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Cosplay 2014

Comiccon was a blast! The quality of the costumes being portrayed this year was staggering, to say the least. Ever more ambitious and industrious means of construction were being employed by hundreds of cosplayers. Vaccuuforming, casting, l200, fun foam, leather the list goes on and on. I have always held true in the knowledge that if you are seeking an artist, of any possible medium, you need only come to Ottawa to find them. Never will you find more evidence of this than you will at Comiccon. The lovely April V. Skyee and I, as you know, went as the fan favorite couple of Domino and Deadpool. It  was rather interesting running into our doppelgängers and seeing what they did differently. It’s rather like comparing notes. It was a humbling experience to say the least.

April, in and of herself, has been impressing me greatly of late as in addition to her already Olympian workload of school, photography, modeling and keeping my rather impetuous self inline, she has been undertaking a project that we’ve come to call “Geek in training”. No doubt in its origins a mere foothold into my world so that she might  better understand what the hell I’m talking about most of the time. But recently it has become more than that. She is exploring her own geekdome, finding out what characters and plots appeal to her, and is even throwing geek references and nerd facts at myself and others in arguments. It’s inspiring. But I witnessed something recently that really took my breath away. April’s siblings are a fair amount younger than she is. She doesn’t get to see them nearly as often as she would like what with life and work and all. But she sat down the other day and got into a geek debate with her little brother. They debated Xmen, Deadpool, Jubilee, Domino, Wolverine, everything that April has been learning about. They connected over comics. April smiles a lot, but never like this. She found a common ground where her little brother and her became equals in their love and appreciation of mere fiction. Just drawings on a page and it gave her a way to be closer to him. In all honesty, how much common ground is there between those who are 10 years age difference from one another. This was impressive.
Which brings me to my point. Geekdome in and of itself, is common ground. Walk into Commiccon and you will find people from every possible walk of life. Different social classes, income brackets, education and cultural backgrounds and every age possible. None of it matters. Wolverine rocks. Batman rules. Super Mario is addictive, and that’s that. To be a “Geek” is to openly share your adoration for characters that remind you of a time in your life when anything was possible. When you still had it in you to say the hell with it and just have fun. Before life, responsibility and consequence started discouraging you along the way. I think April just learned that. :) So I would like to publicly award her 10 Geek points for stumbling on what it means to be a geek. :) Well done, Domino. ;)
So what does it mean to you? When you spend months throwing together a cosplay? Anticipating Comiccon, FanExpo, Ganime, Anime North, Dragon Con ..ect…? What is the best part about being a geek for you?
By: Ice Bloom

Comic-Con Cosplay

Well ladies and gentle-men, it’s that time of year again. Comic-con! The day we pull our hair out trying to perfect our costumes and practice our lines for when we meet Summer Glau so that we don’t wet ourselves or accidentally grab her ass in an over zealous hug or something. “keep calm…she’s just people…breathe…BREATHE!!” Well April V. Skyee and myself have decided to adorn a con tradition that has plagued geeks for decades…the art of the dreaded “couples costumes”.
This year we have chosen a common couple but decided to go all out for it. We are going as Deadpool and Domino. We’ve planned a bad-ass photo shoot shortly after the con to commemorate the occasion. But you will definitely see us there raising hell.
First off…in the red corner. The master of overkill and boobie sniping. With his stolen healing factor, multiple internal dialogues( none of which being his conscience ), armed with 2 kitanas, a c-7, a baretta 9mm, a 45 alongside, a custom nikita howler 50 cal. sub machine gun with a lazer sight that says “I swallow”, 6 cherry grenades and a fully functioning home-made MINI GUN…that’s right…..i went there. The batshit crazy Rodney Dangerfield of assassins…ladies and gentle-men…I give you the incomparable Deadp0ol.
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and….in the blue corner….weighing in at none of your damn business. She brings her superhuman ability to predict insane odds and glimpse her own future, giving her the appearance of pure shit luck to the fight. She’s armed with a walther mp-70, an mp5-k, and two mini mp4 full auto pistols and literally the nicest ass in the marvel universe and I really don’t suggest you argue with her about that. The seductress, the ball-bustress …the one and only…well…that’s not true..Copycat did a thing there for a while…well the one of two occasionally, apparently….Domino!
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For both of these costumes…we’ve dispensed with the notion that everyone fights in spandex and focused on building actual tactical gear. Domino retains her sex appeal…even ups it. OMG you should see her. I fainted. Honest to dog…fainted. As for Deadpool, I’ve focused on his whimsical side. Once I got his armor in place I began arming him to the teeth. I cannot WAIT to get on the bus!!!!
After Comic-Con, we will be doing a full spread shoot so stay tuned…and as previously stated, these are just two of many. :)
So, between the two of them…who’s hotter? Honestly? ;) It’s me right? right?
See you all at Comic-Con on Saturday!
By Ice Bloom
Ottawa Gothic Designs.

Cosplay trends

Cosplay enthusiasts are easily becoming some of the most industrious artists practicing today. Most are employing advanced tailoring and special FX techniques to accomplish their creations.
It used to be that for a convention or cosplay party or LARP one would simply make an effort to go as their favorite character made out of old garbage bags…cardboard and bristol board with hot glue and a ton of paint. Well not anymore. You can’t walk ten feet in any convention without seeing a movie quality hand made creation out of leather, metal, vacuum formed plastic, hand casted prosthetic and world class airbrush jobs. Prime examples of this trend can be found within the ranks of groups like the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion Star Wars reenactment crews. Up front and present at all conventions i can personally attest to the fact hat they spend thousands on their costumes and they are very…VERY…picky on the details. Since their appearance in the convention circuit more and more groups have been popping up all over the world daring other cosplayers to try their hand at bigger and badder builds. Its no longer about just going as your favorite characters. It is now all about building the impossible. I have personally fallen victim to this trend as I take it as a personal dare to construct things with the most insane amount of detail just for the gratification of the reactions it brings at cons. A perfect example of this would be Judge Master Gabranthe. Now I don’t play Final Fantasy. Can’t stand it. But when I saw that armour I knew that I had to be the one to build it. 3 months later I unveilled Judge Master Gabranthe on stage at G-Anime in 2010. We also unveiled Scorpion, Frost and Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat, Father Abel Nightroad from Trinity Blood, Taki from Soul Calibur and Tifa from Final Fantasy. Since then it has been a consistent challenge to out do ourselves and when we look around at cons we are no longer towering over the crowd. Our work is still incredible but the crowd is catching up. People are learning how to do things for themselves. It may not be the same caliber of work but damn it if it doesn’t look amazing.
The days of pipe cleaners and glue are long gone guys. Hand tailored costumes and high end paint jobs and more and more expensive and durable materials are now the norm. Better keep up. ;)

So how ’bout it guys. Lets see your best costumes, your best work! Steam punk…comic..anime…abstract…whatever. Gimme your best shot!

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