us of the pack of flag overlays we made for the last World Cup event a few years back. We thought this would be a great time to dig up that content pack and add it to Autodesk Pixlr. In fact, we thought it would be best to add it to the app permanently for anyone out there who likes flags — whether you’re a soccer fan or just a fan of a particular country. You’ll find it in the Overlays on Pixlr for Mac/PC, Pixlr for iOS/Android, and Pixlr Express on the web.

This content pack doesn’t contain every flag from every country out there, but we know that our users love content packs — especially packs from the past that only ran for a limited time. Do you have a fan favorite pack from the past that you’d like to see make a comeback? Shout out to us on Twitter.

Formatting and Sizing Images for eBay: a Seller’s Guide

how to guide for eBay sellers

For any e-commerce retailer, the photography associated with your online store is an integral part of marketing your products. Consumers are looking to establish trust with a business, and pictures can be a key part of beginning that relationship. For eBay sellers, a picture literally can be worth a thousand words. Let’s take a look at some sure-fire ways to enhance your pictures and start converting sales today. At the end of the post, we have a downloadable ready-to-use eBay Photo Template you can use with Pixlr Editor, our free layers-based graphic design app to make your product images.

What does eBay have to say

The first place to start is always with the rules, as the last thing you want as a seller is to violate eBay’s terms of service and get your store removed from the site. eBay says listings with high-quality pictures are 5 percent more likely to sell. Here’s a quick summary of their photography rules:

  • Image required: All listings must have at least one picture. The site used to allow image-less listings, but this has since changed.
  • Minimum sizing: All pictures must have a minimum of 500 pixels, but 1600 pixels is recommended for high-quality images.
  • No borders: Borders are not permitted. There are some exceptions if your image has a natural border or your product creates one, but it’s best to stay on the safe side with this one.
  • Watermarks allowed: Watermarks are allowed to brand your business, but not to add additional information, and it must not obscure the picture of the item you’re selling.
  • No text: Text on pictures is no longer allowed.
  • Limited stock photos: Stock photos are no longer allowed as the primary image for your listing.
  • File formats: Upload pictures as a .jpeg file or.png file for best results.

While these requirements are the most up-to-date, eBay is constantly changing their requirements to create the best end result for the buyer, so make sure you stay up to date with any further changes.

Lighting matters

Now that we know the rules, let’s take a look at how you can enhance your photos:

  • The first thing that can make a difference in your pictures is the use of lighting. Typically, natural light is the best way to showcase your product. Finding a place in your home where natural light hits a white wall means you can feature your product in the best lighting and without any distracting backgrounds. It’s also good for smaller items where a flash can distort the image or cause unwanted blurriness.
  • Natural light is typically best in the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid shooting around noon as this is when the sun is at its harshest and will cause your products to look unnatural.
  • There are some instances when a flash can be handy, but they also can cause shadows or reflections. Try to avoid using the flash whenever possible.

Focusing (and fixing out of focus images)

Focus is another technique that all sellers should try to master. Smaller items can prove a challenge, but you want to strike a balance between staying in focus and getting as close to the object as possible so you can showcase any details. Most cellphone cameras come with an auto-focus feature, but take a few additional shots so you can pick the best of the bunch. If you can’t get close enough without distorting the image, apps like our own Pixlr Editor can help you crop and edit your image to make sure it’s crystal clear. For example, you can use the Sharpen tool (Filter > Sharpen) to help with images that are slightly out of focus.

Showcasing your product

Think of your online listing like a virtual store. Humans are visual creatures, and when we shop in stores the look and feel of items can make or break the sale. Your pictures should showcase your item and make the buyer feel like they are in the room with it. There are a few important things to keep in mind:

  • Color matters: Make sure the coloring in the picture matches the color of your item so there are no surprises when they receive their shipment.
  • Stability matters: Tripods and mannequins can be great investments to still shaky hands and show off items of clothing.
  • More photos are better: Taking multiple pictures of the item can be a great way to showcase it from many angles. Who doesn’t want to look at an item from every angle before spending hard earned money?
  • No patterns, please: Shooting with solid backgrounds can avoid confusion or distractions and highlight the item you want to sell.
  • Contextual clues: If your item is hard to scale, consider using a common object or ruler in the picture so buyers can get an idea of the size.
A good eBay photo example
If it’s really important that you show size in context, you can always just use an actual ruler. No doubts about size with that.

