Hot and Sweaty Tifa Lockhart by Nic the Pixie

To celebrate Final Fantasy VII Remake coming to PlayStation Plus this month, we’d better get some more Tifa cosplay out there, and this time we’re exploring a very athletic, hot, sweaty take on her by Nic the Pixie, aka Nichameleon.

Check out her Twitter profile for all the other links you need, @Nichameleon!

May 2021 Vampirella and Red Sonja Cosplay Covers

For once we’ve got the jump on some Dynamite’s freshly announced cosplay variant covers for Vampirella and Red Sonja’s for all six of their May releases, including Vampirella #21, Vengeance of Vampirella #18, The Invincible Red Sonja #1, Sonjaversal #4, Red Sonja: The Superpowers #5 and Red Sonja #27. Enjoy…

Custom Cakes For Your Bleeding Anus

That is literally all I’ve got to offer you here – a “My Anus is Bleeding” cake! But you never know when you’ll need one, so at the very least it’s good to know they exist…

Ireland Reid is Even More Lady Dimitrescu

We’ve seen the marvellous Helly von Valentine’s take on Resident Evil Village’s (or am I supposed to call it Resident Evil 8 or VII or VIILage…) Lady Dimitrescu (here), and whilst it’s not quite as saucy, Ireland Reid’s take is just as busty! Full works on her Only Fans page here, but have a preview…

Nic The Pixie Super Hot Tifa Lockhart Cosplay

Nic the Pixie is a master of transformation, and also a master of hot, and combined we’ve got a classic set of Final Fantasy 7 Tifa Lockhart slutted-up cosplay!

Turns out she does a pretty mean more traditional Tifa too…

Check out Nic on Twitter, @Nichameleon, where she gets a bit fruitier than Instagram allows!

Helly von Valentine Nails Naked Lady Dimitrescu (NSFW)

As big a fan I am of Helly von Valentine / Disharmonica, and as utterly excited about Resident Evil Village, I’m not sure this is her finest work, although her finest work does eventually make everything right! I don’t know, it’s not screaming Resident Evil at me – more hottest girl at the wedding!

Anyway, you can get your filthy mitts on the full hi-res set at Helly’s Patreon page here, where this Lady Dimitrescu shoot is her February 2021 exclusive set. And here’s a preview…

Vengeance of Vampirella #15 – Back With a Vengeance!

Not sure why, but until this week’s Vengeance of Vampirella offering I’ve not been massively inspired by this or any other of the recent Dynamite cosplay variant covers that I’ve enjoyed perving over here in the past!

Issue 15 restores balance to the busty, skimpy, red and white force of beyond nature though, not just with a fantastic, back to form

Straight from mouth of Dynamite, the mystery of Adam Van Helsing’s return intensifies, as Vampirella continues to struggle with the bestial side of her nature. Mistress Nyx realizes that Vampirella isn’t the only enemy she should be concerned about. And Lord Mazarin embraces his gift from the Lords of Chaos and the world slips that much closer towards oblivion.

Cool story, and there’s a really nice set of other covers to enjoy this month too… I really like the last one below – reminds me of Castlevania!

The Best of 1987 – Heather Locklear

As we’re now way too far into 2021 for my last post here to be a look back at it favourite games of 2020, I’m just going for a really cheap post about when Heather Locklear won 1987. Enjoy.

Retro Arcadia Top Ten Games of 2020

Just for completeness, here’s our top ten games of 2020, previously published on our retro gaming sister site, Retro Arcadia.

