2020 Panelist Announcement: Miss Kits Crafts!

Miss Kits Crafts

Miss Kits Crafts is an amazing prop-making talent, specializing in active props using puppetry techniques. She has created a full-size skeksis costume from The Dark Crystal, and an enormous, working, Olmec wall from the show Legend of the Hidden Temple. among many others costumes and props. As a horror fan, her annual haunted house display is one of the best in New England.


The Cape Cod Cosplay Photoshoot Weekend Returns This May

Chocobobutt as swimsuit Asuka at the inn's indoor pool.

Chocobobutt as swimsuit Asuka at the inn’s indoor pool.


Coming up May 13-17, Nerd Caliber will again be on Cape Cod organizing a long weekend of photo shoots in one of the most scenic locations in New England. But this year, our fourth, will be a little different and a big anniversary.

Unlike previous years, we won’t be at the Southfleet Motor Inn at South Wellfleet for an entire week covering two weekends. This year we felt it made more sense to be there for one extra-long weekend, packed with fun activities. One of those activities will be a big grilling and BBQ party Friday the 15th, to celebrate Nerd Caliber’s 10th anniversary!

Of course, the main goal of this event has always been to bring together photographers and cosplayers, to create awesome images in a wide variety of scenic environments. As you will see in the photos in the SmugMug gallery by clicking on the image below, the locations are beautiful, and sometimes creepy. The biggest draws are the beaches, which are all but empty of other people at that time of year. But there is also the abandoned military housing complex, the old stone tower, the cedar swamp and of course Provincetown itself.

Other locations a bit further away include another high tower, and even a perfect location for hobbits!

What we do for attendees is provide as much help as we can to get shoots to happen. We will help you find locations, provide expertise for photography and possibly even transportation help for remote locations. What we aren’t doing is setting up actual shoots — that will be up to the photographers and cosplayers to coordinate together. Check out the Facebook event page for a way to connect and coordinate.

The Southfleet Motor Inn has given us a discount room rate for anyone planning for an overnight stay, or longer. Go to the Inn’s website and use the promo code PHOTOS for the discount rate.

Of course, while we are there we will be promoting our own two-day event, the Cosplay And Photography Expo!, coming up July 18-19 in Mansfield, Mass.!


Click on the image above to see the full gallery of both images taken during previous events, and location shots.

Click on the image above to see the full gallery of both images taken during previous events, and location shots.

2020 Panelist Announcement: Colonial Armory!

Colonial Armory

Colonial Armory specializes in foam-based and 3-D printed armor and props. But his specialty is in making large numbers of them for entire groups of cosplayers or LARPers. He will produce as much as a dozen sets of armor with slight variations for different characters — and their weapons. He can often be seen wearing his own creations for fun and promotion, but cosplays other characters as well, notably an excellent Krieger from Archer.

cape-guest-colonial armory

Basic Info About C.A.P.E. 2020

Chelsea Von Chastity Cosplay gets her viking warrior on in the scrub-covered cliffs above the Atlantic beaches.

Chelsea Von Chastity Cosplay gets her viking warrior on in the scrub-covered cliffs above a Cape Cod beach.

It occurs to us that it would be a good idea to put the basic information about this upcoming summer’s Cosplay And Photography Expo in one post, so people don’t have to hunt through a few different pages on this site. So, here we go.

July 18-19, 2020

$40 Weekend or $25 Saturday or $20 Sunday; or $50 for the weekend for photographers that will be charging for photo shoots. The next price jump of another $5 per ticket type will happen March 21, 2020.

The Holiday Inn Mansfield-Foxboro Area, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
Phone: 508-339-2200
Room rate: $149 for a standard room with a single king bed or two double beds

Public Transit:
The Mansfield Commuter Rail stop is 2 miles from the hotel. The Franklin Line/Foxboro Pilot runs to and from both Boston and Providence.

Panels – Saturday, first panel starts at 9 a.m., last panel ends at 7 p.m.
Sunday, first panel starts at 9 a.m., last panel ends at 5 p.m.

Vendor Room – Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Studio space – Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After party – Saturday 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cash charge at the door.

On-site – Bristol Grill and Cafe, breakfast Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.; lunch the hotel will set up a sandwich, salads and snacks station both days; dinner Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Off-site – Plenty of options, many under this Yelp link.



Prices Enlarge Dec. 1, Get Your Tickets Soon!


Here’s a friendly reminder that ticket prices for the Cosplay And Photography Expo next summer — while currently at 2017 and 2018 prices — will go up by $5 whole dollars for a weekend ticket after Nov. 30! (OK, so not nearly as much as the image of giant Ant-Man implies.)

If you buy your tickets before then, a weekend set will set you back just $35, the same price as the last two C.A.P.E. events. But after Nov. 30 weekend tickets go up to $40. Every ticket level jumps by $5 on Dec. 1, including the tickets for professional photographers that wish to charge for shoots at the event. Those climb from $50 for the weekend to $55 after Nov. 30.

Go to the Registration page to get your tickets to C.A.P.E. 2020 today!


2020 Panelist Announcement: Wonderllama Photography!

Wonderllama Photography

Gregg started his photography career as a joke — imitating me, FirstPerson Shooter, at the very first C.A.P.E Gregg discovered he really like taking cosplay photos. In the short four years since then he has honed his skills very well, often taking weeks to travel to a photography educational retreat somewhere out in the wilds of the West. Oh, and he is also the Associate Editor of NerdCaliber.com.

2020 Panelist Announcement: Lodaim!

Lodaim Cosplay

Lodaim specializes in traditional materials such as chain mail and leather. He is perhaps best known for his mashup of Legend of Zelda and Assassin’s Creed – the Assassin Link. He is as comfortable in blue face paint as Iceman or a shabby overcoat as John Constantine as he is in costumes with custom leather tooling and handmade chain mail.


CAPE 2020 News Is Here!


Here it is, the details about the next Cosplay And Photography Expo — July 18, & 19, 2020!

New location!

The Holiday Inn Mansfield Foxoboro in Mansfield, Mass. It is just a couple miles from the Mansfield commuter rail stop, making getting to the convention much easier than in past years. For those driving, it is right off the intersection of Rt. 495 and I-95.

The meeting room and the meeting facility area is fantastically well laid out, and the hotel even has an amphitheater for large panels, just like our first hotel!


Tickets prices start at the same level as 2018! But, they will be going up in three stages over the 18 months until CAPE 2020, so get your tickets early, starting May 4, 2019! For the full breakdown of the price jumps, click on the Register link above.



2020 Panelist Announcement: Spectra!


Spectra is not only a foam armor expert who has run panels on the topic at New York Comic Con, but is Nerd Caliber‘s own AAA games writer. His cosplays draw most from comic books and movies, and his Frozone is so spot on that you almost think that Pixar based the character design on Spectra in the first place.