Would you describe yourself as a Feminist? On the one hand you promote women's rights and empowered female characters but on the other you like many of the busty sexualized characters that many feminists hate.
If you’re asking whether or not I support unanimous equality between genders, especially in rights and social/media representations? Yes, of course I support that.
I think you’re making a pretty big assumption that ‘many feminists hate’ the characters I’ve portrayed. Some people may find the outfits objectionable, and blame the artists for their designs, but hating the character could be a wrong assumption. Character blaming is silly, anyhow - blame the creators, if you want to actually make valid complaints.
Every single character I’ve portrayed has been ‘empowered’, by the by - none of them have been restricted/cowered from manifesting their own destiny. Incidentally, that has absolutely nothing to do with bust size, or being sexy. You can be empowered, with a large bust, and have a sexy side while being feminist. Hello, that’s me in everyday life.
I think a large misconception is that feminists are against all things sexy, and that’s simply not true. I know I’m not the only woman who longs for respect while wanting to be admired, and who wants to be proud of her body without crass labeling. Objectification and sexy are not one and the same - you can have one without the other, and vice versa. Granted, it’s a difficult line to see, sometimes, but it really all comes down to one thing: Respect.
That’s what I believe feminism is about. Respect and equality.
Kelly Sue DeConnick doesn’t care about being liked. She doesn’t care about being uncomfortable. And she, for the most part, doesn’t care about hurting feelings. She has to be tough as Captain Marvel, the heroine she writes, so her daughter and your daughter won’t have to.
gregferrell said: Made your own wedding dress! Kick ass. When you look back at it do you still like it given how your skills have grown?
I like it cause it’s my wedding dress - my design and hand-selected materials. Looking at it now, it could have had a much better fit. I didn’t really know how to flatter my figure, back then. Technically, however, the dress is great. It helped land me a job, being a part of my portfolio. I don’t think I would include the dress in a recent portfolio, though.
I took a costume design class in college through my theatre program, in which the teacher basically said ‘There’s the sewing machines, here’s the patterns. Go.’ We were required to make a simple piece of clothing, and I made an entire outfit (yeah, I was one of those annoying over-achieving students). My next project was my wedding dress, made from silk, then my first cosplay, made from lycra. I just kind of fell into it. Much of it has been self-taught - a lot of trial and error, discipline, and a lot of seam ripping.
Do you make your own clothes for daily or business wear? Do you have the time after making all those awesome costumes?
I always have the *intent* of making my own clothing, but I never execute. Which sometimes winds up being a problem as I tend to be a very visceral shopper when it comes to fabric. Fabric is to me as shoes or purses (or whateverIdon’thaveaclue) are to other women. But all I wind up having the time for is altering pre-existing clothing to fit me better.
Woke up at 6am to water rushing into the house. Already ankle deep by the time we saw it. We got as much as we could off the ground and tried to block but there wasn’t much we could do. The worst was trying to get to Gil. It was waist deep almost and strong enough to throw around logs. I reached him and he was submerged and freaking out. Don’t remember much more then lifting him and carrying him all the way back to the house. Looking back I can see how scary it was.
We are securing the house as much as we can and going through the damage. A scrapbook full of original art I’ve kept for 30 years is gone. A lot more.
Our friends Belinda and Steve are setting up a fund to help. I feel terrible about this but once things settle I’ll have to face up that we need help. I just wish I could catch my breath for 5 minutes and I can make my own money. Austin has had other ideas I guess.
We’ll keep you posted. We’re sort of trapped here for right now. Going to pack and move as much as we can before the next storm hits.
Steve Niles is one of the most generous, talented, and boundlessly-creative guys in comics; he was the first guy to get me paying work in the field, letting me be the first outside writer to play in his 30 DAYS OF NIGHT sandbox. Quite frankly without Steve, I dunno where I’d be today.
This kind of thing is awful anytime, anywhere it happens, to anyone. And usually it’s Steve who opens up his mouth and wallet to help out first — Sandy, Aurora, you name it… or even the forgotten and mistreated giants of comics all-too-recent history.
As per Mike Mignola, who sat next to me and Steve in Aurora raising money:
Paypal address is HelpSteveNiles@gmail.com
If you’ve ever enjoyed Steve’s work — hell, if you’ve ever, like me, had your day made by some rarity he’s found on arcaneimages.tumblr.com — maybe toss a little love his way.
