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In the “geek culture”, we often see strong women in positions of great power. (Wonder Woman, Jean Gray, Black Widow, Catwoman, etc.) We don’t really bat an eye when someone wants to emulate their qualities or dress up as these and many other female characters when they are traditional warrior characters, but how many princesses do you see at conventions? Has it ever occurred to anyone that these iconic women may be worthy of emulating? I realized after writing a piece for my mom-blog side project, that women, especially geek women… don’t like princesses. Oh sure, they like Ariel because she’s a hot redhead in a skimpy top with a tail and they like Pocahontas because she’s all spiritual native chick talking to animals and willow trees and let’s not forget she’s like 7 feet tall with legs that go on for miles, but what about Cinderella? Aurora? Any shout-outs for Snow White? Not very likely…. not unless they’re dressed up like the “Legs Avenue” whore versions of themselves so they can chat up all the hot geek boys and celebrities that hang out at the bars down the street. So, why is the geek girl so against princesses? More specifically, why do geek girls hate Disney princesses? Well, there’s a thing no one wants to talk about but everyone knows it and I want to talk about it because I think it’s important to get this out there and deal with it.
The reality is, geek girls want to be seen as hard core, sexy yet masculine, kill you in a thousand ways by batting your eyelashes super heroines. NOT as a princess in a pretty gown with a good heart and a strong backbone. Never mind that the princess probably died or was near death then defeated (usually by killing) her enemies and did so with a song in her heart and a fan-boy club (including her prince) cheering her on. It’s because somehow along the way, princesses got this stigma of being weak baby pussycats with no brains and pretty dresses. I’m sorry, but that’s just not the reality of these stories and I’m here to clear the air on that once and for all. Read the rest of this entry »
Heroes of Cosplay on SyFy is a new running show which encompasses the world of cosplay for TV purposes. But perhaps SyFy is making cosplay more of a joke, than something that people take serious.
The show follows the feats of nine cosplayers, only one of whom who is a male. It chronicles their journeys in cosplay making from concept to finish as well as to the conventions they attend to compete in or judge competition.
I find it a little disappointing that only one male is featured on the show when men are actually the minority in cosplay. The title of the show is also unfortunately a little pretentious. No one can truly be a “Hero of Cosplay” but I suppose they were trying to say they were inspirational. Instead, it makes them sound like they are the top names of cosplay when in fact there can be none. Another angle that SyFy misrepresents is the “responsibilities” of the cosplayers, such as Yaya Han’s. Yaya Han is a large cosplay name, often being a judge at conventions and even having appeared on King of the Nerds as a judge earlier this year. But the show presents that she (and the others on the show) are constantly trying to find new ways to gain popularity rather than work on costumes. In my opinion, no one honestly really cares if they don’t have a new costume by the next convention. Yes, it’s human for them to worry about disappointing their fans, but really no one is going to be mad if Yaya shows up in her Chun Li costume to a couple cons in a row without debuting a new one. Cosplay in general is NOT about getting fans and being popular. The point is to have fun dressing up as a character you adore. The most disappointing aspect of the show though is the editing. The editing is done purposefully to make the show be filled with more drama, stressing conversations the people have about cosplay and making it look like they are being rude or over dramatic. Yaya Han and some of the other “contestants” said seemingly unflattering comments about people who are overweight cosplaying and have had to release damage control statements this past week to clarify that their words were cut and twisted together by editing. Also, using stock footage from a con that isn’t even being attended in the episode is probably not a good idea…
If I have so many issues with this show, why am I writing about it? There are some upsides to Heroes of Cosplay. I quite enjoy that, 1) it’s about cosplay. Cosplay is such an underground scene in public, it is interesting for it to be coming to the mainstream. I like that they show how much hard work can be put into cosplay. I actually like that they show the extremes of cosplay. In the first episode, one of the “contestants” is shown trying to completely emulate the character and bring her to life. Not everyone does that, but I’m glad they show that some people do. I like that in the first episode they showed that sometimes costumes never get finished, even when they get taken to con to be finished in the hotel room. I LOVE that it isn’t a competition. A lot of people expressed their distaste that it wasn’t a show more like Face Off, but honestly a cosplay show like Face Off would be a waste for showing off what the cosplay community is like. I also like that the stars themselves try not to present themselves as pretentious about cosplay as the narrator does. Yaya Han denies being a “cosplay queen” but more of a “cosplay ambassador” in the first episode. It’s also great that some of the cosplayers are well established while some of them are just starting out.
Will Heroes of Cosplay be a failure or a success? Will it accurately represent the cosplay community? Will it satisfy the cosplay community? Every cosplayer will answer these questions differently. Who’s to say what’s in store though? Only two episodes have aired. Only time will tell.
Have an opinion on the show? Drop a comment down there!
Visit the Official Website: http://www.syfy.com/heroesofcosplay
Catch the show on Tuesday nights at 10 on SyFy
This weekend DC Comics announced what iconic villain Lobo would look like in the New 52. His new design was created by Kenneth Rocafort. Most fans are rather unhappy and expressing distaste for the new design. But can we take a moment to just appreciate Rocafort’s art?
