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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March is National Craft Month!

craft monthOur 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!

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The dress controversy and why it matters to cosplay

Is it blue and black, or white and gold?

Black and blue dress, or white and gold?

Black and blue dress, 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.

Under TV lighting on the left, under natural lighting on the right

Under TV lighting on the left, under natural lighting on the right

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:

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Taken with a Panasonic DMC-FZ60 on the manual setting, no photo retouching and no flash to capture the most accurate representation, and they don’t even match the pictures taken of the costume!

 

Classic Moonstone, photo courtesy of Pat Loika

Classic Moonstone, photo courtesy of Pat Loika


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!

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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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It’s beginning to look a lot like geekmas…

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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!

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There are Star Wars Snowflakes, updated every year!

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Maybe a Game of Thrones geekmas is what you need?

 

 

 

tumblr_inline_mxvidh2HCX1r497ugThere’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?

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Cosplayers on Ice Returns to Atlanta For Seventh Year!

MomoCon Con Brings Costumed Characters from Comics, Animation, Games!

12082154203_908a763079_qDecember 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.

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