American McGee’s Alice Eye Make-up Tutorial

This tutorial teaches you the iconic eye make-up worn by American McGee’s Alice! It was created by M00N-flower!

American McGee's Alice Eye Make-up Tutorial by M00N-flower

American McGee’s Alice Eye Make-up Tutorial by M00N-flower

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Agents of Shield Badge Resource

I was contacted by a gentleman, Craig, who created an app to create your own Agents of Shield badge! After checking it out, I decided to share it here!

Follow this link to create your own!

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Maleficent Horns and Helmet Tutorial

Inspired by the latest interview with Kitty Krell, I searched around and this tutorial by Canvasyne. While it is translated, it’s pretty easy to figure out and helps creates the horns and the helmet for your own Maleficent costume! :D

Maleficent Horns and Helmet Tutorial by Canvasyne

Maleficent Horns and Helmet Tutorial by Canvasyne

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Interview with Kitty Krell

It’s time for another interview, this time with Kitty Krell! She’s an extremely talented cosplayer from Colorado, who creates some amazing pieces!

Kitty Krell out of costume

Kitty Krell out of costume

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I just used my name. It seemed easier. It used to be Jonetsu though, which is Japanese for “passion.” It’s also the name of my first D&D character.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve been cosplaying since 2000. I was pretty lonely as a kid, and I got into anime as an escape. I discovered conventions, and it was truly magical. I didn’t want to leave. I had a terrible closet costume for that first year.

Kitty Krell as Harley Quinn from Batman, photo by WeNeals Photography and Retouching

Kitty Krell as Harley Quinn from Batman, photo by WeNeals Photography and Retouching

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I love working with new things for every project, but I’m probably best known for hot glue as a texturing agent, and corsets. Recently I learned about casting rubber, on my Maleficent costume, and that was pretty awesome. I love learning new things, and I really love corsets; the techniques really make a huge difference making anything fitted. You can also use them to create a more anime or comic silhouette, and I like the challenge.

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I think one of the next big costumes I’m planning is Stahma from Defiance. Her wardrobe is absolutely gorgeous, and I’ve loved watching her character grow into one of the scariest villains you still want to succeed. The makeup for that is going to be a challenge, since she’s almost but not quite white. I think I’ll also be doing a few fan designs, I keep being drawn to different Belle variants, we’ll see if that happens.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I love anything with a lot of detail, and I’m totally a sucker for gorgeous craftsmanship. There are too many amazing cosplayers to possibly list, but definitely Kamui Cosplay in Germany, Bellechere is pretty amazing, and Ifria here in Denver is probably one of the only people I would let touch my stuff. I’m crazy picky about that.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
The cosplay “scene” I think it’s mostly what people make of it. Yea, there have been some wide reaching problems with the “fake” geek girl thing. Mostly though, we’re all a bunch of weirdos who dress up and have fun. It doesn’t need to be more complicated than that.

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
Slut-shaming. Definitely. Too many women are being treated as lesser for their choice of costume. Luckily we’re already moving in that direction! And the Cosplay is Not Consent movement has just been so great. Nobody, man or woman, should be sexually harassed at a con.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Be kind and have fun! Don’t let anyone get you down or tell you you’re doing it wrong. We’re all nerds playing dress up.

Kitty Krell as Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, photo by WeNeals Photography and Retouching

Kitty Krell as Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, photo by WeNeals Photography and Retouching

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Dragoncon is probably my favorite, but Denver Comic Con and StarFest are tons of fun too! Dragoncon has just about the perfect convention setup, 4 hotels connected by sky bridges, with a mall with a food court and 24 hour CVS attached. If you stay in one of the central hotels, once you get your badge you don’t actually need to leave the convention center at all! Dragoncon also has a huge focus on cosplay, so many amazing costumes through the whole con!!! Just make sure you wear something easy to move in on Saturday, the entire convention center is jam packed.

Denver Comic Con has been so much fun over the past few years since it has started! It’s run by some amazing people who just want to throw the best nerd party they can, and it really shows.

Starfest is a long time con for me, and I’ve always had a blast hanging out with people and enjoying whatever shenanigans I get into.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
Oh gawd, just one? Uh… My most recent costume, my Mab dress, was made entirely from materials I’ve hoarded over the years and Christmas clearance stuff. I think I maybe spent $10 in new materials?

