Imagicon & the task of judging at a cosplay compo

EventsGuest AppearanceHarley Quinn

RS Molog Fotografie October 15th I had the honour to be a judge in the cosplay competitions held at Imagicon, a small but very cosy convention in the Netherlands, Ede. Along with Gambette Cosplay and Mr J’s Fortress of Fun I had the task to pick two winners for best costumes and two for best act.

And yes, I forgot all my cosplay plans for this year and unfortunately had to cancel a few of my princess reading appearances as well as my guest appearance as Elsje & Roodhaar which had been planned for Brabants Stripspektakel in Veldhoven because I’m pregnant! And very happy to be so, but it does complicate wearing certain costumes (as I quite quickly wouldn’t fit in them anymore). I chose to appear as a character many will recognise by the hair – which was Harley – and modified a comfortable dress I’d made for the occassion.

You might think that being a Pregnant Harley is unconvenient…. But we actually had a blast during the Cosplay Dating Show, which is an improvised dating panel in which all the characters on stage pretend to be looking for a partner. I secretly hope someone recorded the round with the Joker looking for his date because it finally allowed me to abuse my pregnant state when his first question was “I heard you all prepared a rhyme for me?” and I was proud to improvise the two lines “Je bent misschien wel een vrind, maar ik draag je kind!” as angry as I could. (Translation: You might be a friend but I carry your child). Needless to say the Joker did pick Harley in the end, although reluctantly, and distracted her by pointing at the sign of Batman so he could run off as fast as he could. As Vanne I don’t know how far he got, as Harley I’m pretty sure he didn’t make it out of the theatre,

As to the judging, I’ve written down my experiences in a text as shown below (although in Dutch).

It’s very exciting to be a judge at a convention. To write about it is quite a challenge. In this next item about a Dutch Convention called Imagicon I write about my experience at the con as a judge, the cosplay dating shows that were being held and the cosplay competition and contesters. The quote of the article reads “There were only winners on stage” as everyone looked beautiful during their skits at the competition. I sincerely enjoyed the day and can’t wait for the next convention.

Cosplaywijzer at Imagicon

Photo/Article is found on



Some more photos with 1) the Ghostbusters as I caught them on their way out. It’s a tradition to take a photo with them whenever I walk into them. 2) Two of the contestors Cherry Cosplay & Jessa. 3) While taking a photo and being pregnant you should always expect your fellow judge member to bomb it… especially when he’s dressed as the Joker.

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When the moment comes that you realise you don’t fit your dress any longer and you will not be able to cosplay the characters you had in mind for the upcoming nine months or so, you start thinking.

Having cosplayed ever since I found out about it (and technically also before that but not sure whether that counts), cosplay has always been a huge part of my life. I love the challenges of creating costumes, of portraying characters, of going to events and seeing people I don’t often see. How do you take it easy if that is all such great fun to you?

cosplaywijzer2Well, I came up with an idea, an answer to my question ‘what to do now that I won’t be able to cosplay as much’ and in hindsight, it might be quite a good idea as well. I’ve seen so many messages on different online platforms and social media sites of people looking for information about cosplay for either their essays and school projects or just out of interest. I’ve seen people look for cosplayers and had people ask me to help them find them for events and other fun appearances. And it’s one hell of a jungle online to find everything in and quite a bit of work to keep sending people lists of cosplayers they can approach. So how about I create a website where we combine all this information so it’s easier to find?

The plan was just that: a place to post searches for cosplayers and information about cosplay. Not much more, not much less. But then when I wanted to link to one of the fantasy websites I really admire I got the message that the owner was quitting and the website would be shut down. Such a shame!

The good news is though that most of the team of that website was eager to keep writing and so together we formed a new team and the website I was working on suddenly had to expand – being given room for event reports, cosplay showcases and spotlights, an event calender and much, much more.

It’s all in Dutch, but as it was launched we were happy to receive so many positive sounds from other cosplayers in our country.

So this is our tiny website on which we praise cosplayers and photographers alike. I’m just very excited to see where we’ll be heading with this.

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Photo was taken the 26th of september at Eflia Arcen – a costume to fit the belly in…that’s what pregnant cosplay moms do :3 And that was what motivated me to start writing about cosplay and cosplayers I admire.

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Roodhaar in an official publication

ComicGuest AppearanceRoodhaar

RoodhaarCan I be more honoured? Romano Molenaar actually liked my cosplay of the design he made for Roodhaar, a spin-off albums to Storm, so much that he had my photos published in one of the official new albums of Roodhaar. It’s in a special edition including more behind-the-scenes drawings, so the regular version will miss this extra bit.

The album is called: De Kronieken van Roodhaar – De vijfde Toren by Rob van Bavel & Romano Molenaar.

