Friday, December 28, 2012

Interview with CosplayerNation

Before Christmas myself, Fiona and Jay aka Mechanic Geisha who on the Cosplay Ireland team done an interview about the cosplay scene in Ireland for CosplayerNation who do cosplay documentries around the world. We were very glad to be in this video.

Cosplay Ireland Christmas Shoot

Hope everyone is having a good Christmas. Here are some of the photos we done for Cosplay Ireland before Christmas. Photos taken by Stephen CosplayIreland.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish the ones who ready my blog, being following my journey and following my cosplays and modelling a Merry Christmas! Without you guys I wouldn't have made it this far. :) Thank you so much for your compliments and encouragement.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Going Professional

It is so strange when I look over this blog and compare my real old posts to my recent ones. It is like my blog has gotten "commerical" is that how I should say it?.. It is like growing up or you are maturing over the years. I now have to be careful how I am percieved on the internet when I once was just a person and be cautious of my image. No complaints.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Interesting Anime Academic Books I am Reading

I just finished reading two books named; Mechademia Volume 1; Emerging Worlds of  Anime and Manga and Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture In a Connected World.

I really enjoyed these two books. As I may have mentioned that I have a big interest in anime culture giving I come from a strong anime background, being part of con organising for the last 6 years and have been cosplaying for six years I am fascinated to learn more on what anime culture has to offer. Also giving I studied Cultural studies for my BA degree these books were very interesting as they touched on a sense of belonging in the community and on cultural terminology. I really wish I had these books alot sooner when I was doing my Cultural studies degree.

Both books have fascinating articles written by many academic and cultural lecturers and anime fans who are current anime academics.  Mechademia Volume 1 highlights the artistic element to anime and composition such as deep stories and character development and camera angles, while Fandom Unbound focuses more on the wide anime culture and how we are living in a digital age and being connected through conventions, Doujin circles, cosplay and the internet. One of the most fascinating chapters from this book was the first chapter on Train Otaku, this was new to me.

If you are into these sorta book I highly would recommend them. I know want to order and read more of the Mechademia series and more academic books on anime.

Here you watch and download the full video footage which would give you a taster of the Fandom Unbound: Otaku Culture In a Connected World.

Very Busy New Year

I really can't believe Christmas is next week! I am really looking forward to it and will soon be ready for it. Well I have big news, I finally got an internship with an event management company, it is from January to June and I will be working 9-5pm Monday to Tuesday. I look forward to starting and seeing what I come out with and what experience I will gain. I feel this is one step closer getting to my dream. Of course I will still continue my modelling and cosplaying and will try and do professional style shoots for my image. I also need to get back to doing my professional website.

I will be really busy with the Experience Japan Festival which will be held around April. We will be doing a seminar series and will be running events leading up to the festival around cultural museums and galleries in Dublin. In the works, I will be doing a seminar on the arts of cosplay with Fiona and we will be doing many seminars on Anime, Manga, Japanese pop culture and on Japanese traditional culture. I will also try my best to be very productive on this blog and will update the cosplay-educational blog.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cosplay Ireland Photoshoot

So we had round two for the CosArt exhibition photoshoot yesterday. A big thanks to Stephen Hedley for taking the shots and for the cosplayers for coming along. There were all fantastic and it was such a laugh! Thanks to cosplayer AnonJames who was Grell for doing this video.

The video can be seen here.

Irish Dramas are not all that bad (NSFW)

Ok we can't really compete with Japanese Anime, Korean Dramas and hit American TV shows but I am really enjoying Irish gangster drama Love/Hate. It has superb acting, good character development. The Irish are always getting knocked for their acting but this one is a real gem. I am not sure how well it is doing internationally. It ain't no Sopranos or Breaking Bad but it is a good show for an Irish drama. You might enjoy it.