CoTiCon | August 20, 2016

So, I’ve learned a few things when it comes to photographing masquerades: that I’m not a fan. Not to be mistaken with the fact that I really enjoy watching Masquerades and the costumes are absolutely phenomenal (each and every one!), buuuuut the likelihood of me taking photos from a masquerade in the future are probably slim to none.

I went to CoTiCon with the intention of taking photos through-out the day, but with the few very interesting panels I attended, it didn’t allow me much opportunity for photography. Plus, I was feeling lazy that day, haha. It was a small convention out in Cornwall, hosted by our own Annie DeRochie and it was truly a success. Lots of claps from this lady, because I had an amazing time. Though small, it was also intimate in the sense that it didn’t feel so pressuring and busy like most larger cons. I could just stand and talk to friends and not be pushed and shoved or sensing that they’re too busy to talk to me. Y’know? It’s just a different atmosphere, and it’s great.

I decided to debut my 90% completed Casual femshep costume (Mass Effect 3), and it was pretty exciting. I got some more legit costume pics at Toronto FanExpo (Pics coming soon). My friend who donned a casual Mei (Overwatch) joined me for the day, and we had fun meeting all sorts of new people, and bumping into some friends we already knew!

Anyway… to the photos. I have to fore-warn everyone, these photos aren’t the greatest, even with some heavy editing to make them look even remotely okay. I was kind of pushed off to one side, and I didn’t want to get in the main camera or the convention’s photographer, so please take these as purely fun photos and nothing really serious. The tricky part about any skit act is that you’re moving around, and it’s tough to get a photo that isn’t blurry. Though it’s been many years since I’ve participated in masquerades (though I intend to get back to them next year), I suggest that if you’re competing…in your skit somewhere, allow yourself to pose for the camera. You’ll thank me when you find great photos on stage of yourself.

First introducing the judges…

L: Catsluna Cosplay as Shaolan, Cardcaptors Sakura | R: Cinderella

L: Peekaboo Cosplay in her unique costume design | MCN Props in his Halo outfit

L: Link, Zelda | R: Snake, Metal Gear Solid (Phantom Pain)

Draco Draconiss Cosplay as Deathstroke, he also won best in show Craftsmanship!

Inkling, Splatoon

He looks like Anubis, but I’m not sure if it’s directly relating to a particular character.

Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd (artistic version)

L: Soul Eater Evans, Soul Eater and Lucy, Fairy Tail | R: Grandline Productions as Speed of Sonic Sound, One Punch Man

My friend Athena as Pyramid Head from Silent Hill… woohoo!

Lilithia Dark as Sally, Nightmare before Christmas

Btak Cosplay as Zelos, Tales of Symphonia

MysticFae (Vivian) as Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII

Tsuki no stardust, from Touken Ranbu online game, not sure of his character – though I loved the dance and flags!

Final Fantasy… Visuvampy as Yuna, Simikai as Rikku and Nefer as Paine – playing Pokemon Go lol

Canal vorfeed from Lost universe by Careko Cosplay

Announcing winners…

Group Shots!

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me (Jennifer Rapkins) unless otherwise indicated. You are welcome to these photos as long as they remain for personal use. If you require them for commercial use they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details. If I have made an error in cosplayer details, please let me know so I can make the change. If you are in these photos, I am happy to credit your facebook/website, and send you the original image.

Convention lighting is not forgiving so I do apologize if they are not of the highest quality as I do not have control around our environment.

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

Ottawa Comic-Con | May 13-15, 2016

I was finally able to attend an Ottawa Comic-Con… you know, what, 5…6 years later? Better late than never. I also sacrificed a severe amount of sleep to be able to go. I wish I could say it’s because of costume delays, but actually it was because of work. Oh darn those responsibilities. Suffice to say, I had an excellent time helping a couple of friends man their booths *cough* and avoiding the massive crowds where possible.

Little shoutout to Nytro Cosplay  and his friend Spencer (who kept trying to buy things in bottle caps, haha!) in my main photo here…we almost missed each other, but glad they managed to spot me! I also love that we all have different versions of the Pipboy.

