Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Cosplayer of the Week: Kitty Honey

This week's Cosplay Q&A Urara comes from Argentina. She has been making a big splash with her most recent characters and can be found as Ms. March in The Woman of Comic Book Cosplay 2013 Calendar- Link to buy .

 In her own words she shares her opinions on Cos-play and nerd Culture. Enjoy reading and check out her Deviant Art.

"I look for strong, brave and daring girls, not just pretty."

Gore Hose:  How did you get started cosplaying? What was it that got you interested?

It was like 5 or 6 years ago, when I saw a cosplay contest in a comics and manga magazine, I've seen cosplayers and I got a little keen on it, and I thought that it would be nice to portrait one of the sailors of Sailor Moon that was a show I really liked when I was a child and when I saw in a local con that people where cosplaying.

I always been interested in fantasy characters from comics, cartoons, anime, movies, etc, and the possibility of being someone else, like when you're a kid and put on costumes. When I was a child it was usual for me that in my birthday parties I used to wear costumes (like a Strawberry Shortcake one I wore when I was 4 years old) Cosplay gave me that possibility to play being someone else and changing my look.

That's why there's an anime character I deeply love, Cutey Honey from Go Nagai. She can transform in multiple appearances and looks, she can be a photographer, a model, a biker chick, etc and that's very "similar" to cosplaying and my cosplayer name is some sort of play on words with that character (Kitty Honey) and I feel like her when I do cosplay, I can be blond, brunette, I can be a superheroine, a princess, a schoolgirl, a warrior and that's just awesome.

Gore Hose:  Can you give us a run down on the nerd community in your area, are there lots of cons? How often do you travel to attend conventions?

Kitty: The local fandom in my area (not the capital which is Buenos Aires) is quite active and grew fast in few years. Two years ago we had only 2 cons per year. Now we have one every month, sometimes 2 and with a lot of variety, some oriented to anime and some oriented to comics.
I started travelling recently to other cities (to the capital city of my country to be exact) It's a lot of fun. I like a lot to travel attending conventions in other cities and get to know other people from other fandoms.

Gore Hose: Favourite convention to attend?

Kitty: Maybe Unifans in Buenos Aires, it's such a fresh ambient with true geeks and fanboys/girls. I'd love to attend some day to San Diego Comic Con which I consider the most huge convention in the world which attracts people from all over the world.

Gore Hose: Favorite cosplay of your own?

I have 2, Jean Grey - Phoenix and Rogue. They have a special meaning for me. Jean Grey because a lot of great things happened to me as a cosplayer after I wore it for the first time, and Rogue definitely is a cosplay I wanted to do since a long time (years) and this was the right time to pull it right as Rogue deserves.

Gore Hose: A cosplayer you consider a inspiration?

Kitty: Vampy Bit Me (Linda Le), Riddle and Crystal Graziano, they are great!

Gore Hose:
Do you think it's possible for cosplay to be to revealing or sexy? Do you draw that line for yourself and if so how?

In fact no, I don't think there are too revealing costumes. I think there's a way to portrait them that is the accurate. I see many girls in Japan doing eechi cosplays or Ero cosplays and people love them. I saw cosplay nudes and some of them were great and some other were awful and bad taste. I think the female body is beautiful and girls shouldn't be afraid of that.

Gore Hose: Do you think conventions should have a pre-defined dress code for cosplayers? What's your experince been in regards to "revealing" costumes at conventions?

Kitty: It depends of the con, some cons where people goes with children is completely understandable to have a dress code, but otherwise I understand that it should be more natural to see the female body and sexyness is part of human nature. That's why there's a lot of complaints about a girl on a revealing cosplay.
In a convention in Buenos Aires, organizers encouraged me to cosplay as Vampirella, that is a really revealing outfit, so I don't have problems. I understand that in the states there's a dress code for cons which is curious for me because I watched videos of cons in the states where you can see a booth girl in bra and panties. It's like a double morality sometimes. I don't have issues with that but you understand that maybe some cosplays are more photoshoot session friendly than to wear them in a con.

Gore Hose: What do you looks for in a character you chose to play as?

