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MCM Dublin comic con review

Hiya lads and lassies so apologies for not writing for the longest of times I could use the same old excuses or I could start afresh and jump into the good stuff. So I guess it might be good to get to the good stuff and start writing. For this piece I shall be writing on my own experience of what I thought of the MCM Dublin Comic Con event that happened on the 1/2 of July.

 

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So MCM Dublin has greeted other once again with litterly months of both a good build up with the promises of fantastic guests activities for everyone who maybe be into comics cosplays films games and everything related to the world of TV film and fan fiction. As always my bestie and cosplayer partner in crime got me involved in going to this year’s MCM. Now I have been to two previous MCM shows and have to say they were ok they had a good guest list and plenty to see and do. Now returning for my third visit I decided to go in with an open mindset and see how everything would unfold and of course here’s the scoop in what happened in our adventures.

In my eyes MCM Dublin have really upped their game this year with fantastic guests with the following people Sam T Jones the original flash Gordon if you haven’t seen the original film go check it out and check out Ted 1 and 2he’s absolutely hilarious both on screen and off screen.  Voice actor Nolan North.  America’s girl next door Summer Glau. Arrows Manu Bennett. Voice over star actor singer and my puds Troy Baker and of course the power rangers.

 

MCM take great pride in both advertising new and upcoming films and thie was clearly with the new despicable me 3 film that’s out now wall to wall poster pictures of gru the girls and of course my favourite little dudes the minions.  The event itself had a section in where you could sit down and check out little tasters of what’s to come in the new movie and of course there was a giant minion in the venue which did make for oodles of photo ops with the giant colourful character. Along with despicable me there was other posters that were displaying new and upcoming films coming up. A brilliant addition added to this year’s event was in both having the red race car from the new movie cars 3 and of course for all you starwars fans there was a section in where you could get your photo taken witb classic characters such as R2d2 and a few other other props that are attached to the classic franchise.  Of course for a small fee you could get your photos taken by the incredibly helpful and friendly staff.

Another thing that I got to check out was the wrestling area and it was fantastic to see the crew in action doing both wrestling matches and moves which was supervised under the eyes of my fellow geekmart vendor who was referee that day and made sure everything went smoothly and safely of course.  For someone loves wrestling and wwe as s youngster I would highly recommend that you all check it out.

On both days with ourselves attending the convention safety has become a priority of safety and from the moment when you entered the rds building security were on hand to make sure everything ran smoothly. Even when it came to helping my fellow cosplayer get changed into his cosplay which went incredibly smoothly thank you again so much to both patience and deep breathing. Most importantly keeping a cool head under pressure. Even when it came to handing our baggage into the cloak room it was smooth sailing.  There was a slight issue though if you wanted to get something out of your case bag or what not the staff would insist on you taking your items back which is fair enough.  But even for the most forgetful folk like myself it might be good to keep in mind to make sure you have everything on you even check twice as in the long run it could save a lot of hassle.  Cloak room check in prices were really good and the guys did a great job in making sure everything ran so smooth.

For both days there was good foot fall for the event and of course there was something for everyone they had a good gaming section for the gamers while they had limited space and consoles the area was kept busy with everyone checking out the games and thankfully there wasn’t too much of a wait time on the consoles.  MCM also provided a lorex play area with the signature trees and of course the lorex himself who was only too happy to pose for photos with all attendees and of course the little fans too. Directly around the corner from the lorex was a chill out bean bag area. Once again perfect place to go and check out and get a breather too. I have to say you had space to walk in all areas without crashing into anyone unintentionally which worked pretty great for the cosplayers who had big cosplays and or props that they decided to wear that day.

When it came to the photo shoots it was smooth sailing. On Saturday I got to meet the incredible Sam T Jones who of course is my childhood hero who plays Flash Gordon (gordons alive) all you new generation kids ask your folks about this.  Meet Jones himself was one of those awe striking moments in where you were star struck I don’t normally get this but when present with your childhood hero of course your gonna get all excited.  I can say Mr Jones has a fine strong handshake on him and of course took interest in you as the fan.  I was wearing my slave girl leia cosplay and of course the flash approved. Subtle reminder though make sure you have both your printed receipt for your photoshoot and arrive 5 mins before. Of course it was fast direct and you got your photo 5 mins later. I did however run into a slight hiccup on Sunday though with my Troy Baker photoshoot.  By a slight mistake I did miss my photoshoot and of course the photobooth staff were absolutely incredible in both doing the following.  They paged Mr Parker and of course good to his word he arrived of course he was only too happy to do the reverse prom picture with myself holding him and of course Troy holding my trade mark harley quinn hammer. If I haven’t said it a few times over huge thanks to the photoshoot folk especially Sarah who organised this shoot in a fantastic turn around time.

