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An EVA foam Corset

10 Jun , 2013,
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The corset is an indispensable part of a female cosplayer’s wardrobe and it’s perfect for a variety of genres – be it fantasy, steampunk, swashbuckling on the high seas.

In this tutorial, Angelus shows you just how easy it is to craft a corset of your own, out of a single sheet of blue EVA foam.

Stuff you’ll need:

1. Blue EVA foam

2. A pair of sharp nosed scissors

3. Contact glue

4. Cling film or newspaper

5. Masking tape or packing tape

6. A marker

7. Craft foam

8. Soldering tool

Step 1:

We’ll create the base shape first. Wrap a dress form sized for your body and physique, or your own body with cling film (or newspaper).

We’re using an inflatable dress form in this one, but if you want a really snug fit, you’ll have to wrap yourself up instead. Be sure to ask a friend for help!

Next, go over it with a layer of masking tape or packing tape. Make sure the fit’s comfortably tight.

Here’s how it looks when you’re done with the wrapping!

Step 2:

Using the marker, draw out the base panels of your corset. You’ll want to trace around the bust, abdomen and waist areas.

Draw out the approximate shape with a marker.

Next, cut out the panels carefully, one at a time.

Carefully cut out each panel with a pair of sharp-nosed scissors.

You’ll end up with several pieces like these.

Step 3:

It’s time to cut out the foam pieces!

Using the base shapes you’ve created as a template, replicate the shapes onto EVA foam.

Trace out the patterns, and cut them out! ^_^

Your corset's almost ready to be assembled! ^_^

You’ll end up with 11 pieces like so. And this means your corset’s almost ready to be assembled! ^_^

Step 4:

Start joining the pieces together with contact glue.

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Start with the side panels first. ^_^;;

Affix the side panels to the front piece next, and adjust to fit.

Affix the side panels to the front piece next, and adjust to fit.

Finally, attach the breast cups and you're done!

Finally, attach the breast cups.

Step 5:

To add eyelets holes for lacing up your corset, simply reinforce the back panels with craft foam. You can then use a soldering tool to create the eyelet holes.

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Just add craft foam, before punching your eyelets with a heated soldering tool.

You can use either ribbons, shoelaces, leather straps or anything you like to lace up your corset.

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Lace it up, and you’re done!

You can also use a zip at the back of your corset (just contact glue it to the sides of the foam) to hold it together instead of laces, if you prefer.

Step 6:

Now, add detailing, paint and decorate your corset. Be as creative as you want, and you can create a variety of elaborate shapes and designs to suit practically any genre.

This pattern is also suitable for making female chest armor, just like below.

With the right kind of design and treatment, your corset can become a bronze breastplate!

Happy crafting! ^_^

Anatomy of a Photo shoot: Kerrigan & Nova

5 May , 2013,
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Working with a company that you’ve fanboyed over is a geek’s dream come true.

In March  this was made reality when our team, together with our friends from The Art of Mezame, collaborated with Razer to create a series of images featuring Angelus’s Kerrigan and Jazion’s Nova cosplay together with Razer’s new StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm inspired gaming peripherals.

The team also got to play with the Razer Blade gaming laptop and Razer Edge gaming tablet, and the experience was pure heaven!

Nova and Kerrigan fight over phat Razer lewt!

It’s no secret that Angelus and Jazion were working on StarCraft costumes.

For Angelus, creating Kerrigan was both a challenge and an homage. The Queen of Blades was strong and independent, exactly the sort of heroine she aspired to be. What’s more, this was an opportunity for Angelus to step out of her comfort zone – to try her hand at creating a fully organic suit out of latex and silicone.

Nova’s tale was the catalyst for Jazion’s love affair with creative writing, and recreating the costume was a tribute to the psychic assassin that’s been her inspiration since childhood. Nova was also her most ambitious project to date, and a first when it came to experimenting with fresh techniques and materials.

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Sci-fi is probably one of the hardest genres to shoot in Singapore. No matter how you frame it or light it, Singapore is still pretty much an urban sprawl with limited spaces that can evince the look and feel of a space port, an alien planet, or simply something that’s completely out of this world.

Our first choice for a venue, the gallery at Marina Barrage, was a no-go because they’d had bad run-ins with cosplayers in the past. That got us scrambling for a new shoot location, which was a warehouse in the East.

