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Friday, August 26, 2011 0 Comments
At conventions, fans of specific comic books, series, and TV shows can mingle with other fans, meet celebrities, and immerse themselves in their favorite culture! Whether you’re a Trekkie, a fan of anime, or Marvel comics, chances are you share an affinity and appreciation for all things Sci-Fi and fantasy. That’s why Sci-Fi conventions such as Genericon, HeroesCon and Comic-Con draw in thousands of fans from around the world each year.
If you’re thinking about attending an upcoming Sci-Fi convention or costume convention for the first time, there’s no need to be nervous. Here we’ll share a couple tips of how to prepare for and “survive” your very first big event!
Tip 1 – Make a packing checklist. Aside from the usual things you pack when going on vacation, you’ll want to make sure you’re equipped with pens, water bottles, and a camera! Don’t forget the camera! You never know what fun sights you’ll see at a Sci-fi or costume convention. Why the pen? You’ll never know when you’ll want to snag an autograph!
Tip – 2 Cosplay if you want to truly immerse yourself into the fantasy world of your dreams! Never bring weapons or harmful paraphernalia or you’ll risk getting kicked out of the event, but do plan an awesome costume complete with safe accessories ahead of time.
Tip – 3 Check out the event schedule and plan which panels you want to attend ahead of time. Different panels represent different elements of pop culture. At panels, you’ll see interviews, previews of upcoming movies or TV series, and autograph sessions. Some panels can overlap, so you’ll want to prioritize ahead of time to get the most out of your convention!
Labels: Anime and Cosplay
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 0 Comments
So you’re a costume comic book lover who is thinking about attending your very first comic book convention. There is so much to see and do at a costume convention that you’ll want to be sure that you pre-schedule time to fit in all the highlights! Here is a must-do list to remember before the big event.
1. Stop in to chat with an actual comic book creator! Writers, artists, inkers, and colorists are often at the convention to chat with fans and sign autographs. For some lucky fans they might even sketch up a favorite character.
2. Dress up to show your love for a favorite comic book character. Often attendees dress in costume on the main convention floor or at special events. Dressing up is a lot of fun and many conventions even hold a costume contest with prizes for the winners!
3. Attend a comic book panel. It’s time to get serious about comics, characters ,and the latest comic news. At a convention you can sit down and get the juiciest, latest, news about up and coming issues, characters, and titles straight from comic industry pros before the general public does.
4. Pick up some free comic swag. Comic book conventions often have a section full of freebies. Be prepared to get to the table before you do anything else. This way you’ll get first dibs!
5. Attend an after party! After parties are one of the major reasons people attend comic book conventions. Here you’ll be able to make new friends, dress up in costume  again, and just let loose with fellow comic book lovers!
Labels: Anime and Cosplay
Monday, August 22, 2011 0 Comments
Did you know that Metrocon is Florida’s largest anime convention? Whether you’re a Floridian or traveling from out of state, the convention is an amazing excuse to take part in cosplay.
The convention was founded by AnimeMetro.com in 2003, and since then, has grown to become one of the best events for anime lovers and cosplay enthusiasts in the country. At Metrocon, the 5000 members of the AnimeMetro.com community can meet up with each other in person.
Besides being an excuse to dress up in costume, this event also gives attendees several other great reasons to join in the fun. Events like Anime Human Chess Match, Fantasy masquerade, and the METRO Star Party are sure to keep guests entertained.
Metrocon takes place every year at the Tampa Convention Center in the heart of downtown Tampa. The convention is huge, taking up a whopping 75,000 square feet of the convention center’s available space for an entire weekend. Metrocon, LLC and Team dynamite Productions, LLC, partners in putting on today’s Metrocon conventions, have plans to transform the convention into a four day event once they reach 10,000 attendees.
Friday, August 12, 2011 0 Comments
True Blood, which is now running its 4th season on HBO as we speak, has established millions of fans who have been simply raving mad about the show (in a good way) since its inception back in 2008. …and what’s a super fan to do in order to show their level of dedication? The answer is simple – dress up like one of the characters from the 2011 season of True Blood for Halloween.
