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|Posted by HERETICPRIME on February 13, 2018 at 10:15 AM||comments (0)|
Neverending Dreamz is becoming an institution in the cosplay world. I've known this guy on Facebook for a few years, now, and have always been impressed by his work and humbleness. His talents are so striking, it's easy to think he is a few people. 'You know that guy that made that kickass Lucio? It was him. How about the cat that made that Genji that turned heads? 'Him, too. Neverending Dreamz is even the one and only keyblade master, making an assortment of original themed "Sailorblades," as well as keyblades based on Pokemon, and even Fraternities!
Neverending Dreamz was kind enough to subject himself to my interro...er, interview to give the fans some insight into his world and creativity.
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How did you find out about cosplaying and when did you start?
I found out about cosplaying through a friend and started in 2009.
What does cosplaying mean to you?
To me, its a world where I can express creativity and allow my imaginations to come to life.
Are there any people that you like cosplaying with?
my friends Amanda, Terry and Action
Where do you get inspiriation?
I wanted to make my works of art physical.
What kind of cosplays do you like to perform?
I prefer anime and videogame cosplays. Preferably difficult ones. The higher the difficulty the better for me.
What types of costumes do you like to create?
All kinds! armor, sewing, electronics
Who are some cosplayers that you respect?
Its Raining Neon is my favorite cosplayer.
What do you think about the rush of Patreon cosplayers?
I think its fine. I will have a Patreon soon too. I will just go about it differently then most other Cosplayer. 'A new spin on it.
Do you like that cosplay is becoming more and more mainstream?
Yes and no, I love the fact cosplay generates more attention, but not all attention is good attention.
Do you have any cosplays that you would like to do in the future?
Hades from Saint Seiya
Any that you would like to do, but think might be too hard, right now?
Nah, I will always go for it, regardless of the difficulty.
Do you have any cosplays that you would like to revisit? 'Maybe do over with what you know, now?
Lubu from Dynasty Warriors
Is there anything that you would want your fans, or fans of the site to know?
Truthfully, I do a lot for my fans, and I'm extremely humble they support me the way the do. I couldn't be happier with them.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on November 16, 2016 at 1:45 PM||comments (0)|
Anyone that's been reading these articles probably has an idea of how I feel about cosplayers using crowd funding campaigns. I'm not too keen on it. With the invention of Patreon, I thought that a wonderful solution for satisfying crowd funding cosplayers was made. There is no mistake as to what it is for. It does not abuse a system of funding meant to help people and causes in desperate need. It is to help support cosplayers so that they may make more costumes, advance their art, and even connect with fans and admirers. With this great compromise, you might wonder why I have had concern with Patreon as of late. I think that Patreon's spirit is now being sullied by some of the cosplayers it was meant to serve.
I've noticed a trend with cosplayers enticing patrons to donate more and more money a month with increasingly nude and sexually explicit incentives. Now saying this, I will state that I have nothing against nudity, sexuality, pornography, or even sex work. I have worked in the retail side of the adult industry. My problem is that I do not like adult business mixed with my art, and I consider cosplay art.
Now, I realise that I may just be the prude, here. I might be the one with the problem. I don't like the idea of blatant pornography in my cosplay, or selling sexuality in cosplay. You may also think my view points are confusing because I condone the adult industry; perhaps hypocritical, even. However, to me, cosplayers hold a spot close to, if not sanctity, and I respect them for their talents, skills, and personality.
Okay, I've said my piece on that. I'll get of my soapbox...for now.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on March 3, 2016 at 3:30 PM||comments (0)|
Hey guys. I try to bring the best cosplays I encounter to you and I also try to share profiles and pages by the most talented and unique cosplayers on my website.
As for the cosplayers I share on my website, I only share cosplayers that are cool enough to actually respond, and I don’t care how big or talented they are.
I also don’t keep cosplayers on that end up being mean to their fans and admirers, and have had to remove a few.
What I don’t understand is why some cosplayers have to be so full of themselves or mean.
I asked the cosplayer in the dialogue above some simple questions because I was interested in her work. I look at dozens, sometimes over a hundred, so I don’t have the time to read and study each person’s profile or website.
