Friday, October 12, 2012

V-Con 37 Report Part 1

A few months ago my wife and I tossed the idea around of going to V-Con or Cos & Effect, two conventions held in Vancouver, BC. As we live in Victoria, on a island, and have no vehicle or drivers licence, transportation was an issue for either.

We have been to Tsukino Con, a Victoria anime convention for the last few years. Her as a vendor of costumes and corsets, me as a Cosplay Photographer and staff member, media relations. Something different and away from home seemed to be in order. Costs were weighed and time considered. It was felt that the late September date of V-Con 37 gave better preparation time, and a venue that may react better to the clothing she creates.

The dealers room was set to open at noon on Friday and all estimates had us arriving at the hotel no earlier than 2pm, so we departed on Thursday. Up at 5am, breakfast, final check of items and out the door at 6am. Standing waiting, we had a lovely view of Venus before sunrise then transit zipped us downtown to catch the Pacific Coach Lines bus.

On the ferry I spotted a couple of Harbour Seals in the water, and there was a P.A. call of a Humpback Whale on the Starboard side. Everyone hurried over to see, one girl even commented that the ship was likely to tip over with everyone rushing to one side. After five minutes of peering at the ocean and scanning the waters for no signs of the elusive whale, we returned to our seats. Early morning fog/smog greeted us in the Salish Sea, but dissipated before we docked.

The ride into Vancouver was pleasant, but met with a bit of aggravation for the driver as we were detoured around construction near the Vancouver Hotel, only to have the detour lifted as we approached from a different direction. Arrived at the Pacific Central Building, the terminus for the bus, and headed across the street to the Main St. Skytrain Station. Its been a few years since I've been to Vancouver and I thought all the stations had escalators for some reason. As I couldn't see one at ground level I thought I'd have to carry two large and heavy bags up a pile of stairs to the platform. As I hoisted them up a pleasant elderly chinese woman pointed out that there was an elevator in the corner, problem solved.

Once on the Skytrain we found a place to stand, as most of the seats were taken, but after a few stops a two seat bench opened up and we moved over. Our luggage took up the aisle and blocked a few people in, so I was quite prepared to move things as people needed. I held the handles of both bags, just to prevent them from tipping. Everyone and and everything was good until three guys looking like construction day labourers got on. Right away they were talking loud at each other and yelling. The older of the three, looking hispanic and in his mid-fifties with droopy-drunk eyes moved into a seat my bag were blocking, and kept trying to get me to agree with his side of the argument. I just made non-committal nods and tried to ignore him. At a few points one of the younger two would tell the older one to sit down and shut up, "I you get me kicked off the Skytrain again, I'm gonna pound you so hard!"

Truth to tell I was less worried about their argument and the potential for a fight, than I was that this was part of a distraction to steal luggage from some wealthy tourists. Not that I'm by any means wealthy, but the luggage was brand new. I had a death grip on both bags for the remainder of the trip. The youngest of the group got off and things calmed down, a bit, and the other two started talking about what stop to get off at and they agreed the Surrey Central was the one they needed, so did we. A quick whisper to my wife and we agreed to go a stop further, to distance ourselves.

Once off the Skytrain at King George Station we found a Taxi and headed for the Hotel. We had budgeted $20 for the ride from the closer station, but now knew it may cost more. Along the ride I asked the driver if he could recommend and places to eat near the Sheraton Guilford Hotel. He rambled off a good dozen places in his thick East Indian accent, but I caught the gist of it all, 152nd was where all the restaurants were, all within a seven minute walk. Arriving at the Hotel the meter in the cab said $12.79, but seeing as he was so helpful and the meter lower than we expected, I agreed with my wife and made the total $20.

Thursday, October 11, 2012



This new series from the creators of the short lived series Eli Stone, has gotten a lot of hype over the summer. For good reason. It has everything a good comic book based series needs to succeed today. Action, drama, hope, off-kilter moral compass and of course, eye-candy.

