Thursday, July 24, 2014

SDCC 2014 Cosplay Lineup

The biggest nerd convention of the summer is here! I'm bringing 4 costumes this time, 3 of which are new. I've been working really hard to finish everything in time, and I'm really proud of the outcome. Here's approximately when I'll be wearing each one:

  • Cheryl/Carol Tunt (Archer) - Thursday morning/afternoon for the Aisha Tyler meet and greet (with Liz Locksley as Pam) 
  • Daenerys Targaryen (Game of Thrones) - for the Game of Thrones beer tasting on Thursday afternoon/evening and all day Friday (with Liz Locksley as Jorah)
  • Ramona Flowers (Scott Pilgrim) - all day Saturday/for Bryan Lee O'Malley's panel
  • Butters (South Park: The Stick of Truth) - all day Sunday (with Liz Locksley as Stan and Mary as Princess Kenny)

If you want to meet up with me or see where I'm at, the best bet is to message me on Twitter. I'll give you a cosplay card and a SHe button!

To keep up with all the cool stuff happening at SDCC, be sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I'm so stoked to share things with you as they happen! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cosplay: Taiga Aisaka from Tora Dora

Taiga Aisaka from Tora Dora
Photos by ACCosplay.

Taiga Aisaka

I love all forms of media - comics, TV, movies, books, anime... it's all good in my book. So it was surprising to realize that I'd never cosplayed from an anime, despite attending mainly anime conventions and loving anime for so many years.

I tend to cosplay from Western media more often. I think it's a little simpler because some of the characters are up for interpretation (like American cartoon characters). Plus, most of the time, when I like an anime character, their outfit is out of my skill range. (See: Mami Tomoe's magical girl outfit. Swoon!)

So when I saw the jacket and skirt for this costume up for sale, I scooped it up right away! I don't think I could sew a jacket or skirt this structured, and even though I am the third cosplayer to wear this costume, it fit like a dream. 

Taiga Aisaka from Tora Dora



  • Wig: Luthien from Arda Wigs in Sandy Brown, cut and styled
  • Shirt: Thrifted
  • Skirt and jacket: Purchased secondhand
  • Thigh-high tights: Ebay
  • Penny loafers: Ebay
  • Sword: Ebay

The Process

This costume is a little different since I didn't have to make anything. I found a white button-down at a Goodwill, picked up some more specific accessories from Ebay, and styled the wig, and it was done. I thought I was being smart by using faux thigh-highs instead of actual socks, but it wound up being kind of a pain anyway. Next time, I'll just do regular thigh-highs.

My biggest concern with this costume is that Taiga is known for being a small character. She's around 4'11" and very petite - and I'm 5'6'' and not petite. While I think cosplay is for everyone, and I fully believe that everyone should cosplay whoever they want, I wondered if I'd be able to do this character justice in my own eyes. Once I tried on the entire costume, I was really pleased with it! I think it helps that I didn't have any other people cosplaying with me, so there's nobody to compare my own height to. Regardless, this character is a type I wouldn't usually cosplay, so I'm really happy that I went out of my comfort zone and tried something new.

Also, I just want to say that there's absolutely no shame in purchasing or commissioning entire costumes or pieces of costumes! While I love learning new skills, sometimes the only thing holding me back from finishing a costume is a difficult prop or wig. If you don't have the time, resources, or desire to learn to sew/style wigs/make props/whatever, commissioning is perfectly fine. In this case, I could buy the main parts of the costume for a super low price - I couldn't even buy materials for that much, let alone accounting for the time and energy it would take to learn how to sew a jacket. For me, this costume was a worthy investment.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Off to San Diego Comic Con! Resources for the Comic Book Babe (2014)

SDCC 2014 - The Best Resources, Links, and Tips
Photo Cosplayer

San Diego Comic Con is less than a week away!

This time next week, thousands of nerds will be gathered in San Diego to celebrate whatever makes them geeky. I can't wait to be there!

With the con so soon, I thought I'd share some resources to help you make it the best experience ever! Some of these are specific to SDCC, while some are more general convention tips, so be sure to poke through even if you aren't going to SDCC (this year!).

Psst -- sometimes the best way to get information at the convention itself is Twitter. When you check out these links, be sure to follow them on Twitter as well! I actually made a Twitter list of the people I want to keep up with at the con.

Expo Hall Crowd

Inside the Convention

SDCC collage

Outside the Convention

SDCC Cosplay Collage

Convention Tips

Getting into character.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to SDCC info and tips, but I hope it helps you out. I won't be liveblogging during the con, but I will be tweeting, Instagramming, and Facebooking my heart out, so be sure to follow for updates!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Rabbit Heart

And here's a much better photo of the tattoo itself from the artist, @anniemesstattoos

Last week, I got my first-ever tattoo. A lot of people I've talked to thought I already had one (my mom even said she figured I had a secret tattoo I was hiding from her...!).

In truth, I have wanted tattoos for most of my life, but I knew I wanted them to be very, very significant to me. That's why its taken me so long to get one - I wanted it to be thought-out, something that would age well and age with me, something that would always be important to me.

One of the biggest aspects of my day-to-day life is being vegan. While my other hobbies have changed, I've had an interest in animal rights for the almost 10 years. Being vegetarian, then vegan, has been one of the best decisions I've ever made. I knew tattooing something to signify my identity as a vegan would be  important to me, but I also wanted to be careful. 

The last thing I want is a regrettable tattoo, and while I think I'll avoid animal products forever, there may be a day where I don't identify with the vegan label. I've also had a few friends with somewhat political tattoos that end up resenting the daily barrage of questions that come with wearing their beliefs on their sleeve (literally). I wanted my vegan tattoo to be more symbolic, artistic, and personal than tattooing the word on my body somewhere.

I decided on a bunny because they are the symbol for animal testing and also super cute. I've always felt a connection with rabbits. If I don't feel like discussing veganism with the inevitable stranger who might ask, though, I can always just say I really like rabbits. I also picked a placement that's easy to show off or hide, depending on the situation. (And, yes, I totally thought about cosplay when I chose where I wanted my tattoo!)

I told my mom about my tattoo so now I can post day two of the #modsummer photo challenge - a pic of my kicks (and mostly my new tattoo!)  @modcloth

I went to Annie at Golden Age Tattoos with an idea for the design I wanted (bunny in a frame, lots of feminine elements). I was totally shocked when I saw the sketch - it was like she took the image directly from my brain. Absolutely perfect! She got to work right away. It hurt, but only about as much as I expected. A few parts were more painful than others (those flowers took so many layers of color - ouch!) but the whole piece was done in about 4 hours. And, by the way - Annie uses vegan ink! 

So now I'm officially tattooed with a large piece, and I love it. I think it reflects my style perfectly, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. 

Do you have any tattoos? Do they have a special meaning to you?

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