Gambit and Rogue Cosplay: Shoot With Rob Parker

While we were at LFCC, David and I had a shoot with Robert John Parker – Photographer, in our Gambit and Rogue cosplay team-up. We had so much fun working with Rob, recreating some classic poses, clambering all over rocks and play equipment (who knew a park was such a good spot for a photoshoot), and here are the results!

X-Men Cosplay

Gambit Cosplay

Rogue and Gambit Cosplay

Rogue Cosplay

Gambit and Rogue Cosplay

Gambit

X-Men Cosplay

Rogue

Rogue and Gambit Cosplay

Gambit

Gambit and Rogue Cosplay

Rogue Cosplay David and I always love the chance to work together, particularly with great photographers like Rob. We’ve got a pretty packed con schedule for the rest of the year, and will be attending a few different shoots too, so keep your eyes peeled for a load more photos!

 

 

Lara Croft: Shoot with Sandy Smith

Two weekends of cosplay madness, and I still have so much to share with you! Next time, we’re keeping things Tomb Raider. The wonderful Sandy Smith Photography captured these fantastic shots of my Lara Croft back at the hotel after LFCC.

Lara Croft cosplay

Lara Croft cosplay

Lara Croft cosplay

Lara Croft cosplay

Tomb Raider Cosplay

Tomb Raider Cosplay

Tomb Raider Cosplay

Tomb Raider Cosplay

I had a lot of fun shooting with Sandy, and I’m chuffed to bits with these photos. There’ll be more Lara pics to come soon from MCM Manchester soon, and a couple of shoots of Safe Harbour Cosplay to come very soon too!

 

 

Friday Round Up – Double Edition

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Friday Round Up

1. A Gotham gathering at MCM. 2. Pretty awesome lunch. 3. Cosplay deliveries. 4. Lara Croft hair and make-up test. 5. Testing cat toys with Selina. 5. Look who we met at Comic Con! 6. Lara Croft kitted up. 7. Game Lara meets movie Lara. 8. Costume evolution.

I missed the round-up last week due to Comic Con, but I’m sure you’ll forgive me. So, last weekend, as you know, we were all off to London Film and Comic Con. We spent the three days dying in the heat, playing in the SyFy Cam, and meeting other awesome cosplayers. We also met someone rather unexpected. My best friend and I were enormous a1 fans as kids, so imagine our delight when we met Mark Read of a1 fame wandering the con hall. He was super lovely, and chatted away to us for a few minutes, took some pictures and generally entirely made our whole weekends.

This week has a been a rush of getting the cosplays turned round and ready to go out again for this weekend. Ever washed a Zentai suit? It’s a pain…

This weekend we’ll be at MCM in Manchester. It’s the first time I’ve been to a convention in Manchester. I’m so excited. See you on the other side!

This week’s links:
SyFy Cam Gotham style.
Captain Marvel writer talks strong female characters.
An interview with cosplayer Briana Lawrence.
Joss Whedon says he’ll never be done with superheroes.
Even teenage boys think women are oversexualised in games.
Comics are selling like the 90s.
Why Matilda is still the best.

On repeat:

 

Safe Harbour Cosplay – Shoot with Gonzography

One of the things that makes me happiest at conventions is seeing random mash-ups of characters hanging out. Talk about multiverse. On those lines, David and I had a few photos taken with the super lovely Gonzography, while in our Lara Croft and Deadshot cosplays.

Deadshot and Lara Croft Cosplay

On Saturday night, David and I went live with a brand new joint page – Safe Harbour Cosplay.Within 48 hours, we hit 100 likes, and this afternoon, we reached 150! We’re both so overwhelmed by the love and support from you guys, in such a short space of time.

Cosplay Shoot

David and I cosplayed separately on the Sunday of LFCC, but we always enjoy working together, especially with the Gonz, so there was no way we were going to say no to getting some photos. Lara Croft and Deadshot can totally hang out. Even if Deadshot had just dropped and broken his headset…

Tomb Raider and Deadshot Cosplay

Gonzography shoots with a compact camera, but he’s proper awesome, and always serious fun to work with. What better photos to kick off Safe Harbour?

Cosplay Multiverse

Lara Croft Cosplay Shoot with Gonzography

Last weekend was London Film and Comic Con, or as David renamed it, London Film and Sweaty Con. As is usual for Showmasters these days, the queuing system was a shambles, there wasn’t enough space between stalls to look at anything when the hall was full, and there were too many people packed into too small a space. Whoever decided to make the main access for the top two floors would be in lifts needs their head checked…

Lara Croft Cosplay

Apart from that chaos, and the intense heat, it was a great weekend. I got to catch up with some of my favourite cosplayers, work with my partner in crime and overall had a great time. I took out Lara Croft for the first time, which was scary as hell, but was received really, really well. I caught up with the wonderful Gonzography, and we had a little impromptu shoot!

