Cosplay Heroes – The Fans

My daughter just returned from her first Comic Con: Cardiff Film and Comic Convention at the Motorpoint Arena. She had an amazing time, and one day she’ll take me with her!

It was the culmination of great desire and months of hard, hard work creating her own costume…to go to a Comic Con and not cosplay? No way!

She finally decided on Thranduil from The Hobbit and got down to it. She needed much, including a sword, crown, elf ears, long blond wig and an elven coat. I saw it in many states of array and watched the whole costume come together. I was wide-eyed at the range of her talent, talent she already had and new ones! The silver coat was miraculously hand sewn from scratch, and is gorgeous!

The money, time and dedication that goes into a cosplay costume is legendary, and a lot…then she got to wear it, and she looked stunning!

Bekah - Thranduil by Antti Karppinen Photography, Alias Creative Nov 2014

Bekah – Thranduil by Antti Karppinen Photography, Alias Creative. Cardiff Film and Comic Con – Nov 2014

She got to take photos with Sylvester McCoy, the Seventh Doctor and Radagast The Brown and also sat upon the Iron Throne! She was stopped, too many times to count, by other fans wanting to take pics with her, and she loved the time to meet so many like-minded cosplayers! The costumes were first rate…and this is where the most amazing guy turned up.

Antti Karppinen, a young Finnish photographer, was there with a small set up and took photos of the fans. Seriously, this young man’s talent is fantastic, but his ethos was even better…he wanted to take pictures of the fans because he realised what the Comic Con was all about – without the fans the celebrities wouldn’t be celebrities – and he wanted to give something back.

Please read his story here, you won’t regret it and take a look at the other stunning photos he took! Assasin’s Creed, The Beast, Constantine,Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Super Girl, Spiderman, Loki and more…they all rock! Follow him on Facebook too.

His photo was probably the culminating moment of Comic Con, a permanent photographic record of a costume that took hours and hours of blood, sweat and tears, and lots of determination and love! And a photo of my daughter that I can treasure…Now take me next time! 

8 thoughts on “Cosplay Heroes – The Fans

  1. BekahCat | Adofaer & Arkhdrauth

    Reblogged this on Adofaer & Arkhdrauth and commented:
    Going to my first ever Comic Convention was one of the best experiences of my life.
    I’d spent hours and hours on my Thranduil cosplay and to have people love it enough to ask to take photos was something I wasn’t fully prepared for. It was truly wonderful!
    Although, this was my first, it certainly will not be my last!

  2. Antti Karppinen

    Just found this post! I really really appreciate all the kind words you said about me and my images. This is the reason I do this .. This small post says out loud how important that image was to someone. Thank you for these comments!

    1. Lisa Shambrook Post author

      Antti, I was enthralled by your pictures, they’re so beautiful! The fans put so much effort, time and money into their cosplay costumes, and you made them stars in their own right. You have an amazing talent, and I really hope you get the recognition you deserve, we thank you hugely! 🙂

      1. Antti Karppinen

        I think that is a story that needs to be told to public. Even I didn’t understand this world, but now I do. I will try to spread the images and the story as much as possible. With out the fans and people like your daughter this entertainment world would be useless. We will see where the story goes from here! 😀


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