Costober 2015!

Photo Sep 30, 9 03 21 AMHappy October! We’re celebrating the official month of costumes by updating our logo to include our newest member, and kicking off Costober 2015! All year long, y’all see our costumes – now it’s your turn! Send us photos of your awesome costumes all month long and let’s make this the best Costober ever!

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Another Secret Identity Dress!

We heard you! Check it out – P1010704We had so much fun with our first two, we decided, due to popular demand, to design a Loki-inspired dress.  You can find it now in our Etsy store.  Now you can make that presentation or go on that first date with the power of Loki, and really, who doesn’t want that?!?

 

 

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Secret Identity Dresses are here!

We’ve been working hard on designing our very first fashion line – Secret Identity Dresses. Jen has spent the past six months designing dresses, doing research and making prototypes. Her idea was to have dresses you could wear to work or out that would represent your favorite superhero (or supervillain!) without being an overall print. Over the weekend, we were able to have a small photo shoot thanks to the great folks over at The Maker Station.  Her final results are in, and we have the first two of our Secret Identity Dresses – Deadpool-inspired and Nightwing-inspired dresses. You can order them now in our Etsy store, and we’re working on more designs, both for characters and types of dresses! Let us know what you think – who would you like us to do next?

Deadpool-inspired Dress

Deadpool-inspired Dress

Nightwing-inspired Dress

Nightwing-inspired Dress

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Secret Identity Ties are here!

IMG_2237There are lots of options for women to participate in closet cosplay, but not a lot of fun options for the guys.  This is something Jen has been working on for a few months, and she’s really excited to finally reveal it – Secret Identity neckties!  You can check them out at our Etsy store, or see them in person this weekend at AthCon! We’ve got these three designs currently, but plan to add many more.  What’s your secret identity?

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LYMPHOMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION SELECTED AS DRAGON CON’S 2015 OFFICIAL CHARITY

New Slate of Superheroes Community Service Projects Lets Dragon Con Fans Lend a Hand
unnamedATLANTA – Dragon Con, Atlanta’s internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, has selected the Lymphoma Research Foundation – Georgia Market as its official charity for 2015. Dragon Con will match dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, any money raised for this charity at the 2015 convention.
Dragon Con also announced its slate of Superheroes community service projects for Dragon Con members and fans in the Atlanta area. This program is now in its second year.
In 2014, the convention raised over $115,000 for its official charity, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, and collected 535 pounds of food. Through the Superheroes program, Dragon Con fans contributed more than 900 hours of community service.
“Selecting the Lymphoma Research Foundation as our official charity this year was a very personal choice,” said Rachel Reeves, convention co-chair. “We are grateful that organizations such as this are working hard to improve treatments and cures for this devastating disease.”
Two long-time members of the Dragon Con family – Eugie Foster, Director of the Daily Dragon, and Mark Brown, Co-Director of Convention Operations – recently died from lymphoma, while a third member is currently battling it.
LYMPHOMA-RESEARCH-FOUNDATIONLymphoma is a group of blood cancers, most notably non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which accounts for about 90 percent of cases. Other types include Hodgkin lymphoma, myeloma and immunoproliferative diseases. Over half a million people are currently living with lymphoma in the United States – the most common blood cancer in adults and the third most common cancer over all among children.
Three Superhero projects are currently planned for the spring and summer of 2015. In addition to having a great time, people who participate in any of these service projects will be invited to an exclusive celebration during this year’s convention and will receive a Superheroes t-shirt.
“We had a great time last year, getting together as fans and volunteers, to do something good and make a difference in our community,” Reeves said. “Donations are always important, but there are plenty of organizations that also need volunteers to carry out their mission.”
atlanta_food_bankThe first Superheroes project will see a return to the Atlanta Community Food Bank partnership, with a half-day of work in an ACFB supported community garden on March 21st.
Community gardens act as a powerful tool for social change by providing neighborhoods with fresh vegetables, attractive landscapes, and place to meet and work towards positive goals. Volunteers help with weeding, seeding, planting, tilling, cleaning, clearing, and any other activity that can possibly take place in a garden.
For the second project, Dragon Con will field a team of volunteers to raise money and participate in the annual Lymphoma Walk, supporting the Lymphoma Research Foundation, on April 11th at Wesleyan School in Norcross. In addition to the walk team, the Superheroes will have other opportunities to volunteer at the walk – possibilities include registration, t-shirt table, set up/clean up, and route cheerleaders.
A third project is in the works, and details will be announced when they are confirmed.
About Dragon Con
Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day Weekend in Atlanta (Sept. 47, 2015). Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information on the Lymphoma Research Foundation, please visit www.lymphoma.org.
For more information on Atlanta Community Food Bank, please visit www.acfb.org.
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Look what’s coming to MomoCon 2015!