Another highlight of my MCM Dublin Comic Con experience was meeting both new and familiar faces from all different parts of the country. There was a brilliant buzz with everyone and the general mood was great between swapping selfies stories and playing catch up. What’s great about MCM is that you get to meet folk you haven’t seen in ages and of course it’s great to meet new and familiar talent from the world of cosplay and conventions. However while you maybe catching up with friends always keep in mind there might be someone who may want to take your photo so please do keep in mind as I welcomed a lot of people taking my photo of both days and of course if you let them hold your prop it can make for both great photos and an excellent conversation starter. I thank the stars that I brought my hammer as she was the star of the show on Sunday and of course my bestie and his props for his cosplay made for excellent photo ops especially at the MCM Dublin sign at the entrance of the convention.

Another piece I’m only too happy to talk about was vendors village I don’t know the correct term. There was plenty of stalls there both Irish and English vendors selling their wares and there was a very good general buzz about the place.  My friend got to purchase a few t-shirts and a book too. Even the big game players gamestop had a nice stall with a lot to offer along with forbidden planet but to name a few.  Even a friend of mine who was a vendor for both days even noted there was a good buzz about the place too.

 

A thing I did this time around was visiting the guests at their tables and it was great.  I got to meet a few of the power rangers which was awesome a childhood achievement unlocked and of course I had to swing by Troy Baker and say hello. He’s so ridiculously nice and even remembered me from another convention he attended arcadecon and he was only too happy in shooting the breeze and talking about in how much he loves Ireland and of course I put in the cheeky bring both yourself and your gorgeous wife back here.  I can happily say both himself and all guests took immense pleasure in meeting and talking to their fans and of course they were only too happy in signing autographs too. The only thing that MCM wouldn’t allow was posed photos witb the guests at their tables. Which I guess it might be something to review for next year’s events but hey hoe that how it goes I guess.

So my summary for this year’s MCM Dublin Comic Con.  I went in with an open mind and was on a mission to have non stop fun with everyone and guess what it paid off massively and I couldn’t possibly put a price on the fun that was had.  While there are some folk who wouldn’t entertain the thought of going to MCM because they might have their loyalties with another convention that happens in August I think it’s fair to say you can’t compare both and I personally would never ever entertain such ideas.  Be it if your a first time convention attendee or a regular on the scene go check it out. You never know you may end up liking it.

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Posted by on 07/24/2017 in Uncategorized

 

no no no 2016 year of the convention attendee 

So now that 2016 will be coming to an end in a few weeks times.  It’s a good time to look over the year and break down the highs and lows of what can be only describes as a somewhat difficult year. While I had some great times this year and some pretty bad times I think it’s best to start with the good stuff first. 

So back in February I got to take part in the first of its kind Irish horror convention called screamvention. Screamvention was an Irish based con organised by o’brien events and had a few stars from the world of horror attending this con. The people that were guests to this event were as follows barbie wilde from the wonderful hellraiser films. Tony Todd aka the candy man Alex Vincent child’s play but to name a few.  Now screamvention was held at the red cow moron hold I’m Dublin and for that last leap year weekend in February it certainly made a good impression on Irish horror film fans. Each guest was only too happy to both meet their fans and promote their work while in turn doing interviews and live Q and A sessions with the audience. When the guests were not doing their Q and A. Each guest took it in their stried in both talking to their fans providing autographs selfies and photos for a wee price.  screamvention also provide wonderful entertainment from the world of the Irish burlesque scene and of course shows were provided for that weekend. With the creme de creme of Irish burlesque talent from the likes of Bella agogo Kat Moiselle and Regina Mc Tigue.  The ladies did not disappoint with it came to their performances.  Each lady provided a signature class piece of their acts and they were both graceful and amazing in everything that they done.  Another highlight of the wonderful screamvention weekend was meeting the two lovely and amazing ladies that when they’re not making horror films that are filled with some much gore and blood that leaves you wanting more were the lovely Jessica Cameron and Heather Doff. Two wonderful ladies with incredible talents when it comes to making brilliant movies and they’re also known for having a brilliant time. Both Cameron and Dorff are faster making their impact on the world of horror and are finally making waves in a community where horror films could be mainly a guys industry.  Cameron runs her own company small town girl productions. Both Cameron Dorff and Wilde did a woman of horror talk while they were at screamvention.  I’ll shall post up the link once again I can’t highly recommend checking out this clip enough. screamvention women of horror interview part 1. I should advise though that there is two parts to this interview.  So here is link two the interviews are pretty damn awesome and well worth checking out. part two of screamvention women of horror

Another highlight of the awesome screamvention was the awesome horror stars from the classic Friday the thirteen movies. Both Kane Hodder and Ari lehman attended screamvention and fir any hardcore fan who loved the Friday the thirteen movies.  These guys certainly did not disappoint. In both promoting their work meeting their fans and doing interviews. These guys were incredibly nice wonderful and lovely to everyone they met. Once again for interviews and news on either the guests and future horror based conventions please check Facebook twitter for updates. 

Kane Hodder 

Ari Lehman 

Sadly though with the amazing ups must come the drop downs. While sadly screamvention have sadly decided to leave the party early and not return fir next year. I do have high hopes to attend a horror convention in Birmingham England which will be happening October 2017 once again this could be a definite maybe as I have to sort out plans for travel hotel and babysitter duties. I do think with screamvention not coming back next year has sadly broken a few horror hearts and let a few people disappointed it’s always best to make up back up plans and make them bigger and better. As I have always said go hard or go home.  

