A few days ago, we mentioned Nintendo was throwing another one of its infamous launch parties for a gigantic release of one of its historic franchises. The party this time was gonna be for the worldwide launch of Pokemon X and Y. Fans that attended were able to experience how Nintendo parties Pokemon style and be among the first to get their hands or in some cases, paws on the game before the worldwide launch! That being said, we got a few shots from the House of Mario itself on what went down and how jelly we should be that we couldn’t attend.
Pokemon X and Y releases worldwide today for the Nintendo 3DS. In celebration of the launch, Nintendo is holding a special event where you can grab a Mega Evolution-able Torchic holding Blazekinite via Mystery Gift. While there’s no rush, there is a cutoff date next year January 15th.
Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter on what two starters you chose and/or thoughts on the game as you play through.
Anime Los Angeles (ALA) 2013 was held at the Marriott LAX Hotel in Los Angeles last Friday. The three day convention offered guest appearances by industry voice actors as well as panels and a merchandise area. We were able to shoot video and pictures this time. Enjoy!
The Long Beach Comic and Horror Convention was held last weekend packed with merchandise booths, comic book artists, and cosplayers. This lesser known expo was voted as the Best Tiny Convention by LA Weekly. It was a very relaxing way to spend the weekend and quite the contrast from the larger conventions like the San Diego Comic Con.
One of the first things you’ll notice is that there isn’t a massive horde of attendees breathing down the back of your neck at every turn. We didn’t even wait for more than 30 seconds to get our registration done. Surprisingly there were no lines for anything. And the same could be said about the 69 panels offered. All the panels I attended were very small and intimate. And the panel hosts were amazing.
One of the panels I was lucky enough to attend was “Graphic Horror.” Jesse Blaze Snider was the guest speaker and and he gave a phenomenal presentation. Jesse is an accomplished comic book creator/writer. He is also a voice actor, rock musician, and the eldest son of Twisted Sister’s frontman Dee Snider. In the panel he explained the importance of atmosphere and pacing. Sometimes horror comics make the mistake of being too predictable. You can see the surprise a mile away. Jesse also talked about bad placement of cell-boxes and how it can potentially ruin the flow and build up of the story. I was so taken with his reboot of Evil Ernie that I went to his booth afterwards and purchased the series. He was nice enough to autograph them.
Another panel I attended was “Visual Storytelling.” This panel was hosted by Peter Paul, Lenord Robinson, and Barry Caldwell. The three have decades of experience as storybook artists and they currently work on DreamWork’s Dragons: Riders of Berk TV series. This panel was an introduction to the fascinating world of visual storytelling. Storybook artist are the first and last directors of a project, essentially creating the blueprint for everyone. Their job is to completely visualize the script given. They determine the pace and character interactions. They are tasked with fleshing out the positions of each actor and set piece. The idea is to lead people’s eyes through the story and show them what to feel. This unique panel was mesmerizing and was over far too quickly.
There were a good amount of cosplayers attending the Long Beach Comic Con. They were quite friendly and very enthusiastic. We asked a Spiderman for a picture and he proceeded give us the most hardcore pose, possibly injuring his groin. We were able to photograph about 60 cosplayers throughout the 2 days. There was a great variety of characters cosplayed. There was Cheetara of the ThunderCats, a pimp Boba Fett, and quite possibly the best Joker I’ve ever seen. We were able to take quite a few pictures so please check it out below!
If you like comic books and costumes give this convention a try. You can spend hours browsing each booth in the massive merchandise area. The convention tickets were priced at $25 a day or $45 for both days. Parking is $10. I highly recommend this comic con and hopefully I’ll see you there next year!
So the first day of PAX Prime 2012 has officially ended, and I have to say that for my first day at a convention (ever), I had an absolute blast. I honestly didn’t know what to expect as the whole Blarg team was approaching the convention center, but I have to say that what shocked me the most was the number of people actually at the convention. The line to get into the front door snaked all the way back to our hotel pretty much , but luckily we got in through a very efficient way as to where we did not have to wait in the line for long at all. The first thing I noticed was that many of the big names that you would expect to be there were not only there, but there in quite a bit of glory. There is a really big Borderlands 2 statue that has all of the characters positioned which looks super cool, but I have been unable to play it as of this article, because the lines for it are (as expected) absolutely insane. Raptor and I walked around the two main areas of the showroom and took in all the sights, and this is when I realized how big these types of shows really are. Many of the booths were throwing out free swag in order to coax people into pre ordering their prospective games, and many of the panels were throwing out swag as well (for example, the Razer panel was handing out hoodies to the first X amount of people who came to their panel).
