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: http://bellecherecostume.storenvy.com

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

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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


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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. :)

I was challenged by my friend bostons-deadpool to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! This is intended to raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. For more information on what this is about, PLEASE visit the ALS Association webpage.

Oh, bethany-maddock, madammercy, and miss-sinister… >;)

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

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



Oh.. you know… Black Canary & Power Girl hanging out poolside catching some rays and taking selfies! 

roxannameta - Black Canary - DC Comics

tallestsilver - Power Girl - DC Comics

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This shoot was SO MUCH fun!! <3 <3

These two, I love them so. <3 And the Batman phone case = priceless.

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

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:

  • It’s perfectly fine to ask the cosplayer to move to another location (close by), if it won’t cause an inconvenience. A bare, light-colored wall nearby served as a much better background for Joker and Harley than the dark crowd-filled distracting mess of the convention aisle where I first spotted them. But: consider the possible inconvenience to the cosplayer.
  • In fact, asking a cosplayer to move a nearby spot away from the main flow of con traffic is often just good courtesy. It avoids creating a bottleneck in the aisle. Your photo only took five seconds, but then a crowd gathered and the resulting traffic jam caused Gil Gerard to be late for his Buck Rogers spotlight panel.
  • It’s also usually fine to ask (nicely) for a specific pose, so long as you’ve already visualized it and you can give them clear and quick direction. Try to make your intentions crystal-clear (“There’s this big overhead light behind you…I’d like to line it up behind your left hand so that it looks like you’re projecting energy”) so that they can make an informed decision about whether or not they’d like to pose that way. Plus, if they know what you have in mind, they can actively help you get the shot you want.
  • It’s also OK to take more than one shot. If I’m unsure about the lighting, I’ll try to get one with fill-flash and one without. But I put up a mental five-second shot clock: that’s the maximum amount of the cosplayer’s time I’d like to consume. This underscores the need to have my camera and my creative eye set before I approach. If I screw something up and I don’t get the shot, hey, too bad for me.
  • As always, consider the convenience and patience of the cosplayer. They like to show off their costume and they’re generally happy to pose. To make a costume and then keep it in a closet is like writing a play and never allowing it to be staged. But never forget that they’re posing for you as an act of kindness. Don’t take up too much of their time, or otherwise treat them like they’re working for you. That’s flat-out terrible. They shouldn’t even have to stand and wait for you to unlock your phone and launch the Camera app and wait for it to boot up and then for you to turn off the Panorama settings and then…etc. Even if I know I’ve blown the shot and I need ten more seconds to fix my camera, I’ll usually just thank the cosplayer and send him or her on their way to enjoy the rest of the con. Again: the cosplayer is being kind. They don’t work for me.

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?



"Four Days at Dragon*Con"
A glimpse at the legendary convention and it’s highlights. Emmy winning documentary by PBS.
Watch here (for free!)

"Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity"
Follows cosplayers and crafters in the Atlanta area, such as God Save the Queen Fashions. By the same director as “Four Days at Dragon Con” and also aired by PBS.
Watch here (for free!)

"Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope"
Follows the different adventures of select geeks from across America coming together to follow their dreams at SDCC.
Buy here

"Men in Suits"
The stories and experiences of creature actors from your favorite movies such as Godzilla, Planet of the Apes, Alien, Predator and Hellboy.
Buy here

(More to come. I’m always looking for more nerdy docs!)

Anonymous said: Just curious but does cosplay pay well or at all? I just wanted to know since I've seen cosplayers advertising their appearances con after con. Not criticizing or any thing but how's that possible?

I can only speak from my POV, since I’m not really great friends with any ‘big name’ cosplayers, not well enough to go asking what their haul is.

That said, for me, it does not pay well. When I am a guest (which is NOT every convention - I am an attendee often) I do not receive an appearance fee, like a celebrity does (though I hear some cosplayers *do* get an appearance fee). However, I do receive a badge into the convention, and travel and hotel are covered if it’s away from home. In exchange, I boost social media awareness of the convention, make myself available for interaction at the convention, as well as run/assist with a few panels, and judge a costume contest. Sometimes it’s also a requirement for me to attend an after-party of sorts, which is like, fine, twist my arm, sounds like fun. It’s only recently that conventions have been offering me a table, allowing me the opportunity to sell my business (commissioning costumes), assuring that fans will find me, and potentially make money in selling prints.

Is it a valid career choice? Not really.

Is it a great opportunity to travel, meet new people, make some extra cash, and (for me) present the opportunity to be a positive face for cosplay? Certainly.

I let a lot of people know that I make costumes for other people, last weekend. That’s my actual job. Getting paid to cosplay is not.

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