Retro Arcadia

My annual list here is supposed to be screaming next-gen this year, but after much deliberation that helped me make up my mind I wanted an Xbox over PS5, it also made me realise I wanted Game Pass and not a new machine. Enter my 13-year old son wanting to replace his Xbox One with a fancy new gaming PC for Christmas, as well as no actual next-gen games for Series X yet anyway, and here we are! Still pains me not having a launch-day PlayStation for the first time in its history though…

As much as my game of the year for 2020 did affect and continues to affect me – and has made the very unusual leap for anything new into my top 25 games of all time – it’s not the best! Or even second best! It took me a while, but finally properly playing Silent Hill…

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Curiouser Top Ten Albums of 2020

I think my favourite release of the year was that beautiful 40th anniversary re-release of Joy Division’s Closer on heavyweight clear vinyl; there was some lovely 12-inch stuff from them too! But while I can never resist including something new that’s actually old here, I’m mostly sticking with a surprisingly strong set of new stuff from a surprisingly wide range of some of my favourite artists. Top year!

1. Greg Dulli – Random Desire

The lead singer of my favourite living band – though The Afghan Whigs are interchangeable with The Damned depending on the day of the week – on top solo form with something less layered and more laid back (think kind of Dinosaur Jr vibe) than you’d get with his wonderful day job. Just a really great alternative rock album, and up there with anything he’s done, in whatever form, since the late eighties.

2. Bob Mould – Blue Hearts

Can’t believe you made me choose between Dulli and Mould! Another brilliant piece of alternative rock from another master of the craft, capturing essences of both his former outfits Sugar and Hüsker Dü. Which means soaring, melodic pop juxtaposed by gritty, angry punk vibes. Amazing that there’s just no let up in this guy, and while he never strays far from the beaten path, the quality never drops and more of the same is always welcome here.

3. Prince and the Revolution: Live

Newly released (so it counts!), together with what must be one of the greatest live music videos ever recorded, from the absolute pinnacle of Prince’s creativity and showmanship in 1985. This is a masterclass in how you play live, as valid today as it was then, and I can’t think of anyone in the world that could possibly equal it. Incredible.

4. Macabre: Carnival of Killers

Several things fuelled what might be deemed a slightly unhealthy lifelong fascination with serial killers throughout the 1980’s – the hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper, reading The Final Solution (it’s about his ancestor and it’s not!), a magazine called Murder Casebook and Gloom by murder metal thrashers Macabre. It’s ironic, therefore, that their new album would drop on the day the Yorkshire Ripper died. It’s more of the same and it’s exactly what you want, and there’s not many thrash albums that will put a smile on your face like this one does this year.

5. Night Crowned – Imperius Viam

Really tight, really theatrical, really inventive blackened death metal. Who’d have known you could make flamenco guitar (and some bongos too, I think) sound so evil? There’s moments where you just don’t want some of these songs to end, such is the clash of aggression with melody and brutality with atmosphere. And there’s nearly an hour of it!

6. Violet Cold – Noir Kid

I know I’ve said similar things about Violet Cold’s previous releases, but this is the most gloriously uplifting depressive black metal you’ll ever hear. Again. And some of the most inventive too, despite their seemingly nonstop output. Stunning.

7. Smashing Pumpkins – CYR

This might be the last thing on this list released this year, but I don’t think I’ve ever been drip-fed so much of an album for so many months beforehand as we were with this one! I’d have mixed feelings about that with many records, but this one is so much to digest that I think it actually helps appreciate its artistry and creativity. They could so easily have dialled this in too. Very impressive.

8. The Great Old Ones – Cosmicism

Almost a whole year ago this was the first standout album released in 2020! A Lovecraftian lesson in intense but atmospheric and melodic black metal, to the point you could even accuse some of the tracks of being a bit catchy. Or bits of them at least!

9. Human Impact – Human Impact

Wonderful surprise for any Cop Shoot Cop fans! Features members of the band (plus Unsane and Swans), and is as close as we’ve got to anything new since 1994! Aggressive, no-nonsense alternative noise-rock that is more than the sum of its parts, but if you’re a fan of any of them it’s exactly what you’ve been waiting for.

10. Dawn of Ashes – The Antinomian

Bombastic industrial metal like you used to get in its heyday. Nothing groundbreaking or even especially clever here, just a really good time to be had with some brilliantly composed and produced mega-melodies, big beats and stadium-sized evil.