As we promised, we're going to be doing a series of Cosplayer Spotlights and were going to give a fun interview to thos Cosplayers whom we are fans of. This week we're spotlighting one of the cutest Cosplayers in the world, the lovely Teeny Foxx!
Truthful Comics- So Teeny, let's start by asking you how long have you been Cosplaying?
Teeny Foxx- I've only been serious about it the past few years... but I've always dressed up in costumes for fun.
TC- Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
TF- Both. I like taking male characters and doing a female version.
I do it often with sentai Characters and Spiderman making Anya Corazon basically raiding Peter and Ben's closets.
TC- I see. Why do you Cosplay?
TF- because I enjoy having fun and what's more fun than being super heroes? Seeing kid's faces at events and cons just makes me wanna do this forever.
TC-Is Csoplay a hobby you consider yourself doing for a long time?
TF- I don't plan on quiting anytime soon.
TC- If someone told you they hated your Cosplay, what would you do? Be honest now!
TF- People have both good and bad to say all the time. I usually just take in stride.
TC- Great attitude! If someone told you they loved your Cosplay, what would you do?
TF- I'm always thankful for the support and compliments.
TC- Homemade Cosplay or bought/comissioned cosplay?
TF- I have made some of my Cosplays like my Starfire, but I also commission work from people like my Sentai suits.
TC- Oh yeah, you did an awesome job on the Starfire Cosplay. There is a lot of debate if western/asians should Cosplay. Your thoughts?
TF- I encourage people to do whatever they enjoy.
TC- Do you prefer to work alone or with others?
TF- I've worked with lots of Cosplayers and always enjoy working together.
TC- What is your most expensive cosplay?
TF- Sentai costumes can get pretty pricey with helmet costs.
TC- I can imagine! They look crazy though. What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
TF- I get different attention with different costumes from different people, but my Sentai Cosplays tend to get the most positive attention from all ages.
TC- What is a cosplay pet peeve of yours?
TF- People who are in it for something other than smiles.
TC- I like that about you, you're doing it for the right reasons. What was your first convention? What was the reaction?
TF- A toyshow in NJ, 4 years ago; I loved it! I found such fun stuff and it started my love for conventions.
TC- It's always great to discover a convention for the first time, it definitely opens your eyes to a whole new world! What was your last convention? What was the reaction?
TF- Zenkaikon - it was smaller than most I attend but was still very nice and had some fun panels.
TC- Photoshopped or un-Photoshopped images?
TF- I usually post un-Photoshopped pix but I like both. If a photographer does edit work, I post it just the same. I also recieve alot of pretty cool edits from my page supporters.
TC- How far are you willing to go while in Cosplay? At the end of the day, are you "YOU" or are you the character?
TF- When I am in costume, I stay in character for the kids I meet with, but once the day is done and the helmet comes off... I'm just normal me.
TC- How do you pay for your Cosplays?
TF- I work a regular job and do freelance makeup as well as get paid for Cosplay appearances.
TC- Nice! When do you do Cosplays? At conventions only?
TF- I try to do charity events, in-store appearances and photo shoots outside of my convention appearances.
TC- What got you into Cosplaying?
TF- A childhood dream to the characters I saw in cartoons and comics.
TC- Well, thank you for your time and continued success in all your endeavors. We definitely look forward to your next Cosplays and who knows, maybe you'll be Csoplaying as one of Truthful Comics' character in the near future!
Hello guys! Alvaro (or Lance if you like best) here to give you a look at my 10 favorite animated movies! Feel free to agree, disagree, or post your own favorites! Here we go as it was written in December of last year:
Hey, all! Sorry I've been MIA! Came here quick to say MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all and your loved ones, just in case, happy new year as well! Thought I'd share my most fave animated films ever with you guys!
Christmas is somehow a time that makes you watch animated movies, be it with family or friends, or heck, just by yourself, something about the yule time that makes you watch animated films! And I just thought I'd share my top 10 fave. Why? 'Cause that's how I roll!!!
10- The Chipmunk Adventure (1987)
Oh, my Lord, how I BUGGED my parents to rent this movie all the time as a kid! The songs just stuck on my head for days on end. Adventures all over the world. The villains in the movie smoked and drank alcohol and were snobby rich a-holes. How I LOVED this movie! I saw this movie a few years ago, and, yeah, it hasn't aged that well. But still, it's a nice trip back to being a little kid in New York!
