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This One’s for the Girls!

17 Oct

This is for all of the geek ladies out there. Halloween is a great time because you can always look forward to dressing up as your favorite super-heroine and going out to parties or what not, right? The big question is this: why do costume companies feel the need to slut up the costumes?

We’re geeks, we know that if the gals in the comics were real they would be anatomically lacking proportion and the outfits they’re wearing are completely impractical. Still we accept it as we read comics because it’s fun. There’s something empowering about a woman in a tight leather or spandex outfit and heels beating on some thug at least twice her size. Still the question remains, why make those costumes any skimpier than they already are?
The other part of that is they make slutty versions of the guy superhero costumes too. No one is going to believe that just because you’re wearing a shiny red mini skirt and yellow glasses that you’re Iron Man.
The girl versions of the guy costumes are awful only in that you’re going to spend the entire time explaining who you are because while the colors are the same as the male counterparts, that’s pretty much it.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not prudes by any sense, just kind of comic purists. Why degrade something that is seen as an icon? We know Wonder Woman’s classic outfit is skimpy we get that and we’re okay with it. However, the costume companies managed to make it even skimpier.
Granted that pretty much all super-heroines look like they could be Victoria’s Secret models, but that doesn’t mean it should look like that’s where they got their costumes from.
We know that super-heroines are sexy. They have to be really. They’re the femme fatale; the sexy dangerous woman who you pray is on your side. They’re mysterious and beautiful and their costumes show off what a strong woman they are. Those are just basic components to a super-heroine. It’s also that much more humiliating for the villain when they get their butt kicked by a good looking woman.
The costumes that are being put out on the shelf in stores don’t seem to represent any of that. Also if you live in Northeast part of the US where it gets cold in October those costumes don’t help. Perhaps it best to take a page out of a cosplayers book and simply make your own costume.

What do you think about these costumes? We want to here from you geekettes and geeks. What’s your vote?

The game is afoot! Comic Con Express, Mumbai – Cosplay Chaos and Coolness!!

7 Oct

Dear Addicts,

Click to view in it’s full-sized glory!

If you thought that Batman, Scarecrow, Wonder Women, Wolverine, Jafar, Joker and all the other awesome character – wonderfully donned by our very sporty Cosplayers in Delhi – were good, then you’re in for a joy ride my friend, coz Comic Con Express Mumbai has declared the gaming season!
If the response in Delhi was a pleasant surprise for you, this one will be nothing short of Brahmic Bliss.
Mumbai’s first ever Comic Convention – Comic Con Express has announced the Costume Contest open!!!
Click for full, glorious detail!

Oct-22 and 23, 2011, Mumbai will be the culmination of the glorious cosplay culture from all across India.

You will not only get to meet like-minded geeks, fellow fanboys (and girls, of course), be popular and cash in your 15 minutes of fame – as Mr. Warhol predicted – and overall have super fun, you can ALSO win some totally mind-blowing PRIZES!!!
Yes, you heard me right! So if you yell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and break into a jiggy jazzy dance, I wouldn’t really blame you. I’d have done the same, if I wasn’t dance impaired!

So take out those threads, those sewing needles and machines, spandex rolls, capes, hats, overcoats, swords, guns, claws, lasers and anything else you have been stashing for years and get down to it, coz one thing is for sure! None of us Addicts are going down without a hell of a fight!

Wonder Bai and I’ll see you there Bub.

Yours,
Fellow Addict. 

Comic Con through Campfire and brimstone!

22 Sep
 

Campfire’s experience at the last Comic Con
At Comic Con Delhi ’10
Fifteen thousand comic book fans gathered together in Delhi for India’s first ever comic con. The two-day convention was a phenomenal success, far exceeding the expectations of both the organisers (Twenty Onwards Media) and the participants.
Campfire graphic novels, for example, raked in more revenue during the first day of the comic con than in 10 days at the 2010 Delhi Book Fair.

Awesome covers! (Click for wallpaper size)
As it was an event that focused on Comics, the response was phenomenal. Campfire launched its Indian Mythology series at the Con, including ‘Sita: Daughter of the Earth’, ‘Ravana: Roar of the Demon King’ and ‘The Offering: The Story of Ekalavya and Dronacharya’.
The titles were sold remarkably well and the demands of the comic afficandos were impressive.
Mumbai next.
Speaks for itself I think!
We look forward to the next innings of Comic Con happening in Mumbai next month. We have a large readership in Mumbai and we are eagerly waiting to meet our fans there. We have added a large collection of titles in our Biography and Originals category, apart from the titles we showcased in the last Con.
With new titles like ‘Nelson Mandela’, ‘Ali Baba and the forty thieves: Reloaded’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘Muhammad Ali’ on the stands, we are planning to launch our forthcoming Classic ‘The Jungle Book’.
We have also planned something special for the launch, which will only be disclosed at the event.
Comic Con and the Comic Industry
Comic Con is a perfect platform to keep the Indian comic culture alive. As we all know that the Indian comic market is still in a fairly nascent stage and events like these are very important for the growth and success of the industry.

