cosplay

Design Diaries – Cap Shield

Design Diaries – Cap Shield

This week, I made a WWII Captain America shield. Video of how I did it below. Sadly my primer was misbehaving so I need to repaint the whole thing. This is my grumpy face. »

Design Diaries – Lady Sif Shield

Design Diaries – Lady Sif Shield

This week, I share some experiments with backing materials for repoussé while building a replica of the epic shield carried by Lady Sif in Thor the Dark World. »

Design Diaries – Pan Pacific Pauldrons

Design Diaries – Pan Pacific Pauldrons

This week, I create some steel armor from Pacific Rim using only basic tools and beginner techniques to help demonstrate that armoring isn’t such a hard craft to get into. »

Design Diaries – Lamentation Blades

Design Diaries – Lamentation Blades

One of the challenges of being a visual artist and blogger is that one rarely has time to blog because one is far too busy producing other art. In an attempt to make the two mix a bit better, I’ve started filming my building and then talking about them. Welcome to my first of, hopefully, many video design diaries Requests and recommendations are welcome. »

Getting Groped – Gender Bias and Genderbending

Getting Groped – Gender Bias and Genderbending

Last week I talked about my experiences going to conventions in less than conventional dress, but I left the account of my being fondled brief as I thought it deserved its own discussion. This is that discussion, and it comes with what is becomming a distressingly boilerplate trigger warning. One of the big questions I had when I started wearing my Slave Leo costume was whether I would have the so... »

My Year as Slave Leo

My Year as Slave Leo

Almost a year ago, I put up a post about my genderbent Slave Leia costume. I talked a lot about why I decided to create it and my insecurities around exposing myself on the internet. It got a little more attention than I expected, and when I was finished hiding under my bed, I started wearing the costume to cons and costume parties. I thought I’d share some of my frightening and enlightening... »

Cosplay, Replicas, and Royalties

Cosplay, Replicas, and Royalties

Cosplay is absurdly fun, potentially big business in itself, solid free advertising for the franchises being copied, and kind of, sort of… not legal. “What?” you say. “Not legal?” you ask. “Madness!” you exclaim. It’s true. And I think it’s a problem that everyone wants fixed. Most producers of media, be it movies or comics, have the right to d... »

Nerrd Lines

Nerrd Lines

Robin Thicke’s recent hit “Blurred Lines” is more than a little problematic (this excellent gender-swapped parody by Mod Carousel illustrates a few of its issues), but we’ve got one problem with that isn’t getting nearly enough attention: not enough lyrics about cosplay! Thankfully, nerd hip hop troubador Adam WarRock has addressed our concerns with his own parody abo... »

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