Dat excavator shot. :3

Turned out the warehouse was perfect!

There was enough heavy machinery and scrap lying around to simulate the interior of a ruined Terran depot, power so we didn’t need to lug batteries around for the lights, and get this, a frickin’ excavator so we could try something really cool and crazy.

Shooting two psychics in battle isn’t as easy as it looks!

Getting that top down shot.

“We experimented a lot with lighting, shadows and space manipulation to recreate a battle between these [iconic] StarCraft heroes. – Mezame, photographer and art director”

Mezame was a gamer too, so we knew we were in good hands. It’s also amazing just how he managed to achieve the things he did with just three LED  lamps, two flashes, and some filters.

Putting all the elements in the scene together.

And here’s how the final shot turned out.

We also used lots and lots of baby powder and spray bottles filled with water to create mists that simulated the psionic effects, which turned out pretty cool!

Overall, we’re really happy with how the shoot turned out, and grateful for Razer’s patronage. It truly was an honor to work with such a prestigious and established brand on this project!

Check out the rest of the shots in our gallery on Facebook here!

Also, don’t forget to visit The Art of Mezame. We’ll be collaborating with them on another project pretty soon too, and that’s gonna take place end May, so keep your eyes peeled!

You can also take a look at the images used on the official Razer page here.

We’d like to thank The Art of Mezame for the behind-the-scenes pictures used in this post. 

How to prime your armor

20 Apr , 2013,
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Blue EVA’s really great for making fantasy armor, but achieving the fantasy look and affecting the feel of  metal, scales or stone can be tricky, especially for novice crafters and first-time foam builders.

As we’ve discovered, one way to enhance the illusion is priming, which not only minimizes the pores on your EVA and evens out the surfaces for paint, but also, depending on what you use, creates some really good textures.

Crimson put together this simple tutorial demystifies the priming process. Hope it helps! ^_^

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White glue dries smooth and clear. Here’s how three coats of white glue looks like.

What you’ll need:

1. PVA glue (Elmer’s Glue-All or white school glue)

2. A container

3. A soft brush (you can use your fingers too!)

Step 1:

Pour PVA glue into a container. And whatever you do, DON’T ever add water. Diluting PVA glue with water creates air bubbles, which may affect your finish. ^_^;;

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PVA glue’s our all-purpose primer!

Step 2:

Using a soft bristle brush, apply PVA glue liberally to your armor.

Make sure you cover all exposed surfaces!

Make sure you cover all exposed surfaces!

Don’t be afraid to lay it on thick. Pay attention especially to gaps and furrows, and places where the edging and filigree are joined to the base shape.

Step 3:

Let the glue dryYou can accelerate the drying by placing your armor pieces near a fan or window.

You can repeat Step 2 and Step 3  as many times as you like. Each additional coat of white glue enhances the smoothness of your finish.

We typically use three coats on our armor pieces.

Tip: 

To create bone or hide armor, consider using contact glue (yellow shoe glue). Contact glue dries rough and can simulate fibers, which creates a more organic effect.

For stone or lava, you can mix acrylic paints into white glue, which results in a crackled finish when it dries fully.

When contact glue dries, it creates a rough, leathery finish. Apply multiple layers with surface run-off to create more organic textures!

When contact glue dries, it creates a rough, leathery finish. Apply multiple layers with surface run-off to create more organic textures!

Crafting Horns

6 Feb , 2013,
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We’ve had quite a few of you writing in to ask how we build horns and other such objects out of blue foam, so Angelus decided to prepare a short tutorial to help you guys out.

Building horns, just like the type Angelus has on her Alexstrasza costume is pretty easy, and takes only several minutes of quick work to do.

Alexstrasza's horns were made the same way. ^_^

Alexstrasza’s horns were made the same way. ^_^

Stuff you’ll need:

1. Some foam scraps

2. A pair of sharp nosed scissors

3. Contact glue

 

We always have foam scraps lying around, so here's us recycling, kinda. ^_^;;

We always have foam scraps lying around, so here’s us recycling, kinda. ^_^;;

 

Step 1:

Pick out some scraps of foam (or cut up a fresh sheet, if you like), and trim to size.

Here's one slice.

Here’s one slice.

