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.
Star Trek Princess
If I had the chance on my wedding day, I would run away with the Doctor too.
Jedi Master Ariel, although I think she would still use a fork
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.
This is MY Cally Costume. I should have more pictures of it on Sunday where you can see the top.
My dad, the one in the kilt- with an ood.
Here are some of the pictures from Day 2. I was in a really interesting panel that brought up Cosplay does not equal consent and it’s interesting that it has become such a talking point at cons. Not that the idea is wrong but because it is so right that it shouldn’t have to be stated and because it has to be talked about is sad. ETouching someone without their permission is illegal in any instance. There are so many strong female characters to dress up as but so many of them also dress in overly provocitive manors. I don’t think there’s a problem with dressing like them,but I do think there’s a problem with the way they are created. It also saddens me that when a company tries to move away from an over sexed character look there is an outcry from the fans to change the character back to looking that way. Most recently, Power Girl and her lack an then reinsertion of the “boob window.”
Here in New Jersey this weekend was the SteamPunk Worlds fair this weekend. Although I didn’t go, my parents did. And here are some different pictures from around the internet of people wearing steampunk super heros. Because well, they are super cool and awesome.
Nerd Fashion doesn’t have to end with what you put on your body. So many people have nerded up their houses. It seems that the most popular room to do it in is a kid’s room or in a nursery. It makes sense in a lot of ways because then as an adult you have it but you don’t have to see it all the time. Or if someone comes to visit they don’t think, Wow this is intense. I’m a big fan of the TARDIS wall sticker and probably would put that somewhere in my apartment for people to see. Or a Blue door to the outside would be a nice subtle way for a geek reference.
Yesterday I was playing on stumbleupon and came across this picture
and then it occurred to me, duct tape corsets for Steampunk Star Trek. My brother is going as a Klingon starfleet engeneer, a bit of a cross between Nog and Worf, where I made his warrior’s sash out of soda top chain mail. So now the plan is upcycled steampunk Star Trek. Although I like the idea of getting real corsets I just can’t imagine spending so much money on a costume that I can’t really add into my everyday wardrobe. Well, there’s a Star Trek Convention in the next town over from me this weekend celebrating Deep Space 9, let’s see if I can get it all ready in time.
I love SteamPunk! I think it has an incredibly equalizing property that most cosplay doesn’t have. What I mean is that when I dress up as Batgirl, no matter how much I love Barbra Gordon and how much I know about her, it never feels like it’s enough when I go to shows. Someone will inevitably start talking to me about her and there will come a time in the conversation where I start smiling and nodding. And I know a lot about her. It just never feels like enough. When I wear my Dalek dress, I will run into another Whovian who will put my knowledge to shame. It’s not that I’m not obsessive. Ask my friends, I am a constant fountain of weird nerdy babble, I make nerdy clothes that I can wear to the office, but I’m obsessive all over the place.
Nathan Fillion as Rick Castle learning about SteamPunk in Season 3 episode Punked
This is where SteamPunk is wonderful. SteamPunk looks cool and it doesn’t have a huge backstory I need to know to wear the clothes. I understand the concept, steam powered engines, we never split the atom, futuristic Victorian style. All of these things are awesome. Also, I have yet to mean a NerdGirl who doesn’t like any excuse to wear a corset.
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.