Werewolf/Creature Nails Tutorial

This amazing tutorial was created by Madeyewlook and teaches you an easy way to create your own creature nails! Perfect for Halloween! 😀

Hope this helps! 😀

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In Memorium: Callie Cosplay

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Callie Cosplay as Ms. Marvel from Marvel Comics, photo by David Love Photography

On October 5th, the following statement was released by Callie Cosplay’s mother on her Facebook fan page:

“It deeply saddens me to say that my dear daughter, Leah Delaney, aka Callie Cosplay, has passed away. Her brother, Carter Ross, and I find comfort in knowing that Leah is no longer in pain and is now with her Daddy. Leah loved each and every one of her fans, and she considered all of you to be her friends and family. Thank you for the love and support you showed Leah during her short cosplay career and young life. A copy of her obituary will be posted as soon as it is available.
Sincerely,
Leah’s Mom, aka Mama
Debra Burroughs”

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Callie Cosplay as Zatanna from DC Comics, photo by Saffels Photography

Callie Cosplay, Leah, had been suffering from a multitude of medical issues for years, but still did an insane amount of work in the cosplay scene, from being on Patreon to attending conventions. She had a large fanbase and a lot of friends she had made who supported her, through thick and thin, and to say the community is hurting right now would be a huge understatement.

Leah openly spoke about her struggles and everything she was going through, and was never shy on discussing her treatments and how much everyone’s support meant to her. We can all take solace in the fact she is no longer in pain and that so many people are coming together in this tragedy.

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Callie Cosplay as Mystique from Marvel Comics, make-up by Elia Lizacano, photo by David Love Photography

Rest in Peace, Callie Cosplay. ❤ And this page is going to continue to send love and support to her friends, family, and fans that are hurting.

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Metropolis Gallery’s Simone Bianchi ‘Marvel Masterpieces’ Exhibit Press Release and an Interview with Vincent Zurzolo

Per the Press Release I received:

“For (New York) Comic Con attendees, it’s a can’t-miss side trip: the once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity to not only view but purchase original comic art by the master painter Simone Bianchi from Italy—art soon to be immortalized in the upcoming Marvel Masterpieces 2018 trading card collection.

Metropolis Gallery will host the Bianchi exhibit, which opens on Friday, October 5 and runs through the end of December. The trading cards, published by Upper Deck, will also be released in October.

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Spiderman from Marvel Comics, artwork by Simone Bianchi

One of the most renowned comic artists working today, Bianchi is best known in the U.S. for his work in X-Men, Avengers, Spider-Man, Thanos, Wolverine and Star Wars comics, as well as his signature watercolor and ink wash style.

‘Simone brings a certain aesthetic to everything he does,’ says Metropolis Gallery curator and owner, Vincent Zurzolo. ‘It’s distinctly European, filled with dynamic tension and a distinct mood that in-and-of-itself can only be described as Simone Bianchi.’

The Metropolis exhibit will feature more than 50 paintings from the Marvel Masterpieces 135-piece set—all on sale, with prices ranging from $2,500-$14,000. The rest of the collection will be exhibited simultaneously in Bianchi’s hometown of Lucca, Italy.

From 1992 to 2008, release of a Marvel Masterpieces card set was a highly-anticipated comic art event that showcased the work of greats such as Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. In 2016, Marvel revived the tradition—now biennial—with a new, 100-piece card set created by Joe Jusko, who also painted the original 1992 set.

The opening reception will be held Friday, October 5 from 6-9pm. It is open to the public.

Thereafter, the exhibit is open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-5pm through the end of December. As always, the gallery’s permanent exhibit also will be available for viewing, featuring art by iconic artists such as Kirby, Ditko, Frazetta, Gil Kane and Neal Adams, among others.

‘Think about it,’ says Zurzolo. ‘Here’s a rare chance to own an original piece of art featuring your favorite Marvel hero or villain—and it’s also a trading card, too.’

‘I’ve long been a fan of the contemporary Italian comic painters. The chance to represent Simone’s work is quite a thrill for me on a personal and professional level.’

Metropolis Gallery is located at 36 West 37th Street, 6th Floor, a 10-minute stroll from the Javits Center and Comic Con.

Metropolis Gallery is the creation of Metropolis Collectibles, the world’s largest vintage comic collectibles dealer. Together with its online auction house, ComicConnect.com, it has an evolving inventory of more than 150,000 collectibles and holds five Guinness World Records.”

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Groot from Marvel Comics, artwork by Simone Bianchi

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Interview with Vincent Zurzolo:

What initially started your love for comics?
Before I could even read I loved looking at the colorful pics of these fantastic characters.

How did you get more into the vintage comic collecting and what’s your favorite aspect to them?
I collected as a child and at the age of 15 starting buying and selling them. My favorite aspect would be the amazing great stories and art which let you escape into a different world.

With the growing number of conventions, comic films, and spread of cosplay, how do you feel about comics becoming so mainstream?
The more people that love and appreciate comics the better. It makes me happy to see more and more people enjoy comic books.

What was your inspiration to create the art exhibit in the Metropolis Gallery?
I always loved the idea of treating comic art with the same respect as “fine art”. Maybe it was seeing Unbreakable and Mr. Glass’s comic art gallery… who knows.

For this exhibit, since it’s over New York Comic Con weekend and I cater to the cosplay community, are fans welcome to visit in costume?
Absolutely. Last year we had a Walking Dead art gallery show and had a zombie cosplayer roaming the gallery all evening.

