Swords in Cosplay - Dragon Age - Isabela
Source: Copyright © 2013 Subito Allegra
Thanks for the feature, Dee! :D
the fact that Nicholas Boulton is in Shakespeare in Love makes me cackle
Like that time his troupe got into a brawl with another troupe, so he spun a man wearing a dress into his arms and kicked him off of the stage
if I ever make another dude Hawke, he’s going to be an over-the-top actor with a temper
Hey Marian check it out I’m spamming the Dragon Age tag with more pictures of your awesome Hawke because gross anons can suck it
True story—I saw Marian in this costume at ECCC, and though I wasn’t wearing Isabela, I kept yelling: “LOOK BETH A HAWKE LOOK A HAWKE LOOK AND SHE’S A MAGE TOO GO TEMPLAR AT HER” until Beth spotted her. Pictures were taken and conversations were had, and though we didn’t get to hang out for long, she is, as it turns out, very cool beans B)
Hawke - fearandlothering
Photo by Shunichi Al Hayashi
I’m feeling really nostalgic right now.
Myself as Sebastian Vael
pincushioned as Romanced Isabela
subitoallegra as Isabela
mustangkitty as Rogue Hawke
aicosu as Finery Hawke
weirdtakoyaki as Morrigan
oh hay here’s some old costume photos!
man I miss these costumes
I miss you guys
aaaaaaargh I miss this group so much, why is everyone but Aziza so far away right now ;___;
also I will never stop loving two Isabelas one Sebastian
Emerald City ComiCon, Day 2 | Part 1 of ???
Fanfic is going to make this Evangeline vs. Hawke thing a reality. Because I’m going to write it. Though I didn’t quite know how much I wanted it until this afternoon.
It’s really crazy to randomly run into cosplayers you admired the fuck out of before even attempting to cosplay from said fandom, it’s a little like being starstruck. I feel so unworthy, holy crap.
[Hawke: fearandlothering (duh) | Evangeline: hemisphere]
Can I just say that I’M GLAD THIS PICTURE TURNED OUT WELL? Seriously, I am so sorry that my hands in the gloves were NOT agreeing with your phone :( At least Jenny managed to snap it for me. Your costume turned out wonderfully!
(also I’ve been giggling at your username since I first saw it whenever ago, so it’s great to put a face to the name, so to speak! :D)
Femslash February is almost over??? Well, let’s see what sexy pictures I have of Isabela with her ladies~~
Hawke - Sheila
Bethany - Beth
Aveline - Sa
Warden Bethany - Tracy
Morrigan - upontheavon
Miranda - Tori
i think there’s an argument to be made for the fact that her voice IS hyper-feminized and sexualized compared to garrett’s, high-pitched and breathless and much more emotionally compact regardless of which option you pick (none of her options were as divergent from one another as garrett’s, from what i remember)
like, i specifically don’t play as f!hawke because it triggers the fuck out of me to be forcibly reminded every time she sashays somewhere or opens her mouth that in order to be a hero, you have to first and foremost be a breathlessly feminine sex icon - that sex appeal is a prerequisite for subjectivity
but this is
not that argument
this is, instead, a really gross slut-shaming and misogynistic argument
so stop it
I really don’t understand how people are getting “sexualized” out of her voice at all?
even people who have legit critiques of f!Hawke (unlike OP)
like I literally don’t hear it
I stick to Snarky!Hawke because it’s the only version of Hawke I can stand regardless of gender so I can’t speak to the other personalities but she’s sassy. at no point was I thinking “oh gross they’re trying to make her sound like a male gazey sex kitten”. she’s flirty when the situation calls for it but mainly she’s sassy
OTOH M!Hawke’s voice puts me to fucking sleep because it’s just such a Generic Rugged White Man Voice. I literally could not even get out of Lothering the one time I tried a m!Hawke, I was so bored (it also did not at all fit the effeminate m!Hawke I wanted to play either)
I mean I am well aware that all of this is subjective as hell and I don’t have a problem at all with legit critiques even if I don’t agree with the majority of them, or even people just not liking her voice
but I am really not seeing it here
I happen to like MHawke’s voice a lot, but otherwise I am agreeing so hard with Bisho. The idea of strength and might being masculine traits, with feminine sexiness as being something that cheapens this, frustrates the hell out of me.
