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Mad Art Lab at Dragon Con!

Mad Art Lab will be invading Dragon Con next week! That’s right, Dragon Con is next week. *commences flailing and trying to sew all the things at once, ends up in a ball of fabric, worbla scraps, and disgruntled cats in front of the computer* For those of you who …


Tech Writer Explains Fashion

Ladies, I would like to inform you of something: Fashion is trying to sell you a fantasy. I know, right? So surprise. Much awe. But don’t worry, Slate is here to explain it to you. Our esteemed Gentleman Tech Writer isn’t sure if you realized that a company primarily known …

Deathface Ginny faces off against Big Alice

Pretty Deadly: Deathface Ginny Photo Shoot

It’s been over a year, and I still don’t think I can put into words what Pretty Deadly means to me. It resonates in a way that very few works of fiction do. My tweet from when I first picked it up, in June of 2014 still stands: I've read …

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Things I Did While Procrastinating on NaNoWriMo: Week One

For those four people on the internet, who are unaware, November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo in common parlance. During this month, in theory I will be writing 50,000 words of unpublishable novel. I say unpublishable because my goals for NaNoWriMo this year are not to write something publishable, …


Last Minute (no, really) Halloween Costumes: Hawkguy edition

I’m not actually doing anything for Halloween this year. I’m sick and don’t really want to spread germs to the rest of my city, as thematically-appropriate as “plague-bearer” would be for the holiday. However, I couldn’t just let Halloween go by unmarked. So I threw on some closet costumes for errands …

Imperator Peachiosa - Photo by Matthew Sperzel Photography at DragonCon 2015

Making Imperator Peachiosa

(This post is rather long, if you’re not interested in construction and just want pretty pictures of the finished costume, skip to the bottom.) As soon as Mad Max: Fury Road came out, I knew I wanted to make something inspired by it. I mean, it spoke to me on …

Full Hogwarts Costume Group

Throwback Thursday Costumes: Slytherins!

I’ve been costuming as a Slytherin student for ten years now. (Don’t judge me. I’m just waiting to be old enough to do a good Professor McGonagall #ultimatecostumegoals ) I started gathering pictures from the various years with the intention of talking about how this costume has changed over the …

Two hands knitting a drawing of a scarf. by Javier Pérez
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Mad Quickies: #28daysofblackcosplay, diversity in game testing, and Batman goes Wild West

Hiiii, Mad Art Lab! Donna let me take over the Quickies today, so I have some nerdery, some thinky things, some costumes and some pretty art for you. Enjoy! A group of other black costumers have gotten together to celebrate Black History month with #28DaysofBlackCosplay and it is glorious. If …