Con Decompression Part 2: Cosplay


So welcome back to Part 2 of my Con Decompression. Dublin City Comic Con Anime Edition has still come and gone, and I’m still trying to decompress from it all. Still trying to quantify, correlate, and find the words to describe all that I saw and experienced. This time round we’re going to ramble and talk some nonsense about Cosplay. 

Now if it’s your first time hearing the word ‘Cosplay’, don’t be afraid. It’s not some crazy cult or some adult only game. Cosplay is basically dressing up as your favourite anime, manga, cartoon, comic book, video game or movie character. Think Halloween at a Con and you’ve got it.

You’ll probably want to go get a cup of tea or coffee before you buckle yourself in, as again this is probably going to be another long one.

I would first like to take a few moments to talk about ‘Cosplay is not Consent’.

If your not fimiliar with this concept/ code of conduct , or new to a Convention that has a Cosplay presence please allow me to fill you in (Parental tone activating ). 

Just because someone, whether that is a Man, Woman, or Child has gone to a Convention in Cosplay, it does in no right allow/ or entitle you:

  • To Touch that person in anyway.
  • To jump around that person in excitement or something similar.
  • To pressure that person into taking a photo with you or by you.

What is expected of you is:

  • To ask the person for permission to either take a photo of them or with them.
  • To respect a persons personal space.
  • Not to pressure the person in Cosplay for photos, signatures etc.
  • Not to stare at a person in Cosplay. Certain characters from Anime, Manga, Video games are hyper sexualised. Some of these elements may carry over to a persons costume but please, there’s no need to stare.
  • Cosplayers are artists, some have spent hours and maybe months working on their costumes so compliments are always welcome. Just be cool and kind.

(Parental tone disengaged)

Now just for the record I asked people in Cosplay if I could take their photos while at the Con, and they were cool with that.

Located on the ground floor of the Convention Center, just behind the traders could be found the Cosplay Village.


The Cosplay Village showcased an exhibition of professional Cosplayers, a repair station (to repair any unfortunate damage to ones costume), a makeup station, an exhibition of movie props, and a number of photo sets. Which I have to say was a great and unexpected inclusion.


The photo sets ranged in theme from Anime, to video games to movies…

As well as the Cosplay Village there were a number of panels and workshops running through out the weekend at the Cosplay Academy.

Some of the Cosplay panels included talks about Photography, How to take measurements for your costume, makeup, and how to choose a Cosplay character. 

The workshops focused on working with ‘Worbla’. ‘Worbla’ is a thermoplastic modelling material, similar in regards to EVA foam. Which when heated can be formed into different shapes, to make items such as armour and weapons. It is quickly becoming the go to material for Cosplayers.

These panels and workshops were in great demand at the Convention and I was unable to attend all of them.

The Cosplay segment of Dublin Comic Con Anime Edition concluded on Sunday with a Costume Contest hosted by Wayne Talbot of Rogue Comics and the Irishpubcast podcast.

All in all I think it was a great turnout over the weekend from Cosplayers and fans alike. It really goes to show how big the Irish Cosplay community is, and how big the Anime, Manga, Comic Book and Video Game community is that it deserved a Con focusing on itself, instead of being mixed in with a larger Convention.

Over the weekend  I met some awesome people and I’ve included some more photos of their awesome Cosplay costumes.



Until next time, I’ll see at the table.

– from The Man Cave 

Con Decompression Part 1: Guests and Trade Hall

Dublin City Comic Con Anime Edition has come and gone, and I’m decompressing from it all. Trying to quantify, correlate, and find the words to describe all that I saw and experienced. I’m going to have to divide it up into parts just so I can do justice to the Con.

You’ll probably want to go get a cup of tea or coffee before you buckle yourself in as this is going to be a long one.

It was a frantic weekend, but a brilliant weekend. I filled up my memory card with photos, video and interviews… And in typical Man Cave style a good chunk is unusable due to either bad sound, people photo bombing or plain old shaky hands syndrome.

Protips for moving forward:

  • When taking a photo, check photo before moving on.
  • When doing an audio recording, do a test recording first.
  • Note to self, stop drinking so much coffee.

