Okay, you got me — Jon Bon Jovi did not write a rock anthem about cosplayers. At least, not intentionally. But someone set “It’s My Life” to a extensive group of excellent cosplayers lipsynching it at the MCM Expo in London, and the results are strangely… impressive. I was actually kind of moved. Really! Now, whether that’s because of Bon Jovi’s incredible songwriting abilities, my bewilderment in writing about Bon Jovi and cosplay in the same article, or even my sudden, absolute crush on the girl in the Perona costume from One Piece is truly anybody’s guess. Thanks to Nick for the tip.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.