24th-27th March kept me nice and busy cosplay-wise! You might have seen me at any of these times in these costumes but might not have known where I was going, what I was doing, or what for, so here’s a comprehensive guide to cosplay in my world on that very busy weekend!
Thanks to the wonderful Caroline and her friends, I was well cared for and looked after at Geekfest- Hull University’s answer to the geek calling to have as many geeky people in one place as possible, combining all the societies for one night of merriment. I was impressed by the size of the venue (a large nightclub type hall located within the University campus), and the bar was reasonably priced. The music was mainly amusing (such as various theme tunes), but there was also a large selection of mosh-able music that reminded me that a lot of the people there were also rock/metal fans. I was introduced to some very lovely people, saw some very cool costumes (including everyone’s favourite Pocket Monsters characters, and Pacman and Blinky…) and had cute little hearts painted on my face by a street artist (he’s a bronze living statue!). I was also entertained by the poi and juggling acts, and loved the community spirit there. This is what I ended up in (and the cute little hearts on my face). Fake tan is win!:
I was planning to wear Ada Wong, but the weather was fantastic so I opted for the cuter/shorter/brighter Ming Ming from Beyblade. Can’t argue with that. She earned my respect as being the most annoying character in the entire Beyblade universe. That has to be reason enough to cosplay her, right?
I’d definitely go again next year!
LOOK NORTH TV INTERVIEW & ST STEPHENS PLATFORM EXPO PROMOTIONS 25/3/2011
Paul Murphy was an absolute star. He was such a good sport, he even tried to play Super Smash Bros. Melee with me. I admit, I haven’t had people filming me getting into costume before so it was quite weird and I would have felt very vulnerable if the men hadn’t been so friendly. I’m glad they got a few good shots and were able to use them in the coverage of Platform Expo 2011 featured on Look North, and I’m very happy that some people at the event told me they had come along simply because they were very intrigued by the whole thing after seeing it on the television! We had a successful interview, and if you’ve met me at a few other events you might have noticed my Seth costume being hung up ;) I took my armour off to get in the car, and here's a shot of how I looked at the end of the day after being out partying the night before, then getting up early, and spending all day dancing on the Kinect:
... That's such a DERP face.
I headed straight to St Stephen’s shopping centre afterwards. Although the promotions company guys in attendance (Eskimo Soup, I believe) had no clue what I was doing there, we managed to figure out that if the girl in the elf costume plays on the Kinect then she becomes a “dancing elf” and that makes people stop and watch and gains a lot of interest. (Believe me… I didn’t think I’d enjoy copying strange dance moves from the TV but the technology is great and I had a lot of fun!) I stopped for a lot of photographs, and removed my armour several times to demonstrate the Kinect so I think I added a very visual and intriguing interface which promotions companies don’t usually have. In the end, people ended up asking me for leaflets and information as well as the two promoters there. In fact, I realised quickly that one of the two had no idea what cosplay was, nor did she really seem to have much interest in digital gaming. Good job super Zelda was there to save the day ;)
PLATFORM EXPO 2011 27/3/2011
I had barely caught my breath, and suddenly Platform Expos was upon me! I arrived bright and early (despite the evil clocks going forward and robbing me of much needed sleep), and everyone was happy and smiling, setting up for the day. Platform had been kind enough to provide me with a wonderful sign hanging from the ceiling to let everyone know where my stand was (they’re so professional!), and any assistance I needed throughout the day. The KC Stadium is a wonderful venue (though the menu for food could have been a little broader!), and each suite was comfortable, spacious, and served the function well.
There's coverage and pictures on the official website: http://platformexpos.com/
There were tournaments for Black Ops, Marvel Vs Capcom, Mario Kart Wii and there was a bunch of 360’s with Kinect… which led to a dancing Stormtrooper or two. Although despite being Princess Peach, my lap time for Mario Kart was dismal.
Thank you to everyone who attended my presentation at 2.30pm! It’s hard to describe the entire hobby of cosplay and various techniques in a small amount of time. Thanks for picking my brains! Every time I take a Q&A I surprise myself with the things I’ve learnt over the years and I hope everyone found it useful. The response was “crazy good” :) I was also privileged enough to judge the cosplay competition which awarded £50 and £25 worth of GAME vouchers. The winners were:
1st Place- Phillip Brown as Super Meat Boy
2nd Place- Amy Scott as Harley Quinn (Arkham Asylum)
Honourable mentions to Arii for her Luka Megurine costume (Vocaloid), and Hollie Emery’s Vault Dweller (thanks for the spellcheck anonymous poster below!) from Fallout. Congratulations everyone! Job well done! I was impressed by the great costumes, and I hope to see even more there next year! (I’m sure there will be more home-made costumes if my presentation managed to inspire anyone!)
I highly recommend Platform Expos to anyone who is interested in the professional side of games development from concept to programming, and marketing. There were some very educational talks on offer! I also enjoyed seeing the showcase of talent there. There was also some really groovy live art being painted! I was so confused!:
It’s an event which can only grow and I’m very pleased and proud to be supporting it. Platform Expo 2012 could never be too soon!
Did you come to any of the above, or see me there? Did my TV appearance invade your home?
- I'm in...:The Studio
- Feeling: chipper
- Listening to:The Planets by Holst