9- An American Tail (1986)
I really loved this one. But even as a little kid, I always felt this was such a sad movie lol It was "emo" before the "emo" generation was even born (as are most Don Bluth films, come to think of it). It was always agonizing watching Fievel always be juuust this close to finding his parents, it was actually a bit unnerving lol And when the most up-tempo song is about how cats killed families and loved ones...yeah, definitely a Don Bluth film! For some reason, at the school I went to in New York they always gave this movie a bunch of times during the school year (and Princess Bride also), so I watched this movie a lot growing up...even if I didn't want to XD
8- Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Ok...forget Micheal Bay...to HELL with Micheal Bay! Bay urinated all over the Transformers like Bumble Bee urinated over John Turturro!!!! THIS is the real deal! Forget Linkin Park (who I have nothing against), Chris Brown (boooo, HISSSS!) or Black Eyed Peas (meh), this movie had THE TOUCH!!!!!! It also emotionally scarred a generation when Optimus went to the big gas station in the sky! And also had the first swear word I ever heard in an animated film ("holy sh..!"). Word has it Duke in the GI Joe counterpart originally was going to die also, but the fan reaction (mostly negative) that came from the Prime death they decided to change the ending to the GI Joe animated movie. One thing that always pissed me off....was not that Optimus died...Star Scream died! After he finally became leader of the decepticons and stiffed it to Megatron!!!! I was more shocked by that than Optimus. Still love this cheesy movie to pieces! I despise Micheal Bay films with a PASSION.
7- Spirited Away (2002)
If there's one movie that as an adult made me feel like a little kid again, it was hands down Spirited Away. A gorgeous movie. From the characters to the animation to the story. Even the american voice acting cast did a great job on this movie. Hayao Miyazaki is a true master in this artform, he's basically the modern day Walt Disney to an extent. Hideaki Anno, another HUGE favorite of mine, got his start with Miyazaki in Nausicaa, Valley Of The Wind. How cool is THAT!? Even my mother loved Spirited Away, and she doesn't like "cartoons" very much (actually, she also loved Kiki's Delivery Service). A film I'd recommend to anybody in a heartbeat!
6- Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)
Perhaps one of the most underrated Batman films ever, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm! This movie was dark, gothic, moody, just like the first two Batman live action flicks and the animated series. It was a great tragic love story. It was a dissapointment at the box office, not to mention it came out the same year as Lion King and Nightmare Before Christmas, so it kind of got lost in the shuffle.But this was truely a spectacular movie, my suggestion is forget the Joel Shumacher flicks and stick to Burton, this animated film, and Christopher Nolan for some good bat-action!
5- Rebuild Of Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance (2009)
Holy. Crap. Just when you think nothing can be done to make Neon Genesis Evangalion relevant again after the hey days of the 90s, comes the Rebuild tetralogy. And the second installment blows. My. Mind. This is mech perfection. This is pretty much Hideaki Anno's original vision if he had the budget and technology available during the original series. Also with tweaks made along the way. This is the ultimate Eva series. The animation is fluid, the colors are gorgeous, the characters are more likeable and better developed. This quite simply was an amazing reboot/adaptation of the franchise. Coming in the fall of 2012 (supposedly) the final 2 installments are coming out, and the 4th and final film is alledgedly the original ending Anno didn't make after fans of the series got all pissy and sent death threats to Anno after the series finale aired, resulting in the infamous Evangelion: Death and Rebirth and End Of Evangelion (which I LOVE despite it all). In the meantime, Rebuild 1 was all right, and sticks pretty closely to the first 6 or so episodes of the series. But 2.0....is an entirely different beast all together introducing the new character (Mari) and new elements into the story. Hopefully, this is just the tip of the iceberg.....
4- The Lion King (1993)
What can be said about Lion King that has not been said before? It's basically a mash-up of Hamlett with Imperial King Kimba. Shakespear, mixed with a creation from the God of anime, done by Disney at it's peak? Cha-CHING!!!! I loved this movie so much growing up. Even though now as an adult, it has kinda worn off on me I must admit. And Scar started off so bad ass and he ended up being a bit of a let down in the end admittedly. But still, it was a great movie, one of those timeless classics!
