Monday, November 14, 2011

Cosplay Linkspam, 14 November 2011

Fellow cosplayers and con goers, please join me in welcoming the brand spanking new Comikaze Expo to our great, diverse family of nerd conventions. Looks like it’s off to a good start. And the Comikaze cosplayers are certainly in good form, including this daring dino hunter and tenacious t-rex.

In the realm of “really cool things way beyond my skill set”, here’s a tutorial for making robotic cat ears that are... wait for it... controlled by your brainwaves. I love the fact that (a) this exists and that (b) it exists because this guy just wanted to see if he could do it.

And then there’s the fashion line inspired by Toy Story. Because why the hell not.

Peace, love, and happy sewing, fellow cosplayers.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Cosplay Linkspam, 7 November 2011

On the list of grocery store costumes that make us want to gouge our eyes, we have “Spider Girl” and Gir. Yes, that’s right. Gir, the robot disguised as a dog from Invader Zim. What is that I don’t even.

Not all children, however, are doomed to the plastic tragedy of mass produced “costumes”. Some get to be recycled as Supreme Daleks. Others solve the eternal Princes-or-Darth-Vader dilemma by being both. I believe there’s also a Princess Batmanperson somewhere on the internets.

For those of us who have grown up, but not left behind childish things, we can go to parties dressed as internet memes, like these folks.

If you like a little history with your dress-up, Jezebel gives us the cultural history of “slutty” Halloween costumes.

And, finally, 90 corgis in costumes. You’re welcome.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ten-Minute Cosplay: The Twister Board

You may be shocked to discover that, in addition to my professional and creative life, I also have a social life. (I know, I know. Try not to faint.) So I went to a Halloween party on Saturday.

Anyone accustomed to con-calibre cosplay knows that costumes at your standard All Hallows shindig are likely to be... unimpressive, and I tend to be on the look-out for the odd fellow geek or any especially clever costumes. I was pleased to find both a chainsaw-hand Ash (a con staple) and a Tenth Doctor with bride!Donna in tow, as well as Nick Fury and Black Widow. Obviously, it made me a little reminiscent for Dragon*Con.

But! In this sea of mediocre, vaguely sexy, occassionally geeky costumes, one fantastic party pleaser stood out from all the rest: The Twister Board.

That’s right, fellow cosplayers, The Twister Board.

She had taken an actual, plastic Twister board and modified it into a dress. This, on it’s own, would be pretty cute and reasonably clever, but here’s the kicker:

She had attached the game dial to her wrist and invited people to spin and see where they could touch her. While this might sound like a boring attempt at risque, it was actually a lot of fun and came with exactly the kind of hilarity you would expect from playing Twister on a vertical person. Somewhere out there is a photo of me in my six-inch-heel thigh boots with my foot on her chest.

I’d estimate this costume took no more than an hour to put together and only cost the sticker price of a game of Twister. It has that touch of hipster-esque nostalgia and cleverness, it’s creative and unusual, and it’s guaranteed to make you the most interesting and popular person in a 10 foot radius.

Keep this one in mind when you’re scrambling to make those last-minute costumes.


PS: Greatest apologies for the grainy pictures. It was dark, and I was using my phone.