You all know how I love comic books. From Marvel and DC, through to IDW and Dark Horse, I think the comic book medium is an important part of human history. And certainly more important than the art of those damn abstract expressionists, whose Jackson Pollock statue I regularly deface in an attempt to prove this. But one thing I’d never done, was to actually attend the gateway drug of comic book events, Free Comic Book Day. Partly because I happen to live in a part of the country which regards comic books as “dem fancy picture books”. This year however, I decided to change things up.
Like many of you, I wish I could get into one of my costumes and actually drive a vehicle. But cosplay can be kind of restrictive at times. Hell, my previous Batsuit which was modelled on the 1989 movie version of the costume was so authentic that I couldn’t even turn my neck properly. Which would have made using the K53 method of driving a damn nightmare. Still, some costumes can be worn when travelling the roads. Like this Predator has just proven.
Little known fact: The most dangerous entity in all of the Marvel Universe isn’t Thanos, Galactus or Apocalypse. It’s Squirrel Girl. Yes, that Squirrel Girl. Seriously, she’s an Omega-level threat who has handed various heavyweight villains their asses to them. Doctor Doom? Not even his vaunted might and intellect could stop his armour from being obliterated by a swarm of squirrels! So what happens when she expands her horizons and takes on an entire Wondercon of cosplayers? Asses are kicked, that’s what.
And it’s actually dead easy, so have no fear! One of the best new Marvel heroes this year is dead easy to get right. But to do even a simple costume with all the right details justice? Well you’ll be a man without fear soon enough!
I’m still hard at work on my Hobocop costume (damn rain, ruining my cardboard armour!), but I always like seeing what other cosplayers are up to. The Emerald City Comic Con was held back at the end of March, bringing together various fandoms and costume projects. And dammit, I wish I was there to see it.
I’m not even going to sully this post with a wordy intro. Because this Triss cosplay from The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings, pretty much speaks a thousand words of awesome.
Look, I understand that you want some protection. The kind of protection that a bulletproof vest or an army of bodyguards can’t provide. You want something that can stop a Brakpan bouncer in its tracks, armour that will allow you to fire repulsor P-klaps. Well I’ve got some good news for you. Because such armour does exist! And there are no catches whatsoever to owning your own Hulkbuster armour!
We’re more than halfway through the second month of the year, and I’ve barely posted any cosplay goodness. Time to change that, as one of the first big calendar events of the year for cosplayerers was held last week. KatsuCon 2015 kicked things off, and as usual, it attracted some great talent from across the cosplay community. Don’t believe me? Then enjoy some proof after the jump.
I’ve been abandoned…abandoned I tell you! Zoe and Darryn have been struck down by the almighty Eskom (who literally took away their power), Geoff has run off to live his life (pffft), Gavin is MIA (probably off drinking beer), and Sandy is on a flight back to Jhb (from Hipsterland). Looks like I’m alone on this lonely ship today, I hope I can keep it afloat!
I’ve done videos on them in the past, but here’s the low-down in case you were’'n’t around: Every year, Dragon Con kicks off, and is pretty much the premiere cosplay event to attend. All of the costumes, none of the long lines for a Twilight panel. Dragon Con is one of the purer cosplay events out there, where dressing up isn’t just required, it’s downright mandatory. And every year, BeatdownBoogie is there to make a really long video about it. Enjoy!
One animated show that went out with a bang has to be Futurama. Several seasons, cancellations and straight to DVD movies resulted in a legacy of side-splitting comedy, science and Bender telling folks to bite his shiny metal ass. I’m going to miss that show. Still, it’ll live on in our hearts and minds, thanks to reruns and of course cosplay. And it’s all good news everyone, with this particular piece of fandom cosplay.
Last year, I got a chance to hit the BlizzCon scene and snap lots of photos. And it was awesome. It may just be my favourite gaming convention that I’ve ever attended, a two day ride with a great atmosphere, games and even better people attending. I wasn’t there this year, but fortunately frequent commenter Brian Murphy was. And he snapped plenty of pictures for you guys.
I don’t know about you guys, but my year is pretty much winding down. When it comes to events, I usually look forward to Q4 game releases, my annual rAge cosplay and preparing for the year ahead. Of course, I’m an old ma with the alcohol tolerance level of a foetus, because when my year peaks it merely begins for other cosplayers. Such as those guys and gals who hit the streets for New York Comic Con.
I bow before the gods of cosplay. Some people, including our resident cosplay genius Darryn, are able to craft some truly magnificent costumes to accurately replicate their favorite gaming, comic book, anime or movie characters. But this isn't a new thing, as vintage cosplay pictures prove.
I’ve been doing the cosplay thing for a few years now. You’d know this because I rarely ever shut up about it. My philosophy however, has always been for quality over quantity, resulting in basically just one costume a year that I pour all my effort into for rAge. And this year, the cosplay that was on show was a cut above from previous years.