The previews were apatite-wetting teasers, including the San Diego Comic Con comic that gave eight pages of lead-up story. I have been looking forward to this show since last year when I heard they were shooting the pilot in Vancouver, with a bit here in Victoria.

Now that the pilot has aired, I have to say I quite enjoyed it. The opening sequence got the action going, with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell 5) running parkour-style across his little Island to light a signal fire, with a flaming arrow from 1000 ft away. Once he's rescued by the Chinese fishermen, the show has him quickly back in his home town of Starling City (why not Seattle?), but not everyone is happy to see him.

Business rivals of his father, Robert Queen, (James Sheridan 0), start trying to find out what he knows. An abduction of Oliver and his friend Tommy Merlyn (Colin Donnell 0) causes the first appearance of the man in a green-hood. The fight scene reminds me of something from The Black Widow in The Avengers, but that movie wasn't even out when this pilot was shooting. Back at home Oliver, Tommy and Moira Queen ( Susanna Thompson 13) talk with the police about a sketch of the man-in-the-green-hood (sketch by Green Arrow artist Mike Grell). Detective Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne 52) dismisses the sketch, and Oliver and Tommy's version of events, until businessman/criminal kingpin Adam Hunt (Brian Markinson 76) has a threatening encounter with the same hooded figure.

While the police, headed by Detective Lance (why is a detective heading a police protection force?), and Hunt await 10pm, the time of Arrow's deadline for $40Million to be deposited into a bank account. Tommy is hosting a massive welcome home party with a huge crowd. Perfect for Oliver to disappear into while making his attack on Hunt, then reappearing in as Lance and the PD storm in to investigate.

John Barrowman
At the end of the episode we get a twist, in the form of Moira also being desperately interested in what her son learned from his father.

Now that it's here, I have every intention of watching and enjoying the adventures of Oliver Queen. Watch for Doctor Who's John Barrowman to show up as a "well dressed man" in a reoccurring role, and name drops like "Judge Grell", a reference to Mike Grell, writer/artist/painter Green Arrow: Longbow Hunters.

I'm curious why the show's IMDB listing is so poorly lacking in information.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Medusa Playing Cards

I have watched Wen Yu Li's art on DeviantArt for over eight years and he's always been amazing. I even featured his art and an interview in a e-zine I did called Dimensions.

Since then he's been lead illustrator with Anima, a RPG and Card Game at Cipher Studios. Now Cipher Studios and Wen are producing a playing card deck with art by Wen.

The detail is amazing and the project is ready to go to print with the American Playing Card Company (APCC) makers of Bicycle®, Hoyle® and Bee® playing cards. The risks in this project are as negligible as possible, respected company, completed work, over 60% funded in 7 days.

Free shipping to Canada and the USA for a $10 pledge gets you a pack of cards, usable in all kinds of places.

Wen M art 2004

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Season 1 Episode 1 **

Tomorrow night the premier episode for CBS' new series Elementary airs, but the trailers have already garnered a fair amount of criticism. The biggest thing against the show is the character names. 

I haven't seen one criticism  for the fact that we don't need another detective / crime-drama series. I haven't seen much made about the story or script, other than places where this series is Sherlock Holmes and Watson

We already have two versions of this in popular media, the Robert Downey Jr. film franchise and the Steven Moffat produced / Benedict Cumberbatch lead miniseries on BBC. Both are true enough to Sir Conan Doyle’s original version that a divergent version, coming to modern day New York and replacing Watson with a female, is unwanted by the biggest fans. The series already has a 60% disapproval rating on YouTube, and that's before it hits the air. 

