OK: I LOVE wearing my sloth kigurumi, even though I messed up the pattern and it doesn't fit nearly as well as I would like. I don't care. It's awesome. And slothy. Since I've worn it to a few conventions since I made it, I have collected photos from Everage and Elemental which are cute and fun, just like sloths. And just like the sloth I am, I've been way too slow with updating the gallery for this little not-costume.
So holiday/New Years eve plans got in the way a lot more than I was expecting and so my "12 days of Christmas" is on hold for a little bit. I thought I could work around my travel plans but it's just not happening, so expect a big update on Jan 1 or 2 instead.
Happy New Year everyone!
I had a lot of fun dressing as Fluttershy at Atomic Lollipop this year (including finally putting her cutie mark on a tank top so I wouldn't die in the August heat) and here come the photos! I did little studio-style shoots with Rebel Shotz Photography and DROO through Cosplay for a Cure, and I also have some cute photos from my own camera (thanks to Yavarice) and Paul Hillier. All the photos and links have been added to my Fluttershy gallery!
Also, here's the video that I took while I was there:
Midna! Always, always super popular, and these are the very last photos of the costume to go up, from the very last time I wore the costume. just a few shots from Solar Tempest, but they're good, and have been added to my Midna gallery. The Zant cosplayer I was hanging out with is Melanie, aka Shinigami714. Also posted today is the little drawstring "purse" I made to go with the costume when I wore it to PAX East (pictured, with Kurumasha as Tetra).
Today I bring you a brand-new video project from The Video Ninja and I: a documentation of the construction process for Mag, my Katamari cousin costume. I think it's pretty self-explanatory LOL. It's a style of cosplay video I haven't done to this extent before because it takes a lot of pre-planning and additional time to do, but if people are interested in seeing this kind of thing (following a costume from start to finish) I can definitely do more.
As per usual, Stills of the costume are in my gallery.
What can I say about Ms Potts other than I love her and love to cosplay her? One of the amazingly awesome and unexpected things that happened in 2013 was that I met KW Iron Man cosplay, which pretty much means that the Pepper costumes aren't going to be stopping any time soon! While we haven't done any Pepper/Tony shoots yet, I do have a handful of new solo photos to share, in both the "office" and "Avengers" outfits I have put together. both galleries are at the top of the page here. I've also (finally) added close-ups of my clipboard to the gallery here.
I hope that all of my followers are having a pleasant holiday season, no matter what you celebrate! Unfortunately, things have been unexpectedly "interesting" for Elemental and I here at the Mystery Shack, as an ice storm came through Toronto on Dec 21. We lost all power and heat so almost all of my plans for making gifts and uploading photos and, well, everything got thrown out the window as having food and a warm place to sleep and keeping my phone charged so I could stay in touch with my friends and family became more important. Fortunately we have some wonderful friends who put us up for a few days, which I am eternally grateful for. Power to our building was restored on the morning on the 25th (BEST Christmas present!) but the heat was out an additional day and only just came back on this afternoon (the 26th). And with that, I'm (hoping) to get back to my regularly scheduled... stuff.
As I keep mentioning, I have a large back-log of photos and videos and stories to share, and so I've decided to do a "12 Days of Christmas" series, with something new posted on the site for each of the 12 days. There might be some hiccups around New Year's Eve, but hopefully I can schedule things so that it works out.
Day 1 comes to you (slightly late but still seasonally appropriate) in the form of a video that Captain Awesome and Dr Holocaust asked me to do with them. Filming was really cold but lots of fun, and in the end we definitely got a cute holiday video out of it!
Day 2 is also pretty appropriate given that it's SO FLIPPING COLD HERE RIGHT NOW!
Crystal Entropy is one of my very few original character costumes, but I keep dragging my feet on actually doing something with her back story (either writing, or a photo story, or a video series or something). Inspiration can come from strange places though, and when I got to meet Professor Enigma/Rabid Lemur at NYCC this year, she presented me with a piece of fan art which just floored me (fan art never happens to me to begin with, let alone something this cool). The art was based on a lame prank I pulled on Dr Holocaust during VEDA, and since it looks like a movie poster, The Video Ninja and I decided pretty quickly that we need to do a video project to go along with it! Now that we've had a good snowfall here in Toronto, we might start recording soon, which is exciting. And awful, because recording in the freezing cold is never as fun as the end results make it look.
That was a very long story just to say look at this cool art, and I posted the photos of the "winterized version" of the costume that Kevin took at Con-G last year! Click here for the gallery! (most days of Christmas won't come with nearly this much writing. really.)
My goodness, it's been a long time since I made a blog post, hasn't it? Even though I had thought I would have a lot of free time in the Autumn to work on cosplay and to update the site, I ended up spending pretty much all of September and most of October working non-stop on costumes for New York Comic Con, and then Unplugged and Halloween happened. I thought I was free and clear for November - February, but then this weird "social life" thing crept up on me, and there was the last-minute decision to check out Frost Con, and an invitation to KW Tri-Con, which has all added up to doing lots of stuff and cosplaying and making things... but little to no updates to my poor site. Even my other social media/gallery type places (Facebook, DeviantArt, and Coscom) haven't been properly updated in ages.
So how about starting with the most recent? This past Saturday was Frost Con in downtown Toronto. I hadn't been planning to go, but Iron Man talked me into checking it out by bribing me with a Gravity Falls costume.
We made it to the con later than planned, and I was fairly overwhelmed by the crowding when we did get there. They definitely got more people attending than there was room for. So Elemental, Iron Man and I found a quiet room in the lower level of the hotel and had a really silly, fun private shoot; we said hi to the friends we had there, and got a couple really mushy shots with my friends over at Cosplay for a Cure. Photos from all those shoots (as well as the big set from Centre Island in the summer) will get posted when I get them. In the mean-time, here's a typical teenage selfie teaser XD. There are some minor changes/additions we want to make to Robbie's costume, so next time we do the group he'll be perfect LOL.
We didn't end up going to the comic con which Hobbystar was running on Sunday, because I was doing a thing for Dr Holocaust and Captain Awesome. Watch the Doctor's YouTube channel, Facebook page or Twitter feed for it to come out within the next week or so. We all suffered out in the cold for this video, so everyone better watch it! ^_^
Back to the subject of new photos being posted though, I have started on posting the backlog I have sitting around. I pulled together a brand new costume for NYCC at the last minute: Sally Impossible from Venture Bros. The whole story and photo gallery are in my VB gallery.
And in non-cosplay-related news, I've been playing LEGO Marvel Heroes. I'm absolutely addicted to the LEGO video games and the MCU has done a very good job of getting me more and more interested in Marvel, so I leaped at the chance when The Video Ninja invited me to do a "let's play" series with him. So if you're interested in hearing me geek out (mostly over Iron Man - PEW! PEW! PEW!) and basically just make it harder for Dan to play the game, here's all the episodes which have come out to date, and the first one is embedded below.
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