Another convention that I got to attend to this year was the amazing showmasters event Belfast film comic con. The event itself was held in a building near the titanic headquarters and it certainly did not disappoint one bit. Going to Belfast and visiting the city with my bestie did not disappoint one bit. Showmasters really put care and thought in providing guests from the world’s of TV and film and with an impressive guest list that included nightmare on elm Street star Robert Englund among a few other guests too. It certainly did not disappoint. The venue itself was a big building with plenty to see and do. You were never far away from meeting some amazing guests or seeing how they were with their fans. Each guest was surprisingly relaxed and gave you a genuine interest in both talking with their fans about their work. When certain guests were away from meeting fans they were doing Q and A sessions in which fans could ask questions all in a very relaxed atmosphere.  Bfcc did not disappoint in both meeting the guests and meeting fellow cosplayers alike.  The atmosphere was absolutely lovely and you really felt at home while visiting this beautiful place. Another gem that was the highlight of my weekend at bfcc was meeting the cosplay event group superheroes Belfast.  Superheroes Belfast is the brain child of two wonderful guys who I’m only happy to call my friends Andy Baird and Neil Scullion. Both guys have created this company and provide movie quality to attend parry events and even local charities. Each character that they have on their books are both movie and comic book quality. Their characters can vary from the world of superheroes to even Disney Prince and Princess’s to even bad guys that we all know and love to personally root for.  Each character that they have on their books are truly memorising to both watch and interact with. Even a fan like myself who is 21+ plus a bit of vat could not get over her experience of meeting iron-man Belfast.  His suit is film quality and if you ask nicely iron-man will happily pose fir photos interact with you and even maybe do a wee dance for you. For more information on superheroes Belfast please check out their Facebook page and give them a like and share.  superheroes Belfast.  

The only slight downside I had to that day was wearing uncomfortable footwear.  Cosplayers please take note when I say the following always make sure your shoes and or boots that you may have to wear for the event please make sure their broken in. Another tip I would recommend for all cons is to stay hydrated and tomato sure you have eaten enough and that you have enough cash for food and drinks. It’s am important bit of advice I can’t stress enough about. So while we stayed in Belfast we stayed in the premier Inn. Once again a budget friendly hotel with brilliant staff who were only too happy to help you out everything you may have wanted. It was my first time staying in premier Inn and I couldn’t fault my stay even if I wanted too. 
So throughout the year when I wasn’t attending cons I was getting to try out new cosplay ideas and trying to form a plan for next year’s cons.  While certain plans have been set in stone other plans have been out in the maybe pile. I can definitely promise though you will see a lot of harley quinn with her trademark mallet. My costumes though might differ but I can promise that retro harley quinn is making s come back and she’s definitely for keeps. 

MCM comic con 

Another con that I got to attend to this year was MCM. Now as we all know MCM has a bad reputation from both hardcore convention fans and those who hate the company. I’ll keep this short and sweet.  While it’s my second time attending MCM it hasn’t caused me any upset.i got to visit MCM this year once again. With my bestie and he had to Road test his deadstroke cosplay. MCM is held at the rds main hall and once again I just went along with the day itself and kept an open mind. It had some pretty wonderful guests from the world of film and TV. Each guest took it I’m their stride in both meeting and interacting with fans. The event itself had a lot of stalls in where you could buy keep sakes for yourself but again when you visit any convention bare in mind you will have to pay for stuff at convention prices. Once again I have no hate to MCM and I felt as though while it has got a bad reputation over the years thanks to negative feedback from both the attenders and other writers.  My advice for anyone attending either be it this con or other cons go in with an open mind and plan and make the day yours. I had a pretty good day and there was plenty of room to move in and there was chill out areas too.tge changing rooms were clean and both staff and guests were absolutely lovely to talk and were only too happy to assist you with anything you may have wanted to do or see. 

Dublin comic con 

So after a short break I got to attend Dublin comic con. Now with Dublin comic con being in its fourth year it seems to only get stronger with each passing year and the guest list gets stronger and stronger.  From the likes of the walking dead scrubs and American pie each guest that did attend dcc did not disappoint at all. While I sadly didn’t get to meet any guests this year. It was wonderful once again to see them interacting and being around their fans. Dublin comic con have decided to stay in the convention centre in Dublin city once again and it’s certainly paying off. As fans far and wide travel to here and attend this wonderful convention. The cosplayers that I did get to meet had very interesting cosplays and with the likes of American horror story suicide squad and batman vs superman.  It’s fair to say that the Irish are really upping their game with each convention and year passing.  

So that’s a wrap for the year that was 2016 the year of the con. While some parts are the year were absolutely amazing. There are some bads I would rather not bring up and if I could turn back time I would have changed a few things but again that can’t happen.

Huge thanks to my bestie at soulless chameoleon cosplay for sharing this convention year with me. Here’s hoping that we will do a lot more of this in 2017 and here’s hoping we both hit the ground running. 

