Recently, there’s been a lot of talk in the news about mental health and how being open with your feelings can make a difference. From personal experience, sharing how I’ve felt with people about my anxiety has helped because it’s made me feel less worried about it, knowing that others are understanding of it. Comics are also a great source of inspiration, which is why I’m opening up submissions for guest posts around comics and mental health.
Pop culture is an exciting phenomenon that connects people all over the world through a love of fictional worlds and characters. Some of the best places to experience it are comic cons, which is why I was excited to attend two in March: Liverpool Comic Con and Birmingham Comic Con. Both events were carried out back to over two weekends. I was at Liverpool Con on the 10th Match and Birmingham Con on the 17th March. Both events were different, with each being enjoyable for different reasons. Here are my thoughts on both and why I think everyone who loves pop culture should attend a comic con.
Cosplaying is a popular hobby for people all over the world because it provides a creative outlet. The Comic Vault is interested in promoting cosplaying organisations across the globe, which is why I’m bringing in a new feature called ‘Cosplay Expeditions.’ The segment will cover cosplay organisations, websites, charities and events in various countries and promote their message. The first organisation I’m featuring is ArkadyMac, who I came across when looking into cosplaying charities. Based in the Philippines, ArkadyMac started off as an anime series review blog that expanded into a community hub for pop culture and cosplay events.
If there’s one thing I enjoy about being creative, it’s getting the chance to meet like-minded people. Collaboration is a great way to make new connections and produce something new, whether it’s a story or a piece of art. Working with someone else helps you elevate each other, which is useful when it comes to cosplaying. The cosplay world is built on collaboration, with people making costumes, selling costumes, taking pictures and having fun together. It’s why I was excited to do a new cosplay photo shoot with fellow creatives and embody my favourite comic character.
Cosplaying is a fun experience, as you’re able to dress up as a character you admire and feel like someone else for a day. The cosplaying community is huge, which is why I enjoy interviewing cosplayers from around the world to showcase their work and find out what inspires them. The latest interview is with Dan Ballestero, who is known for his work as Geralt of Rivia and other gaming characters. As a male cosplayer, it was great hearing Dan’s perspective on how cosplay can benefit mental health, create new connections and be an expression of freedom.
Instagram is a useful place for sharing photos and creating a sense of community among photographers and people who enjoy being in front of a camera. Cosplaying is very popular on Instagram, as you have the opportunity to show off your costumes and creative ability. There are a number of cosplaying group accounts on Instagram that help to promote cosplayers and their work. I think this is a great way to build links between other cosplayers and I’m listing five of the best I’ve come across.
Comic cons are a great way to meet like-minded people and cosplaying helps to express your love of a particular character. Some people make their costumes from scratch, while others buy their supplies. If you’re like me and can’t sow or modify clothes to save your own life, then buying is a good alternative. There’s lots of designers who specialise in creating cosplay gear. One of the best is US based God Of Props, who creates cosplay masks and helmets. I bought a Red Hood helmet and here is my review.