Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
Q: Which video game series would you love to pitch a comic series for? -- @rrob_IV
A: I'm not going to lie to you, Rob: I have always wanted to make comics about video games. I think I've talked about this before, but the first memory I have of actually trying to make comics was laying on the floor of a hotel room at Myrtle Beach one summer vacation, drawing a version of the junkyard scene from Batman #425 that had Blanka and Dhalsim from Street Fighter in place of the standard thugs. It was actually a pretty big dream of mine, and a few years ago, I actually got the chance to pitch a comic based on one of my all-time favorite games. I even ended up writing a pretty big chunk of the script.
So, since you asked, let's talk about the time that I almost wrote a comic based on Final Fight.
Cosplay always goes mainstream at Halloween, with the witch and ghost and vampire costumes of yesteryear making way on the streets, and at parties and bars, for the sort of pop culture costumes we're more used to seeing at conventions. These days, everyone wants to be Iron Man. But a lot of comic fans take pride in going the extra mile at Halloween, and nowhere is that more true than at Toronto's annual Snailoween Party, organized by local retailer Silver Snail Comics. Cosplay photographer Paul Hillier was on the scene to capture some of the finest outfits of the night, and he's agreed to let us share them here at ComicsAlliance.
Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.
If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.
This week, Chris is in his (extremely cluttered) office, making up for lost time and a lost video by taking your viewer questions! Topics discussed include Gorilla Grodd, overlooked crossovers, controversial opinions on Sonic the Hedgehog, and why Street Fighter II has better characters than most other things.
I have devoted a pretty significant portion of my life to rescuing Princess Peach of the Mushroom Kingdom, and, as I have noted so many times before, I grew up a Street Fighter partisan, with Sakura being one of my all-time favorite characters. As a result, I am immediately and automatically down for anything that combines those two characters, no questions asked. It's my weak point, like if I was a bad guy from House of the Dead with a glowing red crack in my armor.
But as a result, I am the exact target audience for the art of Jorge Vargas, who is doing exactly what the Internet loves the most. In a series of pretty fantastic art pieces, he's mashing up video game characters like Peach, Sakura, Pikachu, Kirby, and Mega Man's dog Rush. Check 'em out below!
I'm not gonna lie, folks: Street Fighter II has been a very influential force in my life. And not just in my love of media where people shoot fireballs out of their hands and kick people in the face so fast that their feet become a lightning-fast blur of pain. I mean that it has affected the way I actually see the world. Much like I thought New York City was basically The Warriors before I went there and saw it for myself (there are fewer Baseball Furies than I expected), I have this picture of foreign lands in my mind that is entirely based around the potential for, say, green rain forest monsters who can shoot electricity out of their skin.
As a result, I am the exact target market for Fernando Reza and his series of travel posters inspired by gaming's greatest world warriors. They're absolutely beautiful, with subtle nods to the background of the games done as classic enticements for the jet set crowd, and they are awesome. Check 'em out below!
Every weekend here at CA we’re cracking open
the latest and/or just greatest decades old action figures around to see what sets them apart from the articulated plastic pack. This week we’re unboxing two Street Fighter II G.I. Joe action figures from 1993 that I found at a convention a year ago for less than $10 and totally forgot about in my closet... until today. Do these bizarre relics from video game action figure past still hold up? Or are they mere novelties? Or are they totally both? Find out in our full review of 3.75" tall Guile and Blanka.
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A challenger appears! Following lines from Hasbro, SOTA, NECA, Jazwares and others, newcomer Capo Toys arrived at Toy Fair 2014 to show off a medley of painted and unpainted prototypes of its upcoming 6-9" tall Street Fighter action figures sculpted by Rocco Tartamella. Based on the video game designs from Street Fighter IV, Capo Toys' first wave will include Sagat, Ryu, Blanka, Guile and Chun-Li -- each packing around 20 points of articulation.