But the thing that is interesting about this case is that one of the reasons I asked her these questions is because I know for a fact that Narcisse Cosplay Art made prop swords for the cosplayer in question and she still answered that she makes all of her props and costumes.
Folks, if you put yourself out there as an artist or public figure to get Likes and be followed, don’t be mean when those people reach out and ask you questions. If you want to cut down on the questions, at least make a FAQ page, or put the answers to those commonly asked questions in your bio. Don’t expect everybody that ever comes to your page to just know your history, or look at every picture to read every caption/post.
Okay. That’s my vent. Take care, and thanks for keeping up with my page.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on November 30, 2015 at 7:35 PM||comments (0)|
Due to the overall ease of these hobbies to pursue since I was a teenager, the following definitions have been changed and the bar has been raised.
Gamer: You are no longer a gamer unless you podcast your exploits with over 10,000 subscribers and/or you enter tournaments every year. If not, then you are just a nigga with system or PC with some time on your hands.
Otaku: It is actually going back to the older 90's definition, which means a fan of at least some Japanese culture. Yes, you must once again know a little something about Japan's history from more than 30 years ago, know more Japanese than you caught off of anime, and actually had a friendship with someone Japanese. Otherwise, you're just a dude that watches Japanese cartoons and reads their backwards comic books.
Hacker: This too is going back to it's older 90's definition. You have to actually be able to program in some code or computer language, have broken into a system that was considered secure, and be a member of at least one group of people that can do the same. You can no longer claim this if your friend leaves her/his Facebook open and you tell all of her/his friends that he/she is gay; you are just a lame opportunist.
I hope this clears things up. You are not as special as you thought you were. Everybody plays video games. Everybody watches anime. Everybody pulls a "Gotcha!" on their friends' social media.
Think back to your grandparents. The stuff they do/did was cool, once. Back then Poker was gaming, Looney Tunes, Woody Woodpecker, and Disney was cutting edge animation, and prank calls were hacking.
You're welcome, even though you didn't say "Thank you..!"
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on November 25, 2015 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
I don't like writing articles about trending scandals or grievances in the height of their popularity. Sure, it's a great way to get more exposure, but a terrible way to get any form of resolution. I think that the people are so emotionally charged that they don't want to discuss the matter, they're looking to change peoples' minds.
To be a little different, and simulate an intelligent dialogue that might actually about racial face painting and Blackface in cosplay, I will post what I consider the best points that people who support racial face painting have made, and my troll-free response.
People use face paint in cosplay all the time. Cosplayers use it for scars. Cosplayers use it for features. Hell, Cosplayers use it for full-body paint to become alien races I'm no different, it's just the race I want to reproduce happens to be human. I just want to cosplay.
Well, I can't speak for any Blue people or aliens. I'm not a part of that experience. What I can tell you is that as a Black man, our people have been though years of uncomfortable feelings on many levels because of Blackface, and to the Black people that are old enough, it can be an extremely touchy subject. It's really best not to do Blackface for cosplay.
It's not Blackface if it's for cosplay. Look, Blackface is hateful and racist, and I'm not racist. I'm just a dedicated cosplayer. Everything about my cosplay has to be accurate, including my makeup and body. Blackface is about racism. I am about cosplay.
I appreciate that you are a dedicated cosplayer that pays attention to detail. However, Blackface is not racist because it was intended to be racist out of malice. Blackface is what I like to call "ignoracist," which is when a person does something that is hurtful to a race of people in a region or area, without the knowledge or even intent of offending them.
The White people that started Blackface just thought that it was just edgy comedy. They did skits and comedy routines as Black people acting the way that Black people were written in movies and on televison, which was also ignoracist. (Actually, I think that most stereotypes are ignoracist simply because they are bourne out of laziness and generalisation, not hate.)
In fact, that trend in comedy became so popular that Black people had to entertain in Blackface just to work, because White people wanted it and found it amusing. Eventually, more vocal entertainers got fed up and said that they would no longer perform in Blackface. Like most racial issues in the USA, just the acknowledgement of this offence triggered White fragility from White people that didn't want to think about how the love of Blackface reflected on them, and venues started banning and excluding those Black comedians to silence them.
It would be years before Black people could perform out of Blackface again, and even more years before Black entertainers that did not use Blackface were not considered "having something to prove."
