Costumes, Comics, & Cake

Sep 07

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A PSA for anyone looking to buy costumes/props (or, really, pretty much anything, especially custom) online: PLEASE make sure the seller is legit. This is a message a fan of mine received yesterday, who’s looking to commission someone for a Captain Marvel costume. Thankfully, she knew something was fishy before continuing forward with a transaction, and approached me about it. However, I’ve heard dozens of unfortunate horror stories of people who have given money to a seller, expecting a beautiful product, only to be swindled and be out of money, or receive an inferior product.  A legit seller should have a portfolio showing off what they have created. In a time where you can image search (http://tineye.com/) to find the origin of a photo, you should be able to find the owner of the image, or the person wearing the costume, to ask if the seller is legit AND if they were pleased with the interaction. Or, you could ask the seller to give some reference testimonials. One of these things should happen before you lay down a single penny, or you could just be waving goodbye to your hard-earned cash. Once you know the seller is legit, be sure to keep file of EVERYTHING in writing, just in case.
The Replica Prop Forum and the Superhero Costuming Forum also have threads of Blacklisted ‘sellers’, so please also check that out before making a transaction. Since it bears repeating: I MAKE ALL MY OWN COSTUMES. If I don’t make an item (typically cowls), I will say so in the pic description and link to the person who did make the item. I have been making costumes for 12 years for theater, stage, and cosplay; this is my passion, my life, and my business. I will not tolerate people using my images to scam other people. That said, yes, I do take commissions. However, my schedule is currently full. I will be re-opening commissions after NYCC, so be on the lookout, if you’re interested!
(NOTE: I am NOT looking for this man to be lynched. Please DO NOT harass him. I am ONLY leaving his name on here so people know to avoid him.)

A PSA for anyone looking to buy costumes/props (or, really, pretty much anything, especially custom) online: PLEASE make sure the seller is legit.

This is a message a fan of mine received yesterday, who’s looking to commission someone for a Captain Marvel costume. Thankfully, she knew something was fishy before continuing forward with a transaction, and approached me about it. However, I’ve heard dozens of unfortunate horror stories of people who have given money to a seller, expecting a beautiful product, only to be swindled and be out of money, or receive an inferior product.

A legit seller should have a portfolio showing off what they have created. In a time where you can image search (http://tineye.com/) to find the origin of a photo, you should be able to find the owner of the image, or the person wearing the costume, to ask if the seller is legit AND if they were pleased with the interaction. Or, you could ask the seller to give some reference testimonials. One of these things should happen before you lay down a single penny, or you could just be waving goodbye to your hard-earned cash. Once you know the seller is legit, be sure to keep file of EVERYTHING in writing, just in case.

The Replica Prop Forum and the Superhero Costuming Forum also have threads of Blacklisted ‘sellers’, so please also check that out before making a transaction.

Since it bears repeating: I MAKE ALL MY OWN COSTUMES. If I don’t make an item (typically cowls), I will say so in the pic description and link to the person who did make the item. I have been making costumes for 12 years for theater, stage, and cosplay; this is my passion, my life, and my business. I will not tolerate people using my images to scam other people.

That said, yes, I do take commissions. However, my schedule is currently full. I will be re-opening commissions after NYCC, so be on the lookout, if you’re interested!

(NOTE: I am NOT looking for this man to be lynched. Please DO NOT harass him. I am ONLY leaving his name on here so people know to avoid him.)

Sep 06

timetravelandrocketpoweredapes:

Captain America & Captain Marvel
Michael Cox as Captain America
BelleChere  as Captain Marvel 
Cosplayer  deviantart / facebook / tumblr

Avengers 2/Age of Ultron Captain America suit made by Margie Cox.
Thank you for the post and crediting! :)

timetravelandrocketpoweredapes:

Captain America & Captain Marvel

Michael Cox as Captain America

BelleChere  as Captain Marvel 

Cosplayer  deviantart / facebook / tumblr

Avengers 2/Age of Ultron Captain America suit made by Margie Cox.

Thank you for the post and crediting! :)

Sep 04

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The CosView - So They Say You Shouldn’t Cosplay at BCC 2014

geekeccentric:

The CosView – So They Say You Shouldn’t Cosplay at BCC 2014

This year, The CosView and Geek Eccentric attended Boston Comic Con 2014. Packed with cosplays and tv heroes, BCC was an energetic and fun filled con that was great for all ages. The CosView photographer, Lazzaro Studios, stated that BCC “was the best comic con” he had been to all year, and we had been to a handful of them.

Covering a con is always an enjoyment for The CosView. Not only do we get…

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This was the panel I helped run at Boston Comic Con, for anyone interested!

playingwfire:

shelbyshepard:

bellechere:

I friggen lost my mind when Kelly Sue DeConnick showed up at the Marvel shoot at DragonCon. Contagious Costuming caught my uncontrollable fangirling. I am not ashamed.

There’s my boyfriend playingwfire and me on the left! Such a great moment for everyone involved it seems. 

shelbyshepard
in Captain Marvel caught checking out my booty while I’m in Mar Vell in front of Kelly Sue Deconnick. Reasons why I love Dragon Con.

playingwfire:

shelbyshepard:

bellechere:

I friggen lost my mind when Kelly Sue DeConnick showed up at the Marvel shoot at DragonCon. Contagious Costuming caught my uncontrollable fangirling. I am not ashamed.

There’s my boyfriend playingwfire and me on the left! Such a great moment for everyone involved it seems. 

shelbyshepard
in Captain Marvel caught checking out my booty while I’m in Mar Vell in front of Kelly Sue Deconnick. Reasons why I love Dragon Con.

