October 24, 2014

The Impala from Supernatural As a Dress

Supernatural is in its tenth season. Tenth! The Winchesters having been saving people and hunting things for a long time, and they've faced most of it together. Death, demons, angels, hell - you name it. Sam and Dean have been through a lot, and the Impala has gone on the journey with them. Also known as Dean's baby, the black Chevy has put on tens of thousands of miles over the years. The faithful car is a character in its own right, and I'm starting to notice more and more cosplayers coming up with Impala costumes. Casey of Wandering Windward did an amazing thing with her design - she made the Impala into cosplay couture.

She shared the sketch and some in progress pics at DeviantArt, and I'm in love. Casey covered all the details. The black dress has silver seams to represent the car's body lines, the Chevrolet logo is added in silver embroidery, and the garter will have a holster for a flask of holy water or a colt or Ruby's demon knife (so many weapon options!). The license plate number will be painted on the back shoulder.


Stunning, right?

Creative as all of that is, the pièce de résistance of the Impala dress is the top. It's a fiberglass cast of the front of the car, scaled to fit the dress. Seriously. It has the grill and the headlights. Casey sculpted it from oil clay, made a mold from silicone, and cast the piece in fiberglass. Sounds like she's resourceful enough to be a hunter.


See photos from the entire process at DeviantArt.

October 23, 2014

DIY Star Wars Rebels Chopper Trick-or-Treat Bag

As I mentioned earlier this week, I really like Chopper from Star Wars Rebels. I made a pair of Chopper shoes, and I had to craft a Chopper trick-or-treat bag. The hardest part of making this bag was cutting out all of Chopper's droid bits. The rest was cake. You could simplify the template more to make it easier, but if you can wield a X-acto knife (not my strong suit), you'll be fine.


Supplies you'll need:
- Chopper template printed on card stock, 6 inches wide (template below)
- Black tote bag
- Stiffened orange felt
- Fabric glue
- X-acto knife and cutting mat
- Pen

Print Chopper onto a piece of card stock. If you have to print him on regular paper, cut him out with a X-acto knife and trace the template onto thicker paper. Then, trace that onto a piece of stiffened orange felt. Cut Chopper from felt with a X-acto knife.

Mark where you want to place Chopper on the front of the bag, spread a thin layer of fabric glue on the back of Chopper, and press the orange felt onto the black bag. I put a heavy book on top of Chopper until the glue dried.

Take Chopper out with you when yo go trick-or-treating, just don't channel any of his grumpiness when you ask for candy!


Click to enlarge and download.

See more Star Wars trick-or-treat bag how-tos at the StarWars.com blog.

October 22, 2014

One Character, Different Costumes: Han Solo

Han Solo's costume is so stylish and cool that Lando Calrissian stole his clothes. Given that, the Star Wars character seemed like the perfect subject for this installment of One Character, Different Costumes. He has various outfits in the original trilogy, and I've seen cosplayers of both genders tackle every one of them. I've seen screen accurate costumes, femme versions, and dresses. If you're considering a Han Solo costume, looking at how other cosplayers have put the costume together might help you with your design.


My Han Solo costume from four years ago. I did a crossplay version because I couldn't find a replica vest cut to fit women and didn't (and still don't) have the sewing skills to make my own. I applied the bloodstripes with red hem tape.


Steampunk Han Solo, photo by BBQdPhotography. This cosplayer replaced Han's blaster with a saber, added goggles, and changed out the vest for a subtle and cool steampunk effect.


Rod of the Rebel Legion has the Bespin Han Solo costume. This might be my favorite look of Han's - it has the brown pants with yellow stripes and the navy blue jacket.


Han Solo dress design by Darling Army. This cute look was a design for a possible costume, and Darling Army has also made a Han Solo cosplay pinafore.


Femme Han Solo cosplayed by Emily, a.k.a. The Stylish Geek. I love this version of Han's A New Hope costume - it represents more of what I wanted to do with my Han look. Emily made the holster and buckles and put together the entire costume.


Hoth Han Solo cosplayed by Dan Hyatt. I adore this costume of Han's, and I appreciate that the cosplayer went to the trouble of dusting the jacket with fake snow. All he needs to complete the look is a tauntaun.


October 21, 2014

Beautiful Game of Thrones Animation

Season five of Game of Thrones is coming. It may seem like forever until spring and we still have to get through winter, but hopefully the time will go fast. It usually does. Until the new season arrives, you can revisit the past. Vimeo user Blackmeal  worked with Baptiste Pagani to make a positively stunning animation that summarizes seasons one through four of the HBO series.

The video captures the highlights of the first few seasons, and the art looks like it belongs in an R-rated storybook. I've watched it repeatedly.

