I was over the moon when last month Paris Burns Cosplay and LunaChu Cosplay asked me to take photos of their Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley inspired cosplay. The real interesting thing though was that it wasn’t your normal Hogwarts photoshoot, it was halloween so it was the time of witches.
Paris Burns and Luna can both be found online on Instagram and Facebook under their respective names. Do yourself a favour and check them out.
I feel like nothing was real until I met you.
I feel like we connect and I really get you.
If I said, “You’re a beautiful girl,” would it upset you?
Because the way you look tonight, silhouetted, I’ll never forget it.
Oh, oh, Fionna.
Your fist has touched my heart.
Oh, oh, Fionna.
I won’t let anything in this world keep us apart.
I won’t let anything in this world keep us apart.
From the episode “Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake”
Lunachu is a Perth cosplayer, to see more of her you can find her on her Instagram or Facebook
I know it’s been a while.
First of all I was lazy, lets get that out the way first. Even though there has been a lot happening I probably still could have found the time to post some photos and do the things!… but alas I failed.
Over the past 6 months I have bought a new house, which is awesome and surprisingly a lot more chill then you would think. Sure there’s a lot of things I would like to do to it and maybe it’s beyond my reach, but try telling that to my new found homeownership ego! All of a sudden I have found myself thinking I am capable of tasks which I surely am not. Build a wall? Yeah, I can probably do it! Soundproof a window? Not that hard! renovate a shed into a granny flat/studio? I CAN DO ANYTHING!!!…… that’s basically the mentality that come with buying a house. I can’t explain it but you have been warned.
But we are settled now and I have some time. So in the immortal words of Varrick, from Legend of Korra, let’s DO THE THING!
I have a lot of respect for cosplayers like ThunderBunny because what they do is brave. I’m not just talking about getting into a car with someone they’ve only spoken to online to drive to an unspecified location to have their photo taken, I’m talking about boldly wearing the costume of characters they love. While ThunderBunny is more of an anime cosplayer then anything else her Batwoman is something special. She’s taken the best parts of the costume and added a level of functionality that people should really take note of (she sewed pockets onto the undershorts!). Working with her was an absolute pleasure and we hope to get the chance again.
At this point there is one question that has to be asked, have you seen Star Wars yet? If you have did you love it?
I have, sadly didn’t see if on opening night but I did see it on the release day! I love a lot of it. The imagery in this film was just perfect and (whilst a surprisingly unpopular opinion) the Porgs are definitely my new favourite Star Wars creature!
If anyone thinks Porgs aren’t the greatest thing in the world then I don’t even want to know them. Now that the important stuff is out of the way, we should probably talk about Cosplay! How long have you been doing it?
I’ve only been officially cosplaying for about 8 months but I originally wanted to start cosplaying in 2012 when I found out about vocaloids. It wasn’t until three years ago I actually went to my first con and dressed up in my steampunk wear. I always admired cosplayers at cons but didn’t really have the support system at the time so I never felt really confident doing it. One of my best friends kept pestering me to cosplay since she knew I wanted too and this year I finally did and I haven’t looked back since! I’ve done about four cosplays this year and entered my first comp so I definitely think I hit the ground running! And I’ve got so much planned for next year!
Thats pretty impressive for someone who has only been doing it for 8 months. Obviously there’s a lot of cool things about cosplay but what’s your favourite?
Hmmm it’s hard to pin point just one thing. I definitely love the creative aspect of it, I’ve found I actually have a lot more skills when it comes to sewing and crafting then I thought I did. But the social aspect of it has also been really good! I’ve found so many amazing people through cosplay and Ive been so thankful for it!
The work on this cosplay is amazing! the quality really impressive. You have some crazy good makeup skills as well. Did you study or is it just a hobby?
I actually learnt everything through YouTube tutorials and trial and error! I’d always loved quirky makeup and then I just started playing around with it. Special effects was always so fascinating to me and whilst i haven’t done as much as I would like to have done this year it’s really something I enjoy and have had some great experiences on film sets because of it!
I was on a film set once, it was pretty cool. They gave us a lot of free food which I really appreciated. Finally, where can people find you if they want to see more of your stuff?
I go by the cosplay tag Thunderbunnycosplay on Facebook and you can find me on Instagram @thunderbunnycosplay
Courtney Coulson is passionate about a lot of things, but nothing I have seen comes close to his love of David, Michael Fassbender’s character from the Alien franchise. Watching the process of this cosplays creation on Facebook I was excited to see the final results, even more excited when asked if I would like to take some photos of it.
Courtney is one of the most talented and interesting people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting, it’s for that reason we decided to post some of his ideas along with his photos instead of the usual round of 20 questions. Please take a look at his essay as it is quite an interesting read, the link can be found here, Pinnochio Syndrome or Why Representation Matters.
For of work from Courtney he can be found on Facebook at Travian Designs or instagram at courtney.coulson.prime.
There is a ritual that comes with a convention. It involves a trip to a cafe that serves a great toasted sandwich, a large coffee, and a scroll through Instagram to see how the convention is going. The thing about conventions is that you need to get the mornings right, why? because the next few hours is a special kind of hell that only the truly devoted can love. Luckily, Perth is full of those people.
Evolve isn’t a big convention, hosted in the quaint Perth Town Hall it’s main focus is to give the local cosplay community a platform. With stalls of local independent artists and some of Australia’s top cosplayers as guests Evolve is a unique experience and pleasure to attend.
So much great local talent came out today and it’s our absolute pleasure to share some of that with you here.
Unfortunately we do not have the names of all the cosplayers pictured, the ones we do though are listed below as well as a link to their social media pages.
Most of the time we here at 8-Bit take photos of cosplayers, play video games, and post stuff on Instagram about pop culture. Sometimes though, specifically on Friday nights, we get together with the people over at Fruitless Pursuits and play Dungeons & Dragons but with an Australian twist.
Dungeons & Drongos is a fantasy Australia where everything wants to kill you, which is unlucky for the trio of people who have recently been enrolled in a work for the dole scheme. Plank, Gadai, and Mercedes have found them selves as unwilling security guards on a mission to help save a mine under attack by magical forces.
We had a pretty good time playing, maybe you’ll have a good time listening. If that doesn’t sell it, then here’s a quote from my dad.
“I liked it, I listened to it on the way here” – Zach’s dad.
Dungeons & Drongos Episode 1: The Pie Mystery Part 1!