That sounds very complicated, but like I said, I just want to cosplay. I didn't know about any of that, and I'm really sorry that it happened, but I still just want to cosplay accurately. I'm a whole new generation that would not be insensitive to Black people like that. I just want to cosplay.
Okay, once again, I understand. You didn't know about the history of Blackface, and yes, it is a complicated and unattractive segment of race relations in the USA to wrap your head around for the first time.
The first White people in the USA weren't trying to be hurtful either. They might not have cared too much if they were, but offending still wasn't their intent. They just thought they were giving a funny and accurate depiction as to the intellect and behaviour of Black people.
The most harmful racism isn't when one race says that another race of people thinks and acts in a lackluster way, out of malice. It is the most socially crippling when the racism is spread out of honest misinformation and ignorance of the majority that consider themselves good and wholesome people.
I'll also give you another angle to think about this from. If you were going to a foreign country like Italy, and you found out that doing the "Okay" gesture with your hand was an insult because before you were bourne, people held up their fingers in a ring like that to mimic an anus, and that gesture came to mean, "Hey you, Asshole!" You would refrain from using that gesture, even if you meant well by doing it, wouldn't you?
If you can understand and do that for another racial nationality, why can't you do it for a racial nationality right in your own country? You wouldn't question Italians' sense of offense with that action. Why question Black peoples' in the USA with another?
Well, cosplayers in other countries use racial makeup with no proplem. Why can't I just do it like them? Wouldn't I be international and cosmopolitan if I cosplayed according to worldly trends rather than subject myself to some hometown regional racial hang-ups?
Well, I can't speak for people of colour in other countries. Like I said, what happened to Blacks in this country was a racially national occurance. I cannot speak for people of colour in other places that probably did not even have Blackface to be offended by. Let the other parts of the world decide what offends them. It's up to us to be responsible and do a little research before we go to another country on customs and taboos.
But if you know that something can be considered as offensive where you are, even if you don't understand the reasoning, shouldn't you just be compassionate and try not to offend? And if you have the sense of mind to second think doing it, isn't that telling you something also? Doubts like that are usually best taken seriously instead of being ignored.
Blackface lasted as a common entertainment practice for over 100 years before it's death. It deserves to stay that way.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on October 16, 2015 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
These are Axent Wear. They combine cat ears, headphones, speakers, and LED lights. It They seem pretty cool at first. My best friend and I were talking about these. I think that these are bound to be epic fail worse than Nekomimi.
I wanted to sell Nekomimi's, but due to the nature of the technology at that time, the program that they worked out was something more of a selling fee that they paid you for selling them. In essence, you only made about $30 off of each pair because the "wholesale" price was so much.
Now, I don't know how these headphones are going to be licensed, but what I CAN tell you, as a retailer of LED items, is that there is NO REASON IN HELL that these should cost $170 to be shipped, anywhere.
The attractive features about the technology of LED are 1) It is cheap. 2) The brightness is relatively very powerful in comparison to other light sources. 3) It is also relatively very sparse on power source drain. 4) Most of it comes from Asia.
With all of those things in mind, I would bet my left arm that in less than a year, two years tops, there will be "knockoff" competitors anywhere from 1/2 to 1/10 the price. 'Seriously. There is no experimental tech in these. It is headphones + speakers + LED lights + USB + Possible Bluetooth.
In fact, my friend and I also talked about all of the obvious things they could have done to make them better, but did not. *shrugs shoulders* For about a dollar more cost they could have made them multi-phasic mulit-colour LED. For a few bucks more they could have had the multi-phasic and multi-colour effect sync to the music. Trust me, someone will think of this too.
Oh, and as a reminder to all of those folks that paid $150+ or more for their Nekomimi's, those things go for like $50 now.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on August 23, 2015 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
Lately I've seen a lot of bad cosplayers. No, I don't mean cosplayers that are hacks. I mean cosplayers that have sucky attitudes and behaviours. I don't like cosplayers that use the culture and it's people for their own cheap gain or need for attention.
Wouldn't be nice if we could all just follow the mantra of Wil Wheaton? "Don't be a dick." It's simple, or at least it should be. Unfortunately, some dicks can't even go to dick rehab because they are so deep in cock thuggery that they don't know where to start.
