Otakon 2015 Part 3: The Photoshoots


Cos 23

Costume role-playing or Cosplay is the unannounced sideshow at any fan convention. Whether it’s store-bought or handmade, it’s important to show up as your favourite character. With comic books at a high in the mainstream consciousness, cosplaying maybe more popular now than ever before. Unfortunately, Otakon doesn’t feature a costume contest, but there were many photo shoots scattered around the convention space. The following are some of the best of cosplay from Otakon 2015.  Continue reading “Otakon 2015 Part 3: The Photoshoots”

Awesome Con ’15: Group Cosplay Contest

Participants of the group contest.


My favourite event of the Awesome Con weekend is the cosplay contest. Cosplay and conventions go hand in hand. At every convention I’ve ever attended, you’ll find a dedicated fan base willing to immerse themselves in their fandom. Cosplaying is about more than finding an outfit. Cosplayers transform their characters, bringing them to life. The first set of photos are from Sunday’s group contests. Both group and individual contests were judges in three categories: Novice, Journeyman and Master. Contestants were scored on costume design and the effectiveness of the character’s’ portrayal. There were a lot of great entrants but I think the judges got it right and the best, cosplayer won.  Continue reading “Awesome Con ’15: Group Cosplay Contest”

Movie Review – Cos, Play, Life

Wes, April, Ian, Johann

There are more than a few movies about Costume Role-playing, also known as cosplay. Most of which are documentaries about the passion that cosplayers have for their craft. Much more than a simple hobby, cosplay contests can be as intense a fashion week in Paris. In ‘Cos, Play, Life” written, produced and starring Michael Lindenbaum; we take dramatic approach to cosplaying and how it can affect those that aren’t as open-minded.   Continue reading “Movie Review – Cos, Play, Life”

Wizard World Comic-Con is THIS WEEKEND!


It’ll be a weekend of firsts starting Friday, September 12, 2014. The Wizard World Comic Con will invade the Greater Richmond Convention Center for the first time. The year-long comic con tour will stop in more than a dozen cities from Portland, Oregon to Philadelphia and other major cities in between. Comic Cons in general are great people watching events. Cosplayers throughout Central Virginia and surrounding areas have an opportunity to show off their costumes, on a scale never seen in Richmond before. You won’t have to fight the crowds of San Diego or New York, nor will you freeze to death in Boston. For three days, the place to be is in Richmond, and Reel Film News will be there to cover it all. 

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Otakon 2014: Day The 3RD

Day 3: 12:30pm  Kingdom Hearts Photo Shoot (Charles Street Lobby) 

Day Three of Otakon 2014 felt like the end. The crowds were thinner, the lines were shorter. It felt as if the circus were leaving town and wouldn’t be back for another year. While the workshops were concluding, I as in the lobby for the Kingdom Hearts Photo Shoot. One of my favourite video game series of all time, Kingdom Hearts has been a source of pride, joy and heartache for the last twelve years. 

The Gang's All Here


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Otakon 2014: The Second Day (Part 2 of 2)

The finals of the Ultra Street Fighter 4 Tournament.
The finals of the Ultra Street Fighter 4 Tournament.

Day 2: 2:05pm Video Game Room (Hall A)

The Video Game Hall was buzzing with excitement, as the Ultra Street Fighter 4 Tournament continued. I made my way over to the Sega Dreamcast for some Street Fighter Alpha 3 action. I’m pleased to say that I wasn’t terrible against the field, going 4-6 in 10 games. Then I jumped over to WWF No Mercy for the Nintendo 64. I only managed to play one match. It was a triple threat ladder match for the WWF Championship that lasted 38 minutes. I lost the match and the title but the experience was amazing. 

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Otakon 2014: The Second Day (Part 1 of 2)

Day 2 begins

After a successful Day 1 of Otakon 2014 and only 4 hours of sleep; I was ready for Day 2. On the agenda were a few more photo shoots, including: Marvel vs Capcom, Assassin’s Creed, Resident Evil and Kingdom Hearts. What I missed were the anime screenings and workshops. There were philosophical discussions on the prominence of the Devil in anime. Or, how-to workshops on illustrating and publishing were available. As for the anime; Kill La Kill, Card Captor Sakura, Sailor Moon Crystal and the 1993 classic Ninja Scroll, were a few of the many Anime shows and movies being screened throughout the weekend. With the ability the view these films later, I made my way to… Continue reading “Otakon 2014: The Second Day (Part 1 of 2)”

Otakon 2014: Day 1 (Part 2 of 2)

 Day 1 8PM (Pratt Street Lobby) 

I made my way from the video game hall to the Pratt Street lobby for the different photo shoots. Cosplayers from their respective shows meet up for one large photo shoot. Anime conventions, more than most; give an unscheduled entertainment in cosplaying. Like the red carpet ceremony at an awards chow, everyone wants to know who’s who and who’s wearing what. 

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Otakon 2014: Day 1 (Part 1 of 2)

Otakon 2014

The annual celebration of everything anime; another Otakon is upon us. The Baltimore Convention Center, for the next three days, has been transformed into the cultural capital of Japanimerica. In its 21st year, Otakon has come a long way from its small beginnings in a State College, Pennsylvania Days Inn. Now it’s filling the Convention Center to its capacity with characters from the farthest reaches of the Multi-verse. It’s my first Otakon and luckily I was able to capture the frivolity; because some of the things seen at the Con are absolutely indescribable. 

The Eternal Dragon Shen Long

There isn’t enough time to cover 100% of the Otakon experience. Believe me, I’ve tried. With that said, the following real-time rundown of DAY 1 of Otakon 2014, is only a taste of what is offered. the full schedule can be found on the Otakon website. 

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Deadpool Cosplay_AweCon
AWESOME CON attendee in cosplay as Deadpool (Photo credit: Jahmal)

This weekend saw the Walter E. Washington Convention Center play host to AWESOME CON, DC’s very own comic book convention.  Though this was the first year for the event, droves of fans made it out to see the Continue reading “AWESOME CON: Cosplay”

SDCC: Exhibit Hall

I found an Attendee dressed up as Comic Con icon at this year Comic Con…

Because much of the time spent at Comic Con was spent attending the panels, one other component of the event was nearly overlooked, The Exhibit Hall!  On Sunday, the last day of Comic Con, instead of going to the panels, I spent the day checking out the sites and sounds of the Exhibit floor.  Continue reading “SDCC: Exhibit Hall”