It has to have something from me, from my personality. Obviously, there are characters that can be revealing, but I made costumes of characters completely covered like Misa Hayase / Lisa Hayes. I mean, a lot of this characters look sexy and provocative but I have that thing too, that daring but not only because of being like that. I look for strong, brave and daring girls, not just pretty.

Gore Hose: 
How do you think social networking has affected cosplay and nerd culture?

A lot, affected and changed it. Made it massive and quite mainstream too but as a bright side you can update instantly of all news of your favorite comic books, tv shows and nerd geekery. Now geek culture has arrived to mass media because of that, parodies on tv shows and all that.

Gore Hose:  
Most rewarding part about cosplaying?

when a child says to you that you are the superhero you are cosplaying and makes you feel like one.

"a lot of great things happened to me as a cosplayer after I wore it for the first time" -Kitty on her Phoenix

Gore Hose: 
Do you think it's important for a coaplayer to make their own costumes? How much of your own costumes do you make and are there any tips or tricks for honing your craft?

It's important to make and do your own stuff, but there are super talented people who help a lot to portrait better with their awesome props, as example I bought latex masks, some superhero accesories to talented propmakers like Extreme Design FX who made my Ms. Marvel mask, but some other times you have to prove yourself and customize your own wigs, make your own props and when they look good, it feels great about doing them with your own hands.

Gore Hose: Advice for first time cosplayers?

Do a Character you really like, no matter if it's simple or has been cosplayed a thousand of times. The important thing is to have fun and feel passion about cosplaying. Don't try to be the best at the very first time, because you're gonna do a lot of mistakes, the costume won't be perfect as you ever imagined but don't get dissapointed with that because you can learn a lot from mistakes and you can always improve and have fun with that, cosplaying is about having fun dressing as your favourite character, not about trying to impress everyone.

Gore Hose: Any closing thoughts, shout outs or opinions you want to voice?

Feel free when you are cosplaying, don't get yourself under any limit. Cosplaying is adding a tasty and spicy spoonful of fantasy to the real life which is not that glamorous, fantastic, epic or whatever adjective you can put on it like in comic books. Cosplaying is being part of that fantasy of superheroes, warriors, princesses, pilots, heroes, etc that is far from our lives and we always fantasize and dream with that.
My name (Kitty Honey) expresses that because is a play on words with Cutey Honey, which is an anime character that changes a lot her look from a pilot, a photographer, a nurse to the ultimate sexy superheroine, Cutey Honey, and.. that's cosplay! Have fun bringing fantasies to life.
"I think the female body is beautiful and girls shouldn't be afraid of that."

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Island Showdown II: Top 10 Moments

A breakdown of our top 10 moments from the Inter-provincial tournament we held August 4th and 5th at Dooly's pool hall. Featuring Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition 2012, Street Fighter III: Third Strike and King Of Fighters XIII.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Cos-player of the Week Tallest Silver *Redux*

Gore Hose: First off where and when did you get your start cos-playing?
Silver: I started cos-playing at San Diego Comic Con International in 2005

Gore Hose: who was the first character you cos-played and what did you learn from it?
Silver: I was Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas, and really, I learned how complimentary random strangers could be. A lot of people were very supportive of me venturing forth in a crazy outfit and telling me what a wonderful job I had done on it!

Gore Hose:
how do you think social networking has affected cos-play? In not only how it's viewed by the public but also how cosplayers interact with each other?
Silver: Ooh, this is an interesting question. I think social networking has been both negative and positive. Positive in a way that we can keep in contact with people whom we may only see once a year at a con, but seeing what they're up to on a day to day basis. That being said, I have seen some drama occur or carry over and bad blood happen when I would think people would let something petty from a past convention go. Also, people don't realize that their comments are in the public domain, and they can be quite hurtful.

Gore Hose:
Quirky habit or interest that would surprise people?
Silver: I often take the first picture of the day in costume and send it to my mother. She helped me get into cosplay and encouraged me to go to conventions, so I try to make the first picture for her. 

Gore Hose: Comics: How often you read em, favorite series and creators?