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Amy Lee-Inspired Make-Up Tutorial

So, with Halloween around the corner, I thought I’d share this make-up look by Claire Dim! It’s not super hard to follow and was inspired by Evanescence’s Amy Lee! 😀

Hope this helps! 😀

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Vampire Hunter D: Army of Me Fan-Film

I was initially going to review this fan-film created by several cosplayers out of Idaho, but you know what? I’d just rather everyone watch it and take it in. ❤

“Vampire Hunter D: Army of Me is a short film inspired by the Vampire Hunter D book series written by Hideyuki Kikuchi. This project was created by fans through all four seasons in the beautiful state of Idaho.

WARNING: Content may be disturbing to some audiences.”

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World of Darkness: The Documentary Review

I was contacted by TriCoast to do a review on a documentary being distributed by it’s off-shoot, DarkCoast. Now, normally, I would be hesitant to say yes to this type of review, but the film was a documentary on White Wolf Publishing’s World of Darkness series. It has inspired a known cultural phenomenon, including influencing many in the cosplay community.

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World of Darkness: The Documentary

Honestly, I’m starting off with stating I thoroughly loved watching this documentary. I took a stupid amount of notes I’ll try to condense, but I do enjoy role-playing games. I dallied in Vampire: The Masquerade years ago, and am a fan of the supernatural anyway. I loved seeing the costumes created by live-action role-players (LARPers) and the stories they intertwine. All of this is covered beautifully in World of Darkness and literally dives right on into it from the get-go.

There is immediate discussion of the role-playing games available in the 70s and 80s and how the main genre that was popular was fantasy. Interviewees discussed the ridicule faced by discussing their involvement in the games and why they tended to keep to strict social circles (sound familiar, cosplayers?). There wasn’t a lot of information out there with new content, so that was basically how White Wolf Publishing was born… Creating magazines to spread out amongst other players.

The founders discuss how GenCon, the world’s oldest tabletop role-playing convention, was how they took off. Their magazines became popular and they eventually ended up merging with Lion Rampart because of it. They then go into how the economical changes of the time that caused urban decay seen around the founders are what inspired the creation of Vampire: The Masquerade, where you would play a vampire and thusly, an anti-hero. This brought in all types of people, including more women, who were interested in a change-up in role-playing games at the time.

The game also brought together all the major vampire mythology, both modern and ancient, at the time. It introduced the idea of less rules and more storylines, turned classes into clans, and all-around made it easy to create a very expanded and evolving character. Fanclubs were born, then LARPers received their own version of the game, with the RPG turning into a huge expansive world. Thus… World of Darkness was truly born.

The artwork was done by Tim Bradstreet (I remembered his name because well, THAT ART) and it was heavily influenced by the goth punk fashion and club scenes of the 90s. All of it was based off of actual models and poses, which made the art feel more alive and real. This was another reason LARPers and regular role-players grew to love the game as well.

Speaking of the LARPers, they interviewed several throughout the film. Each one discussed their love for the game, as you watch them get into their costumes. It’s really enjoyable to listen to their stories and see their transformations throughout the film. All of them are from different clans, and each has a different story, but it’s cool to see how the game brought together such a different variety of people first-hand.

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Still from World of Darkness: The Documentary, photo by Curious Josh

The World of Darkness quite literally became a cultural phenomenon, facing both the good and bad of such a title. From murderers and bad television series, White Wolf Publishing faced a lot of backlash in the late 90s. The digital age was upon them and sales took a hit to the point the original Vampire creator was laid off, but vampires and the supernatural exploded on-screen.

The Blade movies, Underworld, and many other works were clearly influenced as well, listed and examples given throughout the documentary, and it was all quite fascinating to learn about what occurred with each. However, the World of Darkness continued onwards, until the big blow hit when the fanclub and publishing company went to court over the use of the “Camarilla” name. The publishing company won, but it started outcasting the people they relied on for business.

To garner interest back into the series, the founders decided to restart the series under Vampire the Requiem, but due to many things explained in the film, the fans were still not getting into it. The PC game, Bloodlines, was launched afterwards and did decent enough, so White Wolf Publishing wanted to pursue more in the digital age.

Attempting to pursue making a MMORPG, like Eve Online and World of Warcraft for example, they hired fashion designers in their merger with gaming company CCP. However, the budget far exceeded what money existed and the idea was eventually scrapped with a lot of people losing their jobs along the way.

The documentary ended with an update as of 2015 concerning White Wolf Publishing and their next venture. But, to find out more on that, you’ll have to watch it yourself.

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World of Darkness: The Documentary, artwork by Tim Bradstreet

Overall, I found this film fun and fascinating, with good visuals and music compositions. The interviews and older footage of the founders and creators made everything a lot less stale for what you’d expect of a documentary. The cosplayer in me loved the costumes and clothing introduced by the LARPers and digital fashion designers. It’s all around a pretty fun film and I definitely recommend checking it out!

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DarkCoast will bring White Wolf’s World of Darkness: The Documentary to the USA on September 18th, 2018 for its online digital release streaming on various VOD platforms (Amazon, InDemand, iTunes, Fandango, Dish, FlixFling, Vimeo on Demand, Google Play, Sling).

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Hellraiser-Inspired Make-up/Cosplay Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Courtney Little Makeup and is definitely a more intense one! The final look is absolutely amazing and would be perfect for any horror fan for Halloween! 😀

Hope this helps! 😀

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