Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Rossamünd Costume

Given today is October 31st, I thought a bit of costume action would be appropriate.


Ben, 10, the son of a friend of a friend of mine (the faithful and rather clever Sue-Ellen who gets me out of fixes with Latin and Greek) wanted to dress as Rossamünd for his school’s book parade this week.

... And so he did.

I think his costume looks rather splendid; I especially like the battered old backpack and the untied shoe lace. These images makes me realise just how small and vulnerable Rossamünd was when he first left the foundlingery.

I must say, I really dig all these Half-Continent costumes folks make. Thank you Ben... and his mum too, I reckon!

*[Images used with permission]

31 comments:

Rowan said...

Great costume!

Quick question for Mr Cornish: in Lamplighter we had seldom mention of Licurius. Indeed, the only time I can remember is when the Lady Vey mocks Europe for her loss. Clearly, Licurius and Europe had a special or longstanding bond/companionship. Is there any chance we will find out more of their history in Factotum?

Thanks!!

monday said...

marvelous costume! i especially like that he didn't go wimpy on the hat...it is properly tall. :D

we're all going to start screaming ''Yes! More Licurius And Europe!'' again in a minute, i am sure. well, i am anyway.

noelle said...

Aaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwww

scarylady4 said...

That's a great costume! :3 Love the hat!

pearl said...

@Noelle: AGREED

Aphrodine said...

That's amazing! I wish I was that awesome when I was ten.

Heck, I wish I was that awesome *now.*

Zakk said...

I guess that's about as close as we'll get to seeing Rossamund's face. LOL. Is there an exact (or at least approximate) day for the release of MBT3?

Zakk.

Angela said...

Good Morning, Mr. Cornish.
I am Travis Landchild, and I am an avid explorers of the realm of fantasy in general, and particularly of the Half-Continent. However, I am intrigued as much by your story as I am by your world. The world you have built is fascinating and well-constructed, and being a story-teller myself, though in a different venue, I appreciate the time and energy it takes to build such things as slang, histories, prejudices, and caste systems. I usually use paper and pencil role-playing games, such as Dungeons and Dragons as a medium to tell my stories. I am eagerly anticipating the day you may possibly publish your complete Explicarium, in order that I might use your Half-Continent as my world, your ideas, prejudices, maps, and histories. I would like to create a role-playing system based on the Half-Continent. Although this would be strictly for personal use, I do not, however, wish to use these ideas without your permission or knowledge. Please contact me if you have time, I would love the opportunity to ask questions, and allow the world to maintain the life you have given it. Thank you.
LandchildArtisans@gmail.com
-Angel Landchild on behalf of Travis Landchild

Anonymous said...

Now - I really wanna see someone do a full out Sebastipole - with the full size contacts and prop rifle...

And some kid at his side in a bogle costume...

Totally going full out if ever Mr. Cornish has an event here in Brisbane...

Sue Ellen said...

I spoke with Ben's mum today and she said Ben was delighted to see himself on your blog, and thought it was totally cool. :D

xo

Alyosha said...

A wonderful costume! Thanks so much for sharing the photos. Once upon a time I had great fun with my own daughters playing dress up, and I hope that someday I might have some grandchildren who are both willing to play dress up and are avid fans of the Half Continent.

portals said...

Excellent costume!

Carlita said...

Love the costume! Between Ben and Erin, I want my own Cornish-inspired costume so I can be uber-cool as well. Too bad my DNA is made out of equal parts procrastination and laziness. :D

Anna said...

Me too!(I could settle with an dress from the 18th century. Looove the 18th century clothes). But unfortunatly my hands are not very good with needle and thread. I really like the costume Europe has on this page with the red coat.

Sara Charlotta Johansson said...

Indeed a great costume! Inspired me to do a little cosplay myself, or rather dress one of my ball jointed dolls up. Hope you like it. *^_^*

http://s19.photobucket.com/albums/b188/nineveh_kun/?action=view&current=KlausCosplaySebastipole.jpg

ENR said...

