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Tomb Raider at SDCC - Calling Lara Cosplayers!

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 11, 2012, 7:07 AM
Hey guys!

I'm at SDCC prepping for the day, so this post will be short. I wanted to quickly share where I'll be and what I'll be up to at SDCC as relates to Tomb Raider. You can check out the massive schedule here: officialtombraiderblog.tumblr.…

However - I wanted to call out that we'll be having a Lara cosplay gathering with prizes for those dressed up on Sunday, at 1:00 PM outside Lou & Mickey's, which is right across the street from the con. Please come or pass this along to other ladies (or gentlemen in TR garb!) who will be dressing up! I want a solid turnout. :D

Yes, I'll be in a new, original costume on Sunday. It may be Lara inspired. :P

Meg

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Z. Kickstarter Campaign - Please share!

Journal Entry: Fri Jun 22, 2012, 8:06 PM
I can't even express how excited I am to share this project with everyone! It seems like its been years since Sebastian (my boyfriend) first described his idea for this game to me…

Kickstarter is helping him to make Z. a reality, and that reality is an awesome zombies-versus-survivors digital trading card game. The best part (in my opinion) is that all of the cards use real photos.

If you have a moment, please take a look at the Kickstarter video and read through the list of backer rewards. As a gamer and a zombie fanatic, I want to help this game come to fruition, and I hope many of you do as well! I received a large number of birthday messages yesterday, generously asking if I had a gift wish list living on the internet somewhere. If that sentiment still stands, I'd love for you to contribute to the project - any small amount makes a difference. If you can't contribute financially, a share would go a long way to making this game a reality.

I'm going to end by bragging a bit, and most likely embarrassing Sebastian. I'm immensely proud of him and all the work he's put into Z. I hope that hard work resonates with all of you!

You can check out the Kickstarter here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/d…

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Contest: Tomb Raider Fanart “By Hand"

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 9, 2012, 1:44 PM
I'm ecstatic to finally blow the lid off a contest that's been a longtime in the making! I figure fellow Deviant Art users might want to take a stab and participate! :D

The competition in a nutshell: We're hosting a massive fanart contest, with a primary stipulation that the submission must be created "by hand." Why, you may ask? The prize helped to dictate the rules in this case.

The winner of the "By Hand" art competition will walk away with an original charcoal illustration of Lara Croft by Crystal Dynamics Senior Art Director Brian Horton. The exclusive drawing is a whopping 11x17 in size, is professionally matted, and signed by Brian. We've got three sizable subcategory prizes, too.

You can find all the rules and regulations in English here forums.eidosgames.com/showthre… . Links to additional languages can be found below. Thank you to the following webmasters who aided with translations, ensuring that Tomb Raider fans worldwide can participate!

French – Captain Alban Team forums.eidosgames.com/showthre…
Italian – Marco of Allgame: Tomb Raider forums.eidosgames.com/showthre…
German – Luca of Tomb Raider Insider forums.eidosgames.com/showthre…
Spanish – Sermongar of Croft Generation forums.eidosgames.com/showthre…
Portuguese – Marta aka dark7angel of Eidos Forums forums.eidosgames.com/showthre…
Russian – Sergey of Tomb Raider Russia forums.eidosgames.com/showthre…

If I may gush for a moment, one of my absolute favorite things about the Tomb Raider fandom is the creativity of our followers. I love sifting through paintings, crafts, sculptures, costumes, and other creative endeavors - it's the highlight of my day. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

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Exclusive Signed Cosplay for a Cause Calendar

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 17, 2012, 10:03 AM
Looking for a very exclusive 2012 calendar?

A limited (as in only one) Cosplay for a Cause calendar is currently up for auction, boasting signatures from all 18 cosplayers as well as artists Mark Brooks, Brian Stelfreeze, and Cully Hammer.

I'm very proud to have been involved in this initiative, and can't wait to announce the total amount we've raised for the Japanese Red Cross.

