rufffn:

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. :)

rufffn:

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. :)

tallestsilver:

archiverodeluz:

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).

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?

GREAT GEEKY DOCUMENTARIES EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH AT LEAST ONCE

the-geek-of-all-trades:

"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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comicsalliance:

BEST COSPLAY EVER (THIS WEEK): BOSTON COMIC CON 2014 EDITION
Compiled by Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
The comics, sci-fi, gaming and fantasy communities’ talents for homemade disguises, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics are definitely on display this weekend at Boston Comic Con, and we were there to check out the show as well as capture some of the stellar cosplay on display.
SEE OUR COSPLAY PHOTOS FROM BOSTON COMIC CON 2014

SO MANY GOOD COSTUMES!! And it looks like everyone&#8217;s having a good time, despite the heat of the convention. I swear I was melting in that trenchcoat on Saturday! Nearly fainted, truth be told.
You can catch me in here twice, as Rule-63 Gambit and Captain Marvel. Yay!

comicsalliance:

BEST COSPLAY EVER (THIS WEEK): BOSTON COMIC CON 2014 EDITION

Compiled by Betty Felon

Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

The comics, sci-fi, gaming and fantasy communities’ talents for homemade disguises, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics are definitely on display this weekend at Boston Comic Con, and we were there to check out the show as well as capture some of the stellar cosplay on display.

SEE OUR COSPLAY PHOTOS FROM BOSTON COMIC CON 2014

SO MANY GOOD COSTUMES!! And it looks like everyone’s having a good time, despite the heat of the convention. I swear I was melting in that trenchcoat on Saturday! Nearly fainted, truth be told.

You can catch me in here twice, as Rule-63 Gambit and Captain Marvel. Yay!

deadpoolincorporated:


BOSTON COMIC-CON DAY 1

WH O OP carol’s a hugger

SURE AM A HUGGER!

deadpoolincorporated:

BOSTON COMIC-CON DAY 1

WH O OP carol’s a hugger

SURE AM A HUGGER!

madamparadox:

I know I mentioned it on here, but i forgot to post the photos! I met the ever talented and beautiful BelleChere at Boston Comic Con this past weekend! I try hard to be cool then i leave my purse under her booth and have to run back all frazzled to go and get it. I leave amazing impressions!

I loved your Magik! Thank you for stopping for a pic! I honestly had no idea about your bag - I was just SO happy it was still there when you came to retrieve it.

cptairbubbles said: How did you make that sweet firey thing your holding?! I've been trying to figure out how to do that myself.

You’re that great Chandra cosplayer! :D Certainly!

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This medium is lighting gel, a very thin, transparent polycarbonate that comes in a HUGE array of colors, and is used in theatre to change the color of stage lights. It comes in sheets of 20”x24”, around $6 a sheet. I used 6 sheets for this project in 6 subtly different colors.

The base of the head is Wonderflex, molded to the shape of my own head (the wig head is smaller than my head). I got it to fit snugly enough with all my hair underneath it that I don’t need to even pin it in place! I cut the gel into graduating triangles, with the deepest orange at 12”x5” and the palest yellow at 4”x4”, and LIGHTLY treated it with my heat gun on LOW heat. The gel will melt if too much heat is applied, but if lightly heat-treated it will hold its shape. It’s rigid but not breakable - this actually got tossed around in the back of my car, and though it made a lot of crunching noises, the shape never changed. I then took the cones and hot glued them onto the goldenrod-painted Wonderflex dome, then finished it with the heat gun, tweaking the shape of the flames.

The plasma blasts were created much the same way. However, I wanted my fists to be seen inside them, so instead of the opaque Wonderflex I used clear packaging tape. I took a small balloon inflated slightly larger than my fist and wrapped it sticky-side-out with packaging tape, then wrapped it again sticky-side-in. I popped the balloon, and though the shell was a little flimsy to begin with, once I hot glued all the cones on there it turned surprising durable.

The scraps of gel I applied to the tops of my gloves and the tops of my boots, and saved the rest for future repairs.

Hope this helps! :)

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.

The CosView found me at Boston Comic Con and essie-cosplay conducted an interview with me! In it we talk about how to react to cosplay naysayers, body image, cosplay names, and future cosplays. I felt super comfortable in this interview! Also, I believe they filmed the ‘So They Say You Shouldn’t Cosplay’ panel I helped run, yay! I’ll post that when/if it pops up. :)

cosplaycuzido:

CosplayCuzIDo with bellechere at Boston Comic Con 2014 

It was so good to see you! You look killer as always (bum-dum-chh!). A shame my wig is wonky and I had to take my contacts out (scleras, gah!), but oh well.

cosplaycuzido:

CosplayCuzIDo with bellechere at Boston Comic Con 2014 

It was so good to see you! You look killer as always (bum-dum-chh!). A shame my wig is wonky and I had to take my contacts out (scleras, gah!), but oh well.

tomquinn63:

#BelleChere meets #Carl from #Disney’s #up #cosplay #bostoncomiccon #bcc2014 #pixar

You were a delight, Cosplay Dad!

tomquinn63:

#BelleChere meets #Carl from #Disney’s #up #cosplay #bostoncomiccon #bcc2014 #pixar

You were a delight, Cosplay Dad!