What are the most popular fandoms?

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Top Ten List of Fandom Hotness
Lacroix, from the Forever Knight TV series . He was our first look at a real platinum blond vampire, and honestly, who has done it better since? He was a devilish cad, unreliable, unpredictable, and was downright evil. But we ladies love his velvety smooth voice that he used at his job as a radio disk jockey to send threats, bits of advice, or the occasional warning out to whoever was listening. Viva Lacroix!

Richard D. Riddick, from the books, cartoon, video games, and the movies (Vin Diesel). The bald bad boy we love no matter how he’s presented to us! Is there any media that this hunk of “dare not to love me, or you’ll get hurt like all the rest” has not yet conquered? He’s got a rock hard body and a deep, sexy, gravely voice. He is a man seeking only his personal freedom, but never at the cost of others. He is alone and the last of his kind, but unwilling to wallow in his sadness or accept your pity.

Raistlin, from the Dragonlance book series and recently of an adequate animated for straight to DVD movie. As a traveling companion, he was not the best, preferring to be alone and read his spellbook rather than converse at the nightly campfire. His temperament ran hot and cold, and he was always quick to point out the flaws in everything. His health was chronically poor, and he was not able to travel fast, force march, or fight long.

Richard “Rick” O’Connell of the Mummy movie franchise (Brandon Fraiser). A die hard adventurer with a tuff as nails exterior, Rick has a soft, romantic, gooey center. He has a boyish face and starlight in his smile. He takes to pressure in a realistic and prudent fashion, screaming while empting his clip at the problem or charging it blindly with a slashing sword.

Ahmad ibn Fadlan ibn al-Abbas ibn Rashid ibn Hamad, or plain old “Ibn” to his newfound Viking companions, this dark eyed Arab Scholar is top drawer (Antonio Banderas). He was a poet by profession who was banished from the woman he loved only to find himself taking part in a very real and very dangerous adventure. He is among people he cannot relate to, customs he cannot understand, barely speaking a language he is forced to learn-all this in a land completely unlike any he has ever traveled to.

Roy Batty, from the movie Blade Runner and the book, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? (Rutger Hauer) He was young, platinum blond, cleanly bares cheated, and so full of heat and desire and a lust for life that nothing was going to hold him back. He cared deeply for his girl, Pris, and wanted to his kind, replicates, what everyone wants: a chance to live. He was a freedom fighter, and like so many others died for what he believed in. But he knew that going into it, didn’t he?

Tyr Anasazi, from the TV show Gene Rodenberry’s: Andromada (Keith Hamilton Cobb). O.M.G. “Hot” does not even begin to cover it. He’s stoic, passionate, a brooder, and has a set of powerfully built arms that wouldn’t hug you so much as they would envelop your quivering body. Mmmmmm.

Spike, from the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (James Marsters). Josh Wheaton did “dark” justice. He is quite brilliant really in dishing out the pain on the characters you love. Spike has had more than his fair share of pain and heartache. A poet and doting mamma’s boy in life, poor William became “William the Bloody” when he became a vampire, and then later earned himself the nickname “Spike.”

Leon Scott Kennedy, of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 4, video games. This dreamy, perfectly drawn hunk was just short of becoming the unanimous hands down favorite. Poor, lovely Leon he doesn’t get the chance to speak often in this first person shooter, but his voice is as intimate as the rustle of bedsheets. In RE: 2 he has just joined the Raccoon City’s Police Department. It’s his first day on the job and moments after he clock’s in there is an infectious zombi breakout that goes from bad to worse rather quickly.

And finally, the Hottest of the Hot, the most Desirable and Wanted Man in all of Fandom is:

Thomas Wraith, of the Dresden Files series of books. Thomas started off as a walk-on the character who worked his way into the hearts of the fans of the books. These days Thomas is now about as popular as the main character, Harry Dresden. Thomas is a Vampire of the White Court, or more basically, an Incubus. But rather than gaining his sustenance off of hapless victims he mindlessly pleasures to death, he’s responsible.

