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.

  • Anime Boston - March 21-23
  • PAX East - April 11-13
  • C2E2 - April 25-27
  • Pop Culture Expo Boston - May 24-25
  • Hartford Comic Con - May 31-June 1
  • Valhalla Renaissance Faire - June 6-8
  • Denver Comic Con - June 13-15
  • Animation Celebration Galveston - July 4-6 CANCELED
  • Boston Comic Con - August 8-10
  • DragonCon - August 29-Sept 1
  • HawaiiCon - September 12-14
  • Cincinnati Comic Expo - September 19-21
  • NYCC - October 10-12
  • Another Anime Con - October 18
  • Rocky Mountain Con - October 25-26
  • Rhode Island Comic Con - November 1-2
  • Super Megafest - November 22-23

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? :)

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.

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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Anonymous said: Where did you get the tighhigh boots for the catwoman cosplay? They are perfect! The only ones I seem to find have needle-thin anklebreakers for heels or even worse stuff (transparent platform heels, ugh!)

bellechere:

I made them. They’re actually bootcovers made of stretch PVC (the same material as the gloves) that I slip a high heel pump into.

HERE, HAVE A HELPFUL TUTORIAL:

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To avoid a front seam, what I do is put the front of the foot/leg into the fold of the fabric.

Then you can be cheap cost efficient like me and only need one pair of great pumps for every high-heeled character.

I would also recommend making a muslin copy of the outcome of the cutout, so you can have a pattern for the future and won’t need to go through the pinning all over again.

Reblogging this as someone in the audience at the Cosplay 101 panel I helped run with ivydoomkitty at Boston Comic Con asked ‘How do you find or make different and strange boots for cosplay?’. Usually you can’t find them available for purchase, so this is my solution.

Anonymous said: I'm sorry if this has been asked before, but I'm curious; what was the first comic that drew you in?

Remember those little mini X-Men comics that you got at Pizza Hut in the early 90s, I think as part of their promoting reading program? I loved those, collected all of them. That was the first comic I ever had.

But my parents didn’t read comics, and none of my friends did, so it wasn’t until college that I actually got to be around comics. X-Men was too convoluted, and on 400something, which was daunting, so…

Alan Moore’s Promethea. I devoured the first 10 issues, and then it became my first sub. I still love it. I’m hoping to make Sophie’s Promethea this year, glowing caduceus and all. I’m prepared for people to not recognize me, or call me Wonder Woman.

another-x-skywalker said: It really blows you have to stop posting pictures of some of your cosplays. You kinda got me into this in the first place! I fully support the move though! On another note, the Spider-Woman and Captain Marvel ones are mind-blowingly awesome!!! Have you done Wonder Woman? If so, are there pictures?

Thank you!!

I’ve never done Wonder Woman. It’s not for lack of really wanting to, but… Man, she is such an icon. Everything that Wonder Woman represents to me, her long and rich history, what she means to everyone else; that wholesomeness, that strength, that proud voice…I just don’t think I could pull it off.

I’m fully aware I’m thinking about this too much, and that there are women in their underwear ‘cosplaying’ Wonder Woman with no compunction (and good on them, go for it!), but I personally can’t shake the feeling of…unworthiness?

I’ve felt this way for years and I can’t pin down what would help me get over it. I think this is in part why I’ve cosplayed Power Girl over Wonder Woman, due to relating to the uncertainty PG has displayed in the comics. I also know a couple women who cosplay as Wonder Woman who *are* Wonder Woman - fierce, pure-hearted, strong voiced, defenders of the weak. I look at them, and I think ‘You can’t get any better than that’, and I’m pleased and proud of those friends representing such an icon so that I don’t try it myself.

Wonder Woman represents an awful lot to me, and I don’t feel I can fill those boots.

I’m pretty sure you were only looking for a yes or no and didn’t realize you were opening up a can of worms, so I’ll stop here, haha!

jonsnowwhite said: hey bellechere! you've really inspired me to want to cosplay super hero women, both because of and despite of my curves. so thank you so much for that! i'm kind of wondering though, do you use any shaping wear or corsets under your costumes? i'm just curious and wondering if i should try something like that myself

That’s great! :D I hope you have fun!

