costumes

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... »

I’m Going Home and Taking My Ball With Me

I’m Going Home and Taking My Ball With Me

Ever had someone ruin you favorite game by playing it wrong? Aren’t they complete asshats for doing so? I expect that most of us have had a moment where our supposed playmates just won’t take a game seriously or play by the rules and, if not, we’ve likely seen someone else erupt into table-flipping rage because of it. (╯°□°)╯︵┴┴ »

DOWN WITH FAKE NERDS (A rallying cry to real geeks.)

DOWN WITH FAKE NERDS (A rallying cry to real geeks.)

You know what I can’t stand? Fake nerds. You know the kind, sauntering around a convention like they’re hot stuff, soaking in the attention of hormone-addled and social skill-stunted nerds. Letting the nerds fantasize about them, and then snickering behind their backs after they shoot them down.   I know you’re picturing them in your head right now. You can see their smug sm... »

#MadCostumeLab, A Survey

#MadCostumeLab, A Survey

I have a conundrum. I am primarily here to talk about costuming and DIY geek culture. But where do I start? Do I start by talking about how to make Iron-Man armor out of some spandex, heat-activated plastic, a hair dryer and nail polish? (my current project) Do I start by explaining why I, a grown woman, dress up like a superhero and allow it to be documented for the whole world to see? Do I start... »

Supercapes

Supercapes

In preparation to a Panel at CONvergence, I’m going to explore some of the oddities in the superhero dress code. More specifically, I intend to explore the physics needed for them to do what they do. My first exploration will be into the drag forces on capes. The cape is a rather popular accessory for the comic book hero. Their aesthetic appeal clearly outweighs the tripping and strangulatio... »

Halloween Round-Up

Halloween Round-Up

I love Halloween. I love the costumes that clearly took months of planning and crafting to create. I love the ones that are clearly a creative exercise in thrift store scrounging and last minute closet diving. I love it so much I’m gonna make a second AI about it. Did you dress up for Halloween? What did you dress as? What were the best costumes you saw this year? »

AI: Halloween

AI: Halloween

I love Halloween.  When I was young, my folks would set up a haunted house / mad scientist lab in the basement for the neighborhood kids. My brother and I used to put a rubber bat on a pulley in the tree near our sidewalk that I would drop down on unsuspecting passers-by from my bedroom window. I went trick-or-treating waaaaay into my teens. As an adult, my love for this holiday has not lessened. ... »

Myself as the tenth doctor with an impressively accurate River Song at FanExpo

AI: Con Costumes

As con season draws to a close, I like to give some love to those brilliant individuals who sink their time and money into creating costumes of resplendent glory. Today I would like to honor those that make our convention-going experiences so much more than they would be were they populated only by tattered jeans and sweat-stained Star Trek t-shirts. What was the best costume you saw this year? Ca... »