Back again with our second half of the Game Rampage Rhode Island Comic Con Awards. As mentioned in the first installment, we decided to give out eight awards at the convention this year, for people we feel deserve a little extra recognition.
The 5th award we had was Best Costume. Now, embarrassed as we are to admit it, not one of us knew what, if any, character this person was dressed up as. All we could say was that the costume was gorgeous. The robes were beautifully put together with enticing golds and blues. The makeup was absolutely flawless and the contacts made the character both intimidating and mysterious, just as a genie would be.
We first saw him as we entered the convention, and we were stunned. Using restraint though, since we still had an entire day ahead of us to observe the various costumes and cosplays, we waited. Late afternoon we saw him again. It had the same impact on us, as though we saw the outfit for the first time.
With near flawlessness, this was certainly deserving of our Best Costume Award.
If you happen to know who they are dressed up as, please leave us a comment. We are dying to know.
There was a wondrous and magical quality to his booth with the various puppets on display that people could take pictures with. As you walked by the table, you could see hand made little fraggle and ziffit puppets for sale as well as adorable Audrey II plants from Little Shop of Horrors. Looking behind the table though, that was where the big "mean green mother from outer space" was. A giant Audrey II plant sat towering above everything else. Best of all, you could get pictures of yourself and/or a friend being eaten by this plant monster.
Our eyes continued to gaze, only to find a Skeksis from Dark Crystal. Next to him, a giant prop sword. Peek around a curtain and you would see an evil gremlin from Gremlins II perched atop a chair, waiting for someone to sit down with a bag of popcorn to take pictures. Even though it was a small space in an open vendor area, it had the most imagination, fully deserving of our Most Unique award.
Dressed up as Ludo and Sarah, these costumes are an impressive show of creativity and craftsmanship. Ludo lumbered at over six feet tall with characteristics that were remarkably accurate to the original movie creation. Even the height is picture perfect as Ludo stood next to Sarah. Take a look closer and you can even see the small worm that lives in the walls of the labyrinth atop his shoulder.
The most impressive aspect of Sarah's costume was the puppet of the fox-like knight, Sir Didymus. You cannot see it in the picture, but he actually moved with a handle behind the cosplayer's back. If you listened carefully, for the convention hall was very loud, you could even hear audio of Sir Didymus talking every time the puppet was moved. The most incredible part about it was it was hand made. This incredible cosplayer put together her own moving, talking puppet for this costume. There are even tiny touches added to her costume that only a fan of the movie would understand, like the peach and the teddy bear.
It all comes together in a group cosplay that is certainly the most deserving of our site's Best Cosplay Award.
Brent is a natural comedian and you can tell by the way he interacts with his fans. When we handed him our Best Guest Award, he brought out the playfully done sobbing and yelled towards people across the way that they were in the wrong line because it wasn't his. It was all in good fun, but he tried to make each of his fans smile with little quips. We have seen a couple guests at different conventions that barely look at their fans, much less have fun with them during autograph signings.
He said something that even surprised us as we told him about Game Rampage. He said "I don't like games." Now if he was pulling our leg, or completely serious, we are not really sure, however he did have a sound logic when we asked him why. Brent stated, "well I feel guilty when I win, but I really hate losing." I guess that makes sense if you think about competitive games. "But you know who LOVES games?" he added. "Wil Wheaton."
Maybe in the future, we might be able to meet more Star Trek cast members at these conventions. Sounds like a great idea to me RI Comic Con.
It's just a shame we couldn't find any panels with him as a guest speaker. We would have dropped everything to be first in line to see such a wonderful actor, comedian, and musician speak to a live audience. To learn more about the work he has done, other that the Star Trek he is most known for, be sure to visit his website.
It was a long weekend, but certainly worth the lack of sleep and the significantly smaller wallets as we left on that final day. With a multitude of vendors, things to look at, many panels of interest, and so many guests to visit, it's a wonder how anyone could see it all on one day. We had a difficult time with the entire weekend. We wish to thank all those that shared their time with us and all those that smiled as we asked for their picture.
Game Rampage greatly enjoyed attending RI Comic Con, and we hope to see you all again next year.
What do you think of our choices for awards? Is there anyone you think should be recognized as well? Leave a comment below.