Teen Teams

I just watched all of Young Justice for the first time a few weeks ago, and it was so awesome.  I know I’m late to the party, but everyone who had told me how great the show was, was almost underselling it.  It was incredible, it felt like home.  Usually I don’t go for shows that feature characters younger than me.  But I think that is about some deep insecurity I have.  What Young Justice brought for me, was the same feelings that I got as a kid watching Batman, Superman, The Justice League, Batman Beyond and so many more cartoons.  It’s smart enough for grown ups to love it and fun enough for kids, no that these things are mutually exclusive to what either group is looking for.  I have a list of kids shows that I watch all the time that weren’t around when I was a kid because they are so well done.

These shows also provide teenagers and kids a chance to cosplay as a group in pretty reasonable outfits.  The show changed Zatanna’s classic fishnet stockings to be grey leggings, which is perfect for kids and still maintains the integrity of her classic look.  That’s the kind of change that makes Young Justice such an accessible cosplay for kids and keeps it ok, even more, for their parents.

c98aece1b5485e78f062ae495a15a412 zatanna_zatara_by_ritnou-d4sxomr romancin___by_haruhi_kyoko-d3jqtg4 young_justice_nightwing_kid_flash_cosplay2 7075753291_3963806e60_z zatanna-0021

As it has been proven time and time again, cosplay is more fun with friends.

Advertisements

Baltimore Comic Con Pictures

At BCC I went as Powergirl and my brother went as Death Stroke.  Here are some of the awesome cosplayers we saw there.  All of the people we met there were super friendly and the floor was one of my favorites.  My only real criticism was that there weren’t enough panels and even more importantly they weren’t strategically placed panels.  It may not have been the best plan to put artist panels against artist panels, and comic book industry panels against other comic book industry panels.  But the atmosphere was awesome, and for me that can be even more important.  Nice people attending and running these shows is the number 1 thing for me.  Making friends and having a great time can make up for the lack of somethings that I want.

IMG_20130907_130747

TeenTitans vs. Death Stroke.
These kids came out of no where to attack my brother. That was so perfect. Everyone was in character. You can see the smiles on the titans’ faces.

IMG_20130907_131317

Even The Avengers eventually start to age

IMG_20130907_135335

I did my best to take as many pictures with as many Supergirls as I could. It just made me happy.

IMG_20130907_140236

Someone lost their Blossom, I hope she found her Trainer.

IMG_20130907_143555

These are some great XMen but to be honest I’m not sure which XMen they are.

IMG_20130907_144158

Darth’s costume lit up and flashed. So much joy.

IMG_20130907_144244

Wonder Woman and Black Canary. I like that they took their costumes from the Bombshell Toy Line.

IMG_20130907_155011

There are so many costumes where I stop for a second and think people are doing Xena and Gabby that I get so excited when it really is Xena and Gabby

IMG_20130907_155330

Link, a staple at every Con

IMG_20130907_160909

This Kid is the GREATEST cosplayer alive. He was so excited to be the Doctor and couldn’t be more into everything he saw. Awesome job Doctor.

IMG_20130907_161748

His mustache was drawn on pretty well, it took a few seconds to realize it was just marker.

IMG_20130907_162844

T I found some more Supergirls, and Lobo.

IMG_20130907_164354

I have to find Static Shock at every Convention, it isn’t really a convention without him.

IMG_20130907_165437

Since this was the convention where everyone was talking about Batwoman it’s good to know she was already there taking care of herself.

IMG_20130907_170302

Tron! I think it’s super awesome when people’s costumes light up.

IMG_20130907_171612

There were a whole bunch of different Wonder Women at BCC, and they all came with a different cool way to play her

IMG_20130907_171756

Raven started yelling at Death Stroke across the lobby. It was a magical moment.

IMG_20130908_122844

I love her utility belt.