Game Of Thrones, an animated journey - #gotseason5 is coming from BlackMeal on Vimeo.

Maybe HBO could make an animated version of the series to kill time until George R.R. Martin finishes the books!

h/t io9


October 20, 2014

Hand-Painted Star Wars Rebels Chopper Shoes


I've only seen about an hour and a half of Star Wars Rebels, but I already feel strongly about the story and the characters. It has a certain spirit that grabs me and the story is told in such a way that I feel like I'm part of the team - like I'm helping the Rebel Alliance form just by cheering on the crew of Ghost. The show definitely captures the tone of Star Wars by mixing humor with darkness and by showing hope in the face of what seems like an impossible situation. You can read my recaps of each episode over at Nerdist, but before I get too sidetracked with compliments for the series, I want to call out my favorite new droid: C1-10P, a.k.a. Chopper.


Chopper was described as a somewhat grumpy droid from the beginning. Executive producer Dave Filoni said that if R2-D2 is the family dog, Chopper is the family cat. He'll help but only reluctantly, and he's not afraid to talk back or complain. I adore him. The way he waves his arms around with frustration and annoyance absolutely kills me. He's instantly lovable, and I can't wait until I can purchase all the Chopper toys. I'm sure Chopper merchandise will be available soon but until then, I had to paint a pair of shoes to show my love for Chopper:



All it took to make Chopper shoes was white canvas slip-ons, a black Sharpie, and acrylic paint in yellow, orange, black, and silver. Oh, and lots of masking tape. I used the same process as I did on my R2-D2 Toms (how-to here) and the hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry between layers. The design might look better on a pair of Toms but these cheap slip-ons are a fine start. I might go back and paint the edges of the soles orange.




I've already introduced my Chopper shoes to my R2-D2 shoes, and I'm sure they'll cause trouble together when they're not being worn:



I promise to act extra sassy whenever I wear my Chopper shoes.

October 17, 2014

Kevin Smith Talks About His Episode VII Set Visit on the Latest Episode of The Comlink

It's Friday, and that means it's time for a new episode of The Comlink. If you missed my announcement last week, The Comlink is a weekly show with Star Wars news, interviews with special guests, and more. It's essentially a video podcast. Cool, right? My involvement is writing the news and doing social media.

Anyway, this week's special guests are Kevin Smith and Adrianne Curry. Adrianne hits the streets of Hollywood to ask Star Wars fans some fun questions, and Kevin discusses his visit to the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. Guys, listening to him explain what he saw gave me goose bumps. And I'm not just saying that because I work on the show. Watch:



Keep an eye out for the extended interview later this weekend.

Speaking of, in case you missed it, we also released the full thirty minute interview with James Arnold Taylor last week:



May the Force be with you!



October 16, 2014

Warwick Davis Will Be in Star Wars; Episode VII

When it comes to Star Wars: Episode VII, I am trying to stay spoiler-free. I'm okay with casting announcements and plot points that are officially revealed - like the presence of the Millennium Falcon and the design of the X-wing - but when I hear the word "leaked" I try to look the other way. It's not always possible because my job means I have to write about news related to the film, but sometimes I get lucky and can avoid things - like the concept art that made the rounds on the internet yesterday.

Anyway! As mentioned, I don't avoid casting news, and a nice nugget dropped today: Warwick Davis will appear in Episode VII. The official Star Wars YouTube account posted the following video, titled "Will Warwick Davis Appear in Star Wars: Episode VII?"



I look forward to learning what role Warwick Davis is playing in the upcoming movie (he's been Wicket W. Warrick and W. Wald/Weazel in Episodes VI and I so far), but mostly, I find the approach to this announcement interesting. It's more fun than a standard press release.

h/t /Film

October 14, 2014

This LEGO Indiana Jones Diorama Belongs in a Museum


Indiana Jones has gone on plenty of adventures in his four films. He's faced dangers like snakes (why did it have to be snakes?), rope bridges, booby traps, car chases... you name it. LEGO builder Michał Kaźmierczak, a.k.a. Migalart, took some cues from the existing movies and built a massive LEGO diorama that depicts an original Indiana Jones adventure. The huge creation - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Kings - features the desert, the jungle, spiders, walls covered in hieroglyphics, caves, and water.

Whew. Indy's going to have to go through a lot to find the treasure - probably as much work as Migalart put into building this insane model. He doesn't list the amount of time he spent working on this diorama or the number of bricks used, but I'm guessing there are several thousand pieces.

This image tells the tale (click to enlarge):


More photos of the diorama:





See more pics of the build at Migalart's Flickr page.

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