Well fear not! After a long and exhausting spiritual trek to Mount Doomkitty, and hours of prayer and meditation at the Temple of Ani-Mia, I had a revelation! Here are The Ten Commandments of Cosplay!!!
1 ) You are all Cosplayers, and there shalt be no Cosplayers beneathe you.
Like anything, there are varying degrees of devotion, and devotion is based on many things. Some of us have different reasons for loving something. Sometimes we have more time to devote to it. Other times we have more money. Some of us have more skill or natural talent in our practice. Some of us exercise our devotion in groups. So whether we see someone at a convetion in a superhero T-Shirt that they are proud of, a pristine cosplay complete with moving and light up parts, or the first attempt of someone still perfecting their craft, we are all united under one passion.
2 ) Thou shalt give credit for any photographed image.
So you've made a cosplay that you're particularly proud of it. An admirer asks if she can take a picture of you in it. You do a dorky pose, and the photographer smiles, crouches down, and snaps away. A few days later, she sends you the pics and you look awesome! You post your pics, and you get a few hundred new Subscribes, Likes, and Follows. Later, one of those new fans edits your pics and adds some special effects for you. You look like an effing X-Man, so you post it and it goes viral! You monatise your YouTube and Blip. BOOM! You have the money to make better cosplays, to make better videos, to make more money, to make cosplay accessories to sell, to become a household name, and to live high on the hog for the rest of you life!
You did it, and the best part is you did it all by yourself! WRONG! You were just another geek in a costume who posed awkwardly for a picture, but the photographer was better at taking pictures than you were at modeling. Then another fan did a kick-ass edit and made you look iconic.
When you post or share your pics, do the right thing. Credit the photographer(s). Credit the editor(s) and special effects person(s). We all deserve recognition and respect for the jobs we do.
3 ) Thou shalt not take the name of "Stalker" in vain.
This one is one of the closest commandments to my heart, having been a victim of it, hearing stories of it, and witnessing it.
One time my best friend's brother came with us to a convetion I was vending at. He has special needs, but is highly functioning. He even has a job and his own friends he visits. He is a sweet guy. Even into adulthood, he likes to greet EVERYONE with a hug. Well, I also had two con girls working for me, and I told one of them that Billy (We'll call him Billy.) has special needs, so if she thought he was behaving unusually for an adult, to keep that in mind. I also asked her to be a pal and sort of look out for him. I was too busy to tell the other woman.
'Long story short, the con girl I didn't tell tried to blame some of her questionable behaviour on Billy. She said she was freaked out because Billy asked her if she wanted to be Facebook friends. I was immediately disgusted at what she was hinting at. I explained that Billy was of special needs and liked to make friends. Then, I asked the woman that did know why she didn't explain this. She had no response.
Ladies, I know that you like to look nice in your cosplay. I also know that sometimes you might have a certain person, or type of person, in mind that you would like to admire you. Please don't be rude or nasty to someone because they might not be your ideal admirer. Unless they are truly being creepy, then don't call them a creep. Unless they are truly stalking you, don't label them a stalker. Things like that stick to reputations, and in peoples' minds. You can seriously hurt someone's feelings and cripple them socially.
4 ) Remember the days of the Con, and keep them Friendly.
This kind of goes with Number 3. Remember that con etiquette is not everyday etiquette. People are going be more approachable, and want to approach you. People will want to stare at you a bit more to admire your geek wear and/or cosplay. People may ask to take your picture or want to pose with you in them. People may invite you to do things with their groups or want to partner with you because they don't want to have a good time alone. While there is no law that says you have to oblige, the least you can do is react calmly and be polite with your answers.
5 ) Honour the Staff and the Venue.
Most people don't go to conventions with the intent to break rules. But I also think that most people do not take the time to read the rules of the con, or those of the venue of which they take place. Take the time to familiarise yourself with them.
You may find out that your cosplay or props might not be con-friendly.
Learn about the staff and who handles the different departments so that you can get all the help you may need while you're there.
You might also want to take a look at a map of the Venue grounds to cut down on time for routes, plan your panel time, and for basic safety.
6 ) Thou shalt not Shame.
