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Haven Editorial: Cosplay is good

Cosplay is to me a wholesome activity, that promotes creativity and fun. For people of all ages. Children love to play dress up, Halloween promotes it and we have a similar tradition in Norway, only with singing for candy on new years eve. Not to mention that people love to host costume parties and masquerade balls. There is also a lot more kinky ways to use a tantalizing costume. Cosplay is short for costume fun and that’s the main point.

However there are also several unintended benefits in the recent and increased popularity. A lot of old crafts was about to die out, due to mass production and few career prospects. It used to be a common profession to sew custom clothes, such as fancy, frilly party dresses and such. There is only so many tailors and seamstress the community can keep aloft, when anyone can buy a suit at a mall. Mass producing cosplay is virtually impossible. Since there are millions of characters to pick from and they all have something unique about them. Which is quite awesome indeed. There is an old saying that goes «If you want something done right, do it yourself». Creating a costume is hard work and a real mental challenge, that forces the one making it to think about the best approach. Both when it comes to picking materials and when it comes to assembly.

Let’s face it. Everything is possible on a 3d model, or in an animated show. Because it is not real. Creating cosplay is all about making it real. Which requires a sound mind and some insanity. Since it is a common fact that big shoulder plates will never stay in place and that female clothing is not designed to stay on. Personal I use the term practical problem solving. Challenges is a part of life, but creative crafting is a way to overcome that. Most costumes includes many intricate sewing patterns, fancy fabric and a lot of armour pieces. Due to the decline of old professions a lot of the knowledge needed has to searched for online, due to a lack of good mentor figures. Sure a lot of it can be searched for online, but for the most of us we learn by trying. On a side note, its a very common thing for people being too hung up on collecting reference materials, you know downloading a ton of character pictures onto a hard drive. Then to never interact with the pictures again. Anyhow, crafting armour, making weapons and intricate , all requires crafting. Which also teaches people to use tools and think for themselves. This in turn makes a person more independent. Apparently a lot of people does not know how to do minor maintenance at home, or own a hammer.

Another positive effect cosplay has on people, is the ability to make friends and boost self confidence. It is quite a challenge to walk around in a costume, where everyone will look and admire you. Meeting new people is also easier when one have something in common. It breaks the ice. Plus all the professional venues has a zero drug and no alcohol policy. let’s face it, many people have a very difficult time being around other people or initiate a conversation, it’s a surprisingly good ice breaker. Cosplay is also starting to become a viable way to sustain oneself. Such as winning price money. Live streaming the prop making progress. Which is what I do. There is also a market in selling products to people who lack the patience or the skill to do it themselves. On top of that there is a huge market itself in selling materials to create a costume from. Most of the more exotic martial I use is only sold online and shipped from abroad.

Personally I love crafting costume props and make them work. Which is why I stream the creative process several times during each week.
https://www.twitch.tv/zaceron

Njål Sand

Haven Editorial: Captain America – The Representation of a Nation

Now, first and foremost I know I am probably going to get a lot of heat for this from a community of comic readers out there, but it’s my website so I will say what I want and you’ll are going to have to live with it.

Captain America one of the idealist poster boys for Marvel both in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also in the comics. However in recent events he has taken somewhat of a dark turn after the cosmic cube rewrote his personal history turning him into an agent of Hydra and he’s slowly begun killing off all the heroes he fought alongside all these years.

But when you think of it, Marvel has always taken a very steadfast stand on politics. They have been using their comics to illustrate a point to the readers; at least from my perspective they have been.

Sam Wilson is currently the new Captain America fighting for truth and justice the same way the Captain America of old once did. However he is a liberal of sorts and that offends a lot of people, but the classic Captain America; Steven Rodgers represents the old America or in this case the current America.

Look around you; you see riots, brawling, racism, fascism, and hatred causing the country to literally tear itself apart at the seams. As a person who’s lived outside of the United States I can assure you that American’s are not taken to very pleasantly weather in be in Europe, the Middle East, England or other countries out there. We are looked down upon because of how we treat each other and when you think of it.

Captain America the person we all knew, loved, and trusted being the enemy is profoundly accurate because this is what America is. We let people live our lives without any choice of our own like the President being Donald Trump right now, who is trying to pass a bill that states that anyone with a variety of illnesses can no longer receive medical care such as me.