Silver: I read comics QUITE frequently. Weekly trips to the comic shop and all! But lately, funds have been low so I've been saving up for trades and have been more scrutinizing with my collection. Current favorite series would be up in the air with Aquaman, Venom and Batwoman. Emphasize on currently. I love Bruce Timm, Jhonen Vasquez, Gail Simone, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jim Cheung, waaay too many XD

Gore Hose:
video games: Do you play? How often and got a fave series?
Silver:  I'm not really a gamer, sorry! But I do love me some DDR and Pokemon Blue and Yellow.

Gore Hose: what do you look for in a character to cosplay?
Silver: I look at the characters whom I LIKE. At first, I would try to go for the ones whom I like and whom I thought I could sorta maybe kinda look like. But when I did Power Girl, someone I never thought I could pull off, I broadened my horizons. But I do stick to characters whom I love and admire.

Gore Hose: worst wardrobe malfunction/most embarrassing cosplay story?
Silver: A lot of times, people will try to tell me that my boob will pop out when I'm Power Girl or that I have camel toe but that's all wishful thinking because I make myself like a Barbie doll in that costume. There is NO way that happens. HOWEVER, one time when I was Ivy, my boob almost did pop out, but Kit caught my attention in the nick of time before a nip slip happened. That's what heterolife partners are for!

Gore Hose: favorite cos-play to wear?
Silver: A toss up between Power Girl and Deadpool and Ivy. Power Girl, I feel like I can be myself. Deadpool, I don't let myself have a filter, so I just let everything out. And Ivy... well.. I just feel plain sexy as Ivy XD

Gore Hose: nerd culture has often been criticized for being a bit of a boys club, and is (apparently) notorious in its difficulty for ladies to receive the respect they deserve as equals, have you personally found this to be the case? Please go as in-depth as you like on the subject.
Silver: One time in particular, I felt like I had to show my nerd-street cred and it wasn't even at a con. I was trying to find a good local comic shop, testing a few out, and the first one I went into, Kit and I were stared at the entire time we were there. And this guy was hovering around us, giving us the impression we were trespassing until we were commenting on a few things about artists and writers, so the guy back off. But we were like, "really?" But mostly, it'll come from comments online, pretty misogynistic or a lot of objectification comments. I know, on the internet? Such a shock.

Gore Hose: most rewarding part about cos-playing?
Silver: Meeting the creators/writers/artists/people I admire. And the kids.

Gore Hose:
favorite con to attend and why?
Silver: it USED to be SDCC since that was the first convention I cosplayed at and I've been going since 2003, but it's gotten too big for its britches. So I'd have to say WonderCon

Gore Hose:
favorite fabric to work with?
Silver: I LOVE the look, feel, and weight satin has, especially in capes. So... that, I suppose XD

Gore Hose: worst habit?
Silver: When I'm really stressed out, I subconsciously pick at my nails. True story. But I've gotten better at it, but sometimes they just break XD

Gore Hose: Recently a well known cos-player drew large controversy at Pax, with a (some might say overly) skimpy costume; do you think there's should be regulations on how a cos-players should be allowed to present themselves established by convention organizers ahead of time, or should it be left to their discretion?
Silver: Weeeellllllllll.. see, the thing about that specific incident, was at the core, she was representing a booth in costume, and from my understanding, PAX has a strict NO BOOTH BABE policy which is understandable because booth babes are a way of exploiting guys to come over to a booth to either talk to, oggle at, watch, or take pictures of the attractive female. And sometimes, yeah, booth babes can get extreme. I do think there is a line, but discretion is up to the person. I'm sure people think it's inappropriate of me to be Power Girl. Some costumes push the boundaries further, like the one woman who showed up to SDCC the other year wearing nothing but 5 inch platform heels, a nude-thong, and pasties made to look like nipples while carrying around a dragon, claiming she was Daenerys from Game of Thrones. Was that acceptable? No, and they threw her out. Was the cos-player in question at PAX inappropriate? While I don't think so, PAX said so. I think, if the person feels comfortable walking around in public in their costume, without threat of being arrested for indecent exposure, carry on.

Gore Hose: I see you on Tumblr all the time answering questions from fans, which i think is amazing; is it sort of surreal to have your own fan base?
Silver: EVERYDAY I'M TUMBLIN'! I think it's super surreal. So surreal that I think it's silly! I try to answer those questions to show that I'm nothing special, I PROMISE I am just like the rest of the nerds out there, trying to have a good time. I've met some awesome people, and I think it's silly when people are too shy or nervous to come up to me. IT'S OKAY, I SWEAR. I GIVE HUGS AND EVERYTHING!!

