Category Archives: Pop Culture

Great Falls Cosplayer: Marlesa Popp

I had the pleasure of meeting Marlesa Popp today – some of you may know her (or of her) from her “Miss Mouse Cosplay” page on Facebook, or have seen her at events dressed as one of her creations.

Great Falls Cosplayer: Marlesa Popp

Great Falls Cosplayer: Marlesa Popp

She was delightful to talk to — very passionate about her craft!

We talked about the increasing popularity and acceptance of cosplay – it used to be kind of a purely geek thing, in terms of public perception, but thanks to the surge of super-hero movies and TV shows (Batman, Wonder Woman, Dr. Who, even Big Bang Theory), the explosion of video games, and the massive cultural phenomenon of comic and sci-fi conventions, cosplay is pretty much everywhere now – even right here in Great Falls!

We also talked about some early influencers on her love of cosplay, and threw around some names such as Piers Anthony, Terry Brooks, Jim Butcher, etc.

She was also very passionate about explaining how supportive and positive the cosplay community is; she thrives on the positive vibes.

I was happy to see her response to my half-baked idea for a “Halfway To Halloween” party held every year on the last Saturday in April. Seriously – why isn’t this a thing yet?

Here’s the article I wrote up about Marlesa — and if you feel inclined, you can vote for her in the “The Next Level of Cosplay” contest that she is competing in.

It would be cool to see her win!

Random Pix (January 11, 2015)

I love it when companies make it so easy to Doge-ify their products:

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Dropped in to the new Do Bar for the first time ever, and I ran into these fine folks!

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Yup, more snow — more than 13 inches during the past several days. Winter wonderland, indeed — beautiful!

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Behind the scenes during a KRTV newscast. Many screens, tons of buttons!

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Early “Mad Men”

Truth is indeed sometimes stranger than fiction – take a look at some print ads that would never make it today.

Exhibit A:

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On the other hand — I’ve found a couple of ads here in Great Falls in recent years that, while they aren’t quite as bad as the examples in the above link, are indeed a bit questionable:

Avoid PMS — really?

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And impugning the beauty of ladies who wear glasses – not cool.

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Jeremih in Billings

I had never heard of Jeremih until yesterday – but he and/or his touring crew apparently caused quite a ruckus at Fuddruckers down in Billings the other day.

Jerk move (and possibly criminal?), to be sure — but while doing some online digging about it, I was quickly disheartened – disgusted and sickened, actually – by some of the comments left on his Facebook page. Was Jeremih a jerk? Sure sounds like it.

But stuff like this is even worse:

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It’s beyond sad and infuriating and nauseating. Racism is one of the absolute lowest, most despicable forms of human expression. It doesn’t help to know that it’s caused by ignorance and feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, helplessness, and shame — that doesn’t make it tolerable or acceptable. It’s just sick.

Also note that TMZ, in all of its trashy and skeevy normalcy, even managed to take a cheap shot at Billings in its article: R&B star Jeremih and his entourage allegedly went nuclear at a Fuddruckers … possibly because there was nothing better to do in Billings, Montana.

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