sunnuntai 3. elokuuta 2014

Ropecon 2014- Man that Killed Captain America

Hello and how do you do! It's been a while, but I got some new pictures for you! Last weekend was my all-time  favourite finnish convention, ROPECON. Ropecon is roleplaying convention- in fact, it is one of the largest in the Scandinavia and Europe! While it is not known for its cosplay was well as Desucon or Tracon, there are some flippin' cool cosplay there- one of kind, because these cosplayers rarely venture outside of Ropecon. I actually started my cosplaying in Ropecon 2007, as you might remember from my earlier post and I continued this tradition last year with Scarecrow. Now I used a whole new costume, one I have been itching to put on for a while now, and here it is- Brock Rumlow aka CROSSBONES from Marvel comics, the frequent enemy of Captain America.

@Petri Kuittinen


I also found this little battleaxe from the stands. He looked so sad, all alone- so I decided to pick it up and give it a home! (Hopefully in Roger's head.)

@Lauri Maijala




And I was not alone all the time! At Sunday I found my mates from Tampere Kuplii's Marvel group cosplay, and even some new members to our group in form of Winter Soldier and- Blasted Captain America! I WILL GET YOU NOW!

@Kerttu Vähänen
@Petri Kuittinen- Here I am wearing Shorts-it got too hot!

So as you can see, I had a blast. I saw some very amazing and innovative cosplay, and I post here some links to good galleries of those photoes by some professionals! Next is Tracon again (full circle) and I'm bringing back some of my old costumes and characters- but do not believe that I won't fix them up a little and try something new! So see you in September!

Atte T

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keskiviikko 14. toukokuuta 2014

Cosvision post 2/2 - What did I look like again?

Now's the part of my Cosvision experience that involves pictures- my cosplay! No making-of parts this time, this was done before I even realized it. I went with Marvel comics supervillain called the Hood, real name Parker Robbins. Created by the genius of Brian K. Vaughn, he is the kingpin of New York, but before that he was small-time crook with lots of problems. Then he found red cloak, which gived him various powers, as well boots that allowed him to walk in the air. With new powers, this small-time crook rised up in the criminal society, uniting gangs to do jobs together and split the loot, and soon enough he became leader of hundreds of burglars, drug lords and murderers and of course, dozens of supervillains like the Wrecking crew, Wizard, Hydroman and all the other b-list losers that needed guidance. He has been frequent enemy of Avengers and Spider-man for some 10 years.

Enough about that guy! Here's me!
OH MY GOD what's that face. 


I also found Wolverine, and I wanted to duel him.


So that is that! Next time, it's time for the "big" one- one I have been working for long time and with props made by Headhunter Store. That is for the future, possibly for Hypecon and Ropecon and if I don't have time to do anything else, Tracon.

Atte

tiistai 13. toukokuuta 2014

Cosvision post 1/2: What did I think about it

Hello!

For the first time ever, Cosvision was held in Logomo (venue hall in Turku) last weekend. I was excited- new cons are always fun to check out, and this was specificaly aimed for cosplayers and all the shows were about cosplay, and there were many cosplay competitions. I too, dressed my costume again and headed to Turku. My costume was that of Parker Robbins, aka The Hood from Marvel Comics, regular foe of Avengers and sometimes Spider-Man. I'll make separate post about the costume as soon as I get some photos that don't suck.

Location, location, location

Logomo hall was absolutely fantastic. It was within walking distance of railway station, it had it's own cafe where you could get drinks, sandwhiches and even brunch! All the rooms for panels and workshops were easy to find and were on the same floor. Merchant's are was right there when you walked in, in the big open area- this was one of the first cons ever in Finland where you didn't have to use elbows to get to buy stuff! There was no problem with ventilation either- the rooms were nice and cool even if you were wearing heavy cloak. And above all- there were dressing rooms. Normally they are restricted to the cosplay competitors, but now I could just walk there and adjust my cape (and try out t-shirt so I would not buy to small, tee hee!) and there were masking tape, needles and other tools for fixing your costume.

