Imagicon & the task of judging at a cosplay compo

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 cosplaywijzer.nl

 

 

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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Rapunzel, Hufflepuff and a lot of Harley Quinn

Even princesses can fall ill. This year’s Bloemencorso I was lucky to be princess Rapunzel and help Studio Stim as well as entertain the many children (and parents) attending the event. I had a wonderful time, but unfortunately had to stop early and visit the hospital. I’m all right now, though I don’t have any images to share of that day (though there should be plenty around… but that’s okay!).

The weekend before I’ve had a lovely time in the Eifel, Germany, where not only I spend a lot of time finding treasure (read:geocaching) but also had some photos taken with the most wonderful Snape I know: the Librarian.  Though most images are of him capturing me… I also had the opportunity to make photos of him with my camera and I discovered that I really do enjoy photographing other people! Perhaps I’m going to do something with this newly discovered passion.

I posted a blog earlier on about attending the Elfia on Saturday dressed as the Little Mermaid in her pink ball gown (which was made in a day’s time)… I also attended the Sunday but I was dressed up as Harley Quinn then. There are a lot of photos going round the net of me wearing that costume, and I’m sure I’ll post some on here as well. But before I do, I want to inform you all of my new Tumblr account: cosplayvanne.tumblr.com 

It’s actually an old account I’d never used and recently found I still had. It’s easy for me to upload images there. You can click costumes in the left menu to navigate to the tags, and find images I’ve posted there of the mentioned costumes. It will also feature cosplay images of friends I’ve cosplayed with but who haven’t posted them online because they don’t own a cosplay account (yet) or because I was the one who took the images and I posted them first :P

Don’t worry. My site is still my main domain. But if you’re interested in a certain character or costume and I haven’tposted much of it on my new site yet, you might want to check my FB page or my Tumblr to browse for more images. Sometimes I only have easy access to FB, sometimes it’s easier for me to upload an image to Tumblr. But in the end everything should be gathered here on my personal website.

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Zelfs prinsessen kunnen ziek worden. Dit jaar had ik het geluk om als prinses Rapunzel te helpen op het Bloemencorso. Zo flyerde ik voor Studio Stim en kon ik alle kinderen (en ouders) entertainen die het evenement bezochten. Het was fantastisch! Helaas kon ik de dag niet afmaken en moest ik ‘s middags langs het ziekenhuis. Het gaat nu wel redelijk. Jammer genoeg heb ik geen foto’s van het evenement zelf in mijn bezit, alhoewel er wel veel foto’s gemaakt zijn die dag.

Het weekend voor het Corso was ik in de Eifel in Duitsland  waar ik niet alleen veel tijd heb doorgebracht met het zoeken naar schatten, maar waar ik ook foto’s heb kunnen nemen met the Librarian gekleed als Sneep van de Harry Potter verhalen. Alhoewel hij mij op de meeste foto’s gevangen lijkt te nemen…… Ik had daarna de kans om hem zelf op de foto te zetten en dat bevestigde voor mij maar weer hoe leuk ik het vind om anderen op de foto te zetten. Heb ik er een nieuwe passie/hobby bij? Misschien dat ik hier meer mee ga doen in de toekomst!

Al eerder heb ik een bericht geplaatst over de zaterdag op de Elfia. Zondag was ik er ook maar dan niet als de kleine zeemeermin maar als Harley Quinn uit de Batman verhalen. Er gaan veel foto’s rond op het internet van mij in dat kostuum en ik zal ze langzamerhand ook op mijn site gaan plaatsen. Maar voordat het zover is wil ik jullie attenderen op mijn nieuwe Tumblr account: cosplayvanne.tumblr.com 

Eigenlijk heb ik het account al heel lang maar pas geleden kwam ik erachter dat ik het account nog bezit en besloot ik om er eens wat mee te gaan doen. Het is soms gemakkelijker voor mij om de foto’s daar te uploaden. Je kan makkelijk naar foto’s van een bepaald kostuum navigeren door links in het menu op costumes te klikken.  Ik zal er ook foto’s plaatsen van vrienden van mij die zelf geen cosplay account hebben op internet of waarvan ik de foto’s gemaakt heb en gewoonweg sneller was met het uploaden ervan :P

Maar wees niet ongerust! Mijn persoonlijke site is nog altijd mijn domein. Als er een karakter of kostuum is waarvan je meer foto’s zou willen zien is het altijd handig om even een kijken op mijn FB pagina of mijn Tumblr te nemen. De kans is nu groot dat er daar meer plaatjes te vinden zijn die hier nog niet geupload zijn. Uiteindelijk moet alles op deze site komen te staan, maar dat zal nog wel even duren. ;’)

 

 

 

 

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Photos taken by me of the Librarian:

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Harley Quinn at Elfia:

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