This relates to Commandment 1. Don't make other Cosplayers feel badly for being themselves and enjoying their craft. Don't "slut-shame" because someone cosplays sexier than you do. This also goes for people that you think aren't attractive enough to cosplay what they chose to. If they're comfortable with their bodies enough to wear it, then let them wear it.
7 ) Thou shalt not exploit for money.
There seems to be this new trend of Cosplayers charging people for pictures. These Cosplayers have caused some discussion and re-evaluation on what it means to be a Cosplayer.
Some of you might not have a problem with this. Well, I want you remember back a few years ago when there was this trend of guys calling out "fake nerd/geek girls." There was a profound fear that Cosplay was being infiltrated by attention whoring little bitches that were making all the "real nerds/geeks" feel out of place at our own functions. I think that we got over that, and learned that girls and women could be just as big geeks or gamers as boys or men, but this charging for pictures is not helping.
As soon as money is asked for something that is meant to be fun and free, it taints and perverts it. 'Money for friendship. 'Money to be left alone, 'Money for sex. The very idea of money for Cosplay pictures cheapens the art, and gives credence to the idea of "fake nerd/geek girls" exploiting our lifestyle.
Oh, and for the record, I'm not a fan of the cosplayer pay sites, and the people that sell nude alternative Cosplay pics for big money, either. Don't say you are cosplaying if you are tryting to do porn. I have nothing against porn. I just don't like my porn stars adding more confusion to CONsent and hustling my people.
8 ) Thou shalt not Scam.
I love the idea of programs like Kickstarter and GoFundMe. Even though we only control 10% of the wealth, it allows us normal Janes and Joes to throw our pennies into a common cause that the mainstream media would not. It's like a monetary Spirit Bomb that we all raise our hands to for the chosen Goku of the moment. 'Know what I don't like about it? 'Cosplayers using it for their own personal use.
I don't care how it's worded. Whether you say it's only for materials for the perfection of your craft, or for some group project, it's still your personal use...unless you're doing that costume or performance for a cause.
It's also not to help you get on your feet. It''s not to pay for your car that broke down. It's not to help you move into a new place. It's definitely not to pay for your boob job so that you can look better in your cosplays..."for the fans."
Don't get me wrong. There are some worthy reasons that a person might personally need crowd funding for, like a medical emergency or natural disaster, but never for personal Cosplay.
9 ) Thou shalt not bear false rumours.
Please don't start or perpetuate false or unconfirmed rumours about other Cosplayers. Drama doesn't always work the way we intend it to. Sometimes people can sense the thrist, and know when a person is up to no good. That effort we spend trying to badmouth other people sometimes backfires, and we end up looking like the busy bodies we are.
There are some Cosplayers that I don't like, and there are some that don't like me. Sometimes, I may get in conversations where I expess my dislike for them, but I don't make a special effort to do so. Even when I feel a need get something off of my chest about a Cosplayer in an article or public statement, I don't wring my hands, or shake my fist to the heavens to swear their destruction.
10) Thou shalt not take credit for thy fellow's work.
Like I said, earlier, you shouldn't feel shame for not making every stitch of your Cosplay. You don't have to "grow the cotton to make the thread to make the fabric and harvest the berries to die it" (Misa on Wheels). It's okay to buy what you need to cosplay...BUT...if you do, give credit where credit is due.
A lot of copslayers buy components for their cosplays like headgear, jewelrey, gloves, boots, body suits, capes, belts or sashes, horns, ears, wings, and tails. Sometimes cosplayers buy props like weapons and signs. Sometimes, the help also comes in things like patterns, stitching, and dyeing.
No one is saying that you have to broadcast what you did and didn't make, either. Just be truthful if you are asked, and definitely give credit by name if you know the person that made the piece(s) you are using.
So, what do you think? 'Do my "commandments" make any sense? Do you agree? Are there some that you would replace with others? Let me know. Comment. Share. Discuss with your friends.
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on June 12, 2015 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
I'm going to tell you the story about what I could once call my favourite con: MomoCon, and my honest view on what happened this year, from all the things I've heard from other people. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this year, and this year promised to be the biggest and best thus far, because the convention moved out of the Hilton Atlanta and Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, and into the Georgia World Congress Center. My health and other factors hit me in a perfect storm, but in the end, I still think that what I have to say will still shed some insight on what happened, this year.
