Thought I’d better finish this before the movie comes out! And hey, Disney owns Marvel and Tron, so why not?
When did I last post about my plan to cosplay Central Officer Bradford from XCOM: Enemy Unknown / Within when I go to Tropicon in July?
Just under a month ago. Classy.
Right. So. As I mentioned in the first post, Bradford is an easy outfit to put together. Most of the stuff, I already have:
I put a couple of different pairs of pants there, as I thought the grey might work, but while I don’t know whether MiB black is character-accurate, it sort of fits the secret alien-hunting organisation theme. I was a little worried about the black tie, in all honesty, but I have one. I’m not worried about a tie clip as all you see above Bradford’s jumper collar is the knot. (Thankfully, I still remember how to do one of those.)
That means all I need to do is buy a badge and a (small size) green commando jumper (plus some new laces for the shoes). And I have around two months to put the readies for those together. An XCOM fabric badge seems to go for around $15US plus shipping, and SciFiGeeks sell ones with velcro backing, so actually having to sew one on may be optional. I still need to do some homework on the jumper, including whether there are (still) any army disposal places in Cairns.
Oh, and as they seem standard for cosplay-related posts, here’s the in-the-mirror progress shot.
Hmm. The pants are a little baggy, but that’s probably not a big deal. The hair could also use a little (okay, a lot of) work, but we already budget for haircuts, so that shouldn’t be a big deal.
What are you doing?
What was your first cosplay?
How much of it did you already have?
What was the biggest challenge in finding / making the items you didn’t have?
Originally, Tropicon was not going to be a big deal for me. I was just going to head along, hang out for a while, enjoy my first pop culture con in over a decade and a half, meet some new people and catch up with some friends, then head home. I got in on the Indiegogo funding project because I wanted to make sure Tropicon got the support it needed in order to happen and, well, early access / parking seems a pretty good idea.
Then I started making contact with organiser Charlie Kennell after trading him some comics for an Xbox 360 S. I put him onto a couple of folks who I thought could help connect him with more potential guests for the con and was happy with that.
Oh, yeah, I’m still doing it. No doubts or back-outs there. Thing is, I’m starting to feel a little… under-dressed, especially in light of some of the guests coming along. The plan was to dress casual and comfortable. Still is, but… for my first pop culture con in ever, that I’m MCing, I want to do a little bit more.
That’s right, folks. I’m starting to think about… cosplaying.
After campaigning for the last couple of years for national pop culture convention Supanova to set a tropical version up in Cairns – and given that Cairns is a tourist city some good two thousand kilometres from the nearest state capital, that’s no small ask – Charlie Kennell, the man behind Luigi’s Video Games (a game and hobby trading store), decided that if he wanted it done, he was going to jolly well do it himself.
Thus, in August last year, Charlie announced Tropicon, Cairns’ own fan-organised convention of all things pop and geek culture. It’s on at the Cairns Police Citizens Youth Club on July the 11th, this year. Charlie already has several guests from the realms of comic books and cosplay, and he’s still looking for more.
Figuring the fact of Tropicon being on my birthday is some sort of sign, I decided to buy a ticket as part of Charlie’s IndieGoGo crowdfunding drive. Not long ago, shortly after meeting Charlie to trade some old comic books of mine for an Xbox 360 S, I got him in touch with a friend with some contact in the entertainment industry who might be able to help him get more guests.
Then, a couple of days ago, the following turns up in my Facebook PMs:
Hey Mr Farquhar, there has been a position at Tropicon i have not yet filled and after careful consideration i think you may be the perfect candidate, how would you like to be the voice of Tropicon on the day, ‘The Host’ ?
Wow! I’ve got to admit my first instinct wasn’t “No!” Sure, I started thinking about excuses, but only quarter heartedly. I mean, heck, I love the sound of my own voice, I love being the centre of attention and I even love giving the centre of attention to others.
And as long as I don’t have to wear contact lenses that put silver rims around my pupils, I’ll be as happy as Larry!
So in case you somehow missed me splashing the news all over my various social media presences: I’m going to be the MC / host of Tropicon! Book your plane ticket, plan a road trip, do whatever you have to do, just be there!
A couple of days ago I wrote a post over on The Paid to Play Podcast about the passing of Monty Oum. Monty was the extremely talented animator who worked at web entertainment company Rooster Teeth, and in his time there he not only brought a new standard of action to their flagship series, Red Vs. Blue, he also created a whole new animated show, RWBY. When an unforeseen medical complication took him from his family, friends and fans at 33 years of age, he was doing what he dug as a full time gig, working with a bunch of people who shared his passion and overseeing the production of a whole video series that he himself had created.
Here I am at 37, still struggling to do anything outside my Day Job with any consistency.
In some cases, it’s because I’ve discovered that a thing and I aren’t a good fit for each other, and it’s time to stop throwing good money and time after bad. In others, I’ve let frustration and doubt take me away from some pretty darned good things. And I’ve never really known what to do about it.
Is that changing? I don’t know, but since discovering Monty and his work, I’m finding myself keen to make sure I Keep Moving Forward on the things that I’m truly curious about. And I think that the best way to do is is to keep moving forward small.
Still, a little planning never hurts, so I want to take a look at what’s on my plate and break it down into small, do-able items so I can feel like I’m making tangible progress.
I completely forgot to mention the New Stuff that went up in other places than here on Monday! Let me correct that now:
For starters, I penned another Reader QUIT for Cordelia of the Calling It Quits fame. This one’s about quitting The Chase – those pursuits, big or small, we sometimes find ourselves on when we start comparing where we are now to some imagined or imposed ideal. It’s harder to quit than I thought, simply because there are all sorts of small things one can be chasing. But the relaxation when you get some measure of peace from chasing is fantastic.
It’s kind of to the point right now; you may have noticed that I haven’t kept to the daily tweets / weekly blogs schedule of the Shameless Challenge. Burnt out too quickly on that, especially when trying to do three comic strips per week.
For seconds, I finally put the chat I recorded with sex therapist Isiah McKimmie back in July 2013 for the Paid to Play Podcast up on Monday as well! Although Isiah has relocated to Sydney in the meantime, there’s still a lot of good stuff about not letting location prevent you from starting a business that matters to you.