Raptor and I were trying to cover cosplaying pictures, so the first place that we went to was the 6th floor, where they were doing the indie stuff (such as Mojang and Supergiant games), in addition to the League of Legends event that they were having. I know that Aria is not the largest proponent of League of Legends, but I found that area to be incredibly entertaining. There were not only a lot of cosplayers, but the quality of some of the cosplayers that were there was absolutely incredible. We found a Sejuani cosplayer that was her, and her friend was dressed up in a boar costume, and when asked, they replied that it took 3 months to make the costume. We spent some time there snapping pictures of cosplayers, but after a while, we decided to meet up for lunch, and we all met at the Twitch booth.
When we showed up to the twitch booth, Man vs Game was streaming, and he was doing an interview with Danny B (famed creator of the Super Meat Boy music). The interview that he was conducting was pretty interesting, but the main point that I want to get across with this is that at these shows, there are very high chances that you will be less than 10 feet away from some of the most acclaimed names in gaming. It is just kind of weird to see a huge name standing 2 feet away from you, and you can just start up a conversation with them, whereas up until that point, they had just been a face on a screen or a box. Anyways, while we were waiting around, paisley and I wandered over to the booth next to the twitch booth, and started playing a game called Pid. I don’t want to go into a long diatribe about Pid, but it is basically an indie release from a smaller developer called Might and Delight, and the multiplayer that Paisley and I played was actually very fun. If you are here at Pax, you should definitely go check out the game, but if you are not, you should definitely keep an eye out for this one. The platforming was super fun, and the art style was absolutely incredible, which made the indie gent inside of me absolutely light up.
Outside of those two main events, we didn’t do a whole lot, as we spent most of the day walking around looking for cosplay pictures. We will have a larger gallery of cosplay pictures after the show ends, so you should definitely look out for those, and I will be trying to do a recap of each day at the end of each day (I know this one is a bit late, but bare with me), so you should totally stay tuned to the website, as we hope to bring you a ton of up to date information on all the excitement that is Pax Prime 2012!
I am not trying to make you feel poorly about yourself. You are beautiful in every way, inside and out. Always love yourself, no matter what you look like. You are the only you, be proud of this.
I am not a personal trainer, nor am I a nutritionist. These are suggestions based on my knowledge from my major (Sports and Exercise Science), based on my knowledge from my yoga training (Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hour level), and based on my personal experience and love for fitness…and it’s benefits for cosplaying <3<3
There is no guarantee that these suggestions will work for everyone, it also depends on your body’s genetic make up, and always consult your doctor before participating in any activity you’re not sure you should. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
You. Are. Beautiful.
“If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love somebody else? Can I get an AMEN?”
So, with that being said, as a cosplayer nerd who is also obsessed with physical activity and health, I figured I would try my hand at suggestions to merge the two topics! So, I look back to what started my obsession with my own personal health, and, to be honest, it does link back to nerdy things. (This doesn’t count when I was young and my parents put me in dance. This was when I made the conscious choice at 11 to get involved with something that I wanted to do!) The reason I see this as important, is because (while I don’t blame video games and the sort for it) there is an increasing amount of people who are sedentary in their lifestyles, and through going to conventions often, I see a lot of people who may (or may not be) sedentary who DO associate themselves with nerdy stuff, and I’m reaching out! Often times, I will talk to someone about costumes, and they will say things like “Yeah, well if I was thin….” or they will point at someone and say “If I looked like her in a body suit…”, and my response, in my head, is always “YOU CAN!!” but you can’t just say that to people, they’ll think you’re so rude! So instead, I just smile awkwardly and try to escape the situation without being offensive. So, any of you nerds who have ever thought “I would cosplay if I was more (insert positively associated body terminology)” or “I would dress more like that if I wasn’t (insert self-deprecating body image thoughts here)” THIS IS ME SHOUTING OUT TO YOU THAT YOU CAN, IT JUST TAKES WORK!!!
Let me explain my nerdy fitness journey…..~*~*~*~*~*flashback*~*~*~*~ When I was 11 years old, I told my mom I didn’t want to dance anymore, but I LOVED the culture of the elves in Lord of the Rings, and of course, Link from Ocarina of Time was like a role model to me, so instead, I wanted to learn to sword fight. We found a fencing studio near where we lived, and I was hook-shotted from day one (ha haaa! You see what I did there?!) To this day, I can say that was one of the most grueling, physically demanding sports I ever participated in. I attribute this mostly to my maestro, who was very old school. He trained both of the Zorro’s how to fence o_o what?! Yeah. He was serious business. However grueling this was, though, I kept thinking to myself “Some day, I will be an elf!!”.