A Look at Heroes and Villians Yet to Come; Your Thoughts?

8 Aug

There have been a lot of images coming out on the net lately to tease us geeks about upcoming film projects. We at Comic Addicts have gathered up the latest to share with you. So here they are – Heroes and Villains coming soon to the big screen.

And while you view and contemplate, what are your thoughts to these probing questions:

Does Andrew Garfield seem as though he’ll make a good Spider-Man?

Do you prefer this costume to Toby Maguire’s Spider-Man costume?

Are you looking forward to seeing the old fashioned web-shooters or did you prefer the organic web-shooters Raimi came up with?


What do you think about the look of the new Bane?

How do you think Nolan is going to tweak his origin?

What is up with that thing on his face?

Did he perhaps consult Hannibal Lecter for fashion tips?

What do you think of this costume (so far) as opposed to the one in the comics?

How do you think Tom Hardy is going to do as the famed villain who brought down Batman?

How is the venom drug going to work? You can’t see tubes going into his head here. Will they use Venom at all?

Is this costume going to work for an iconic character like Catwoman?

Do you feel Anne Hathaway going to make a good Catwoman?

Sure she’s pretty, but will she have the sultry-ness and moves to bring out the feisty edge that is signature for the character?

Overall, how excited are you to see the Dark Knight Rises?

And last but not least:

What do you think of this take on the Superman costume?

Do you think Henry Cavill looks the part of the Man of Steel?

How do you think he’ll do as Superman and Clark Kent?

Tell us what you think about these pictures as well as adding your thoughts to one or two of the questions we’ve posed to you about each one. After all, we comic geeks are in this together!

London Anime Con cometh…

8 Jun
London Anime Con, the home for all British and European anime and gaming fans is being hosted in… er…  London (D’oh!) taking place on Saturday 30th July and Sunday 31st July!




It’s just £10 per day from midday to midnight (or an amazing £15 for both days if you Register & pay now).

The following events are being slotted this year:

Watch Anime
SIX Video Game Tournaments
Manga Workshops
Art Stalls
Buy Anime & Manga Goodies
Pub Quiz
Cosplay Masquerade
Card Gaming
Cosplay Auction
Live Music
Dub That Anime
DDR Tournament
The Clan Battle
Cosplay Workshops
J-Culture Talks
Guests
Epic Parties!
MUCH MUCH MORE!

A bunch of Cosplayers from last year’s con
Here is a quick extract to satiate your curiosity
What is London Anime Con?
London Anime Con is a fun and friendly anime and gaming convention that takes place in the UK. Originally starting out as a smaller-idea set in a bar, it is now a fully-fledged 1,000+ person two-day event.

What are the prices?

Lots of different options –
Two Day Pass – £15 (£20 on the door)
One Day Pass – £8 (£10 on the door)
Evening Only Pass (6pm onward) – £4 (£5 on the door)
Accommodation – £19 a night

What do I get if I pay beforehand?

Guaranteed Entry, Early entry at 11am and a free Conbook. Price is also 20% less than on the door.

Can I not register and just pay on the day?

Yes, you can. It costs £10 per-day for on the day entry (so £20 for the two days). There is no need to pre-register or pre-pay for this. Note that we can not guarantee entry, but we will always make a front-page announcement if it looks likely we are going to sell out.

Why 18+ only?

Due to the downstairs of the venue being a bar and due to it’s licensing, we can only allow 18+ only to this event.

Ahem! And you wonder why is it 18+???

How Often Does London Anime Con take place?
For 2011 we will be a bi-annual convention, taking place in February and again at the end of July.

What are my options for accommodation?
You have two options for staying over. You can – 1. Stay with us at our hostel where we have a large group booking. Cost is low at just £38 for two nights and £55 for three nights due to it being a hostel and thereby dorm accommodation. It is about 25 minutes tube journey away from the venue, and you can book it with us when you register.
2. Book your own hotel. We recommend checking out

A couple of cute cosplayers from the last con

What time is the last tube back from the venue?
The tube station closes at about 12:15am, so you should be able to stay until the end (ie: midnight) provided you leave quickly and your hotel is on the same line (so Kings Cross would be fine). If your hotel is further away, then to be safe, we would recommend leaving at about 11:30pm to guarantee you can get your connection.
Of course, if the worst comes to it, there are usually 24 hour buses at all times. We recommend checking out the journey planner on
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/ (the official travel for london website). If you need help on the day getting back, then please ask our front-desk and we can help map out your route, or provide you with a taxi number if need be.

I have a problem, where do I go?

To the ops & registrations desk at the front of the building where you first come in. We are also available via phone on 07958 620946

I’m cosplaying with a weapon that may be dangerous. Is this okay?