Last year, in 2014, was my first MomoCon experience. Despite living in Georgia for most of my life, since I was seven years old, and being an otaku since the 80's, as I write this, I have never been to Dragon Con, and had not gone to a full bloomed anime convention until my company helped sponsor and vended Anime Weekend Atlanta 2011.
Having gone to AWA several times gave me mixed, but overall very positive feelings. While I loved the fellowship of my fellows, enjoyed the creativity and ingenuity of the costumers and the display of the cosplayers, swooned at the guests that represented my fandoms, and was quickened by my escape from normalicy, There were short-comings that I experienced from staff performance and response that ended up growing each year. I don't want to say that the staff didn't care about us as individuals, but there did seem to be a growing apathy with individual satisfaction and more concern about appearance and order.
Now, I can appreciate order and safety at a convention. EVERYBODY should. I also realise that balancing a sense of freedom and adventure with safety and order can be difficult, so I don't really want to sound like I am harping on AWA. AWA is pretty big, here in Georgia. It is considered, perhaps, the biggest convention in Georgia soley dedicated to the otaku lifestyle, and definetly one of the oldest, if not the oldest. For this, AWA earns a lot of respect from all of it's visitors, but nothing could prepare me with the inpact that MomoCon would have on me.
As I said before, 2014 was my first MomoCon, and it was at the Hilton Atlanta and Marriott Marquis, in Atlanta, Georgia, but it's roots were at Georgia Tech, and for most of it's history, it was held on campus. It was a humble convention that was able to be completely funded from items sold at the convention and was actually free. It was not until 2012, when it moved to the Hilton Atlanta and Marriott Marquis that MomoCon started charging admission, but it was well-warranted, having grown in such size and reputation. It was no longer a second-rate con, and the organisers had nurtured and raised it into a con to rival AWA.
Well, I expected pretty much what I had experienced at AWA, when I arrived at MomoCon 2014, except on a slightly smaller scale. I was pleasantly surprised. Everything from getting my weekend badge and swag pack, to getting information was much easier. The staff was friendlier and more educated about the surroundings and amenities, despite having only been at that venue for 2 years prior and AWA had been in it's location for over 10 years. While the convention was packed into the two hotels, it made for a coziness and warmth. The opening ceremonies gave me a picture of the progression of MomoCon, and made me feel a part of something very intimate. I wanted to be a part of team MomoCon. That MomoCon was the best con experience I have ever had, thus far.
It inspired me to reach out to it's creator, Jess Merriman, and her husband and co-chair, Chris Stuckey to discuss how much I enjoyed the con and wanted to help in any way I could. I was even willing to partner with them on future ventures, some of which I had ideas for. They were good enough to meet me for lunch and discuss these things. A lot of the ideas were either ones that were thought of before and tried, or not, but had proven to be impractical for some reason. Others I think did have merit, but they were not so hot for. (Hey, I understand.)
They then told me what they had planned for MomoCon in the near future. They told me how it was going to move, because they felt that it had outgrown it's location that year, and needed a new space to grow in. They said while it was possible that it could feel a little emptier at it's much bigger location at the Georgia World Congress Center, that this was a normal part of con growth, and with the new space would come the new growth. They made arrangements for discounts for hotels in the area for the con. They were looking for new things to do with MomoCon. They seemed very proud of the prospect of the growth, and how bright the future seemed, and assured me that everything was just going to get bigger and better.
As I outlined earlier, MomoCon started out small gathering of nerds at Georgia Tech, and now grown into a large convention. I could understand Jess and Chris's pride at the prospect of growth and some well-deserved recognition, even, but all this talk about bigger and moving even deeper into the jungle of downtown Atlanta made my Spidey-Sense tingle, and I voiced my opinions.
While MomoCon's venue that year was very intimate, and the experience was top-notch, there were problems that I had experienced, for the first time going to a con, intrinsic simply because it was in downtown Atlanta. There was a charge and over-charge for everything. I paid just to have my car sit in the parking deck of the Hilton (and it was not fun trying to find my car that Sunday when I wanted to go home.). I got introduced to the practice of paying for local calls from the hotel. Food in downtown Atlanta was expensive, and getting around was not car friendly, both for parking at other places, and paying for both getting parked and parking again, when coming back to the Hilton.