I didn’t manage to grab too many photos this year, and primarily because it was so darn busy that I actually wasn’t able able to pull people aside. There were some truly amazing cosplays I saw in person and even in photos that I missed. I was only able to attend Friday and Saturday, but something is better than nothing! Without further adieu, please enjoy!

Neegan and Daryl (The Walking Dead)

My friend Lexa Lefay featured as Cinderella. She didn’t make the costume herself, a friend had made it and exclaimed that she had the excuse to be a princess for a day! Hey, why the heck not!

Simon (Gurren Lagann)

L: Lady Sif (Thor) | M: Kuzco (Emperor’s New Groove) | R: Fleur Delacour (Harry Potter)

L: Fallout Sole Survivor | M: Mad Max | R: Capable & Nux (Mad Max)

Team Fortress 2 … the guy in the baseball outfit jumped in out of nowhere, no idea what series he might be from… haha!

Peekaboo cosplay had created a custom fawn cosplay. I was incredibly intrigued by her lantern… beautifully done! (her cosplays are exquisite!!)

Lana & Archer (Archer). I saw them from afar towards the end of my day, the guys at the booth I was at shouted “LAAAANNNAAA” and apparently that was enough to get their attention (It was pretty funny). I have to say, these two are pretty darn accurate to the show – excellent job!!

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Lastly, I’ll finish with this – Photographer Stephen Orser did this up for me, which was very kind of him. I love it! 🙂

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me unless otherwise indicated. You are welcome to these photos as long as they remain for personal use. If you require them for commercial use they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details. If I have made an error in cosplayer details, please let me know so I can make the change. If you are in these photos, I am happy to credit your facebook/website, and send you the original image.

Convention lighting is not forgiving so I do apologize if they are not of the highest quality as I do not have control around our environment.

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

CAPE | April 23-24, 2016

CAPE (Cornwall Area Pop Event) hosted it’s second annual convention. I was told that last year it was only one day, as the Cornwall area do not have their local busses operating on Sundays. This year apparently there were shuttles to help con-goers get to the Benson Centre. I was unfortunately only able to go for a few hours on Saturday, but met a lot of really amazing and talented people. It had such a different dynamic from our usual OCC or PopExpo’s etc. that most cosplayers attend. I even had the pleasure of meeting a couple of celebrities who had a few minutes to spare to chat with me and my friends I was with.

On to the photos!

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The Pirate group! Featuring (L to R): Elizabeth Swann (Pirates of the Caribbean), Hook (Once), Will Turner and Jack Sparrow (PotC). – Truly some great cosplays, level of detail is wonderful… well done!

Ace Ventura Montreal, as I found out later, was a special cosplay guest and he was so funny… very in character, loved it!

My long time friend Tabitha (Maka) and her sister Amanda (Soul Eater Evans) from Soul Eater.

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I bumped into a fellow Fallout survivor!  (his girlfriend took the photo for us)

And he wore his mask for me! Such excellent work put into his armour and weapon. I gotta amp up my Fallout game!

L: Jon Snow (Game of Thrones) | R: Lucy (Fairy Tale) – It was her first convention and I love to support new cosplayers! We all started somewhere!

These lovely folks from Underworld Larp Ottawa who were trying to get us to go out to do some larping. I wish I had time for things like that!

Merida (Brave) and Daisy (Mario)

We also ran into Marie-Claude Bourbonnais as Scorpion from Mortal Combat, not realizing who she was! She was away from her booth, haha. The level of detail on the leather was amazing.

We also had the pleasure of speaking with Barabara Luna, Noelle Hannibal and Dr. StEvil (who came by and teased Amanda’s red eye contacts, saying she should get ‘checked out’). Haha. I cannot wait to attend again next year. It was a great time!

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me unless otherwise indicated. You are welcome to these photos as long as they remain for personal use. If you require them for commercial use they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details. If I have made an error in cosplayer details, please let me know so I can make the change. If you are in these photos, I am happy to credit your facebook/website, and send you the original image.

Convention lighting is not forgiving so I do apologize if they are not of the highest quality as I do not have control around our environment.

