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Black Video Game History: Barret Wallace

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Black Video Game History: Barret Wallace

Head of the underground resistance movement AVALANCHE, Barret depends on brute strength and his ‘Gun-arm’ to see him through… —Description Barret Wallace one of the most memorable characters from the beloved  Final Fantasy VII. He Stood out to me as  leader of an eco-terrorist group and a black man! Back in 1997 when the gam was released you just didn’t see too many black faces much less leader of a rebellion. Despite his brash and sometimes violent attitude, Barret has a good heart and is torn between fighting and caring for his daughter Marlene. The father daughter aspect of this character hit home for me on several levels, being a father figure myself for a time I connect with Barret’s desire to protect Marlene. In his original appearance, Barret is a heavy-set, muscular dark-skinned man with a dirty brown vest, green pants and large brown boots. His right arm was mangled in the loss of his hometown, and has been replaced with his weapon, the gun-arm, which lets him interchange various weapon attachments to it. Barret has several bands of metal around his waist and his remaining arm, and a tattoo on his left shoulder. His hair is cut similar to a hi-top fade and he has a thick beard, with a dog-tag hanging around his neck. He has three scars on his right cheek. This appearance has humorously been compared to actor Mr. T, a comparison also somewhat shown through Barret’s character. In Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children and Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-, Barret’s gun-arm has been replaced by a transforming steel hand that can turn into a large gun. His vest has been replaced by a puffier, off-white one and he wears a fish-net shirt, and retains the green pants. His hair is differently styled, and is now arranged in cornrows. Tetsuya Nomura has commented that Barret’s character was redesigned largely due to the comparisons to Mr. T, and when instructing the animators on what Barret’s gun-arm should be like, he told them to make “a big, over-the-top gun that transforms in a huge, over-the-top way”. Barret’s skull tattoo was altered from his original artwork in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children; originally a skull with wings, it was changed to a rounder skull with extending wisps. Promotional image of Barret in his Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children outfit.   You gotta understand somethin’… I don’t got an answer. I wanna be with Marlene… but I gotta fight. ‘Cause if I don’t…the planet’s gonna die. So I’m gonna keep fightin’! —Barret in Final Fantasy VII   Barret describes life with train metaphors, including one of his more well-known phrases, “there’s no gettin’ off this train we on ’till we reach the end of the line”, which he adopted from Cloud during the train ride after their first successful AVALANCHE mission. Late in Final Fantasy VII, when Cloud and Tifa are absent, Barret first says he ought to be the leader, but then says he has come to realize he is not suitable, and elects Cid in his place. In the novella On the Way to a Smile, Barret’s character is examined on a deeper level, revealing his isolation due to viewing himself as a monster because of his gun-arm, and his search for a new meaning to his life after his vendetta with...

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Cosplay Feature: Sevaith

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Cosplay Feature: Sevaith

  Recently we had the unique and greatly humbling pleasure of speaking with Sevaith and we just could not get enough of her cosplay and personality, so we bring you now more detail on this awesome person!   Q.tell us a little about yourself  (age ,where you are from, hobbies and favorite TV shows ) – I’m 23 year old turning 24 in June! – I was born, and adopted at birth, on an island called Saipan. I lived there for the first five years of my life before my family and I moved to Arizona. – My hobbies, along with cosplay, are playing video games, watching anime, cooking, and drawing. – I have SO many shows I love to watch. I grew up on Sailor Moon, DBZ, Pokemon, and Inuyasha so those will always have special places in my heart. Through out the years I’ve grown to love Peach girl, Fruits Basket, Deathnote, Blood +, Full Metal Alchemist, Gurren Lagann, and a lot of others. As of right now the ones I’m obsessing over would be RWBY and Sailor Moon Crystal! Q. What got you started in cosplay? – I started to dream up and draw dresses when I was 2. I didn’t actually start cosplaying until 2010 when I used a very old family sewing machine to make my very first costume ever, Tinkerballa from The Guild. Ever since then I’ve been doing my best to create costumes as accurate as I can. I’m 100% self taught and have never used patterns. I use my body or body form for the measurements. I don’t even draw out what I want to make, I just take it from my mind straight to the fabric. I also make costumes for my friends. Q.who is you biggest inspiration? –  I LOVE Jessica Nigri! I met her at Amazing Arizona Comic Con and she was so sweet and really kind, her work is amazingly awesome too. I adore Yaya Han’s work. The things she makes blow my mind, they are so detailed and just so amazing. I aspire to be as amazing at the craft as they are. Q.who is your favorite character to cosplay? – Well right now I really like to cosplay as Blake from RWBY. I made her weapon and its the first weapon that I have made from scratch. I’m pretty proud of how the whole costume came out! Though Mortal Kombat’s Mileena will always have a special place in my heart. She was the first really intense costume I ever made totally from scratch. It was all trial and error on her so I spent a lot of time trying to bring her to life. In the end I love how she turned out and I learned so much from making her. I ended up making her again after I gained a little more knowledge of sewing. II’m very proud and happy with both versions! Q.have you done any competitions? – No I’m not sure if my work has reached competition level, I cosplay for fun and enjoy it as a hobby. Q.what is your favorite part of cosplay? (Making the costume,showing it off for the first time,peoples reaction, going to cons etc) – Honestly the likes, shares, and comments from the supporters. Everyone likes to be complimented...