So, I want you to close your eyes. Just do it, the blog isn’t going to make you smell something gross when you aren’t paying attention or something. So, your eyes are closed, actually, no they’re not while you’re reading this….ya know what, open your eyes, after I give you instructions you can close them and then follow said instructions. You’re going to close your eyes, and you’re going to be picturing any character you’ve ever wished you could look like. Even google a photo of them when you open your eyes, and look at them and think about what it is about this character that makes you want to be like them physically. Take in to account certain restrictions you have no control over, such as “I have no boobies, but I want to look like Yoko Ritona in a bathing suit” Well…bad news, no amount of working out will give you dem boobies…But you can get a flat stomach like hers! Then stuff your bra like crazy!
So, discount all of those attributes. You’re not going to get taller or shorter, or bigger boobied, or smaller fore-headed. Just focus on the body bits that you may not have similar to theirs because of too much love to grab on to.
The first place to start, is by looking at your lifestyle, and not changing it, but altering it. If you like to play video games at night, then don’t play so late that you can’t wake up in the morning and go for a jog! Or during load screens, do 5 push ups or something! And when choosing an exercise plan, choose one that you enjoy. Personally…I hate HATE HATE going to the gym and lifting weights…But I love going out with friends and dancing until I’m about ready to pass out from dehydration. So when you pick a work out routine, pick one that suits you and your interests!! Never try to force yourself to do something you hate, or something that hurts you. (Now now now, this doesn’t mean that if it makes you uncomfortable and you think “I HATE THIS, IT HURTS” While running because you know it is working, that doesn’t count. But if you are running and you break your leg…Don’t keep running…Go to the doctor). What a lot of people don’t realize, is that the options are limitless for them when it comes to ways to get in to shape, and it doesn’t take a million dollars a month to do something that will get you fit. All it takes is dedication, desire, and a goal you can visualize.
Here’s the cool thing about using characters as a catalyst for your own inspiration, look at the character you want to cosplay, let’s use two characters who are very easy to spot differences between. Dom from Gears of War, and Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop.
If you want to get HUGE like a character like Dom, think about what it is he would be doing all day every day in his activities that would help him maintain that size. He would be running FAST for SHORT distances (Sprinting). Lifting REALLY heavy things only a couple of times (high weight, low rep work outs) and not really worry about endurance so much. Just being able to stand up and sit down with all of his gear (weighted squats). He would be doing work outs known as “fast twitch fiber stimulating” meaning it’s not work that requires a lot of endurance. The muscle needs to perform a super powerful output only one time, then it will have time to recover.
Now look at Spike. He’s very toned, but very thin. You couldn’t say he wasn’t in as good of shape as Dom, you would just say he is a different body type. This may be true, but in muscularity, he is more primarily composed of what you would call “slow twitch fibers”. On a daily basis, Spike can be found practicing his martial arts, and he has to be able to run for long distances to be able to chase down bounties. His cardiovascular capacity is much higher, and his workouts would be things that cater to being nimble, and quick on his feet. If you were to see him in the gym, he wouldn’t be lifting heavy things a couple of times. He would be doing lower weight with higher reps. He may do un-weighted squats, but do more of them. When he runs, it will be at a moderate pace, but for a longer duration of time.
So when looking at a character, think about what he or she would do on a daily basis that would maintain that shape, and chances are (unless it’s some strange, mutant character) That by doing what it is they do, you can also get that body!
If you do even the most basic research on the internet
(google, ftw!) you can figure out some good work outs for these different muscle fiber types.
So you see?! Finding that perfect cosplay body you’ve been searching for, whatever that means to you, isn’t so far out of reach! It just takes work and dedication…And having a friend with a similar body plan helps, because it’s always nice to have someone else there with you to be like “Man, this sucks, but your biceps look awesome!” I’ve put together a list of some things that you can do for each of the fiber types to give you a better place to start, my fast twitch list will be much shorter, because I’m almost 100% slow twitch fibers! Sorry for that, all you bulk builders!
I hope you found this interesting, helpful, and hopefully a little entertaining. If not, I’m sorry!! >__<
Much love, beautiful humans.
High weight, low rep work outs
P90x doubles or standard
Mixed Martial Arts training
Low weight, high rep work outs
Martial Arts (like fencing, karate, Tae Kwon Do)
Just for fun “I don’t want to do any thing to look like a character, I just want to get in to shape” things:
Playing sports with friends, like basketball or football
Dancing around your house
Walking your dog
Bicycling with a buddy
Any of the things listed above
And anything else that gets your a$$ up and moving! Lets do this people!!!