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01
Jan

Vote for the Best of 2021

Best of 2021

It's a brand new year, and no doubt there nothing anyone wants to do less than to look back at 2021, the year that looked at 2020 and said, "Hold my beer."

But in terms of entertainment options, 2021 had a better turnout than its predecessor, due in part to the reopening of movie theaters (although a good number of great stories were told through streaming services as well). Likewise, there was many good things in broadcast and streaming series to capture the attention, and a swell of wonderful stories in the comic book industry, largely bolstered by a rise in indepently produced products.

So we urge you to take a deep breath for one more last look at the year, and select the best among the nominees below to determine which ones deserve a Critical Blast Best of 2021 trophy.

This voting also includes the voting or our annual Bombshell of the Year, selecting among the twelve cosplayers who were each spotlighted in our monthly Bombshell of the Month feature.

Thu
09
Dec

15 Fantastic Gifts That Every Cosplayer Would Love

photo credit Donald Tong, Pexels

(photo credit: Donald Tong from Pexels)

Cosplay (short for “costume play”) is a popular hobby among fans of anime, manga, comics, video games, books, and other media. People who do cosplay are called cosplayers. They dress up as characters from a movie, series, book, or video game.

Wed
01
Dec

It's Ragnarok for the Critical Blast Bombshell Feature -- So Here's Thor!

Bombshell 2021-12

Every month our staff combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and photogenic presence, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings.

It's the end of a year -- and the end of an era, as we mark out final Critical Blast Bombshell of the month for the foreseeable future. It's been a wonderful ride and we've met so many wonderful people along the journey. And we could think of no better way to go out than with this December's big hero with a big heart...

 

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07
Nov

Giving Thanks for Cosplayers: November 2021 Bombshell of the Month, Hannah in Wonderland

Bombshell of the Month November 2021 Hannah in Wonderland

Every month our staff combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and photogenic presence, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings.

November is the month where, as the year ebbs into a close, we take stock of those things for which we are thankful. And being a part of geek culture in the 21st century, having been part of the decades prior in fandom, we are indeed very grateful for the direction in which the cosplay community has grown, not only for the splendid achievements in costuming but also in the many socially charitable ways in which it has been employed. This November, Critical Blast is honored to introduce to you, our readers, the lovely and talented...

 

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01
Oct

Meet Ms. Marvelous -- Our October Bombshell of the Month

Ms. Marvelous -- October 2021 Bombshell of the Month

Every month our staff combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and photogenic presence, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings.

With October being the month when we all get to do some cosplaying (in exchange for treats), we hope that you'll all be showing off who else lives inside of you, as does our selection for this month's cosplay spotlight. So with that, we are very pleased now to introduce you, our readers, to our...

 

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29
Sep

These Lights from Lost Universe Add Pop to Your Game Space

Call of Duty Epic Six Pack Light set

While you may think that the holiday shopping season starts on Black Friday, or evey Cyber Monday, it really takes off around the first of October. Why? Because the ease and simplicity of shopping online at the click of a mouse comes with the trade-off of waiting for shipping. And as the carrier systems start to get bogged down with heavier loads this time of year, shipping can take time. So you should plan ahead and start marking people off your Christmas list as early as possible.

For the gamer geeks and comic book nerds in your life, one sure-fire place to find those niche needs is LostUniverse.com. And while there are numerous Funko Pops and t-shirts there to satisfy any fanboy craving, we're gong to look at someting here that's certain to put a light in their eyes -- and in their game room!

Wed
01
Sep

The Elegant Side of Cosplay: September Bombshell, Kelldar

Kelldar Bombshell September 2021

Every month our staff combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and photogenic presence, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings.

Our September cosplay model takes her skills as an artist and illustrator and turns them toward fashion design, crafting some of the most elegant cosplay pieces we've seen. Pulling on characters from both fandom and from history, her unique addition to the world of cosplay is a welcome one. So we are very pleased now to introduce you, our readers, to our...

 

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01
Aug

August Bombshell of the Month: Serious Cosplay from Silly Thig

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Every month our staff combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and photogenic presence, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings.

Just like August, this month's Bombshell brings the heat with her cosplay, as well as her professional photography and range of characters. We couldn't be happier to introduce you, our readers to our...

 

Critical Blast Bombshell, August 2021

SillyThig


Baby Yoda (The Mandalorian)

Photo: SillThigCosplay

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01
Jul

Our July Bombshell Sets Off Fireworks: AMH Cosplays

Bombshell of the Month July 2021 AMHCosplays

Every month our staff combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and photogenic presence, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings.

This month our search unearths a cosplayer who not only looks like your favorite superheroes, she can also give them a run for their money physically! We think you'll be as impressed as we are with her accomplishments as we are. So it's with admiration and awe that we are happy to introduce our readers to our...

 

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19
Jun

5 Tips When Shopping for Anime-Themed Apparel Online

Anime-Themed Apparel

For most anime aficionados, showing their love for the fandom means building a massive manga collection. The selection could comprise vastly of character figures, toys, and clothes. Although the love for anime originated in Japan, it’s now possible to amass different collectibles even when you’re from other parts of the world—all thanks to the rise of online shopping.

Now, you may have shopped online for your favorite anime figures and toys. However, though, anime-themed apparel may be a bit of a challenge to order online. There are several factors to consider such as the fit and the actual appearance of the products. Worry not because this guide is here to help.

How To Shop for Anime-Themed Apparel Online

Tue
01
Jun

We'll Always Have Paris as Our June 2021 Bombshell of the Month!

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Every month our staff combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and photogenic presence, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings.

