Archive for February 27, 2013

Episode 34 – Western Genshiken: Vendors’ Edition

In our final segment regarding Western media (for now, at least), we take a look at the business side of the equation with help from our guests Reggie, owner of Power Anime, and Amy from Viz Media. The increasing presence of Western media has a direct effect for both our guests’ business, so their opinions are quite unique for our podcast. And stick around for the end, too, as our guests are in for a surprise question lightning round involving this topic. See how many you could get! Episode 34 is a go!

0:00:00 Introduction
0:01:52 On the Business Side
0:10:05 Previously, on Cosplay Jam…
0:11:56 Amy’s Convention Rundown
0:15:10 Upon First Notice
0:24:52 “What’re ya buyin’?”
0:32:39 Bridging the Gap
0:36:41 “What’re ya sellin’?”
0:40:14 Thoughts on Current Trends
0:51:48 Current Enjoyments
0:55:07 Podcast Surprise
1:03:09 Business Time

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Episode 33 – Western Genshiken: Fan Art Edition

It’s part 2 of our Western media and pop culture talk at anime conventions. This time we get insight from some of our favorite artist alley friends – Ben (aka e1n) and returning guests Scuttlebutt Ink. Listen as they both praise and blast the current state of artist alley, and how Western media is helping them and other succeed in selling you art at conventions. Episode 33 is a go! Read more


Sword Art Online Photshoot

Hey Guys,

This is Aaron, and it’s is my first time posting on the site. I’m pretty sure you guys have seen me in cosplay throughout the years, wearing my Sentoumaru, Bepo, and Alvida cosplay. As you can see I’m really into cosplay and One Piece. But, lately I’ve been more focused on the photography side of cosplay. Last year I upgraded my camera from a normal point and shoot Samsung to a Canon DSLR. I have been wanting to do that for years, but only last year was I finally able to save up some money and buy one. I upgraded because I wanted to showcase the cosplayers I took pictures of. There are so many wonderful cosplayers with such elaborate costumes that my old point and shoot camera could not do them justice. But, I am still new to the photography, and there is still so much for me to learn. If you have any suggestions on how I can improve with pictures please feel free to e-mail me at Read more

Episode 32 – Western Genshiken: Cosplay Edition

There’s been quite the debate going around amongst fellow con-goers recently about one topic: why is there so much Western pop-culture representation at anime conventions? At Anime Expo 2012, the Homestuck gathering counted over 1,000 gatherers. Panels about Dr. Who and My Little Pony can be attended at most conventions. Finn’s hat can be spotted more than Chopper’s hat. The cosplay community should be embracing of anyone trying to partake of this hobby, at any age, ethnicity, skill level, and fandom (as long as it’s age appropriate). Yet, now that Batman and Spider-Man are regulars at conventions with Goku and Sailor Moon, some cosplayers are in an uproar. Joining us today are Garrett from Real Otaku Gamer and Diana, aka Binkx, as we talk about the pros and cons of Western pop-culture inspired cosplay along with its future. Read more