 
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Posted by on 12/10/2016 in Uncategorized

 

Suicide Squad movie review 

Hi guys sorry for my very long absence of late from my blog page.  After a long due kick in the butt I have decided to come back to writing full time and I shall be starting with my review on the new suicide squad movie.  Once again this post will be spoiler free and photos used in this piece I got from Google images and I shall be using my own photos too.

So last Wednesday on the 8th of August I went to see suicide squad with my bestie.  The savoy cinema Dublin held an amazing event in welcoming everyone.  The entertainment provided that night was thanks to Dublin city comic books and collectables and a few familiar faces we all know and love from the Irish world of cosplay.  Pixie stixx and her squad provided an amazing opportunity to get awaiting guests to take photos with and the savoy provided a beautiful set up for the film premier with stands and pictures of the cast from the movie.  Everyone i got to meet before the film were in great form and we’re absolutely excited to see the movie.  

Pixie stixx cosplay and her friends 

After a bit of the usual trailers towards upcoming films we finally sat down got comfy and watched the must anticipated suicide movie. The movie certainly opened up with a bang gorgeous opening titles fantastic colours and introduced each character with a lot of fun and pazzez.  

We first get introduced to each character in a set of small stories and each character to how they all ended up in prison. Each story for each character is interesting as the next and when finding out the story of all our misfits of society you can’t help but warm to each one instantly and you feel like that you can relate to each character and you also feel like you could root for them. 

Viola Davis as Amanda Waller 

Viola Davis from the how to get away with murder TV series plays an absolute blinder of a role in playing the intelligence operatorative amanda waller. while been in a restaurant and introducing each character to the table with her colleagues you know from the start this is a lady you don’t wanna mess with. Viola plays a tough strong character and is absolutely exceptional in telling the story of all the characters and what they have done to get into the slammer.  

Will Smith as Deadshot 

Now this is the part where it gets interesting when the back stories of each character gets going on first meeting deadshot who is a gun man for hire in while his character could play God in choosing in werether you live or die he also has a soft side in the shape and form of his wee daughter. While deadshot is on a job we see flashbacks of his relationship with his daughter. Will Smith’s portrayal of deadshot is nothing short of excellent he’s really beefed up for the role in the movie in both physically and acting wise. He’s really good at playing deadshot and he really works well with our misfits even though we are a lone gunman.  

Jai Courtney as captain boomerang 

While the movie plays out we get to meet a range of different characters.  Captain boomerang is next and he’s an absolute nutter of a guy and you guess it he throws boomerangs and likes to rob banks and take big money with him too. Jai Courtney what can I say the man is absolute joy to watch along with his wee sidekick pinky the unicorn.  He even had a few one liners which made me giggle a lot he’s just like a cheeky Australian guy. 

Jay Hernandez as El Diablo 

As the film unravels we get to meet a few more characters.  We get to meet El diablo a former street gang guy who has the power to set things on fire.  Who has also has a few dark secrets himself. Jay Hernandez plays an absolute blinder on playing the social misfit who who doesn’t want to fight but is happy to hang out with the gang. 

Adewale Akinnuoye Anak as killer Croc 

We also get to meet the big crazy killer Croc. Killer Croc lives up to his name of being a mutant that is incredibly strong and is a cannibal who has to be fed by the guards at a safe distance while living in a sewer part of the prison. He also has a skin condition that has given him his signature mutant look.

We also get to meet Rick Flagg who in turns works along side with both waller and the suicide squad gang and he plays the role of making sure everyone stays in line and executes the mission with fine precision. We also see flash backs of Rick in working with our misfits in prison scenes. 

Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg 

Jared Leto and Margot Robbie as joker and Harley Quinn 

We also get to meet a few familiar faces of the squad in the shape and form of both harley quinn and Mr J himself. Margot Robbie played an absolute blinder in the role of harley quinn and certainly got into the role and pulled absolutely no punches in how she brought a classic dc character to life. Robbie brought a lot to the table in playing a crazy psychotic crazy who also has a soft side and is absolutely besotted with her puddin.  Jared Letos intake of the joker was ok but again we didn’t get to see enough of his character onscreen to make an impact on the film. The crazy couple are shown in how they romance developed in a serious of flash backs.  While the writers of the film tried to stay true with the romance from the comics I personally didn’t feel much of it 

Katana played by Karen Fukulana 

We also get to met katanna. She gets to tag along with the gang at later stage of the film. She acts as kyles go to girl and us a martial arts expert who is very experienced in using a sword and will not think twice of slaying you first and asking questions later. 

Enchantress Cara Devevinge 

We also get to meet the alluring enchantress/Dr June moone who is played by model turned actor cara devevinge.  She plays an archaeologist while on her travels finds the statue and decides to open up not knowing that she has unleashed an ancient evil force that turns her into a powerful and evil sorceress. With great power comes great responsibility and hell have no fury when anyone dares to confront or fight the sorceress. 

This is where the suicide squad comes in they have to put their plan into action and stop the evil enchantress.  Now with both training and getting to grips with the equipment they have been given thanks to Rick kyle.  The gang of misfits get to work and try and save the world from a potential unpredictable doom and gloom. 