You’ll want to create several slices, which are in the approximate shape of the horn you intend to create.

Now create several more. ^_^

Now create several more. ^_^

Step 2:

Paste the slices together with contact glue.

The more slices you have, the thicker the horn becomes.

The more slices you have, the thicker the horn becomes.

Next, using a pair of sharp nosed scissors, make cuts and incisions to create the horn structure.

Make small and large cuts  with the scissors, varying them out to create the shape you want.

Make small and large cuts with your scissors, varying them out to create the shape you want.

You'll eventually end up with something like this.

You’ll eventually end up with something like this.

Once you’ve got the desired horn shape, you can start priming, sanding and painting the foam horn, just as you would a piece of armor. You could even wrap it with craft foam or any other material if you like.

What’s more, this method’s great for creating other irregularly shaped armor pieces, so experiment a little and you’ll discover for yourself just what you can do!

Happy crafting!

It’s time for Chess!

21 Jan , 2013,
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Singapore's Annual Cosplay Chess: Where your favorite pop-culture characters converge in an epic battle!

Singapore’s Annual Cosplay Chess: Where your favorite pop-culture characters converge in an epic battle!

It’s once again time for auditions for Singapore’s Annual Cosplay Chess, and this year, we’re pitting the forces of Science vs. Magic!

Official auditions will take place at:

Venue: *SCAPE – Hubquarters (Level 4) (formerly Grid MMS)

Date & Time: 2nd Feb (1 pm to 6 pm) and 3rd Feb (1 pm to 6 pm)

Walk-in registrations from: 12 noon

 

Audition details

1. You can register for the audition by downloading and filling in the form >> here <<. Do print out this form, complete it, and submit it to our staff on the day of your audition.

2. You may choose to audition on either 2nd Feb (Saturday) or 3rd Feb (Sunday) between 12 noon to 6 pm.

3. Costumes are NOT required for the audition. However, you are encouraged to audition with a character you have already cosplayed before, already own, or are in the midst of creating. In the event that you intend to debut a fresh costume on the chess board, you must complete your costume no later than 30th April 2013.

4. You do not need to have any prior stage experience or training to participate in Cosplay Chess. However, you WILL be assessed on your talent to act and behave in character, your stage presence and  suitability for the character. You will also be asked several questions by our directorial team to better understand your attitude and aptitude for stage performance.

5. Successful applicants will be contacted via email.

Licence2Play 2012

3 Dec , 2012,
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L2P – Official Banner Art – Replicated from L2P Facebook Page.

Come this weekend, gamers and cosplayers are in for a treat.

Licence2Play (L2P) returns in a big way from 7 to 9 December, and it’s set to break new ground with a slew of exhibitors and fresh content that will lend new meaning to the term gaming con.

For one, our fave gaming company Blizzard Entertainment‘s coming aboard in a big way this year, so expect titles like Mists of Pandaria, Diablo III, and Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm. There’s also a buncha fun activities happening at the Blizz booth, including a Pandaren cosplay contest with attractive cash prizes to be won (pre-register for this contest here or email to blizzardcontest@asiasoftsea.net)

Yes, loads of Blizz goodies to be had at L2P. Replicated from http://blizzard.playpark.net/

Additionally, local Blizz distro Asiasoft SEA will be launching something new and exciting (we’ve got a feeling it’s Cabal 2 and RO2, so Ragnarok Online fans, rejoice) at L2P too, so that’s pretty damned awesome. They’ve even got a countdown site here!

The game plan, or floor plan. We’ll probably be hanging ’round the Blizzard booth a lot! XD

Naturally, what’s a gaming con without gaming competitions? Visitors can expect plenty of competitive gaming action in the Starhub sponsored Counter-Strike Global Offensive (CS:GO) Tournament, as well as other games such as DOTA2, World of Shooters, Streetfighter, and even TCG Cardfight! Vanguard.

Of course, we’re gonna be there for the cosplay. Licence2Play Cosgames, the competition that Crimson clinched the West Champion title in the year before is back, and we’re putting Crimson’s Tyrael and Angelus’s Syndra on stage this time.

