There 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?
In our continuing celebration of National Craft Month, we have another tutorial for you! This time it’s how to make your own geek lounge or yoga pants. It’s a great, quick project – we were able to make two pairs in an afternoon! They’re perfect for the gym or a Netflix marathon!
Our favorite thing to do is make things! And March is National Craft Month, so we’re going to be putting up all those tutorials we haven’t put up yet, and trust us, we have plenty! To kick things off, we have our Ariel’s Sail Dress how-to. Enjoy!
Is it blue and black, or white and gold?
By now, you’ve probably seen (or are tired of seeing) the dress. This dress. The original post was on Tumblr, and has taken the internet by storm. Buzzfeed is taking an internet-wide poll (72% white/gold and 28% blue/black as of 8:24 AM this morning). Several sites have published the scientific reason why not everyone sees the same colors. You can check out the article from Wired.com, and the article from Gizmodo.com that has even more science and the picture of the dress from another camera.
This isn’t the first time that color and lighting have tricked our eyes. Remember Captain Kirk’s shirt in the original Star Trek series? It looked gold, but it was actually a green color, due to the television lights. We found a great explanation for this, and it was actually done on purpose.
Last year, Jen was working on her classic Moonstone costume. When the fabric arrived, Jen was heartbroken – it wasn’t yellow, it was green! Until she took it outside, where it was magically yellow again. We went to the Home Depot this morning, and took several photographs of the Moonstone costume under different types of lightbulbs. This is what we found:
So what can we learn from the blue dress/white dress argument? As costumers and cosplayers, we try to find the right fabric AND the right color to make our costumes come to life. And while the blue dress/white dress is an extreme case, it’s always a good idea to keep in mind that your fabric might look different in the store and at the convention. Our tip? Check your fabric colors in the environment where the pictures will be taken. We knew that most of the Moonstone photos would be taken outside, so it worked out for us. If you aren’t sure, ask for a swatch. Most fabric stores will be happy to cut off a small piece for you, and all online fabric sites will ship swatches for a small fee (sometimes even free!). Whether you see a blue dress with black trim, a white dress with gold trim, or another color combination completely, we can all agree that no one sees colors exactly the same way, which makes interpretation half the fun of cosplay!
Usually around here during Valentine’s Day, we eat steaks and fix computers. In honor of one of our favorite holiday traditions, we’re offering a Valentine’s Day sale. Use the coupon code VALENTINE15 when purchasing something from our Etsy store for 15% off! Good today through February 14th!
Holiday-themed geek crafts are always the perfect touch! Today, we made some comic-inspired snowflakes, which one of our fans sent to us. You can download and make your own here. Not enough geek for you? Check out all your options!
There are Star Wars Snowflakes, updated every year!
Maybe a Game of Thrones geekmas is what you need?
There’s also Doctor Who snowflakes
And so many more! Check out Delphic Digital for even more great snowflake patterns, complete with difficulty rating!
Did you make any of these snowflakes? We’d love to see them! What’s your favorite geek holiday craft?
MomoCon Con Brings Costumed Characters from Comics, Animation, Games!
December 1, 2014 – MomoCon, Atlanta’s Family Friendly Gaming and Animation Convention, will be once again hosting Cosplayers on Ice at Centennial Olympic Park for a seventh year of fun on-and-off the ice on December 7, 2014. This annual photoshoot will allow reporters and photographers the chance to photograph scores of Atlanta’s cosplaying community which will bring out a variety of elaborate hand made costumes, from small to giant, amdist the holiday decorations and on the ice.
The photoshoot is free, but skating costs $12 (including skate rental). All costume types are welcome, and there will be opportunities for photography around the park. All cosplayers are asked to gather at the steps under the large Christmas tree for a group shot!
“Cosplayers on Ice, part of our MomoCon on Tour, gives a great opportunity for cosplayers to gather together and have some casual fun while still showing off their winter cosplay,” said MomoCon Co-Chair and founder, Jess Merriman.
MomoCon’s Cosplayers on Ice will start at 3:00 PM and continue to the early evening at 6:00PM. In addition to photography and skating there will be door prizes given away.
MomoCon is one of the fastest growing conventions in the United States. This year the convention, held May 28th-31st, 2015, will be moving to the Georgia World Congress Center. With roots in the world of Anime, MomoCon has expanding its programming in recent years to include all cartoons, gaming, and comic books( which are new for 2015).
“This year at Cosplayers on Ice we will be able to take our cosplayers for a tour of the Georgia World Congress Center,” said MomoCon’s other Co-Chair Chris Stuckey. “Our fans can explore the convention space and get a feel for what is in store for them in May!”
To find more information about MomoCon, visit their website at http://MomoCon.com.
What: Ice Skating & Photoshoot
Who: Open to all
When: Sunday, Dec. 7th, 3pm-6pm
Where: Centennial Park Ice Rink
Costs: Photoshoot, free. The park charges a rink fee and a small skate rental fee, if you wish to skate.
We’ve been taken over by the machines (at least for Monday!) All day Monday, December 1 2014, everything in our Etsy store is 25% off! No coupon codes, no fuss! Get your holiday shopping done for your favorite geek, or treat yourself!