Lots of third-party tools to help you

The internet has made editing and showcasing pictures easier than ever, so you don’t have to be a Photoshop whiz to get the best results. Pixlr Editor can help you to edit your photos quickly and create beautiful images for your listings. You can rotate, resize, smooth, focus and apply other filters to your image. Any small blurs or blemishes in your pictures can easily be fixed without having to redo the whole shoot. You may not have considered it, but collages are a great way to showcase a product from different angles without having to upload multiple images. By piecing together multiple images, you can give the user a comprehensive look at your product and encourage them to make a purchase. You can even use our free online Pixlr Express app to make quick collages.

collage eBay photo
You can upload tons of photos or you can make one photo really great by making it a creative collage. It’s a good way to add some curb appeal to a special piece.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to spruce up your eBay listings and create amazing photos that will encourage a seller to buy. Buyers are used to seeing the same boring stock photos in their online shopping, so creating a unique combination of high resolution images will boost your listing and hopefully convert more business.

Download our eBay photo template

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make eBay product photos that look great, download our Pixlr eBay Photo Template. You can open this .pxd file in our online Pixlr Editor app and add your product photos as new layers by simply copying and pasting into this file. We put a watermark logo example in there so you can see how easy it is to keep your watermark available to show/hide whenever you want. (More info about watermarking photos on our blog here.) Never used an app like Pixlr Editor or Photoshop before? Check out our Working with Layers intro video that will get you up and running quick and easy.

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Design Basics Video: Cut It Out

A few weeks back, we let you know about our new Pixlr Editor Design Basics series. It’s a series of videos made just for people who are new to Pixlr Editor. We know that tons of people stumble across our online app looking for a free Photoshop alternative, and we know that not all of them actually have experience using an app like this. If you are a Photoshop expert, try to remember the first time you opened that app with a goal in mind but no way to figure out how to accomplish it.

This week, we’re adding another new video that deals with one of the most important tasks of all: cutting stuff out. Whether you need to cut out a logo and make a transparent PNG or remove a background from a portrait, this video will help you figure it out. We try to keep things basic, lighthearted, and focused on the task at hand so you don’t have to wade through a bunch of 20-minute tutorials. Short and to the point. Check out this video if you’ve always wanted to learn how the magic wand and lasso tool works.

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Mother’s Day Photo Card Ideas: Selfie to Sentimental to Serious

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. You still have time to get her something great or plan something special. You know what mothers really love? Photos — especially when they’re of you. We put together some ideas to help you make your own Mother’s Day card using Autodesk Pixlr.

The Selfie as Mother’s Day Card

Maybe you like to take selfies. If so, you and mom are both going to be very happy with the new Pixlr MOM sticker pack. Take a photo and add a flowery MOM sticker. Maybe include a nice crafty border. You have an instant Mother’s Day card. This is probably one of the easiest ways to surprise your mom. You can take as many selfies as you need until you get one that’s just right. Still don’t like the way you look in your selfie? Ask your mom to take a selfie with you by her side. Add your stickers and effects and surprise her with it. She’ll appreciate that you took the time to make something creative with her that’s also a snapshot of a moment in time — that time you and mom had fun taking selfies.