Eppo Roodhaar At almost the same time I was also featured not once but twice in the comic magazine Eppo, both as Roodhaar and as Elsje.  Whoohoot!

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Magic Fair @ Limbricht


 Rainer BoyrichLast Sunday, Asha Cosplay and Cherry Cosplay and me attended the Magic Fair in Limbricht. Because of the weather we changed our original plans and went dressed as Daenerys (GOT), La Mort (Romeo et Juliette musical), and Tinkerbell (Peter Pan). This photo was taken by Rainer Boyrich. Thank you Rainer!

Our original plans had been the Romeo et Juliette costumes, I believe, and as I’m writing this (afterwards) I can say the change was a good idea. It was so dreadfully warm! But we had an amazing day and met many, many lovely people and photographers.

And one more by Fairyangelphotos.


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Media Page update & Strips op de Markt

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Rikku 2016 ThinkingIt’s not even been that long since I last made a post to my site, but I can announce I proudly updated my Media page with a new appearance of me at the Strips op de Markt in Gouda where I appeared as the Dutch famous comic character Elsje to celebrate her (and the event’s) tenth birthday. Which was amazing. And yes, I was hired for the job and the costume was funded. I wish to thank Gerben and Eric very much for thinking of me and giving me such a wonderful day <3

So Elsje appeared in several news papers and I added the wonderful vlog by De Stripvlogger to my media page in case you’d like to see what you’ve been missing out on ;)

And now you’re thinking…. but that picture to the left isn’t Elsje. You’re quite right. A few days after being Elsje I tried on my Rikku again since… well…. you know how many old photos I have dressed as her. I was wondering if I could still pull her off anno 2016. And it was a test at the same time for my self-build and very much improvised attic-studio because this was taken on my attic with my own sony camera and a white blanket as a background. No extra lightening. For Roodhaar it worked quite well but yes… I did something wrong with my camera settings. So in the end I only have three or four images that could be used but I’m learning. Ha-ha!

Strips op de Markt Gouda

Elsje being drawn

Photos by ComixPhotographers

This event took place the first weekend of May in Gouda and featured lots of comic artists famous in our country, gathering to draw you a personal picture or give you their signature. There was a huge market on the square outside where you could find any sort of comic memorabilia or albums you might be missing.

Elsje is a character famously featured in for example newspapers where she appears as a small girl doing mischievous things. She’s the wonderful creation of Eric Hercules and Gerben Valkema who desperately try to teach her a thing or two about manners. Tsk.

The grand entrance to this day was made by Gerben, Eric and Elsje being driven into Gouda in a red Mustang – which remained in the square to be admired for the rest of the day – while press was yelling and taking pictures. I only fell backwards once during our drive round the square. Just once.

MustangAfter our entrance we were then interviewed, also by De Stripvlogger, with some difficult questions – well, mostly because that van selling chips/fries distracted us so much. In fact, it distracted us so greatly that Elsje decided to try her luck and order a bunch of fries, which she got served….for free…. Well, if you’re cheeky…..



There was a little exposition of the work of Gerben and Eric in one of the buildings where they sat to sign and draw for fans, and Elsje remained slouched next to them, randomly interferring with their conversations. There was special Elsje merchandise to be get – Elsje Chocolate, Elsje beer…. Eric kept his brains in a jar on the table and asked for them not to be disturbed. He also wrote a little poem in every book he was presented with – although they almost all ended up being about food.

All in all we had a wonderful day. By the end of it I had changed back into my normal attire to do a little round the market myself (and catch a geocache or two). We sat down to have dinner with a few more writers/artists and ended the day on a happy note.

Thank you all for this wonderful experience <3

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Elfia Haarzuilens


Working on several costumes at once, I was happy to recently finish both my Jane from Tarzan costume (more and that later) and my Xena Warrior Princess cosplay just in time for Elfia. Despite hopeful thinking, the weatherforecasts remained cold and rainy, and my plans had to change when the weekend of Elfia arrived.

Instead of wearing Xena on Saturday (which was promised to be the sunniest day by far) and Jane on Sunday, I now bravely wore Jane on Saturday and something freestyle and a lot warmer on Sunday. And a good thing too. The weather was cold, with temperatures feeling around zero degrees because of the cold wind and lack of sun, and not only did it rain but there was hail and snow as well. Kudos to all those cosplayers who walked around with bare arms or – even worse- bare legs and stomachs.

After joining the Disney meet and shoot on Saturday and doing the silliest dance I’ve done by far, I dressed in multiple layers for an apocalyptic Rikku on Sunday – no make up except for some natural lipstick and the black stripes on my cheek. My eye was bright red and I didn’t and to irritate it. Still I like my look that day and the pictures in the Tardis so have those as well.

