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Getting Caught Up

Sorry for the delay folks. I’ve been incommunicado for some time. It’s been a weird couple of months. That being said, I’m back and ready to go.

So a few months back, if you recall, I started doing a lot of collaborations with April V. Skyee – model and photography starting with Deadpool and Domino which was an incredible experience shooting on location in a completely destroyed radio station in the middle of nowhere and ,to spite the fact that I suffer from vertigo, climbing on a 20 foot high I-beam just to get the right shot. Corey Graham was very patient and took a ton of stellar shots and April…as always…was stunning.
After that, we did another cosplay shoot with April as Jubilee and the incomparable Jean Baptist as Wolverine. My favorite Ottawa photographer Mike Giovinazzo shot this one in Swizzles on Queen street with a bar full of regulars who no doubt thought we were nuts. But, again the end result speaks for itself and serves to further credit the statement that mike really can’t take a bad picture. ;)
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After that April got behind the camera and managed to talk me onto a friggin horse. That’s right….a horse. A stupid way to travel but all in all it was a great experience. We shot the custom Roman Centurian armour on the back of cantankerous old black steed outside Alexandria. Although I’m not really a proficient model, certainly not on horseback, the pics came out quite well. The client was very happy with them to say the least.
Then we moved on to a meet up shoot with the oh so man-pretty Mike Giovinazzo wherein we degraded a nun from pious straight through demonic. April modeled in fine form, adapting to not only the time constraints but also overlapping fields of fire from a very talented groups of photographers under Mike’s guidance. It was a nerve wracking but all in all very challenging experience for me as i had to adjust the fx, switch the costumes and completely redo facepaint and blood applications between sets. But the results defied expectation.
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Most recently however, I got the chance to really play in terms of body paint. There is honestly nothing harder than doing full head to toe body paint that looks good. April came to me with a geek concept, which blew my mind by the way as she is merely a Geek In Training so the fact that she stumbled across such a perfect character for her to portray is amazing. So she sat through three hours of body paint and makeup and tried her damnedest not to sweat it off for a sold out group of easily the most talented photographers I’ve met to date including the photo ninja known as John Wenzell who took a from the hip shot of the two of us in a cage that absolutely blew my mind.
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Since we seem to be on a roll, as she would say, my partner in crime and  have planned a series of meetup and group shoots in the coming months. Some fetish shoots, vampire shoots, pirate shoots perhaps we’ll even get down to Montreal for some one site shots and then straight into an upcoming horror shoot that will pay homage to the man that haunted my dreams as a child and made me the twisted fx and costume designer that I am today. **cough cough** Pinhead **cough cough** ;)
In any event, the next few months we will be hosting many photographer invitationals to give everyone the opportunity to shoot something fun and bizarre and as far outside the box as possible. So stay tuned! And sign up. Volunteer to model if you wish….and by all means, if you have an idea in mind for a shoot feel free to contact April V. Skyee to organize it for you and if you need costumes, or fx feel free to drop me a line. I love meeting and working with Ottawa’s new talent.

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.