rynninator as Jessie
Nutcracker as James
Jack as Prof. Oak
BONUS: Check out Ninja of the Night’s 2010 skit, which these costumes were made for — “How 2BA Pokemon Master”
I am deeply saddened to report the passing of Marty Gear, a pioneer, long time hero, supporter, and fan of costuming and cosplay. Marty was one of the first costumers in the U.S., a founder and president of the International Costumers’ Guild (ICG), a chair of Costume-Con, and a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ICG.
I had the honor and privilege of interviewing Marty for my upcoming book, Breaking All The Rules: Cosplay and the Art of Self-Expression. Tonight, his interview becomes more important than ever as it gives a glimpse into the world of costuming as it once was, and reflects on its future. Marty talks about his childhood, growing up in the world of costuming, and opening new doors. It kind of floors me a little that costuming as an artform is old enough now that its founders have started to pass away. I hope that we as cosplayers and costumers can be worthy of continuing the legacy that people like Marty started.
These four pages attached here are the entirety of Marty’s interview for my book. I have no second thoughts about releasing them here, 3 months before the rest of the book is published. I hope people will read them and get a sense of the giant that Marty was, and how important he was to all of us. Cosplay might not be here if not for him. Please remember that.
Marty, you only met me this past November, but you welcomed me into your life, gladly joined me in long chats about the history and future of cosplay, gave me a free badge to Arisia and invited me to the masquerade because you thought it was something I should experience. You let me take your photo after a long night of MC-ing and typed up 7 pages on my interview questions, telling me the most important things you ever learned from costuming for over 50 years. I am in your debt; this interview will be one of the most important thing I ever publish. You will be missed.
Thank you for everything, my friend.
And so the epic adventure of cosplaying Caithe and Faolain begins! These pictures were taken at Anime 2013 in The Hague, the Netherlands. We wore these costumes for two days, spending five hours on the make up each time, and it was totally worth it. :D We got so many awesome reactions from the other visitors and had great conversations with other GW2 players. It was so much fun to meet you all!
On friday we also performed on stage (picture 1 and 2) to compete in the Dutch preliminaries for the European Cosplay Gathering in Paris, and we won! We couldn’t be more excited to go to Paris and represent our country and Guild Wars there! :D
You may also have seen us on the Guild Wars 2 facebook page, as -to our surprise- we were featured there this morning. If you’d like to see, you can find it here :D
A great big thanks to our photographers, Jeroen Weimar and René Westerveld! <3
Thanks for watching!
Proud of you ladies!