This month our search takes us to Texas, where we meet up with a cosplayer who is in a league of her own when it comes to realizing League of Legends characters. Top this with her work helping people in her real world job and the time she spends doing cosplay for a number of local charities, and we couldn't be more pleased to introduce you, our readers, to our...

 

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01
May

A Merry Month of Cosplay: Our May Bombshell, DannJess

Bombshell 2021-05 DannJess

Every month our staff combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and photogenic presence, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings.

This month we reach out to the southern hemisphere to find a cosplayer worthy of bearing the mantle of our...

 

Critical Blast Bombshell, May 2021

DannJess


Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)

 

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Mon
12
Apr

Nicky the Pixie Takes Critical Blast Bombshell of the Year for 2020

2020 Bombshell of the Year Nicky the Pixie

The Critical Blast awards have all been announced, but we saved the best for last: the Bombshell of the Year for 2020, based on our readers votes of all twelve of our Bombshell of the Month nominees for the prior year. And while we wanted to announce this earlier this year (we knew the results as of February 1st), we wanted to wait on this one until our Bombshell had her award in-hand, and that meant waiting for order to be taken and to arrive -- which was slightly more complicated this year due to Covid's impact on many trophy shops, many of which rely on intramural high school sports for their income. (This year's trophies came from Icon Trophies and Designs.)

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01
Apr

Our April Bombshell isn't Fooling: Meet Ready Cosplayer One

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April. It's the month of fooling (as the weather is capable of doing lately, tricking us into believing it will be warm only to surprise us again with a quick chill), as well as the month of baskets of sweet things and pretty outfits. Well, we can't deliver any colored eggs your way, but we can deliver some sweet cosplay which, not necessarily coincidentally, involves pretty outfits. And be sure about our latest cosplayer -- she's certainly not fooling around with her skills!

Every month our staff combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and photogenic presence, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings. If you got inspired to cosplay, click here for more cosplay ideas.

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01
Mar

Nothing Weird About Our March Bombshell: Weirdo Ellie!

Bombshell of the Month March 2021 Weirdo Ellie

Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this sunny cosplay. And while it comes to us from the UK but, honestly, I have no idea if its even remotely anywhere near York.

One of the things we here at Critical Blast love is cosplay, which is why every month our staff combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and photogenic presence, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings.

Which brings us to Ellie -- Weird Ellie -- who blows in like a breath of fresh Spring air to become our...

 

Tue
16
Feb

How to Watch any Anime Online Easily

Anime Heroines

Want to watch any anime series and films hassle free? You’re in good luck. Anime is no longer the small niche it was a decade ago. Thanks to the growing trend of streaming films and TV programs on networks like Netflix and Hulu, anime is now a global phenomenon.

That means you can watch new and classic anime shows regardless of where in the world you live. It also doesn’t matter whether you use an Android smartphone or the latest Mac computer. If you want to watch anime, these are the best websites to use.

#1: Crunchyroll

If you’re looking for a free website to watch anime, Crunchyroll fits the bill. It’s an American website that features 1000+ Japanese anime films and shows in their original language. The shows are subtitled although there are a handful of them also dubbed—original audio is replaced with English audio.

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01
Feb

New Moon Rising: Meet February's Critical Blast Bombshell of the Month

2021 February Bombshell of the Month

It's February -- the month of hearts and flowers, stuffed bears and romantic greeting cards, and all in the name of love.

One of the things we here at Critical Blast love is cosplay, which is why every month our staff combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and spirit, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings.

Which brings us to Steffany, who uses the nomme-du-cosplay New Moon. So let's dive right in and get to know her better! Critical Blast is proud to introduce you one and all to the...

 

Thu
07
Jan

Geek Passion into Profit: Smart Moves to Make a Business

Geek to Business

 

Multi-million dollar businesses: Amazon, eBay, and even Harley Davidson all started from a passionate hobby. So it stands to reason that you can also tap into your geeky passion and turn it into a profit. Before you do so, however, you’ll need to know how to make that possible. Here are a few smart moves to turn your geeky passion into an actual business!

 

Wed
02
Dec

The Latest Comicsgate Product to Crowdfund: The Trash Compactor Show Socks?

Trash Compactor Show Socks

The Comicsgate comic book crowdfunding movement has produced a lot of material since its inception. (And, to be honest, has not produced in some infamous cases as well.)

However, one group of fans in the community has stepped outside the box to provide oddities for a laugh. Yellow plastic wristbands. Foam can coozies. Tchotchkes. But here's the kicker: these crowdfunding campaigns funded successfully, and were fulfilled rapidly. And the Indiegogo algorithm has sat up and took notice, because their projects show up high on the list of recommendations from the crowdfunding site when searching for Comicsgate-related items. In fact, as of this writing, their latest novelty venture is the very first item on Indiegogo's list.

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01
Nov

Cosplay Cornucopia: Meet Our November 2020 Bombshell of the Month, Erica Williams of Red-E Cosplay

Star Trek Lucy

Every month the staff at Critical Blast combs the cosplay community for up-and-coming cosplayers who deserve to have a broader audience for their work, taking into account not only costuming skills and spirit, but also how they use that ability in service to others. Through this, we've not only met some talented cosplayers, but also some fine human beings.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it may be a struggle after this trying year we've all had to find things for which to be thankful. Social distancing and self-isolation are new, contributing factors impacting many as a cloying, smothering hopelessness. But there are lights in the darkness, and yes, we can find those lights among the cosplayers we encounter through our search for this monthly feature. So the time is not just ripe, but well past due, for us to introduce you one and all to our...

 

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