We hear that there’s gonna be stiff competition this year, with lots of great gaming cosplayers in kickass costumes, so we hope you can visit the con on both Saturday and Sunday to support and vote for us! ^^;;

Crimson’s L2P competition costume. :3

Angelus’s Syndra cosplay from League of Legends. XD

If you’re a fan of celeb cosplayers Asahi Martha and Ginga Ion, L2P is also a great opportunity to meet with ’em.

Martha has been cosplaying since 2006 and has been featured inthe international photobook “Summer Time”. She also recently performed at the 2012 World Cosplay Summit Cure Cosplayers Collection and the Collection night at the Tokyo Game Show 2012.

Ginga Ion is a veteran cosplayer who is part of the all-girls cosplay performance group Venas Sisters, and has also performed at various big-name ACG events throughout Japan such as the “Be-Bit” and “Cure Cosplay Collection Night at Tokyo Game Show 2012.

Ginga Ion – Replicated from L2P official website.

Asahi Martha – Replicated from L2P official site.

We hear they’re guest judging the competition too, so we’re definitely gonna have our work cut out for us. ^^;;

The team’s definitely looking forward to L2P, and we hope you are too!

Here are the event details in a nutshell:

Licence2Play 2012

Date: 7 to 9 December 2012

Time: 11 am to 9 pm daily

Venue: Sands Expo & Convention Center Hall E

Ticketing: $5 at the door. Early bird tickets ($2) are available here.

Hyper Japan 2012

1 Dec , 2012,
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A Japanese cultural exhibition in the UK. Our correspondents Arvin (reporter) and Levin (photographer) report.

About one month after the MCM Expo, we decided to go to Hyper Japan UK to get our convention fix. Being unable to enjoy AFA as we are still in the UK, we had to do something and Hyper Japan was it.

Hyper Japan is a cultural event, which celebrates Japanese Culture.

This of course includes cosplay, anime and japanese games. It was not so much a anime, manga and games event but there was still plenty of cosplay action, including 2 Casual Cosplay Competitions (one for each day) and selection for WCS and European Cosplay Gathering (Singles and Groups).

Hyper Japan was held at Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre a relatively large exhibition hall that hosted the volleyball competition for the Olympic Games.

Not having had breakfast, we rushed to the food section where we had a variety of Japanese food which were some of the best Japanese food I have ever had in the UK. These obviously came at a price with Okonomiyaki at 5 GBP, Green Tea with Wagashi sets at 5 GBP and Tonkotsu Ramen at 8 GBP etc.

We chanced upon this stall selling Katsu Don and Unagi Don selling at 3.50 which we thought was a steal. Other features included a Sake tasting booth featuring 20 Sake companies from Japan which had a ticket price of 20 GBP, Sushi making workshop at 20 GBP. However there was a Yakult Stall that was generously giving out free Yakults to any passerby. Being true Singaporeans, we naturally passed by the stall often.

In ICDS, we had free Nescafe. In Hyper Japan, we have free Yakult!

There were many stores selling traditional Japanese stuff such as Kimonos, Tea Cups and other trinkets big or small. Other stores included a goldfish fishing stand and Calligraphy stands.

Hyper Japan also showcased the Visit Japan Booth, a Manufacturing Group, ITK which had a great robotics exhibition and NHK. There were events on the stage showcasing such Japanese Culture, a Samurai Sword Artists KAMUI stage show, Kawaii Style Fashion show, a live show by Visual Kei group Ninjaman and so on. There was also an art gallery, showcasing the evolution of Japanese Art, culminating in Manga/Anime. The visitors were definitely treated to a showcase of Japanese culture.

KAMUI’s samurai sword display. They did bits of Kill Bill.

What is a convention without games?

The big Japanese gaming companies, Konami, SE, Nintendo, Namco Bandai were all there showcasing their games and figurines. Nintendo’s booth was particularly interesting as it featured the newest console, the Wii U. The third party games featured generally did not utilise the second screen which I attributed it to the relative newness of the console. There were also arcade booths, with the usual suspects of DDR and Taiko no Tatsujin however the star was a 10 controller Bomberman game which brought plenty of chaotic fun.

The Brand new Wii U. Look at the size of the controller!

The convention had the usual merchandise of figmas, gunpla, manga and plushies. It was the usual fare from any other convention. The Hyper Japan booth was there again selling interesting books at a good price. We recognised the stall keepers from MCM including the cosplayer.

