Bub - Bubble Bobble


AmeCon 2007




This was my surprise AmeCon Omake costume, with free skit!

In my current streak of retro video game costumes, we were wondering what on earth could follow up Purple Tentacle, we already had the foam skeleton, polycotton skin, crouching 4ft tall costume thing down, but to what use could it be put?

Bubble Bobble my friends, Bubble Bobble.

I literally grew up with this game, it was one of the few two-player games that me and my cousin never grew tired of (and never completed.. 3 lives and always starting on level 1 of 100? harsh.)

It's the same green and blue dinosaurs from the Puzzle Bobble/Bust-a-move series, but BB came first dammit.

Sadly while the plan was to make a Bub and Bob duo, I only finished Bub 2 days before the convention and had to scrap Bob -- luckily Danov came up with a Boris (the coconut-hurling ghost-like bad guy) costume in time to stand in for Al as Bob.

I had all sorts of plans for this -- our bathroom is currently filled with various bubble-making toys I was testing to see if they could be used in costume. The answer was no. Mechanical ones rarely work at all, and while I found a fantastic manual flywheel based device, it had an open top, so any bouncing around meant an empty reservoir and a wet dinosaur.

For the omake itself I pieced together captured footage of the original arcade version, and mixed it to Machinae Supremacy's Sidology 3 - Apex Ultima, which includes a remix segment of the legendary Bubble Bobble theme. Cue wild dancing and air guitaring.

The Omake skit can be found at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=m96h5G6Satc


UnaSpi posted on 10 September, 2007 - 13:54
I just have to say, the skit you did was so nastalgic i almost cried - Bubble Bobble was the very first game I ever played, and it's always been dear to me. Sir, you rock.

nert posted on 11 September, 2007 - 02:37
You're welcome ;) I always aim to drag nostalgic memories out of people's heads by force! It's hard making costumes out of sprites only a few pixels high though..

sarmander posted on 26 October, 2007 - 20:27
Hello again. ^_^ As usual, you are made of win! I think you made the day of everyone waiting for the VGL concert to begin. XD Oh, I should introduce myself...LOL I'm the Ed at VGL and Expo, also the Prince of Tennis cosplayer who shoved a tennis ball in your mouth in the Omake event at Ame. XD sorry about that! *Dances for your awesomeness* ^____^V

nert posted on 27 October, 2007 - 21:12
Thankee! Good to put a name to a face at last, I think I've taken your photo quite a few times now XD Ah the tennis ball was cool - I couldn't see anything with those stage lights so having a ball to munch on was pretty helpful ;)

Tak posted on 28 October, 2007 - 13:54
HUGZ TIEM looks a bit suspicious to me! Are you sure it was only HUGZ?!

nert posted on 28 October, 2007 - 15:03
Okay, okay.. it may well have been CONSPIRACEEZ AGAINTS THE HUMNAS TIEM but that's harder to say.

x posted on 23 February, 2008 - 21:02
OMG it's you! I love you're stuff! (well, the two that I've seen!) I was so happy watching the bubble bobble skit! Complete with bubble machine! That truly made the omake for me!!

Tofu posted on 10 April, 2008 - 10:30
You guys rocked very much. BUBBLES!!!!!! I still don't know how the heck you moved about in that O_o I look forward to seeing what other crazy things you're planning

Eatmethoubean posted on 11 April, 2008 - 23:25
i remember seeing this!! i loved it, thought it was so cute!!!! xD

Kaka Extreme posted on 17 November, 2008 - 23:59
OMG that was you! i remember seeing this and was lol :O im in love! cudnt believe someone actually did that and you did a great job!!!!!! love it!

jaks-kingdom-dwarf posted on 18 June, 2009 - 23:19
OMG that's brilliant :D