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January 21, 2018

Comic-Con in London: a helluva costume drama

People want different things from costumes, I realised, at the Comic-Con convention at London’s Excel. Some people just want to show you their washboard stomach, and will dress up as any character that typically wears a short shirt. Some are transfixed by detail, and will spend three hours on a realistic wound or some nose shading.

Others still are trying to animate a character, drag Poison Ivy into real life with careful attention to the bodice she might wear and the facial expressions she would be likely to make. Some just want to carry a fake gun.

The variety is wide, with one pretty significant uniting feature: they all really like dressing up. Although you can’t call it dressing up when you’re an adult. This is cosplay.

Sunny Strike as Xiao Qiao from Dynasty Warriors at Comic-Con in London.
Sunny Strike as Xiao Qiao from Dynasty ­Warriors. All photographs: Martin Godwin for the Guardian

The main sources for costumes are video games, cartoons, Japanese anime (like cartoons, except taken more seriously) and comics. Sunny Strike, 18, is dressed as Xiao Qiao from Dynasty Warriors, “a game based on the Chinese war”, he explained carefully, “that took place in history”.

He loves this game. “It creates this comfort zone where it’s just you, you’re in this entire world, you don’t have to think about your problems, but sometimes you find the answers to your problems inside the game.”

Ros (left) and Liam as Lady Hulk and Hulk from Resident Evil at Comic-Con in London.
Ros (left) and Liam as Lady Hulk and Hulk from Resident Evil.

Ros, 32 and Liam, 38, have come as Hulk and Lady Hulk from Resident Evil. I can’t imagine how many life problems you could solve from inside Resident Evil. At home they play the game for maybe 15 hours a week; discuss it when they’re not playing it; dream about it. That’s what Ros says, anyway.

Liam I can’t hear at all, through his gas mask with the reflective red eyes. These two are quite unsettling to look at, but I didn’t scream out loud until I met a Swedish guy with contact lenses that made his eyes look like they were swimming with blood.

“This is not a big thing for me,” Kris Resin, 29, said, from beneath a long black wig, his maroon satin suit so tight I could tell you the model of his iPhone. “I’ve come over from Sweden, this is just a fun thing to do with my pals.”

Michael Compitus as Barry Burton from Resident Evil at Comic-Con in London.
Michael Compitus as Barry Burton from Resident Evil.

Michael Compitus is with the Resident Evil lot, dressed as Barry Burton, a character about whom he doesn’t know a huge amount; he chose the character for the gun.

These games generate huge merchandise markets. Maybe everybody else already knew that. “I only change into this once I’ve arrived,” says Compitus. “From what we know of the New York Comic-Con, there was a lot of confiscation of weapons. It’s fine for the Disney princesses. They’re not generally coming as Elsa or Snow White with an M16.” Yeah. Princesses get all the breaks.

Rik Booker, Roxas Strife and TJ Bailey dressed as Gothic Lolita, Doctor Who and Rose Tyler respectively at Comic-Con in London.
Rik Booker, Roxas Strife and TJ Bailey dressed as Gothic Lolita, Doctor Who and Rose Tyler respectively.

Rik Booker is a 27-year-old Gothic Lolita, which is more of a Japanese fashion trend than an actual character. He looks exquisite, like a young Grayson Perry. His friends here, Roxas Strife and TJ Bailey, are the Doctor and Rose Tyler, respectively. I ask him what his other friends, the ones who aren’t here, think of cosplay. “I don’t really have any other friends,” he says, delighted.

A bit later, Sarah, who is a zombie with her boyfriend, Tom, and his flatmate, Sam, says: “I can come here once a year and feel actually normal.”

Emily Birch as Poison Ivy at Comic-Con in London.
Emily Birch as Poison Ivy.

Emily Birch, who is Poison Ivy, says: “Personally, I find it hard to meet people. You take yourself completely out of context, you’re in a costume that makes you happy, people appreciate you for the effort you’ve put into it. I love it.”

Everybody is open, and open-hearted. They all claim to be misfits or oddballs or geeks; they all come across as people who could walk into any room and take it. I feel like they’re saying it as a favour to me, because if I had any idea how great they truly were, I’d feel bad. In my scarf. With my flat, brown hair.

Birch then explains to me the two different readings of Adventure Time, and describes how she made her hair when she dressed as Princess Bubblegum. Fan conversations, deeply shared enthusiasms, are very intimate. I notice that today for the first time, which I suppose is because there just aren’t that many things I like.

