Comic cons are a great way to meet like-minded people and cosplaying helps to express your love of a particular character. Some people make their costumes from scratch, while others buy their supplies. If you’re like me and can’t sow or modify clothes to save your own life, then buying is a good alternative. There’s lots of designers who specialise in creating cosplay gear. One of the best is US based God Of Props, who creates cosplay masks and helmets. I bought a Red Hood helmet and here is my review.
Superpowers can be useful in a fight, but for characters who don’t have powers, they need to rely on their intelligence and skill. This is true for street level characters and they usually have a range of equipment at their disposal. The Comic Vault is looking into the equipment that different heroes and villains use and we’ll start with Red Hood. Having learned from Batman, Jason Todd has plenty of tricks and toys up his sleeve.
Comic Cover Corner is a segment that looks at a specific comic cover and examines why it’s so memorable. Today, I’m focusing on the cover of Red Hood: The Lost Days #1, drawn by William Tucci. The comic itself tells the story of how Jason Todd came back to life and started his journey to becoming the Red Hood. There’s a lot to love about this cover, from the colours to the raw emotion displayed by the character.
Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in my first professional cosplay photoshoot. Something I love about blogging is that it gives you so a chance to collaborate with so many different people. Through it, I was able to find a local photographer called Priya, who was happy to to be involved. Here’s what happened when the Red Hood went out into Manchester.
Scott Lobdell and Dexter Soy continue to create an emotionally rich story for Jason Todd and in his companions in Red Hood And The Outlaws #13. In the last issue, Bizarro sacrificed himself to stop a rampaging Solomon Grundy, dying in Red Hood and Artemis’ arms. Before the Outlaws could fully take in their friend’s sacrifice, Lex Luthor appeared on the scene. What are Luthor’s intentions and does he plan to use Bizarro for his own agenda?
There are many illnesses with stigmas attached to them, and HIV is one of the most prolific. For someone who suffers with it, they might feel a sense of shame. But you aren’t alone and the wonderful thing about comics is they hold up a mirror to society and give people hope. Mia Dearden, the second Speedy, is the most prominent HIV-positive superhero, and her story is an example of how a person should never stop fighting.
One of the biggest issues in the world today is mental health. Many people are still afraid to discuss their battles with depression, anxiety and other disorders. Among men in particular, there’s a stigma attached to it, as we don’t want to be perceived as being ‘weak.’ As someone who’s suffered from depression and anxiety, I can admit I used to find it very difficult to talk about what I’ve experienced. But that’s changed.
An outlet that’s helped me is comics and cosplay. Dressing up has allowed me to be part of a supportive community who are up for a laugh and it’s made me think of the positive mental health benefits of cosplaying. Continue reading “The Positive Effects Cosplay Has On Mental Health”