3- The Secret Of NIHM (1982)
I was too young to remember this film. But recently, I actually bought the DVD. And it is hands down one of my favorite movies. EVER. The first full length movie Don Bluth made after he left Disney (he had previously made a short basically to test the waters before this) and this movie, along with An American Tail and Land Before Time actually made Bluth topple Disney in the early-mid 80s in dominance in animation. And of course forced Disney to bring it's A-Game again with The Little Mermaid. The Secret Of NIHM is an oustanding adventure movie. And suprisingly dark for a childrens movie, too. There are murder plots, sword fights to the death, violent deaths, this movie has everything!!!! Beautifully animated, compelling story, to me, the best of Don Bluth's career. And a movie I'd say to you to sit with your family with some hot cocoa, maybe some smores, gather around the TV, and just enjoy a magical experience in this tale of a mother that would go through great lengths to save the life of her child!
2- Disney's Tarzan (1999)
If there was a Disney flick this high up, probably not the one you were expecting, huh? Yep, it's Disney's Tarzan! It has the typical gorgeous Disney animation and what not. It actually has a pretty dark beginning, too, with the death of the baby gorilla eaten by that cheetah and apparently, was the same cheetah that also killed Tarzan's parents as well. I loved the character designs in this movie (especially Jane), and has one of the coolest Disney villain deaths ever, but only because how ridiculous it was! The songs were...all right I guess. But I guess what I loved about the film the most was, well, the movie was basically about finding uyour place in the world and I was in a place in my life where I was struggling to find a place in the world, too, so I guess I kind of identify with the movie in that weird sense. And I just love when Tarzan has his Ariel moment when he's curious about a world he never knew existed lol If there's one song I can say I liked about the movie, was "Strangers Like Me". Probably not the most popular of Disney films, but to me, it's my all time fave Disney film! If I had one wish, it would be an animated film of my own "Warlord" done by this animation team.
1- Rurouni Kenshin: Trust And Betrayal (1999)
Not just my favorite animated movie, one of my favorite movies period! This is anime perfection to me. This, is a timeless classic to me. Technically, it was not originally a movie, it was a 4 part OVA that was released direct to video, but got SO popular it was editted into a director's cut movie. In the states it's more known as "Samurai X", and THIS is just kick-ass! This was a prequel to the animated series of Rurouni kenshin, which came years after the series was cancelled due to poor ratings for it's final season which was basically an ENTIRE season of filler episodes made until the manga finished the "Jinchu" story arch, the final story in the manga.
The ironic thing is, what people loved so much about this movie was that it was so much more serious than the series, and so much darker and mature, and the people that don't like it don't like it for that reason. And the thing is, this story was actually an incredibly faithful interpretation of the earliest acts in the "Jinchu" storyline in the manga. Only that in the manga, the story is told in the form of a flashback as Kenshin narrates the story to everyboy at Kaoru's dojo, while in the movie it's seen as it's happening. The animation is one of the most beautiful animations I have ever seen, the fight scenes are AMAZING. And the quiet subtle scenes are beautifully done as well. This is a classic tragic love story about love, hate, loyalty, redemption, this is just to me, a plain and simple masterpiece.Even non-anime fans who have seen this movie with me has LOVED it. And to this day, it's the only movie that makes me cry every. Single. Time. When it gets to a certain scene. So, if you're not squimish about blood, even if it is animated, there is a TON of blood in this movie, especially in the first act, you have to check it out!
There it is, I hope you enjoyed it and feel free to share your memories of your favorite animated movies, see you next time!
~Alvaro "Lance Danger" Cortes Ortiz Jr
Hello my little ones, Lance Danger (or Alvaro) here with another blog post. This is the BIG ONE from Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Comic Con, organized by Ricardo Carrion, keeps getting bigger and bigger every year. This year's guests included , among others, Greg Capullo, Joe Madureira, Dan DiDio, Toshio Maeda, and a host of other indie artists and publishers, and even a Funimation screening room!
This was easily the biggest convention ever in the island of Puerto Rico, in terms of both star power and also the massive turn out of people that attended. There was music and some pretty awesome cosplays as well. I was able to get autographs from Capullo and Joe Mad and even got a print signed and personalized for my girlfriend from Toshio Maeda! I got to actually chat with all of them for a few minutes and it was an outstanding experience to chat with them and with Dan DiDio! Also caught up with a few friends there as well. But enough of that, let's show some pics! And a special thank you to Carlos Alvarez who was with me for this journey!