Selfie as Mother's Day Card

Inspirational Quotes, Sentimental Feelings

The typical printed Hallmark-style greeting card at your local drugstore (how much longer will those be around?) is syrupy sweet. Sometimes sickly sweet. I always ask myself, “Is this really the kind of cheesy sentiment my mom will respond to?” Turns out — yes. I think back to all of the cards my mom gave me on my birthday and other special occasions. When they weren’t designed to be funny their sentiments were all about deep seriousness, sincerity, and emotional well-being. They were flowery and full of cliches — but I recognized that my mom genuinely responded to the sentiment expressed. She might not have been able to say deeply serious things to me face to face, so she did it with sentimental cards. If you’re worried that you’re veering too far into sentimental territory, maybe you are. Then again, maybe you’re hitting the really sweet spot with something like this:

Inspirational Quote for Mother's Day

Straightforward and Simple

If you want to go the sincere and traditional route, dig into Pixlr and uncover all the other stickers and overlays that will complement these MOM stickers. Grab a word art quotation from the Inspiration stickers or maybe something lovable from the Amore sticker pack. (There’s even one about moms in the Amore pack.) If you really want to make your card have an interesting sheen, use the Stylize options to turn your photo into watercolor,  silk, or pencil art. You can control the amount of stylize effect you add, so even just softening up your photo with these effects can make your photo look more like traditional art. That kind of painting effect is something you see a lot of on traditional greeting cards. You can do it more strikingly like we did in the photo above, or just do it in a subtle way like we did here with pencil effect just on the bottom half of the photo:

make a mother's day card

The opposite side of the sentimental spectrum is outsized creativity. If your mom has her own tattoos or sneers at anything unoriginal or loves modern art then by all means get as creative as you can. Again, you can use the Stylize effects, but use some of the more radical ones like Halftone or Litho. If you need to add texture or interestingness to your photo, there are literally hundreds of overlays that will add strong or subtle effects to your photos.

Make Hilarity Ensue

Or, just make something fun or even silly. I would wager that most moms do not want a silly or comedic card with dumb puns on it. But some moms do. If your mom is one of those — congratulations! Super silly moms are the most fun kind of moms. So don’t hesitate to create your own message using the text options in Pixlr. You’ve got a ton of crazy fonts to use if you need them to make something like this:

Fun mother's day cards

Those are just a few ideas to get you started, but we always like seeing what Pixlr users make. If you make something you’re proud of and want to share, tag it #pixlrmom. We’ll feature a few of our favorites all week on the Pixlr Instagram account.


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The Best Cosplay at ECCC Seattle: 10 Outstanding Looks

What a wonderful fan convention that was ECCC. We attended Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle last year, but this year the cosplay was even more outstanding. The Western Championships of Cosplay was full of amazing looks, of course, but the quality of cosplay out in the hallways sometimes rivaled the contestants. We were fortunate to be able to pick out some of our favorite characters, but we also had tons of amazing cosplayers just show up wanting to get their photo taken. If we could’t fit you in (it was a busy four days), we hope you’ll find us again next year. If we did have you sit for a photo shoot, make sure to download a high-res copy. It’s just dying to become your Facebook profile photo for the next three months.

Here are some of our favorite looks from Saturday and Sunday at ECCC….

People who came back again and again

We had a number of people who dress differently each day come back. This fellow sat for us no less than three times at ECCC. As you can quickly see, he some talent with fabrication. He’s especially experienced at creating items out of fiberglass, which of course looks about as professional as can be. The two swordsmen were some of the most polished cosplayers we saw at ECCC. And one of them is his wife! Kudos to her for her sewing prowess (and patience with his labor of love). Thanks to everyone who came back for more!

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Cardboard Knight

This fellow made this entire suit of armor out of cardboard. He really maximized what you can do with cardboard and rivets (very smart use of corrugated cardboard in spots). The details are very impressive. If you zoom in you can see the finger greaves. You can even see his eyes peeking through, which is a testament to our photographer Michael’s attention to detail.

cardboard knight cosplay

Mad Max Family Time

This family sat for us last year for a few different cosplay looks, and they came back this year with a stunner. The entire family joined in to create a Mad Max group that was easily the most impressive of any Mad Max themed cosplay we saw this year. All of them are amazing, especially the “Immortan Joan” look. Thank you @coregeek, @emmy__jonesy, and the rest!

