Custom Fabric Pattern Tutorial

This great tutorial was created by Kapalaka, and teaches you how to create your own pattern on fabric! :D

Custom Fabric Pattern Tutorial by Kapalaka

Custom Fabric Pattern Tutorial by Kapalaka

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“Your Hate Fuels My Cosplay”: A Rant

There is a trend of t-shirts being sold and worn that state “Your Hate Fuels My Cosplay”. Now, while it’s meant to be a more uplifting message about ignoring the haters, it bugs me. A lot. It feels like the people wearing these shirts care more about what people think about them, instead of enjoying the hobby.

Cosplay is something meant to be fun, an artistic celebration of something you enjoy. No one’s nasty words towards you should influence what you make. It can be motivation, and that’s understandable, but “fueling your cosplay”? No. Just, no. That should be you, and only you, doing something you enjoy.

Our community needs to stop caring so much about being judged, whether by inside or outside the community. I’ve been doing this for over ten years, and for the first few, I fellinto the trap of 4chan and various sites that did nothing but put down cosplayers. It took me time, but I understood that their opinions did not matter. If I’m not having fun and enjoying my hobby, then I should quit. I shouldn’t be doing this to prove myself to anyone. Nor should you.

So while this message of “Your Hate Fuels My Cosplay” is meant to be a positive outlook on a negative situation, we really shouldn’t be caring about the haters. Let people run their mouths. Let them say what they want. You are you. You are having fun. And their opinions? They don’t matter.

EDIT: If you’re a fan of the shirt, the creator has asked me to link them as well, which I’m more than fine with doing. Because contrary to what some people “read”, I do agree with the message. I just disagree with how some people are using it more as an antagonizing device instead of just ignoring said hatred and judgement tossed their way, WHICH IS THE INITIAL MESSAGE HERE. So, before jumping down my throat or anyone else’s, including the creator, read the post. Form your own opinion. Go from there.

In the end, we want positivity in the community. Not more bickering.

Lastly, here’s the store where you can purchase a shirt of your own if you so wish!

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Red to Black Lip Make-up Tutorial

This make-up tutorial teaches you to create a red to black gradient on your lips! It was created by PuchysLove and is a simple tutorial to follow!

Red to Black Lip Make-up Tutorial by PuchysLove

Red to Black Lip Make-up Tutorial by PuchysLove

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Denver Comic Con 2014 Review

A little late, but here’s my review of Denver Comic Con this year!

I actually started doing stuff for the convention on the Thursday before it. Mile High Comics, which is a huge warehouse comic book store located here in Denver, hosted a pre-party that basically lasted the entire day. I donned Black Widow, the boyfriend joined me in his Ash costume from Evil Dead, and we met up with friends there to enjoy the festivities. A lot of creators showed up to do sketches and signings, including the Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno! There was a cosplay contest and a cosplay drag show, along with several LARP and weapons exhibitions and the store itself provided food and drinks for everyone. It was a lot of fun, and if they continue doing it again next year, it’s definitely worth checking out!

From there, I went down to the Hyatt in downtown Denver right next to the convention center and settled in for the night with my roommates. Getting up super early, we had breakfast and I got the girls from Starlit Creations ready to head down to their booth. They happily got to set up the night before, which helped decrease some stress for the weekend! Once they were on their way, I had to patiently wait for the boyfriend to arrive with a costume piece I left at home (I’m so smart ; p) and we quickly got into costume when he did (Malory and Sterling Archer). Once at the convention center, we were pleasantly surprised that we could just waltz on in. No lines! :D Vast improvement from the previous year!

From there, we made our way upstairs to check out the exhibition hall and start collecting autographs and prints that we wanted, especially after the boyfriend learned he had to go out of town on Sunday. The lines were there, but moved relatively quick, and each of the celebrities we met were all amazing. Staff and volunteers stuck to their posts and were all very friendly and helpful as well! Even the convention center staffing from ARGUS seemed better this year!

We made our rounds and actually attempted to make some panels, and this is where we started noticing the only gripe I really had the entire weekend. There was so much programming, that it was hard to plan what all you wanted to attend and make it on time since things ran so closely together. We planned out on Guidebook and started seeing we would have a lot of problems making all the panels, especially on Saturday. We gave up for Friday and made the rounds, helping out our friends at their booth and then just dorking around with others. By the time the exhibition hall closed, we all got changed, enjoyed dinner, did some quick restocking of inventory and promptly crashed out for the night as the boyfriend had to return home (we have a cat to take care of, after all).

Saturday was not as early as Friday, but again, I made sure to get the ladies from Starlit Creations out the door first. The boyfriend arrived in Ash from Evil Dead and I finished getting into Black Widow, and we hurried down to the con to try and get Bruce Campbell’s autograph for the boyfriend. Then the mass confusion began…

Campbell was only there on Saturday and Sunday. When we asked three separate staff members about the autograph line for him, we got three separate answers. When they compared notes, it was quite obvious that no one really had a clear answer other than what was going on for his photo ops. As such, we gave up and raced over to that area and explained what was going on and the staff over there promptly got us into line. While it was a bit of a wait, we got to chat with other fans and staff and learned that there was some miscommunication between Campbell’s manager and the convention itself. Now it made sense! Either way, we got our photo and the actor himself was super nice and friendly, and the boyfriend was happy to meet one of his favorite celebrities.

