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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Alex Camargo


THE AVENUE  |  MOVIES AND TV

“Black Panther”: The superhero we needed

“Black Panther” is one of Marvel’s successful films of 2018. The film brings the world of “Blank Panther” to life — allowing viewers to experience Wakanda with it’s incredible culture and futuristic technology. Perhaps more importantly, it gives black audiences the chance to finally see a powerful superhero who looks like them on the big screen and achieve roaring success.

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Link and the Groose Flock

Link and the Groose Flock Left to Right Names: Maddie Langguth, Kim Cruz, Katrina Lundquist , Keira McDonald and Kaitlin Duggan. The five planned this group cosplay a year in advance as an inside joke. Lundquist cosplays as Link, a character from “The Legend of Zelda” series, and the remaining four ladies dress up as Groose, who appears in “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.” According to Duggan, the group spent three hours working on their costumes in their hotel room. They have attended multiple conventions as Link and the Groose Flock. “It’s nice we’re a joke cosplay every once in a while,” said Duggan. The group advises first-time cosplayers to have fun and to plan ahead. “Start early,” said McDonald. “Do not ‘con crunch’ and don’t start your cosplay in three hours possibly in a hotel room.”  

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Dark Magician Girl

Dark Magician Girl Gabby Guinn, 20, came from Vero Beach, Florida, to attend SwampCon and show off her cosplay as Dark Magician Girl from the popular anime, “Yu-Gi-Oh!” According to Guinn, the cosplay took a month and a half to complete and is mostly made out of foam and glittery fabric. “Cosplay who you love,” she advises first-time cosplayers. “Whoever you cosplay, make sure you do it because you love the character.”  

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Spider-Gwen

Spider-Gwen Stephanie McDonough, a 23-year-old UF physical therapy doctoral student, cosplayed as comic book and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” character Gwen Stacy, also known as Spider-Woman. According to McDonough, she has been cosplaying for about 10 years and this is one of the few cosplays she bought. “I didn’t wanna make spandex,” she said jokingly. “I hate sewing spandex ‘cause it’s evil.” Her advice to first-time cosplayers is it’s OK to buy your cosplay. “I know that seems like a taboo kind of thing, but not a lot of people have the time or the money or the skill to make a cosplay,” she said. “We don't care. Have fun. That's the point.”  

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Katsuki Bakugo

Katsuki Bakugo James Memos, a 20-year-old Santa Fe freshman, cosplayed as “My Hero Academia” character Katsuki Bakugo. He decided to cosplay the angry character because he loves how Bakugo thinks he’s better than everyone else. “I feel like that arrogant persona is something that I identify with quite a bit,” he said. It took him a week to make the costume and he used foam from a gym mat to make the grenades, Memos said. He advises first-time cosplayers to “just do it.” “It can make you nervous,” he said. “But once you're in costume, it's so much easier to talk to people. Instead of having some sort of cold approach, you could just be like ‘hey what's up Batman,’ and then you're instantly friends.”  

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Lady Loki

Lady Loki Kati Ankrom, 21, resident of Leesburg, Florida, attended SwampCon as a genderbent Thor character, Lady Loki. Gender bending is when someone cosplays a character as its opposite gender. Ankrom has been improving the costume for the past four years. She first cosplayed Lady Loki when she was 18 and felt very proud when she finished the costume in nine months. Most of the cosplay is made out of a latex bodysuit and is not breathable, according to Ankrom. “These horns I’ve had for like three years,” she said. “I refuse to get rid of them.” She advises first-time cosplayers to not make the costume harder than it needs to be. “You will get better eventually,” she said. “Just start at the beginning and work your way up.”  

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Dark Magician GirlGabby Guinn, 20, came from Vero Beach, Florida, to attend SwampCon and show off her cosplay as Dark Magician Girl from the popular anime, “Yu-Gi-Oh!” According to Guinn, the cosplay took a month and a half to complete and is mostly made out of foam and glittery fabric.“Cosplay who you love,” she advises first-time cosplayers. “Whoever you cosplay, make sure you do it because you love the character.” 

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Lady LokiKati Ankrom, 21, resident of Leesburg, Florida, attended SwampCon as a genderbent Thor character, Lady Loki. Gender bending is when someone cosplays a character as its opposite gender.Ankrom has been improving the costume for the past four years. She first cosplayed Lady Loki when she was 18 and felt very proud when she finished the costume in nine months.Most of the cosplay is made out of a latex bodysuit and is not breathable, according to Ankrom.“These horns I’ve had for like three years,” she said. “I refuse to get rid of them.”She advises first-time cosplayers to not make the costume harder than it needs to be.“You will get better eventually,” she said. “Just start at the beginning and work your way up.” 

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Link and the Groose FlockLeft to Right Names: Maddie Langguth, Kim Cruz, Katrina Lundquist , Keira McDonald and Kaitlin Duggan.The five planned this group cosplay a year in advance as an inside joke. Lundquist cosplays as Link, a character from “The Legend of Zelda” series, and the remaining four ladies dress up as Groose, who appears in “The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.”According to Duggan, the group spent three hours working on their costumes in their hotel room. They have attended multiple conventions as Link and the Groose Flock.“It’s nice we’re a joke cosplay every once in a while,” said Duggan.The group advises first-time cosplayers to have fun and to plan ahead.“Start early,” said McDonald. “Do not ‘con crunch’ and don’t start your cosplay in three hours possibly in a hotel room.” 

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