The audience attending Northwest Fan Fest’s cosplay contest at the Richmond Night Market were treated by an impromptu rendition of the classic Anime Evolution event: THE WALK-OFF!
It was a rematch between last year’s champion Brian Milne and runner-up Arash Azizzadeh.
Strutting ensued… (more…)
There were so many local people at Fan Expo Vancouver this year – writers, artists, cosplayers, and vendors of all sizes and shapes come to take part in the festivities. This is just a sampling of those British Columbia-based people, with a quote from each on their experiences at this year’s convention.
(Click their name so you can see who they are for yourselves!) (more…)
Conventions are a big deal. Cosplayers at conventions are a bigger one.[dropcap]F[/dropcap]rom the small fan run, not-for-profits to the larger expos, a con is where the action is. One of the biggest draws after the celebrities is the cosplayers. Walk through any convention and you see them. Young and old alike, the costumed superheroes of our community are out in force. And it really does make for a great time. Take them away and it would feel, a bit weird, okay really weird, almost soulless. (more…)
Nerd girl. Geek girl. Both of these are terms that I’ve used to describe myself over the years. But with the “fake geek / nerd girl” discussion rearing its ugly head over the past little while, I’ve been feeling the urge to add a qualifier at the end… “but the real kind”; as if there actually was another variety. And because of that little voice at the back of my head, I’ve unwittingly become a part of the problem. I’ve allowed myself to acknowledge something that really isn’t even there to acknowledge; because there is no such thing as a fake nerd girl.
Now, before I go much further into this, I’ve got to be upfront; I’ve never been “cred checked” at a Con. Never. Not once. The most I’ve gotten are strange glances and the occasional “are you sure you’re in the right place” comment, but I’ve never been questioned as to my right to simply be present. Maybe it is because I don’t cosplay, maybe it is because I’m often the one to strike up a conversation first, or maybe I simply give off a “don’t mess with me” vibe. I don’t really know. But the fact that it has never happened to me doesn’t mean that I’m not worried that it might. And even though I’ve never had to actively prove my nerdiness, I’m still very much aware that the seemingly innocuous questions imply that I somehow don’t belong. (more…)
Calling All True Believers…
“Oh My God is that Stan Lee? I swear I just saw Amanda Tapping and Sean Astin!”
As any Vancouverite could tell you, that’s sort of a normal day in the Rainy City. Getting all of your favorite pop icons together in one place, though? And surrounded by costume clad superheroes, panels on all manner of geekery, and with talk of the best games of all kinds to boot? That’s sort of exceptional. That’s something that demands attention. (more…)