Sunday, January 18, 2004

Out of this World

Here’s my personal list of highlights from this weekend’s New Worlds Science Fiction/Fantasy Convention, held at the Powerplant Mall grounds, Rockwell Center.

1) Getting pictures taken with 6+ foot tall Sauron in full battle armor. (I heard the cosplayer was an Amercan.) Most thought he’d bag the top cosplay prize, but the judges ultimately gave the plum to Mya (?), the female character in the Pinoy RPG computer game Anito. She made some onlookers wonder if she was wearing any undies.

2) Witnessing the mock showdown between LOTR’s The Witch King and Kill Bill’s Gogo Yubari. It was surreal. I wasn’t able to get a pic because I was the only soul in the booth.

3) Seeing the baffled looks of the mall visitors as the cosplayers paraded single-file inside the Powerplant. The APU couldn’t go along because of the crowds. (Incidentally, that costume was sold by creator Robert Wong to The Matrix Philippines.)

4) Pitying the Trekkie contingent (Via Astris), who had to contend with Sunday’s midday heat in their all-black Federation uniforms. They vowed to get an air-conditioned venue when their group hosts a future convention.

5) Selling out my 30-piece stock of the Zaturnnah compilation. Again, thanks to all who bought. And bought again.

Wishlist:

1) Cleaner choreography for the Stormballs. For those who don’t know, the Stormballs are a group of five guys with Darth Vader and Stormtrooper helmets. And they dance—a cool concept. I was told that they debuted at the Star Wars mini-convention at the Alabang Town Center to enthusiastic audience response. Their goofy performance at the convention was amusing, true, but got a bit dry toward the end. I think it would help if their choreography was more solid and creative.

2) Invite members of the local arnis association to do mock a lightsaber battle.

3) A booth for costume rentals. I’d like to think that would make a lot of moolah.

To The Philippine Tolkien Society and New Worlds Alliance, congratulations!

The New Worlds Alliance is composed of the following organizations: Pinoy Harry Potter, Pinoy Slayer (The Filipino Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel the Series Fan Club), Pinoy X-Philes, Star Wars Philippines, The Matrix Philippines, The Talon (The Filipino Smallville Fan Club), Pinoy Fremen (The Filipino Dune Fan Club), The Philippine Tolkien Society, Via Astris Inc. (The Star Trek Club of the Philippines.

I’d like to give special thanks to Johnny of the Komikeros for hard selling the Zsazsa book to the curious. Zalamat, Johnny. Puwede mong gawing career ‘yan.

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