Yet, we have a person like Bernie Sanders who is standing up for us, against all odds and fighting for our true rights that we think we’ve had. Bernie Sanders is essentially the New Captain America with his political views not being in line with the main stream media.

We are at the cross-roads as a country, both in comics and in the way the nation is run and by who its run. We see the enemy and how its drawing closer, but a lot of people have trouble accepting this as a truth because of who it is. But Marvel gave it a face, a name, and a cause Captain America the original Captain America is a Hydra agent who thinks that controlling people is the best solution and we have to sacrifice our lives, and our freedoms for this cause.

No man can be controlled, just as no one can stop time from moving forward.

The only way this situation could become even more clear to people is if Donald Trump took Captain America’s shield and did a hand to hand fight with Bernie Sanders. It’s sad though, that the times continue to move on, and the people we thought we could trust turn out to be our greatest enemy.

Comics are a means of expression just like all other forms of art, but at the same time each art form is meant to help invoke a emotion, whether it be pity, remorse, anger, or despair. If anything the story that is unfolding right now before our eyes is real, just as the struggle to choose to keep on living a dream or face the reality of the situation outside our door.

America is considered the enemy, to a lot of people, and is viewed with such atrocity that a lot of people want to leave.Those who choose to stay, have to come to terms with the realization that, this is the path they choose, they choose to fight for healthcare, they choose to fight for their lives that the government could deem forfeit at a given moment.

But for those who want to leave, but can’t you will have my eternal sympathy.

-Daniel Clatworthy

 

Haven Editorial: Raptus 2016 and cosplay

Haven Editorial: Raptus 2016

A halo marine, still alive and kicking somehow

The charming little comic expo in small a city Known as Bergen. It’s a place with a heavy focus on comic books and quite famous artists. Such as the ever present and enigmatic Mike Collins. He is quite known for various super hero comics and drawing Dr. Who. Naturally he is not the only guest. Though a lot of the them are from European countries. Due to the popularity of Belgofranco comics. Such as Spirou and the Italian made Donald Duck comics. In the grand scale of the world, it is a tiny convention, however it still attracts some lovely and colorful people. People flock to this place in order to meet their heroes and get things signed. After all who woulden’t like to have his prop knife signed by the walking dead creator? All in all it is a long running and very awesome.

This year as many that came before, a cosplay competition was held. Where anyone in a costume has a chance to win fame and fortune. In most cases it is a gift card for the local geek store known as Outland. Unlike previous years, I took a last minute job as the cosplay competition judge, along with another fellow and one of My little pony comic artist. A lovely lady in some very alternative clothing. Regardless I threw myself into action at the last minute, with poor planning and rough plotting. By now You’ve probably realized that this did not go as well as planned. Several mistakes was made, but they where not made again. Fortunately for me there where a competition on Sunday as well. I did indefinitely better and was a lot more prepared. I know some of those with fancy bought costumes felt unfairly judged when it came to the outfit. However I usually put stage presence very high. Very few can pull it off. Which is why either Deadpool, Harlequin or the Joker ones usually win.

Therefor I decided to make a list over things I should take into consideration:

First of all there is the performance and stage presence. A competition is a show. Keeping it entertaining is key. To become the character and own it. however going onto stage, then bolt after two seconds is boring and bad. If nothing else strike a pose and hold it for at least 4 seconds. Because that is how you get good pictures!

Naturally the next point is stage presence. Some costumes can be quite elaborate and some just leaves no lasting impact. However there are still several points to judge by. Such as the seam quality and craftsmanship. Even commercially made products can be crap. In the end I value the effort and thought process that went into a cosplay project.

Plans and planning

This is starting to sound a little too much like American idol, so maybe awarding should be a bit more creative and interesting. Tough Raptus is not the best proving ground around. As cosplay usually plays second fiddle, is rushed and have terrible backdrops.

http://www.photo.yngvehegreberg.com/Archive/Cosplay/Raptus-2016/
Fight the horde!

Keep in mind, the second day at the outfit competition,everything went much,much smoother. Which is key, live, learn and improve.

Here is a gallery of picture taken during Raptus 2016, by Yngve Hegreberg

http://www.photo.yngvehegreberg.com/Archive/Cosplay/Raptus-2016/

Njål Sand