Tomb Raider Cosplay

 

It was a nerve-wracking costume for me, and entirely out of my comfort zone. I had a few mishaps on it, with the holsters sliding down my legs all day and my borrowed guns being just about the biggest mismatch possible. The positive response I got was overwhelming after all my worries. Much love to everybody who stopped me for photos and the four (four!) different photographers I got to work with.

Lara Croft

 

LFCC 2015 Cosplay

 

Working with Gonzography is always a convention highlight for me, and the work he does is incredible. I have more shots that he got of David and I together to share with you later too. These Lara shots…I was so nervous in this cosplay and these photos do not show it in the slightest. He is one talented ‘tog.

Tomb Raider

 

Lara Croft

10 Life Lessons From Rupaul

Gentlemen, start your engines…

Rupaul life lessons The beauty of Netflix is that it’s never too late to discover a damn awesome show. I’ve just found, and become obsessed by, Rupaul’s Drag Race. Fierce drag queens, high camp and fabulous outfits? Of course I’m hooked. Host Rupaul has been around since the 80s, preaching self-love, glamour and going your own way. I think we could all learn some life lesson from Rupaul, the Queen of Drag.

  1. Nobody likes a bitch.
    sassy
    “Throwing shade takes a bit of creativity. Being a bitch doesn’t.” Know the difference. A well-crafted comeback can be an essential weapon in your armoury, but bitchiness will get you nowhere.
  2. “Charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.”
    Any Rupaul girl knows that’s the recipe for success, whether you’re a Queen or not.
  3. “You better work.” work Because who else is going to do it for you? You want something, you gotta work for it.
  4. “Practive living in the moment, how sweet it is right now.”
    Forget yesterday and don’t worry about tomorrow. Live in the now. Thanks, Rupaul.
  5. Don’t fuck it up.
    don't
    Simple, really.
  6. “We are all born naked, and the rest is drag.”
    Where you start from doesn’t matter. You can create whoever and whatever you want to be.
  7. Don’t listen to gossip about yourself.
    “What other people think of you is none of your business.” Your opinion of you is the one that counts.
  8. If they don’t support you, walk away.  sashay “I will support and encourage you with all the love in my heart, but if it’s not reciprocal, I gotta go.” Nobody needs friends who expect your support, but don’t give you any in return.
  9. Get out of your own way.
    “The biggest obstacle I ever faced was my own limited perception of myself.” Don’t limit yourself. Dream big, and girl, work. 
  10. “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?”
    love

Can I get an amen?

Who knew you could learn so much from a 6’4″ man in stilettos.

hallelu

Friday Round Up

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Friday Round Up

1. Cartoon pirate or Where’s Wally? 2. Work perks. 3. Gelato sample. Verdict? Awesome. 4. Favouriet dress and all vintage accessories. 5. Chilli cheese dog for lunch. 6. Flashback to Arkham Knight promo.

Thank God it’s Friday. I need about four weekends all at once, I think. As usual, work is a special level of insane. In more fun subjects, I’ve been busily prepping the last bits for LFCC. Logistics for conventions are like military operations, with all the hotels, trains, meeting points, costumes…The cosplay will be packed up this weekend, so I’m all ready, and I’ll be off to London on Friday next week. So excited now!

I should have the last pieces of costume delivered today, so in theory, all should be ready soon! While I’m prepping, I’m getting obsessed with other cosplayers using Periscope at SDCC. Not jealous at all. Nope. Who wants to go to San Diego Comic Con anyway? (Me. I do.)

This week’s links:
Photographer Captures Cosplays In and Out of Costume. Really interesting look at the contrast between our real and cosplay selves!
10 signs you read too much Enid Blyton as a child. I wrote a thing!
Cat videos are good for you. Science says so.
Want to develop the arts? Start on your doorstep.
What is a cosplayer? Great thoughts from Northern Belle Rogue.
Mattel have made a Wonder Woman Barbie. I need one.

On repeat:

Bohemia and the New Mainstream

Bohemia “To more than one dimension,
To starving for attention,
Hating convention, hating pretension.”
La Vie Boheme – Rent

Over the last few days, I’ve caught up on the BBC’s series How To Be BohemianHosted by Victoria Cohen Mitchell, the series explores the history of Bohemia, from the original bohemian artists starving in Parisian garrets to today’s latte sipping hipster. It asked the question, are we all bohemians now?

A bohemian is defined as ‘an unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts.’ But what is unconventional now? It is almost more conventional to be unconventional now, with a lot of the original badges of bohemianism now fully absorbed into the mainstream. Coffee, cigarettes, sexual freedom; none of these are shocking now. But who are the new bohemians? Is it hipsters? If that’s the case, surely the way that hipster culture has been pulled into the mainstream cancels it out?

