I’ve mentioned geekxgirls.com before when I posted about some great Christmas ideas, but I haven’t mentioned just how terrific their site is. I follow their Facebook page and they are always post really cool stuff. Cosplay photo shoots, artwork, articles, interviews and geeky toys and gifts are just some of the great things that you will find here. Yesterday, a great post about a mom who created superhero dolls for her daughter came up, as well as a very geeky Valentine’s gift idea. Check out the articles and incredible cosplay photos below as well as the rest of their site for more awesomeness!
First of all I apologize for being late with my GEEK post. I have been finding it more difficult to keep up with blogging lately due to other commitments. I have also found that my Well of Creativity is running a little low. To give myself a boost, I thought that I would just take a step back and pick some of my favourite GEEK posts from when I started 7 months ago.
Wow, 7 months. I just received the LIKES tag recently and just reached over 100 followers to my site. This is now my 70th post and I have had over 860 visitors. My growth has been slow compared to other bloggers but I’m okay with that. I offer a mixed bag of stuff here and I know that my material doesn’t necessarily fit into the “mainstream” or “popular” category.
I think that since I have been focusing on writing and school, my mind has wandered off track a bit when it comes to my blog. I also haven’t dedicated myself to reading the posts of those that I follow as often as I should. Looking back at some of my favourite posts is giving me a chance to reboot a bit…that, and large amounts of caffeine. 🙂
If you have followed me for a while, I hope that you don’t mind me rehashing some older material. If you are new, maybe you will find something you like.
So, here they are….
This was my VERY FIRST POST. It talks about how comics today are much darker than in the past and how we, as parents, can navigate this change as our kids get into reading them.
I did a multi-part series on Conventions early on, with my focus on Fan Expo Canada. Part of it was to give myself material to work with, and part was a way to get traffic to my site by posting on the Facebook Fan Expo Canada page. Was this the best way to go? In retrospect maybe not, but I did learn a lot and met some very cool people along the way.
I’m adding these two posts because these guys are convention friends of mine who helped me with my first interview blogs (I have done 5 in total now). They are talented, awesome artists who helped me realize that I really like this interview idea.
I never realized just how much work went into these “Top xx” types of lists until I actually did one. I have since posted it on http://www.creator.co and they have “edited” it to meet their standard style/format guidelines for promoting purposes, but I still like my original best.
Well, there you have it, some of my favourite GEEK posts. I hope that you like them. It was nice to take a look at what I’ve done. It will inspire me to come up with new and creative ideas for future posts.
Thanks everyone for reading my blog, taking the time to comment, follow me, or even just hitting the LIKE button. Your support is really appreciated. I look forward to sharing more with you in the future!
So, this is my first blog in a series about conventions. Wondering why I am starting with cosplay and not the conventions themselves?
Well, for starters, there is huge variety of conventions out there. From Ad Astra, to TFCon…Niagara Falls Comic Con to Fan Expo and even some in my neighbourhood of Kitchener Waterloo, Kitchener Comic Con and KW Tricon. If you want to see what’s out there, you can check out links like the one that I have below, or even areas like Facebook.
They are all awesome, and they all vary in size, cost to attend and what they offer, because let’s face it, it’s not cheap to run such an event. That said, from the smaller, newer cons to the older, larger events, they all have a few common elements that they share…
Cosplay, Comics/Manga, Artists/Vendors, Gaming, Groups, Volunteers and Celebrity/Special Guests. What about Panels and Workshops? Well, those tie in to these areas and vary convention to convention.
So, I have to start with one of the best parts of any convention, the appearance of the COSPLAYER. My family and I are regulars at the Fan Expo events, so the pictures in this blog are from there, while the groups mentioned can be found attending various conventions throughout the year.
– a recreational activity in which people interact with one another while dressed as fictional characters
Yawn. For me, a better description is:
A cosplayer is someone who, with skill and patience, has managed to transform him/herself into a walking, talking fictional character, where their appearance is the art and asking about their inspiration is their story.
Cosplay is short for costume play, and Wikipedia actually has a pretty nice article on its history. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay. According to the article, while Japan is credited with the origins of the cosplay culture, the word itself has been around since 1984. It was used by Nobuyuki Takahashi (president of Studio Hard, and published in the magazine My Anime) to describe the costumed attendees that he saw while attending the 1984 World Science Fiction Convention, or WorldCon in Los Angeles. Nowadays, no convention would be complete without the cosplayer, with costumes ranging from the store-bought variety to intricate and highly accurate designs that could easier fit into the tv show, comic, manga or movie that inspired them. My personal favourite is when young kids attend a convention in costume. Below are two of my favourite pics…
Today, at a typical convention, you can expect to meet anyone from Black Canary to Ant Man, Iron Man to Judge Dredd. You will as see Constantine, Spy versus Spy, Sherlock and Groot. If you can make it into a cosplay someone will do it, and the results can be pretty incredible.