Love Yourself – Be Your Own Hero!

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Photography by COTC Photography

This past weekend, at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC, we launched our new campaign: “Love Yourself – Be Your Own Hero.”  With the help of Sadie by Design, an awesome cosplayer and friend, we were able to get a picture with our new banner and lots of awesome cosplayers.


As I have travelled along this cosplay journey, I have seen a lot of people struggle with insecurities and negative feedback that often prevents them from even starting out on a costume.  I heard stories of people criticizing cosplayers because they are the wrong age, gender, body type, and so on to wear a costume.  It broke my heart.  Now don’t get me wrong, many times when I started out, I doubted if I had the qualities I assumed I needed to cosplay.  But I also saw how much confidence I was gaining through cosplay and how I have watched other people blossom through this awesome hobby.

When I started cosplay, I was going through two really challenging events in my life.  Cosplay gave me a great artistic outlet where I could distract myself from the weight of these events.  I picked characters that were strong, brave, powerful women – characters that I admired because they were what I was not. Soon I found that I was starting to find the characteristics that I admired in them becoming part of me.  I found a strength in myself that I had not had before.


Since I started cosplaying, I have met some wonderful new friends and fellow artists.  One group of cosplayers that I met was the Heroes in Force team.  They are a fun-loving, compassionate, wonderful group of guys and gals that use their cosplay to teach children about being a hero and not a bully. Truly a team of heroes!  I was so impressed with what they did and how much their work impacted the community that they live in.  I am honored to be a part of their team now and share this message with kids and adults alike.

Since I joined the Heroes in Force team, I have also found many other cosplayers that have found a way to use their hobby to do good in their communities.  I wanted to share this idea and spread it out into the cosplay world.  We have a tool to reach people in a fun and fresh way.


If you would like to learn more about this campaign, become a part of it or have us come speak at an event, email us at



Doctor Who Cosplay on a Budget Class

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To wrap up my cosplay class series that I have been teaching this summer, I am doing a Doctor Who Cosplay class tomorrow night at the Anderson County Museum at 5:30.  As a long-time fan of Doctor Who, I was excited to teach this class.  Cosplay can be expensive and intimidating and I love to help fellow and future cosplayers find a fun, creative and inexpensive way to participate in this hobby.  With several Doctor Who Days coming up, now is the time to be thinking about your costume.

So, as a challenge to myself, I took $20 and a trip to Goodwill to see what I could find.  I actually surprised myself with how much I found.  Check out my post later this week to see what I put together.