Having seen the full episode I can say it reads very much like any other crime drama. What will set this series apart from Gil Grissom, Columbo or Monk? Will it be the Lucy Liu played female co-worker? Nope, Monk and Grissom both had that. Will it be the quirkiness of the lead character played by Jonny Lee Miller? Nope, Columbo and Monk not to mention Law & Order's Robert Goren, were far quirkier. We'll have to watch the show to see, but if they don't establish it in the first few episodes, this may just be the series that Golden Boy replaces in the post-Christmas part of the season.

Monday, September 24, 2012

666 Park Avenue


ABC has the spooky feel on this show that's just right for the Fall season. It even includes Terry O'Quinn {69} as the mysterious, in control, owner, Gavin Doran, of the Drake Apartments at 666 Park Avenue.

There is a bit of a mystery to the goings on at the huge old tenement. Young couple Jane (Rachael Taylor {109}) and Henry have just moved in and as Henry (Dave Annable {1}) works for the Mayor's Office, Jane has just gotten the job of Manager of the building. Jane is a snoopy type and while Gavin seems to be upto devilish work, you'd think he'd not want her getting into things that she shouldn't be seeing. Contrarily, he appears to welcome it.

This is a good start to a series, but not really my thing, so you may not see it here again.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Hobit-Trailer 2

What can I say about the second trailer for the most Unexpected Journey that Peter Jackson 313 will take us on? Amazing!
Visuals, sets, costumes, make-up, cgi, everything is right at the top of his game. I expect Globe and Oscar nominations in nearly every category, how can they not? 

Apparently a second piece of Peter Jackson related news hit the net today to, this Doctor Who related. 

BoingBoing reported that Matt Smith was interviewed by New Zealand's The Waikato Times in which he stated that he'd love to visit New Zealand to shoot an episode of the show, and while they're all there, how great would it be if Peter Jackson was in the director's chair?

"I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film Doctor Who,'... Let's get Peter Jackson to direct, and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there."

When asked by The Waikato Times for comment, Jackson said:

"I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt's fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I'll be there!"

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Hansel and Gretel--Trailer

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters takes place 15 years after the siblings' incident at the gingerbread house. The two are now specialized bounty hunters looking to put down the cackling black-hat set.

Coming January 11, 2013 from Paramount Pictures and director Tommy Wirkola 0. Staring Jeremy Renner 311, Gemma Arterton 126 and Famke Janssen 199.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Arrow - Trailer

The CW released a newish trailer for the up-coming series Arrow. Based on the DC comic book Green Arrow the series follows Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), who has been stranded on an island for five years, as he returns to his beloved home-town, only to discover that a criminal element has infected the metropolis of Starling City. Donning a hood and a bow and arrow, billionaire playboy Queen, goes after the criminal element Batman style, in green.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Cosplay for 04/29/12

Cosplay By: Anya Panda
Cosplay of: Mega Man's Roll
Photo By: Sheilo
Location: Sakura Con, Seattle, USA
SAK 13

Cosplay By: Federmon / Schpog
Cosplay of: DC Comics' Impulse (Bart Allen) / Supergirl (Kon-Elle)
Photo By: Glasmond
Location: Munich, Germany
GR 10

Cosplay of: League of Ledgend's Caitlyn
Photo By: Ymmot 392
Location: Sakura
Sak 16

Cosplay of: My Little Pony's Rarity
Photo By: Ymmot 392
Location: Sakura
Sak 16

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cospay for 04/22/12

Cosplay By: Skirtz
Cosplay of: Nintendo's Princess Peach in Steampunk
Photo By: Ashley Anderson Photography
Location: Sakura Con 2012
SAK 15

Cosplay By: Christalyn Darkstar
Cosplay of: Peacock Princess
Photo By: Mary Elam
Costume By: Lillyxandra

Cosplay By: Kana
Cosplay of: Ragnarok Online's Alice
Photo By: Leashed Freak

Cosplay By: Kana
Cosplay of: Vocaloid 's Miku
Photo By: Niru

Cosplay By: TheChainmailChick
Cosplay of: Star Wars' Twi'lek
Photo By: Anna Fischer
Location:  Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando , USA
FL 11