There was not one Tardis, but two (with interior), and of course Wizardwear was present to represent the Harry Potter fandom. Whoohoo (go Ashley!).

All in all it was a fun weekend, totally worth it.



Jane (Tarzan) Photos by the Librarian:






By Martina Jonker de Vries:


By LuneMerel:


Rikku Freestyle at Sunday:


Xena WIP

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Alice Cosplay Art by Veldart

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Not often does it happen that one of my cosplays is being changed into art but Miguel van der Velden was inspired by my Alice cosplay at Elfia sometime ago and changed an image of me drinking tea into a piece of artwork.

Isn’t it wonderful? <3

It’s probably going to be part of one of his exhibitions. I feel so very honoured. For more of his art and work go to his website [ Veldart ]

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More Roodhaar – Storm Cosplay


A new year has begun and updates have been lacking. Not because I wouldn’t have been active – oh no. With RSI problems troubling both arms I had a good scare at the end of last year, fearing I would not be able to sew or create a new costume any time soon. I even went as far as to buy a costume – Jane from Tarzan, which unfortunately didn’t arrive completely…. But on the upside, my arms are slowly getting better and if I’m really careful I find I have days when I can sew again, resulting in an almost finished Xena Warrior Princess costume and a Rey from Star Wars TFA costume. Anything else? I’m trying to pimp up and finish the Jane costume and see whatever costume I will wear at Elfia this month – depending on my mood.

The start of the year had me dress up as Dora for a children’s birthday party and I am pretty excited about a new comic cosplay I’m creating to celebrate the birthday of the character Elsje soon! Challenges gallore! Not to mention that I might make a Caitlyn LOL cosplay with the leftovers from my Mercutio coat. Too many things I wish to try this year.

Now onto an older costume of mine that deserved some new pictures. I present you Romano Molenaar’s designed character Roodhaar from the comics Storm, as she appeared in The Legend of Krill.

(Edit) By Paco Levya:

Edited by Paco Levya

Some new 2016 Roodhaar photos!

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  RedHair- Roodhaar

Sssst, Roodhaar

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Roméo et Juliette – Musical Cosplay


Musical cosplay, it is underrated. Then again, musicals are often less known than movies, especially if they’re French musicals… from several years ago, only playing now in Asia or other far-away countries…. for us.



Roméo et Juliette is a musical I saw as a child and despite the critique I loved the Dutch/Flemish translation. Sure, some of the songs aren’t that well-translated, but overal the translator took the effort to keep most of the original lines and make them rhyme. I don’t care if people compare it to ‘Sinterklaas-rijmpjes’, to make things rhyme in Dutch is quite a feat. That aside, I’ve been rooting for the musical to come back to our tiny little country (or a land nearby) for years but no luck so far.

Mercutio Blouse

The Musical had a revival in 2010 in France (of course I only found out afterwards). Official footage of the musical introduced me to a version of Mercutio my friends told me I could pull off because of the hair. And so we decided that if the musical wouldn’t come to our country, we would cosplay it and bring part of the musical here. And so we did!


{If you remember, the left side is John Eyzen as Mercutio in the 2010 version of the musical}

La Mort (Aurélie Badol): Asha Cosplay [ ] , Tybalt (Tom Ross 2010): Cherry Cosplay [ ] Mercutio: John Eyzen… Kidding! That’s just plain old little me.

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{ Photos by Kaleidoscopy }

The video of our act can be found on my fb page here: [ Click here to see the video ]

DCC Roméo & Juliette act, (with cheap subtitles for those who can’t understand Dutch) (en ondertiteling voor degene die denken wat zeggen ze toch? in het Nederlands). Original song is in French and called Les Beaux & Les Laids. We used most of the official Dutch/Flemish official translation as sung in Romeo & Julia: Van Haat tot Liefde. Alterations are found in the last three lines of La Mort and the couplet sung by Mercutio.

This version was recorded from the audience by the Librarian.
If you haven’t seen the musical, check it out on youtube. We’ve cosplayed the 2010 French costumes, but the full 2001 original French version is on there (with English subs), the Italian, the japanese, the German and my personal favourite the Hungarian (also with subs).


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{And photos by Brendan Hemme}

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{Elfia Arcen 2015 pictures by the Librarian, first posing with Jacco}


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Princess Reading Stories


Thought I had stopped reading to children? At the beginning of the year I’d written a small entry about how I would dress up as a Princess and read stories to children. I had the honour to whip out my Elsa costume (though technically she’s a Queen) and meet and greet with children last December.

I got some comments on the small sized crown and explained it was my travelling crown. Reality is I was finally moving to my own place and the proper crown was lost among the many bags! The costume was made a few months prior as a request for my niece’s birthday party.

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