  I wana buy that-and that-and.....

Okay, so the merchant's area was great-but what about the merchants? In Finland, there are always the same people selling the same stuff at most of the cons, save for the Ropecon and Helsinki Comic Festival. Urumi selling their anime-manga merchandise, t-shirt vendors with too small shirts, those guys selling katana-umbrellas and goth stuff and so on. But there is always one who does not let you down. Headhunter Store and Dean Clayton at it's helm. We chatted about movies and figures like we always do, and I bought  home big Iron Man figure and some small minifigures. If you like Doctor Who, Aliens, Assasins Creed, Batman, Marvel, Terminator, Hellraiser, He-Man or old horror movies- you better call Dean!
There were also Bard&Jester store at present, who sell Steampunk/Leatherpunk esque stuff. I have not seen them outside Ropecon, and I was glad to see them expand. There is also Artist's Alley, where you could buy awesome art pieces made by amateur artists. I bought awesome Jon Snow and Ghost-piece, and wooden fox-pin for my mother as a mother's day gift! My favourite thing was the Venom plush I bought- it so cute I can't even!


"We are tonight's entertainment!"

I went to only two shows- mostly because there where nothing that interesting going on, and I knew that Cosplay competition would have super-long lines. But I am glad that I chose them! First one was by one of the honor quests, Kairi from Poland. She talked about preparing for Cosplay show, and it was really great! Simple and effective ways of getting your own and your buddies act together, and I liked how she told not to be too soft with these thing: "You have to think that everybody in the audience is dumb." I liked that, and undestand the point behind it. I later met her at the floor, and her Black Canary cosplay was great! I was pleased to find that she was DC comics fan, and we quickly chatted about New 52 -line of DC comics and cosplay. She was really nice person!


Other show was concert by Sherlock Holmes. Yeah! Violinist was cosplaying Sherlock from the BBC:s Sherlock-tv series,a nd she played violin parts to songs from TV-series, games and movies- I really liked it, and it was serene moment in otherways busy day of running around. I especially loved Sephiroth, Paprika and Cowboy Bebob pieces. And she was playing them from memory alone!

What a day

So that covers my Cosvision saturday. I met some of my friends from Marvel-cosplay at Tampere kuplii, ate some very good Karelian pasty and had a blast! I really liked Cosvision, and I hope it is held again next year! Fanfest was another new convention that was held in last November, but it is probably not coming back this year. Let's hope that does not happen to this time!

tiistai 6. toukokuuta 2014

About time already! Tampere Kuplii 2014

Hello, my adoring masses of readers. I haven't put anything here yet about the cosplay experience known as Tampere Kuplii comic festival 2014. To me, Tampere Kuplii is finland's second most important event of the year, losing only to Ropecon. And it is also my favourite place to cosplay- it is open event with lots of people just passing by, not just geeks like me, and reactions to costumes are always funny! This year, I decided to take the cosplay to next level by making armor. Granted, it doesn't look much and kinda broke after the day, but it was experience to make it, and I look forward making armor again!

Here's some photos from the process:

It is cardboard model for the bracer. I made the final one from foam. And tape. LOTS of tape

Bracers and leg guardians. Also shows my awesome taping skills. And my Chaos Daemons codex.

And that's about for the making-of part. I regret that I took so few photos about the project.

But forgive me for saying this: I look friggin' awesome!




But I was not alone! We had a little Marvel group cosplay, with plethora of great characters! I was very excited for this, and it turned out great! I made lot of new friends and memories of that day are best I will ever have!



We even had a panel about forming the group and why did we choose these characters and about making the costumes. We had largest number of spectators in that hall that day! Success!


Thats about it for the Tampere Kuplii Comic Festival  2014! Next weekend is Cosvision in Turku, and I'm about done for the next costume. Expect pics here soon, and don't forget to check my other blog for more about Tampere Kuplii!