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cosplay for 04/15/12

Cosplay By: Tobias McCurry
Cosplay of: Steampunk
Photo By: Devona Felgar
Location: Sakura Con, Seattle, Washington, USA

Cosplay By: Shotalicious
Cosplay of: My Little Pony's Princess
Photo By: Zoey
Location: Sakura Con, Seattle, Washington, USA
SAK 12

Cosplay By: NemoValkyrja
Cosplay of: Outlaw Star's Melfina
Photo By: Eurobeat King
Location: Anime Expo
AEx 11

Cosplay By: Michiko KojimaSaru-chan
Cosplay of: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt's Officers Anarchy Panty & Stocking
Photo By: Photosynthetique
Location: Anime Detour 2012
AD 12/14

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Cosplay for 04/08/12

Cosplay By: Sasouri & Rayi-kun
Cosplay of: Black Swan's Odile & Odette
Photo By: theDevil
Location: Leipzig Bookfair, Germany
GR 12/11

Cosplay By: Endless Sama
Cosplay of: .Hack's Black Rose
Photo By: Emerald Coast Cosplay
Location: Momocon 2012, Georgia, USA
GA 10

Cosplay By: Callesto
Cosplay of: Brave's Merida
Photo By: Joits
Location: Anime LA, California, USA
ALA 12

Cosplay by:  Shimada Yoko, Janean Hickson,  Alex Rodriguez,  Allison Peare,
Logan Dumonceaux and Cam Buckingham
Cosplaying as: Anne Rice's Armand, Daniel, Louie, Claudia, Lestat and Marius in the background
Photo By: Don McCakill
Location: Tsukino Con 2012, Victoria, Canada
TSU 12/5/10/11/8

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Cosplay for 04/01/12

Cosplay by: Lightning Str0m and TranquilChaos
Cosplay of: The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark
Photo By: Don McCakill
Location: Tsukino Con 2012, Victoria,Canada

Cosplay of: Tin Tin and Snowy
Photo By: David Ngo
Location: Wondercon 2012, Anaheim, California
Cutest Little Tin Tin ever

Cosplay of: Mass Effect 2's Samara
Photo By: David Ngo
Location: Wondercon 2012, Anaheim, California

Cosplay of: Steampunk Flash
Photo By: David Ngo
Location: Wondercon 2012, Anaheim, California
Steampunk version of DC Comics Flash

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cosplay for 03/25/12

Cosplay By: Lim Scarlet
Cosplay of: Marvel's Iron Man mark IV
Photo By: maneki-husky
Location: Senayan City, Jakarta, Indonesia


Cosplay By: Karenscarlet
Cosplay of: Hary Potter's Hermione Granger
Photo By: Fortuna
Location: Russia
RU 10

Cosplay By: Rukiii
Cosplay of: Underworld's Selene
Photo By: civic97

Cosplay By: Vickybunnyangel
Cosplay of: Vocaloid's Miku Hatsune
Photo By: Jack Liu
Location: Russia
RU 12

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Cosplay for 03/18/12

Cosplay by: Vannessa and Samantha McDonald
Cosplay of: Marvel's Black Widow and DC's Harley Quinn
Photo By: Jason Tice
Location: Tsukino Con 2012, Victoria, Canada
naughty red-head cleavage cat-suit
TSU 9/16

Cosplay by: Zaya Spif
Cosplay of: Resident Evil's Jill Valentine
Photo By: ZiggyB
Location: Anime Expo 2010, L.A., USA
naughty blond cleavage cat-suit
AEX 13

Cosplay by: Yaya Han
Cosplay of: Granado Espada's Wizard
Photo By: Ash B
Location: Katsucon 18, D.C., USA
purple cleavage long dress
Kats 13

Cosplay by: Push Sama
Cosplay of: White Rock Shooter
Photo By: Anna Frolova
Location: Russia
RU 13