I hope I salvaged enough to give you a feel for how good the Con was, and I hope you forgive my rookie mistakes. So with that being said, lets move on…

 I was able to attend the guest panel Press meeting which consisted of (both Brent Spiner and Tara Strong weren’t in attendance as they had prior engagements):

  • DC Douglas (Legion from Mass Effect 2&3, Albert Wesker from Resident Evil, Chase from Transformers Rescue Bots, Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans) 
  • Kira Buckland (Power Puff Girls, Blue Exorcist, Nier: Automata, Sailor Moon, Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans)
  • Eric Stuart (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Dinosaur King, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Seth Gilliam (whose film and tv credits include Starship Troopers, Oz, The Wire and The Walking Dead)

 They were honestly fun and friendly people. Answering questions about their careers and freely offering antedotal stories from their careers. 

…and I was lucky enough to get a few minutes with DC Douglas.

I hadn’t quite realised just how tall of a man DC Douglas was prior to meeting him. 

As for the con itself, it was hosted in its traditional home of the Dublin Convention Centre located on the Dublin Docklands. 

As it was the first ‘Anime Edition’ of Comic Con’s in Dublin, it spanned the entire ground and first floor of the Convention Centre. 

The ground floor consisted of exhibitor/ trade hall, the cosplay village and photo sets. Personally, I wish I was a richer man, as there were so many goodies on offer from vendors. There was Asian treats from vendors such as Minamofoods and Kantanliving. Comics, graphic novels, figurines, toys and Gundams were available from vendors such as Dublin City Comics & Collectables, Big Bang Comics and Planet Minifigures to name a few….




… And there were cosplay and ancillary items available from vendors such as Hogwarts Wands, Otakuninja, Viking Drinking Horns, and The Cosplay Village to name a few.

Oh god it’s a good thing I don’t have a credit card, and that they don’t accept children as payment …
– from The Man Cave

Dublin Comic Con Anime Edition

At the weekend marks a first. Dublin (Ireland), first Anime inspired ‘Comic Con’ (Now I know there are other Anime Conventions in Ireland and I am in no means trying to diminish them, but this is the first Comic Con I can flither about at).

Now unfortunately I can’t go and geek myself out for the weekend, due to the usual suspects (work and family), Booo!!!

But…. I have managed to nab 10 minutes to speak to the one and only D.C. Douglas…

Some maybe fimiliar with the name, D.C. Douglas has provided the voice talent for characters such as Legion from Mass Effect 2 & 3, the voice of Albert Wesker from Resident Evil, as well as working on Star Wars The Old Republic for computer games to name a few.

He has provided his voice for numerious other animated projects as well 

Cyborg 009: Call of Justice – Professor Steven Archimedes

Durarara!!x2 – Additional voices

Erased – Kitamura[22]

Fighting Spirit – Genji Kamogawa

Hajime no Ippo – Champion Road (special) – Makunouchi Ippo

Hunter x Hunter – Shoot McMahon

Kyo kara Maoh! – Shori Shibuya

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans – Jasley Donomikols

Naruto: Shippuden – Gari[23]

One Piece – X Drake[24] (Funimation dub)

His film credits include Black Ops with Lance Henriksen, Universal Remote: The Movie with Charles Q. Murphy, the cult surprise Sharknado 2, and Helen Alone with Daniel Baldwin; Hallmark Channel TV movie Final Approach with Dean Cain; and the Lindsay Lohan “comeback” film Labor Pains on the ABC Family channel.
 His Television credits include The Bold and the Beautiful, 24, Star Trek: Enterprise, NYPD Blue, ER, Charmed, Without a Trace among others. He most recently appeared in CBS’s NCIS, Criminal Minds, ABC’s Castle, Comedy Central’s Workaholics and Fox’s Raising Hope.

I have a few questions i’ld like to ask him, but what about yourselves? 

If you have a Question you would like me to ask D.C. Douglas leave a comment below. I can’t guarantee that I’ll ask him, but I’ll try.

Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.

