When Cosplay Goes Wrong

There are some pretty good cosplayers out there. Some are sexy while others are awesome but then there are ones like… Man Faye.

I’ve collected twenty pictures of awful cosplayers. If you are thinking about dressing up as a video game character, consider this a guide instructing you how NOT to look.

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Saturday at Hal-Con

So Halifax’s own little convention (Hal-Con) is alive once again, and I checked it out for a bit today. Was it any good?

I was a little underwhelmed, truthfully. The size of the event was pretty small, but in Hal-Con’s defense, it is only the first year for the convention again.

What did I check out? Well, aside from bumping into my supervisor (who was doing security at the event) and my step-sister (who was a volunteer), I saw lots of cool costumes. I saw a very cool Iron-Man character, a very silly looking Goku, and a pretty hot Batman Returns-esque Catwoman among others.

There were quite a few authors at the convention who were talking about their books, as well as selling copies. I wasn’t terribly interested. Near the authors area was Eastlink High Speed Gaming. I recognized the games on hand as what appeared to be a Naruto Shippuden game (one of the Ultimate Ninja Storm titles, I think), LittleBigPlanet, Mortal Kombat Vs DC, and some first person shooter that I didn’t recognize. My eyes were drawn to the two fighters, mostly. I felt a little confused by Mortal Kombat Vs DC. Couldn’t they have chosen a more recent (and better) fighter such as BlazBlue, Street Fighter 4, or Tekken 6? It’s entirely possible that they rotate games every hour or two, but I never checked back to see if they did or not. In another room, a few people were playing Super Mario Bros. 3 on an original NES and on an old-school TV. That was awesome.

Afterwards, I stumbled into a large convention room in which some guy was talking about quiz results that the attendees in the room participated in. I assume he was a crew member for some Star Trek series, since most questions directed to him dealt with Trek. He did drop news that the next Star Trek movie may have a female Vulcan in a major role, which is cool. That is something to watch for.

There were tons of vendors in another area. I saw a Lego Death Star, an authentic breast plate and gauntlets (they cost a few hundred bucks each), lots of comic and gaming figures, and other things. As a Mario lover, my eyes were drawn to one table that had Mario plushies. I was half tempted to buy the Yoshi one that I saw, just because Yoshi rocks. A lot.

On an upper floor there were several rooms full of people playing Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer, and other games. I didn’t really check any of those out.

My primary reason for going was because I wanted to see Walter Koenig (Chekhov from the original Star Trek). I arrived around 4:00 PM which is when his second autographing session of the day was to begin, but I learned that he was too tired to do it again. That was a bit of a downer since it was the main draw for me attending Hal-Con. I’ve been told that he may be back tomorrow (Sunday), but I have not decided if I’ll go yet. I’ll think about it.

Anyway, here are a few things I checked out at Hal-Con in video form.

I looked at the Friday schedule and I see that I missed a lot of really interesting things, such as sneak peeks of upcoming TV shows and much more. Friday was definitely the “it” night of Hal-Con. Too bad I couldn’t attend it due to work. Saturday probably would have been more fun if I had gone with another person, but everybody was either not interested or working, so that probably affected my enjoyment since a convention of this size can only be enjoyed for so long by a person who is on their own.

If I go back to Hal-Con tomorrow, expect another post – especially if I meet Walter Koenig.

Hal-Con 2010

So it looks like there is an interesting convention happening in my city at the end of this month called Hal-Con. It used to occur annually sometime between 1970 and 1980 but was discontinued for reasons that I was told were rather unfortunate.

Anyway, looks like this Hal-Con deal is making a comeback as of this year. A lot of the material that will be at the convention sounds to be worth taking a look at. If any Haligonians drop by here, then think about checking Hal-Con out from October 29th to the 31st.

Here’s a few neat things happening at Hal-Con.

Appearances by Jeremy Bulloch, Denise Crosby, and Walter Koenig or as you may know them: Boba Fett (Star Wars), Tasha Yar (Star Trek TNG), Chekhov (Star Trek TOS). Seems that those who attend Hal-Con may get a chance to chat with them, as well as get autographs. Very cool. Several other actors from science fiction shows will be appearing at Hal-Con as well.

Do you like trading card games or Dungeons & Dragons? Well, many games will be played at Hal-Con. Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Warhammer 40k, World of Warcraft TCG, as well as a bunch of board games will be open for play. Cool!

There will be some cool lectures, such as one that deals with applying Star Trek and Star Wars sciences being applied to modern day technology.

Also, seems like there will be a few costume parties and such, which sounds like a great time to either be a cosplayer or photographer!

There will also be artist exhibits, photograph sessions, and various workshops. All in all, it sounds like a pretty decent first year revival of Hal-Con!

I initially didn’t feel too inclined to look into the event, but as the end of October nears, I may consider it. Apparently there will also be press passes made available. If other bloggers can get press passes to their own local conventions, then perhaps I can as well?

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