Eleanor Herbert and Katie Hopplewell at Comic-Con in London.
Eleanor Herbert and Katie Hopplewell.

With Strike, though he only met them for the first time this morning, are two stepsisters, Eleanor Herbert (“I’m nobody,” she says modestly of her wings. “I’m just a regular demon”), 16, and Katie Hopplewell, also 16 (“It’s really quite crazy that you could wear something at school and get loads of comments about it, whereas here, it’s normal to wear wings.”)

“We’ve made so many friends,” says Herbert. “Lifelong friends,” agrees Hopplewell. Are they really talking about each other? The thought makes my eyes prick, sentimentally. They’ve only lived together six months. What do their parents think, I wonder … “Isn’t it great that they share this interest?” or “WHY ARE THEY WEARING WINGS?”

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Comic-Con in London: a helluva costume drama

Treating common summer health issues

Families rarely get through a summer without some sort of malady like a sprained ankle, bad sunburn or poison ivy rash.

Dealing with these summer-related health issues can be as simple as grabbing a tube of Benadryl cream, or as involved as driving to an emergency room.

Mark Kauffman, D.O., a family physician and professor of family medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, discussed when you can treat these injuries or illnesses at home, and when you need to call your doctor or visit the ER.

1. Severe sunburn

As long as the skin stays intact, you can treat bad sunburns at home with aloe vera, cold compresses and over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen, Kauffman said.

It’s when larger blisters (an inch or larger in diameter) develop, or when blisters cover an extensive area of skin, that you need to seek medical care.

“When the top pops off those blisters, the skin underneath is prone to infection,” Kauffman said. “You need antibiotic ointments, so you should see your primary care physician.”

2. Twisted ankle

The pain from an injured ankle can be intense, whether you sprained it, tore ligaments or broke it.

If the injury causes you to walk with a limp, Kauffman recommended that you see your doctor or visit an urgent-care center.

“You usually won’t get an x-ray, but you might need crutches, and those require a prescription from a physician,” Kauffman said.

3. Bug bite, poison ivy/poison oak

We’re not talking about a common mosquito bite, but something larger that causes the skin to redden and swell.

If the reaction is localized, then it can be treated at home with Benadryl to stop the itching, Kauffman said.

“Look for spreading redness and swelling after 24 hours,” Kauffman said. “That could be an infection, which is more serious, and you would need to see your doctor.”

Treat a poison ivy/poison oak rash in similar way. Use Benadryl unless the rash covers more than 10 percent of the body, or you have inhaled smoke from burning poison ivy/poison oak.

“You can’t treat inhaled poison ivy at home. You need to see your doctor,” Kauffman said.

4. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke

These are two of the most serious summer-related health issues, especially heat stroke, when the body no longer is able to regulate its body temperature. It can be life-threatening.

If you are outside and start to feel fatigued, lightheaded and nauseous, get somewhere cool, Kauffman said. Drink water, and use ice packs or wet compresses to cool off.

“It’s when you stop sweating and start acting confused that heat stroke becomes a possibility,” Kauffman said. “If you see someone like this, you need to get them medical treatment right away. Call 911.”

5. Food poisoning

The chances of food poisoning increase in the summer because of all of the backyard barbecues and picnics.

Meats, cut fruits and foods made with dairy products are left in the heat too long and can be contaminated with bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illness.

“If you experience vomiting and diarrhea, and can’t keep fluids down, call your doctor if it lasts more than two or three hours,” Kauffman said. “You don’t want to get dehydrated. If it’s a child, I wouldn’t even wait that long.”

DAVID BRUCE can be reached at 870-1736 or by e-mail. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNbruce.

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Adam Sandler uncovers maid's poison ivy attack

Adam Sandler was recently horrified to discover his maid had been rubbing poison ivy all over his body as he slept as payback for having to handle the actor’s dirty underwear.

The Big Daddy star had no idea how he had contracted the itchy skin rash, and so he turned to his household security camera footage to ensure he wasn’t rummaging through his yard in his sleep.

And Sandler reveals he was shocked to discover who was responsible for all his discomfort.