About that time, we decided to go for lunch and learned the Hyatt was doing special prices for grilled items out on their little patio. We took advantage of it, hanging out with friends, and then I raced up to the room to change into human Demona from Gargoyles. I wanted to get into as quick as I could to make the reunion panel, but some wardrobe malfunctions screwed that all up. Instead, the boyfriend and I checked everything out in the exhibition hall almost entirely before it closed down. I did a quick photoshoot, then it was time to change and get food. Thus the tradition start of going to Bayou Bob’s every year because it was delicious on so many levels!

Playing musical chairs with cars was tons of fun afterwards, though. I got back to the hotel and crashed out pretty quick after more inventory and packing. The next morning, we were all exhausted, but the Hyatt took care of luggage super quick and we headed over to the convention. I waited in line for the first time all weekend to get inside, but once 10 a.m. hit, we were very quickly moving inside. I got some last minute stuff and relaxed, then was pleasantly surprised when my boyfriend showed up because he didn’t have to go out of town for work until later!

The day was chill and when it came to the end of the convention, we quickly took down the booth for Starlit Creations and packed up. We weren’t too happy to learn prices were increasing with smaller table sizes, and we now have to purchase insurance plus use the porter service at the convention center unless we can carry items in with one person. Hopefully DCC and the exhibitors can work something out to make everyone happy, but only time will tell!

I’ll be looking forward to next year! Hopefully I can be able to attend a little bit more with some better programming planning! <3

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Fake Eyebrow Piercing Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you to create a simple latex appliance for fake piercings! It was created by Faxen and is relatively easy to follow! :D

Fake Eyebrow Piercing Tutorial by Faxen

Fake Eyebrow Piercing Tutorial by Faxen

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Interview with GothamScarecrow

It’s time for another interview, this time with GothamScarecrow! He’s a creative cosplayer from Virginia, who encourages less elitism in the community!

GothamScarecrow as Scarecrow from Batman

GothamScarecrow as Scarecrow from Batman

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
GothamScarecrow, as one of my favorite characters is the Scarecrow, a villain from the Batman comics. He is also one of my cosplays I bring to almost every convention I go to.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I started back in 2005, I believe. I would see friends wearing costumes at conventions and wanted to get into it as well as I could tell it made the convention experience more fun for them.

GothamScarecrow as Green Goblin from The Amazing Spider-man, photo by photosNXS

GothamScarecrow as Green Goblin from The Amazing Spider-man, photo by photosNXS

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I like to work with a number of different things, and whatever I think can make whatever it is I’m making come out right in the end.

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m hoping for a chance to learn how to work with wonderflex. I’ve seen pictures of the things people have made with it and I hope to one day do the same.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
While authenticity is always good, I especially love original concepts and alternate takes on characters, as it allows for a lot of creative room. I always enjoy seeing what people do to bring their vision of these alternate takes to life, like steampunk versions of superheroes and supervillains, or humanized versions of non-human characters.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
Ideally, it’s a chance for people to leave the troubles of the real world behind for a little while and just have fun and meet others who share their interest in the hobby. Friends are made, ideas and advice is exchanged, and I’ve always had a lot of fun with this.

GothamScarecrow as Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe, photo by Pixelated Images

GothamScarecrow as Cobra Commander from G.I. Joe, photo by Pixelated Images

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
Some people take what is meant to be a fun and creative hobby far too seriously. Some of the more popular, experienced cosplayers have become snobby and rude towards those who are less skilled or known than they are. This sort of elitist behavior is what I consider the biggest problem because it discourages new people from trying or continuing to build themselves up and takes a lot of the fun out of the experience by trying to turn it into some kind of haves-versus-have-nots popularity contest.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
I would say to start small with the things you know how to make but never be afraid to try something new as it’ll broaden your skill range. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help on making something beyond your skill range if you know someone who can, or buying parts to use. I’ve done all these things and I still do! Also, don’t be ashamed of messing something up, a lot of what I’ve made was achieved through trial-and-error.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
My personal favorite that I always attend is Katsucon in Baltimore every February. It’s the largest one I go to, and is for the most part a fun and friendly convention with very little drama and a beautiful location. I also sometimes attend other cons for Saturday when I can afford it.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
General Grievous was made out of a hiker’s backpack frame!

GothamScarecrow as General Grievous from Star Wars, photo by Eurobeat King

GothamScarecrow as General Grievous from Star Wars, photo by Eurobeat King

Thanks for the interview, GothamScarecrow! Hope to see you at a convention soon!

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Elastic Sock Topper Tutorial

This tutorial is an easy sock topper one, to create a cute accessory for a Lolita costume. It was created by VioletLeBeaux and involves some simple materials and stitching! :D

Elastic Sock Topper Tutorial by VioletLeBeaux

Elastic Sock Topper Tutorial by VioletLeBeaux

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