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

What kept me busy?

Jane It’s January,and well, the month has almost passed. It’s been awfully quiet from my side cosplay wise, you might think, having only attended a few more cons at the end of last year. This was due to both my pregnancy and work. I had less energy and had to make more hours because I knew that at the start of the new year I’d be doing without work and income for a whWerkile. Although I absolutely love my job as a librarian to bits, the distance of travelling meant that I can’t do it for the upcoming months.

So yes, that’s me doing my normal every day job to the right there, teaching one of the programs for schoolchildren in one of our wonderful libraries. I love the part where we get to tell children a tale and use the little story theatre for it. I suppose it is no secret that I am also the Story Telling Princess in my area, but that aside…. I will miss it, I am missing it. I feel like creating a Belle cosplay just for the sake of missing my job already!

So, new cosplay plans? While it seems that I have been exposing myself very little these past few months I have been working really hard for the cosplay website I’m part of the team of. I’ve been conducting interviews with other cosplayers and photographers, writing and arranging event reports, constantly contacting publishers and event organisations for our press and fitting all the material that has been sent in into pretty little layouts. I have been very busy behind the computer.

Mediamatic On my cosplay page I made an automated queue of pictures of my cosplays and acting work I’d not published there before. The queue should hold till after our child is born. Fingers crossed he won’t stay inside for a few weeks longer…. Among the photos are those of costumes that have unfortunately not withstood the tests of time, such as Ihadurca (to the left), worn at one of the expositions by Mediamatic in Amsterdam. There are also pictures of me on my job as a dancer, as an actor on stage and as a Lady Gaga look-a-like. Things I immensely enjoyed. Looking back at all those images now it is itching. I want to do new costumes. I want to do new shows. I’ll have to wait till my posture is sort of back again. ugh.

 

Snow OUATFor this year, I have been invited to a Once Upon A Time shoot at one of the events and if all goes well I might attend it as Snow in her hunter’s outfit. Not quite a new costume, but sounds like lots of fun. Later on in the year a shoot is planned with Harry Potter characters in the Forbidden Forest and me and the Librarian have been accepted in as Scabior (crossplay for me) and Snape.  Once again no new costumes but a lot of fun. I am skipping the conventions at the start of this year till April, just because I don’t know what will happen during this period, but intend to catch up later on in the year. And while I’m currently keeping busy reviewing books for publishers, I’m making sneaky plans to update my Harley costume for perhaps a skit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elsje Glossy

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

Elsje Glossy Elsje Glossy

 

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).

Dutch X-Mas Con

Us

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

Cosplaywijzer

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.

Lady loki

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.

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.

Reading Reading Reading Reading

The day I told a famous Hollywood actor I was ‘just guarding my eggs’

Excitement: When I was at the opening of the Game of Thrones exhibition I talked to actor Michiel Huisman. 

Less excitement: Really, it’s just as I write it: I talked to Michiel Huisman.

“What did he say to you?” People have asked me immediately after they’d seen us talk. Interesting, I thought, for this very same question was asked to others who had been seen near Michiel or Daniel Portman. It felt as if everyone expected a reply of great interest; as if Michiel would have revealed something about himself or the series not heard before. It’s funny how so many people seem to be interested in hearing what a famous person has to say.

“What did you say to him?”

Well, what did I say?

Michiel was being interviewed while standing near his costume. I was standing nearby because his costume’s next to the dress of Daenerys and near to her eggs. I’d decided that being dressed up as Khaleesi I’d better stand close to my character’s items. Then suddenly Michiel looked at me expectantly and for some. unknown. reason. I looked straight back at him and told him:

“I’m just guarding my eggs”

Let’s break this down….

When Michiel turned my way he looked surprised and recognized me in my Daenerys Cosplay. Since I love to fill in other people’s thoughts I can guess the thought he must have been thinking at that point: “Oh lord, not another one” and probably wished himself at home with his girlfriend and family. I felt like I had to say something and as he walked up to me I assume he would have expected for me to 1. Ask him to have a photo taken, or 2. Tell him how handsome he is (as it seems to be the main topic of all news articles about him).

To be honest, I wanted to have a photo taken with him but I’m so darn shy and polite that I was waiting for a proper moment. Looking back, this was that moment……
But instead I became my character and told him I was guarding my eggs…..

Which when I think of it could be taken the wrong way but you know which eggs I mean. At least I vaguely gestured at the three eggs on display.

Naturally, he was confused by what I’d said but smiled when he got it. Michiel acknowledged that I was indeed guarding my eggs, and repeated the sentence I’d said.

So now you know what Michiel said to me, and what I said to him. Though I highly doubt this will qualify as Celebrity Gossip. At least I always know how to make a fool of myself around famous people. I can’t wait to see what foolish thing I will say to the next famous person I meet. At least I guarded my eggs well that night.