AWA has avoided all of these problems by having their convention at the Cobb Galleria Centre which is surrounded by hotels in all degrees of proximity and price range, insuring that a person with reasonable planning can get a hotel within 2 miles of the convention and still be able to pay less than $50 a night. Parking is free at all of the hotels in the area, for AWA, some of which have free breakfast. Lots of great restaurants, malls, and shopping centers are in decent driving range. Even parking is free and easy at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Most of the time, I can park up front whenever I want to.
I voiced these concerns, and how I felt that these things would only get worse going even deeper into Atlanta. I also gave merit to the coziness and warmth that I thought would be lost by moving into such a big venue. Jess and Chris assured me that whatever small problems that might occur would be over-shadowed by the gains of such a big convention, but I was not so sure, and maybe they would not have been if I could have forseen just how much MomoCon appeared to lose by getting "bigger and better."
Readers, what do you think?
|Posted by HERETICPRIME on June 1, 2014 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
As many of you can tell by looking at our "Cool Links" secton, I do enjoy finding talented cosplayers and sharing awareness of them with the world. I was lucky enough to find a very ambitious and very sweet costumer and cosplayer by the name of Hailey S Cosplay (Yes, "S" with no "." at the end).
So, I'll go ahead and skip the introduction, because it would be redundant in an interview and get on with it!
So, like so many of us that enjoy cosplay, your Twitter account says you like vidoe games, and a certain company jumped out by name and your cosplays: Capcom! What are some of your favourite Capcom games, and why?
Yes I love Capcom! One of my favorite games is the Devil May Cry series. Who doesn’t love the awesome fighting styles and badass weapons, and Dante is hot; I can’t lie! Another Capcom game I like is the Resident Evil series.
I go crazy for Konami; 'can’t go wrong with the Metal Gear series. I also love Blizzard Entertainment, as I grew up playing Warcraft and Diablo with my dad. I love what Gearbox Software has done with the Borderlands series, Bethesda Game Studios with Fallout and Skyrim,and Bioware with Dragon Age and Mass Effect series. There are an unlimited amount of games and company’s I watch religiously, LOL!
'Not gonna lie. I have not played any tabletop games or CCG’s. I have always wanted to, but I always get side-tracked with other games!
Both are so good! Bleach sadly has kinda gotten kinda crazy and drawn out, but I still read the new mangas when they come out!
Are there any old school anime that you enjoy?
You also like collecting swords..?
Yes, no one would want to break into my apartment, LOL! Before my apartment fire, I had around 30 different swords. I am replacing some, and also buying some new ones! My favorites would have to be Rebellion from Devil May Cry, and Red Queen from Devil May Cry...(but) I really want Longclaw from Game of Thrones!!
So, I asked you about some of your loves like games, anime, comics, and sword collecting. How much does each of those influence your cosplay?
I love a character with badass weapons, LOL! My love of video games and any fandom always makes me wanna cosplay a new character. That’s why I am always adding new cosplay projects on my to-do list! What really draws me into a character is their personality.
How long have you been cosplaying? What was your first con?
I have only been cosplaying for a year and half now, and my first con was Baltimore Comic-Con, and I’m so glad it was my first! The people there were the nicest people I have ever met!
Wow, that's a short amount of time to have become as established as you have! On a scale of 1-10 of devotion, 1 being the guy that sports a Green Lantern shirt, and 10 being Yaya Han, how hardcore do you think you cosplay?
I would say I love sushi. There isn’t really a grading scale as far as i'm concerned. If you love what you have put together, whether its a costume, or a shirt, then its all awesome. Yes, there are some amazing balls costumes out there, but it doesn't really matter. For me, personally, I like to be as accurate as I can be with my costumes, but I always gotta add a bit of me into them, and hope people feel the same way about it as I do.
So what texture do you tend to cosplay: cloth, chain, or armour? 'Weapons?
That all depends on the character really! I’m still getting the hang of making armor, 'not gonna lie, but I put my all in everything I do!
Do you tend to be more of the cosplayer that cosplays what she loves, or what you think suits you? Do you think that cosplay is both mostly, but something might jump out at you from one of those ends?
