Recap of SDCC

Hi all! Just wanted to give an update.

As you all know, I’ve been working on some cosplay options, including Psylocke and an 80s-style Polaris. However, going to SDCC a couple of weeks ago, I decided at the last minute not to dress up. There were a couple reasons for this: First, I just wanted my first time at the granddaddy of cons to be kind of pure. I wanted to go and experience it and not be posing for pictures with people or lugging around a prop with me all day. Second, It was a nearly 3 hour drive there and back (we couldn’t find a good deal on a hotel in time), and I didn’t want to wear a mask, face paint, or something else uncomfortable for that long. The drive out to Long Beach for LBCC wearing my Wickerbottom make-up was uncomfortable enough to tell me I didn’t want to multiply that by ten. Third, my most put-together outfit that fits me properly and doesn’t have to be taken in (the others I’ve worn were at a larger size) is the Psylocke costume and I wasn’t sure I was confident enough yet to pull off her—what should I say here?—best assets. Fourth and last of all, as far as cosplay goes, I find it more fun at smaller cons that have a lot of heart to be honest. Though the scene is changing a lot, I feel like you can really stop and have a conversation with other cosplayers at a small con where at a big con you’re kind of jammed together and sweaty and also side-by-side with people who actually do this for a living. To me it just wouldn’t be as fun is all. Maybe next time!

Here are some pictures I snapped from my time at SDCC. I did go in Walking Dead gear (knee-high socks with zombies on them, a Fight the Dead, Fear the Living shirt, and “bloody” dip-dyed hair) so at least I was on theme, right? :P (Sorry for the poor quality!)

It was a pretty magical day from start to finish. We went with our friends who had been before, which honestly really helped streamline the process a bit.

Highlights:

  • I got to see the cast of Supernatural, and Jensen Ackles, love of my life, smiled in my general direction. I made an audible squeal that made my husband do a double take. I swear it was totally involuntary.
  • While on the floor, we also saw the cast of the new show Scream Queens, including OG Jamie Lee Curtis and AHS’s Emma Roberts. Ms. Roberts actually looked right at me and smiled as she was exiting the floor. I hoped she’d say, “Surprise, bitch!” but I wasn’t lucky enough for that. I only wish Evan Peters had been there as well. Swoooon.
  • I loved the Penny Dreadful booth because it was decorated so beautifully. It perfectly captured the show. They had a raffle going on for their new Clue game, and even though we didn’t win, I know I’m going to end up getting it anyway. All the rooms in the game are based off of the show, like the creepy zoo and Sir Malcolm’s study. I’m a sucker for a good theme.
  • The Star Wars booth was obviously amazing because Episode VII had everyone abuzz. I was considering buying a Wompa backpack after I saw a Stormtrooper walking around with one on his back, but then I saw they were having a sale on little plushies. The Rancor spoke to me, and if you get a Rancor, well, you need a Jabba to go with it. I’ve been sleeping with my Rancor every night. Jabba remains on the shelf however, because he is far too villainous for my bed.
  • I bought a cat Han Solo button from Jenny Parks to wear on my lanyard. She also does Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, etc. I’m not a Trekkie (though I would love to start watching!) so I was a little sad that the hairless cat (my fave) was Picard. I’d imagine it was really amazing if you’re a fan of the show, but for me, Patrick Stewart is only Professor X and a damn fine lobster in a tub.

Even though I didn’t wear a costume to SDCC, fear not! I’m currently working on crafting two costumes that I promise to wear. One is for LBCC on September 12th and the other is actually just for Halloween, but I may re-use it for a con.

Costume 1: The Vargulf from Hemlock Grove–I won’t spoil who it is just yet if you haven’t seen it. I know it probably isn’t getting picked up for a third season, but I will always love Eli Roth’s little monster. I think just like Cabin in the Woods is a love letter to horror, so too is Hemlock Grove a love letter to the paranormal/supernatural genre. It is oh so Twin Peaks-y and I loved it despite quite a few flaws. I will show pictures of the mask construction I’m doing in steps. We’ll see how it goes. I’ve worked with face paint, liquid latex, and special effects blood/flesh before but I haven’t crafted anything out of plastic, which the snout will require. Pictures to follow!

taken from screencrush.com

taken from screencrush.com

Costume 2:  My husband and I will be going as a War Boy Girl and a Blood Bag inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road. My costume requires only facepaint for the War Boys’ silver inhalant/spray and a general haunting appearance, but Ricky would like me to craft a mask a la Max. I’m going to be working with plastic again, but it will be a different process from the Vargulf. Pictures of this will come as well!

taken from imgur.com

taken from imgur.com

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Screenpicks.com

Now time for a little shameless promotion. If you haven’t already, please stop by www.screenpicks.com. I’ve been doing some fun lists and tv/movie recaps for them. It will only be for things I really love and believe people should watch. You won’t catch me promoting the Real Housewives of 8 Mile anytime soon, I promise. Actually, scratch that. I would totally watch that.

Drop a beat.

