Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
This week, we're looking at cosplay inspired by the work of illustrator Babs Tarr. Best known in fandom circles for her Bosozoku Sailor Scouts piece, Tarr's art frequently incorporates a combination of femininity and toughness in both her original work and redesigns of licensed characters, creating a world where magical women and girl gangs are one in the same. With the onslaught of cosplayers creating their own takes on classic characters and pulling inspiration from fan redesigns, it's not surprising that Tarr's provocative style and whimsical aesthetic have caught the eye of stylish fans and inspired many cosplayers to incorporate her designs into their costumes. We spoke to Tarr about her work and about the cosplay that her work has inspired.
After some delays that set it back for a year, a new Sailor Moon anime series will finally debut premiere this July, according to the franchise's 20th anniversary project website.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon from Toei animiation, the same company responsible for the mid-1990s anime series, will be available worldwide, subtitled in 10 different languages, streaming on the Niconico service. Munehisa Sakai, who has worked on the One Piece TV series and the One Piece: Strong World, Suite Precure movie is the new series' director and the theme music is by pop group Momoiro Clover Z.
Yet another of Sailor Moon's Sailor Senshi is set to get immortalized action figure style in Bandai's S.H. Figuarts line. Sailor Venus is set to follow Sailors Moon, Mercury, Mars and Jupiter with a new action figure in May, complete with her white cat Artemis and her alternate masked "Sailor V" ensemble.
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
So why not celebrate your inner magical girl with one of the best action figures of the year: The S.H. Figuarts Sailor Moon figure!
If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that the two most influential creators of female characters in the 20th century were Sailor Moon's Naoko Takeuchi and Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! director Russ Meyer. So really, it was only a matter of time before those two aesthetics combined, and when artist Babs Tarr finally drew the Sailor Scouts as a bosozoku gang (a Japanese term for biker gangs that literally translates as "violent running tribe," which is amazing), it was every bit as great as we all wanted it to be.
Now, we have seen the next step: A group of incredible cosplayers made up of Michelle Nguyen, Mandie Bettencourt, Ruby Rocket, Yume Ninja and Jennifer Newman have brought the violent, bike riding take on Sailor Moon to life.
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