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Cosplayers and cosplaying can range from just wearing something simple as a shirt and pants worn by a character in a movie, cartoon, etc. all the way up to people who build their costume and accessories from the ground up. The idea, in my opinion, is to enjoy doing it no matter what you choose to do or be; how deep into it you may get. I admire the ones that go hard into their character as in full body painting or heavy costuming but I get squeamish at the ones who can do the wild contacts that change their eyes. That’s got to hurt!
Our cosplay heroes here are: Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead, Ghostbusters, no idea but very cool, and those darn evil clowns!
How did she get in here?
This was going to be a wordless Wednesday post but then I realized not everyone is a Whovian – you poor things 🙂 There is always a Doctor Who contingency at each and every comic-con no matter where it is and this one had a Tardis with a Weeping Angel in front. Huh I hear you say?
“Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television programme produced by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of the Doctor, a Time Lord—a space and time-travelling humanoid alien. wikipedia”
The Weeping Angels have been persistently nominated as one of the most popular and frightening monsters in the Doctor Who universe; while the Daleks are nothing to sneeze at when it comes to terrors of the universe, these creatures are just creepy. In essence, they look like normal(ish) stone statues of angels like we see almost anywhere but in reality they are a race of predatory creatures old as the universe, no one knows where they come from, that basically kill you kindly. As long as you don’t blink and keep your gaze upon them until you are far enough away from them (they move incredibly fast) they remain stone. Blink and they advance upon you until they can touch you. Once touched, well, say goodbye to your present! They live off the energy of your potential life span in the present as you live out your days unharmed – other than shocked at not being where you once were – in some past timeline before you were born.
Or as the Doctor has said “The Angels are the only psychopaths in the universe to kill you nicely.” Oh those wild and crazy psychopaths!
I don’t know if it was because they were doing construction at the convention center (but I doubt that highly) or if it was because the leadership of the company has changed hands and they are now doing it differently or if, sadly, it was indicative of the sign of our times, but the convention this year was different. In prior years you went to the ticket windows to get your tickets and your put on entirely too tight wristbands, had your “weapon” checked and then ID’d with a zip tie and then it was into the convention after showing the guards at the entry doors your wrist.
This year, before you could even get your tickets you had to go through one line with your “weapon” to be wand scanned like at the airports and then have the weapon tagged. Others had to stand in line and empty pockets of cell phones etc. and get scanned. Is this the new managements way of doing things or an indicator of how bad things have happened when there are large gatherings of people. Either way it made for one helluva bottle neck and made me sad; not because of the long lines but because the world has come to this.
But once in, it was different there as well. For one, there were more food vendors inside than before but no places to sit and enjoy other than the floor. The pretzels and the big mugs that you could get unlimited refills of root beer were big winners with the crowds. Another big change was that there was a huge gaming area. I mean big! There was a giant screen for something, video game pods with some classic games (we played Pac-Man and Galaga and realized we weren’t as skilled as we used to be), and computer and gaming system games that had all the boys – and a couple of girls – flocking to the area. There were also less vendors and celebrities at the convention but more sponsored and product placement areas.
Each year you can tell what the trending character is by the number of cosplayers dressed as such. This year there was no standout character but there were some (I think they were promotional folks) dressed for the Pokemon Go craze and the upcoming Kubo and the Two Strings movie. Like I said, it was different this year.
Yeah right sure uh huh….. But anyway, today I was a model for a digital art and fashion magazine which today was shooting the designers of the future; designers from schools both local and from other parts of the country. This whimsical skirt I’m wearing was designed by local designer Camille Witt. The eye wiggles but unfortunately I cannot figure out how to upload the little video clip of me wiggling in it to make it move. You’ll just have to use your imagination 😉
It really was a fun skirt!
The 9th annual Zombie walk took place on June 11th and as always things that shuffled, snarled and drooled were out in full force. The Zombie walk is a fun charity event that was accepting donations for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio. All ages attend the event from tiny sweet baby zombies (sweet baby zombies???) who were licking the makeup blood off their hands up to some very creative and talented adult zombie costumes.
The Haunters convention, which sponsored the walk, had all manner of scary things inside from evil clowns (hate clowns) to realistic looking foam weapons and of course makeup! If you needed ideas for a haunted house or Halloween event then it was here. For this years walk there was an added bonus of zombie tag; you wore these blinking badges that turned red if you wanted to be infected or if you got too close/tagged by one infected otherwise you blinked green. Your choices if you became infected were to remain that way and try to get someone else or to find the health kit that was wandering around the route. It reminded me of some video games I’ve played.
This years route took over and shut down for a little while part of downtown Columbus, Ohio as the parade shambled down High street, zombie related vehicles behind them, turning towards a park and then right smack through the middle of another street festival. I didn’t get a lot of photos this year (although there were many photographers out there including an undead one) as I was having fun taking a few shots and then backing off before I could get tagged. Thankfully DH wasn’t playing and got some great shots I couldn’t as I was running away. Those little kid zombies are speedy little monsters. I survived the event uninfected!
Scenes from inside the Haunters Convention including Tiny with his mask on:
And the fun that was the Zombie Walk. Click on the photos to view larger…if you dare!
Interesting thing about this barn, besides all of the obvious, is that on one side of it (which I haven’t been able to get to – yet!) the color of the barn is yellow. Never seen one like that before. It’s really going to look great when everything, including what may be planted around it, is in full growth.