He tells US TV host Jay Leno, “It was a horrific event. When you get that as a kid it makes sense, but a man my age, it doesn’t make too much sense because I don’t even go… in the woods… So I thought maybe I was sleep walking or something like that…

“The security camera in my house, I put it on me in my bed to see what I do, and a housekeeper kept coming in and rubbing poison ivy all over my body while I slept and I was like, ‘What the hell is going on? Why is this lady doing that to me?’ So I wake up in the morning, I said, ‘Hey, what’s the deal? It’s itchy, what you’re doing to me is wrong. I caught you. Why (did) you do that to me? I’m very nice to you.’

“She went to the laundry hamper and pulled out my underwear and (pointed to the stains) and she said, ‘That’s why’.”

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Adam Sandler uncovers maid's poison ivy attack

Adam Sandler uncovers maid's poison ivy attack

Adam Sandler was recently horrified to discover his maid had been rubbing poison ivy all over his body as he slept as payback for having to handle the actor’s dirty underwear.

The Big Daddy star had no idea how he had contracted the itchy skin rash, and so he turned to his household security camera footage to ensure he wasn’t rummaging through his yard in his sleep.

And Sandler reveals he was shocked to discover who was responsible for all his discomfort.

He tells US TV host Jay Leno, “It was a horrific event. When you get that as a kid it makes sense, but a man my age, it doesn’t make too much sense because I don’t even go… in the woods… So I thought maybe I was sleep walking or something like that…

“The security camera in my house, I put it on me in my bed to see what I do, and a housekeeper kept coming in and rubbing poison ivy all over my body while I slept and I was like, ‘What the hell is going on? Why is this lady doing that to me?’ So I wake up in the morning, I said, ‘Hey, what’s the deal? It’s itchy, what you’re doing to me is wrong. I caught you. Why (did) you do that to me? I’m very nice to you.’

“She went to the laundry hamper and pulled out my underwear and (pointed to the stains) and she said, ‘That’s why’.”

WENN.com

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Adam Sandler uncovers maid's poison ivy attack

Sandler uncovers maid's poison ivy attack

Adam Sandler was recently horrified to discover his maid had been rubbing poison ivy all over his body as he slept as payback for having to handle the actor’s dirty underwear.

The Big Daddy star had no idea how he had contracted the itchy skin rash, and so he turned to his household security camera footage to ensure he wasn’t rummaging through his yard in his sleep.

And Sandler reveals he was shocked to discover who was responsible for all his discomfort.

He tells US TV host Jay Leno, “It was a horrific event. When you get that as a kid it makes sense, but a man my age, it doesn’t make too much sense because I don’t even go… in the woods… So I thought maybe I was sleep walking or something like that…

“The security camera in my house, I put it on me in my bed to see what I do, and a housekeeper kept coming in and rubbing poison ivy all over my body while I slept and I was like, ‘What the hell is going on? Why is this lady doing that to me?’ So I wake up in the morning, I said, ‘Hey, what’s the deal? It’s itchy, what you’re doing to me is wrong. I caught you. Why (did) you do that to me? I’m very nice to you.’

“She went to the laundry hamper and pulled out my underwear and (pointed to the stains) and she said, ‘That’s why’.”

WENN.com

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Sandler uncovers maid's poison ivy attack

Adam Sandler's maid rubbed poison ivy on him as he slept

Adam Sandler was recently horrified to discover his maid had been rubbing poison ivy all over his body as he slept as payback for having to handle the actor’s dirty underwear.

The Big Daddy star had no idea how he had contracted the itchy skin rash, and so he turned to his household security camera footage to ensure he wasn’t rummaging through his yard in his sleep.

And Sandler reveals he was shocked to discover who was responsible for all his discomfort.

He tells TV host Jay Leno, “It was a horrific event. When you get that as a kid it makes sense, but a man my age, it doesn’t make too much sense because I don’t even go… in the woods… So I thought maybe I was sleep walking or something like that…

“The security camera in my house, I put it on me in my bed to see what I do, and a housekeeper kept coming in and rubbing poison ivy all over my body while I slept and I was like, ‘What the hell is going on? Why is this lady doing that to me?’ So I wake up in the morning, I said, ‘Hey, what’s the deal? It’s itchy, what you’re doing to me is wrong. I caught you. Why (did) you do that to me? I’m very nice to you.’

“She went to the laundry hamper and pulled out my underwear and (pointed to the stains) and she said, ‘That’s why’.”

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Adam Sandler's maid rubbed poison ivy on him as he slept

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