From the Ghost party at my house last night, where we told ghost stories, drank wine, and took a few photos.
Costume Retrospective, 2013
Troll King v3, Luchadore Project: Wolverine, D-Man and Professor Xenagogue masks, “Classic” Wolverine, Shining Armor, Bat-Punk, Aleksis Kaidonovsky, TARDIS, Gaurdian of the Galaxy
I wanted to focus on craftmanship last year. The costumes are all smaller projects, either customized store-bought elements or simply masks. Wolverine is the only one was sewn head-to-toe. The rest are me playing around. Expect more of that this year.
New vest for the Troll King, to give him a Doug Mahnke Frankenstein vibe for JR Blackwell’s Heroine shoot. I’m always happy to wear this prosthetic, and it felt nice to channel a more romantic-hero troll king, rather than the cyberpunk bruiser I’ve done in the past.
The Luchador Project is a learning experience disguised as a larger artwork, as I figure out the best mask-pattern to fit my face. These photos aren’t a part of the final art—these are just the masks. I’m quite pleased with them, and while Wolverine and D-Man are a little uncomfortable, I may have cracked the code with Professor Xenagogue. There’s 4 more masks to go before the Luchador Project is complete, so hopefully it will see the light of day in 2014.
My good friend Ruth Lampi of The Five Wits asked for help selling cosplay wigs at a handful of conventions, and JR and I were more than happy to oblige. Naturally, this meant new costumes. Wolverine was the first one I thought of, due to his magnificent hair, and I set about making a brightly-colored “Classic” costume. I’m really pleased with how it came out. Despite coming the various paints and materials, all the blues and yellows match, and the boots are spectacular.
The Five Wits have an impressive line of wigs based on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, so naturally we costumes of two our favorite characters, Princess Cadence and Shining Armor (just beating out Flim & Flam!). Everything for Shining Armor was store-bought, even down to the wicked unicorn track jacket. Easily the most comfortable costume of the year.
I really need more pictures of the Bat-Punk vest. Or maybe a complete overhaul of it. It’s not quite right, though it was fun to wear.
I did an exhaustive amount of research trying to replicate the costume seen in maybe 30 seconds of PACIFIC RIM, but I love it all the same. This bad boy deserves a proper photoshoot. Close second for “Most Comfortable Costume of the Year.”
I’ve dressed as the Doctor before, but I wanted to do something different, something classy. Hence the vest with the TARDIS interior printed on it and the subtle accessories. The result is something that most people don’t understand until they get close, giving an “Oh, you’re the TARDIS!” exclamation of joy once they do. I wonder if it might still need a few tweaks, but I’m scared to ruining it’s elegant simplicity.
Probably my favorite costume of the year is this one, my Guardians of the Galaxy uniform. I’m about four feet too tall to be my favorite character, Rocket Raccoon, so I just made the uniform. The whole thing, from the quilted shoulders to the light-reflective patches work so well, I can’t help but be proud of it. It evokes both STAR TREK and pulp space-opera, and is generic enough not to be tied to a specific work. It’s a space jacket. I should really find more places to wear it.
Photo by J.R. Blackwell
Dapper & Dirty
photo by J.R. Blackwell
That’s Gotham Police Property
Engineer Agent Dr. Axelrod
"Now, just stand right there, there’s a chap, that’s good! All goes to plan, this ray will atomize any non-living matter around you! Haha! Imagine this in the field, eh? Bunch of tough lads, all spit and vinegar and then–skree-kow! Not so tough without your trousers, are you?” Dr. Axelrod withdrew the strange-looking sidearm, and without looking, hit the switch on his belt. The room was filled with the raygun’s blue glow and disconcerning hum. Axelrod looked at the raygun, as if noticing it for the first time. “It now occurs to me you may lose some hair. And possibly bits of your fingernails. Maybe even a few layers of skin. Let’s find out which ones!”
“I say, sir, is this quite cricket?”
“Cricket? ‘Course not,” Axelrod said, taking aim. “This is SCIENCE!”