YouTuber’s Across The Spider-Verse Cosplay Has Working Portals

YouTuber JLaservideo managed to create a Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse cosplay with operational “portals” with a couple of tubes and a good paint job, he explained in a recent TikTok. It resulted in a Spot costume that looks as good as it is functional.

Villainous Spot’s super evil outfit is, essentially, a white Morphsuit covered in black, unequally sized polka-dots, which are actually super evil vacuums into other dimensions. In the recent Across the Spider-Verse movie (and all its different versions), Spot (Jason Schwartzman) shows off his shifty ability to tunnel suddenly into space as Miles Morales’ (Shameik Moore) nemesis.

“When I saw Across the Spider-Verse, I wanted to build something never done before,” YouTuber Jake Laser explains in his TikTok. “But portals don’t exist in real life—at least not yet.”

To trick you into thinking they might, Jake used Musou black paint—an ultra-dense, black acrylic paint “that can absorb up to 99.4 percent of visible-light,” its product description says—to sculpt dots into a white bodysuit.

“Because light isn’t reflected,” Jake said, “[the paint] makes 3D objects look 2D, which you can use to hide the depth of holes,” and that’s helpful for rigging a Spot cosplay with functional, flexible tubing.

Ultimately, Jake was able to use the paint to obscure a tube that extended from the Spot suit’s hand to an uneven splotch in its stomach. He demonstrates its operation in his TikTok, tossing a tennis ball into the hand “portal” and watching as the ball pops out of the center of the suit a second later.

“Voilà: the Spot,” he says.

“But how did the ball just get out of him like that like how is there even a hole in him,” wondered one incredulous TikTok commenter. Rewatch the video, dear commenter. And then use the same technology to funnel popcorn into your mouth during the next Spider-Man screening.


Sailor Moon-Inspired Cosplay Turns Lizzo Into Justice Barbie

Lizzo smiles and poses on stage while wearing a Sailor Moon-inspired outfit.

Screenshot: Lizzo / Instagram / Kotaku

Lizzo wore a sequin-spotted pink bodysuit while headlining the Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Japan on Sunday, giving life to, she said on stage, her “favorite television show growing up,” Sailor Moon. The bodysuit, made and styled by Venezuelan designer Ruben Isaza and inspired by a popular cosplayer (who asked not to be named), Lizzo’s outfit is an ode to a regular girl who can turn into a hero.

The outfit—bubblegum-pink and predominantly made up of thick-slice ribbons, arranged in an almost heart-shaped birthday present bow around Lizzo—takes cues from Sailor Moon protagonist Usagi Tsukino’s transformation into crime-fighting guardian Sailor Moon. In the 1992 anime, after Usagi issues the command “Moon Prism Power, Make Up!,” a hail of pink ribbons burst forth from a pendant on her chest and snap into the schoolgirl’s battle-ready costume.

That scene solidified “a dream of mine,” Lizzo said on stage before shouting “Moon Prism Power, Make Up!” herself and gleefully twirling around.

“I used to dream about being a Sailor Scout and using love to win,” Lizzo said on Instagram, referencing Sailor Moon’s war cry: “I am the Pretty Guardian, who fights for Love and for Justice!”

“This is an ode to every young person who dreams hard and loves harder,” Lizzo continued.

The “Truth Hurts” singer, who recently contributed the opening song “Pink” to the Barbie movie, has extensively spoken of her Sailor Moon fandom, telling CBS News broadcast journalist Gayle King in 2020 she wishes she could swap places with Sailor Moon so that she could also transform. She and her dancers also all wore Sailor Guardian costumes while performing at New Orleans’ Voodoo Fest in 2018. In the name of the Moon, this Barbie will punish you.


Elon Musk Ex Amber Heard Wanted To Do Overwatch Cosplay For Him

Writer Walter Isaacson spent two years following Twitter overlord Elon Musk as he worked on his biography Elon Musk, which released September 12. That thorough work paid off—readers can sleep easy knowing that one of the richest men in the world might be into Overwatch roleplay.

Actress Amber Heard, who dated known gamer Musk through 2016, and then on-and-off in 2017, looked like popular support hero Mercy to him, Isaacson writes. While pretty much every Overwatch character is featured in tons of lovingly made porn online, Mercy is particularly popular, especially in a subsect of the BDSM community (“healsluts”) that feels erotic pleasure from healing in-game.

Musk, apparently, “looked attractive for a rocket engineer,” Isaacson continues. Though another one of Musk’s waifish exes, Claire Boucher, better known as the musician Grimes, tells Isaacson that her “Dungeons and Dragons alignment would be chaotic good, whereas Amber’s is probably chaotic evil,” Musk nevertheless started pursuing Heard as early as 2013. Ultimately, while Heard was filming Aquaman in Australia in 2017, Isaacson writes, Musk flew out to see her, and she kissed him on the cheek.

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“[Musk] told her that she reminded him of Mercy, his favorite character in […] Overwatch, so she spent two months designing and commissioning a head-to-toe costume so she could role-play for him.” That process was likely very involved for Heard. A full Mercy outfit requires faithful recreation of the character’s iconic white-blocked bodysuit, gold halo headpiece, and soaring, mechanical wings, which cosplayers sometimes like rigging with complicated lights or stiff plastic.

“I guess I could be called a geek for someone who can also be called a hot chick,” Heard told Isaacson.

But sexy geekery is tragically a poor glue. Heard and Musk’s relationship came apart soon after that, in part because of a taste for theatrics and upheaval Isaacson ascribes to both parties.

“Elon loves fire,” Heard told Isaacson, “and sometimes it burns him.”

That evidently also applies to his fascination with FromSoftware’s open-world role-playing game Elden Ring, which he’s both privately and publicly enthused about. Isaacson reports Musk spent “a lot of time in the game’s most dangerous regions, a fiery-red demon hellscape known as Caelid” before deciding to buy Twitter.

In that case, I hope his most recent wispy, back-and-forth girlfriend, 30-year-old actress Natasha Bassett, was able to complete her Alexander, Warrior Jar cosplay before they broke up again.


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