I cosplay what I love. That’s the only way to do it, in my opinion. I learned (that) if you're cosplaying something other people want you to do just because its sexy or something, you just don’t have as much fun in that costume, opposed to a character that you love and want to be. 'Because when you cosplay as something you love you really wanna put your all in it.
Have you ever wanted to cosplay as someone/something but felt you were incompatible? Are there any cosplays that you would want to do, but won't? Are they too complex? 'Too risque? 'Not the right attitude?
There are some costumes I want to do but, 'don’t know if I have the skill right now. Like, I really wanna make a female Shepard and Daedric Armor from Skyrim, but I’m scared I don't have the skill for that, LOL!
Do you have any favourite pieces?
Do you ever do commission pieces? What do you feel about cosplayers buying commissioned pieces, or whole assembled costumes?
I have never commissioned anything but sometimes I do buy something and add on to it. I would never enter a cosplay in a contest that is not 100% mine. I think it's fine to commission items such as props, but I feel it’s not really fair to enter it in a contest with a mostly commissioned costume and say you made it.
Are you working on any projects right now?
I am always working on costumes, LOL! Some I am working on are Devil Jin from Tekken, for Fighters Cause and a surprise Pokémon for ColossalCon, which now isn't really a surprise, as the pictures I put on gave it away, completely...I’m always adding characters to my ever growing costume-to-do list!
Do you ever cosplay with people, like say, in a group for a theme? Do you have any cosplaying circles you are in?
I love cosplaying with other people. You have a connection when you find someone cosplaying from the same series as you, and half the time you end up spending the rest of the day together, or becoming good friends. I cosplay with my friend, Chelsey Cosplay, as her Cloud, and my Vincent from Final Fantasy, and we have so much fun!
Okay, I was wondering: Did you watch any of Heroes of Cosplay? What did you think about the show, and the reactions from people that enjoy cosplay from admiration to creation?
I like to watch it but, there was a lot of drama, 'not gonna lie. 'Just my opinion, however, they really do take pride in what they do and they rock at it! I look up to a lot of them and what they can do in such a short amount of time.
I was disappointed because 1) The season was all of five episodes, as I remember it, (That can't be right, can it?), 2) The male cosplayer barely got any coverage, 3) I would have enjoyed a little more con footage. How would you have changed the setup?
Yeah, male cosplayers really need to be heard a lot more! The stuff they make is awesomeballs, too! The cons are the best part!!! I would put less time on drama, and more footage on fabrication and other cosplayers in the cons.
Where there any cosplayers on the show that you thought could use an attitude adjustment? How often do meet fellows that you would say need one?
I’m not sure if it’s the people or the way it's edited on the show, so I can’t judge them without knowing them, but some people defiantly think they are better (than others) which is not why you should cosplay. You should cosplay for the fun and joy of it, not to shove it in people's faces and put other cosplayers down.
Would you ever want to be on a season?
Not really, 'not gonna lie! I like what I’m doing now, and I'm kinda a shy person, LOL, and probably would fall on my face, and I don’t really want that to be on T.V, no matter how funny it might be, LOL!
Are there any cosplayers that you admire, both famous and not so famous, yet?
There are so many! Some of them are of course Jessica Nigri (who doesn’t lol), Eve Beauregard, Yaya Han, Nicole Marie Jean, Viverra Cosplay, and so many more. Everyone is boss that has the guts to walk out in a costume.
Would you mind telling the followers about Fighter's Cause?
Fighter’s Cause is a about a group of cosplayers cosplaying as characters from different fighting games to fight for their cause. Mine is the ASPCA and I will be cosplaying as Devil Jin. But everyone is doing some amazing stuff and there are so many awesome causes. Here is the Facebook link. Everyone should really check it out and give it some support: Click here for Facebook and here for Twitter.
Is there anything that you would like to say to people on both sides of cosplay, both admirerers and active participants?
Just to be nice to us, cosplayers! It takes some big balls to come out in some of these costumes and we really put a lot of time and money into our costumes and we do have feelings and some take rude remarks harder than others. And thank you to everyone that supports me. Its crazy to think that people care what I’m doing, LOL!