I wore makeup when I did martial arts. I did so knowing that I would sweat it all off in the process, but I feel more comfortable, personally, at least starting with my usual presentation and letting my body do what it needs to do. I have a somewhat petite and fairly feminine body, and that didn’t make me a better or worse fighter than a more broadly built woman, it just made me move differently and learn to emphasize different things when I kicked or escaped—that’s what you call individual style. And I could walk out of the roda with my hips swaying or with a dancer’s step, because that’s how I walk, and it didn’t make my kicks land any better or worse than they did when I played. I could sing our songs with my usual soprano, but that doesn’t make me any less fierce when I stare down someone bigger than me. And I won’t speak for how people perceive me, but any sexiness that I might have doesn’t change the fact that I will break you if you threaten my loved ones.
Maybe your female PC is butch or maybe she’s feminine, or maybe she’s somewhere in between. Hell, maybe your PC of any gender/sex is feminine and that’s no reason to underestimate them. People find strength in different places, conviction in different places, and our might will shift accordingly, but we will be no more or less mighty. To underestimate a fighter simply because of their size or voice or walk is a mistake—not just because you won’t be prepared for their onslaught, but also because you’re putting a person (in this case a woman) in their place merely because you perceive them as being too feminine to be ~*~traditionally~*~ strong.
Well, screw that. I am a feminine woman, and hear me roar.
Group Cosplay Week (Day 6):
(Left to right) Varric, Marian Hawke, Fenris and Isabela from Dragon Age 2
Cosplayers: virusq (Varric), Sheila (Marian Hawke), Sylar (Fenris) and Allegra (Isabela)
Photographer: David Difuntorum
Oh hey, I remember this picture!!
Allegra’s Cos-Friends - Aicosu: Sheila and Sylar
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Do I need to tell you about Aicosu? Probably not; there probably isn’t much that I can tell you that you don’t already know! I’m sure you already know how talented they are (fact), and I’m sure you also know how much they love each other (also fact). Really, all I can share is a story.
(Aside: it was surprisingly difficult to pick pictures for them since there are so many options! I had a hard time finalizing the set ;__;)
The first time I met Sheila and Sylar was in front of the BioWare Base at SDCC 2011, probably about 4 hours before the actual competition. I was introduced to them through our Varric, Melissa, who had previously met them at PCC. Neither of the three of them had SDCC badges—they had only come to do the contest (and invited me to join about a month before the con), since the BW Base was outside of the actual con center. Apparently Sylar saw me walking towards them and said to Sheila and Mel: “God, I wish that were our Isabela,” to which Melissa responded: “That is our Isabela!” I think that’s still my favorite story XDD
With the three of them (and Mel’s boyfriend Terry, who was our bag carrier and photographer), I had what was most certainly at the time (and probably still is) one of the greatest weekends of my life. Between the contest, meeting all sorts of amazing people at said contest (many of whom will be featured here over time!), going to IHOP at like 1 AM, derping around Balboa Park in costume, getting to really chat with Dave (Gaider) for what was probably about an hour, but in Sheila time was maybe 6 or 7 hours at this point…. But beyond that, we had maybe … what, 36 hours together? In that time, I really got to know and love them as people, so that by 1 AM when my friend picked me up to head back to where we were staying (I had a 5 AM flight the next day), I felt like I was leaving old friends behind. I don’t think I had ever hugged someone I had known for such a short of amount of time quite as hard as I did when I hugged them goodbye.
Now if you had told me that I’d have to wait over a year to see them both again, I would have thrown a fit. I’ve at least had Sheila with me in person (sewing last-minute details onto the Smuggler at 5 AM while singing showtunes, fa la la la REMEMBER, at NYCC; taking adorable pictures, even if it was sometimes with the wrong pirate at PAX East), and gotten to virtually hang out with Sylar as well (playing a lot of AC:B multiplayer, spoiler alert Sylar is a poison spammer the little CHEATER; the odd, impromptu phone call, including one the other night while I was waiting for my takeout to show up)…. But it’s not the same. Somehow, hanging out with both of them, bantering, giggling, and lots and lots of derping—that’s a gift, honestly.
I think that concept—how much my cosplayer friends mean to me, both artistically and personally—should be the theme to all of these little featurettes. Or, at least, that’s the hope. I wouldn’t be telling you about them otherwise :)