When I decided to start buying comics from currently running DC titles instead of reading from my mother’s old comic book collection, I picked up the New 52’s Red Hood and the Outlaws. Rocafort was the artist for the beginning issues. I was immediately drawn in by his renditions of Jason Todd, Roy Harper, and Koriand’r. All three are characters dear to my heart and I was really excited to get into the series. I loved his art and was sad when he was taken off of the series after a little more than ten issues.
He’s also done art for Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, Red Hood and the Outlaws, Superman/Batman Annual, and more. His designs are always very creative but also sort of familiar for each character. He has a serious attention to small details that most artists don’t and make his art so much more intricate than others.
Check out Rocafort’s tumblr http://mitografia.tumblr.com/ where he is currently doing a drawing a day for a year.
View covers by Rocafort here: http://comicartcommunity.com/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=493&page=1
I apologize for this being over a month late, but here we go!
Anime Expo is the largest anime convention in all of the United States and gains regular attendance of over 50,000 every year. Anime Expo is a four day convention which takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center every year on the weekend of July 4th. This year it ran from July 4 to July 7. I attend this convention every year, more or less because it is the closest large convention to me. The guests of honor have dwindled for my entertainment within the last few years, but that’s because I’m not usually a fan of whatever is the current most popular anime or I’m not a fan of the voice actors they are bringing that year. This year though, they surprised me by announcing that visual kei artist Kaya would be a guest of honor in junction with the band Moonstream, which is made up of Tomo from “echostream” and Satsuki, formerly of Rentrer en Soi.
Most comic book fans really dislike it when a character gets changed drastically. I mean, even if the universe gets reset, a lot of things about certain major characters stay the same. That makes people happy. It makes me happy as well. But sometimes changing characters up can give you something new and fresh and actually quite likeable.
Case in point: Robin. To be exact, Robin V, Damian Wayne Robin.
Don’t you just LOVE a good April Fool’s joke?
Heh… yeah, me neither. Oh wait, you do? Hmm… guess it’s just me, then. LOL
I’ve never really seen the point, personally. I find that on the whole they’re mean-spirited and often leave someone being the brunt of a joke, left to feel stupid or hurt, both emotionally and physically (and that person is usually me because I’m SUPER gullible and way too trusting). I’m not a big fan of them for that reason, but this one caught my attention last year because it was believable and it spread like wild-fire across the interwebs and had an entire world full of geeks up in arms, freaking out. The topic was licensed artwork regarding DC characters.
Here’s the article to refresh your memory:
We are now two weeks into June and for most of us in the SoCal region, this means one thing; San Diego Comic-Con is coming!
We are gathering our costume pieces and working out the final kinks in our uniforms, robes, warrior garb, prosthetic and various other attachments we will be sporting for the 4 days of insanity. In just about one month, the San Diego Convention Center will erupt in an H-Bomb of geekery. Chaos will flood the streets in the form of zombies, mages, elves, Uruk-hai, inhabitants of Krypton and everyone from Rainbow Bright to Batman will be there. There will be Wonder Women and Phoenix’s, Catwomen and every rendition of Harley Quinn oozing out of every street lamp in the Gaslamp District and more skin than should be legal in a public place, all in the name of costuming and the love of geek culture. Read the rest of this entry »
With the announcement of backwards compatibility and game sharing as well as cloud gaming and non-internet connectivity needed, Sony may have seemed like they came out on top. However, X-Box One had a lot more to SHOW of how the system ran without games ie, kinnect and voice commands. With the price of $399, the PS4 is a lot more affordable but until they show what the system can do without games or in compatibility with the PSVita, the extra $100 you spend with X-Box may be worth it especially when you consider you are paying $100 extra to get it a month sooner. Read the rest of this entry »
Join AJ, Martin, and Richard as they head to San Bernardino for the double feature of Now You See Me and After Earth: RPX.
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER | MachineGames Forges A New Chapter For This Celebrated Franchise
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES
WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER
MachineGames Forges A New Chapter For This Celebrated Franchise
Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced a new title, Wolfenstein®: The New OrderTM, an action-adventure shooter slated for release in Q4 2013. The game is being developed by MachineGamesTM, a studio comprised of seasoned developers known for creating compelling, critically-acclaimed story-driven games. Wolfenstein has been widely credited for helping establish and popularize the first-person shooter genre, and Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reimagining of this franchise – offering players a gripping and dramatic experience. The official announcement trailer can be seen at GameSpot.com.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is scheduled for release on Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PC, and next generation consoles. Additional details about the game will be revealed in a series of exclusive feature stories with GameSpot.com began on Wednesday, May 8th.
“We are excited to bring a new chapter of Wolfenstein to gamers everywhere,” said Jens Matthies, creative director at MachineGames. “As fans of the series, working on this game is an honor, and our team is driven to create an unforgettable action-adventure experience that will make FPS fans proud.”
Wolfenstein: The New Order has not yet been rated by the ESRB.