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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.

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


Njål Sand

Haven Editorial: Nicky Morgan: Rustled my Jimmies. [Open Letter]

Hello Nicky Morgan!

First let me say I how I read your article and all I can say simply is.
You ignominious little twat. Art does not hold people back art is the soul of society.
Although I do not expect you to understand.

I have come up with a lot of ideas thanks to Artists but allow me to break it down for you. To become a architect you need some degree of “artist” talent that building your sitting in, in fact the chair you are even sitting in was most likely created by a designer who would have to have some degree of art talent to create.

10518631_10153063980155734_5656072176247108870_nMy Australian father is a tool and dye maker and the machines he works with he needs to have some degree of artistic talent to make those molds for the machines he works with. Cars all need to have a designer to design them. Doctor Who? That needs a time line and storyboard written and drawn out and that is done by Artists like

Steven Moffat and Mike Collins. Are you getting it now?

Even engineers relay on art to make their creations. What do you think they do just throw it all together and say “wha la!” No a designer has to help design the things they are making.

A lot of brilliant people have had ideas thanks to comics and television shows written by creative artists. Star Trek, Star Wars, NASA has been developing a way to travel thru space heavily inspired by Star Trek. Breathing life into what others thought a fantasy.

Another big area which in BOOMING in careers is game design there are HUNDREDS of jobs for game designers online and they all need creative writers as well as artists to design the game.Head

Do you not understand Art will never hold anyone back, art is the doorway to a infinite possibility. Just because you can’t draw or probably have no talent doesn’t mean you should imply to others that it will hold them back for the rest of their lives.

How dare you, How DARE you tell any artist out there that their decision will hold them back. You do not deserve to be in a place of responsibility for the education of children.

You are the type of person in the world that stunts a child’s growth because of your manner of thinking. Because you fail to understand the whole grip of Art and the effects it can have on people.

 -Daniel Clatworthy-

Site News: A Big thanks!

I got to hand it to the artist known as Rousteinire for helping out with the new staff portraits!
Hope you all go check out their work and also if you need anything done they take commissions!

 -Daniel Clatworthy-