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16 Best Cosplay Websites (Magazines, Photos, Blogs, Shops)

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INTRODUCTION
EXPLORING COSPLAY

Welcome to my list of cosplay websites. After spending so many years in the cosplay circle, I know that “cosplay” has so many dimensions – Costumes, poses, props, makeup, photography, and just the plain old fanboy/fangirl; Cosplay has become an international sensation worldwide and I do think that it is not just strictly a “cosplayer only” thing.

It does not matter who you are – Cosplayer, photographer, makeup artist, prop maker, or just a fan. Cosplay is meant to be enjoyed and explored in various ways. So here it is, a list of websites that I have collected over the years, and hopefully, this list will be useful to you. Read on!

SHOCKING CONFESSION
AN HONEST DISCLOSURE

Quick, hide your wallets! I am an affiliate partner of Google, eBay, Adobe, Bluehost, Clickbank, and more. There are affiliate links and advertisements throughout this website. Whenever you buy things from the evil links that I recommend, I will make a commission. Nah. These are just things to keep the blog going, and allows me to give more good stuff to you guys - for free. So thank you if you decide to pick up my recommendations!

NAVIGATION
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Section A
Photo Sharing

Section B
Magazines

Section C
Blogs

Section D
Shops

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SECTION A
COSPLAY PHOTO SHARING

1) WORLD COSPLAY

Link: Click here

One of my personal favorites. World Cosplay is one of the world’s largest cosplay website with a huge international community, and they have even curated the Cosplay Token cryptocurrency. Yep, World Cosplay is not just open to cosplayers, but also to the photographers, makeup artists, prop makers, and just about any cosplay lover.

2) COSPLAY.COM

Link: Click here

Cosplay.com is one of the oldest cosplay websites that has been around since 2002. While it does have a huge Canadian, US, and European community, I personally don’t quite like the “environment” of it. It seems to “strictly cosplayers only”, and I don’t find my place there as a cosplay photographer. But that is just me… Anyone can just join as a stalker to enjoy the pictures. 😆

3) SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook: Click here
Google Plus: Click here
Tumblr: Click here

The best places to share your cosplay photos online, where else other than the social media? Facebook, Google Plus, Tumblr. There are many cosplay groups online, you just have to do a search and join in the fun.

SECTION B
COSPLAY MAGAZINES

4) COSPLAY MODE

Link: Click here | Facebook

If you have been in the cosplay circle for a while, you might have already heard of COSMODE. These guys are one of the earliest pioneers of cosplay magazines, and I personally love their style. Sorry for English speaking folks though – This is a “Japanese only” magazine, although they do have an English Facebook Page.

5) COSPLAY REALM

Link: Click here | Facebook

One of the newer kid on the block, with their first issue published in Mar 2017. Truthfully, I don’t find the covers of the first issues of Cosplay Realm to be too impressive… But they seem to be actively publishing and improving along the way. Do check it out.

6) COSPLAYGEN

Link: Click here | Facebook

Another one of the “oldie senpai” in the world of Cosplay Magazines. I love these guys and the work that they have done, but their website seems to have recently disappeared into thin air (Sep 2018). Although their Facebook page is still around, let’s just hope that they get things sorted out soon.

7) COSPLAY CULTURE

Link: Click here | Facebook

This is a Kickstarter funded magazine established in 2015, and they seem to be doing pretty well with plenty of contents to chew on. Although I am still kind of wonky over their long-term plan… Will this be another one of those “Patreon funded magazines”?

8) CAA (Click Arte Ação)

Link: Click here

CAA photo magazine contains the works of two photographers. Although they don’t have any of those “cosplay tutorials”, the experience of these two photographers really shine in creating excellent cosplay photos.

SECTION C
COSPLAY BLOGS

9) KOTAKU COSPLAY

Link: Click here

Yes, Kotaku has a cosplay blog! If you do not already know Kotaku is, they are one of the “big boys website” in the gaming industry. Well, they don’t offer “tutorial type” articles, but still have plenty of good pictures, props, and costumes to gawk at.

10) COSPLAY TUTORIAL BLOG

Link: Click here

As the name implies, this blog is all about cosplay tutorials… But it is actually not a blog, but a huge collection of links to the useful stuff all over the Internet – How to create props, how to do poses, how to sew, and just about everything else.

11) YOU CAN COSPLAY

Link: Click here

This is another useful blog with plenty of useful information on styling wigs, making props, makeup, and more.

SECTION D
COSPLAY SHOPS

12) TAO BAO

Link: Click here

What is not made in China these days? Tao Bao is one of the largest Chinese eCommerce portals online, and it carries a ton of consumer goods. Of course, you can also find all sorts of cosplay related stuff here, for a very good price. The problem, however, is that the site is in Chinese and they are not really that “International friendly” yet.

13) EBAY

Link: Click here

I don’t cosplay, but I have to confess that I get all sorts of photography props from eBay – flowers, petals, screens, confetti, fabric, fog cakes, etc… Yeah, eBay may not be a “specialized cosplay shop”, but you can find literally everything here – costumes, makeup, wigs, props, and materials.

14) ETSY

Link: Click here

For you guys who already know, Etsy is an online portal for creatives to sell their works – From accessories to props to art and all kinds of stuff. Of course, you will find some very skilled prop and costume makers here. Just send them a message, and ask them if they are willing to custom make stuff for you.

15) LIGHT IN THE BOX

Link: Click here

An old eCommerce website that has been around since 2007, and they tout themselves to offer “affordable goods”. Yes, they indeed have factories in China, and they do offer a competitive price – Although all their stuff are pre-made and you will have to do the alterations yourself.

16) COSPLAY SHOPPER

Link: Click here

A New York-based cosplay shop that ships to quite a lot of countries internationally. While their prices are not really that “friendly to the wallet”, they do carry a huge collection of costumes, props, and do customizations too.

CLOSING
WHAT NEXT?

We have come to the end of the list, and I hope it has been useful to you. If you have an awesome cosplay related site to share, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and see you around!

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