Please take a look, or share with anyone you think would be interested: cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

If you're looking to pick up an unsigned version of the calendar, you can still do so here: www.cosplayforacause.com/

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October has finally arrived, and I couldn't be more excited to share my pet project with you! This digital art exhibit has been keeping me busy for months now, and it's been a real treat to work with some of my favorite artists.

Tomb Raider was first unleashed on the world in October 1996, manifested from fantasy to reality by creator Toby Gard and the talented crew at Core Design. Little did they know how successful their adventurer would become; skyrocketed to a household name within the year and carving a place in history as a pop-culture icon transcending the gaming space.

To celebrate the 15-year anniversary Crystal Dynamics is playing curator to a unique digital art exhibition, commissioning eight original pieces by a selection of esteemed artists. The pieces will showcase the new vision for Lara Croft, whilst embracing the individual style of each participating artist.

We're kicking off the month with one of my personal favorite artists – Andy Park. Tomb Raider fans know Park as the primary penciler behind the Top Cow Tomb Raider comics. We'll conclude the month with a much-anticipated piece by Toby Gard himself. The artists between will remain a surprise!

Additionally, during the month of October a series of events will be held to mark the celebration, including a signing by a participating artist at New York Comic Con on October 14. As a finale to the month-long event, a limited selection of T-shirts and posters will be available for purchase from The Nerd Machine with a portion of the proceeds to benefit Child's Play charity.

Make sure to visit Tombraider.com/15 every Monday and Friday throughout October for another tribute, ready to adorn your desktop or favorite mobile device. Thanks to Hiptic.com for the wonderful splash page!

I hope you all enjoy the pieces of art we've commissioned – this project began as a tribute to Tomb Raider, but also as a tribute to fans. We would have little to celebrate without you. Crystal Dynamics, and Core Design before us, know how important the support of franchise followers has been throughout the years. I say with all sincerity – Thank you.

Meagan Marie

Check out Andy Park's piece here via the hiptic.com/tombraider15
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Guess what? My Anya cosplay tutorial is finally live! I know, it took forever. Check out my blog for a comprehensive description of constructing the costume, a WIP gallery, and the final shots from my time tromping around the U.S.S Midway.

Check it out here: www.meagan-marie.com/?p=2303
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If you have a moment, please check out this exciting project I was asked to be a part of!

Like many others, cosplayers have been finding creative ways to provide aid after an earthquake and tsunami devastated parts of northern Japan in early March. Lead by Riki Lecotey of HimeArts, a group of international cosplayers have stepped forward to collaborate on something very unique – an original 2012 cosplay calendar that will benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society.

The list of participating costumers is impressive. I’m quite honored to be featured alongside individuals like Alodia Gosiengfiao, Linda Le, Yaya Han, and a slew of other very talented cosplayers.  Visit the website if you are interested in reading bios from all the ladies involved.

Over 15 cosplayers are participating in the effort, each debuting a new costume or providing never-before-seen photos of an ensemble they’ve worn in the past. All the characters represented have roots in Japanese video games, anime, or manga. I personally reworked my female Mario costume for the occasion.

Lastly, several notable artists have jumped on board to help out – including Mark Brooks – who will provide some sketch work for the calendar.

The 2012 Cosplay for a Cause calendar costs $17.99 and will ship in the 3rd or 4th quarter of this year.

Please spread the word and preorder if you can!


Website: www.cosplayforacause.com/index…

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CosplayforACa…

Twitter: Cosplay4aCause
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Hey All!

So, I have some news. Some life changing news, actually. It may seem a tad out of the blue, and it is to be honest. The opportunity was somewhat unexpected. Ready?

This will be my last week at Game Informer. I am moving to San Francisco mid-May and will be taking up the role of Community Manager at Crystal Dynamics in Redwood City.  No joke. While I'll be representing the company as a whole, my primary focus will be on the upcoming Tomb Raider title. If you know me in even the most superficial capacity, it is obvious what a dream come true this is.

