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Wednesday, May 5, 2010  0 Comments

Inspiration from Superheroes

Agood reason to dress up in costume, or an explanation of why we're drawn to it? Beleifnet ran an article I agree with called Superhero Spirituality: 7 Life Lessons from Great Comic Book Teachers.
"Forget what Tina Turner sang: We do need another hero. Several, actually, judging from the number of comic book stories-turned-blockbusters over the past few years. Sure, these superhero flicks make for good popcorn fare. But lately, our on-screen champions have peddled more than cool costumes and CGI wizardry. They form a crucible for how the rest of us grapple with adversity, morality, and faith."
I would say that nearly every modern superhero story is surrounded in lessons of ethics and morality. More complex stories, like the X-Men have many layers of meaning, but even big pop-superheroes can teach us:

Batman: We Can Make a Difference
This "Dark Knight" (opens July 19) skulks about like a goth gone wild, nursing enough angst to fill a bat cave. "It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me," Batman says in 2005's "Batman Begins." Even fractured people can make a difference.

Hellboy: We Can Be Redeemed
He's a literal demon, summoned by Nazis. But Hellboy rejects his infernal lineage and works against the bad guys. The lesson? We make our own destiny, no matter what kind of baggage we're saddled with. And hey, if a demon can be redeemed, that leaves hope for the rest of us.

The Hulk: We Can Sacrifice for the Greater Good
"The Incredible Hulk" (opens June 13) is what happens when Bruce Banner gets really angry, but this not-so-jolly-green giant can come in handy--like when the world is threatened by a powerful bad guy. Being angry doens't need to mean "being bad", it can be a call to positive action. Children, especially, empathize with the power gained from being emotionally charged.

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Friday, June 5, 2009  0 Comments

Florida Supercon is On

Florida Supercon begins today, and because it caters to fans of comic books, anime, animation, cosplay, fantasy *and* video games, it offers an even wider array of costumes you can wear. The video above from last year’s con should given you some idea.

• You can be one of any number of superheroes,
Characters from sci-fi series like Star Wars, The Matrix or Star Trek
Costumes of female characters from TV or Movies like Chun Li from Street Fighter, Wonder Woman, Judy Jetson from the animated series The Jetsons, Bellatrix from the Harry Potter series, or Arwen from Lord of the Rings.
• Or the costumes of male characters from TV or Movies like Batman, Harry Potter, Mr. Burns from The Simpsons, or a Ghostbuster.

They’ll be holding both a costume contest (involves posing) and a Cosplay competition (involves acting). But in addition they’ll also have a group Cosplay contest that they say is “unlike any other” called Cosplay Rockstar. Here’s the description from their site:

It's easy... you and your friends can enter in cosplay as a band. You can choose a pre-existing anime or animated band (such as Josie and the Pussycats, The Archies, Dethklok, Beck and Nana) or come up with your own idea for a band using your favorite anime or cartoon (imagine Naruto on lead vocals, Sasuke on bass, Gaara on guitar and Temari on drums... or Master Shake on lead vocals, Frylock on bass, Carl on guitar and Meatwad on drums... get the idea?). We'll provide the gear, you bring a CD with a song that your band can lip sync and rock out to. The contest will be based on stage performance and costumes.”

Even if you’re not prepared to dress up or compete this year, you can certainly have a great time getting ideas for the next con.

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