Sunday, 15 March 2015

Steampunk totoro

Would absolutely love to have a print on my walls of this brilliant steampunk Totoro rendition, isn't it fab!

- Steampunk Totoro

Saturday, 5 April 2014

The Flight Of Dragons 1982 Animated Film

Been revisiting one of my favourite animated films from when I was a kid as I'm thinking of doing a cosplay from this for Kitacon 2015, gotta think ahead lol! Looking back on it now the animation has really aged badly but the voice acting is still a cut above. This really deserves a remastering!

 Magic is dying in the world and the green wizard Carolinus calls his 3 brothers for help as he has a plan to create a safe place for magic to exist.

Unfortunately his brother the red wizard Ommadon decides it would be a much better plan to just take over the world with greed and destroy it to preserve magic. The only way to defeat Ommadon is to take his red crown, the source of all his powers so a quest is started to this end. Carolinus finds the scientist Peter to help the quest but he gets turned into a dragon by Ommadon. Peter has to be taught to be a dragon by Smrgol an old and grumpy dragon, I really loved Smrgol's magic explanations vrs Peter's science explanations in this bit.

They meet some friends and enemies along the way and lots of dragons of course.
( Pictured - Sir Oren Neville Smythe, Danielle of The Woods, Giles of the Treetops, Aragh the wolf and Sandmirks)

 The final battle is lost by our heroes but then Ommadon is destroyed by the fact that Peter can beat magic with logic and science. Alas for him this also means that he is lost to magic forever and is banished back to the real world.

Here is the final battle scene, which in my opinion is one of the best bad guy monologues in any film ever! James Earl Jones (see also Darth Vadar) is such an awesome bad guy :D

"I am the world, and the world is Ommadon."

Friday, 4 April 2014

Cosplay Storage Ideas and Tips

Ok so one of the things we all can probably agree on is that after a few years of cosplaying, storing it all sucks! I have a costuming habit that goes back to circa 1994 so I built up A LOT of stuff. Sadly I moved house many times to increasingly smaller houses. Houses in the West Midlands are TINY compared to back in Wales. I used to have a spare room back home with a room just for music and costumes and it was full! That's pretty much the only thing I miss about Wales though lol! So sadly most of my costumes like Excaliber ended up in the bin *sob*.

Four years ago we managed to scrape enough money together to buy our own house and now there are 5 of us squeezed into a small three bedroom ex-council house. We all have hobbies and there is simply not enough space to store everything we want to. The house was beginning to look like an episode of Hoarders so a mad binning everything spree went on for a while. Then I had the idea of putting in a big loft hatch! This cost me about £300 with installation fees. I did this a couple of years back but when we had the house rewired the electricians ballsed up and didn't put a light up there so it's just been used for Christmas decorations since then.

However I figured it was time to make use of the space! One day I hope this will be my cosplay HQ...but that costs a lot of money so meh. But I headed to B&Q and bought a single pack of loft boards and stuck a few down. I, of course, did this all wrong....learn from my fail folks! You are supposed to cut the boards down so that they end on the middle of a joist, so the next ones are also starting on the middle of a joist. Seems bloody obvious now, eventually I will pull them up and do it properly but for now it's going to have to do. I just laid and nailed 4. The rest I've just stuck over the joists to store boxes on.

But just these 4 boards allowed me to put a rail in the loft. I got a rail from Ikea for £6 and some dress bag covers and hangers for a few pounds too. I also bought an XL dress bag on ebay for my red ballgown as there was no squeezing it in a standard one, this cost me about £8 but was well worth it to have the dress stored properly. Having everything on a rail is so much better than having everything squashed in bags on top of the wardrobe! I need to get a couple more long bags for coats though.

I also saved this chest of drawers that was getting thrown out. I have accessories and masks in the top drawer, wigs in the second, corsets in the third and the bottom one for skirts. 

I've also put some hooks up for weapons and other bits and pieces. A good tip is to save the zip up bags from pillows/bedding ect for cosplay items, these are really great as they keep the dust off, have a handle for carrying and a clear panel so you can see what's inside. 

The last thing was I picked up a clip on light from Asda for under a fiver so I can actually see everything without finding a torch.

This space is definitely not pretty and is a little on the hazardous side but it does make everything organised and easy to find. It's like my own personal cosplay shop.

I'm going to work on eventually boarding the whole attic floor and once I've done that I can put a table up there and have my sewing machine on there. Once I have this little bit of dedicated space in the house I'd be able to do some big projects so the sooner the better!

Top tips for storing cosplay

First think if you really need to keep it - if space is an issue and if you are not planning to wear it again it's better to stick it on ebay and use the money for your next project. 

Keep all the parts of your costume together where possible- I put little bags with the accessories in on the hangers inside dress bags. 

Make sure your storage area is dry - be careful with attics or garages that are in any way damp, natural fibers and papier mache love to rot and grow mold if there is moisture. 

Keep it organised - no point keeping stuff if you can't actually find anything. If your stuff is in an awkward place consider taking pictures of what's inside the box or bag before it gets stored away. 

Team Neko video of my performance at Kitacon 2014

Team Neko's video of my Kita's Got Talent performance, much better quality than my video. Thank you so much for filming me guys!

You can check out their brilliant videos of all the Kita's Got Talent 2014 performers on their you tube channel here

Must remember to stay in character next time though. I was trying to be all grrr and badass then did a happy little skippety skip after I finished *facepalm*

Onwards to the next convention!!

So for five minutes there I was all "I'm not going to the next Kitacon" as there was too much bad organisation, the food/drink/parking is too expensive ect ect grumble grumble grumble. Then I had an EPIC idea for next years cosplay and realised that I just can't not go to this convention which is right on my doorstep :D Also it's more than a year away so there is plenty of time to save up some money. Also I will go much more prepared next time. Will pack more food and drink to take with and will also make sure to bring a sheet or something so I'm not stripping off in the car park in full view of the world lol!

I'm going to try and drag even more of my friends along next time as that's what really makes a con fun! I'm going to try and persuade my extremely talented friends to actually do the live performance event with me for a change, just need an brilliant idea that will use everyone's talents and be amazing! Roll on 2015!

Monday, 31 March 2014

Hellsing Cosplay - Kitacon 2014

Another incredible cosplay!! Hellsing is one of my favourite animes so this was a real treat!

Majora's Mask playing the flute - Kitacon 2014

Nipped out to the car and found this amazingly talented cosplayer just sitting playing the most amazing tunes!! This is the kinda thing you go to cons for!! Absolutely brilliant!