Hello everybody! And now for something a little different =)
Two years ago I had done a brief video review of a Puerto Rican comic named "Dokyo" as part of a "coverage" if you will of the Manga Criolla comics/anime/manga/cosplay convention in 2010. I had filmed a brief chat with the studio behind the comic but for some reason the file was corrupted, so I did a spur of the moment review once I was done editing the videos back home. If you're curious to check out the review it's somewhat near the end of this vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqTTQsrD5Y8
People really seemed to like it. That leads me to this blog right here.
Some of you might not know, but in December 2010 I was involved in a near fatal car accident. I was seeing double for months and having batteries of test by neurologists I had to stay at home for a long while to a road of recovery that lead to months of having double vision, especially from my right eye. So at some point while I was at home I re-watched that video and remembered quite a few people wanted me to do more reviews. So I did this written review of a movie I had bought months previously and had not watched it yet. So, here it is, with a few minor edits here and there because I still had that double vision when I originally wrote this, the written review of the live-action "Blood The Last Vampire" flick. And as mentioned at the bottom, if you like what you read and want me to wrote or make vids of other reviews let me know. Or if you have a different opinion by all means let the world know =)
Here we go:
Finally saw the live action "Blood, The Last Vampire" the other night. It was ok for what it was, but, it felt like I wasn't watching a movie about Blood. I mean, I had zero expectations heading into watching it, because I have the original anime movie in such high regard I didn't want to create too high of an expectation for the movie. It wasn't bad, but not great either, it was....ok
It started good enough, very similar to the original source, but then, it went into this mind-trip, seizure inducing fight scenes that sometimes I had to rewind just to see what exactly happened! Literally there were times where I was like "WHAT just happened?!" And when you still are seeing double at random times from your right eye, and some of the action scenes were so frantic, it's not pretty. And I love a good fight scene as much as anybody. But.....damn....There was this one scene in a bar type thing, that the fighting went on....and on...and on....and on....It was long like in "Matrix Reloaded" Neo vs a million Agent Smiths long, and again, it was so frantic, I couldn't tell at all at some points what happened where.
I feel like the movie should've been called something else rather than like the original anime. Like "Blood: Quest for Onigen" or "Blood, Origins", or "I can't believe it's not Blood!". You know what what it actually reminded me in a way? Ninja Scroll and Ninja Resurrection.
Back in the early to mid 90s, there wasn't THAT much people connected to the internet, and there wasn't as much information as there is now. Especially when it came to anime and the such. So, when Ninja Scroll arrived to the States and became this huge hit here, bigger than in Japan itself, it was a BLAST! So, when Manga Entertainment, the american distribuitor of Ninja Scroll showed the trailer for Ninja Resurrection, all my friends and I were like "HOLY SH*T!!!!! A sequel to Ninja Scroll!!!!!" Oh, how we were fooled.....
You see, Ninja Ressurection, was in fact, NOT a sequel to Ninja Scroll. It was an ENTIRLEY DIFFERENT MOVIE!!!! The name Jubei is a very common name in Japan, especially for like hero type characters. And the main character in Ninja Ressurection was named Jubei, and looked a lot like the Jubei of Ninja Scroll. So, Manga Entertainment, knowing the goldmine Ninja Scroll was, renamed the other movie and designed the logo to look like the Ninja Scroll movie, and everybody and their mother in the US fell for it!!!!! Ninja Resurection was NOT in any way related to Ninja Scroll, and at that time, like sheep, we flocked to it to our surprise and utter disappointment
That's in a way how I felt with the live action Blood, I felt like somebody had made a different movie, and later was relased and marketed as Blood. But anyway, not the best movie I've seen, but not the worse either (that dubious honor goes to a dvd Spanish dubbed version of "Laser Mission", one of Brandon Lee's first flicks). It had it's cool moments. Jun Ji-Hyun actually did a great job acting as Saya and the father of the american girl acted so bad, it was fun! *SPOILER ALERT*
Especially his face when he died....I couldn't stop laughing at his face.....and some of the fight scenes when they weren't frenetic messes, were actually quite well done.
So, an in all, in a Dangerscale!~ of 1-5, 1 being the weakest, 5 being the strongest, I give "Blood, the last Vampire" live-action flick 3 epileptic inducing fight scenes (originally I had given 2 out of 5, but remembering the american girl's father's death face again gave it an extra point for ridiculousity)!
There it was, hope you all liked it, if you wanna read or see more vids of reviews or something, just lemme know and I might just think of something. In the meantime, peace out =)