SCJ- Life size please =B

Seeing as everyone here appreciates a decent story with great character imagery, I just want to point you all in the direction of Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan.

One of my all-time admired artists is Keith Thompson [www.keiththompsonart.com check it out!] who provided the illustrations. I recieved a hardback copy yesterday and I reckon the only thing equally drool-worthy will be on the day of Factotum's release.

Some of the illustrations are actually viewable on Keith's website. The story is as equally a draw as MBT. The idea of Darwinists being practitioners of Biomechanical warfare just makes me glow...

Here's the trailer for it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYiw5vkQFPw

ENR said...

Also, forgot to ask Mr. Cornish-

Might I have your permission to use your MBT imagery to create a visual ad for the suggested Read-A-Thon? If I can get it done before early December we can gather enough interest for it to begin January/February and finish just as Factotum is released. I know I'm up for it, and someone's got to get the ball moving.

ms_ventress said...

Awesome costume!!! That hat is amazing. He is a very cute Rossamünd!

Speaking of cosplay. My husband and I bought a pattern that we will work with as a base coat for Sebastipole! We are probably going to work on the costume over the winter. :) Perhaps have it ready for the Factotum book release day!

I am probably going to have to buy two copies of the book that day... haha! My husband is now addicted!

Thanks for posting up the costume!!!

noelle said...

ENR: I came across Leviathan the other day while browsing at the book store, entranced by the shiny cover, and I was pretty much blown away. When I have a little more money I will buy it, but alas...I am a poor art school student :(

Emma Nicole Reinmuth said...

**Peels eyes away from Ms_Ventress' Europe Profile Pic**

Noelle: Definitely a decent find isn't it? I don't often go to book stores because good ones like Pulp Fiction and large distributors are a fair ways out of my reach without spending travel money. When I was in Tasmania I went into a really nifty book store and just wrote down all the titles of ones that interested me - but I couldn't afford.

Desperately trying to build a decent library before I start Uni next year, then I'll be at your fellow art-school bum status. I plan on hitting Leviathan up as soon as I finish 'The Book Thief' by Marcus Zusak [really good book - little girl Nazi Germany, steals books from burnings etc.].

Hokay, book rant over...

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ms_ventress said...

@ Anna

I put together a 18th Century French Court Dress. There are many patterns out there for those types of dresses. It was a little time consuming and I had alot of help from a friend on this one... she is the one that helped me with my Miss Europe coat.

I am attempting to have a dress from each century starting with the 14th... so far I have 16th and 18th... and of course modern.

Here is the dress!

http://tinyurl.com/yae5aqz

Anna said...

Envy, envy, envy......What wouldn´t I do for a sack gown, robe Battante/Robe a la Francaise/l´Anglaise!

Actually I have descriptiona of 14 century dresses + headgear. Unfortunatly it´s in swedish.

portals said...

I recently read Orwell's 'Animal Farm'. Very good. Some of the things that happened weere a bit similar to the buerocrats taking over tha lamplighters.

noelle said...

Good luck with art school ENR...foundation year is a life-sucker! :P

D.M. Cornish said...

I LOVE Animal Farm!

Well, with all this dressmaking I reckon the Henson costume department won't have to do a thing if it comes time to make a movie.

D.M. Cornish said...

My my Sara Charlotta Johansson, that is an inspiring image. I can almost feel a whole story come out of it. May I actually post it here and spread the word?

And yes, ENR, you may certainly use an image or two to for a Read-a-thon ad, go right ahead (just cut me in on the profits ;)

D.M. Cornish said...

Oh, and new post coming very shortly, honest...

Sara Charlotta Johansson said...

Thank you, Mr. Cornish, I'm glad you like it! Please, feel perfectly free to use it (how could I possibly deny the character's creator this?).

ENR, I'm sorry but I very much doubt that will ever happen taking into consideration all the blood, sweat and (while making the hat) almost tears that were shed dressing only a 70cm tall doll up. But never say never I guess.

monday said...

*sound of penny dropping*

Podius Whympre!

Mr Whymper, the first outside link between the Animal Farm and the outside world!

*squeal*

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