Cosplay & Over Sexualisation

Recently, a Sonic Instagram account I follow re-posted a photo that cosplayer Jessica Nigri shared of her in a Sonic the Hedgehog cosplay. It was…interesting.

I guess technically it was well designed and made but, like many of Nigri’s cosplay, it was all just tits and ass. She’s basically taken Sonic’s design and made sure her tits and ass were fully on show.

Now I’m all for a bit of sexiness, but this just seems really tasteless. If it was a character like Vampirella or 90’s Invisible Woman then I’d feel differently as those characters have their various lumps and humps out anyway. Hell, it would have made more sense if Nigri had chosen the Sonic series’ own Rouge the Bat, at least her original design already has big bewbs and is supposed to be voluptuous. But to take a character that’s supposed to be empowering for kids – both male and female – from an all-ages, family friendly series and basically turn it into one of those porn parodies that seem so popular now really irks me. And I’m not the only one.

The thing is, there are plenty of ways you could make a sexy, gender-bent Sonic cosplay without it being completely gratuitous. People have done it before. But rather than just bitch and moan, I thought I’d have a go at designing my own sexy, female humanized Sonic.

The results are below. I don’t claim it to be the greatest artwork ever – it was,after all, done quickly-, or the be-all and end-all of possible human female Sonic costumes, but it’s a lot more tasteful than Nigri’s attempt.

Anyway, feel free to let me know what you think.

Myst Collection

With Myst being one if my favorite video game franchises ever, it should come as no surprise that I’ve collected a few Myst items over the years.

While the collection isn’t huge – to be fair though, there isn’t a heck of a lot of Myst merch out there – I am proud of it. Mostly it’s variations of game releases, special editions and so forth, but there are a few other cool things in there as well.

I recently uploaded photos of all my Myst stuff to Gemr, so you can check out the collection HERE.

You can see all of my collections on Gemr.com

Gemr.com – Should you Buy Comics in Single Issues or Wait for Trades?

My latest article for Gemr.com looks at a question that many comic fans have asked before; is it better to buy single issue comics or wait for the collected edition? It’s a question I’ve mentioned a little previously here on Collectorized and one that I really think deserves to be discussed more, especially as people’s relationship with comics and how they want to consume them changes.

It’s also probably my longest article to date, so that’s cool. Please, head over and have a read. 😀

Read the full article on Gemr.com‘s blog

That Day at Sega World, Sydney

My Mum and Dad recently digitised all our old family photo and among them was this pearler from our first visit to Sega World, Sydney. Not sure exactly how old I am here, probably somewhere between 10 and 13. I remember the trip though it was fantastic, though! 

A few years ago I wrote an article for RetoCollect.com entitled Remembering Sega World, Sydney which recounted the various rides and attractions at the park as well as the story surrounding it’s sad closure. If you’d like to know more about the park, please give it a read. 😀

Gemr – The Many Guises of Doctor Strange

My latest article for Gemr.com is all about my favorite Marvel hero, Doctor Strange. The article focuses on the various costumes the good Doctor has had over the years and the reasons behind the changes, be they for story or editorial reasons.

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Portsmouth Comic Con, 2019

This weekend was the second Comic Con in Portsmouth, England. Last year’s con was a huge success and sold out, so it wasn’t a surprise that a second was announced. This year, however, the organisers made sure to make it bigger and better!

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In the Footsteps of H. G. Wells.

Upon moving to my current apartment and looking in to what there is to do in the local area, I was extremely excited to learn that my new domicile was in easy driving distance Woking, the scene of the first Martian landing in H. G. Wells‘ seminal science fiction novel, War of the Worlds.

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The Beautiful Horror of Dante’s Inferno

Thanks to the brilliance of the X-Box One’s Backwards Compatibility initiative I’ve been able to experience some wonderful games that I missed on original release due to bowing out of the console gaming arena for a few years.

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