To all who have followed us on this blog, we thank you deeply. For various reasons (mostly due to the fact that WordPress turned out to just be the blogging site for us), we have decided to relocate our blog to Blogspot. We hope that you will join us on our new homepage and promise that this change will promote more regular updates.

Again, thank you very much for your support and we look forward to seeing you at our new blog:

http://theroyalcosplaysociety.blogspot.com

The RCS has been busy filming and editing group videos recently.

On Mayan Doosmday 2012, we went downtown in VOCALOiD cosplay to go and film our Christmas video, White Christmas. Consider this video out holiday gift to you.

 

Additionally, a few months ago, Anya, Shimada and Erik went to film a VOCALOiD breakup video to Taylor Swift’s We Are Never Getting Back Together. Post production proved to be a major difficulty for Shimada, but she was finally able to finish up the video and post it in time for Christmas!

 

Thank you for reading and from the RCS to our readers, we sincerely hope your holiday season is going well.

Hey all,

It’s been a while! There is quite a bit to be said update wise for the RCS:

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SomebodyKuma (Erik) as Medic from TF2.

Shimada Yoko (Shimada) as Fall version Hatsune Miku. Follow her on deviantART @ http://LifeAsAnArtist.deviantart.com and on YouTube @ http://www.youtube.com/user/LifeAsAnArtist

Shimada Yoko (Shimada) as Fall version Hatsune Miku.

First, we are proud to announce that two more members have agreed to join our group! SomebodyKuma and Shimada Yoko have been doing projects and hanging with most of our members for a long time, so them being official members rather than “friends of the group” was frequently a desire of ours. After being invited, they happily agreed, and thus, we are now seven members strong! Now that our membership has become a little stronger, we are hoping that this year will be a year of many projects for the RCS, including cosplay music videos, more group cosplays, and more frequent updates for the podcast.

 Support our new members, follow them on their accounts across the internet!

Erik @ deviantART ; Shimada @ deviantART ; Shimada @ YouTube

 

Our next announcement is that we have officially started a group on deviantART! Now there is one handy place in which you can view and follow our collective works and collaborations! Please go check it out and watch us there!: The Royal Cosplay Society official deviantART group

As well as having all our photos collected in one place, we now also have all of the videos that the group has participated in collected in an official playlist on YouTube. To see us move and derp, please be sure to check it out!: RCS YouTube collection

Lastly, all of us here at the Canadian division of the RCS send our best wishes to our member Erin (Erin-Aru), who is currently busy serving in the US Navy. We miss you, Erin and are proud of all you’ve accomplished and made it through!

Anya’s co-host for this episode!

The Royal Cosplay Society Podcast, Episode 3: Prop and Accessory Construction is here! In this episode, we have RCS member Lio sitting in for Chelsea. Topics such as recommended materials and construction techniques as well as pointers on posing with props and prop transportation are covered. Cosplayer Lindzar is the subject of our Cosplayer Spotlight this episode, then we share our hilarious prop-related stories!

The RCS Podcast, Episode 3 DOWNLOAD

Segment List:

00:33 – Lio’s introduction

Relevant links: Lio’s deviantART; Lio’s Tumblr

01:13 – First point for prop making: “the recycling bin is your friend”
02:15 – Choosing your prop/accessory wisely
04:40 – Google and tutorials
Relevant links: Anya’s Pokéball tutorial

05:19 – Props you should not attempt on your first try
05:46 – Breaking it down
06:05 – Things you should and should not do in general
07:59 – Recommended materials: craft foam
09:09 – The dollar store and cosplay
09:38 – Recommended materials: glue gun
12:12 – Recommended materials: cardboard
13:35 – Recommended materials: acrylic paint
15:59 – Recommended materials: gloss
17:25 – Recommended materials: duct tape
19:07 – Recommended materials: insolation foam
20:26 – Insolation foam vs. wood
21:31 – Choosing materials for your props
23:07 – Prop care
24:24 – Prop transportation
25:57 – Prop con life
30:37 – Posing with your props
31:38 – Cosplayer Spotlight: Lindzar
Relevant links: Lindzar’s deviantART gallery; Lindzar’s Tumblr

32:53 – Storytime
33:01 – Lio’s hammer story
33:54 – Anya’s Link sword story
35:22 – Derp reel

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Thank you for reading and listening!