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Interview With Jed Thomas: Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015

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Interview With Jed Thomas: Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015

We sat down with L.A. based artist Jed Thomas! Check out his work here: Site: Facebook:  ...

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Interview With Sevaith: Amazing Arizona 2015!

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Interview With Sevaith: Amazing Arizona 2015!

We sat down with Sevaith, a local cosplayer, to find out about her passions, hobbies,and why she cosplays. Give her a like here: Facebook:...

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Interview With Ciara Le: Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015!

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Interview With Ciara Le: Amazing Arizona Comic Con 2015!

We had a chance to sit down with famous “instagramer” Ciara Le and her partner Devon to talk about their break out into the cosplay world! See her here: Facebook: Instagram: Site:...

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Interview With Comicare: Amazing Arizona 2015

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Interview With Comicare: Amazing Arizona 2015

We had the privilege of pulling aside some members of Comicare for a quick interview. A lovely group of people out for an amazing cause, see more about them here!    ...

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Old Dirty Gamers Episode 13 – Random Title

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Old Dirty Gamers Episode 13 – Random Title

Join the ODG crew for this weeks podcast!...

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Amazing Arizona Comic Con Day 1

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Amazing Arizona Comic Con Day 1

Our Adventures on Day 1 of Amazing Arizona Comic Con! Worshiping the Hut ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 33   As usual, if you see pictures of yourself and we haven’t tagged you, just let us know and we...

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Cosplay Feature: The Lovely LadyCels

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Cosplay Feature: The Lovely LadyCels

We are coming across one amazing cosplayer after the next here at Glitchslap and thanks to Bree the V. We came across the lovely and creative Cori aka LadyCels (or Cels/Dragonladycels).   Q.Tell us a little about yourself  (age ,where you are from,hobbies and favorite TV shows ) I’m a 25 year old cosplayer from central Connecticut. I mostly attend conventions on the east coast, though I do hope to branch out. When I’m not cosplaying, I play video games, swim, and horseback ride. I’d have to say my favorite TV show right now would be Better Off Ted Q. What got you started in cosplay? I’ve always loved to sew and dress up, ever since I was a kid. Since an early age, I’d wanted to be a costume designer when I grew up. When I attended my first convention in 2002, I knew I’d found a place I could combine my love of nerdy stuff with my love of costuming. The very next year, I did my first cosplay. It wasn’t the best but the reactions from other con goers was just phenomenal. After I graduated with my BFA in costume tech and design, I threw myself back into cosplay. Q.who is you biggest inspiration? I’ve always looked up to the work of Eiko Ishioka. She was the designer behind The Cell and also designed for Varekai. I love the shapes and colors she used in her designs. Whenever I need something to inspire me to start working again, I just put on one of the movies in her body of work and start sketching. Q.who is your favorite character to cosplay? Currently, I’d have to say Commander Shepard. There’s just something fun about strapping all that armor land assuming the role of a strong character like that. Q.have you done any competitions? I competed frequently from 2004 until 2008. I then retired from competition and now work as a masquerade judge for several conventions. Q.what is your favorite part of cosplay? (Making the costume,showing it off for the first time,peoples reaction, going to cons etc) Definitely the making part! I’m a seamstress and crafter at heart and I love the process of coming up with an idea and creating it. There is nothing I enjoy more than working to make more and more amazing costumes. Q. What are the challenges and benefits of being a female cosplayer? At conventions, there’s always the risk of unwanted attention. Though conventions have been putting forth a concentrated effort to help combat these problems, there is still a ways to go still. I’ve never personally found benefits of being a female cosplayer versus just being a cosplayer in general. Because cosplayer’s in general rock! Q. Do you Play video games, if so do you have a favorite? Most definitely! I am a part time raider with my guild in World of Warcraft ( Disc priest, all the way!) I also enjoy Neverwinter Nights, Skyrim, and the Dragon Age series. Q.is there anything else you would like to add? If you’re out there thinking about starting to cosplay or going to a con, do it! You’ll never know if you don’t try, and failure isn’t a bad thing (It just helps you grow and become more awesome). We’re all a bunch of nerds so...

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