Well, that’s it, my Top Ten Picks of Fandom Hotness. I have noticed a startling trend in what we fan girls go for – the Vampiric, Byronic Action Hero, primarily blond, nicely muscled, a little dangerous, but at the end devoted to his lady love.

 

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What is Cosplay?

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Cosplay is a type of performance art that involves wearing of fashion accessories and costumes by participants/ cosplayers to represent particular characters. Generally, cosplayers interact to form a sub-culture.

All entities that lend themselves to dramatic interpretation can be taken up as subjects. Switching of genders, for instance, is very common. Some of the popular sources are; manga & anime, television series, comic books, live action films, cartoons as well as video games.

During the early 1990s, many people adopted cosplaying as a favorite pastime. As a result, it became an important facet of pop culture in the West (such as USA) as well as the East (such as Japan and China).

What is the history of Cosplay?

Are you aware that cosplay was originally coined by Studio Hard’s Nobuyuki Takahashi? That was in Los Angeles, in the year 1984, when he was attending the World-Science Fiction-Convention. It’s a reflection of a popular Japanese abbreviation method whereby an independent compound is formed by the first 2 moras.

How is cosplay practiced?

Cosplay costumes can range from highly-detailed to simple-themed costumes. Generally, they’re different from Mardi Gras as well as Halloween clothing because the main objective is to represent particular characters, not to represent the symbolism or culture of specific holiday events.

Therefore, when costumed, the main intention of participants is to assume the affect, body language as well as mannerisms of characters that they wish to represent. The characters may be obtained from certain movies, video games, television series or comic books.

Costumes

Participants usually obtain their costumes using various methods. There are manufacturers who produce and later sell outfits that can be used for cosplay. They can be purchased through online platforms and also from dealers during conventions.

Presentation

Presentation of cosplay can be done in various places and in several ways. A sub-set of cosplay-culture, for instance, can be centered on sexual appeal, whereby participants specifically choose characters that are well known for wearing revealing costumes or their physical attractiveness.

Conventions

Wearing a cosplay to a convention is one of the most popular ways of public presentation. Numerous conventions specially dedicated to manga & anime, fantasy, comics, science fiction, television shows as well as video games can be found in many countries across the world.

Cosplay Mania and EOY Cosplay Festival (in Philippines and Singapore respectively) are good examples of renowned global conventions centered on cosplay.

Photography

Appearance of participants during public events usually attracts the attention of photographers. As a matter of fact, there is a new form of cosplay whereby cosplayers attend public events with an objective of modeling their unique characters for still- photographers, instead of involving themselves in nonstop role play.

Criteria for judging cosplay

There are four main criteria that are commonly used to judge cosplayers during competitions. They are; accuracy, impact on the audience, craftsmanship and presentation.

1. Accuracy- how much the participant resembles the original character (with regard to appearance). Examples are; hair styling, stage props, make up, props and costume.

2. Impact on the audience- how well the cosplayer connects with the audience, as well as his/her presence on the stage. Examples are eye contact, engagement with the audience and usage of stage space.

3. Craftsmanship- refers to details and quality of props and costume (e.g. functionality of costume, technique, quality of materials, amount of effort and level of detail).

4. Presentation- likeliness with regard to performance and portrayal of the character (for instance acting, facial expressions, posture and/or movement).

 

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What is Comicon?

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Every year in July, in San Diego, takes place a conference of Comic-Con. Officially, this is an international exhibition of comics. In fact, it is one of the main booms in the geek universe. It determines the future of the entertainment industry for a next few years. Now there are held conferences devoted to the most popular movies, TV shows and, of course, comic books.

What Is Comicon?

Comic-Con is an annual international festival held in San Diego for nearly last 35 years. The festival was founded by Sheldon Dorf and was originally conceived as a comic exhibition. Over time, it expanded to include the other elements of popular culture such as anime, manga, horror literature, collectible card games, video games, fantasy and science fiction films and literature.

In addition, in comicon are shown the trailers of future science fiction films. Comic-Con attracts thousands of geeks fanatics who dress up like their favorite heroes from movies, TV series and comic books. That is a show.