While I enjoyed a lot of aspects of suicide squad there is too many to mention without giving spoilers away. I feel as though the films directors added a bit too much and rushed into adding too much scenes with either little explanation. Certain aspects of the film didn’t needed to be added in. As regarding jared Letos take on the joker i felt that his portrayal of a classic evil character felt a little one sided.  We didn’t get to see much of his character onscreen and I feel as though when he was on screen it felt a little rushed. While Jared Leto is a fantastic actor we can only hope that more will be added to his story. If there were to be a sequel to this film.

Overall I really enjoyed the film I loved how they pulled it all together in a nice little package and paid homage to the classic suicide squad comic books. This film had everything and more a killer soundtrack awesome actors for each role.  It will be certainly going into my blu ray collection when it’s out. My review of this film is nothing sort of honest.  If you haven’t seen suicide squad go see the film and enjoy it. Just try and not read into the reviews and believe the negative press that it was given.  The bad reviews were absolutely uncalled for if I be honest.  A negative review is just a poor reflection on the reviewers mindset.  I give it 4/5.

 
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Posted by on 08/11/2016 in Uncategorized

 

Dublin Comic Con review

So in recent times i was given a chance to part take in Ireland’s first comic con. Now for those of you who dont know what a comic con is. A comic con is a comic book convention in where buyers and sellers alike of both comic books science fiction films and everything that is cool is related to comic books films and even tv and stage shows and i will give you first hand view of what it was like to be at Ireland first and very cool comic book convention. The first Dublin Comic Con event was held in the national arts center that is based in swords co Dublin. It was a 2 day event and even before the evnt kicked off. A lot of the sponsors who partook in the event took to their social media accounts and pushed the event in a very good and clever way. Over the last while they decided to drip feed everyone tidbits of information of who and what will be happening there and needless to say it worked very well.  When i got to see the list myself of who was going and who would be there i only thought that it would be fair that a certain cosplay character would make a special appearance. So for my first comic con event i decided to break the rules and decided to dress up. I decided to go as Arkham asylum Harley Quinn from the batman Arkham game. My reasons for dressing up as Arkham city Harley Quinn is this i loved the character and i also got to dress up as her for last Halloween and she is also quite a fiesty but yet sexy game character who would do anything for her pudding aka the joker.  The process of getting dressed up and into the charcater was an interesting time to say the least. I spend a lot of time in make up alone and well it was a doddle dressing up and portraying here and needless to say i could have not got ready without my friends help so thansk to that certain person in case i havent said it already i would have been lost without your help. When i got into the national arts centre in swords for my first comic con. I was slightly nervous but when i met a few other nice people along the way it than helped me relaxed and when i saw a few people in cosplay i was able to relax and get into my character. My first impression of seeing the comic con was wow. It was an interesting mix of people dressed up as their favourite game characters and i also met a few storm troopers and i even got to meet the gorgeous black cat character from dc comics. Who was just absolutely gorgeous and purred and smiled and welcomed me into the event. Miss black cat was even nice enough to pose along in a picture with me as well. Dublin Comic Con pics 2013 pt 1 010

The gorgeous Black Cat posing with Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn.

As my day progressed and i got more into my character i got to walk about in the venue and even got a few pics with a few different and interesting characters i also got to see what Dublin Comic Con had to offer. I got to see a lot of irish based comic stalls and even saw a few charities working along with the event that day. I also felt comfortable in meeting different people and i even had a few fans of my character asking me to pose for photos and even saying wow your look is just so amazing and to say the least it was fun. I even got to meet a different Harley Quinn from the video game Harleys Revenge and once again it made the perfect excuse for yet another cool photo opportunity as well. 🙂

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awww when Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn met the Harley Quinn from Harleys Revenge

As my day went happily by with ease and immense joy i got to see and partake in a cosplay competition. I got to meet and pose with my 2 favourite cosplayer friends Amy King and Matty Mcmahon. I got to work with both amy and matty for bloom in the phoenix park and when i got to meet them it was great to see them. They both did such a great and wonderful job with the cosplayers and people who got to dress up as their favourite characters. The competition itself was held on the stage nearer to the back of the building and when i got to see who got to dress up as who it was quite an eye opening experience. I got to see so many different outfits and even saw characters i have known and loved for years and it was great to see the detail and time that people put into their outfits and they even got to do their characters signature poses and even gave a little bit about themselves.The one character that stood out was the amazing ironman. The person costume was just without a shadow of a doubt just quite simply amazing to say the least and the detail was spot on. The time and preparation for this look took a few month i do believe but it was most certainly a show stopper to say the least. I also got to see a few cool batman cosplays as well and i also got to see a really cute and very awesome hitgirl from the kickass films so once again thanks and kudos to everyone for the awesome outfits it was certainly very nice to see you al on stage. I even had fun in partaking in the stage and showing off my own outfit and i have to say i had a lot of fun in doing it too.

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The amazing Ironman Cosplay

As my day went on at Dublin Comic Con. I got meet yet another cosplayer friend of mine. I got to meet greet and pose with the awesome John Stubbs. John is a fellow cosplayer and singer song writer who goes under the name stubzy and he got to partake in the fun of dressing up and decided to go along as shredder and needless to say he did an awesome job of dressing up. I got to met and work with John before at another cosplay event a few months and needless to say it was awesome meeting him again at Dublin Comic Con.