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

Toronto Comic-Con | March 18-20, 2016

Not too late with this I suppose! With all the photos I took while in Artist Alley I think I did pretty well for myself. I did take quite a few photos, so if you’re new to my page… welcome! Feel free to scroll through the rest of my trip musings to find your photo; but make sure to check out the end to see some important details about your photo! 🙂

So I’m going to start this with my mason jar salads, which I was proud of. I didn’t buy any food while we were at the convention, I dumped these into a big bowl and munched away while in between helping customers.

Featured here is my friend Dex Morgan ‘s booth Geek Charming; selling tees and sweaters of her own design. I have helped her before, it’s a lot of fun! Excuse me while I feature some of her stuff. 🙂

Also our friends over at TPub, featuring UK story Twisted Dark. Ballistic Bambi as Marla from Fight Club.

Okay okay, now on to the cosplayers of TCC! Unfortunately while being stuck in Artist Alley all weekend I only had a few chances to linger into the panels and outside halls, but it’s so great to see so many truly talented people out there! I like to take photos of anyone and everyone’s skill level… though preferably I like to take photos of people from series’ that I recognize and enjoy. Also for the love of all goodness, if I have any incorrect information, please let me know!

Family photo: Finn & Jake (Adventure Time), Rey (Star Wars), Daenerys (GoT)

L: General Hux & Fem-Spock | R: Jack Frost

L: Sailor Mars (Sailor Moon) | R: I’ve seen these types of characters floating around for years but still don’t know what it’s from! But I liked their outfits.

The travelling Star Wars group… 501st Legion

L: General Organa & Rey (Star Wars) | R: Aniken Skywalker (Star Wars)

L: “Randy” Archer (Archer)… funny story with this one, this gentleman was on his phone when I was helping at Stone Cold Creations for a bit and I swirled around recognizing him instantly… “RANDY!” He laughed and on his phone he was like “I’m going to have to put you down for a sec.” He was surprised to see that I recognized him (any true Archer fan would!), and I told him about my Fight Club Pam. Suffice to say, it’s still exciting. | R: Jon Snow, Daenerys and Sansa Stark (GoT)… Also, if Danny is reading this, my friend Dex Morgan is dying to know how you pleated your skirt. She’s been trying to make this cosplay and saw you a few times in awe. haha!

L: Sole Survivor (Fallout4) | C: Marty McFly (Back to the Future) | R: Cosima (Orphan Black) Also can i just say, daaaayum girl, that resemblance is on point!

Commander Shepard (Mass Effect). I was really impressed with the weaponry specifically with his cosplay, especially the omni-tool. As I’m (very slowly *lol*) working on Tali, having an omni-tool would be great… if I could figure out how to make it! Anyway, we caught him on the way out Friday night, which was a nice surprise considering I saw very little Mass Effect cosplays (though TONS of sweaters! Including the one I was sporting Friday, haha!).

Friday night ended with a photo of Dex Morgan, Katie From ShareMyCosplay (press), and Ballistic Bambi enjoying some ramen while back at our condo Friday night. Also a Saturday morning shot of me before we left for the con!

L: Rebel Flight (Star Wars) | C: Kagome (InuYasha) It was really funny how I came to find her, she was walking by and I just shouted “KAGOME!” and she’s like “OMG Finally someone who doesn’t think I’m a sailor scout!” haha. Clearly these people don’t know their sailor scouts all that well! | R: Anya, Orphan (Anastasia)

Ezio (Assassin’s Creed)

L: Rey (Star Wars) | C: I believe these are League of Legend characters, but I’m not entirely sure! | R: Borg (Star Trek); my Trekkie knowledge is a little fuzzy, so I wasn’t sure if they were a particular character or not.

L: I’m honestly not sure where these guys were from, but they were so excited that I took their photo, lol. If anyone knows, please tell me! | R: Butchers (Silent Hill)

Another artist shout out! My friends Julie and Chris, of Popsquatch Designs – featuring Julie and her fun geeky accessories!