As community manager I'll be involved in many facets of social media and act as a liaison between the studio and various communities throughout the world. I'll be a public face at the studio and will be attending events worldwide, giving demos, helping to execute short and long-term media strategies, and more. I'm stoked for the challenge and very excited to join the Crystal Dynamics team.

My time at Game Informer has been nothing but fantastic, and I am extremely appreciative of the many memorable opportunities GI has afforded me.  Not to mention that the staff is great and I'll miss all the ridiculous daily antics of the office. I really can't say enough positive things about Game Informer. I've been a fan of the magazine for over a decade and I'll still look forward to receiving my issue every month on the west coast.

The move is going to be tough, without a doubt. I'll miss my family, friends, and local costumers immensely. Crystal has been fantastic in making the transition as easy as possible, however. I cut my vacation in Florida short this past week to pop into San Fran for meetings and apartment hunting. I've found a fantastic place (phew!) in a great neighborhood near Google's HQ, so the entire city has free Wi-Fi. How cool is that?! And I'll only be 10 minutes from Pinkberry!

I realize this is happening very quickly and that my days in Minnesota are numbered. If you are a local friend, I'm planning some sort of get-together in order to say goodbye properly. Chances are it will be at an arcade or the like. More details soon! If you are a fellow industry professional, I'll still be at all the major events worldwide, so we can keep in touch. I'll just be on the other side of the fence now! As for my costuming friends, I'll have to cut down the costume roster a bit to accommodate for my full schedule, but I still plan on rocking Anya and perhaps one or two more ensembles by the end of the year.

I know this is a ton digest, but there was no hesitation in my decision. I genuinely can't imagine another studio or intellectual property in which I would rather be affiliated. Lara Croft helped to shape me into the individual I am today. I'm ready to return the favor.

Meg
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Let Me Introduce You To Play For Japan!

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 23, 2011, 2:36 PM
Hey All!

This last week has been massively overwhelming, but in the best way possible. In addition to posting info about my own auction (the Nintendo DS sold for $4,050, all of which has been donated to the Red Cross), you may have seen me share links to other video game goods up for sale. I want to take a second and provide a bit more information on what exactly a small group of industry professionals and I have been cooking up. The collaborative effort is called Play for Japan, and you can read the official press release below.

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Play For Japan Launches Relief Efforts

Online Charity Auction Starts Today

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Play For Japan (PFJ), a global campaign designed to raise funds for the victims of the recent tragedies in Japan, announced today the launch of its online charity auction.

Play For Japan's committee states:

"Japan's impact and contributions to videogames have been undeniable. Now it's time for us to give back to the country that has given the world so much."

In the wake of recent disasters that have struck the island nation, a collective of gaming industry professionals and members of the gaming media have combined their resources to create Play For Japan. The global campaign will raise funds for donation to various organizations devoted to relief efforts, including American Red Cross, Global Giving, International Medical Corps, Save the Children, UNICEF.

The goal of Play For Japan is to aggregate and promote online auctions of items culled from the resources of its members– videogame rarities, art, signed games, etc.–in order to generate donations for disaster relief. Today, PFJ committee member Meagan Marie's auction for a Nintendo DS signed by several Nintendo luminaries closed at $4,050 with 78 bids and all proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

PFJ is not an auction house. Rather, it is a movement designed to endorse and promote the gaming industry's efforts to help. Members of the gaming community can brand their individual auction as part of the PFJ campaign as they initiate them. 100% of all proceeds will go toward charitable organizations to benefit earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. Here are a few examples of PFJ's numerous active auctions:

    * A Brutal Legend Eddie Riggs statue signed by Tim Schafer

    * A Super Mario Kart SNES cartridge signed and illustrated by Shigeru Miyamoto

    * A copy of Killer7 signed by Suda 51

    * A life-sized Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Ghost statue signed by Infinity Ward

    * A copy of Final Fantasy Tactics signed by Akihiko Yoshida & Hideo Minaba

    * A copy of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic signed by Bioware

    * A copy of Katamari Damacy signed by Keita Takahashi

If you are a member of the gaming industry or the gaming media and are interested in affiliating your gaming-related auction with Play For Japan, please contact auctions@playforjapan.org. For general inquiries, please contact contact@playforjapan.org. if you are looking for more information on upcoming auctions, please visit PlayForJapan.org, follow @PlayForJPN on Twitter, visit playforjapan.tumblr.com, or visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/playforjapan.