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Arkham asylum Harley Quinn posing with shredder 

Another great feature that was featured in Dublin comic con was the awesome tv show the walking dead set. It had two walkers and it also had the famous walking dead background and it also made for a perfect photo opportunity once again i got to pose with the gorgeous amy king and matty mcmahon. I would have to say it was one of the many highlights of my day when i got to pose with this awesome duo and amy just looked gorgeous in her show girl outfit with a gorgeous black corset and skirt and matty just looked so handsome in his waistcoat and cane combo.

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Harley Quinn Matty Mcmahon and Amy King posing on the walking dead photo backdrop 

now to wrap up my first day on a good and rather pleasant note i got to meet a very special person. I got to meet the awesome Laura o Neill. I met Laura at a past event and got to pose with her at that event. So when laura decided to dress up as retro Harley Quinn it had the makings of a good opportunity. Lauras boyfriend also got to do videos of Dublin comic con as well so if you do care to check out on what you may have missed. You can catch his work online its called grahammedia and to say the least his work is awesome and its well worthy of a checking out.

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When Arkham Asylum Harley Quinn met retro Harley Quinn

Now for my second day of Dublin Comic Con. I decided not to dress sadly boo hiss i know your all saying that but i did however got to partake in a demo which you will all hear about later. So for my second day i decided to have a closer look of what the venders had to offer for the irish comic book and tv show fan. To say the least i saw a lot of awesome things that i love and enjoy doing and watching. The first stall that sprung to mind was irish retro gaming. Irish retro gaming is an irish run company that supplies the old style game consoles such as sega mega drive Nintendo and a few others that all use 90s children got to play. I even got to play with my old buddy sonic the hedgehog and it brought back a lot of good happy memories. The consoles themselves are relatively inexpensive and the company will even happy deliver them to your home too. I would have to say for any game of any age would love to have these retro games in your house please make sure you check them out on their facebook page.While checking out other stalls i got to see what Dublin comic con had to offer and needless to say i was spoiled for choice. I got to check out a few stalls that were quite interesting to say the least and i also got to check out FX make up. FX make up is an irish based make up company that supply everything for your costume and prosthetic make up needs. The girls were very helpful and super friendly and have a facebook page so please check them out online.

As my day progressed on a good even speed i got to meet the gorgeous alternative inked up model that is Melissa Hayward. For those of you qwho are not familiar with Melissa work shes alt model who has done a lot of work and has got work done online with a few webpages online and can be even seen regularly at chunk.ie. When i got to meet Melissa it was such a pleasant and nice experience. Melissa is really down to earth and ever so nice and polite and really sweet and being a fan of hers i had to well ask her nicely for a pic of me and her and she of course said yes so just in case if i haven’t said this before thanks again Melissa for posing with me it was so awesome meeting you.

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Myself posing with the lovely and ohh so gorgeous model Melissa Hayward 

Now being at the second day of comic con not dressed up to do anything made me slightly well awkward but that feeling soon stopped when i bumped into a friend of mine. I got to meet the lovely people Siobhan and Tom from the British prosthetics and make up company Nimba creations. Nimba creations are a uk based company that specialize in zombie style make up and protestics and when tom needed a willing victim i mean ahem vounteller i was happy to well partake and offered my services. I will glady show you guys a before and after picture of what he got to do on my face. Meeting tom you could see how much of a nice pleasant guy he was. Tom really enjoys what he does and he gave a demo on how to get the zombie eye and also gave great advice to the crowd and myself while he worked his magic on me. The zombie eye itself was build over a set amount of time using a prostetic eye and a lot of fake blood and also some make up to make it so that it blended in with my skin tones and when i got to wear the prostestic through out the day i have to say it was so comfortable to wear and it was cool to get strange looks from other fellow comic con fans but it was cool when people asked to take pics of the zombie girl.

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The before shot with Nimba creations front man Tom pre zombie girl 

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The building up to the zombie girl look 

(Photo credits Mare Lou Facebook 2013)

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Long behold here comes zombie girl

(photo credits Mare Lou facebook 2013)

So when i got my nearly zombie girl look done i decided to well have a little bit of fun of my own and boy what fun i got the have. I decided to well walk around the enitre event at comic con and sacer the byjaysis out of a few people with my eye and even got to pose for pics as well. But no day is complete by partaking in a game of zombie hunting. Thats right i decided to head outdoors in the beautiful sunshine and well decide to let the little zombie hunters hunt me down and play a game of tag gently with the little hunters and needless to say it was great fun to say the least. I also well met and taunted a few team zero members and even let a few hunters shoot me with their little form darts and their little faces lit up when they saw me and it was to say the least quite a good laugh to have with both the zeros and the little zombie hunters to :-).