Previously streets and parties everywhere were filled with vampire, werewolf, Bill Compton and Eric Northman costumes. This year, fans are looking forward to dressing up as characters inspired by the new season.
Fairy costumes will be big this Halloween in order to pay homage the season 4 episode where Sookie pays a visit to Fairy Land. You’ll be able to use the vast array of resources available online to create your look as a rose fairy, skull fair, fallen angel, pixie, Woodland, Goth, garden, or even a cupcake fairy. You’ll want to start planning your fairy costume early from top to bottom thinking about shoes, colored wigs, makeup, tights, and other accessories.
Those who aren’t so into the cutsie look are getting inspired by True Blood’s dark season 4 vibe and going for the bewitching look. Dark Midnight Witch costumes are another get-up of choice for Halloween 2011. Think about wearing a black sexy dress, black gloves, black heels, a black sorest belt, black caplet or cape, along with a pointy witch hat. Don’t forget to add the witchy Halloween makeup.
Aside from True Blood Halloween costumes, True Blood Halloween parties will also be going on around the world. Why not get all dressed up and host your own? Don’t forget the Vampire inspired drink ideas! Red food coloring will be flying off the shelves!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 0 Comments
This past Monday we reported on a British actor who is feeling great about his new costume for the up and coming new Superman film which is scheduled to be released in 2013. We also just got word this week about another British actor who will be sporting an updated superhero costume in an upcoming film.
Actor Christian Bale is currently filming his third appearance as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. The Caped Crusader will be playing alongside Tom Hardy who will be playing the evil villain Bane.
Paparazzi pictures of the new Batman costume have people talking. Reelzchannel.com feels that the costume looks like “something out of The Road Warrior.” Fans can’t wait to get a closer look at Batman’s new “get-up,” and rumor has it that several amateur photographers are even working on snapping pictures around the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based set.
What we do know so far is that during the filming, Bale wears a full facial headpiece, while Hardy also wears a mask on-set. The masks are said to be so form-fitting that the actors needed to find alternative ways of communicating, as it has been tough for them to understand each other under their facial prosthetic.
Hardy told Total Film magazine, “Anything you put something on your face you’re going to adopt a personality and a physicality that has nothing to do with acting. The only downside is you can’t hear a word anyone is saying [in these particular masks]….” The two actors have reportedly been using hand signals such as giving the thumbs up and winking to communicate while in costume.
The Dark Knight Rises is set to be released in July of 2012.
Sunday, August 7, 2011 0 Comments
The newest Superman film, The Man of Steel is due to be released in theaters in the summer of 2013, but superhero and costume fans are getting a sneak peek of the new Superman digs. The first in-costume shot was released this week and has been well received by fans so far.
The new superman suit shows colors that have been toned down a bit, making the DC comic mainstay seem a bit rougher and grittier than in previous versions. In the recent shot, viewers are not able to tell if the Man and Steel will be wearing briefs atop his legwear. Fans feel that the suit feels very much the same overall as that of the late Christopher Reeve’s in the four films during the 1970s and 1980s.
Director Zack Snyder has taken charge of breathing new life into the role after the 2006 film Superman Returns received less than stellar reviews. The new film will have an all-star cast including Amy Adams as Lois Lane, while Kevin Costner and Diane Lane play Clark Kent’s adoptive human parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent. Superman’s Kryptonian father Jor-El will be played by Russel Crow and Michael Shannon has stepped on as General Zod.
The legendary Marvel comic hero will be played by Henry Cavill who is best known for his role as “Charles Brandon” on the hit television series, The Tudors. Cavill, who actually hails from Great Britain, was appointed for the role of America’s best known superhero back in March. So far it sounds like he is loving his costume!
"It's extremely cool. There's no other feeling like it," Cavill told Total Film after trying on the Superman suit for the first time. "They just put it on, I turned around and looked in the mirror and you can't play it cool – you sort of laugh. I thought 'Holy hell, this is it. You're doing it, you're right in the middle of it'."