Cosplayer Liz Katz reveals ongoing dilemma with “delusional cyberstalker” - Dexerto
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Cosplayer Liz Katz reveals ongoing dilemma with “delusional cyberstalker”

Published: 24/Jan/2020 1:09

by Alan Bernal

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Popular cosplayer Liz Katz revealed an ongoing issue with a cyberstalker, who has forced her to increase her “home and office security” due to his unwelcome advances.

Katz is a huge figure in the cosplaying scene with a following of over 200 thousand on Twitter and over 1 million on Instagram – but a recurring issue with one of these followers has forced her to bring an issue to the public about a “delusional” fan.

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In a detailed Twitter thread, she revealed how an enamored man has been taking steps to get closer to her, even though she has repeatedly denied his fantasies of a romantic relationship.

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Katz is an accomplished cosplayer with millions of followers.

“I’ve been dealing with a delusional cyberstalker for nearly a year,” she admitted in a Tweet on January 23. “I do not know this person and they do not know me. Yet they are convinced we are in a relationship and that I had been sending them secret messages through my content.”

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She mentioned how the unnamed person would have lengthy conversations with himself in her public message inbox. There, she found photos evidently showing he was prepared to make a life-changing move to California “in an effort to be closer to me for our ‘relationship.'”

Katz claimed that she eventually responded to him, talking him down and pointing out that her posts held no hidden subtext for him or anyone else.

“I offered the idea that maybe he had been catfished?” the cosplayer explained. “And I assured we had never spoken or written. He seemed to understand. He said he sometimes gets the wrong ideas about things.”

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A mental health advocate herself, Katz suggested he seek a professional for help, and that “things cooled off for a while” following the encounter.

After a period of silence, he reappeared as a normal fan again, but the messages quickly turned to their previous, concerning tone. Once again, she expressed her discomfort to him. He apologized, and another period of silence ensued.

Some time passed before he reappeared once again, this time flooding her, “comments and inbox, eventually writing every day again… about how we were together again, as if we were together.”

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Since he’d already pitched the idea of moving to California to be with her, she believes he was further encouraged by a January 12 Instagram post in which the cosplayer is dancing in a Harley Quinn-inspired costume to the tune of “Freak” by Lana Del Rey.

“Baby, if you wanna leave / Come to California, be a freak like me, too,” the lyrics say.

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This ended up being the tipping point for Katz, who has informed authorities about the man and has been confining herself to her home by “limiting my time outside.”

These disturbing details have her community rallying in support for Katz as she is “weighing [her] options now and is still feeling really uneasy.”

Among her closing thoughts, she hopes the “individual can get the help they need,” but has largely remained quiet on social media after shedding light on her continuing predicament.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer hits the beach as perfect Ty Lee

Published: 12/Oct/2020 21:07

by Brent Koepp

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An Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer faithfully recreated Ty Lee’s iconic Ember Islands beach look. The talented artist hit the sands as Azula’s bubbly acrobatic friend.

There are many memorable scenes from The Last Airbender, which originally made its debut on Nickelodeon in 2005. However ‘The Beach’ story in Season 3 has alway been a fan favorite.

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Celebrating it, a talented cosplayer re-created scenes from the iconic episode with her stunning take on Ty Lee. Her adorable costume is one of the best things you will see all week.

ty lee in avatarThe Fire Nation heroine took to the beach in the popular Season 3 episode.

Avatar cosplayer becomes real life Ty Lee at the beach

In Book 3, Fire Nation’s Prince Zuko and Princess Azula take a vacation on the Ember Islands. However the royal siblings are quickly shown up when their friend Ty Lee is getting all of the attention.

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Cosplayer ‘daniella.claire.cosplay’ depicted the hilarious scene with her transformation into the acrobatic fighter. The artist nailed the character’s look, capturing her upbeat personality by holding her long braided hair in her hands.

Photographer ‘thegeekstrong’ took a shot of Daniella posing in front of the shore while wearing the character’s iconic white and red Fire Nation swimsuit. The outdoor backdrop truly brings the Ember Islands to life.

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In another post on Instagram, the cosplayer faithfully re-created the moment from the episode where Ty Lee asks a beachgoer to stand in front of the sun to create shade for her to rest in. 

This isn’t the first time the artist has dressed up as the Avatar heroine. In September, she collaborated with cosplayer ‘minakess’ who portrays Princess Azula. Daniella wore Ty Lee’s regular pink outfit while sitting next to the series’ villain.

Despite ending in 2008, the Last Airbender has seen a major revival in popularity after Netflix added it to its platform in April. The Nickelodeon animation celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2020.

Those interested in the franchise can watch every single episode on the streaming service right now. The series sequel, The Legend of Korra, is also available, and takes place 100 years after the story of Avatar Aang.