Episode 160

Brrrr! Greetings from the frozen North [Texas]!  While we're sitting here trying to keep our fingers warm enough for crafting and working on projects, we hope you all are ready for another two-fer of episodes about all things cosplay!  Our YouTube channel is the best place to keep up-to-date with episode releases; occasionally the website will be a little behind.

At any rate, we have some great things to share with you all!  We're preparing for All-Con, especially the cosplay contest that we're honored to host, and working on all sorts of things.  We listened to your feedback and added a category this year called Open/Exhibition for those who may not have personally constructed their costume--we try our best to be inclusive and allow everyone who wants to compete to do so!  So there are even more chances at winning a prize pack, including a lovely trophy.

Lastly, our Discord Channel is up and running now; give us a shout if you'd like to join in and chat about all things cosplay.

Episode 159

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Episode 158

Happy 2018!!!  We've started a brand new year, both on the calendar and in terms of broadcasting.  This is our SIXTH year!  Isn't that crazy?  Amber barely thought the podcast would live two years, let alone six.  But we're happy to be back and full of energy for the year in cosplay ahead.

Our next convention will be at All-Con in March; Val has just returned from PAX South with tales of gaming and cosplay, which you'll hear all about in this episode.  In the meantime, we've both started working on new cosplay!  Hopefully we'll have it done in time for All-Con when we host the Saturday night cosplay contest.

We hope everyone's year has started well.  Please check out our Discord channel linked below--we still need Beta testers!

Episode 157

It's the end of 2017 as we know it!  We've reached the end of our fifth year of broadcasting and have secured CosPod for a sixth year.  So fear not (or perhaps be very afraid?), you'll have another year of tutorials, interviews and discussions on all things cosplay!  We'll do our best to keep things consistent and current.  Five years in, and there's still a lot of ground to cover!

We'd like to say a heartfelt thanks to our followers, listeners, fans, and supporters.  We sincerely do appreciate each and every single one of you!  We do this episode to give back to you and hopefully enhance everyone's understanding and enjoyment of cosplay as a hobby.  If there's anything we can do to make the show better, please let us know.

Lastly: we now have a Discord channel--details for joining will be added to our website shortly.  We need Beta testers!  Once the details are up, we encourage you to join in and discuss all things cosplay with us.

Episode 156

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Episode 155

Hello and happy holiday season!  Here is episode 155 for your enjoyment.  This is our annual cosplay gift guide episode, where we discuss some small, budget gift ideas to give your fellow cosplayers.  It's chock full of some nifty things!  (Also, we have most of these things ourselves, so we can speak to their usefulness.)

Our convention season is now complete for 2017; Amber had an absolutely wonderful time at Texas Renaissance Festival's Celtic Christmas celebration, and that was the last convention on our list.  We're now on "convention hiatus" until early 2018, but fear not!  We'll still be producing shows and content to share with you all, and we'll be sharing some of our favorite fellow cosplay shows for your entertainment and education as well.

Episode 154

Update time! Wow, it's been crazy around here.  The holidays seem to add a level of chaos that we can't seem to overcome, haha.  But we've been slowly recuperating from BlizzCon as well as preparing for Texas Renaissance Festival.  Amber is so proud!  Her costume was shared by Firefly Path (one of her textile senpais) and received a lovely reception.  What an honor!

We're on convention hiatus after this, but we'll still be producing shows.  Please start sending in your favorite moments from the past year so that we can include them in our montage at the end of the year!

Episode 153

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Episode 152

Episode 152 has released!  Just in time for your Halloween listening enjoyment.  As has been tradition for the past few years, this is our annual After Dark episode--which, for those who are new to our podcast, means it's not safe for work.  It's the one time a year we let loose and not censor ourselves; usually, alcohol would be allowed as well, but we both opted out this time around.  Happy Halloween, everyone!  We also honor those who celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead aka Remembrance Day.

We'll be releasing episode 153 shortly so that those who are on their way to BlizzCon can enjoy!  We hope everyone has a great time.  While we're at it, we'd like to congratulate the winners of the TwitchCon cosplay contest as well; they did an amazing job, and we very much enjoyed watching.  Lastly: Extra Life day is traditionally held this upcoming weekend (when we release 153); please consider donating to your favorite team and helping to provide comfort to chronically ill kids.  Thanks so much!

Episode 151

Hello from episode 151!  This one may not be quite so safe for work or the kids, given the title.  In this session, we discuss how the concept of sexy cosplay has transformed  the cosplay community.  There are visual examples if you happen to be watching the episode via video stream, so be forewarned.

Dallas Fan Days is this weekend, and we'd like to wish our friends and fellow cosplayers a wonderful time!  Texas Renaissance Festival has also started its annual run, and next weekend is TwitchCon.  So much going on at once!  The convention season rarely takes a break.  We hope to see many pictures of awesome cosplay when everyone returns.

That's all for this episode--we just finished recording episode 152 for you all and will release it next weekend just in time for Halloween hijinks.  We hope everyone's preparations for the holiday are going well!

Episode 150

Update time!  Sorry for delay; we'll briefly explain on our next episode.  At any rate, it's back to cosplay full-bore for us!  The convention season rarely sleeps, and the charity season is coming up very soon.  Extra Life teams have been formed, and groups are already making holiday visits to local hospitals and kids' groups.  We applaud all of their efforts!  

AnimeFest has come and gone along with QuakeCon; NYCC is this weekend and Anime North Texas is still coming up alongside Texas Renaissance Festival (which opened this weekend despite Hurricane Harvey).  If you've ever wanted a rollicking camping experience, TRF is a great way to go!

