Much of my journalism, particularly with The Eighty Sixth Floor, focuses on geek culture. Once a niche subculture, geekiness is now totally mainstream with Sci-Fi, superhero and fantasy dominating the Film and TV industry. I regularly attend large conventions such as the MCM and LFCC as well as smaller events like Hyper Japan, the London Super Comic Con and Thought Bubble. I’m particularly interested in the cosplay scene, and in reviewing TV series.
Here’s a little compilation I put together of some of my funniest interviewees at the LSCC. Kenny Cosplay you win gold.
Cosplay Catch-Up with Kamui Cosplay
Sveltana Quint is known throughout the world for her highly successful range of crafting books which specialise in cosplay. I caught up with her at the LSCC to talk about her new book and what it’s like to be a full-time cosplayer.
Cosplay Catch-Up with Calssara, LSCC 2016
Cosplay Catch-Up with Ross E Cobb
I FINALLY managed to get a successful interview with the lovely Ross who won the cosplay championships last year. We spoke about his role as a judge this year, and about his disney plans.
Six Ways George Lucas Changed Cinema
As the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes ever closer, I decided to take a look at some of the other amazing things George Lucas has given to the film industry over the decades. This list may surprise you!
Top 10 Evil Overlords
I had so much fun compiling this list with fellow geek Barry ‘Nuge’ Nugent from Geek Syndicate . In our opinion, these are the best evil overlord characters who’ve ever been on TV or in movies. Have a watch and see if you agree! Our cats feature in it too.
Cosplay Catch-up with A.K. Wirru
A. K. Wirru is an Australian cosplayer who was invited to attend London’s Autumn MCM Comic Con at the end of October. I had a chat with him about his Endymion costume, previous cosplays and his life as an international cosplayer.
Interview with Nolan North (Mcm London October 2015)
Even if you don’t know the name, if you’re a gamer you’ll know who Nolan North is. Known as “the nearest thing the games industry has to a bona fide leading man”, North has voiced countless video game characters including Nathan Drake in Unchartered, Desmond Miles in Assassin’s Creed, Ghost in Destiny and characters in Batman: Arkham, Spec Ops: The Line, The Last of Us and Call of Duty as well as numerous live action and animated films and TV series.
I managed to catch up with him for a quick interview after a long day at the MCM Comic Con at London’s ExCel Centre.
Who’s Who at the MCM October 2015
International Comics Expo 2015
The Eighty Sixth Floor was invited to attend the International Comics Expo in Birmingham earlier this month. Here’s a highlights video I put together last week for it.
Full Interview with Studio Ghibli Specialist Vcosplay
Since 2012, Vcosplay has been building a name for himself as one of the most recognisable cosplayers on the UK con scene. In this exclusive interview we talk about his famous Totoro build, his Studio Ghibli inspirations and his advice on creating big – and I mean big – builds. We’re also let in on his cosplaying secrets – armour you may unwittingly have lying around your house, how to create a fan system to regulate temperatures at conventions, and how to incorporate a camera system into your costume.
Humans End of Season Review
With a promising cast, advantageous producers and THAT insane advertising campaign, C4’s Humans was gearing up to be a highlight of the 2015 TV calendar. So with it all wrapped, I discuss the final episode, and the success of the series as a whole.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell: A Review of the BBC series
Adapting the notoriously ‘unfilmable’ novel for TV was never going to be easy – but did the BBC manage to pull it off?
Review of Humans (C4 + AMC) episode 5
Topics raised – why does no one care about Fred? and WHY was Stacey Slater at the W.A.P meeting???
Interview with UK J-Pop artist Kelsey Ellison at Hyper Japan 2015
Humans (C4 and AMC series) review: E03
Humans (C4 and AMC series) review: E02
Hello Killy interview @ MCM
Cosplay Interview: The Weathered King & Hannah Lydia Cosplay, MCM 2015
MCM May 2015: What to Look Forward to
Outlander Fan Panel: ‘To Ransom a Man’s Soul’
Outlander Fan Panel: ‘The Search’
-with Ginger and Summer from the Outlander podcast…
Avengers Age of Ultron review
What’s Your Zombie Escape Plan?
– a montage of useful tips from the likes of Jonathan Ross, John Dredge and Monaye the security guard. Produced and edited by me.
Outlander ‘The Reckoning’ review
Outlander mid-season recap
Interview with Si Spurrier, part 1
watch part 2 here.
Interview with Max Brookes, LSCC 2015
LSCC Cosplay interviews April 2015
London’s Retro Gaming Scene
– a short feature I produced and edited about the resurge of retro gaming and how it’s been incorporated into London’s drinking scene.
The Last Man on Earth review
The Rise and Rise of the UK Podcast Scene.
– a short documentary that I produced and edited earlier this year after the boom of Sarah Koenig’s factual crime thriller SERIAL.
NB* The Helen Zaltzman interview should be listened to with headphones.
Kingsmen: The Secret Service review
The Jason Statham Forecast
The Most Important Video Games of 2014
Antman Trailer – First Look!
The Eighty Sixth Floor 2014 Highlights
Interview with Beyond Believing Cosplay
watch the full interview here.
The Eighty Sixth Floor’s Christmas BLING List
Interview with TPub comics
watch the full interview here.
The Best Guardians of the Galaxy CHRISTMAS PRESENTS
Utopia season 2 WRAP UP
Utopia Mid-season 2 recap
Interview with Sketch McDraw, part 3.
Watch the full interview here
Leia, a.k.a. Gingersnap is at the forefront of the UK cosplay scene and I was lucky enough to interview her for the Eighty Sixth Floor a few weeks. In this video she talks openly about the issues of body shaming in the cosplay industry.
You can view the full interview here.
True Detective – Still the greatest TV show ever made?
watch part 1 here
X-Men: Days of Future Past review