The Sci Fi Weekender

BeachOkay, I admit: I went to the Sci Fi Weekender with a certain set of pre-conceptions – and a certain set of thermals. The memories of the previous year’s skull-freezing shower will haunt me ‘til I’m old and grey.

But sometimes, it’s good to be wrong.

One warm caravan; one hot shower. One view of mountains in the morning. Ducks that waddled past our window, in that businesslike way that only ducks can manage. All-in-all, the Weekender turned out to be an excellent event – and the business wasn’t just about the ducks.

IMG_2152Behind the trading table, we saw the most fantastical costumes – from a trio of Deadpools to the gorgeous armour of the Chaos Marine, from Su’s Death of Rats to the beer-drinking, cross-play Leia. It seems the event has become all about the dressing up. Everyone was getting into it, and not just for the Masquerade – I find myself wondering if I can still fit the more interesting end of my wardrobe, but hey, that’s another story.

IMG_2157And on the subject of stories, I thoroughly enjoyed my fiction panels – the books stream had a series of interesting topics, a lot of energy and insight, and a good and positive audience. There was a lot of feedback, people getting involved and asking questions – and that was how it should be. Well done, Sam – that’s never an easy job!

Snapping the SnapperIt was also one of these events where your twitter people come out of the woodwork, introducing themselves and putting faces to @labels. It was lovely to meet so many of you for the first time, and to realise just how far Ecko has reached. Knowing that your book had actually touched people’s lives will never, ever, cease to be amazing.

Louis Spins a TuneOther surprises included Sci Fi London’s Louis Savy spinning a mean seat on the Thursday night, and discovering I can apparently still dance – thought that was to Pat Sharp (who else?) on the Saturday. And might have needed beer.

Simon BisleyAnd props to both Bisley and Fabry, bless them, for being so helpful!

Deadpool's New Reading
All-in-all, the Sci Fi Weekender has taken on a new look – and as cosplay becomes more and more popular, who knows where it will go?

More pictures here.

Stealthcloak!

Stealthcloak

Once upon a time, at a costume party somewhere in the 1990s, my mate dressed up as Ecko.

He wore pants, Tai Chi shoes, a cloak – and a LOT of bodypaint. The fun bit came when he got absolutely wankered and the bodypaint started rubbing off all over the house. We had to put him in the shower, still drunk, to wash it off (he kept the pants on).

The cloak, sadly was not one of these (may have had less bodypaint if it had been!).

I know it’s the Wannabe Ringwraith version, but it works very well as a stealthcloak :)

Shredder!

No not a certain Turtle-hating Samurai, nor a paper shredder (well, not unless you feel like it), these are exactly the bright steel, skull-knuckled fashion accessory you need to match your latest and darkest ‘rebel’ outfit…

And if you’re still feeling underdressed, you can check out the rest of the range…

(Seriously – while I may be a steel fiend? You really can take this stuff TOO FAR!)

Geek Grrl Kiss

This weekend, since I could attend neither the New York Comic Con, nor the Battle of Hastings, and since tweet- and textage of both has made me seethe with jealousy, I have hunted the web for Hallowe’en goodies to placate my green-eyed monster.

And found these: -

They’re from here, and the site has many more – including sexy zombies, sexy superheroes, sexy villains (are we sensing a theme here?) This rather choice selection though, made me chuckle. Those wings!

One question remains. Are you Catman, Demon, Starchild or Spaceman?