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A Very Geeky Halloween – Pumpkins!

Photo from Geek of the Day
Photo from Geek of the Day

While we’re collecting awesome Halloween costumes, we thought it’d be fun to collect pictures of geeky pumpkins too!  We were inspired by one of our favorite geeks and her awesome Starcraft stencil.  You can download it here! And if you’re stuck, check out this article by LifeHacker on how to pick and carve the ultimate pumpkin.

Keep an eye out, we might do one or two geek designs ourselves!  Do you have an awesome geeky pumpkin carving?  Email us at thegeeksmiths@gmail.com so we can add it to our Very Geeky Halloween album on Facebook!  After the holiday, we’ll make an album here too, so future generations can see your awesomeness!

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Last-minute Halloween costumes!

1379891_534832416588893_930280923_nHalloween – a costumer’s favorite holiday!  But maybe you’re burned out on making so many great costumes for conventions.  Or maybe your friends have all seen your con costumes.  Or maybe you just don’t want to run the risk of getting beer spilled all over that costume you’ve worked so hard on.  Well don’t worry – there are plenty of great costumes you can do that don’t come with a hefty price tag, and with at least three days until that first Halloween party, should give you plenty of time!

 

1aca741182bcb66d0c3005ddee805f4e1. Check Pinterest!  We found some great last-minute costumes on Pinterest, and even started a board just for you with the great stuff we’ve found! Pinterest is a great resource to see what other people have come up with.  A quick search for “last-minute costuming” will bring back lots of good pictures, even if it’s just to get your creative juices going!

 

 

ef5d82563ed99c1835377bda5cb0345e2. Closet cosplay! Closet cosplay is when you make a costume from things you already have in your closet.  This can range from anime characters in their “street” clothes, to Superman dressed as Clark Kent.  Maybe you’ve got a red shirt lying around you don’t mind attaching the Wonder Woman symbol to.  Pair that shirt with a pair of jeans, a gold belt, gold headband/tiara and a pair of gold bracelets, and you’re good to go!  A green shirt over a long-sleeved white shirt with pants tucked into brown boots become Link with the addition of elf ears and a quick hat.  Or throw on a pair of thick-rimmed glasses with a purple bikini top and green pants, and you’ve become Hipster Ariel.

 

945534_463686457050323_1554796065_n3. Cosplayers selling costumes! There are always cosplayers selling their costumes to make room for more.  Take DJ Spider for instance.  She’s currently selling one of her costumes, and if you get it now, it’ll get to you by Halloween!

 

There are great ways to get a costume together for Halloween without breaking the bank or stressing you out!  What are your costumes this year?

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New items coming to our Etsy store!

IMG_4006[1]A while back, Jen decided to make her own purse (you can find her instructions here).  She’s been taking it on our various geek adventures, and is always asked – Where can I get one?  Well, the pattern is from a pattern company, so as much as she wanted to make and sell these to everyone, we know she couldn’t, and after some internet research, Jen found a great pattern at Very Purple Person.  After some experimenting and tweaking the pattern to suit her purposes, Jen was ready. Today, she added the first purse to our Etsy store.  The purse is fully reversible and fully padded.  Keep an eye out, as more of these purses will be making their way to our store for you!

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Construction Crusaders!

It’s been raining a lot in Atlanta lately, and we were looking for a quick craft that could be done on a rainy day.  So, just like you did when you were a kid, we decided to make some superheroes of construction paper!

1. Here’s the template we made, which you’re welcome to download and use:

  • Cut out one head, body cape and cowl or domino mask (for secret identity of course!), one utility belt and one mouth
  • Cut out two hands, two eyes and two feet
  • Cut out four arms
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Click to enlarge and print – it fits on one page!

2.After cutting the pieces out of construction paper, we used a glue stick to glue everything together.  We didn’t have any construction paper that was the flesh tone we wanted, so we took white construction paper and colored it with a colored pencil. We made Batman and Huntress!

