August 29, 2014

Everyday Cosplay - Gamora

When I found some pink hair clip-in extensions on sale recently, I snatched them up. I was tempted to pull together a last minute everyday cosplay for Gamora together in time for Dragon Con but realized it would have to wait until another convention. However, I did scratch my itch by putting together a lookbook for the outfit:

Everyday Cosplay - Guardians of the Galaxy's Gamora



See more everyday cosplay looks at Polyvore.

August 28, 2014

Webcomic You Must Check Out: Harpy Gee

Need a fun, charming new webcomic that stars a rad female protagonist with a cat sidekick? I thought you might, and I have a recommendation for you: Harpy Gee by Brianne Drouhard. Brianne's one of my favorite artists and when I belatedly realized she's been publishing a webcomic since January (apparently I've been living under a rock, duh!) I rushed to check it out.

Harpy Gee is released on Mondays over at Dumm Comics. It stars an Elf girl named Harpy and her cat Pumpkin (who's adorable and a living bag of holding) and some friends they meet along the way. I refuse to share many details because I didn't know about anything when I dove in, and it's rare to have that experience in this day of teaser trailers and teasers for those teaser trailers. I had a hunch I'd be hooked because I adore Drouhard's previous work and just look at this awesomeness:


So many pretty colors and things to look at!

Bonus? Drouhard usually includes another piece of art or a gif each week with the comic. Like this:


I would like a Pumpkin cat to call my own, please. And not just because I'd never need to carry a bag again.

You can read about the basics of Harpy Gee at Drouhard's blog or dive into the first page of the webcomic at Dumm Comics. If you start reading the webcomic, carve out a little bit of time because you won't want to stop!

August 27, 2014

One Character, Different Costumes: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman has what seems like an infinite number of looks. Her costume has been rebooted for comics, television, and toys, and cosplayers have covered them all. For this week's installment of "One Character, Different Costumes," I tried to gather photos of different cosplayers sporting the same versions of Wonder Woman's outfit. Each person brings her own spin to the look, and it's fun to see the range - even if the variations are minor.

This is the costume I'm basing my search on:

Wonder Woman by George Perez in "The Princess and the Power"

Wonder Woman cosplayed by Valerie Perez, photo by Michael Ash. Valerie rocks the Wonder Woman look so well that she may as well be Wonder Woman by now. She's awesome.


Wonder Woman cosplayed by Alisa Farrington. I love the bright colors of the costume. It sort of matches the infamous Dragon Con carpet.


Wonder Woman cosplayed by Giorgia Cosplay. I like that she uses gold fabric for the metallic pieces - that's probably more comfortable. And yes, it's a slightly different version of the costume from the reference image.


Wonder Woman cosplayed by MapleBunnie/Reva, photo by Cosplay Shots.


Wonder Woman cosplayed by Meagan Marie. Note that the blue fabric appears to metallic - love that.

If you have any suggestions about which character and costume to tackle next, let me know in the comments.

Dragon Con Bound!

This time tomorrow I will be on the way to Dragon Con. It's my second year heading to the convention, and though I definitely had some challenges navigating the massive crowds and weird layout last year, I'm ready to give it another try. Hey, at least this time I'm going in with a better idea of what to expect.


I hope to see those of you who are attending! I'm appearing on a few Star Wars panels this year (I'll be spending a lot of time in the Star Wars room at Dragon Con), and if you happen to spot me there or elsewhere, please say hello. Here's my panel schedule (all in the Marriott):

A Farewell to Clone Wars, & Hello Rebels - Friday, 1:00pm, room A706

All the Single Ladies--Sexism, Objectification, & Casting Choices - Friday, 4:00pm, room A706

Episode VII - Saturday, 4:00pm, room A601-602

I'm embracing the Dragon Con spirit and bringing three costumes this year too: Daring Do (part of a My Little Pony group), Sailor Mercury, and my Star Trek Nurse Chapel dress. If you catch me while I'm wearing my Daring Do costume or even if I'm in civilian clothes, ask for one of these bookmarks featuring art by Thom Zahler:


I've giving them away because reading is awesome and so is Daring Do.

Hope to see you at the convention!