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The Vikings

This couple is driven by this guy’s obsession with vikings. Not just the TV show The Vikings. He’s into all things viking, and boy does he know his stuff. We spotted his shield from far away and knew we had to have them pose for us. Turns out he built this shield the way the original Vikings used to. It’s covered in canvas, which helps keep the wood from splitting when hit by swords and spears, and the entire outside is made out of rawhide that is super hard and reinforces the entire shield. He told us all about it, including how he couldn’t find the right materials he wanted so he went and bought tons of dog chew toy rawhide, soaked it to make it a little more malleable, and then formed it and set it on the shield. Resourceful — just like a viking.

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This imposing fellow sounds as loud as he looks. Actually, much louder. He turned heads everywhere at ECCC with this barbaric cosplay. His spittle-flying lunges at our camera were frankly awesome. It was a real pleasure to have him pose. He’s a real expert. Does it for a living, in fact. Nice bear head, bro!

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Hell Messiah of the Cenobites

Hellraiser is horror canon, so you always expect to see at least a few people doing one of the iconic looks from the movies. But we don’t think anyone has done it quite this well. This fellow also sat for us more than once. In fact, he showed up for photos four (five?) times during the four days. Sometimes he would wear two looks per day. That’s commitment! We’re a fan of all of his looks (which you can find in the Cosplay Gallery), but this Cenobite interpretation is probably our favorite of his many cosplays.

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Steven Universe

One thing I find interesting about the rising popularity of cosplay — and of fan conventions themselves — is that it’s occurring during the rise of both superhero movies and this new Golden Age of Television. You’ll see all kinds of cosplay inspired by both animated and live action TV, and this Steven Universe character was well done — and she really went for the poses we asked her to take.

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The Flash

We like how some cosplayers go for alternate looks of characters. Sometimes those are alternate comic book story lines and sometimes they are conceptual interpretations. This alternate Flash was interesting and different, but what really blew us away was his enthusiasm for Pixlr. He’s a long-time user and we loved hearing about his experiences with our apps. Front of the line, @titancosplay. Your flattery is welcome here.

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Princess Mononoke

Some of the cosplay we see is through the roof with details and looks like it took weeks or even months to make. But we’re also really impressed by people who do simple things really well. It only takes three or four of just the right pieces using the right colors and details to make stand-out cosplay — especially when the person who embodies the character really believes in it. This Princess Mononoke was understated but also outstanding.

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Pixlr Staff of Power Photo

We definitely have a favorite of all the photos we took at ECCC. To us, our favorite photo is the last one we take — our staff photo. This time around, we had a smaller staff than we did at C2E2, but the photo turned out just as epic as that last one in Chicagoe. We admit it, we’re biased to choose this one as our favorite. Even though we try, it’s impossible to be completely objective when judging cosplay. And it’s completely impossible to not pick this photo as our favorite because we felt the same rush that all the other cosplayers who had their photo taken at our booth this week felt. When our expert photographer Michael poses you and makes you reach for that last 5% of emotion when you think you’ve already given 100% percent, and you step down from your pose and see how epic you look on a big 55-inch screen that’s broadcasting your photo to the entire convention — well then it’s going to be your favorite photo no matter what. Thank you, Michael, for your amazing work, and thank you to everyone who sat for a photo shoot!


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C2E2: The Best Cosplay via Beat Down Boogie

We’re big fans of Beat Down Boogie on YouTube. If you’ve never checked out their YouTube channel and you like seeing amazing cosplay, you should probably visit and subscribe. The Beat Down Boogie team goes from event to event around the country capturing the best cosplay looks at each fan event. It’s a labor of love for them, and they have a lot of fans around the world. In fact, we wanted to congratulate them for passing 600,000 followers this past week. That’s huge!

Of course, going from event to event and paying for hotels and food and everything else that’s involved in capturing it all isn’t free. Labors of love sometimes require benefactors, and we’re proud to sponsor Beat Down Boogie and help them keep their video fun train rolling. Check out their most recent video from the Chicago event a few weeks back, which was just released in the past few days:

Thanks for the shout-out at the end of the video, Micah! We hope you had as much fun as we did at C2E2. We can’t wait to see your Emerald City Seattle video when it’s done.