The Cosplay Way

It’s an odd reaction you get when you tell your colleagues, friends and family that the thing you look forward to most all year is dressing up like a superhero. Don’t get me wrong, most people are wonderfully supportive, even if they have no clue why a grown-ass woman would do such a thing.

If you read Girls Gone Geek, then you probably know why we cosplay. But the truth is, most people in our everyday life don’t quite get it. Most people have never even heard the word “cosplay.” So, they are curious.

Turns out, the local magazine where Erika and I reside was curious, too. Erika, in her infinite and heartfelt journalistic wisdom, did a wonderful job giving our corner of the world a lesson in Cosplay 101. Her article, Getting Into Character the ‘Cosplay’ Way, is an excellent read, complete with pictures and video. Did I mention, she’s on the cover as Nubia?

To view the full issue, CLICK HERE.

To view the web version of the article (each version has different photos), CLICK HERE.

And a video of our photo shoot IS RIGHT HERE! Continue reading

Lara Croft’s Pants and Modesty in Cosplay

Is there a place for modesty in cosplay? G3 guest essayist Marie Sumner wondered after a friend told her there was no point in dressing up as Lara Croft for Halloween if she was going to wear pants, and not short-shorts. Of course, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with wearing a revealing costume. But if “sexy” is the default for the design of so many female characters’ garments, where does that leave cosplayers who want to pay tribute to them without baring a lot of skin? Marie, a cosplayer with a serious passion for costumes, has found it to be incredibly frustrating, and she explores the issue thoughtfully in today’s guest post . — E.

I’ve run into a cosplay crisis. I’m dressing up for Halloween as Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider games, the newest incarnation. I chose this version because, at the end of October, I don’t have much interest in trotting around in short-shorts. To be honest, I don’t have much interest in trotting around in short-shorts pretty much ever. So the new Lara’s cargo pants seemed like an excellent option. Imagine my surprise when a friend of mine told me that I might as well not bother playing Lara. Continue reading

DragonCon 2013: Entering the wonderful world of cosplay

Dragoncon-NubiaDragonCon is so uniquely festive that it’s entirely possible to have a good time simply by being a voyeur. But after several years of sitting on the sidelines, I decided that it was time to find my inner superheroine, put on a cape and join the cosplaying masses. Project Nubia quickly became a bucket list undertaking that involved an extensive search for comfortable silver boots, driving to another city for a costume fitting, trying out poses in bathroom mirrors and wearing Spanx in the soul-sucking Atlanta heat. Continue reading

G3 Talks Cosplay With Candy Keane

Costume maker Candy Keane gets into character as Wonder Woman.

Candy Keane is living the dream of many a fangirl. She’s not only a well-known cosplayer who travels to cons across the country, but also that rare person who turned her love of costuming into a successful career. As a designer and the owner of Three Muses Inspired Clothing in Florida, Candy turns costume dreams into reality for many other people — including me. I was nervous about finding the right person to make my Nubia costume for Dragon Con, especially since cosplay is new territory. Continue reading

Cosplay: The Final Frontier

Last week I walked into a seamstress’ shop, pulled out my phone and showed the owner a photo of a glorious costume interpretation that caught my eye months ago. I’d spent hours Googling things like “foam warrior swords” and “metallic corsets,” and looking at bolts of fabric. Now it was time to get down to brass tacks.

Just 15 minutes later I had finally taken my first step into the wonderful world of cosplay. Continue reading

2012 Memorable Moment: No Gurlz Allowed

Ladies, prepare to show ID. You’ll need it to get past the self-appointed guardians of geek culture who think you’ve got some nerve showing up at cons and wearing Star Wars T-shirts when you obviously don’t know Dantooine from Dagobah. And if you’re in a “provocative” costume, they might label you a troublemaking minx who dresses up not to demonstrate your love of a particular character, but to fuel their fantasies.

Fuck that noise. Continue reading

NRRD PROBZ – 12.11.2012

Hello, dear readers. Just as a heads up this is going to be the last NRRD PROBZ of 2012. It will return on January 8th, so have a wonderful holiday and send in those questions!

“Gail Simone got sacked! If I wanted to start reading some Gail Simone books, where do I start?”

I KNOW WHAT’S UP WIDDAT? We here at G3 are currently mourning the loss, and may continue to do so for some time.

In the interim, you could start out your Simone quest with one of her runs on Secret Six. They are great fun and really accessible to newer readers. Her first collected work on it is entitled “Six Degrees of Devastation” and includes all six issues of the mini series. I would read this first, not only because it is chronological, but because when using this as a starting point you really get to see her grow into the series later on. Continue reading

G3 Cosplay: Black Canary

So impressed over the years by the cosplayers who attend Dragon*Con, cosplaying became an item on my bucket list. Finally, after a false start or two, I cosplayed my beloved Black Canary at Dragon*Con 2012. Not the one from the Golden Age, not Dixon’s Dinah, but the reason I am a comic-obsessed fanigirl at all – I was Gail Simone’s Black Canary. Continue reading

Dragon*Con 2012: Fishnets, Festivities & Fandom

Happy Friday, darlings! I just woke up from last weekend, and wow, what a weekend it was. Dragon*Con 2012 was a wildly beautiful celebration of geeky fandom. This con never ceases to be brilliant. So much happened at Dragon*Con this year that I cannot even begin to describe it all. Here are the high points in my experience and some fantastic links from around the interwebs. Continue reading

Cosplay: Black Canary v. Aphrodite IV

E. and I had such a spectacular experience at Dragon*Con, we have now made it our mission to go to as many cons as possible. We both have kids, jobs, and you know, just general responsibilities. So, there is some planning and reality involved. We’re Florida gals, and the word in Artist Alley is that MegaCon has a prominent comic book presence. Thus the next con we will attend is MegaCon in Orlando.

It is well known that one of the great joys of cons is the cosplay. I have decided that for MegaCon, I will be donning a costume. Black Canary has long been a favorite of mine. I’ve always said if I ever dress up, it would be as Gail Simone and Ed Benes’ Black Canary. But recently, I’ve sort of fallen in love with the design of Aphrodite IV that appeared in Artifacts #1. So now I am torn, and I need a little help deciding.

Tales From Dragon*Con 2010 – Part Deux

Holy mother of all that is good and great in this world! I have found my tribe. I had no idea cons are such an amazing experience. I literally floated through my weekend on adrenaline from the energy in downtown Atlanta. There were so many amazing people gathered in one place. From the beautiful and strange to the art and the artists, Dragon*Con was EPIC! Continue reading

Tales From Dragon*Con 2010

Well, that was awesome.

From our arrival inside the festively geeky Marriott Marquis lobby to our departure with trade/artwork-stuffed luggage, V. and I had ourselves a blast at Dragon*Con 2010. If you’re a comic book and sci-fi lover, there’s something incredibly energizing about being at a con, surrounded by so much creativity. Now that we’re back and (somewhat) recovered, it’s time to clean out the notebooks and memory cards to recap all the shenanigans. Continue reading