Kitty Krell as Queen Mab from The Dresden Files, photo by Camera Ninjas

Kitty Krell as Queen Mab from The Dresden Files, photo by Camera Ninjas

Thanks for the interview, Kitty Krell! You can check out her Facebook page here!

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Chainmail Resource

A fellow cosplayer mentioned this place to buy chainmail supplies, and after checking it out, I decided it was a good place to share with the community!

1. TheRingLord.com – This site has a variety up for sale. You can buy chainmail and scalemail supplies made from a variety of things (metal, plastic, etc.) and there is also kits and projects you can purchase! The prices look decent, but I don’t know honestly what to compare it too, lol. The shipping rates are based off of weight and the location being shipped too, but they do ship worldwide!

Feel free to share your experiences here or offer up other resources! :D

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Dragon Egg Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Ryoshi-un and teaches you how to create a dragon egg like one from Game of Thrones! It’s pretty simple to follow! :D

Dragon Egg Tutorial by Ryoshi-un

Dragon Egg Tutorial by Ryoshi-un

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Interview with Bob Mask

It’s time for another interview, this time with Bob Mask! He’s a friendly cosplayer from Colorado, who does a lot of awesome charity work too!

Bob Mask out of costume

Bob Mask out of costume

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I don’t use an alias. I do have trouble sometimes convincing people my real name is “Mask”. When I got started it just never occurred to me that I might not want people to know who I was. I totally understand why some folks use them, but if I had to do it all over again I think I would still use my name. I just like being me.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve been doing this for a little over three years now. I got started in sort of a roundabout way. My daughter showed some interest in going to a con so I started doing some research on them. I met some really great folks online who encouraged me to come to a con and to go in costume. After that I just sort of got bitten by the costume bug.

Bob Mask as Batman from Batman. photo by Tori Mask

Bob Mask as Batman from Batman. photo by Tori Mask

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I love to try new things so I can learn. My sewing is getting better and better all the time. I love talking to people and learning new techniques.

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
In the near future I plan on working with several different materials and processes to create my daughter’s first costume. It will be the Carrie Kelly Robin from The Dark Knight Returns. I’m excited for a couple of reasons. First I will be doing more on this costume than any other I’ve worked on so far. Second, I’m really excited that my daughter has taken an interest in costuming.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I love to see people who pay super attention to detail and really take pride in presenting the best costume possible. I have a number of friends who consistently inspire me with their creations. Margie Cox, Brin Londo, Eric Moran, Kristi Kai, Alys Adamantium, Victoria Lee and Leman Yuen are just some of the amazingly creative people who have helped me.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I try not to get too caught up in all the stuff going on. I do this to have fun and try to make people smile. I consider many of the people I have met through cosplay as family. And I love meeting new people.

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I guess I wish more people could just have fun with it. It seems like more and more people are looking at it as a way to become well known. Don’t get me wrong, if someone can make a living guesting at cons, selling pictures and etc. I say more power to you. Anyone who can make a living doing something they love is way ahead in the game of life.

Bob Mask as The Creeper from DC Comics, photo by Pat Loika

Bob Mask as The Creeper from DC Comics, photo by Pat Loika

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
I would say “have fun”! Don’t be afraid to try new things and don’t shy away from meeting new people. You never know when you might meet a friend for life!

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Well I’ve only been doing this for a few years, so I’m still somewhat new. I’ve been to MegaCon in Orlando several times. I love Mega because it’s like a family reunion for me. I see a lot of friends there. I’ve done Dragon Con a couple of times. You gotta love DC for the spectacle of it all. I’ve been to Denver Comic Con all three years. And I am now very heavily involved with Rocky Mountain Con. I’m hoping to visit some smaller cons throughout the country over the next few years.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
Well let’s see…I guess it would be the cape for my NightOwl costume. It is a huge cape that is fully lined. It is the first thing I created from beginning to end; from idea to pattern to sewing and completion. And I think it turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.

Bob Mask as NightOwl from The Watchmen, photo by Tori Mask

Bob Mask as NightOwl from The Watchmen, photo by Tori Mask

Thanks for the interview, Bob Mask! You can check out the convention he works with, Rocky Mountain Con, here!

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