Make sure to read the cosplaying rules here first. All weapons will be checked by the cosplay organisers and if they consider it as a risk to others we will send you to Ops where it will be stored. If you going to be part of the cosplay masquerade you will be able to pick it up but must return it to us to look after or keep it in your own room.

Another cosplaying couple

So anyone in and around London, DO go to the London Anime Con. We can bet it would be fun, frolic and exciting. Comic Addicts will cover the event (in all probability) and we will share our experiences with you post the event. In the meanwhile, feel free to check out the London Anime Con website, question us, inform us, interact with us and let the play go on…

STEWARTS SLATE: THE MCM EXPO WAS GREAT! TOO BAD THE SECURITY GUYS WERE ASS CLOWNS!!!

30 May

Angry rant by Stewart Loud

I attended London’s May MCM Expo convention at the Excel center this weekend and, man, it was a fantastic three days! Most of you have probably seen the hundreds of pictures of the wide variety of incredible cosplayers and stalls at the event that I’ve posted on our facebook page, but that’s not what I’m writing about today. No, today I’m writing about how I had my wrist band taken away from me on the final day and got refused entry for the rest of the event. Like so many of the events in my life, the disappointment and sadness has quickly turned to bitter resentment and anger. I didn’t think it would help much at the time if I argued with the apes on security or the MCM official who explained in great detail how it was all my fault so I’ve decided to vent my frustration by writing about it and you lot can make of it what you will.

I bought a weekend pass online which gave me access to the event on the Friday as well as the Saturday and Sunday. The site was relatively quiet on Friday due to it only being open to weekend ticket holders so I quickly had my ticket scanned by the friendly MCM stewards and was given a paper wrist band as proof that I had paid so I could walk in and out of the venue. All day Friday and Saturday morning the wrist band checks were carried out pleasantly by MCM stewards and after a few times through they began recognizing me (probably due to my Punisher outfit) and just waved me through with comments like “it’s ok Punisher I’ve seen yours”


Half way through the Saturday though, someone thought it was a good idea to put a separate team of overweight, bored security guards on the entrance and suddenly the event wasn’t just organized, it was policed! The friendly polite checks were replaced with white shirted goons aggressively Bellowing “ARMS IN THE AIR! WRIST BANDS ON DISPLAY!” at all the mild mannered comic and anime fans as they neared the entrance. These ass holes even started doing wrist band checks outside and kicking cosplayers socializing with their friends off the site.

Anyway, half way through Sunday I was walking in with my wrist in the air when one of the security guards grabbed me by the arm. He’d spotted the tape on my band where, having cut it off carefully each night to shower, I’d taped it back on each morning. He called another guard over who took it from me and explained “we can’t let anyone through with a taped band” I’m assuming in case I’d just picked it up off the ground or something, but this seemed a bit unfair as the MCM stewards had managed to remember me all weekend. they weren’t interested when I tried to show them my ticket and directed me to where I had my ticket scanned in the first place. There I met one of the event organizers (I think. He seemed to have more authority than the other MCM people) who told me that when I was given the arm band I was told numerous times that it had to last me all weekend, I was fine to shower in it and not to cut it off.

I WAS NOT TOLD THIS. I like to think I’m a reasonably intelligent person so if I had been told this I wouldn’t have found myself in this situation.

When I arrived on the Friday the place was almost empty so It’s not like I had trouble hearing what the friendly MCM people said to me as I had my ticket scanned. The guy who gave me the arm band just said “here you go mate”. In fact when I returned on the Saturday I went and asked a member of staff if my arm band was still valid before I went in. But no, even when I presented my ticket and my drivers license to prove I was the ticket holder (after I’d sent a friend in to the venue for me to retrieve my bag and wallet from the cosplay stand) he refused to give me another band saying that my only option was to queue up for half an hour to buy another ticket which I couldn’t have done even if I wanted to because I’d spent all my money. The guy even said he’d just said the same thing to a twelve year old boy.


So what could I do? Well I could probably tell you a few things I wish I’d done but like I said I didn’t think it would have helped so I just sat outside and ate my lunch before I left. While out there I did have an interesting conversation with one of the stewards who having seen the guards collaring me earlier came up and told me how he thought it was bullshit as he’d been letting me through all weekend and that most of the MCM stewards hate the security guys as well because of what a negative atmosphere they create.
His words: “they know we wont cause any trouble so they make trouble.”
I also spoke to a number of other cosplayers who said they hadn’t been told what I was suposed to have been told about the wrist bands.

Don’t get me wrong before all this happened I had a fantastic time and all of the other MCM Expo staff were really nice people I just had to vent a bit on here because it seemed so unfair. But what do they care, they’ve already got my money right?

Please link this article to as many friends as you can! I wanna know if anyone else had a similar experience!