SOURCE Play For Japan

Blog: playforjapan.tumblr.com/

Twitter: twitter.com/PlayForJPN

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PlayForJapan

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Now I have something to ask of you all! Please, promote Play for Japan in whatever way you can. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Share links with your friends. This is an industry-wide effort to aid Japan in a measurable way. To achieve this, we need help from you!

Thank you all in advance!

Meagan

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Auction To Aid Japan: Autographed Nintendo DS

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 14, 2011, 2:33 PM
Hey everyone!

I spent the entire weekend brainstorming ways to utilize my skills to raise money for relief in Japan. My original idea was to create a custom Munny to sell on eBay, but time unfortunately won’t allow for that. After much thought, I’ve decided to part ways with my prized keepsake, an autographed Nintendo DS signed by some of the biggest names in gaming.

As the story goes, I was attending my first GDC back in 2007, writing for a small blog prior to my gig at Game Informer. I was asked to present awards during the annual Game Audio Network Guild ceremony, and as such was introduced to all the individuals listed below. I happened to have my Nintendo DS handy and asked each to sign it.

Meeting Miyamoto, Kondo, and the other individuals is still one of the highlights of both my career and life as a geek. I was completely dumbstruck when I walked away from the event, cradling the DS like it was a bar of gold. Someone made a joke that evening that they hoped it wouldn’t end up on eBay. Something tells me that the Nintendo creatives won't mind.

Securing my job at Game Informer a few years later has presented me with similar opportunities that I am very grateful to have experienced, and I’ve learned to rein in my fangirl tendencies a bit. Ultimately, my memories are more than enough to hang on to and if I can raise a donation of any size to aid the people of Japan, it is unquestionably worth it.

Please share this link with anyone you think may be interested in the purchase. For gamers, this is a one-of-a-kind collector’s item, and the individual also gets the satisfaction of knowing that their contribution will be fully donated to the Red Cross. Proof of the donation will be provided publicly as soon as the auction draws to a close.

You can find the auction via the link: cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

I apologize for the poor quality of the photos, as our nice camera seems to be out of office on a trip, and as such I had to use my phone. I wanted to get the auction up sooner rather than later.

Thank you for your help and please spread the word!

Product Details

    * An original model Nintendo DS in red.
    * The DS is adorned with a Mario Kart sticker on the front, and four similar stickers on the inside. Please refer to the images.
    * As far as quality, the handheld features slight wear from use before I preserved it. Again, please refer to the images.
    * The DS is fully functional, but doesn’t come with a charger. I can track one down if the buyer so desires, but I highly recommend that it not be handled as it will degrade the quality of the signatures. The DS has been in a glass case for four or so years, and I urge the highest bidder to opt for a similar treatment.
    * The Nintendo DS features signatures from the following industry icons.
          o Shigeru Miyamoto: One of the most iconic video game designers in history. Miyamoto is credited with the creation of Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, Star Fox, and more.
          o Koji Kondo: A legendary video game composer who composed the classic Mario and Zelda tunes, among many others.
          o Charles Martinet:  Mario’s official voice actor since 1995. He also provides voices for Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, and more.
          o Eiji Aonuma: A video game designer and director who oversaw several Legend of Zelda titles including Ocarina of time, Majora’s Mask, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Phantom Hourglass, and  more.
          o Martin Leung: Known as the video game pianist, Martin became famous for playing the Super Mario Bros theme blindfolded. He now tours the world and performs with Video Games Live.

If you have any questions about this item, feel free to contact me.

Thank you!

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Major Updates!