Japan Centre stall!

As it is more of a cultural event, there were noticeably less cosplayers than one would expect. However, it is not totally lacking as there were many competitions to sate one’s cosplay desires.

There were more Japanese around and we had a great opportunity to use our Japanese language skills often, who were generally surprised at our ability as a Singaporean (and the fact that a cosplayer has a press pass). The habit of coscards was definitely more common amongst the Japanese and it was pity that we did not have any on hand to exchange. It was interesting to hear cosplayers from a variety of countries as there were many from Japan, China and of course England, thank goodness we were capable of speaking in those languages! The cosplays ranged from the recent (Magi, SAO, Chuunibyou) to the ancient (Creamy Mami). It was quite interesting to see such a spread of cosplays.

From the 1980s!

There were 2 days of competition with 2 different competitions.

Saturday had Cosparade (a casual cosplay competition) and the Group competition for ECG and WCS selections. Sunday had Cosparade and a ECG Singles selection. The stage was a raised stage (similar to that of TGX) with a catwalk (a feature no doubt influenced by ECG Finals in Paris). The format of the casual competition was a short pose session which was probably a result of the large number of participants.

We were treated to a dazzling array of competitors, with an interesting performance such as a Sadako coming out from a box and Lolipop Chainsaw. The winner of the singles was this extremely cute Hachikuji Mayoi (Bakemonogatari) who was just a young kid, with an Arararagi coming up on stage to show her the way.

The winner of the Group category was an Edge and Rydia (FFIV). Sunday’s competition had a Gaara (Naruto) winning the child category, Serah (FFXIII-2) the video game category, 3 Idolmaster girls the group category and Inori (Guilty Crown) the individual category.

Square Enix took the opportunity to advertise their FFXIV Rebirth Competition asking the audience to cosplay from FFXIV to stand a chance to travel to SE’s office in Japan.

Lost Snail getting assistance from Ararararararagi.

The WCS and ECG competitions had judges from last year’s competitors who dished out advice for the competitors.

Tokumaru Oguri, the Founder of WCS also came over to judge the competition. The group performance dazzled the crowd with reenactment from the scenes. The representative of WCS was a pair of Eiko and Vivi (FFIX) who wowed the crowd with a magic show.

ECG’s Group competition was won by a Frodo and Witchking pair, reenacting the LotR battle scene, timing the swinging mace with the sound effects well. It was quite a sight to behold. The ECG singles competition had interesting performances such as a sexy showcase by Adekan’s Yoshiwara Anri and a delightfully creep Grell Sutcliffe (Kuroshitsuji) who took out a plush of Sebastian and started combing his hair. The runner up was an Elrond who did a reenactment of the Batle of Dagorlad.

The eventual winner was a Kuma from Afro Samurai with a very impressive costume which had beautiful weathering done on it and expert craftmanship. We managed to exchange a few words with him.

Inside the head is a camera!

Kyle has been cosplaying for 2 and a half years and has learnt Propmaking from his University Northbrook College, a further education college. He is studying in a 3 year course in propmaking from his course leader Dan Jenkins.

His costume was so well made that in a competition he was upgraded from beginner to expert category in another competition and proceeded to win it. The swords were made from MDF and cut by an electric saw to give it a straight sharpened look. His team has access to a variety of tools from his college which certainly helped in the construction.

The head was made from a spherical balloon, then covered with paper mache, followed by fibreglass. They then proceeded to cover it with fur giving it a very nice spherical look. The most amazing thing about the head is that it has a screen inside the head giving Kyle the ability to see. He managed to mount a compact inside the camera with a barely visible hole above its nose and in its eye and he has the ablity to switch views. It was truly an amazing piece of construction. I wonder if anyone would think of doing that back home =P.

We certainly enjoyed ourselves and sated our Japanese culture desire. We made many friends in the 2 days and definitely leveled up our Japanese language skills. Though not exactly a cosplay event, there was certainly enough to go around.

You can also check out our photo coverage on Facebook!

1. Hyper Japan 2012 Casual Cosplay Competition Album – [Link]

2. Hyper Japan 2012 ECG & WCS Album – [Link]

3. Hyper Japan 2012 On-the-ground Coverage Album – [Link]

We're going to Hyper Japan!