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Psylocke Cosplay

I’ve been working on a Psylocke outfit for a while mostly just for kicks because I’m not sure I’d ever be confident enough to bring my backside out at a con. I thought I’d share the less saucy shots here, since I’ve mentioned working on it before.

I’d also like to note that I was working on it before they announced that the ultra hot Olivia Munn would be playing her on the big screen. I mean, come on, Munn, what are you doing to us normies??

Anyway, here are a few quick pictures I took. Sorry about the quality! I was just messing around with my phone.

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Leaked Star Wars Trailer

Lately, trailers have gotten so elaborate that they give away the entire plot and all the best moments from the film in the span of two minutes. It’s kind of annoying really. If you are looking for the perfect trailer, one that will make you squee with delight and actually leave you wanting more, then look no further. The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens leaked trailer is everything you could ever hope for.

Guess what we’ll be doing on Christmas day?

When Han and Chewie show up, I’m not going to lie, I got a lump in my throat. It’s a Christmas miracle! God bless us everyone!
Also, here is the first trailer for the initial promised awesomesauce:

The leaked Batman V. Superman trailer is pretty dope too. From what I can see, Snyder’s really trying to capture the essence of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. The last line in the trailer delivered by Batfleck (“Do you bleed?”) reminded me of that signature Miller dialogue for sure.

“We could have changed the world…now…look at us…I’ve become a political liability…and…you…you’re a joke. I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.”

So much geeky goodness coming our way: Star Wars, Batman V. Superman, Jurassic WorldFantastic Four, and more.  I’m dying.

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Taking Don’t Starve to Long Beach Comic Expo

Well, yesterday was the big day! I got up at 7 AM, walked the dogs, grabbed a cup of coffee, and then went to work on my cosplay for Long Beach Comic Expo. It took probably an hour and a half to get the hair and makeup just right, but I was really pleased with the look. To me it captured the essence of Wickerbottom–permanent grimace, frown lines, and all! Check out the gallery below. These were obviously just taken prior to the con, but I’ll post any I see of my wandering about if they pop up online.

The con itself was a lot of fun. We got some great artwork. There was an artist called Bowie (big name to live up to) that we bought three prints from. One was of Jaws swimming through remnants of the Orca. We got it because I’m a big fan and we want to hang it in our bathroom alongside our Creature from the Black Lagoon poster to round out are movies-of-scary-things-that-will-kill-you-in-water theme. One was of the Ninja Turtles perched on a cathedral cross silhouetted by lightning and a similar one of Gargoyles. They are very similar, so we plan to hang them side by side. We also got some cute prints of a Big Hero 6/Guardians of the Galaxy mash-up from another artist, and some Batman Beyond ones from a friend who had his own booth.

After a handful of hours we had pretty much walked the whole floor twice and my feet were ready to fall off and my face was itching from all of the caked-on makeup, so we were ready to get out of there. All-in-all, there were some really great booths. I just wish that Klei Entertainment had been there so I could show them some love! On the plus side, despite being an obscure character, a little girl knew who I was!

UPDATE:

I was browsing a gallery and found my picture! It is very similar to the gallery, but check it out if you like. I think next time I would bring some props with me to make her even more identifiable.

http://www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com/photo-gallery.html?func=detail&id=224006

 

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SDCC

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

FINALLY. After three years of trying, I got tickets to San Diego Comic Con! I am so thrilled. I can’t wait to be sardined in with thousands and thousands of sweaty nerds like me. WOOT!

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Wickerbottom Cosplay

Hi all!

Just a quick update on my Wickerbottom cosplay for Long Beach Comic Con.

My hair and makeup products have arrived. In case you’re curious, I ordered a couple of tubes of no-smear white stage face paint, a black face paint crayon, a can of black hairspray, and a can of white hairspray. For my hair, I plan to do a high bun with no bangs–just a couple of curly fly-aways hanging out for that I-just-slaughtered-a-nest-of-spiders look. I’m going to hold that in place with regular hairspray. Then I will spray it all over with the black hairspray. Once that is done, I’m going to spray in just a little white and run through it carefully with a comb. That should ideally achieve the same look as her character in the videogame.

As for my makeup, I plan to do a completely white face (including lips) and neck. I’m not sure about my hands as of yet as I feel that would get really tricky. They’ll probably have to stay bare. Then I’m going to line my lips with the black crayon. Wickerbottom has a permanent grimace, so I need to do a downward-turned line and sharp cupid’s bow top lip. I’ll also be using the crayon to do some shading/line work on my forehead and cheeks to achieve her sallow, weary appearance. Given that all the characters have a hard black outline around the eyes, I will line my eyes with my normal eyeliner and mascara that I use day-to-day.

The outfit is coming along. I found a shirt that I think will work perfectly for Wickerbottom, though her exact outfit is a bit hard to see in the game. Is it a blazer? A sweater? Is it one piece? I’m not sure. I went mostly off of the little figures you can buy at the Klei store, but I took a look at the Don’t Starve wikia and some fan art that is floating around out there. I did the same with the shoes because in the game they look nearly white with pointed toes but elsewhere they seem more like gray booties with a chunky heel and laces.