Are bloggers bohemian? We’re creatives, and are often outside, or slightly ahead of convention. But by creating our own micro-trends, does our counter-culture create it’s own mainstream? We start off with liking something, be it Peter Pan collars or burgers, and for a while it’s just ‘us’ who like it. But after a while, it becomes almost a parody. To be a blogger you must like x, y and z. Bunting, cupcakes, American Apparel disco pants…These things we adopt obsessively for five minutes and then slide into the mainstream. They’re still viewed as quirky, but at the same time are ‘fashionable’ and ubiquitous.

Bloggers, especially those lifestyle bloggers with shiny, perfect, Instagram lives, have adopted a lot of things that were considered bohemian at one time or another. Coffee, yoga,  self-expression through creative pursuits, health foods…and yet bloggers are probably some of the most main-stream, trend-driven people of all. We’ve gone conventional.

Being quirky, or different is the fashionable thing now. It’s cool to be a little odd, to explore something different from the norm. There’s a move towards independent shopping, street food, different ways of dressing, and a pull away from the standard or identikit culture.

Perhaps we are all bohemians now.

 

 

Friday Round Up

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Friday Round Up

1. Just someone playing the double bass outside my office. No big deal. 2. Pimms o’clock. 3. Churros at Street Food Circus in Cardiff. 4. No Fit State Circus. 5. Blue skies and Groot. 6. Proper pub dog.

Happy Friday! Hells yes to this weather! I intend to spend my weekend eating ice cream, wearing sunglasses and hopefully not getting sunburnt.

I managed to get sunburn sitting in the garden at my dad’s in Cardiff last weekend. Oops. The rest of the weekend was far more successful, with a trip to see No Fit State Circus, and dinner at Street Food Circus. Now, considering I work right next to Digbeth Dining Club, which has won Best Street Food Event for the last two years of British Street Food Awards, I wasn’t sure how impressed I’d be. I needn’t have worried. There so many traders and an excellent bar, and I left very full and happy. I went for a burrito, which tasted incredible, and was obviously made with super fresh ingredients. Despite being pretty full already, I found a corner for cinnamon churros with chocolate sauce. My God. Unfortunately Street Food Circus is now closed for the summer, but keep your eyes peeled for a return.

The rest of the week has been spent in sick days, desperately trying to keep KissHQ cool and beginning the plans for an exciting new cosplay project…watch this space! Right now, it’s all a bit secretive…

This week’s links:
Bombshell, the music from Smash, is going to be a real stage show. I loved Smash, so this news is pretty exciting. Naturally, I have been signing the songs all week.
Female superhero costumes given a practical redesign. Interesting ideas here!

On repeat:

No Fit State Circus: Bianco

Bianco

Image courtesy of No Fit State Circus

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to catch No Fit State Circus’ last night in their home Big Top before they set off on tour, and saw Bianco. I saw Bianco last summer but the show has been revamped and relaunched for 2015. The show is still directed by Firenza Guidi, but has some new performers, new acts and new design.

Last time I saw Bianco, I was utterly mesmerised. This time was no different.

No Fit State Circus

Image courtesy of No Fit State Circus

The show, which No Fit State describe as ‘an immersive promenade experience’, has the performers above and all round a standing audience. Half the time, you don’t know where to look, as there’s so much spectacular action happening. All the performers are insanely talented, and I often found myself stunned by the incredible things they mix in as throwaway moments – flips and dance moves thrown in as they move the rigging, or travel to a different part of the tent. Small moments, that take immense skill. There are no words to do justice to how wonderful Bianco is – you just have to see it for yourself.

No Fit State present Bianco

Image courtesy of No Fit State Circus

For me, the stand-out performances were some of the most physically impressive. The final act of the first half is a young guy performing on aerial silks. He was perfect. There is no other term for it. Every movement was precise and graceful, and clearly took some incredible strength and control to execute. Spectacular to watch.

In the second act, I was hypnotised by a couple performing a trapeze act. The trust involved as she was supported by his feet, or he held her up by the neck, and they moved around each other from stunt to stunt…it was quite something to watch. So often with No Fit State, the audience watch without applause, stunned into silence by the incredible feats they’re witnessing.

Bianco

Image courtesy of No Fit State Circus

I think the thing I love best about Bianco, and No Fit State Circus in general, is the sense of fun. Bianco is filled with a sense of mischief, and the performers often seem to almost be playing, showing off for each other and generally having an incredibly good time. The grins plastered all over their faces are genuine, and more than once I spotted a performer waiting to go on having a little dance to the live band or hollering in approval at whoever was currently doing their act.

I’ve decided I’m going to run away and join the circus. I’d like to do aerial silks please. Or trapeze.

Bianco is currently touring, and will be stopping off next in Antwerp. You can read more about Bianco, and No Fit State, here. Keep your eyes peeled for their return to the UK, and GO AND SEE THEM.