18 Nov , 2012,
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Hyper Japan – Logo art. Used with permission.

With Hyper Japan being just a week away, we’re all super excited! I mean who wouldn’t be, considering it’s the UK’s biggest Japan-oriented pop-culture event.

Our UK correspondents Arvin and Levin will be bringing us some awesome coverage of the con again, that’s for sure.

Of course, Hyper Japan’s also playing host to the selection rounds for European Cosplay Gathering (ECG) and World Cosplay Summit (WCS) for the UK, so expect loads of fantastic cosplay performances and stellar costumes on stage.

European Cosplay Gathering. Image source: Hyper Japan website.

There will also be a showcase from the 15th Japan Media Arts Festival (we took part in the 8th before, so we know this will be awesome), live stage choreography demonstrations by  Japanese Samurai Sword Artists KAMUI, so yes, fun stuff!

Stunt choreographers Kamui, who will be at Hyper Japan next week! Picture used with permission.

In the mean, how ’bout checking out the official Hyper Japan page and stage itinerary?

MCM Expo London Comic Con – Cosplay

2 Nov , 2012,
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What’s a pop-culture con without cosplay? Our correspondents Arvin (reporter) and Levin (photographer) report. 

The early morning temperature of 6 degrees sure didn’t stop cosplayers  from wearing their best, even if they were feeling a little chilly.

We were greeted by Yokos (from Gurren Lagann) and Black Rock Shooters aplenty who braved the cold in dedication to their craft, as well as many stunning cosplayers clad in gowns with ornate trains. It was probably thanks to the weather that these cosplayers could go for hours on end in their costumes, because they surely would have melted in Singapore’s tropical heat!

Cosplayers gathered outside the event venue.

One thing we noticed about the con was that it had a dedicated cosplayers’ corner that allowed cosplayers to store their bags, as well as changing rooms that were segregated by gender. However one of the most awesome things we encountered was a workshop corner, which had wig stands for cosplayers to style their wigs, and for them to repair their costumes.

Outside of the con, there were many “Fringe Festivals”, meetups and photoshoots done by fans of specific series and titles. The organizers published a list of these fringe events, allowing fans to easily figure out the time and location of each meet up. It was definitely a good way to help fans who came from all over Europe to gather.

Just like in the movies!

Space was an issue within the halls, as the aisles between stalls were rather narrow, especially when people started browsing. It was difficult to take pictures in hall because of that. It was just as challenging outside, because of the sheer number of people streaming past, and different lighting conditions.

Surprisingly, there weren’t as many dedicated cosplay photographers at the event, at least not the type we’re used to in Singapore. Many convention goers used either cellphones, compact cameras, or prosumer gear.

Western cosplay was generally more prevalent, with a plethora of DC & Marvel cosplayers and characters from trending titles such as Team Fortress 2, My Little Pony, Adventure Time and Left 4 Dead.

If you find a Batman, there’s a chance you’ll find a Joker too.

There were plenty of Lokis (except for the version in his classic comic book costume) at the con, as well as several Batman, Joker and Captain America clones. There were also quite a few Deadpool cosplayers, doing versions including Ladypool and even an Adventure Time and Deadpool crossover.

Furries were actually quite prevalent at MCM Expo. Likely, this was due to the ready availability of materials and fans of this genre in the West. There were, however, a lack of Kigurumi cosplayers, and mecha cosplay, such as Gundam cosplay, was noticeably lacking even though there were a great many armor cosplays.

The Eastern front was dominated by the Big 3 – Bleach, Naruto and One Piece. Goku from Dragonball was relatively common, and so were the numerous Pokemon cosplayers (with Ash and Pikachu being the most common). Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts cosplayers were a regular sight too.

Those FFVIII cosplayers were pretty amazing. Just check out the level of detail.

Personally, I was surprised at the dearth of Touhou and Reborn characters, which were relatively mainstream in Singapore.

Another interesting observation made by Levin was that the characters cosplayed were less recent compared to Singapore, with the only character from an anime that was fresh this season being Rikka from Chuunibyou.

One difference we’ve also noticed at MCM Expo was the strict rule on props. There was a noticeable lack of humongous props, and competitors had to use a stage friendly version of their weapons. Interestingly stilts were worn by a number of con-goers though there were fewer cosplayers on stilts this year.