Sep 03

There are two types of men in this world… ;)

There are two types of men in this world… ;)

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I friggen lost my mind when Kelly Sue DeConnick showed up at the Marvel shoot at DragonCon. Contagious Costuming caught my uncontrollable fangirling. I am not ashamed.

I friggen lost my mind when Kelly Sue DeConnick showed up at the Marvel shoot at DragonCon. Contagious Costuming caught my uncontrollable fangirling. I am not ashamed.

Sep 02

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Just got back from DragonCon a few hours ago. Phew, what a year! I’ll be doing a write-up of the goods and bads on Tumblr later on tonight, but first I wanted to share a pic of the costume folk have been asking the most about: the Diva Plavalaguna! Photo is courtesy of fellow cosplayer Lindsay Stewart, and the clearest pic I’ve seen yet. I got some other shots with Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art and Bryan Humphrey: Mad Scientist with a Camera, which I’m patiently anticipating. Not to mention the photos of the whole Fifth Element group. Everyone was amazing! I was positively giddy.  Everything of this costume was made by me, BelleChere, prosthetic and all. It was a challenge, but I like challenges. I hope other pics show clearer details. A shame the back (which no one photographed, I don’t think) is my favorite and most detailed part of the outfit!
This was the reason I never got to make it to the Carol Corps meetup, which was a shame! But I’ve been loving seeing the pictures from the meetup. :)
I’ll be writing a full costume break-down of this costume once I rest, and get some more Diva pics to post.

Just got back from DragonCon a few hours ago. Phew, what a year! I’ll be doing a write-up of the goods and bads on Tumblr later on tonight, but first I wanted to share a pic of the costume folk have been asking the most about: the Diva Plavalaguna! Photo is courtesy of fellow cosplayer Lindsay Stewart, and the clearest pic I’ve seen yet. I got some other shots with Robbins Studios Photography and Fine Art and Bryan Humphrey: Mad Scientist with a Camera, which I’m patiently anticipating. Not to mention the photos of the whole Fifth Element group. Everyone was amazing! I was positively giddy.

Everything of this costume was made by me, BelleChere, prosthetic and all. It was a challenge, but I like challenges. I hope other pics show clearer details. A shame the back (which no one photographed, I don’t think) is my favorite and most detailed part of the outfit!

This was the reason I never got to make it to the Carol Corps meetup, which was a shame! But I’ve been loving seeing the pictures from the meetup. :)

I’ll be writing a full costume break-down of this costume once I rest, and get some more Diva pics to post.

Aug 26

Here it is! DragonCon 2014!
Thursday night I’ll be in my Shulkie PJs at an underwear party at the Pulse Loft.
Friday morning is Goblin Queen for a most epic X-Men photoshoot.
Friday evening is the Diva Plavalaguna with a big Fifth Element group.
The parade Saturday morning I’ll be Heartwrencher with the rest of the Dreadnok group. Looking forward to donuts and grape soda!
Saturday evening will be Ivy Valentine with a big Soul Calibur group.
Sunday morning is Captain Marvel for the huge Marvel/Marvel Cosmic shoot.
Sunday evening is Barbarella with a big Barbarella group.
 When I’m not in costume, I…don’t know what I’ll be dressed in. Likely something geeky and comfy for drinking and dancing in, haha! If you see me, please come up, introduce yourself, say hi! :)

Here it is! DragonCon 2014!


When I’m not in costume, I…don’t know what I’ll be dressed in. Likely something geeky and comfy for drinking and dancing in, haha!

If you see me, please come up, introduce yourself, say hi! :)

Aug 24

Anonymous said: When you and Illiara went to Taiwan they were advertizing your bra sizes, are you ok with that?

I know. Funny thing is, I don’t even remember telling them my bra size. I think they got the info from my ancient Model Mayhem profile. Not sure why it was ‘necessary’. It was weird. But the whole trip was very weird, sometimes uncomfortable, and not what had been advertised to us. Good thing illiara and I got along so well!

Aug 19

bigjavo said: :( man I was hoping to meet you at the puerto rico one. well i guess I can try to get a jump on next year's boston based cons.

Hey, don’t pouty face me! It’s not my fault - I’d still love to visit Puerto Rico! Go pouty face some convention organizers down there, maybe a reputable con like Puerto Rico Comic Con. The con that wanted to bring me in was still trying to get its feet under itself, and the organizers seemed to have bit off more than they could chew. (AKA the story of many baby cons in 2014)

Aug 18

Will you be at [enter convention name here]?

bellechere:

Alright. Here’s the master list of conventions I will be attending this year (2014).

If a convention is not on here, I have zero plans of going. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t go if the convention invites me as a guest, but I cannot afford any other conventions on my own dime. If you would like me to be at your favorite con, please email the convention and convince them I would make a good addition to their show. If a convention is bolded, that means I will be a guest.

There are also two as-of-yet unscheduled conventions in December - one in Colombia, one in Puerto Rico.

I will edit this and reblog it whenever there is a change in this schedule. Before a convention, I will say what I will be wearing when - please don’t ask me months in advance, cause I usually have no idea and I’ll ignore you.

I hope to see some of you around! If you see me at a show, there’s no need to be shy - come up and say Hi! :)

Updated! My convention season is only halfway through!

Haven’t heard anything back from either Colombia or Puerto Rico, so it seems like they might be no-go.

Who will I be seeing and where? :)