My favorite nerd apparel are, hands down, the things I’ve made myself. I can take such pride every time I go out and someone say cute skirt, because it’s not just how I’m wearing it, it’s everything about that outfit I can take credit for. For the clothes that I buy it’s the stuff that comes from the shirt of the day sites, it’s more directed to what I really love, which pretty much means Doctor Who, but I have some pretty cool shirts and things that I got from mass market stores that I’ve never seen anyone else wear. For me that’s important, there can’t be too many of whatever it is that I’m wearing that I see on a regular basis (except for my shoes, I do love my Uggs) I need to know that I’m different enough when picking my clothes. I have some great stuff from Old Navy off of their clearance rack from the men’s section. For me, I find the best stuff in weird places. That’s one of the reasons that I like wearing my nerd gear. I get to be different in a way that’s not annoying and in your face but also not for everyone. I have a great shirt that says Vader for President. When people take the time to read it they usually smile and go, “well, can’t be much worse.” I think that once I decided that I was just going to wear whatever I wanted, geeky or not, it made me happier. I got to say I don’t care and do what I want and that, for me, is what nerd fashion is all about.
I know there are tons of people who don’t like Disney Princesses. I am not one of those women. I love princesses. I think they can be a great time. I am also not in the minority. I also love Doctor Who and Star Wars and Star Trek and sports and reading and things that aren’t even close to the princess world. There have been many many artists who love the same things I do, so they put them together in such clever ways. And I present to you some throughly exciting mashups of princess characters.
I can still remember my first convention when I was 4 years old. It was a Star Trek Convention in Harrisburg, PA. But it was about 20 years old when I really started getting into the convention scene. My first cosplay that I made from scratch was a DALEK dress. It’s silver with black for all of the details.
Kind of like that guy. I made it for less than 15 bucks, which I thought was quite the bargain. Even now I still do, I would just like to fix the mistakes that were made out of ignorance.
However, when I was in 6th grade all of my friends wanted to be cheerleaders for Halloween. I was pretty bored with that, except Buffy Summers was a cheerleader and that’s what I was going to do. I went for Buffy from the movie, rarely done but it was pretty awesome. My dad put stakes inside of the pompoms that came with the costume and that’s really all I needed. It really should have been a sign of things to come.
For the first few cons I went to I did just go for the nerdy T-shirt because that’s really just my wardrobe. I also have dolls that I made of different scifi characters that I would carry around. It was pretty cool so I decided I just had to get in on cosplaying. Then once I was in it I just had to keep going. I find making the costumes up until the minute before I leave, or even on the car ride there to be so exciting. Will I get it done in time? Will it be recognizable? It’s all so much pressure, but in the best way.
Hot Topic’s main game right now is pop culture. Particularly nerdy pop culture. There are sections of their stores devoted to super heroes and Doctor Who and anything else that gets nerds excited. But walking into this store there is no love of the subject. It leads to the fake nerd. Nerds and geeks are trendy. There is no two ways about it. But loving the new Star Treks does not make you a nerd. The JJ Abrams movies aren’t even make fore Star Trek fans, he’s wasn’t a Star Trek fan when he started making them. They were awesome space story movies but after seeing them they left me missing Captains Cisco or Janeway. I feel like having the clothes so easily accessible is awesome for nerds but when I see someone wearing something that says Police Box or is wearing a Star Wars shirt and I start nerding out to them and they give me a blank look I know it’s all over. I do believe that everyone is a nerd, whether you are a nerd about fashion or football you are a nerd. Fantasy sports are just Dungeon and Dragons for jocks. But it’s like wearing a band’s teeshirt and not listening to the music. There is something a little wrong about wearing, say a Dark Side of the Moon cover art shirt, without knowing or listening to Led Zeppelin. I know here I am contradicting myself from a earlier post saying that one of the best parts about SteamPunk is that you don’t have to know everything about it to dress up as it. However, I do feel as if this is different. When I go SteamPunk I know what it is, when I wear a superhero costume I at least have a working knowledge of who they are. But when you walk about to someone wearing a TARDIS shirt and ask if it’s bigger in the inside and they don’t know what that means, it might not be the right shirt for them. There is nothing wrong with pop culture being nerd culture, but maybe before someone wears a Superboy shirt, they should know who Superboy is.
Well there have been some really cool things on the internet lately. I have to say that for me the ones that have really stuck as of late have been Doctor Who themed. But there is just so much cool stuff going on and now that we are in the early days of convention season there should be even more coming soon.
I have to say rings are pretty much my favorite piece of Jewelry. I like how small and understated they can be, and how gaudy and over the top they can be. I like the idea of nerdy engagement rings and ones that show your nerd pride in a way that can’t really be seen unless you know what you’re looking for.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday was day one of Comic Con. Typically this is a day where there aren’t that many people dressed up here in Philly. This year there were more than normal. It’s a different feel this year. More fan oriented less celebrity centric. It’ll be fun to see where the weekend takes me. For now here are some awesome cosplays from Thursday.
This weekend is Philadelphia Comic Con. I’ve been prepping for this for weeks, kind of, but really for days. I’m finishing up my family’s Star Trek Costumes. But for me, I’m going as Cally From BSG. I still haven’t decided if I want to carry a baby doll or not. I feel like I need Nicky or else it’s just random deck hand, since I don’t have a Chief. I should have pictures of it when it’s all done. But for now I thought I’d show off what I use as insperation and references as I work.
In the new Star Trek movie there’s a scene where Carol Marcus is changing and Kirk takes a peak. When I saw it, the scene reminded me of the time on The Big Bang Theory where Penny slipped and fell. She was naked in the bathtub and needed Sheldon to help her. Penny tells Sheldon not to look but he peaks. As he says later, “The hero always peaks.” And Penny was completely naked. Carol was in her underwear, and it covered a lot too.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man 3 is burning and shockingly her shirt is going. However her bra remains completely unharmed. In The Avengers she is walking around in super short shorts, and she totally has the legs to pull that off.
There is nothing wrong with that but for two movies with almost completely overlapping audiences I feel like you know what you’re getting into. The target audience is male. in general, men enjoy seeing women scantily clad. And both of these women looked gorgeous. So, if they are ok with stripping down to their underwear for the movie, who cares.