Atte

















sunnuntai 13. lokakuuta 2013

Captain Boomerang Here

Oujeah. Tracon 8 oli ja meni jo melkein kuukausi sitten. Olihan se taas ihan hauskaa, vaikka velikulta ja rannalla ruikuttamaan, kun ei noita rannekkeita riittänyt enään ovella. Noh, tällaista tapahtuu. Itse vietin kutakuinkin mainion viikonlopun Tampere-talossa, jutellen, luentoja kuunnellen ja harhaillen. Ja tietenkin myös pukeutuen. Tällä kertaa oli aika liikkua pois Batmanin rikollisten galleriasta ja siirtyä aivan uuteen porukkaan- Flashin Rogues-jengiin. 'Ello, mate.

Puvun vaiheita

Pukuhan on kaikin puoli aika pirun simppeli. Sininen paita, mustat housut, suikka, valkoinen huivi ja mustat hanskat. Sininen paita perustui pitkähihaiseen t-paitaan, johon ennen yhteenompelua painettiin kangavärillä valkoisia bumerangin kuvia. (Note to self-tee seuraava Arvuuttaja-puku samalla tavalla.) 



Valkoinen huivi oli vain kaksi huivia ommeltuna yhteen. Simple as that. Mustat hanskat syntyivät kaikesta alkukankeudesta huolimatta helposti-pari mustia sormekkaita kävivät tähän hyvin. Suikan kanssa syntyikin ongelma. Aluksi en ollut löytää sellaista mistään, mutta lopulta Orivedeltä löytyi kodinkone-kauppa jossa oli halpa suikka. Postimaksu tosin oli naurettava, ja hattu saapui perjantaina ennen 'conia. Sighh.

Ostin myös bumerangin netistä, mutta väänsin pahvista vielä pari sarjakuva-henkistä bumerangia.



"Their powers combined, I became CAPTAIN PLA- eikun siis KAPTEENI BUMERANGI"

kuva @Ninni Vidgren

Semmonen tuli. Ihan kyllä onnistui, vaikka hahmo oli niin pirun obscure että ei sitä paljon kukaan tunnistanut, paitsi Tuovisen veljekset Arkkikivi-kustantamolta ja pari individuaali. Meillä piti olla myös DC-ryhmäcosplay, johon toivoin enemmänkin osallistujia kuin kahta. Paikanpäällä yritin vielä hakea Jokereita ja Harley Quinneja mukaan, mutta ilman tulosta. Loppujen lopuksi me taistelimme Keystonen tulevaisuudesta kahdestaan:

@Helene Lindfors

Kaiken kaikkiaan, hauska cosplay. Seuraavaksi vuorossa varmaankin Yukicon, jonne olen menossa ohjelmaa pitämään. Ajattelin että aiheen voisi hyvin yhdistää pukuun. Se onkin sitten viimeinen DC-cosplay vähään aikaan, sen lupaan. Waugh waugh!

sunnuntai 8. syyskuuta 2013

Ye olde times

I mentioned in my first text that I could show you guys pics of my old costumes. Since I said that, I suppose I should fulfill it. BEHOLD!


I think it was Ropecon 2007. Tite Kubo's manga Bleach was pretty big deal to me back then (not anymore, god no) and Yumichika Ayasegawa was one of my favourite characters. So this was born. Costume was home-made, but the sword was made by a prop-maker I met at Naruto.fi. It was amazing-wood, weighted like a ton and all the blades were separated and moved. It was amazing.


Ah, a classic. Made to Animecon 2008 literally two days before the 'con. Character is from anime Ouran High School host club, and it is handpuppet called Beelzeneff. Yes, I admit-I pretended to be a handpuppet. It was great fun, though. It was funny to see other people's faces behind the mask, and I even found the owner of the puppet, Nekozawa.
Muahahahahah!
Then came long period of nothingness. In Gymnasium, I lost almost all interest in anime and manga. Then, at the senior year, we had this shindig/masquerade called Penkkarit. We had a theme, and that theme was Superheroes. When you're overweight, you don't have many superHEROES that are same body-type as you. But, I managed to find and make me a pretty rocking suit after all:


The Thing. My old hoodie covered in pieces of cardboard painted orange, hockey gloves and mask over head. It was awesome, even if I do say so myself. It was warm enough, for we toured our hometown in a back of a truck throwing candy to schools and daycares. One of my schoolmates was not so lucky-he was He-Man, with only the belts and fur-speedo.

