Atlanti-Con offered convention goers an opportunity to show off
CORNER BROOK — When the doors to Atlanti-Con opened on Saturday it didn’t take long before it was clear that cosplay and costumes were going to be a big part of the two-day event.
Everywhere you looked at the convention centre in the new arts and science’s extension at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland you could see superheroes, anime characters, literary figures, steampunk players and even a princess or two.
Robin Battiste, attended the science-fiction/fantasy/comics/gaming and anime convention, dressed as Midna from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess video game.
“I just kind of grew up with cartoons and video games,” said Battiste, a Port aux Basques native who is studying French and folklore at Grenfell.
“And I love costumes. I love Halloween and any chance for me to get into a costume and become another character is totally fun.”
Battiste said cosplaying gives you the opportunity to “step into a different skin.” And while people look at you differently it’s not a bad different.
“I think it almost brightens up the people’s convention (experience) to see really elaborate costumes.”
She chose the Midna character because she’s a big fan of the Legend of Zelda series.
“And I have the right figure for Midna, who is short and pear shaped,” said Battiste with a little laugh. “So I was like ‘that’s perfect.’”
She also wanted the challege of building the helmet the character wears.
Battiste printed a pattern for the helmet on heavy cardstock paper.
“And cut, and folded and glued it until it was a three-dimensional helmet.”
Then she used a bonding resin and fibreglass that’s used in automobile body work and topped it off with a layer of spray paint and some acrylics for details.
Raven Lannon of Bishop’s Falls said she grew up watching anime and dressed as Nel from “Bleach” because she’s a character from her favourite show.
“I love dressing up. I always have this weird style, so this kind of fits in.”
She said animes are a lot different from so called “normal” television shows.
“It just like takes things to a whole different dimension,” she said.
And conventiongoers didn’t have to look far to get some inspiration and advice.
Fantasy art muse Drakaina encouraged cosplayers to enjoy wearing their costumes and to be prepared for all types of reaction when they put themselves out there.
“If you can own it, do it,” she told a small audience of conventiongoers.
Drakaina, who doesn’t reveal her real identity to anyone, has been based in Halifax for over seven years. She started out as a fantasy art model in her native France 13 years ago.
“Artists use my likeness to create their characters, whether it’s for comic books, or illustrations or commissions from people,” she said after her session.
She said that later evolved to her becoming a muse or inspiration.
“I’m just a regular girl who ended up having a not so regular kind of lifestyle,” she said with a laugh.
“What I like about cosplay in looking at other people is the craftmanship they put into it. It’s amazing,” she said. “And they love it.”