I plan to use my own reading glasses for the outfit. While the figurine from the Klei store shows it as just glass frames, the hard lines of her character in the game make it look more like black frames. Mine are rectangular and black with clear bottoms, so I think they’ll be a nice middle ground.

I’m still not sure on her skirt. The Klei store figure depicts it almost as a red pencil skirt with abstract black lines, but the wikia page goes for more of an A-line plaid skirt that seems maroon to me. I already have to take in the shirt I found a bit, so I’m debating finding the right pattern for the skirt and sewing it myself. I did spot a striped skirt ina thrift shop window that I could potentially dye maroon. Hmmmmm. So many possibilities!

We’ll see! Posts soon to come. Can’t wait for LBCC! Ooooh also, check out these amazing cosplayers doing a short Don’t Starve video. They’re wearing blind lenses so they can’t actually see.

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Game of Thrones Trailer = YAAAASSSSSS

Check this ish out.

Also, there are photos to accompany the video below:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyorley/the-game-of-thrones-season-5-trailer-is-here#.fud2ZenKk

Warning, someone who clearly hasn’t read the books wrote the above Buzzfeed post, so take the captions and interpretation of the trailer with a grain of salt. Just focus on all of the awesomesauce in that trailer and those photos.

Five Favorite Things for January

1. Telltale Games – I have collected quite a few Telltale games in my Steam library over the years, and I don’t think I’ve ever played one that I didn’t enjoy. Some I’ve enjoyed far more than others, sure, but there aren’t any that I hated. I love the more recent ones that are very Choose Your Own Adventure. Situations have multiple outcomes and characters formulate opinions based on your actions.

Clementine will remember that.

It’s super interesting. I really love seeing the community polls at the end of each game, especially when I’ve made what I deem a right decision, only to find that it is grossly unpopular. I feel it actually reveals a fair bit about our personality types.

I’m currently working my way through The Walking Dead, and I finished the first Game of Thrones episode, but the game I really fell in love with was The Wolf Among Us. I’m actually writing another post about that game specifically, because it was so terrific. I finished all five episodes in the span of a day, and I’m going to replay it fairly soon to see what would have happened had I made other decisions. I’m just too curious!

from xbox.com

from xbox.com

I hadn’t read “Fables” before either (I saw it at Wondercon and thought about picking it up, but went for another stack of things instead), so the fact that Telltale made me love TWAU so much was impressive.

2. PB2 Powder – So on my way to eating better, I had taken a hiatus from peanut butter. The reason for that honestly was that I was abusing it. A tablespoon on my toast? Yeah, no. I’d have like four from the jar as a snack. It was out of hand. After going without it for a couple of months though, I was singing the peanut butter blues. I was about to cave and buy some more, when I found this powder at my local Ralphs. I read that by pressing out the natural oils from the nuts, PB2 managed to cut the fat and calories of peanut butter wayyyyy down. Needless to say, I was thrilled. Putting it in smoothies or stirring it into my pancakes has been great because it gives food that peanutbutter kick without tipping the scale. I like it a lot.

That being said, the internet seems pretty conflicted about it.

For a couple of different perspectives:

http://foodbabe.com/2012/09/16/the-truth-about-pb2-powdered-peanut-butter/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/pb2-powdered-peanut-butter_n_5675261.html

I would say that if you can control your consumption of any kind of nut butter and just use it in small amounts for a little healthy fat/protein boost, the real deal is the way to go. However, if you’re like me and you struggle with putting down the spoon, PB2 is a good option.

3. Law and Order: SVU – Gosh, I forgot how ridiculous this show is. I stopped watching when the love of my life, Elliot Stabler, left the show and I found the new detectives grating. I only picked back up because the most recent few seasons came to Netflix and I’m a notorious Netflix junkie. SVU is so easy to binge watch because the episodes are so similar–all the same tropes and conventions, all the same ridiculous lines…

mulaney

found on pinterest

 

4. Don’t Stave Together – I bought the beta for this as soon as it was offered because I love Don’t Starve so much and had been reading about the multi-player version for a while. I couldn’t imagine a better couple’s activity than playing together. Now we pretty much sit in the same room and shout at each other from our respective computers, “NO! THE FIRE! DON’T LET IT GO OUT!” “PIG PEOPLE! PIG PEOPLE!” “STAB HIM IN THE FACE! IN THE FAAAAAACE!” and other crazy things. Our neighbors probably think we’re insane, and you know what, maybe we are.

5. Seahawks – I’m always a fan regardless of the month (12th man, baby!) but I have to add this to January just because the Superbowl is so close. Healthy snacks? Check. Seahawks regalia? Check. A spot-on Richard Sherman impression ready to perform on demand? Check, BITCH! NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT ME! NO ONE TALKS ABOUT ME!

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found on giantlife.com

 

Go hawks!

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