MomoCon is one of our favorite conventions! Check out what’s coming up for 2015, and get your tickets now! MomoCon pre-registration is open and available for all 4 days for $50! After December 31st, pre-registration increases to $55 for the 4-day membership. Be sure to pre-register here today and save!

We are very excited to announce that Steve Downes, best known as voice of Master Chief, will be a featured guest at MomoCon 2015! If you too are a huge fan of Halo, we hope you will join us Monday November 10th at 10PM for the launch of the Halo Master Chief collection at the Lenox Mall Microsoft Store. Be sure to get your copy of the game, so you can get it signed by Master Chief himself at MomoCon 2015!

We are very excited to welcome Sarah Anne Williams as a featured guest at MomoCon 2015! Sarah has voiced Sayaka Miki in Madoka, Nonon Jakuzure in Kill la Kill, Lisbeth in Sword Art Online, and Jinx in League of Legends among others!

Come and join us on the beautiful grounds of the LIFE University Campus on Saturday, November 8th at 10:00am  to show off your costumes. Photographers and models will have their opportunity to take the photos they want in the good company of their fellow cosplayers without the crowds and hardships of trying to make a cosplay last through a convention day.

At the Life University Photoshoot, there will be staff photographers on site to capture cosplayers in their glory against a variety of backgrounds. The fall leaves should be at their peak. Backgrounds around the photoshoot site on Life University Campus include bridges, a creek, a pond, an old village with a mill, stone walls and stone benches, and a small waterfall.

For more information please visit the Facebook Event.

Atlanta is home to Hi-Rez studios who has worked with MomoCon in the past to exhibit their game Smite. They have been great partners, and we are excited to see how much the company is growing. Hi-Rez will be hosting a high production tournament here locally, starting with the North American Regionals at Cobb Energy Center’s Kessel D Stelling Ballroom on November 22-23. This event is leading up to the over $1,000,000 prize pool for their January World Finals.

This is a must go to for anyone who is a fan of eSports and wants to see a live production in person. Hi-Rez has extended MomoCon attendees a 25% off coupon using the code: MOMOSMITE which can be used at the following URL: http://bit.ly/1uMGVgV

We are happy to announce a free to enter Super Smash Bros for the 3DS Tournament on Sunday November 16th with signups beginning at noon! This is your chance to compete with friends, and the local smash community for free MomoCon 2015 memberships, Gamestop gift cards, and even some cool Smash Bros swag! Find more information on our Facebook Event!

MomoCon is happy to announce the return of Cosplayers on Ice, a free photo shoot event for all ages held at Centennial Park Ice Rink in Atlanta, Georgia on December 7th, 2014 at 3pm! Bring out your best holiday outfits and amazing cosplay to join hundreds of other costumers and professional photographers for a fun day of ice skating, play in the park, and more, culminating in a large group photo under the huge Christmas tree in Centennial Park! Check out the Facebook Event here.
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State of the Geek Forge

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy geeksmiths, both with Geek Forge-related things and our day jobs.  But we’re back and recovered from vacation, and we’re ready to look at all the fun things coming up!  In our previous post, we mentioned our upcoming convention schedule.  As you can see, we’ll be starting 2015 off right!  But until then, we have some other fun things –

Our Store

We started our Etsy store a few years ago to handle the surplus of fun crafts we do, and get a little extra money for our cosplay costs.  We’re excited to announce we’ve added a few new types of items, with more to come!  So far, we’ve added men’s cufflinks and clip-on earrings, and there’s more to come! If there’s anything you’d like to see us make, let us know!

New Projects

We’ve been working to branch into even more geeky goodness, including video tutorials!  Since we’re learning how to do it ourselves, the process is a little slow-going.  We want to give y’all the best information we possibly can!

Old Projects

We still plan to do interviews, cover conventions, and show you all our behind-the-scenes things.

So thanks for sticking with us, and we promise there will be tons of more fun to come!  You can keep up with us over at our Facebook page, Google+ or Instagram.

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Awesome Kickstarters you should be backing!

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We love Kickstarters, especially awesome ones!  Check out the three below that we think are pretty great:

 

 

Psionics: The Next Stage in Human Evolution by End Transmission Games

Inspired by “Akira” and “Firestarter,” Psionics is a DicePunk System Tabletop RPG about troubled youth with tremendous psychic powers!

Star Power and the 9th Wormhole by Garth Graham
In the distant future, a young woman is imbued with cosmic energy and becomes the last of the Star Powered Sentinels.

Pirate Loot, A Card Game of Treasure and Treachery by Jason Bulmahn
A card game of Treasure and Treachery for 2 to 4 players. Designed by Jason Bulmahn with art by Scott Kurtz and Dylan Meconis!

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