According to reports, each time more than 4 thousand visitors of the festival dress up. But in fact 20 presents of people emphasize their preferences, so that is an approximate number of cosplayers. The real number is difficult to determine.

This annual event is visited by over a hundred thousand fans of comic books, including many stars. In the last year the conference was attended by Robert Rodriguez, Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Brandon Cooper, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

Today, to get more or less complete picture of what is happening at the festival, you have to carefully consider its program, plan your route and choose stands that you want to visit. Otherwise you risk getting lost in this motley masquerade.

History of Comi-Con

The first Comic-Con in San Diego was in 1970, lasted three days and brought together about 300 visitors. Three years later, in 1973, first appeared a mandatory element of masquerade, when visitors dressed in their favorite characters.

The first 20 years of Comic-Con was held in rented halls of various hotels, but in 1991 it moved to the place where it is still based, in the conference center of San Diego.

Since 2000, after the X-Men collected the big cash, Comic-Con began to be important for Hollywood. It was a turning point. Since the cinematic and television presentations at the conference are becoming more and more attractive, “Comic-Con” is not only for the fans of the comic book, but simply for lovers of movies and TV series.

Until 2006 you could buy tickets for “Comic-Con” even on the day of the conference, but then everything changed. When the event has gained cult status, tickets began to diverge long before the opening, often immediately after the start of sales. All this hype is clearly demonstrated in the series “The Big Bang Theory.”

Conclusion

In the words of an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, and a just a man Bob Kevin Smith, San Diego is not another planet, it is a whole different consciousness. According to Kevin, before visiting the festival he was shrimp, and only dreamed about of becoming a man. And after it he discovered his divinity and became the god of light. The seriousness of Kevin Smith, cannot be guaranteed, but his words quite accurately describe the atmosphere reigning at Comic-Con.

 

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What is a Fandom?

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There’s fandom, and then there’s fandom. And the latter is starting to spread even further than anyone had ever thought. All of those critic naysayers who predicted that the “Twilight” franchise would no longer be of interest, and that “True Blood” would fall off the radar, well they’ve been incredibly wrong. There’s never been quite the anticipation level that there was for the latest season of “True Blood,” and the packs of screaming girls aren’t the only ones who are in line for the latest installment of “Twilight.” It seems that the public’s love of vampires and vampire movies and shows aren’t going to fade away as the sun rises, as it’s been going strong for a few years now.

Going to a brand new convention might not help much. It would be time to volunteer for a convention. By volunteering, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the event is run and how it feels to be a staffer, stress-wise, after being treated negatively by one as an attendee unprovoked.

To sign up as a volunteer, visit the website of the event. They may have a volunteer section to sign up. Otherwise, find an email address for information to contact them about helping out. They would be glad to have the extra help. If there is a form, it may ask you which department you would like to work in. If you have experience with real-world skills, such as public relations to escort and befriend celebrities, this can be a good place to hone your skills! Also, it is a good idea to find a convention in its first, second, or third year with attendance under 1,000 to prevent being stressed out right away.

After signing up, you will be required to attend a set number of meetings before officially becoming a member of the team. This is not only to get to know each other face-to-face but to be familiar with the environment and to understand the rules and policies of both the convention and venue before the actual event. There is a good reason why this is required besides getting to know people: if something goes wrong, they will know who to look for, especially if the job isn’t done as it should be.

One more piece of advice to first-time volunteers: no one likes power abusers; especially attendees. One of the biggest pet peeves of convention attendees are staffers who intentionally abuse their power. Just because someone is close to the Head of Operations doesn’t mean they have to talk down to someone else for following the rules. The frustration should be saved for when an attendee knowingly breaks a rule.

Volunteering requires a lot of energy, but it’s no excuse to take it out on someone innocent. A staffer can be removed from an event and barred from returning for failure to waive a negative attitude in light situations. Don’t make an attendee’s day go bad because they are having fun. Put yourself in their shoes before passing judgment: you were once and will always be like them, even as a volunteer.

 

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