Stripfestival Breda

Another guest appearance. Although asked to be Roodhaar, there was a change of plans (on my behalf) and I ended up pestering poor Gerben Valkema and Eric Hercules the entire Saturday at Stripfestival Breda as their cheeky and impertinent drawn-daughter Elsje.

I’m also happy to have found out who the very happy baby and the man with glasses carrying him around belong to….. it’s Gerben’s brother with baby! Who would have thought? Haha! I do love the theory and the many people who have been guessing.

Something that surprised me was the amount of people recognising Elsje and being happy to see her, or asking to take a photograph. The children loved her (She’s funny and sweet! Not like her. She’s horror/Halloween *whilst pointing at the Harley Quinn present* ) Sweet? Well, if they say so.

It’s good to see so many familiar faces, and I believe everyone was having a great time.

Thank you Rob/StripfestivalBreda/Eppo/Gerben&eric for having me as your guest.

Photo by Erwin Suvaal.

Brabants Stripspektakel

Exhausted, but very happy. The dear crew of Brabants stripspektakel did an amazing job. They asked me to come and join them by living things up as Melisande, a comic character by Clarke and Gilson. Before that, I tried my luck as Roodhaar from Romano, and after that I was with my ‘sister’ to entertain the children and join them at the photobooth as a rather cold (or entirely too warmly dressed) princess. Three costumes in two days, it is quite a lot but so very worth it. I loved it, the experience, the people, the artists and the organisation. Thank you for asking me to be your guest <3

Melisande, Foto door (c) Kelly Fober,  bij het Brabants Stripspektakel – Veldhoven NL, voor Vzw Arcadia

Cabbagecon 2017

This year every Pratchett fan in the Netherlands could be excited because of the Cabbagecon!

Today was Cabbagecon time: a Discworld (Terry Pratchett) convention held in the Netherlands. Photos will follow soon (I made a lot of the con, including of John Keel/Sam Vimes with Young Sam (my son) ).

No Susan Sto Helit this year but Adora Bella Dearheart, here posing with Ka Man as Moist von Lipwig.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos can be seen on my facebook here.

Elsje op Texel

Elsje op texel
New comic book of Elsje released. If you hadn’t seen it in previous posts, Elsje is a Dutch cheeky comic character created by Eric Hercules and Gerben Valkema. I’ve had the pleasure to be her look-a-like before, but June the 7th of 2017 marked the new release of the newest comic book “Elsje op Texel” (als appeared in German) which was launched fittingly on Texel.  Although Elsje appears to be living there, this was my first time on the island.

I wish to thank Eric’s daughter for babysitting little Tijmen today, and the whole crew of Don Lawrence Collection for inviting Elsje and being such fun.

Vandaag de presentatie van Elsje op Texel.

En wat zijn ze er snel bij die journalisten! http://www.texelplaza.nl/nieuws/artikel/062611/2017-06-07/ & http://www.texelsecourant.nl/…/strip-elsje-op-texel-geprese… & https://www.noordhollandsdagblad.nl/den-helder-eo/elsje-reikt-zelf-het-eerste-album-uit

 

 

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Quibbler is for sale again!

Check out this awesome Quibbler prop made by Wizardwear.nl! I couldn’t resist uploading the two articles I had a hand in. This project was started many years ago but was finally printed last year. Daan, you’re awesome!

When it was published last year it was sold out almost immediately, but good news for you all: They’ve reprinted. You can get a copy by contacting WizardWear via their website of their FB.

 

Quibbler 2016 Quibbler about Ckes Quibbler about Scabior

 

And I’m looking forward to the Daily Prophet

Dutch X-Mas Con

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So while I’m already fantasising about the costumes I might be able to wear next year, I went fully into geek mode and I’ve been admiring the wonderful costumes of others. Such as last weekend when I attended Dutch X-mas Con and made a lot of photos for CosplayWijzer.

It was nice talking to so many people and seeing the many Christmas-themed characters and costumes. It reminded me I need to be sending out my Christmas cards soon! And a miracle, I even fit inside my Hufflepuff sweater. Even more of a miracle, it’s even hard to tell how incredibly pregnant I am at the moment when I wear black on black with yellow stripes XD I was amazed. So while my own cosplay moments are rare to find at this point in time, I’m still very much involved in the cosplay scene and I can’t wait to be making new costumes again. But first, let’s enjoy the end of the year with Christmas & coziness.

What did you miss if you weren’t there?

Well, apart from the wonderful setting they’d recreated by decorating one of the first halls after the entrance as the village from The Grinch (including entertainers),  there was a hall dedicated to cosplay (including a photo booth, 3D booth and the stage for the cosplay competition). There were lots of wonderful goodies and merchandise to be found and there was an option to go ice skating (not real ice but it looked awesome enough). You could visit the Love Doctor for some tips or get the signature of one of the many amazing guests they had invited.

Naturally I jumped on top of the Ghostbusters, as usual, and we joined the HP photoshoot and meet held at the entrance (I didn’t bring Snape fr nothing you know).  All in all we had a super fun day. The photo’s I made were all published on CosplayWijzer.

 

GhostBusters HP Shoot Snape and Student Snapeish

Media Page update & Strips op de Markt

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…..

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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

Alice Cosplay Art by Veldart

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 ]

MidWinterFair Discworld Themed

12th and 13th of December  the yearly Midwinterfair was being held at the Archeon, a living history museum, and since this year’s theme was Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld (novels and film) my friend pressed me to ‘please wear your Susan’.  So I did.

We’ve enjoyed the shows quite thoroughly and I have a special thanks going out to Marie Jeanne Sol and Casper Stuart for the very quick and short but wonderful shoot. Thank you!

Game of Thrones Exhibition Amsterdam

This evening marked the opening of the Game of Thrones exhibition in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Some wonderful cosplayers were invited to appear tonight and I was very lucky to be part of this wonderful little group. Oh and yes, we were one of the first to get to see the exhibition… the costumes, props and all the interactive activities.

Cosplayers:
Sansa/Alayne & Ned Stark: GermanSuperfans
Ellaria: Steffie’s costumes
Melisandre: Alice in Cosplayland
Daenarys: Cosplay Vanne
Jeoffrey: Marilynde Cosplay
Sansa/Alayne: Lavinia Cosplay
Margaery: Vos cosplay & costumes
Jorah: Foxybadger Cosplay