The Baka’s Guide to Surviving Your First Convention

Comic Book Conventions, such as San Diego Comic Con, are one of the many highlights on the geek calendar. This is where you would usually spend your hard earned money on comics, figurines, special drawings and video games, usually at a discounted rate. While this is just one aspect of attending conventions, others attend for the vibe or to show off their latest cosplay creations. While it’s nice to think about the great things you hope to do at the event, it’s always good to be prepared for anything, especially if you are a first time attendee. Here are a few tips to help you survive your first comic book convention, based on my personal experiences.

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Liebster Award 3

LiebsterAward1So the lovely people at Funny Anime Pics recently nominated me for another Liebster Award! Thank you very much for the nomination; I truly appreciate the exposure you are giving to my blog.

Rules

  1. Thank and link back to your nominator
  2. Answer the 11 questions given by the nominator
  3. Nominate other 5-11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers
  4. Create 11 new questions for your nominees
  5. Let your nominees know that you have nominated them via social media or their blogs

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Liebster Award 2

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YAY! I can’t believe that I’ve been nominated for another Liebster Award! Thank you very much to FiddleTwix for the nomination. Hopefully you’ll learn something new about me through the questions I answer 🙂

The Rules

1 – Thank and link back to your nominator.

2 – Answer the 11 questions given by the nominator

3 – Nominate 5-11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers

4 – Create 11 new questions for your nominees

5 – Let your nominees know that you have nominated them via social media or their blogs

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Excelsior!: The Impact of Free Comic Book Day on the Geek Community

If you were walking around the streets of Claremont on 2 May 2015, you may have seen Batman or Spiderman walk right past you. Were your eyes deceiving you? No, they were not. Chances are, they were on their way to attend Free Comic Book Day at Stadium on Main; sometimes referred to as Cape Town’s own Comic Con. Hosted by Cape Town’s local comic book store, Readers Den, the event has attracted many faces over the years, young and old alike.

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“Cosplay is Not Consent”: The Dark Reality of Sexual Abuse Against Cosplayers

A New York Comic Con  sign in 2014 warning attendees not to sexually harass cosplayers [Image via Trans Girl Writer]
A New York Comic Con
sign in 2014 warning attendees not to sexually harass cosplayers [Image via Trans Girl Writer]
According to a 2014 study by Janelle Asselin, 59% of comic book fans felt that sexual harassment at conventions is a problem that must be dealt with. Sexual abuse is mostly aimed at female cosplayers and shockingly only 8% reported that they were sexually abused physically. Other results showed that 13% reported sexual comments made towards them at conventions and on social media. While these results apply to American comic book conventions specifically, people should not turn a blind eye to sexual abuse happening in their own community. Although the South African cosplay community is smaller than the American community, sexual abuse against cosplayers is still a reality.

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The Influence of Anime in Pop Culture

Ghost in the Shell: The anime film that inspired The Matrix [Image via ScienceFiction.com]
Ghost in the Shell: The anime film that inspired The Matrix [Image via ScienceFiction.com]
As an Otaku and avid film watcher, I have always been interested in finding a link between anime and cinema and how the one compliments the other. Believe it or not, many Hollywood films and other forms of media that we watch have been influenced, one way or another, by anime. But what is it about anime that has caused it to have such a huge effect on Western media today?

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Cosplay 101: Interview with Kuroneko Cosplay

Mikoto Suoh from K Project [Image via Michelle George]
Mikoto Suoh from K Project [Image via Michelle George]
For those, like myself, who have never cosplayed before, the task seems very daunting. The idea of creating an outfit based on your favourite anime or comic book character seems quite laborious and expensive. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to create an outfit if you want to cosplay; there is nothing wrong with buying a pre-made costume at a store. This is what Cape Town cosplayer, Kuroneko Cosplay, did the first time she started cosplaying. She knows from experience how difficult, but rewarding, it can be creating cosplays. Wearing her Dragon Age T-shirt and Assassin’s Creed necklace, I recently sat down with her to discuss the world of cosplay and the processes that are involved when creating an outfit.

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What it means to be an Otaku

Naruto: One of the most famous and well known anime in the world
Naruto: One of the most famous and well known anime in the world [Image via HDW]
An Otaku is a person who is mostly a fan of Japanese culture. Being an Otaku can be quite an exciting (and expensive) lifestyle to live by today, especially since Otaku are quite a minority group around the world and in South Africa. Contrary to what others might believe, being called an Otaku in Japan is quite a derogatory term and these people are mostly looked down upon in society. Stereotypes associated with the modern geek in Western culture are also associated with Otaku, such as wearing glasses, being stuck in your room most of the time and always being on your computer. Society always places rules and expectations on people so it’s hard for some people to truly express themselves as an Otaku. Nevertheless, the Otaku culture is something that is embraced by many people in Western society and also has influences in many forms of media, such as movies and video games.

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