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BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY WITH TUNE IN TOKYO

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 18th, 2014)– Tune in Tokyo and Ultranimbus proudly present our 5th annual school uniform cosplay party! Show your love for Japanese highschool anime, shonen action series and Sukeban grindhouse movies at our art show and music event, in conjuncture with our friends at Ogeeku, coming to Agit Gallery Koreatown on Saturday, September 20th!

We will also welcome special musical guests DJ MEISHI SMILE (Maltine Records, Zoom Lens) and J-Pop and fashion icon Stephanie Yanez! The Tune in Tokyo DJs – Greg Hignight, Del, Tora, Ally & Tommy will also be spinning, with a mix of J-Pop, K-Pop and global dance beats.

All kinds of school uniforms and school cosplay are encouraged (but not required), and school-themed art is being accepted! If you would like to submit your art, please message Ultranimbus at their official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ULTRANIMBUS

Agit Gallery is located at 3974 W 6th Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90020. The event runs from 8:00 PM – midnight.
Cover is just $5, and the event is ALL AGES!

About Tune in Tokyo
DJs and promoters Tune in Tokyo founded the first monthly event in Los Angeles for Japanese and Asian pop in 2008, weaving together the vibe of Indie dance clubs with Harajuku and Shibuya-influenced fashion parties.
Tune in Tokyo’s residencies have included Little Tokyo’s legendary live house 2nd Street Jazz and the renowned maid cafe Royal/T, in addition to appearances at KCON, Anime Expo, Pacific Media Expo, Japan: Endless Discovery and other events.

For more information, please visit: http://www.tuneintokyoclub.com or http://www.facebook.com/TuneInTokyoClub

About Agit Gallery
Agit Gallery is an eclectic new gallery tucked away in burgeoning Koreatown, Los Angeles. It showcases fresh new art from some of the most innovative and exciting artists the entertainment capital of the world has to offer. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/AgitGallery

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Summerween: The Holiday You’ve Never Heard of, but Always Wanted

Summer has become the prime cosplay season from some of the biggest cons in California to each individual states’ small cons. Why should the fun stop there? As an avid cosplayer myself, I will use any excuse to dress up; be it for a con, movie premiere, or my personal favourite, Halloween. I’m even one of those crazy people who keeps their decorations up year long, you know, to keep the spirit “alive”. Unfortunately I also live on the east coast of America where cons are scarce and Halloween is bitterly cold. I was inspired last summer after watching an episode of Disney’s Gravity Falls, entitled “Summerween.” It is just as you imagine, Halloween in the summer. This includes anything from carving watermelons into Jack O’Melons, serving a witchy summer brew, and of course all the dressing up you can imagine. If your are having that summertime itch of boredom, I would suggest you gather all of your nerdiest friends, skip Christmas in July, and go straight for Summerween.

THE MYSTERY SHACK

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I have done this for two years now, both with great success. If you are hosting the party it is both cheap and efficient to dress up your summery home into a creepy nightmare. A quick trip to your local dollar store can provide you with black streamers, red paint, cobwebs (or fiberfill), decorative candles, and the most important part: CANDY!! Both years we have provided a simple table cover in the kitchen decorated with candy, extra watermelon from the carvings (might I also suggest spiking it), and a big black pot with punch. Cheap acrylic red paint goes very nicely on mirrors and beer pong tables. A lot of my friends are very outgoing, so there was no need to convince them to cosplay, but even the more reserved and shy ones dressed right up. Giving people something to look forward to and participate in whatever level they feel most comfortable with can really make the most out of an ordinary summer weekend.

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Where Have All The Cosplayers Gone? | SDCC 2014

If there’s one thing that we look forward to each year at San Diego Comic Con, it’s the cosplay. As soon as we landed at SDCC 2014, I grabbed out my camera and headed straight to the convention hall. However, I was immediately taken over with a thought I could have never imagined passing through my mind:

“WHERE ARE ALL THE COSPLAYERS?”

With each day that passed and each day coming back with very few photos, I started to wonder if it was just me or if the cosplayers had in fact not come out to play? I would take a breath and tell myself, “Maybe tomorrow…”

Despite the large crowds (rumor has it that the attendance increased 30k) and large presence of popular properties on the show floor, the cosplay presence at San Diego Comic Con was relatively small and unseen by most. From what I was hearing from my colleagues, they were also wondering what had happened to the masses of cosplayers we were so used to seeing.

Had Comic Con become a purely attendee/collector driven event? Is cosplay purely a passing trend that is now dying out?

I am starting to wonder if cosplay at Comic-Con is in fact the latter. A combination of occasionally unbearable heat and a show floor as packed as a sardine can could be contributing to an overall decrease in cosplay. The best cosplayers in the world are becoming functioning professionals that are being paid to tour, sit at booths, and make appearances on their time, reducing the probability of them being seen outside wandering the floor or convention center. What is left is an overall reduction in casual attendee cosplay, or cosplay that is being worn being purchased from third-party vendors with duplicates seen in collective mass.

The convention itself is noticing an incredible shift as it becomes more and more a ground for launching new series/films and selling toys, and less about fandom/comics. (Mile High Comics has announced that they will not be coming back next year – after many years of being present)

Is the growing obsession with new media going to leave cosplay in the dust as well? Or was it purely a fluke this year?

Are you seeing similar occurrences at other events around the world? I would love to hear about it in the comments below or on the forums.

Check out our gallery of San Diego Comic Con Cosplay below:

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