Turning toys and games into movies is no new deal. Dodgeball: An Underdog Story, Transformers, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra have come and gone, with movies based on Battleship, Stretch Armstrong, Clue, Candy Land, Ouiji, Monopoly, and others still on the way. Adding to the party, Universal Pictures has announced that they have plans to take the legendary Barbie and turn her into a live-action movie, as well.
As crazy as these announcements always sound, this decision is a no-brainer, really. As her maker Mattel states, the toy celebrity has 99% worldwide brand awareness. You don’t have to be Good Will Hunting to know that’s pretty strong. The question here really is: what do you actually DO for a Barbie movie? The current plan to get going on finding some writers to take it on, but producer Laurence Mark isn’t worried, explaining that Barbie has had over 120 jobs over her 50-year existence, which opens the door to countless choices.
The plus side to having everyone dress in elaborate costumes for an extended weekend is that it gives the fairer of the genders a reason to adopt the likenesses of their favorite fictional characters — even if that means causing them to go half naked and/or require the application of mass body paint.
I’m not going to lie to you folks. Dragon*Con has the most gorgeous scenery in all of Georgia and this was probably the most enjoyable thing I’ve covered for the site in a long time.
Geek photographer Derek Deweese (dwrd.net) would definitely agree with me as he managed to meet several beautiful women (shown below) using perhaps the best excuse ever: “Uhh, hi. I’m with Geeks of Doom, can I take your picture?”
Sweet and bountiful Lord have mercy, I’m glad they all said yes. Check out images of 25 cosplay babes from this year’s Dragon*Con.
[Alternately, be sure to check out Derek’s personal site, dwrd.net, for more Dragon*Con visuals]
The Nightmare Before Christmas, Snatch, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Garden State
FAVORITE BOOKS & COMICS:
Nextwave, Batman, Ultimate Fantastic Four, The Other Boelyn Girl, Outsiders, Runaways — this list could go on for a very long time.
I’M A GEEK BECAUSE:
Well, look at the pictures! I dress up like superheroes.
IF I WERE A SUPERHERO, MY SUPER POWER WOULD BE:
I was at a convention a few years ago dressed up as Blackfire from the Teen Titans. Well, a guy comes up and taps me on the shoulder and says, “Hi, I just thought that since I created the Teen Titans, I should get a picture of you!” It was George Perez…I totally fangirled.
(from left to right) first row, Ruby as Phoenix; second row, Ruby as Dawn; third row, Ruby as Blackfire; fourth row, Ruby as Phoenix — yeah, we like the costume!
“I got into comic books around age 13 when I first found the local comic shop.”
Wolf as SIN CITY’s Nancy
Harry Potter, Jim Balent comics, video games (fighting ones mostly and KINGDOM HEARTS), costume design. I’m also in college, so a lot of my time is taken up by that.
Probably my Ravenclaw outfit; I love how it turned out and it’s super comfortable!
FIFTH ELEMENT, RESIDENT EVIL, GRANDMA’s BOY, HARRY POTTER (1,2, and 4).
FAVORITE BOOKS & COMICS:
I love Neil Gaiman’s DEATH and SANDMAN. Jim Balent’s THREE KITTENS and TAROT. Frank Miller’s SIN CITY run was great too! Also my gothy side loves JOHNNY THE HOMICIDAL MANIAC. My favorite books are HARRY POTTER, THIEF OF ALWAYS by Clive Barker, and EYES OF THE DRAGON is my favorite by Stephen King so far (I haven’t started the DARK TOWER series yet); I really like his stuff as well.
Probably walking into a tattoo shop and telling the guy that I want the Ravenclaw symbol tattooed on my back!
EXTRA GEEKY GOODNESS:
I worked at a local comic book shop for five years; I got into comic books around age 13 when I first found the shop. I have been cosplaying for five years as well.