Going Pro as a Cosplayer?

I've been asked, a few times, over the years (and again tonight) what it takes to 'go pro' as a cosplayer. As a disclaimer, I'm not really an expert on this, I've conversed with a few known cosplayers and done a bit of reading and watched what a few did to make themselves known, so I can offer at least a bit of a starting point. First, you're going to need a fairly substantial cosplay...

I get to Combine Journalism and Fantasy, Good Times!

I'm not sure why, but people don't really think about fantasy and science fiction when they hear Idaho mentioned. By stereotype we all wear western clothes, pack a handgun and talk like we're out of a western, so basically if everybody thinks we act like the folks in Firefly what's the big surprise that we do indeed appreciate fantasy and sci-fi? Which brings us to Fandemonium 2009, the annual...