Big new photo post! A little while ago I got photos back from Elemental from our shoot at Atomic Lollipop so that whole (brand new!) gallery has been posted. I would go into details about the making of it, but it would just be a copy-paste of the blurb on the costume page, so I'm just going to direct you there for the wordy-wordy bits. A couple of my favourite photos are here (and favourites from this set are SO HARD TO CHOOSE!!!), along with a selection of my progress photos for your perusal.
And there's even more... I've been about 2 years behind on random miscellaneous project updates, so I finally got around to doing that. crafts, gifts, bits and pieces of costumes made for other people, and some non-cosplay clothing have all been added to my "crafts and accessories" page.
I missed getting to see the Game of Thrones touring exhibit of costumes and props last year, mostly because I hadn't *really* gotten into the show yet. But a lot of my friends did go, and seeing their photos afterwards made me wish I had. So this year, now that I'm kinda loving Westeros and *may* be planning to make at least one costume based on the series, I made sure I didn't miss it. The show hit Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox between CostumeCon and Anime North, so I was already psyched to see the pretties. I went with Yavarice, Hikari-moto, and Mage, and it was awesome getting to ooh and ahh over everything with them. The photos below are just a couple of my favourite shots, but I have posted my whole gallery of 100+ photos here. I'm definitely not a pro photographer, but I hope that some of the images might be useful to others looking for costume/prop references. Enjoy ^_^
Now that all the con reports from months ago have been taken care of, let's take a look at recent happenings!
A week and a bit ago was the big 25th Anniversary party for Lookin' For Heroes, a comic book shop in Kitchener. KW Iron Man (and Spidey and Deadpool) were invited to be there in costume, so I decided to dress up too. I could have cosplayed as Pepper Potts again, but as much as I love her, I'm more than Iron Man's accessory and I wanted to show that. I was hoping to finish a new comic-based costume, but I wasn't even close to done. Then I hit on Goldie... the Sin City sequel movie came out recently and I still had most of the parts of the costume I made back in 2006. I found some new pants to replace the originals and Mr Stark was accompanied by a hooker instead of his assistant LOL.
I'm actually planning on fixing up the pants to make them screen accurate, picking up some red shoes, and hopefully gathering some people for a Sin City shoot sometime in the next few months.
As for that other comics-costume that I didn't finish in time? I started actual work on that this week, starting with knitting a hat. Unfortunately, I realized this morning that I'm going to need to start over and make it bigger, but at least it's started! I have my fingers crossed that I will get Izabel from Saga done in time for halloween, but I have a (surprise) back-up costume in place XD
Unrelated to costumes, I should probably plug the "let's play" videos I'm currently doing with Dan the Video Ninja on his gaming channel. Last year we played LEGO marvel Superheroes together because Marvel is awesome and LEGO games are fun (especially when doing 2-player games). The highlights are below, but if you feel like watching the whole thing, it's available here.
This year we're attacking The LEGO Movie Videogame, where everything is awesome ~_^.
Here's the latest part, and new parts are added to the playlist every couple of days!
I was back at ConBravo! this year at the invitation of KW Iron Man, since that's where we met in 2013 ^_^. Basically the only thing I did at the con was hang out with my friends and take photos (especially since I was still cosplayed-out from A-Pop the previous weekend), so I'm going to skip the "con report" entirely, and just send you over to the #selfiecon gallery for a peek at the event.
As a bonus, I'm throwing in a couple of videos.... Among The Video Ninja's convention coverage is a silly video with some of his footage of my "Luma meet-up", which was my attempt to bring together as many of the Lumas I have given to friends for a reunion of sorts... although reunion isn't quite the right word as most of them had never been in the same room before XD. The Video Ninja's full ConBravo! playlist is available on YouTube.
And because "why not?" there's a video version of many of my #selfiecon2014 photos ^_^
A-Pop is one of my favourite cons simply because what they do is different from all the other local events (even though I don't remotely have the energy to keep up with a convention-festival-rave-thing these days). What really sold me on going this year though (after supposedly going on break from attending conventions) was the venue - how could I possibly say no to a convention held in the Ontario Science Centre?!? For science-related shenanigans, I wanted to wear my Chell cosplay and finally finish my Sam Sparks (from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), but sadly I didn't get Sam finished on time. So I wore Pepper Potts to cosplay with KW Iron Man, and Erika from Welcome to Night Vale to do a shoot with Elemental :) Once again, I tried to give this convention the #selfiecon treatment: click for the album!
Mr Stark was staying at the Mystery Shack (my apartment) for the con, and we tried to be relaxed about the weekend, which on one hand meant that we had time for sleeping in and getting sushi for lunch... but on the other, we arrived to the con really late each day and missed out on a lot of programming I was kinda looking forward to. So here's what we did end up doing... (warning that photos from the burlesque shows are probably NSFW)