Red Sonja DDB

Dark Dragon Books

Red Sonja

 

Remember my previous post? I’m happy to write that I had a wonderful time being a model for Dark Dragon Books. Not only did I get to see Mike Ratera again, but I also got to meet the beautiful Seffana. It’s an honour indeed <3

I’d like to thank Rian for letting me pose in her wonderfully made costume and for taking such good care of us. Also, thank you to the entire DDB crew!

More photos will follow below.
 

 

Nederlands:

Red Sonja

By Rolf Kruger

Herinneren jullie nog mijn vorige bericht? Ik ben blij dat ik kan mededelen dat ik wederom model mocht staan voor de uitgeverij Dark Dragon Books. Niet alleen zag ik de geweldige Mike Ratera weer in levende lijve, ook ontmoette ik zijn topmodel Seffana. Een hele eer! Enkele foto’s zijn hier beneden te vinden <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery:

A Warm Welcome

Finally, a new website has arrived. It took a while but I’m glad to be back online and I’m happy to share new photos and projects with anyone who’s interested.
I’d like to start my blog with a quick overview of the last few years. As you might know I started cosplaying on anime conventions years ago. And as you might know I’ve been away from the cosplay scene for a while as well. However, since I returned I’ve met a lot of new friends, lovely cosplayers and crazy nerds who love the same things as me. I dare to admit I’m not visiting conventions purely to participate in competitions but I go there to hang out with some of the nicest people I know.
Last year I had the fortune to hang out with the lovely Kawin who made some gorgeous photos. I’m mentioning him for he has helped me make photo’s of a costume that is very dear to me. In the past I had the pleasure to pose for the wonderful Mike Ratera, and I’m pleased to say that I might just be seeing him again this year in Gorinchem!
All in all, I have some new projects on the line and I can’t wait to see you all the conventions.

But in the meantime, enjoy my site!

Nederlands:

Het is waarschijnlijk al opgevallen dat de site twee talen kent. De Nederlandse versie is steeds te vinden onder de engelse versie en daar ben ik op het moment tevreden mee. Hopelijk zorgt het niet voor teveel verwarring.
Eindelijk is het dan zover! De nieuwe website is online en wat ben ik er blij mee. :D Nu heb ik de mogelijkheid om mijn projecten met jullie te delen, mits jullie geïnteresseerd zijn natuurlijk….

Als ik dan toch een eerste blog mag schrijven dan wil ik graag een korte terugblik werpen op de afgelopen jaren. Zoals sommigen van jullie misschien nog herinneren begon ik jaren geleden met cosplay op anime conventies. Maar wegens studie en andere activiteiten ben ik ook een tijd uit de cosplay scene geweest. Sinds mijn terugkeer heb ik het geluk gehad heel veel lieve mensen te ontmoeten en nieuwe vrienden te maken en ik durf nu toe te geven dat ik niet meer naar evenementen ga om mee te doen aan de wedstrijden. Als ik nu op een evenement ben dan is dat om de gezelligheid en om met jullie te zijn.
Via deze weg wil ik de fantastische Kawin bedanken die zulke mooie foto’s heeft genomen het afgelopen jaar. Vooral de foto’s van Yuna ben ik dolblij mee vanwege de waarde die het kostuum voor mij heeft. Ook heb ik in het verleden voor de geweldige Mike Ratera mogen poseren en de kans is groot dat ik hem dit jaar weer ga zien!
Alles bij elkaar genomen heb ik een heleboel ideeën en projecten om mij bezig mee te houden en ik kan niet wachten om jullie allemaal te zien op de conventies.
Maar tot die tijd: geniet van de site!

First Post!

The new site is online! Whoohoo!
After what seems like years (it actually really took years) Cosplay Vanne has her own site online. “Why” I hear you ask. Why, when no one but the girl herself is going to look at it? Well, the answer is simple. Because the girl herself keeps losing her photos and wanted to have a portfolio online.
As you’ve already read and noticed this site is still under construction, and it might take a while before it’s properly finished.
If links do not work it’s because the page is still under construction, there aren’t any posts for that specific tag yet, or simply because it isn’t there yet. Whoops.
The gallery is slowly filled and brought up to date.
De nieuwe site is online! Whoohoo!
Na wat voelt als jaren (en ook eigenlijk was het ook wel jaren) heeft Cosplay Vanne weer haar eigen site. “Waarom?” hoor ik u vragen. Waarom, wanneer er niemand naar de site zal gaan kijken behalve Vanne zelf? Het antwoord is heel simpel. Omdat ze zelf haar foto’s steeds kwijt raakt en omdat ze graag een portfolio online wou hebben staan.
Zoals u misschien al gemerkt hebt wordt er nog aan deze website gewerkt en het kan dan ook nog even duren voordat alles af is. Als links niet werken kan dat meerdere redenen hebben: de pagina wordt nog gebouwd, er is nog niets geplaatst over het onderwerp of misschien bestaat de pagina simpelweg nog niet. Oeps. De foto’s worden langzaamerhand geupload.
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