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 1, 2011, 12:36 AM
So, I've been on a bit of a mission the past few days to update my site with any costume details and photos it may have been missing. The idea was to finish documenting my costumes of 2010 so I can focus on new ones and set goals for 2011! The updates are detailed below!

Mad Moxxi gallery/costume breakdown: www.meaganvanburkleo.com/?p=18…

New Velocity photos: www.meaganvanburkleo.com/?p=18…

Vintage DC dress photoshoot: www.meaganvanburkleo.com/?p=21…

I also updated my site with tons of information on the new Tomb Raider game, so that is bonus incentive to check it out.

Let me know what you think!

Happy New Year!

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Eeeek!

I know this isn't strictly art related, but I have to share the exciting news I've been sitting on for a few months. Today we revealed the January issue of Game Informer - Tomb Raider. I was lucky enough to write the 10-page story, taking on the intense pressure of debuting a new Lara Croft to the world.

I'll be doing ancillary features on the web throughout the month of December. But for now, check out Lara's awesome redesign via our cover! www.gameinformer.com/b/news/ar…

Enjoy!

Meg
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New updates to the website, including the full gallery of my Tomb Raider/Lara Croft Tokyo Dress costume www.meaganvanburkleo.com/?p=20… and photos from a Day of the Dead themed shoot!www.meaganvanburkleo.com/?p=20…

Enjoy!
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If you haven't noticed from my gallery update, I've just added full galleries and costume details for both my Excella costume www.meaganvanburkleo.com/?p=20… and Black Canary getup www.meaganvanburkleo.com/?p=20… at meaganvanburkleo.com. Check them out!
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Hey guys!

I just updated meaganvanburkleo.com with my full set of Princess of Persia photos and a lengthy costume description. Additionally, you will find photos from the rest of my cosplay group that includes a female Kratos, Starkiller, Link, Mario, and more. Check it out via the link: www.meaganvanburkleo.com/?p=18…

Hope you like!

Meg
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Hey all!

Another quick blog! I just updated my website with the full gallery of images from my recent photoshoot for the Vinyl Monster videocast. If you want to see the full suite of images, or learn more about Vinyl Monster, check it out here: www.meaganvanburkleo.com/?p=18…

Enjoy!
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Hey all!

I'm back from SDCC and starting to post photos and new costume info. I just added my gallery of Velocity images to my website, which you can check out here: www.meaganvanburkleo.com/?p=18…

Let me know what you think!

Meg
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Hey all!

I'm selling a bunch of stuff to raise funds for SDCC. Please check out my listings here: www.facebook.com/album.php?aid…

I've got some jewelry and other things I can ship out, and some things only for MN locals.

Thanks for looking!!!
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Hey all!

Along the same lines as my recent efforts to raise cosplaying funds though design work, I'm also putting some items up for sale on eBay. If you are a Silent Hill fan and would like to pick up my custom Pyramid Head/Nurse Munnys, or have had your mind made up to cosplay as Chi from Chobits, my items are up for bid now!

Thanks for your support!

Silent Hill Munnys: cgi.ebay.com/Custom-Pyramid-He…

Chobits Cosplay: cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…
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  • Listening to: Weezer - Only In Dreams
  • Playing: Borderlands
  • Eating: Way too much Carmel Corn
Hey All!

Just booked my room for SDCC today and looked at airfare prices. Combined with some expensive costumes on my plate, I've got to find a way to raise quite a bit of extra cash - especially if I am considering trying to get down to DragonCon. That's where you come in!

I went to school for graphic design and am looking for anyone interested in getting new business cards. The turnaround would be pretty quick and I work until you are satisfied with the final design. Cost is $150 a pop, with you retaining rights to all creative property including the original files so they can be modified at a later date, and the ability to reprint them an infinite amount of times.

I created a folder of some examples here: www.flickr.com/photos/virtualg…

Also, you can check my graphic design/typography folder in my gallery for more examples of my aesthetic style.

Let me know if you are interested!

Thanks all!
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