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400th post!!!!!!

400th post

Pop the champagne we have reached our 400th post ! I cant believe there have been that many in just over a year and a 1/2 !

That’s a lot of things to chat about! I hope that as we move forward that more of you will chime in and we will continue to gain new fans.

Here’s to another 400!!!



Cosplay Going Main Stream – It is OUR time now!

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It has been a theory of mine that we are in a New Golden Age of Superhero’s.   The supreme success of 90% or more of the recent comic-book inspired films and TV shows supports this. Millions of viewers and record breaking openings of these season and films show that this is the time of superhero’s a new. But what does this mean for Cosplay?

It is my opinion that there have been some signs that Cosplay is going main stream and no long considered nerdy and geek only fare.

  1. Big Hero 6 – Made a fortune for Disney and the film was a mashup of american and Japanese comic culture showing a young generation a gateway into anima and specifically dressing up like superhero’s
  2. The return of Hero’s – Hero’s Reborn specifically mentioning cosplay in regards to Katana Girl
  3. Talking Dead the talk show about this weeks Walking Dead show. Also Walking Dead #1 cable show- Now on talking dead a weekly feature showing of not just fan art but fan COSPLAY of the characters from the show.
  4. YaYa Han Is bringing here own line of cosplay fabric to JoAnn Fabric Spring 2016 – nationwide every joanns will now feature a cosplay section. This news is HUGE a major retailer like Joanns making this pairing now means that they believe that the items will move and sell well and continue to do so lest they not have her to begin with.
  5. The increase in the yearly attendance to San Diego Comic Con and all of the major networks on tv and movie studios having pannels to announce new shows and films means they know where there demographic is and where the buzz will be to reach these people – Comic Con
  6. Local Big conventions having major increases in the traffic and attendance of there convention both comic and anima, or other group. A majority of those attending are participating in cosplay to some degree.
  7. The influx of new superhero tv shows on multiple networks and even on non networks like Netflix- These are major companies banking on the contuing success of the superhero and as such seeing it as a major market  AKA mainstream – I’ve seen a lot of commision requests for the new Daredevil Suit-

When you add all these things together and also look at the major film slate between now and 2020 its all hero’s. Its all for those who love Hero’s. Its a group who is no longer a niche its a majority.  Conventions are cool now. Cosplay is not dorky its also cool now. I MEAN COME ON FOLKS WHEN BEYONCE IS DRESSING UP LIKE STORM FROM THE COMICS FOR A BIRTHDAY PARTY-  Yeah its mainstream baby!!!!


#8 BOOM Beyonce as Storm ( a solid storm too, respect)



Website goes Live!!!!!


Hello Universe, Facebook Folks, Pinterest Pals and Pinterest People,


Its time!  this is it!  It took us a year to go from a blank page to what you will see now from knowing nothing to feeling like you should be paid as a webdesigner!

Our Website has Officially gone live!!!


I am so proud of all the work and also finally being able to show people the full scope of what it is we are trying to accomplish.

Please go to our sight and take a look!








Well its that time again – man I need an net person keeping up with all of Drake Enterprises sights is not easy!

Simple Question this week- what is your fav armour from a game or a series or a movie?

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Super Hero Monday

Hello Universe Facebook folks and Pinterest Pals,


Sorry I have missed a few of these and thats due to final exams and a death in the family.

So today I am making sure not to miss.

Many of you I am sure either know about or have heard rumors that Attack On Titan is coming here to the states the full live bigscreen adaption. sEPT 30TH AND OCT 18TH i think

I have talked about its importance previously.

So this weeks poll will be about the show and the characters enjoy!



Cosplay Sat. Attack on Titan U.S. release

Well for us here in the U.S. we have great news and that is the release date for Attack on Titan the live action film is Sept. 30th for part 1 and part 2 will be in the end of October. This is great news I know a lot of us are waiting to see it.

This film is extremely important to us fanboys and fangirls because this movie doing well is the key to all of our anima and manga fandoms going main stream.

Now thanks to the superhero movies comics at least U.S. type are mainstream now which is awesome for all of us we get more content and more stuff to view or buy etc etc.

However Manga and anima is not at the same level of popularity as its U.S. counterpart so this movie needs to be a blockbuster.

We need and my business especially this film to break the ice with general audiences. It will not be the first step toward that though. Big hero 6 from Disney did that with its anima style characters and melding Sanfran and Japan together. The movie was a massive hit and in my mind the first introduction to these types of characters and style of storytelling.

I think we all want to have the kind of market and respect that superhero films have but with Japanese manga / anima content.

Drake Enterprises needs that to happen we are just starting with the shop and one of the items is the maneuverability gear form the anima. Having that and the cape could attract people to the store bc a new group are discovering the Titan verse. Timing is everything and this could be a major help increasing convention attendance and local desire to get these products.

So here is my question what version of the maneuverability gear and costume do you do The manga, the anima or the new movie?


Cosplay Sat. Movie vs the Comic



So its fairly straight forward – Movie VS. the Anima or Movie Vs. the Manga?

What do you choose when you cosplay?

Each version is slightly different.  For instance would any one recognize ed from the full alchemist movie as ed or would they recognize him from the series?


BONES, Fullmetal Alchemist, Alfons Heiderich, Edward Elric, Postcard



Same thing with the joker which version do you do and what do you ultimately get seen as? I did Arkham origins joker and everyone thought I was heaths version just not done very well.

So this weeks question is simple: What version is the  “true” version the one that immediately gets recognized correctly at a con?