  • Starting with the body, glue on the head
  • Glue the arms on in a heroic pose of your choice
  • Glue the cowl or domino mask onto the head
  • Glue the eyes on top of the cowl, and use a Sharpie to give the eyes pupils
  • Glue on the utility belt, and use a pen to draw on the pouches
  • Glue the hands on the ends of the arms
  • Glue on the feet
  • Glue the cape on the back of the body

That’s it! Enjoy your construction crusader, and maybe by the time you’re done, the rain will be gone!

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Goo-Con 2013

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We try and keep track of local Southern conventions, especially the ones happening here in Atlanta.  So when we heard about Goo-Con, we knew we had to check it out! And given Jen’s tech theatre background and our cosplay aspirations, this convention is right up our alley!

This coming July 13th adn 14th, the Nelson A Burke Co, LLC, better known as The Engineer Guy, is hosting Goo-Con, a 2-day convetion and workshop for amateur and provessional makeup artists, prop builders and special effects technicians.  The event will be held at the Student Activity Center at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA.

The growing film and television industry in Georgia has had a profound impact on The Engineer Guy.  Movies and television shows such as The Walking Dead, Three Stooges, Coma, Vampire Diaries, and many more have all prompted The Engineer Guy top fill it’s shelves with makeup and prop building materials, enabling these and other prodcution companies to buy what they need right here in Georgia, and take full advantage of teh State’s generoius tax credits.  The knowledgeable staff at The Engineer Guy enjoy a good challenge, and the many special projects of the movie industry give them a chance to stretch the limits of their expertise and creativity.

Goo-Con will feature workshops and panel discussions about many topics, including but not limited to specialeffects makeup, mold making, casting and costuming.  R.J. Haddy and Roy Wooley, stars of SyFy’s hit show FaceOff, will be the featured guests.  There will also be several dozen exhibitors and dealers offering their own products for viewing and sale.

Check out the Event Page on Facebook and The Engineer Guy Facebook page.  Get your tickets now – we’re going to be there!

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Comic Book Heroes + Villains 2013

On the weekend of June 7, 2013, writers and artists gathered at Binder’s Art Store to fight crime and teach lessons!  DTM revealed his secret identity as Daniel Flores to organize this great event, and we got the scoop!

Posing as mild-mannered journalists, we were able to get some pictures of the action, which you can find here. We met with the three teams – Team Solid, Team Doodlebug, and Team Fe Force (the Fe is for Iron).  Team Solid  consisted of local artists and writers Rahman Jones, Justin Anderson, Christopher Jones, Jason Thomas, Eric J. Oliveros and Danielle Roddey, and Team Doodlebug showcased the talents of Jay Willy, Sketch, Corey J. Oates, Victor Brown, Rahshad Jones and Darrell Thomas (FunkInk DJ).  Each group had a different story to tell.

 

Team Solid

Team Solid told the story of Solid, the teenaged son of an Atlanta sports star. Due to his father being exposed to experimental performance-enhancing drugs, Solid is bigger than just about everyone.  He inadvertently stops a robbery, and soon has to face down Griffin the Hangman, a big man from the country.

 

 

Team Doodlebug

Team Doodlebug told a different story, about Doodlebug and Skip, two men who see the world in very different ways.  Doodlebug wants to fill the world with color, but Skip only sees things in black and white.  When Doodlebug’s children try to make Skip see their way of thinking, Doodlebug has to learn, and teach, the lesson of compromise  and compassion.

 

Team Fe Force (the Fe is for Iron)

Team Fe Force tells a third story, full of magic and betrayal.  Each world has a magical and non-magical realm, keeping the other one in balance.  Four heroes are selected as defenders when the magical orb linking the two realms together is stolen, and they follow the twists and turns of being betrayed, and of course, an epic battle between good and evil.

 

 

The most important part of each story is what it teaches us about ourselves.  Comic books are not just about men in tights or ideologies.  Instead, they discover the nature of what it means to be human, and how that humanity will help us to overcome any obstacle, whether that obstacle is facing down your biggest fear, learning to treat others with kindness, or rescuing two worlds in danger of losing their magical connection.  And from what we saw on Saturday, the art of the comic book  and the future of humanity is alive and well, right here in Atlanta.

For more information, check out this great article, complete with video presentations!