Typically, no, I don’t. I’ve got a natural hourglass figure, which is freaking great for emulating super heroines, but awful for shopping for everyday clothing. I don’t use shapewear with anything. Only when I’m having a particularly bloaty day, or the character calls for it (like Jessica Rabbit, with dem curves) do I use a corset.

When I do wear a corset under a costume, it’s one that I’ve made myself, or the underbust waist cincher from Meschantes.com. Their waist cincher is nearly seamless under a costume, very durable, great construction, lasts for years, and worth every penny. They sometimes run sales for this corset on eBay. To further conceal seams, or to smooth out where the corset meets your body, I wear a pair of control top nylons over the corset.

I hope this helps! :)

marvelentertainment:

Costoberfest Spotlight -  Bellechere

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Introduce Yourself!
Hey there! I’m BelleChere, I hail from New England, and I happily work the technical side of theatre - costume design and stage management being my specialties.

How long have you been cosplaying? And how did you fall into it?
I’ve been happily costuming for 8 years now! I fell down the rabbit hole when I was looking to make my own Rogue costume for Halloween. Having never worked with stretch fabrics before (or even really sewn at all), I sought advice online and found a forum for X-Men costuming. To my pleasant surprise, I discovered that people donned costumes outside of Halloween, and really had a great time doing so! The forum - now unfortunately closed - was wonderfully helpful, a great community where I met several friends I still have today, and inspired me to craft. For someone who works backstage, ensuring the actors/actresses/talent are dressed well, makeup perfect, without a hair out of place, costuming offers me a chance to dress myself up and take the spotlight now and again.

What was your first costume?
My first costume was Rogue’s, the green and white one she was introduced in way back in the early 80s. No one recognized who I was supposed to be on Halloween, hahah! But I had fun, and wore it to Dragon Con the next year, where people DID recognize who I was.

You make all of the costumes, right? Include us in the process!
I do make all my own costumes, and the process is a wee bit crazy. I’m entirely self-taught, and each new costume I try to challenge myself to learn a new method. I always choose characters that I love, but also choose those that suit my body type. Choosing the right fabric is important for me - I always recommend tons of reference pics, getting fabric samples, and trying to diversify with textures and levels of shine to make a costume really pop. Though a costume may take me anywhere from 10 to a 100 hours, it’s usually spread out over months; I usually have three projects going on at the same time, ditch one when I’m tired/frustrated with it, and go after another one!

How did the Marvel universe suck you in? Who are your favorite Marvel characters?
I was in 3rd grade. All my guy friends were trading the Fleer Marvel collectible cards back and forth during recess and they would give me their doubles. I still have them! My little sister and I didn’t understand the characters or the stories, but we loved the art, and we would take our favorites (she loved Phoenix and Firestar, I loved Silver Sable and Invisible Woman) and play pretend in the backyard, fighting villians (Mojo was the most popular). Of course I loved the 90s X-Men cartoon, too, but it wasn’t until I was in college when I could actually afford the comics. Today my favorite characters are Rogue, Carol Danvers, Storm, Mr. Sinister, Spider-Woman, and She-Hulk.

What would you say is your favorite part about cosplaying?
I love meeting people! I love ‘talking shop’ with other people, on how they made their costume and pouring over the details. I love seeing other people’s appreciation for the characters that I also enjoy. It’s also great getting it in return and, for just a moment, escaping the ‘real world’ and feeling like that character in photography.

Besides cosplaying, what do you do for fun?
I cook. Ooooh, do I cook. And I’m good at it. I also love writing, table-top gaming, playing with my beagle puppy, kayaking, hiking, traveling, and scuba diving, when I can!

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Thanks Bellechere! You can follow her on Twitter at bellechere or Facebook at BelleChereCostume.

Photos by Anna Fischer, Guncat Grace of Bodhi Tree Photography, Eurobeat Kasumi, Taliesin and Pete Tsai.

I reblogged this last October, when it was first posted, but I’m reblogging for the newbies (welcome!) and the curious. This answers some pretty common Qs I get.

Anonymous said: Would you ever act in an adult cosplay film/photoshoot?

There is not enough money that could be offered to me that would justify the head-spinning, crippling anxiety that would come with being naked/having sex in front of a camera.

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angryknifeman said: How do those contacts work? I've always seen contacts that cover the pupil/iris, but I've never understood how they get the eyes blacked out like that for the special effects ones.