      School has started, but we can still say that we’ve recently gotten to have some convention fun! Our summer convention, Cos & Effect 2012, which took place during the last week of August was a lot of fun! Anya made a fan video to document the fun that we had, so if you’d like to see what some of the RCS members (Anya, Chelsea and Lio) have been up to, go check it out!

 

       Also, we send our best wishes to RCS member Erin, who is currently serving in the US Navy. We love you Erin!

             This year has proved to be a busy one – busier than I ever would have expected. Between school, extracurricular activities and con-going, it seems that very little time was found to be put into the podcast and blog updates I intended on doing regularly. Essentially what I am getting at is that this blog has not been abandoned; summer is here, which means that I now have more time to get to the podcast post-production I’ve needed to do for the past few months, but also, that I now have the time to keep this blog up to date with the cosplay projects that our members are up to (mainly Fantasyrhia and I, since communication hasn’t been terribly regular between our other group mates).

             The podcast though, will unfortunately have to spend a tad more time on hiatus, as my computer’s backup has recently, under unknown circumstances, been corrupted. This backup system houses all of my cosplay photos, photography and audio files. Therefore, until the files can be salvaged, I will be unable to edit new episodes of the podcast. I can say that, fortunately, the most recent episode has been fully edited and just needs to be posted, therefore once everything is back in order, we’ll be set to release the next episode right away.

              Thank you to all who keep up with this blog and please stay tuned for our soon-to-be updates!

             Also, if you would like to see more frequent updates from our individual members, please stop by their respective web pages; these can be found on our ‘About Us’ page.

-Anya

            We’re back! We’ve had an unexpected hiatus over the last little bit, but now we’re back full force with cosplay updates and a brand new episode of the podcast!

            With Tsukino-Con 2012 over, we’ve all been left with quite a few new cosplays! For more, be sure to visit our deviantART accounts!

            As for the podcast, Erin (Erin-Aru) spent a few days around New Year’s with us, and during that time recorded an episode of the podcast with Chelsea and I! Despite it going through post production to come out past New Year’s, we’re still calling it our New Year’s show.

            This new episode of the podcast is centered around the topic of Cosplay For Beginners. We tackle everything from choosing your character based on your experience, to how you can go about putting your cosplays together. This episode’s featured cosplayer is our local superstar, Twinfools! During Storytime, we’ll be sharing our embarrassing tales back from our beginner days. Plus, a bonus derp reel at the end (this episode was recorded late on New Year’s Eve, so there’ll be plenty of half-awake laughs to go around)! You won’t want to miss it!

Episode 3 download:

The Royal Cosplay Society Podcast, episode 3: Cosplay For Beginners

Segment Shortcuts:

  • 01:05 – Erin’s Introduction

Relevant links: for more on Erin, visit: http://erin-aru.deviantart.com

  • 01:43 – Choosing your character
  • 02:14 – How to measure a character’s difficulty (“The Piece Tactic”)
  • 03:40 – Recommended series for the beginner cosplayer
  • 05:48 – Pacing yourself
  • 09:24 – Time management
  • 10:57 – Closet cosplay
  • 12:38 – Maximizing your resources
  • 15:20 – Things to stay away from
  • 16:35 – Using natural hair
  • 18:30 – Props
  • 19:36 – Online Stores

Relevant links:

Chelsea’s recommended wig sellers:

Anya’s (former) usual wig seller: http://www.milanoo.com

  •  23:47 – Commissions

Relevant links: Cosplay1 commissions (Anya’s recommended commission site): http://cosplay1.com

  • 25:44 – Cosplayer Spotlight: Twinfools

Relevant linksTwinfools deviantART gallery: http://twinfools.deviantart.com

  • 28:47 – Storytime: Beginner Stories
  • 28:49 – Anya’s “Peach and Rin Hair” beginner story
  • 31:17 – Erin’s “Triple Cosplay/Hair Dye Nightmare” story
  •  33:10 – Chelsea’s “Halloween Wig Horror” stories
  • 36:30 – New Year’s wishes/sign-off
  • 37:44 – Half awake derps

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Have a question relating to cosplay?

            Send us your questions either by commenting on the blog, or noting/commenting us on our deviantART accounts! (http://anyapanda.deviantart.com or http://fantasyrhia.deviantart.com) All questions will be addressed during question and answer podcast specials, or privately over the internet!

Peace, love and cosplay!

~Anya

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