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.

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

Days 3 and 4

So here are the last couple of days of Comic Con.  I have to say for me the best part of all cons are the panels.  I can sit and listen to these talks for hours.  Even though they’re pretty much the same questions and answers over and over again.  I love hearing about the process that actors have taken to discover their characters.  Or listening to other cosplayers talk about how they make their costumes.  One great tip I heard was when you’re looking to making something with fun foam or any sort of thin foam one way to get a raised texture is to use puffy paint.

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This is fun foam.  It comes in a sheet about the size of  a piece of paper.  Great for making gauntlets and other semi-sterdy light weight costume details.

This is fun foam. It comes in a sheet about the size of a piece of paper. Great for making gauntlets and other semi-sterdy light weight costume details.

Once it’s hard and you paint over it it’ll look all the same.  The New York Cosplay Network had a great panel where they shared a lot of tips and tricks they use to make their amazing costumes.

The New York Cosplay Network outside their booth

The New York Cosplay Network outside their booth.

I have not started to really go to enough panels at cons where I’ve started to take a preference in moderators.  They can really make or break a panel.  I find this is especially true when you don’t have a panelist that really knows how to handle the crowd, whether they are new to panels or there is a really really large crowd and it’s just hard to be a big enough personality to stop the truly annoying and rambling fans that are inevitably  going to ask a question.  There is one particularly awesome modirator that has been in Philly the last couple of years, Jarrett Crippen.

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He won the second season of Who Wants to be a Super Hero?  He will cut a fan off (which I think is just wonderful), tell a funny story while you’re all sitting around waiting for the panelist to arrive, lets the panel go straight to the fans and their questions, and makes sure things end on time, which is good because other people need the room in about 10 minutes and I don’t want my next panel to start late so it’s good that we are all considerate of each other and their interests.

This year the convention’s focus was a little different than last years.  Last year is was celebrity packed.  They had all five Star Trek captains, and what a disaster that panel was.  People were so star struck they asked the worst questions that had nothing to do with Star Trek.  It has been a year and I’m still mad.  What an excellent opportunity that was squandered.  Thor was there and most of the questions were teenage and 20-something women asking him for a hug, which is pretty creepy when you think about it.  This year there were panels by scholars of the kind of pop culture I love.  Not all of them are great, some are ok, and some when I see them coming I want to pull my hair out and run.  But it is nice to have a different view point each year.  It keeps things fresh.

Here are some of the pictures I took from the second two days of comic con.

John Barrowman I love his super hero pajama pants.

John Barrowman I love his super hero pajama pants.

They had my favorite pose of the convention.

They had my favorite pose of the convention.

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Raven

Raven

Emma Frost and Kitty Pride- the early years

Emma Frost and Kitty Pride- the early years

Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter

Jewel Staite

Jewel Staite

Gina Torres

Gina Torres

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Summer Glau

Summer Glau

 

Being a nerd starts at an early age

I remember being about 4 years old and my dad took me to a Star Trek Convention.  A few weeks ago I went to a Star Trek Convention and there was a girl there about the same age as I was then and her parents were taking her to her second convention that weekend.  Little kids love to play dress up.  I know I had a box full of clothes that I could pretend to be anyone in as did many of my friends.  Dressing up as what you aren’t isn’t just fun for grown ups.  Kids love it too.

 

 

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I don't know these kids, I just think it's one of the cutest cosplays ever.

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Cosplay- make or buy?

Both are good options.  If you make your costume you know it’ll fit you just right, if you buy your costume and done and you don’t have to spend hours putting it together.  I usually go somewhere in the middle.  I buy pieces for the costume and then modify them to my needs.  Now. your time constraints, time and money options make a huge difference for what you do.  For something like my dad’s green arrow costume I got him a pair of cheep black leggings from the junior’s department of a department store and then the right color green tee-shirt from a craft store.  I then modified the shirt to look more like Green Arrow’s, took the old sleeve’s from the shirt to make the gauntlets.  I made the hood out of old green fabric I had lying around.  It’s about being smart with your time, I find.  Sure, I can make a tee-shirt but when I can buy one already made for less than the materials cost me, I’m going to buy that shirt.  For Kid Flash the leggings were bought as it. The shirt was just a bright yellow running shirt so we added the symbol.  Then I found this great tutorial on Youtube that helped me figure out how to make the mask.  Most of my costumes come from scratch because I can’t find a non-cheesy option for the characters.  Sure I could buy the Dalek dress from Hot Topic or any number of places but they all looked cheap and I have this desire to look like I do know what I’m doing when all of my creations.

It all comes down to money vs. time.  I just started my Star Trek costume.  I made my coset out of Duct tape and a tee-shirt.  The whole project cost me 15 bucks.  I can’t afford a real corset, I wish I could but I can’t and I have the time to make one.  However my shoulder piece was a sweatshirt I found on the clearance rack and got for less than 3 bucks then cut it up.  There are so many great options and so many places in between making and buying, so why not use the best of both?

Wizard World Costumes

Currently I’m working on costumes for my family for Wizard World Comic Con.  It’s our favorite convention of the year.  I’ve created all sorts of costumes for different events for them.  That Kid Flash from a couple of days ago, that’s my brother.  He LOVES The Flash.  Wally West to be exact.  Unfortunately as some of you may know, Wally doesn’t exist right now in the New 52 universe so he has to settle for Barry Allen with some of Wally West’s personality mixed in.  So we made the costume to look like Wally’s from the old days.

But every costume isn’t a direct take from a character.  Sometimes you can create your own spin on an idea.  I’m currently working on SteamPunk Star Trek.  Right now I’m in the building and buying phase.  I can’t wait to share the progress with you.

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A sample of my inspiration.