Costumes, Comics, & Cake

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]?


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? :)

Aug 17

justderek said: Belle, regarding your poster prints, is requesting a lipstick print in addition to your signature crossing the line?

That is 100% a-ok! I don’t mind giving lipstick kisses at all. Thank you for asking! It’s when people want me to write lewd messages on their print involving graphic language that I won’t do.

If anyone’s interested, my store is here:

Aug 14

hawkeye #2

hawkeye #2

(Source: clintsbishop, via albinwonderland)






“Hey sexy lemme talk to you”
“No thanks”

(Source: everythingrhymeswithalcohol, via asgardiantelevision)

Anonymous said: I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??



there’s a bail and legal fund that’s been set up for those who’ve been arrested 

this person is trying to organize a food drive for school kids in ferguson

national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality) 

share the following: 

videos of what has happened

links to articles

how to make a tear gas mask

livestream link to the peaceful protests

Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site) 

222 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135

Ph: 314-522-3100
Fx: 314-524-5290



MaryAnne Butler and Belle Chere

Me with one of my best friends - my mini-me, Mary Anne! I made that Rogue costume for her; it matches my own, fabric selection and all. :)


MaryAnne Butler and Belle Chere

Me with one of my best friends - my mini-me, Mary Anne! I made that Rogue costume for her; it matches my own, fabric selection and all. :)

Aug 13


Of course I’m watching Fern Gully while I sew.

Of course I’m watching Fern Gully while I sew.


Home from BelleChere Costume -

I’ve got a Storenvy up and running right now! There’s a good array of prints available, but they are in limited numbers in this initial batch. Only prints are there, right now, but I do intend to be selling costume pieces, costume patterns, and maybe some pop-culture jewelry in the future.

Please check it out! Mama needs some funds if DragonCon is going to happen (which is currently, crushingly up in the air).

Anonymous said: Hold me closer?

Anonymous said: Do you experience a lot of harassment at cons that don't really have anti harassment policies?

It depends on what you define as ‘a lot’? To some, any harassment could be deemed ‘a lot’.

I do experience more harassment when a convention does not have a clear anti-harassment policy. I even still encounter harassment when conventions have an anti-harassment policy, but only keep it to their website and don’t have signs around the convention.

Boston Comic Con had Cosplay =/= Consent signs posted clearly, and two of them were nearby/on my table. I appreciated that. I was not groped, and I did not receive openly lewd commentary, which has happened frequently in the past. The only times I felt uncomfortable was when there were two awkward marriage proposals and three strangers asking for my phone number, but they thankfully left after my polite-but-weirded-out ‘No, thank you, I don’t know you’.

tedywestside said: how much do you usually charge for making a costume?

It entirely depends on the complexity of the costume, how much detailing is involved, if a pattern will need to be drafted, the size of the customer, the material costs (I generally try to offer a cost-effective option and a richer materials option for the customer to decide), whether they want props, boots, or a wig included… I cannot give a ‘usually’ because there is no usual. Every potential commission is individually quoted.

The Dummies' Guide To Cosplay Photography in 2014 -

The Dummies’ Guide To Cosplay Photography

The majority of the cosplayer photos I take are posed. If you’ve never taken cosplay photos at a con before, it’s easy-peasy. Here’s the procedure I follow:

  1. Make sure your camera or phone is turned on, set the way you want it, and ready to shoot before you approach the cosplayer. Fiddle with settings during your time, not theirs.
  2. Approach the cosplayer if he or she doesn’t seem otherwise busy.
  3. Make eye contact and ask “May I take your picture?” in a friendly way. Bonus points for addressing them by their character name (signifying that you recognize the costume) and for offering a sincere compliment on something you particularly like about the costume.
  4. Allow the cosplayer to take a moment to make any adjustments he or she deems necessary. They’ll probably want to put down the Diet Coke, move their con badge out of sight, and pick up the prop they worked so hard on. More importantly, they’ll probably want to make sure that parts of their costume haven’t come apart, or shifted in a way that will cause embarrassment. And they’ll want to settle into a pose that they like.
  5. When the cosplayer is ready, give them a 3-2-1 countdown, so that they know exactly how long they’re going to need to hold that pose or expression. Click.
  6. Say “Got it,” so that they know the shooting is over and that they can now relax. Or just, you know, blink.
  7. Resume eye contact, smile, and thank the cosplayer for their time.

Supplemental notes:

This is a short version of the procedures and guidelines I’ve developed over several years of shooting comic-cons.

But none of these items are nearly as important as the one simple rule that I never, ever knowingly break:

You must never do anything that makes the cosplayer wish you hadn’t taken that photo.

This is a fantastic article written by photo-journalist Andy Ihnatko. I’ve taken the liberty of quoting his general rules of conduct, which I believe a lot of people could learn from, but the entire article is well-worth the read. 

In the article Andy explores the evolution of how conventions are handling cosplayer and photographer relationships and safety guidelines. He makes some incredibly valid points, all well-worded, and raises some interesting questions.

Boston Comic Con had an anti-harassment policy in place that I’m sure played a part in my having a harassment-free weekend. For that, I am grateful. Does their policy hinder photographers like Andy from moment-capturing, paparazzi-like photo-journalism? It does. Part of me believes that to be a shame. However, part of me is glad for it, because I think all cosplayers can agree that very, very few un-posed photos are flattering (especially when we’re eating/drinking!), and no one really appreciates unflattering photos being posted online.

What do you think?