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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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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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Our 2015 convention schedule!

It’s barely November, but we’re already excited about 2015! Check out our convention schedule:

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We’re planning to attend these conventions in some sort of capacity, either as vendors, attendees, press or even guests!  As the conventions get closer, we’ll have more details for you!  And we’re excited about MomoCon’s Cosplay on Ice coming up, so keep an eye out for those costumes, coming soon!

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The Ultimate Closet Cosplay!

unnamedMore and more TV shows and movies are being filmed in Atlanta, especially of the superhero variety.  We got the following notice the other day:

CALLING ALL HEREOS!!!!!
What if I told you that you can become a superhero? Yes, just like the one from the comics that we’ve all come to love since the childhood years.“But how is this possible?”

I have a special opportunity for YOU……This Friday 9/12 and other days throughout our season of “Powers”, graphic novel by Bendis and Oeming, we need those who WANNBE a Super Hero!!! All you need to do is emailCLCastingComics@gmail.com. Include 3 pics (head, body and HERO), age, ht, wt, and all contact info.

Please come up with a costume. Don’t think Superman or Batman, YOUR style!!! If you were to look in your closet and put together some badass pieces of clothing in there, what could you come up with? Yes capes are welcome Please send a pics of what you think your INNER HERO looks like.

Can’t wait to see what you got!

Subject: WANNABE!!!

Please share so all your friends and family can let their inner hero shine!

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Rose, Jamie Lynn
Ressie, Jack and Astride

This is the ultimate closet cosplay (where you make a costume out of what you already have in your closet), and a great jumping in point for inexpensive costuming! So here’s our challenge to you – build your own costume from things you already have if you were to start fighting crime (or causing it!) today. There’s no wrong way to do it!

Submit your pictures between now and 9/18/14, and we’ll put together a photo album of our favorite people – you!  And if you end up submitting an audition, let us know!  Maybe we’ll see you there!

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We made it to Bleeding Cool!

If you’ve been following our costume-making progress over the past year, you’ll know that we made a total of seven new costumes specifically to be worn at DragonCon.  Much to our surprise and delight, five of our new costumes made it to Bleeding Cool yesterday!  Check out all the other great costumes here, and check out ours below!

Deadshot and Scandal Savage, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
Deadshot and Scandal Savage, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
Historically Accurate Disney, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
Historically Accurate Disney, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
Taskmaster, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
Taskmaster, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
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DragonCon 2014 – The aftermath!

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We have (mostly) recovered from DragonCon!  Most of our pictures have already been uploaded, but there are some more lurking on various cameras that we will work on getting up over the next few days, as well as putting on our site.  Until then, you can find our photos on Facebook or Flickr.  Feel free to share and tag yourselves! And if you see wild pictures of us floating around on the Internet, let us know!

We will also be working on write-ups from the weekend, so stay tuned!

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Dragon Con 2014 Costume Lineup!

With Dragon Con only three days away, we thought we’d share our intended costume lineup with you!  For a handy reference, it’s also the current header of our Facebook page!

 

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Friday morning – Historically Accurate Beauty and the Beast
Friday afternoon – Deadshot and Scandal Savage

Saturday morning – Historically Accurate Beauty and the Beast
Saturday afternoon – Captain Cold and Golden Glider

Sunday – Taskmaster and Classic Moonstone

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Superhero Gloves

Jen has been struggling with making gloves for the past few years.  Every pattern she tries ends in frustration, broken needles and last-minute trips to the fabric store for dye.  This year, since we started early with all our costumes, we decided to try making gloves once again.  Jen found this tutorial online, and was able to make some modifications to it to find a final form.

You can download the pattern (glove page 1 and glove page 2)Jen created (her first one!) in PDF – note you should download both pages.  You will need to trim the margins between the pages and tape the pattern together. We recommend using a spandex or spandex-like material, and each glove will need an 17″x17″ square of fabric.  Here are the directions:

1. Fold fabric and place fold line along the fabric fold.

2. Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out.  For the lines between the fingers, cut to the edge of the line.

2014-07-15 16.06.433. Using a straight stitch, stitch as close to the edge as you are comfortable.  Jen recommends using the edge of the presser foot as your reference point.  When stitching at the bottom of the cuts for between the fingers, Jen recommends stitching straight under the cut (pictured right).  Take your time!  Going around the curves of the fingertips can be tricky!

4. Turn gloves right-side out and wear!

You can finish the top edges by folding under the top and using a zig-zag stitch.

Because this uses stretchy material, this pattern should fit a variety of hand sizes.  We’ll be using this on all our costumes this year!

Here’s the finished glove:

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Make a pair and let us know how they turn out!