Gore Hose: Also from seeing you on tumblr, you've obviously got a great sense of humor; you're not afraid to poke fun at yourself, and nerd culture. How important is having a sense of humor to you?
Silver: Oh, I wouldn't survive without having a sense of humor, especially in a cosplaying sense. People will talk about your body, they will point out all of your flaws and insecurities and well... if you're the one to do it first, and you accept yourself, and make it funny, it's not going to hurt. Honestly, people shouldn't smack-talk ANYway, but a little humor never hurts. Also it's fun to make fun of trolls.

Gore Hose: how important is sexuality as a cos-player? Do you think it's possible to be overly sexualized and how/where do you draw the line?

Silver: Sexuality is different for everyone. I see my boyfriend in a suit and BAM! I wanna jump him, but he's fully clothed. I think, like anything, you should be comfortable with yourself. If your a man who cos-plays, you'll probably be called "gay" at one point; if you're a woman, you'll probably be called a man. (As if these are insults?) To someone who is insecure, it could hurt a lot, but it really doesn't matter in the long run unless they want you in their pants, or rather in this case, tights. Also, "I wanna roll around in your cape" is a euphemism for sex. Use it! Use it well!

Gore Hose: Someone who inspires you as a Cos-player

Silver: Immediately: Ruby Rocket and Bellechere. Also, my bestie and my beau. <3

Gore Hose: advice you'd give for someone who is looking to get involved in the Cos-play Community?

Silver: HAVE FUN HAVE FUN HAVE FUN HATERS TO THE LEFT YOU'RE ON FIRE. Don't be afraid/ashamed/embarrassed/or another a-word. We are all nerds. At a con, you're in a safe environment were you can express yourself with like-minded people. Don't be ashamed of a thrift-store find or a closet cosplay. Almost everyone's first costume looks bad. Learn makeup, it can make or break a costume (even for make-up-avoiding men) and a lot is just smoke and mirrors!

Gore Hose: Where's your name come from?

Silver: It's actually derived from Invader Zim. I came up with it when I was 13, when I started going online more (because I was a derpy fangirl) and that's just how people came to know me!

I wanna thank the lady Silver for taking her time to answer some questions and remind all you guys to check her out of Tumblr, Deviant Art and Facebook.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Cos-player of the Week: Tali *Redux*

Tali is a talented young lady who happens to be one of the first cos-players I covered on this blog. I felt the need to go through some of the ladies I've previously covered and give them the more insightful coverage they deserve; I figured she made the most sense to start with.

 I contacted Talia for a short interview and the picture featured(above) is from her most recent Photo-set.  Find her on Deviant Art, Face Book and Twitter.

Gore Hose: How did you get started cos-playing/what was your first cos?
Tali: I’m a little embarrassed to say how long I’ve been doing this for but I guess as something I’ve taken seriously about 2 years, but in reality I’ve been cosplaying without caring for much longer. My very first costume was Rikku from FFX-2 though, gosh it was so bad!

Gore Hose: What do you look for when you choose to cos-play a character?
Tali: I usually look for something that catches my interest or has an interesting concept to use as a template. Generally I’m either a fan of the character or some friends want to put together a group, I’ve never done anything I haven’t loved the design of though, that’s a priority!

Gore Hose:First nerdy influence you can remember that directly inspired your nerdery?
Tali: Haha I’ve always been kind of a nerd at heart, sure I played with Barbie’s as a child but I always ended up making my own clothes for them out of little scraps of fabric. My brothers had a Super Nintendo and eventually I was playing it more than they were just for something to do that wasn’t school, dance, sports, or anything I really had to try at. So between watching Sailor Moon every day, playing my brother’s video games, and makeshifting Barbie clothes together, I guess it was pretty inevitable

Gore Hose: Furthest you've ever gone to cos-play a character(ie Dyed your hair, ect)
Tali: I’ve never done anything really extreme for any characters actually. The only thing I actively do for cosplay is exercise and watch what I eat before a convention, but it has slowly become just part of my lifestyle.