Join me as I interview legendary cosplayer BelleChere during the tail-end of Granite State Comic Con 2013. This interview was very much done on short notice, and it was a great way to top off the festivities.
This was a great way to end Granite State Comic Con for me! These gentlemen approached me right as the convention was closing up on Sunday and very politely asked if I would be in their podcast. Though my voice was pretty shot (I couldn’t even talk on Saturday), I’m glad I participated. Thank you, Anthony, for a great endcap to the Con, as well as the pics you took of me!
Well you make posts about not getting enough money from prints, etc yet you never do much to actually promote yourself like other cosplayers do.
So popularity equates to making money? That’s a sad, capitalist outlook.
I’ve answered questions that have wondered why I have not made potentially financially-chancy moves (ie, make calendars/books). I also have made it clear that I cannot afford to travel as much as people would like me to. I have not made a post, out of the blue, talking about money.
I’m still really caught up on how sad this statement is.
Have you ever thought of producing a book of all your work. It could be a cosplayers bible and a must buy for your minions of fans...*ahem* I mean squillions of fans.
Thank you, that’s really kind of you to say. The big reason why I’ve never gone forward with a bigger project like a calendar or a book is because I have doubts that I would break even. The only reason I started offering prints for sale was due to demand, but that’s been offered for over a year and I still haven’t broke even (website costs, photographer fees, S+H goods, etc). Granted, I give half the profit away to charity, and I’m really bad at marketing myself, but I can still see the same thing happening with a bigger project. People tell me they’d buy it, I make it, people don’t buy it, I’m lousy at promotion, and I wind up with 100 books about myself. I guess I could make a pretty rockin’ book-fort, if all else failed…
There was a big Queen's Blade group at Dragoncon this year, any change of you being in it next year?
There were a couple! I wish I had known about one of them. But Abby Darkstar invited me to be a part of the group next year, as Risty. I’m looking forward to it! And if I complete the costume before then, I’ll take some solo shots, too.
rothstar said: So…you won’t answer the question because he’s a guy…that’s a little rude.
No, I won’t answer the question because he’s not looking to apply the information towards constructing a costume. Forget gender - if he had phrased the question looking for advice, I would have answered privately. I did say ‘costumer with breasts’, intentionally leaving out gender.
Withholding information isn’t being rude, that’s simply not wanting to talk about my craft/body with a complete stranger who’s simply curious and nothing more. I’m not here to serve strangers’ whims.
Hello Bellechere. BIG fan I wanted to see when we could expect now new pics from your Dragon Con?
Hello, and thank you! I’m trying to process them right now, and I’ve posted a few to Facebook. Between work and fighting off the con-plague I haven’t felt too jazzed to be sitting at a computer lately. But I’m getting better! Pics should be coming soon. :)
In the costumes with underboob (Vampirella, etc) how do you keep wardrobe malfunctions from happening?
Each costume of mine that people have questioned the structural integrity of has its own solution to prevent a wardrobe malfunction.
If you were a costumer with breasts who wanted to know specifics for construction/wearability intel, this would be answered privately with some hints or tricks. But I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that a guy sits behind the name ‘bacontuxedo’ (which is a great name, don’t get me wrong!), and not talk about my breasts in detail with you.
I will never have a wardrobe malfunction. I work in theatre; I know how to keep everyone’s bits where they should be and covered. The skimpiest costumes should be the most well-planned and well-constructed. And test things out at home before hitting the con-floor.
ok so the unveiling of my arkham city catwoman cosplay in may was a hit, except for my face. i pulled a generic ‘i’m in pain, look at the camera’ face and hand on my hip. it looked terrible. so
I NEED SUGGESTIONS FOR POSING IN MY COSTUME, ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE GAME OR JUST WHAT YOU THINK WOULD SUIT CATWOMAN
Go play the game. Pause it when there’s a facial expression or pose Selina makes that you like. Have a mirror nearby and mimic until you nail it. Before you leave for the con, do the same thing. Before you leave the hotel room, do the same thing. Profit!
And I’m reminded of a moment from Feast for Crows about Arya needing to master the muscles in her face…