Convention Week: My Brief History with Cosplay at Conventions and Other Events

Cosplay has grown to become an integral part of the convention experience. Whether you buy a completed costume from a store or create everything from scratch, fans love the experience of adorning the gear and assuming the roles of their favourite characters.┬áMy wife, sister-in-law, and brother are all avid cosplayers, I’ve been fortunate enough to see firsthand how much effort and passion goes into this hobby. Cosplay and those who partake in it are awesome!

Side note: follow my wife Steff @copperkeycosplay cause she makes dope stuff! Also, her sister cosplays too and she also makes dope stuff! Follow Michelle @michimadeit!

Steff’s influence in cosplay has rubbed off on me…a bit. While I have little interest in dressing up and zero desire to make a costume of my own, I have ended up donning the robes of multiple characters throughout the years. Here’s a look back at some of my costumes for conventions and other events!

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The Closing of Telltale Games

Pioneers of the modern adventure game genre and makers of one of my all-time favourite titles is no more. Hours before we got official word from the studio, news spread like wildfire of the company’s demise. Before they can even put the finishing touches on the final season of The Walking Dead, the company let go of hundreds of employees and is no longer in a position to finish any of their existing work. My heart hurts at the thought of all of those negatively affected by this news, as well as the thought that the story of Clementine will never be completed. [UPDATE: “Potential Partners” might finish the season after all]

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Review

Telltale’s first season of The Walking Dead is a hard act to follow. It was an evolution of the Heavy Rain style of game, a revolution in terms of episodic content, and a game so emotionally charged that it routinely caused me to gasp, yell at my television and shed tears. It was by no means perfect, but it’s a game that shook me to the core in a way that I’ll cherish forever.

With The Walking Dead: Season 2, Telltale Games cleans up a number of design and technical issues that plagued the first game to deliver an ultimately smoother experience from a gameplay standpoint. But the real question is, can this new season deliver the feels like its predecessor?

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In Third Person Comic Book Show: Episode 1

In this debut episode, I discuss the process I took to getting into comics, which wasn’t very long ago. If you’re intimidated by how large the medium is and don’t know where to start, this episode might be the nudge you need to finally jump in. Let me know if you’d be interested in more comic book content in this format!


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The Walking Dead Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us Review

I came away from Robert Kirkman’s first book with mixed feelings. While I was intrigued by the sections in which the TV show and the comics differ, it was clear that the show improved on the parallels in every way. Written years before the group of survivors found the farm, Vol. 2: Miles Behind Us tracks their journey to and from Hershel’s property. Unlike the show, the group makes a short-lived stop at an abandoned gated community.

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The Walking Dead: Season 2 – Episode 2: A House Divided Review

Clem is no longer alone, but that doesn’t mean she’s out of trouble. A House Divided picks up right where things left off, as she and Pete are being pursued by a pack of walkers. From there, the complications that come with company become increasingly apparent.

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Top 10 Games Of This Generation – #4 – The Walking Dead

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(Game of the Year Nod)

How often does a video game make you question your own humanity? The Walking Dead does throughout in brilliant fashion. At every turn, the game puts you in one terrible circumstance after the next, demanding that you make one gut-wrenching decision after another. By the end of its 5 episode run, I was moved to tears.

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The Walking Dead: Season 2 – Episode 1: All That Remains Review

Season 2 of The Walking Dead video game puts you in the shoes of Clementine. Despite being a little bit older and painfully aware of the world around her, she’s still very much a child. This is the theme that drives episode 1 and will likely carry through the season if she manages to make it through. After playing through the events from All That Remains, I really hope she does make it through.

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Check Out My 2012 Game of the Year Post on Splitkick.com!

Over at Splitkick, all of the editors are sharing their picks for game of the year, as well as honourable mentions. My post recently went live, which you can read right now! Do you agree/disagree with my picks? Take a look and let’s discuss in the comments!

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The Walking Dead Episode 5: No Time Left Review

This is it. After 4 episodes of strife, the conclusion to The Walking Dead is upon us. Writing reviews for this particular franchise has proven difficult, as basically everything is a spoiler. Now that we’re at the conclusion, pretty much everything I could say is going to spoil something. I guess ultimately, I need to answer the burning question: does the series end on a high note?

Yes. Yes it does.

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