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October 16, 2018

If you’ve been watching our site you’ll know that this year’s (and part of last year’s) October Cosplay Spotlight was shot at The Haunted Forest at Panic Point in Youngsville, NC. We love us some Halloween here at the Variant and October always gives our cosplayers a c...

April 24, 2018

Words like classic, timeless, and nostalgic are often used to describe things nowadays.  Maybe it’s because the Generation Xer’s are getting older and they’re starting to feel their youth slipping through their fingers.

This past Saturday PrideStark and the Variant were...

July 18, 2017

Trigger Warning: The following dishes out a hard matter-of-fact dose of reality based on personal experiences…also the occasional use of memes.

Drama: Defined

  • Merriam-Webster defines drama three ways.

    A: type of Literature.

    B: type of “movie or television product...

June 7, 2017

Cosplayers are Venom. Yeah I said it, but it’s not what you think I mean. Before you get out the pitchforks and torches just read a little bit more as I want to explain that statement right there.

In the Marvel Universe, Venom is a symbiote that attaches itself to its h...

April 5, 2017

Everyone who owns a cat, dog, rabbit, reptile, or other creature knows the struggles of trying to craft with a pet at your side. Sometimes they make great helpers, and sometimes they eat your fabric and pee on all your patterns. Here is an interview with a few of the F...

May 6, 2016

Our newest contributor, Matt Conner, has put together a roundup of fantastic costume inspirations from Marvel's weekly output.

Everyone, please welcome Matt to The Variant family, and check out the very first Marvel Looks of the Week!


From Scarlet Witch #6, every a...

November 23, 2015



Leaves are falling all around, it’s time I was on my way.

Thanks to you, I'm much obliged for such a pleasant stay.


Every fall starts off the same for me. October is my birthday month. I take the entire month because I’m an egotist and because I can. Then right around...

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November 23, 2015

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