Posts made in December, 2011

A Long and Winding Road

Posted by on 7 Dec, 2011 in Game, Other | 0 comments

A Long and Winding Road

I was 19 when I got my first real job. I started out part-timing it as a bookstore clerk, and felt like I was the luckiest girl on the planet, surrounded all day by fantasy literature and comics. My nerdy disposition was no secret – I was into most things geeky at an early stage: friends listened to boy-bands and I was in love with The Beatles (ultimate boy-band gone rock band – come on!). Classmates got chewed out in school for being to rowdy – I was repeatedly told off for bringing my own books into the classroom and not paying attention to the lessons. In middle-school, I spent weekend mornings eating breakfast infront of the TV, either watching Sailor Moon or the X-Men – magic girls and mutants, because the inbetweens were dull. But I digress (I often do). I was 19 when I got the bookstore gig, and it was a long long time ago, I can still remember – minus the chevy and American pie. The bookstore was where I first med Jano, Heather and Magenta. We seldome worked the same hours, and even if, I rarely worked the same floor. But when they, even after I stopped working there, invited me along to coffee-dates, occasional dinners and drinks, I had figured my group friends had expanded with some real bad-ass babes. Now, needless to say, I would be one of those geeks who takes pride in being geeky. Alot of us are these days. I guess not only because a whole lot of tech-nerds are making billions and ruling the cyberspace, but because it just doesn’t mean you have to be this socially impossible introvert that movies made us out to be (don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot of those too, but there’s a lot of socially awkward people period). And I know a lot of geek girls. All kinds actually. The one’s just into a very slimmed down type of fiction, the one’s into anime and manga, the roleplayers, the theatre buffs, and ofcourse – the Gamers. And that, my good reader, is how I ended up here. Seven years, many semesters at Uni and plenty of part-time jobs later, the bookstore-girls got me involved in a photo-project inspired by one of the few solidly nerdy areas I know nothing about. The gaming world is a maze of confusion to me. To the surprise of many a friend, and to the constant exasperation of my gamer-brother, I basically have not evolved further into this world of wonders, than I can admitt to have, back in the day, been awesome at Tetris, and that I button-mash myself to sporadic victories in many enjoyable fighting games. Needless to say – I have no idea what I am doing when the game is not on solid cardboard. I always kind of felt I had so many fields of interests, that getting into gaming would probably be the only thing left for me to retreat from reality and spend all day on new adventures instead. So when Jano approached me, and told me about Incognito, you’d think I would shy away from it. Retro games? Sorry, can’t contribute. Sewing, crafting, building? Sorry hon, you know I can’t pull needle and thread to save my life. Being photographed? Hell no. But, after years of discussing life over tea and cake, hanging out, working a yearly anime-convention together dressed to the nines in Jano’s creations, the girl knew which strings to pull. She’s been getting me to dress up in blue hair, tafetta dresser, plastic armour and cat ears (not all in one go) for many many years. I think this time, the pitch went something along the lines of: “[Wigs] I know you don’t like being photographed, but we started this retro-game project [cookies], and I’ll do all the costumes [WIGS], and Heather’ll fix you up in awesome make-up, and I promise [costumes] it’ll be fun. It would great to have you on board. And also – wigs.” Honestly. How do you say no to that? (Tell...

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Colour me impressed

Posted by on 5 Dec, 2011 in Other | 0 comments

Colour me impressed

Just as much as I love to make costumes, I love looking at other peoples cosplays. I love being impressed by others craftsmanship and creativeness, observing their costumes, reading their crafting notes and in the process get new ideas and learn new techniques. All in all, I find it incredibly inspiring and motivating to browse through cosplays. The latest one to really impress and inspire me is Joshua Smith with his Diablo costume. Just wow. It’s just so badass awesome that I lack words for it. It’s so impressive that I want one myself. After watching his videos and photos of it, I’m starting to wonder if I shouldn’t do one myself, it looks like a really fun thing to build. And it would look awesome in our upcoming photoshoot. If time allows it, I’ll probably give it a...

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