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Ohhh no consorting with the enemy that is a team zero member is never ever a good ideal 😉

Now when i had my fun of playing tag zombie games with the children i decided to go back inside for a final few last pics and meets with friends when i got to meet and greet the awesome and beautiful babydoll from sucker punch. Needless to say once again amy king pulled out all the stops and played her role of baby doll so well. We also got to meet a rather cute cosplayer who did her own spin of alex from a clockwork orange and once again it was a sheer joy in meeting her and getting her to pose with us as well.

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Sucker Punch Babydoll Alex Clockwork orange and zombie girl 

So to sadly wrap up my visit of Dublin comic con i got see and pose with a rather cute yet crazy dude with a mind for revenge and torture i will give you another clue to who i got to see and pose with. hes small hes got ginger hair and well hes possessed with the spirit of a murderer and this little dude could not let me sleep for a week when i first saw him in a film that was made and yet banned in the 1990s. Yes i got to meet chucky and needless to say it made for yet another fun photo opportunity and i would just like to say thanks to Dublin comic books and collectibles for this great photo to pose with this cute evil little dude.

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Awww dont we make such a cute couple hey…

Now i would like like to say with this being my first time cosplaying and being at my first comic con. I have to say that it was the best experience i have ever had in such a long time. I got meet so many awesome people and even got to see some cool items that were on sale as well. Comic cons are for everyone really and it does not mean that you have to be in a set group in order to go out and enjoy yourself at these events. I think Dublin comic con event planners and organisers did this event justice and it even got a few people and their products on the map and it had the makings for two days of sheer fun and pleasure. I do most certainly hope that they have it again next year with more to offer and it is also a great way to meet new people and to see your favourite comic book film and cosplay hero and there is no akwardness around cosplayers as i found out as everyone so so nice and down to earth and so easy to approach and talk to. The only thing i would recommend for events like this is to arrive early and go with the flow and visit and partake in any events that are on these days. I would also like to say thanks to everyone who made me feel so welcome and also a personal heart felt thanks to my friend for helping me get ready and get into the mindset of Harley Quinn many thanks to everyone else i got to meet pose chat and work with and also many thanks to the events planners and organisers lets hope we have a kick ass time at Dublin Comic Con 2014.

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Stop me if you have heard this team zero a zombie girl and batgirl walk into Dublin Comic Con 

 
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Posted by on 08/17/2013 in friends

 

Album review Thomas Janak featuring Richard Keogh Sun Moon and Stars

Following the superb journey album that was written and produced by my friend and fellow animal rights activist and radio producer Thomas Janak. Thomas has recently went back to the studio and this time instead of going back alone he has decided to bring along some company. Yes oh yes Thomas is back with a new album and also have decided to do this album with this friend Richard Keogh.

Both Thomas and Richard have decided to work on and produce a new album called sun moon and stars and i of course have the album here and i got the wonderful chance again to review this new awesome work. For those of you who are not familiar with Thomas Janak’s work Thomas’s  work is what i would best describe dreamy ambient chill out electronica album with something for everyone. With Richard Keogh also working on this album it has made this album really enjoyable to listen to.

One of the songs that i really enjoyed on this album was the first track falling away. You have its signature ambient electronic gentle guitar strumming and the lyrics were also very soothing to listen to best describe the song it was talking about the changes that can happen through out our lives and i could relate to this song because i have been there myself and have had recent changes and change can always be a good thing to have.

The 2nd song i really liked on the album was a better place, It opened with great keyboard styles that reminded me of kraftwerk and blissful beats and beautifully sun lyrics as well i have to say i really enjoyed the piece and it made it quite a good easy listening pleasure to play in the background.

The song that also really stood out for me was the beautiful we are like strangers. It had a gorgeous futurist sound to it and a great pop sound to it as well. I have to say i really enjoyed listening to it and both Thomas and Richard made not only this song but all the songs really enjoyable to listen to.

I have to say in listening to this album a few times over i have to say i really enjoyed it. if you like chilled out blissful beats with german electricona than this album is for you.  I have to say it’s so nice to listen and its got something for everyone and i would highly recommend everyone check this album out.

 

 
 

all good things are coming to an end

So this is a kind of sad bitter sweet piece to write. No i am not quitting the blog to move to pastures new and raise mountain goats and cows and a team of well trained border collies while my husband tends to his own business at home while i raise and train the puppies (but still a girl can dream of an easier simpler life). But of late i have noticed well a lot of groups as in bands are breaking up. It was of kind of a surprise when i head about my friends group breaking up. I cant say names due to privacy reasons. But sadly on FB a statement more or less saying me and K**** are breaking up i do wish him all the luck in the world the night that me placed in the named location will be our last gig. Thanks again to all who came and supported us your support is greatly appreciated. Now when i heard this news it made me sad. It was the 2nd band who will have well disbanded and moved on. I know of another person who left a high profile group who are now rocking up the itunes charts now and they are from my home town.

Now while the said group are rocking and storming up itunes the person who left the band is now well comfortably doing a few gigs here and there. On my way home from the city today i saw them perform and thought yeah ok they are good however why or what was your decision to leave this said group. Now sadly in well recent times of late. I have decided to well take a different course of writing and not well review any more gigs. My reason for this is mainly because i cant seem to find good groups that are worthy of my attention and ahh people are not exactly coming forward to be the main stars of this page. But enough about groups making it and breaking it. The subject matter in question is this? Why give up give in or move away from something that does not make you happy anymore.