After I graduated from Gymnasium, I started my Siviilipalvelus (Civilian service, alternate for army) and I had reconnected with my love for western comics. I bought and read lots of comics-Batman mostly, but also Scott Pilgrim, Justice League, Avengers and Hellboy. And since I wore that Thing-costume, I ad this knack in my head, to cosplay again. And I followed that knack. 


Tampere Kuplii-comics festival 2012 granted me a great opportunity for this. Jonathan Crane, aka Scarecrow from Batman was my choice. Easily my best costume ever. Simple to make (except maybe for the mask), easy to wear and looked totally awesome. I even took part in costume contest. I didn't win, but I sure had a blast! I used this costume again at Ropecon 2013 this year.

After success, I started planning more. Mad Hatter, Two-Face, Penguin-there where many ideas! I finally settled to one. To know it, you only need to look up! Can you guess? Not yet? Give up!



Yes. Edward Nygma aka the Riddler! Riddler is one of my favourite characters ever, and I looked forward making this costume. I made it for Tracon 2012. It was pretty simple-I just needed Green smoking jacket. Bowler hat I already had, and I made the questionmark-cane myself. In the end, it was OK. I kinda failed in the question marks at coat, but I still had a great day! I took part to cosplay-show, where you had this three-minute long skit. Behold: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NYxbDoudJs




Now we are here, at the treshold. Tracon 2013 is next weekend, and my costume is still in the works. Pictures come when I got something worth of sharing. 

Atte T






keskiviikko 4. syyskuuta 2013

What's all this, then?


Yup, that's about all I like about cosplay. To be someone different, someone that is not a real thing. Something more than overweight, jobless nobody who has no direction in his life.

Yeah, that's me. My name is Atte. I live in Finland, and I'm currently trying to get to university to study religion. I hope someday, that I could be a teacher, and educating young people about religions and why we need to study them. On the other hand, I possibly would be much happier if I could work at the Fantasiapelit (Local nerd store) and just make costumes for conventions. And go to a Comic-con.

I read LOTS of comics. DC, Marvel, Darkhorse, Donald Duck, Finnish independent comics, manga and stuff. DC and Marvel are the gateway to a more exciting and purer world, where people stand up for each other. Donald Duck is hero of my childhood. Manga-well, nowadays I just read One Piece and Vinland Saga, but they are different kind of world, where everything is possible. Comics are my wormhole out of depressing, oppressing reality. And when I Cosplay, I go in there.

I'm overweight. I weight almost 300 pounds (that's 140 kilos for us), and I'm quite tall, 6'3'' (193 cm) so that makes it a little better. I have not always been overweight. And I have been trying to loose weight. But I'm big dude anyway. I have trouble sitting on a bus because my legs are so frigging tall. I can't buy clothes from normal supermarkets, because they have the sizes only for normal people. Every time I win a t-shirt or hoodie, I can't wear it because it's too small. And that's bloody annoying.

And I get the look when I cosplay. Couple of years ago, I had this Riddler costume. it was super fun day. I even entered the Cosplay-show and had a blast. But for some people, that is not good thing. I get the look. I can't be Riddler, I'm not lanky or thin. Same deal with Scarecrow. He is supposed to be thin man, you're a fucking bear. And I don't like it. It's like I'm some kind of joke to other cosplayers, who look like models and stuff. At first, I got bit depressed for it. It didn't encourage to plan for next con's. But I got over it. I'm big, so what?  Maybe I was home when there was food, but that doesn't mean I can't have fun while cosplaying someone not overweight.

TLDR-this is Cosplay log for an overweight cosplayer-C'est moi. I will post pictures of my old costumes, and update from the upcoming costumes. I will happily take any helps and tips from you readers, and look forward for your comments about the costumes.

Atte T.

PS. Watch the Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope. It is the best thing ever.