IMG_20130908_122911

My favorite of all the Supergirls I found that weekend

IMG_20130907_130037 IMG_20130907_132505 IMG_20130907_133903 IMG_20130907_134914 IMG_20130907_140115 IMG_20130907_140140 IMG_20130907_141322 IMG_20130907_143349 IMG_20130907_144018 IMG_20130907_144050 IMG_20130907_155054 IMG_20130907_155823 IMG_20130907_160004 IMG_20130907_160709 IMG_20130907_161513 IMG_20130907_161835 IMG_20130907_171720 IMG_20130908_102920 IMG_20130908_115903 IMG_20130908_120727 IMG_20130908_121234 IMG_20130908_123223

Now this last picture is my personal favorite.  See I did something dumb, I forgot to take a picture of me and my brother together.  He just started college too, so I can’t just bug him at home to take a picture with me.  I searched far and wide, and I found this.

 

tumblr_msv6w8aish1s8qyumo8_1280  So, thanks Tumblr.

Latte art

A couple of days ago I was sitting in one of my favorite coffee shops writing and I noticed a sign on the door talking about a contest for latte art.  I started thinking about all of the cool things you can do with latte foam.  Now, may I present to you a collection of nerd foam.

 

yoda-latte-art Latte-Batman mario-latte-art lattesonic images pokemon-latte-art latte-artwork-art-coffee-007 TARDIS-Latte zelda_LatteArt K0bIVd 08 tumblr_lh5n1sN9GO1qdbcn8 saturn-nerd-coffee-art latteboba 600xNx112179_1_600.jpeg.pagespeed.ic.h1sm43vDxx

T-Shirt of the day

I am completely obsessed with the T-shirt of the day websites.  My favorites are RiptApparel, Tee Fury, and Shirt Punch  When I first open my computer in the morning it’s check my comic strips, check my email, then see what today’s batch of t-shirts are.  I’ve only ever bought 2 because I need it to be something that i think about all day and then get or else I would own more shirts than days in the month.  I still  have a problem with all the shirts my college gave out at events

supertough-girls-detail

 

I think it’s such a cool concept and I know that every time I get one of the shirts off of these sites the artist will get paid something and the companies aren’t giant multinational conglomerates.  The image above is now on one of my favorite zip-up hoodies that I wear all the time.

It’s cool that they cover all sorts of counter culture topics.  This one was a mash-up of two cartoons that I really enjoy, Powerpuff Girls and Super Best Friends Forever. (BTW they just added Powerpuff Girls to Netflix if anyone wants to watch it)  There are things that I get and things that I don’t and I think that makes it really cool.  My nerd cred is fully intact but when it’s wresting shirts there is just no way I’ll ever get that, however give me a reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I get really excited.  I do have a job where I get to wear T-shirts almost all of the time and that does make these sites more appealing, I get to wear my cool shirts whenever I want as opposed to someone who has to wear suits.  But in the business casual world a cool skirt with an awesome t-shirt and a blazer is an awesome way to bring some nerdy style to the office.

Nerds and Crafting

From my experience nerds love to craft.  I sew, crochet, knit, bake and am a film maker by profession.  I also dance, play the sax and clarinet, and sing.  In the art world I’m like a pig in slop.  And I’m not the only one.  There is a reason there are blogs like Geek Crafts, Bored and Crafty, Pixelated Mushroom (even if she hasn’t posted in 3 months) and so many more.  I personally eat them up.

But what brings these two groups together?  So many nerds are crafter and crafters are nerds.  I think it has to do with both groups are smart and like to be constantly stimulated.  Imagination is the most important skill for a crafter who wants to create anything beyond exactly what a pattern calls for, even just the first question of what color to make a hat or what is the right picture to take when going out to work on their photography portfolios.

My mom is a cross stitcher, she calls it just paint by numbers but how excited she gets when she’s looking at all the different colors of floss or all the different patters and what to do with the finished product, there is a lot of imagination happening.

Screen shot 2013-03-28 at 10.24.50 AM

I created this costume from clothes I already had in my wardrobe.

Nerds are the same way.  We watch our favorite show and our brains start turning about what way can we bring this into our lives.  I just watched the re-imagined Battlestar Glacatica last month for the first time and by the end of the third season I was already planning on making my own costumes of my favorite couple, Callie and the Chief.  We put stickers on our laptops and Starfleet Academy Alumni window clings on our cars.  That is awesome.

Imagination, that’s what the world really needs more of.  Don’t forget to use yours today.