We're just 3 years away. 3 years to celebrating Tomb Raider's 20th anniversary. In a medium this young that is one hell of a milestone. And while I'm sure CD, Eidos, and Square Enix will go about their plans to commemorate the moment, I suddenly had this inspiration for an idea I want to present here, a proposal to CD.
Over the years Lara has been represented in the flesh by 9 ladies lucky enough to be the real life face of Lara Croft. So during that hallmark year in 2016, would be a great time to bring them together (from Rhona Mitra to Alison Carroll) for an ensemble photo shoot.
"awww, come Adobe Artist, this has been done before, how is this so special?"
Oh ye of little faith, did you think my vision so narrow?
While gathering the complete cast of official promo models to be in one shot would be cool in and of itself (it didn't happen with Alison before), c'mon... this is the 20th Anniversary!!! Oh I think we can do better than that.
Because Lara has been represented not just by Eidos in official media, but by some incredibly talented fans in the community via COSPLAY. Oh yes, I think they should get their due, and there are some out there who have fostered their own "celebrity" status on the internet, who are well known among fans for their amazing portrayals. I'm talking Tiphaine (aka illyne on deviant art), Jenn Croft, Tanya Croft, Lena Lara, Dayna Baby Lou, and this simply would not be complete without our own beloved Meagan Marie who has graced the scene with her depiction of Tokyo dress Lara
There are of course others, but these are the ones I can think of off the top of my head for now.
Just imagine the photo composition, all 9 official promo models together with a plethora of well known and established cosplayers representing the fandom of the community, combining their talents in one ultimate depiction to the legacy of Lara Croft. Now THAT's a 20th anniversary tribute to THE lady of gaming!!!!
Now my original concept was this ensemble cast in one gigantic spread, to see them all together for the first time on such a huge scale. But as I kept on thinking about this I considered... with this rare opportunity having them all in one spot, there is so much more we could do with this. Liiiiiiiiike... making a commemorative calendar to be sold on the TR store. To make it diverse, this wouldn't be the whole cast in 12 different compositions, but to mix it up with 1 cosplayer paired up with 1 promo model in a duet composition for each month. So many possibilities here.
This is an ambitious undertaking I'll grant you, especially with some of these cosplayers coming from diverse settings that includes France, Australia, and the Ukraine. So with my proposal, I'm pleading to CD/Eidos/SE to fund this project, and see how it would be worthwhile to provide the air travel for the distant cosplayers and bring them all together for the group shoot to end all Tomb Raider shoots. Oh... and maybe you can bring little ol me in as the ummm... creative director on this undertaking?
So Meagan, I ask your attention on this, as it's not possible without you. You my dear are the insider source, our direct line to the offices of Crystal Dynamics, that this idea can be passed forward, that contact can be made with all the models and cosplayers (and so many end out invitations to)... and the wheels can be set in motion.
This is something that can be done, that should be done, that MUST be done. For Lara. For the fans!!