Aside from this blog, Chris Evan’s dog, and Cate Blanchett, my greatest love is probably cosplay. I love designing, I love creating, and I love collaborating with artists who share passions similar to mine. I’ve learned a lot about the community over the past few years, and I’ve learned that one of the most important relationships/connections that a cosplayer can foster is the one between photographer and cosplayer (you can read my post detailing the intricacies of this relationship here).

It’s the end of another year, and it’s also the end of some pretty big pop culture phenomenons. We here at the Collective have rounded up a few of our favorite things from 2019, just because we’re a little nostalgic and maybe not quite ready to move into 2020.

By The Damsel

If the Collective stands for anything, it’s for the 3 F words: Fangirling, Feelings, and Feminism – and the convention we visited this week end has all those things in spades. We went to GeekGirlCon in Seattle and I am here to deliver the scoop. This was my third or fourth time at this con, and I was thrilled to see how it has continued to grow (I estimate it’s at least tripled in size since I first attended)!

by Noemi Arellano-Summer

When I was a child, I would always be looking for mysterious paths on camping trips, or secret passages in unfamiliar houses. I wanted to find—if not an entirely different world—something out of the ordinary, and secret. Fiction where characters do enter other worlds is generally called portal fantasy, and the most well-known example is probably C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Four siblings crawl into another world through the back of a wardrobe, and have marvelous adventures. However, what happens when children come back from their worlds, wanting to go back and unable to?