August 26, 2014

Everyday Cosplay - Castiel

I often see Castiel costumes at conventions and nine times out of ten, the cosplayers in the trench coat and ties are women. While Castiel's suit is casual enough to wear to the office as is - for men or women - I wanted a dressier look. I set aside the blue tie in favor of a long necklace and added some black feather earrings to represent his wings.


See more everyday cosplay ensembles on this page or on Polyvore.

August's Loot Crate Is All About the Heroes

Remember how July's Loot Crate box was about the villains? This month they've changed it up to focus on the good guys. I'm loving the switch to the more generic themes, and I hope they stick with it. This route means a bigger sampling of franchises so that the odds of more subscribers liking something in the box are better. Better than non-gamers like me getting a box of gamer gear and not recognizing any of it.

The interior of August's box is decorated as was July's. It's made out to look like the inside of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' home. Cowabunga. Let's look at all the treasure:


The big ticket item this month is a Loot Crate exclusive Funko Pop! of Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy. Not just any Groot - part of him glows in the dark. There's also a Sonic the Hedgehog air freshener, Shwings shoe accessories, a KidRobot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy - also glow in the dark, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed sunglasses, some digital loot, and a Deadpool magnet.







Groot wins the box for me, and even though I'm not a big enough Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan that I would buy toys, I  have to admit the Kidrobot Raphael is pretty adorable.

Loot Crate costs $13.37 plus $6 for shipping. I'd guess the retail value for August's box is close to $35. I'm estimating at least $15 for Groot. Heck, the regular Funko Pop! Groot is retailing for $25 in some places. Anyway, the point is that Loot Crate is a good deal. Sign up at their website and use the code gwcloot to get $3 off your subscription.

Full disclosure: This Loot Crate box was provided free of charge for review purposes. This did not affect my opinions.

August 25, 2014

Favorite quotes from Outlander: The Way Out

Episode three of Outlander aired over the weekend, and "The Way Out" brought in some intense yet adorable Jamie and Claire chemistry and introduced an entirely new threat to Claire. My favorite quotes from the episode are after the image.


"I smell the vapors of hell on you." - The Priest

"Sometimes I wonder what I did to make the devil punish me like this." - Colum MacKenzie

“Woe betide the man that stands between you and what you set your mind upon." - Frank Randall

"Seems like the feral cat we picked up on the road is trying to pull in her claws." - Dougal MacKenzie

"You wouldn't expect me to be less bold than a wee Sassenach lassie, would you?" - Jamie


source - pretendings @ tumblr
"I stood upon the hill, and wind did rise, and the sound of thunder rolled across the land. I placed my hands upon the tallest stone and traveled to a far, distant land where I lived for a time among strangers who became lovers and friends. But one day, I saw the moon came out and the wind rose once more so I touched the stones and traveled back to my own land and took up again with the man I had left behind." - Jamie translating for Gwyllyn the Bard

Read my complete review (full of spoilers) at IGN: Outlander: "The Way Out" Review

August 22, 2014

Everyday Cosplay - Link

After talking a little about everyday cosplay inspiration recently, I decided to commit and figure out how to use Polyvore. The site lets you put together lookbooks, inspiration boards, whatever you want to call them for fashion or home decor. I've seen Leslie Kay use the system for Disney Bound, and it seems like the easiest way to pull together various outfit elements. It's certainly much simpler than trying to compile the pieces in Photoshop.

Anyway, once you have a Polyvore account, you just need to think about an outfit you want to put together and search for what you want to include. For example, you can search for "green dress" for a Link costume or "black feather earrings" for a Castiel costume (like this one). To add an item to your virtual closet, you have to like it. Polyvore has a huge number of items in their database, but if you don't see what you need, you can search for it on Etsy or Google and add it to the Polyvore database with a tool in your bookmarks bar.

Then you can choose "Create Set" and pull from the items you liked. You can also search for items as you create your set. It is incredibly easy to resize items and move them around. Once you get the process down, making lookbooks actually becomes a little addicting. So much so that I can't stop. I'll share them here once or twice a week, and you can keep up with them at my Polyvore page.

Here's one of the first few I put together, Link from Legend of Zelda!


I decided to pretty much ignore prices when I add things to my lookbooks because they're meant as inspiration. It's not too difficult to take the ideas in the Link cosplay and find affordable versions of everything at stores like Target and Forever 21.

If you have any requests for everyday cosplay lookbooks, please let me know in the comments!
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