Lastly: with temperatures falling, we'd like to remind people that this is a great time to have professional photos taken of your costumes.  You don't always have to depend on convention hallway shots!  There are very affordable options online if you look.

Episode 149

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Weekly Update Sept 3

Look! It's an update!  I know, it's been a long time in coming.  It has been -really- busy in terms of convention season!  This weekend was both DragonCon and PAX West/Prime, and many of our friends have sent us awesome pictures.  We wished we were there!  Here's to hoping that everyone who attended had a magnificent time.

We now have a short hiatus between conventions; Val will be prepping for BlizzCon and has taken some down time to get professional pictures of her costumes in the meantime--which is a great thing for cosplayers to do, if you're looking to fill out your portfolio.  (The best pictures aren't always taken at conventions!)  Amber is preparing for Texas Renaissance Festival, which begins next month.

Lastly: we are coming up fast on charity season, especially for the Extra Life teams.  If you have leftover money from your convention season, please consider saving it to donate.  We'll have more information on charities soon.

Episode 148

Welcome to episode 148!  This is one of our most fun episodes in awhile; we cover a LOT of ground in the process.  We have cosplay updates, a review of InfiniCon's cosplay contest, a preview of AnimeFest, review of World Cosplay Summit skits, and a preview of fall patterns and costumes!  Whew!

We're pretty tired from the last month's worth of work and will be glad to have a bit of a break before the fall convention season gets under way in earnest.  We've still got Texas Renaissance Festival and BlizzCon coming up, and perhaps even Anime North Texas?  Time will tell!

Lastly: we'd like to send our best wishes and prayers to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  While we are safe and dry up here in Dallas/Fort Worth, we have many friends and colleagues down in the Houston area, and we encourage people to help out in whatever ways you can--donations, housing, or time, all are welcome.

Episode 147

Hello Podders!  We've got episode 147 for you.  In this edition, we talk about the importance of communication from conventions and meeting expectations from attendees.  We've also got an Aftersession for your enjoyment!

It has been very busy around the casas de CosPod; we just finished a successful contest at InfiniCon this past weekend, and we've got AnimeFest coming up this weekend!  We'd like to give a huge shoutout and thank you to our judges, helpers, participants, audience members, and to the staff of InfiniCon for having us back this year.  Always a pleasure to serve the community!

Last--but definitely not least--congratulations to all of the participants in World Cosplay Summit 2017, and congratulations to the winning team China!  They had a phenomenal presentation; give it a watch on YouTube along with all the other contestants.

Episode 146

Here is episode 146!  We have a live product review for you on Arda's new Silky Wigs line as well as answering some general questions from the audience.  It's a more casual episode as we're spending time prepping for upcoming conventions (as we're sure many of our fans are!).  We definitely saw some fantastic photos of cosplay from San Diego Comic Con.

We encourage people to continue signing up for InfiniCon--the more, the merrier!  Reminder that our contest is on Saturday this year, but it's still the same cosplay contest as last year.  (The cosTUME contest is on Friday this year.)  We're doing cash prizes this year instead of swag per feedback from contestants and audience members, and we have some awesome judges for you.

Finally, we'd like to wish the contestants at World Cosplay Summit this year good luck!  Ganbatte!  Keep an eye on WCS' Facebook for the link to watch live--you have to sign up to watch a time-shift version if you live in the States and can't watch live.

Episode 145

We have episode 145 here for you!  Val and Amber give a quick cosplay news update along with some InfiniCon items before launching into a detailed tutorial on the making of petticoats.  Val says she is buried in ruffles.

San Diego Comic Con is coming up very soon!  We hope those attending will have a phenomenal time and show off their best cosplay.  More of the big conventions are coming up shortly as well, so there are plenty of opportunities to strut your stuff.  

We've posted a new article on our homepage about PAWmicon; please consider adopting one of their adorable pups if you are a good candidate to be a pet owner!  Val and Amber can attest that a pet can be one of the best friends you'll ever have.

Lastly: please don't forget--or delay--to sign up for InfiniCon's cosplay contest!  We hope to see many of you there.

Weekly Update July 9

Hello July and a hot Texas summer!  We have officially passed the halfway point of the year and are heading towards winter (Amber refuses to say "Winter is coming").  Yet convention season is in full swing; DragonCon, BlizzCon, and PAX are all coming up, along with AnimeFest, InfiniCon, and more!  So much to do in so little time.

We have finished our recording of episode 145 with a monster tutorial from Val!  No, not literally monsters--it's a lovely petticoat tutorial that happens to be monstrously detailed and awesome!  We hope you enjoy.  Both Amber and Val are hard at work on their next projects; Amber also discusses a subject very rarely touched in the community--cosplay fatigue.

Lastly (but DEFINITELY not least), please sign up for InfiniCon's cosplay contest if you'll be in the DFW area on August 12!  We're on a Saturday this year and would love to see everyone compete for cash prizes.  See you there!

Episode 144

Greetings from episode 144!  We are back on schedule with our episode releases and had another wacky-but-casual time.  This episode we discuss the things we like/appreciate about cosplay and what keeps us going in the hobby.  Keep an eye out for the end-of-year montage; you might catch Amber in her 'natural habitat.'  :)

For now, we are on a bit of a cosplay hiatus while we prepare for InfiniCon's cosplay contest (which we will be running, not competing in!) as well as AnimeFest.  Val is attempting to complete one more costume while Amber is on break doing training for her dayjob.  (Gotta pay for cosplay somehow!)  We hope all those at Anime Expo this weekend are having a great time, and best of luck to those competing for positions on Team USA via the World Cosplay Summit qualifier!

As always, thanks very much for listening to and downloading the show.  We appreciate each and every one of you!