Now if i dare tempt to play with fate i have always believed in if certain things do not enlighten you make you happy or serve you of no purpose value or if it does not make you happy anymore than leave it be. Now i have taken a back seat of late with a few certain things and here is my reasons why. I have been recently down and its 17 months since a close person that i loved so much left me for well the reunion in the sky with other family members and pets. In saying that i have decided look this is not going to kill my desire or joy for the things that i love doing. I am now determined to get back to my game and own it and fine tune it and play it my way. But say jesus i decided look ok i’m calling time on writing im calling time on my photography and spending time with my nearest and dearest in the city. I think it would be one of those well dear john letter kind of situations. But when i took my step back from everything i felt relaxed and relieved. I felt like that there was no unspoken pressures put on me there was no need to hit deadlines at certain times and i felt like i could breath.

But what if i never got back to what drives me and makes me happy. Would i have started anew again like people past and present have done. In my case i dont think so. I think if im not happy i change things around to suit me and me only. But it would appear sadly of late people are chopping and changing everything about. Now that i think about it its kind of messing up the order of everything. I know some people keep logs in their houses and a picture of how everything is suppose to be at a said time and date. No offensive when i say this but that maybe is not a good thing to have not anymore. I can happily admit now that i will try and go forth with my own ideas and more. But those people who give up the game or the race so soon are not benefiting but i would say more so loosing more than they could gain. Once again this is what i think im not right nor am i wrong. But i do think if i love and care for something or someone i fight for it and work things out. I just dont give up and walk away it serves no one when that happens.

 
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Posted by on 07/18/2013 in Uncategorized

 

the art of conversation sadly dying a death?

So how r u? wot u up 2 2nght? Sorry i havent been hacked or anything but sadly it would seem now in today’s technology filled world we all seemed to be a slaved to this dreaded illness that is not only the text message but also the cursed social networking sites. Now being well a self proclaimed social networking ahem enjoy  i was going to use another word but i think that word would not see me or carry me in a really good light. But of late i have cut down massively on my social networking sites and habits. My reason for cutting down has been mainly due to the fact that well i dont have much to say and also i have this thing called a life that needs to be fed with good nutritious  nights out with real people and also having face to face conversations with my nearest and dearest. Right the real reason i have bailed on social networking sites was mainly because i had dinner with a mate a little while back and while i was tending to my meal and enjoying my wine. They were istragraming images of their food. Like hipsters before them they decided to take a picture of their food and long behold put it on a social networking site. now am not being bad or anything but last time i checked in you cant eat a photograph of food you can well show it off but why again do this for. I think i have found my answer people always feel the need to catalog every part of their lives now online and it is now causing well a lot of concern. Im not saying that im an angel and i post nothing on online but i use social networking sites like they are my bitch.

I do feel sometimes i do worry in how people use and share a little bit to much of themselves online and do we know when and how to stop. Now last weekend i was at a friends events and of course pictures were taken and i posed in a few and even got tweeted in one or 2 pics and yes it was fun. It was one of those caught in the moment kind of things. Now i havent even posted these online mainly because i like to have an air of mystery and privacy about me. But also free lancing as a photographer model and cosplayer i feel that sometimes i need to rein myself in and how i present myself in the online world. I think also what is annoying me of late is how people are forever messaging their friends online even when they are in the same room. FFS hey kids have some news for you here you know if you put your phone down and open your mouths sounds comes out now engage your brains to well

But sadly i am well aware that i have done this topic to death but i do have to say that there is certain advantages of well getting online to a social networking scene. Like today for example i recent met an artist thru facebook and she did an amazing picture of sheps my border collie and to say the least i will post up her work and get her out there. The added bonus of her showing me her work has now even got me a new tattoo artist to work with. Now in saying this i have promised well f and when i get work done ink wise or what not i may show certain people but than again i may keep this in hiding. Once again i like to well keep an air of mystery about me and well keep them all guessing.

But here is a creepy thing that well crops up from time to time. Why and what the fudge is this who liking option got to do with social networking hey. I was recently at an event and well i was tagged as i was in a photo with 1 close friend and long behold someone likes this pic. So am i assuming here you approve of this pic you have decided to well give your say so and say yes i do rather like this pic. Emm unless you were there at that give time than please unlike better still f**k off away from this photo all together.

But my main question is this do we need to have this digital log that we need to update day in day out. i think not. i cant think or remember the last time i posted something up. I do remember though that the last time i posted something up it was a personal post and while i stood back and remembered what i said and the memories i had behind the post a smile appeared on my face. it was one of those contented smiles that i havent had in a long time. but sadly it didnt last for 5 mins cue an idiot person commenting on the post ohh whats that all about than. It was than in a fit of anger i took the post done and deleted my account. It was rather rash and childish but hey it needed to be done. I feel sort of better for doing it. i think if i do have moments in where i want to share well personal things i will just maybe keep it under lock and key.

 
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Posted by on 07/17/2013 in daily rants