– From The Man Cave

To Cos, or not to Cos

So my eldest daughter, who’s a very talented artist, has decided that she wants to try her hand at doing Cosplay. It’s not just fatherly pride in her skills when I say she’s talented, i’ld ask you to check out the Facebook page I set up to encourage her (https://m.facebook.com/mydaughtertheartist/) if you don’t believe me.
Anyway, It’s my own fault. As I was only half listening to her at the time I agreed to it (D’oh). That means, this muppet, has to learn some new skills, and I have an excuse to buy some new goodies.
So to help me along, I’m going to Cosplay as well. While my daughter still has to choose what she wants to cosplay as, I’ve chosen a pilot from the video game series ‘Titanfall’ for myself.

I’m using the above image from Respawn Entertainment as a basis for my cosplay.
As part of this experience I’m going to run a little series on how I do, and how much it Gona cost me. So let’s start…

•Army type jacket, this cost me nothing as my brother was throwing it out.

•grey long sleeve t shirt, this cost me €3 from Penny’s.

•Circle Scarf, I got the scarf in Penny’s, it was labelled €5, but when I got to the till I was only charged €1, score!!!

•Heat Gun, this cost me about €30ish in Argos. On the plus side I’ve already used it to defrost my freezer 👍.

•Sharpening stone, I got this in my local hardware store. It cost me about €6.50.

•Metal ruler, I got this also in my local hardware store. It cost me €4.

• Self healing cutting mat, I got this in my local stationary/ craft store called ‘The Works’, it set me back €4.50.

• Cutting knife with extra blades, cost me €3, I got this at work.
So… So far I’ve spent about €50 this week on bits and pieces, and that’s enough spending for 1 week. Next week I’ll pick up some more pieces.
Until next time, I’ll see you at the table.
– from The Man Cave

I got a new Gundam (Iron Blooded Orphans Barbatos to be exact)

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I got a new Gundam, and to be honest i’m dead excited about it.

As usual i got my Gundam from…

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It’s the lead Gundam from the new Gundam Anime Iron Blooded Orphans called Barbatos.

In the box you get the following…

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… 2 bags of sprues, an instruction sheet, a sheet of stickers, an advertisements for a new Gundam game (which as far as i know is available only in japan), an advertisement for a new Gundam DVD and 2 collectable cards. Apologies for my camera it has a mind of its own when it comes to focusing.

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As soon as i began assembly i noticed the instruction guide has gotten a bit of an upgrade compared to other kits i’ve assembled.

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The head and chest assembly feaures some lovely details. From the spine and pistons in the chest to the armour on the head.

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…and the back

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In the first episode of the anime it makes reference to how parts of the Gundam was sold off, which tie into the ‘gimmick’ of the series. You see Barbatos is upgradeable with parts from other Gundams in the series and has different forms.

I present to you Barbatos in his finished state. I havent added his stickers yet as i really want to panel line him first.

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For accessories for Barbatos you get a big ass mace, a katanna like sword, shoulder pads and an extra arm. Personally i prefer him with his shoulder pads and buckler arm.

I personally love this new Gundam design. Although the ‘classic’ gundam colours (white, blue, red, and yellow) have been kept, the suit design is new. Which for someone (like me) who was never really a fan of the ‘classic’ Gundam suit look, it looks great.

Barbatos has a more slimmer, stripped down appearance than some may be familiar with for a lead Gundam. I’ve heard and read people complain about the design of his legs but personally i like them. To me, they give Barbatos a real sense of speed and the predatory, especially when equiped with his big ass mace.

This kit is like a mini Master Grade kit, in that Barbatos has an inner frame to which his armour attaches to. His articulation is great and he’s able to hold his mace or sword in alot of poses without any issues.

If you were looking for your first Gundam kit or just a new kit i couldnt recommend this kit enough, it ticks all the boxes as far as i’m concerned. From build difficulty, accessories, to appearance, to poseability and to playability.

Barbatos also has a separate options kit which i’ll be showing off soon. The options kit really shows off another feature of this kit but you’ll have to wait and see.

– from The Man Cave