They’re called full sclera contacts. They do not cover the pupil, or else I would not be able to see, but they do cover the iris and sclera of the eye.

While it’s important to have all contacts shaped and sized to your eye, scleras are doubly important to have custom made. This is not only for comfort reasons, but…it’s also your eyes. Be smart and safe with your eyeballs, please.

Also, since your eyeballs need to breathe, never wear scleras for longer than 6 hours. Keeping your peepers healthy = yaaay!

Here’s a How To for inserting scleras, but it’s not for the easily squeemish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60W23r7y6Rc

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crushedburrito said: How do you get your hair so white?!?! I've been trying over and over again to get a segment of my hair (I'm a natural brunette) white and it always comes out yellow :( any advice?

Here you go! http://bellechere.tumblr.com/post/14245568260/how-do-you-get-your-bangs-so-white

If I don’t answer your question, it might be because:

A) I’m sorry, but I’m very busy. I try to limit how many emails/messages I answer to 10 a day. I think about my words and my tone as I write, so those 10 might take up an hour or so. Commission emails take upwards of 20-30 minutes to answer (character picture research, finding appropriate fabrics/notions, pricing out materials and estimating labor time, calculating in other small business considerations, to wind up with a quote) and I try to limit myself to 5 of those a day. Otherwise, I do actually wind up in front of the computer all day, answering messages, which means I’m not creating. Nobody really wins, there.

B) It’s rude, and I think you’re a bag of dicks.

C) I’ve already answered it. Multiple times.

So, you be the judge. (HERE’S A HINT, IT’S MOSTLY A COMBINATION OF B AND C) Again, I utilize the tag system on here, so please try and utilize the search system, especially before harassing me through PMs. Thanks!

The rest of you cool cats, keep on keeping on. <3

Anonymous said: How tall are you?

11’ tall, according to my roommate.

But I’m 5’8, flat-footed. 6’ in heels.

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mr-eid said: First off, I have to say I think your cosplay is fantastic; discovered you through your Mad Moxxi, and everything I've seen since has been great! I had a quick question though; in the most recent picture you posted (the maskless Captain Marvel, doing a particularly heroic pose) did you use something to hold your hair in place like that? A couple of characters I've been looking at cosplaying myself have similar hair, and I can't help but be curious. Thanks, and keep up the spectacular cosplay! 8D

Thank you for sticking around! :D My Captain Marvel wig consists of 1 short wig, 1/2 a full wig (fibers about 16” long), some hot glue, and lots of hairspray.

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This is a wig, inside out. See the horizontal pieces? Those are called ‘wefts’, and are essentially the wig fibers doubled over and woven together with thread. The wefts are then sewn onto the vertical pieces of elastic. You can purchase wefts outside of a wig…

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…but I had an extra blonde wig lying around, so for this project I seam-ripped the 16” wefts from the wig’s structural base. About 1/2 a wig’s worth.

With the short-hair wig T-pinned onto a wig head, I parted it straight down the center, from the very front to the very back. I laid out a line/dots of hot glue right down the center and applied the weft. Once I had laid down a few wefts through the entire length of that center part, I made a new part just to the side of the center part, sandwiching the short-hair wig fibers between the wefts (adds more body/appearance of realness), and continued gluing. I continued doing this parting/gluing/wefting for 1” to either side of that center part. 2” thick total.

Keeping the wig on the wig head, I combed the short-hair wig back until it blended with the wefts, hairspraying pretty liberally with a high-hold hairspray along the way. Once that dried, for extra height for the faux hawk I laid the wig head on the floor, brushed the wefts out/away from the wig, and then applied more hairspray. Wait till it’s dry, flip it over, and repeat. Then repeat it again, on each side.

When removing the wig from the wig head, you might find that you’ve hot glued the wig right onto the wig head. Don’t worry about it - just slowly work your fingers between the wig and wig head and pry it off.

And there ya go!

for-the-cosplay:

So basically I had a bunch of tutorials liked/bookmarked and I wanted to consolidate them into one nice place. I hope this is helpful! I will probably make a part two later.

Beginner Help

Cosplay Crash Course - x

A Guide to Conventions - x

Conventions and Your…

This is glorious!

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