Gore Hose:Favorite Cos-play?
Tali: My favorite to wear is definitely Cammy, and not for the reasons one might think! Cammy is really easy to move in and I get to wear flats all day, so it’s really just so comfortable compared to other costumes. The only thing that might be uncomfortable are the gloves and I’m actively trying to find better ways of making those.
In terms of favorite to look at though, I would have to choose Terra from Final Fantasy VI. I put quite a bit of time into that outfit and even though looking back on it I could have done better I’m still happy with the way it came out.

Gore Hose: Worst Wardrobe malfunction?
Tali: Luckily I’ve never had that kind of problem with most of my costumes, generally I’m careful about it but I guess I’d have to say Black Cat, the bodysuit is a little too tight, so I have to be careful with the way I stand in it sometimes!

Gore Hose: a pastime you enjoy that would surprise people.
Tali:With school the way it is, I definitely don’t have time for real pastimes. I just like to sit back and play video games, watch ridiculous pseudoscience TV shows, and work on cosplay

Gore Hose: As I'm sure you know, a cos-player almost got kicked out of PAX east for particularly revealing costume; what's your opinion on where to draw the line for a convention? Should it be up the Con to set standards ahead of time, should it be determined by what would be normally socially acceptable? Or should it be only up to the Cos-player how much they choose to show; allowing con-goes to let their "Freak flag fly"?

Tali: I heard about this while dealing with the same thing at a different convention across the country and I was just as touchy about it as I am now. I don’t mind that conventions have decency rules, these things aren’t adult centered and shouldn’t be considered to be risqué at all, so if there were indeed complaints against the cosplayer then I understand them asking her to change. I do draw a line when the convention tries to make an example out of the situation by asking her to leave after she had changed a second time into a previously acceptable costume, once there’s a contradiction in their reasoning I feel like that’s now just an attack on her person.

Cosplay has always been known for its cattiness but I really believe that was a perfect example of personal beliefs overruling an agreed on regulation. Unfortunately, it seems like content is more important than context when it comes to girl’s costumes, in other words a girl could be wearing an accurate (albeit revealing) costume but the context or idea behind the costume isn’t offensive ( to the extent of con regulation of course) but a strip of fabric across the hips or between boobs doesn’t change the idea of a character. On the other hand, a girl walking around in fishnets, panties, and a bra is completely acceptable by most con rules! You tell me which is more offensive, an accurate, well crafted depiction of a character or a girl in her underwear that just wants to look “hot” but meets con regulation of coverage.

Of course this also has quite a bit to do with society’s standards and acceptable norms but context of a costume really does mean something and I personally felt that Juliet had every right to be there in her cheerleader outfit as it had been of previously no issue. PAX absolutely has every right to tell any one of their patrons to leave, especially if there truly were complaints against her outfit, but because of such a contradiction in judgement I felt it was more an attack on her and not what she was portraying. I’m sure the girl took it with a grain of salt though and will bounce back as strong as ever.

Gore Hose:  Favorite Pokemon?
Tali: Charmander, since the very beginning.

Gore Hose: Favorite video game series?
Tali: That’s really tough, I have a few favorites but I guess I can narrow it down to either the Silent Hill series, Shadow Hearts 1 and 2, or Resident Evil series!

Gore Hose:  Favorite material to work with building a Cos?
Tali:I definitely do not have a favorite fabric haha but I sure would love to be better with sculpey.

Gore Hose:  Best experince at a con?
Tali:Working at Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo is usually the highlight of con season, sure it’s exhausting but having so many kids shyly coming up to me asking to take pictures with me as Supergirl is really worth it.

Gore Hose: Worst Habit?
Tali:Procrastination for sure, I'm absolutely terrible at getting things started. Luckily I have a very weird talent for always coming through for deadlines at the last second, so at least I recognize and counteract it haha

Wanted to thank the amazing Tali for letting me post these rad pictures and answering my questions!

