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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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Valentine’s Day Sale!

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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!

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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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So you want to get into comics?

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One of the geekolutions (geeky resolutions) we’ve seen has been folks wanting to start reading comics, and since today is New Comic Wednesday, it seemed like a perfect time to get y’all started on at least one of your resolutions!  We know that sixty years of back-story can be daunting, so we put together a list of our suggestions for getting started without getting overwhelmed, broken down by publishing company:

 

DC Comics

  • Batman
  • Swamp Thing
  • Animal Man
  • Earth 2
  • Wonder Woman

Vertigo Imprint

  • Fables
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  • Superior Spider-Man
  • Superior Foes of Spider-Man
  • Hawkeye
  • Young Avengers
  • Captain Marvel
Image Comics

  • Walking Dead
  • Sandman
  • Invincible
  • Saga
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Take our list with you to your local comic shop, and they’ll be able to get you set up! Enjoy!

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New Store

After much deliberation and research, we have decided to open an Etsy store.  We will be selling some of the items we’ve shown you how to make, and 15% of the profits will go to http://www.heroinitiative.org, a charity that helps comic creators and their families.  Even if you don’t want to buy anything from us, you should check out Hero Initiative.