Not unexpectedly, Gangnam Style had invaded MCM Expo as well, and we spotted a PSY-cosplayer leading a train into the convention hall. The Swedish competitor for the EuroCosplay competition, who did Alice from American McGee’s Alice, also used Gangnam style in her performance.

Gangnam Style hits MCM Expo!

We discovered that another marked difference between East and West was that coscards weren’t common in Europe. We only received two coscards over the entire weekend. We received a card from Anathiell, an Irish cosplayer who portrayed an amazing Lightning in Aya Brea’s costume from Parasite Eve. She demonstrated her versatility by cosplaying as an Elementor from Flyff: Fly for Fun in the EuroCosplay competition.

Anathiell’s Flyff cosplay.

We also had some interesting conversations with cosplayers about their approach to costuming, including Tabitha Lyons, who was cosplaying an original character called Kyra.

She explained that her outfit was created through foam carving, and each piece was cut from a special type of foam that’s somewhat different from the EVA foam we’re so used to.

Tabitha Lyons as Kyra.

A Noctis cosplayer we encountered also told us that he used plenty of cardboard to achieve the finished and polished look on his prop, which I thought was initially built out of foam at first. Another cosplayer wielded a beautiful two sided lance, and I was amazed by how it managed to retain its shape. I soon discovered that it was made with a special type of cardboard.  The availability of such special materials and tools in the UK sure is enviable!

Perhaps due to it being the Halloween weekend, we were greeted by myriad zombie cosplayers. Notably, there was this big guy who had a pole stuck through his body, and this pair of zombie cosplayers who not only had very excellent makeup, but also communicated via grunts and never spoke to anyone. They stayed in character for a very long time and were walking in the typical zombie lumber.

There were zombies at MCM Expo too!

One of the most impressive things about the more dedicated cosplayers at MCM Expo was their ability to remain in character throughout. They rarely broke character and could get quite a number of mannerisms and gestures pretty well. However my main gripe was that while the cosplayers had excellent costumes and were good at what they did, they didn’t vary their poses enough.

EuroCosplay Championship was an interesting affair with 42 representatives from 25 countries taking part. The format was a 2-minute singles performance with an emphasis on costume i.e. 40%- Accuracy, 40% – Construction, 20% Performance.

For the sake of neutrality the judges were from non-European countries, and these included Rufflebutt from USA, 2008 WCS Champion Gabriel from Brazil and Tatsumi Inui, President of Cure and WorldCosplay. Being media gave us a front row seat, and the show started with Italy’s first representative as a Chanter from Aion: Tower of Eternity.  Other notable mentions include Belgium’s rep doing Constance Blaize from Warmachine and Castlevania’s Dracula, by a cosplayer from the Netherlands.

EuroCosplay winners take center stage.

UK’s Toothless (from How to train your Dragon) won third place. Second place went to Poland’s Onion Knight (Final Fantasy Dissidia), who did an elaborate routine utilizing several stage props and sets. Netherland’s Skull Kid (Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask) took the grand prize through a combination of costume detail, a stunning Majora’s Mask prop, and a compelling performance.

We definitely had a lot of fun attending the con.

Don’t forget to check out our cosplay photo album and EuroCosplay coverage on Facebook!

We're going to London MCM Expo!

16 Oct , 2012,
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London MCM Expo 2012 – Poster Art.

Well, not Crimson & Angelus per se, but we’ve managed to get some media passes for this awesome overseas con, and that means plenty of snaps and geeky coverage on the ground!

If you haven’t heard of London MCM Expo before, it’s only the biggest comic con in Merry ol’ England, and you can be sure there’ll be plenty to see and do at the con.

The ‘correspondents’ we press-ganged into going are super excited.

There are film & TV personalities galore, tons of anime, manga and video games exhibitors, and a pretty decent stage line-up to boot, and you can be sure we’ll be getting some pictures and maybe footage from the Euro Cosplay Championships too.

So brace yourselves, folks, and watch this space. Overseas con coverage is coming! ^_^


Tickets for MCM London Comic Con on 26-28 October are available at www.londonexpo.com/faq/tickets

You can find more about the event at www.londonexpo.com ; on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcmexpo ; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mcmexpo  and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/mcmexpo