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

Library Princesses

Reading to an audience of children? Bringing them poems? Well, it’s what we set out to do at Hillegom Romantique.

Along with Selena’s Costumes, who was dressed up as Merida, we were part of the entertainment for the day and sure to be said many children came up to us to talk to us. Some even attended the festivity just to see one of us, which is quite an honour. Although we didn’t get to read much of our stories, which were borrowed from the library and all of a romantic nature, we had lots to talk about and were shown baby brothers and sisters and were part of the celebration of a girl’s birthday. isn’t that nice?

Merida got to show off her bow and arrow skills to the enjoyment of all the children (who also got to give it a go). It was a very nice and joyful day.

 

Below: a small article in Dutch published on CosplayWijzer about the event:

 

 

 

Elsje Glossy

A magazine all about Comic character Elsje and guess who is also in it? This is such an honour

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This magazine is a special, published by a museum in the Netherlands, and is dedicated to one of the most famous comic characters in our country. I feel flattered that I’ve been given the opportunity to cosplay her, officially, and that I was mentioned once more (and not just in the magazine itself, but also in art created by others).

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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Roodhaar in an official publication

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!

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…..

Fries

Beer

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

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:

 

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Rikku Freestyle at Sunday:

   

Xena WIP

Xena wip

 

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

Wheelchair Iron Throne or EFF 2015

Elfia, formerly Elf Fantasy Fair, is an outdoor event in the Netherlands. We could all expect rain. But the weather forecast was particularly distressing so instead of doing a nice princess dress or wearing my Daenerys summer costume I decided to go for a Plan B which I’ve titled “How to make a costume in less than a week”

DaenerysIt started when I knew the theme of the event was Game of Thrones and I looked at my bought e-tickets for the event. During Easter I’d let a street tile fall onto my foot and when I walk it looks like I’m as old as my grandma. Even older. In short, I was going to be tied to a wheelchair for the event and I wasn’t going to let my fun depend on this disaster of the foot or on the disaster of the cold and rainy weather. I decided to stick to the theme of the event and bring my own cheap-ass throne.

I’d found a base for another Blue dress of Daenerys and it looked good as I adjusted it. I found the same fabric for the dress in a darker colour and decided to make the cloak for the costume. This was done two days before the event and costed less than 20 euros. The necklace I used the horn of an old viking helmet for (1 euro). The trousers I found the day before the event in a second hand shop (4 euros), the shoes as well costing me 5.50 euros.I used old canvas to cover the boots. The wig was found by my mother in a party shop and is of very cheap quality so it was a pain to braid but costed about 15 euros and was the only thing I could get my hands on in time before the event.

This was a description of how to make a costume in about three days time for not too much money. And yes, I was in a wheelchair almost the entire day but I had lots of fun!

Daenerys  Daenerys

And I did sit on the real HBO Replica of the Iron Throne. Hah!

Daenerys