L:  Unsure of character name (Brotherhood of the Wolf) | R: Kylo Ren (Star Wars)

L: Kylo Ren (Star Wars) & I’m not entirely sure… I thought he was from Naruto, but couldn’t quite figure it out. | C: Geralt of Rivia (Witcher) | R: Fem-Leonardo (TMNT)

Captain America. But you should know that! 🙂

L: Kaylee (Firefly) | C: Chell (Portal) | R: Finn & Rey (Star Wars)

Black Widow (Avengers Series)

L: Flash & Black Canary (Arrow) | T: Halo | B: Sarah & Cosima (Orphan Black)

Josee and the Pussycat Dolls

Imperial Shadow Trooper (Star Wars)

Cersei (Game of Thrones)

L: Count Dooku & I’m not entirely sure (Star Wars) | R: Obi-wan & Count Dooku (Star Wars)

L: Alice, Queen of Hearts and White Rabbit | C: Oliver – Green Arrow (Arrow) | R: Princess Ariel (Little Mermaid)

L: Game of Thrones group  | R: Robo-cop

My friend Dex Morgan as Claire from Outlander

Vegeta & Goten(?) Super Sayan (Dragonball Z)

Sailor Saturn (Sailor Moon) which was nice to see… very rarely see Saturn or a Pluto around!

Ballistic Bambi as Charlene (Archer) “Out land Country- WOO!”

L & C: Carl (Walking Dead) The joke about the middle photo was that our friend in the booth next to us made a Rick joke meme.. “Hey Carl, I bought you an EYE-PAD.” And our lovely new friend here did not look amused. Haha. | R: Kylo Ren & Rey (Star Wars)

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me unless otherwise indicated. You are welcome to these photos as long as they remain for personal use. If you require them for commercial use they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details. If I have made an error in cosplayer details, please let me know so I can make the change. If you are in these photos, I am happy to credit your facebook/website, and send you the original image.

Convention lighting is not forgiving so I do apologize if they are not of the highest quality as I do not have control around our environment.

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com

 

 

Ottawa PopExpo | Nov 21-22 2015

This comes only a few months late, figured I should probably post these before it gets forgotten forever, and we wouldn’t want that!

With a very busy weekend in my own life I was only able to make it out to Pop Expo for a matter of a few hours on Saturday. In that time I managed to: see my fellow cosplay friends, buy a cosplay approved sword for my costume, get an impromptu professional shoot, and spill Ketchup literally all over me.

I had worn Matsumoto before, though with some improvements I felt a lot better about it… but I forgot my pink scarf! I was very disappointed about that. Overall, it’s an easy costume to wear and super comfortable. I’m not used to weaponry so that aspect was a little awkward but I’ll get the hang of it eventually!

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Original costume designer Anja Takera created such a beautiful dress!

I was honestly super shocked to see a Faith Connor’s floating around, and she was really well done to boot! Mirror’s Edge is one of my favourite games, so this was a very pleasant surprise.

My friend Alex over at Lexa Lafay Cosplay as Connor from Assassin’s Creed!

I was a little unsure about who these two ladies were cosplaying as, but their costumes were very cool!

When I met the Disney villian ladies we were waiting in line for our photoshoots, they were very impressive and the photographer obviously loved them. I also met them again in line for some food… after I had used the Ketchup pump and it splattered all over me and my costume. I warned them about it and we laughed about how they were being extra careful about it so it didn’t happen to them too.

Lastly, I managed to get some of my own photos done, thanks to Droo Photography for a great shoot for Rangiku Matsumoto from Bleach:

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Thoughts on the convention overall:

I have to admit I was a little disappointed. After some discussion with friends, apparently having Will Shatner as a special guest had taken away a lot of the budget that should have gone to the vendor’s necessary and standard needs (like backdrops, table clothes and trash cans). On top of which signage was limited, artist alley was hiding (and cold!), and we were not gifted with any goodie-bags. Food selection was limited, but that’s normal for the EY Centre. It was still a good time, but being there for the few hours that I went was probably all that was needed.

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me unless otherwise indicated, you are welcome to these photos as long as they remain for personal use. If you require them for commercial use they must maintain the watermark logo or email to discuss licensing details. If I have made an error in cosplayer details, please let me know so I can make the change. If you are in these photos, I am happy to credit your facebook/website, and send you the original image.

Convention lighting is not forgiving so I do apologize if they are not of the highest quality as I do not have control around our environment.

Please email me at: jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com