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Charlottetown Showdown V

           Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3

   Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition 2012

                             SSF4:AE Grand Finals

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Cos-play girl of the Week: Jennfier(Daelyth)


Jennfier is a cos-player and pixel artist from Italy, check her out on Deviant-Art.
The Baroness
B. Orchid

Monday, 2 April 2012

Monday, 26 March 2012

Cos-Play Girl of the Week: Yulie

Yulie AKA One Day Cos-play because she tends to make her Cos-plays on the last possible day, can be found on Deviant Art and

Monday, 19 March 2012

Cos-Play Girl of the Week: Denka

Mai the Queen of Fighters
Denka is a Taiwanese Cos-play who has been cos-playing since 2003, you'll most likely find her on her Deviant-art and Facebook.

Katarina From League of Legends

Friday, 9 March 2012

In Defense of Street Fighter X Tekken

I noticed a lot of drama around the web about Street Fighter X Tekken's on disk DLC, there's a ton of misinformation being spread and I thought it best to shed some light on this controversial topic.  People who are spreading this seem to have no idea how the business side of gaming works or the realities of video game design. Granted I'm no industry insider, but my time speaking with friends working within it has given me a fresh perspective and a better understanding of how the system works.

Creating content is the major cost of video game design it’s why they pay their staff and developers.
They set a budget for the game’s design which is how they determine the game's price, if they pay their team more to work on DLC; then they need to sell the dlc at a profit or they take a loss. A company bleeding cash is a quick way to put a company in the red which costs people jobs.

There’s a period, during video game design, after completing and testing the core game, where it has to be submitted to Microsoft and Sony for approval. The process for approval takes at least 3 months, during this time, the development team, which is no longer able to work on the core game because its being reviewed can be given the opportunity to design DLC. This content can then be added to the disk, so long as it doesn't impact the original game's content in any way.

Companies have a huge advantage when they add DLC to the disk, first; companies like Microsoft charge companies, reportedly, mid-five-figures to release patches for just basic content updates, along with charges for using bandwidth. So it’s pretty clear reasoning why they would put any completed DLC they have on disk during this approval time both to save themselves money and their fan's download time.

 Another reason to add content is the disk, is to remove the likely hood of DLC not working properly online, which was the case with recent game such as Mortal Kombat, where DLC characters wouldn't be available online against people who didn't download the content updates.

When you buy a game you buy it as advertised, buying the disk doesn’t give you any legal right to any extra content stored within. Basically this whole anti-SFxT argument is fundamentally flawed, and frankly a little childish.  The original price of the game only goes towards the game itself, they're not charging you for the DLC in the original game price.

Some ask why didn’t they just wait an extra 3-months or so and release the game with all the DLC characters? There’s two main reason’s for this 1.) This would mean we’d have to wait an extra 3 months for SF X T, which means no one would be playing at home, or at tournaments now. 2.) This would delay the game and raise the basic budget. This would end up costing more to make up for the game being over-budget meaning no one could choose whether or not they wanted to spend extra money on the bonus characters.

Finally, the best reason to buy SF X T, is that it’s already and awesome game, with 38-41 characters from the get-go; which is a ton of unique characters and we’ve got more of these awesome characters on the way-if you choose to buy them. It’s deep and fun to play, although there are some flawed aspects Capcom needs to address especially on the 360 version, the on disk DLC is in all actuality completely reasonable.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Cos-play Girl of the Week: Rosanna Rocha

 Check out Rosanna on face book her Mileena Cos-play has been making waves across the internet lately, and she's definitely a Cos-player to keep your eye on.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Cos-Play Girl of the Week: Nicole Jean

                                     Check her out on Tumblr and Facebook.

Monday, 13 February 2012

Cos-play Girl of the Week: Ara


Ara cos-plays out of the Philippines you can keep up with her on Deviant-Art.

Kelly from bust a Move 2

Monday, 6 February 2012

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Street fighter X Tekken: Megaman and Pac-man Revealed

Unfortunately it seems like they'll only be available to Vita and PS3 users. back-stories at the source.
Source: Capcom-Japan

Monday, 23 January 2012

Cos-Play Girl of the Week: Pamela Colnaghi

Zhen Ji

Pamela currently resides in Italy and has been Cos-playing for over 10 years.Check out her personal Web-page and Deviant Art.

Lei Fang
Jolyne Kujo from Jojo's Bizzarre Adventure