This was the first thing I thought of when I saw his poor face. Hang in there, Barton.

This was the first thing I thought of when I saw his poor face. Hang in there, Barton.

rahzzah:

Thor by Rahzzah
come on..we all knew it was Belle Chere under that helmet..

You guys. You guys. 

My mind is blown. I am legitimately speechless. rahzzah is an exceptional artist, and you ought to be following his work.

rahzzah:

Thor by Rahzzah

come on..we all knew it was Belle Chere under that helmet..

You guys. You guys. My mind is blown. I am legitimately speechless. rahzzah is an exceptional artist, and you ought to be following his work.
comicsalliance:

AVENGERS NOW: A BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA, A FEMALE THOR, A SUPERIOR IRON MAN, AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR MARVEL AND DIVERSITY
By Andrew Wheeler
On Tuesday morning Whoopi Goldberg and the hosts of The View announced that Marvel will relaunch Thor this October with a female ‘worthy’ brandishing the hammer. Marvel followed that announcement with another high profile switcheroo on Wednesday night as Entertainment Weekly revealed a new-ish and possibly superior Iron Man, and comedian Stephen Colbert joined Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada to announce on The Colbert Report that a new guy is also going to take up Captain America’s shield.
That in itself isn’t much of a surprise — original Cap Steve Rogers has passed on his mantle a few times before before yanking it back. After spending some time in Dimension Z and whatnot, he’s now too old to Avenge from the front lines. The big reveal is that the new Captain America will be Sam Wilson, the African-American superhero currently known as Falcon.
It’s not hard to guess at Marvel’s intentions here. By announcing a female Thor and a black Captain America as a swift one-two punch, the publisher accomplishes two things. First, it shakes up its universe in a way that’s sure to garner attention — as indeed it has. Second, it makes a mission statement.
To the first point; the whole world knows Marvel’s Avengers characters now. That could be a millstone around the publisher’s neck if Marvel put the need to reflect the movies ahead of a need to tell its own stories. Marvel has certainly tried to configure Avengers comics around the on-screen characters, but to no particular success with respect to sales (certainly nothing to indicate that the Avengers are the most popular movie characters in America).
Replacing at least two of its Avengers big three — Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man — suggests Marvel’s commitment to telling its own stories, albeit in a grandstanding, headline-grabbing way. A woman taking the name and role of a male Norse god? A black man representing all of America? These are moves that upset the right people, and that guarantees attention.
Which leads in to the second point. These changes suggest an agenda. I’d call it progressive agenda, but it’s not. Putting women and people of color in key positions isn’t progressive, it’s just evidence that superhero comics are slowly catching up to the present day. It just happens that there’s a strong regressive agenda in our culture that’s resistant to that kind of change.
Marvel’s only motive here may be to stir up controversy and hope it translates to sales, but I think there’s enough evidence in the publisher’s support for books like Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, and Mighty Avengers, that the publisher is sincere in its efforts to reach out to audiences that traditionally haven’t been well-served by superhero comics. There’s always more work to be done, but Marvel’s output feels more inclusive with every passing quarter.
READ MUCH MORE

"Putting women and people of color in key positions isn’t progressive, it’s just evidence that superhero comics are slowly catching up to the present day."
This article brings up some great points. It makes me outright happy that a company I love and value is taking these motions, listening to their fans, and balancing the representation. I just hope they stick with it.
Make Mine Marvel

comicsalliance:

AVENGERS NOW: A BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA, A FEMALE THOR, A SUPERIOR IRON MAN, AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR MARVEL AND DIVERSITY

By Andrew Wheeler

On Tuesday morning Whoopi Goldberg and the hosts of The View announced that Marvel will relaunch Thor this October with a female ‘worthy’ brandishing the hammer. Marvel followed that announcement with another high profile switcheroo on Wednesday night as Entertainment Weekly revealed a new-ish and possibly superior Iron Man, and comedian Stephen Colbert joined Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada to announce on The Colbert Report that a new guy is also going to take up Captain America’s shield.

That in itself isn’t much of a surprise — original Cap Steve Rogers has passed on his mantle a few times before before yanking it back. After spending some time in Dimension Z and whatnot, he’s now too old to Avenge from the front lines. The big reveal is that the new Captain America will be Sam Wilson, the African-American superhero currently known as Falcon.

It’s not hard to guess at Marvel’s intentions here. By announcing a female Thor and a black Captain America as a swift one-two punch, the publisher accomplishes two things. First, it shakes up its universe in a way that’s sure to garner attention — as indeed it has. Second, it makes a mission statement.

To the first point; the whole world knows Marvel’s Avengers characters now. That could be a millstone around the publisher’s neck if Marvel put the need to reflect the movies ahead of a need to tell its own stories. Marvel has certainly tried to configure Avengers comics around the on-screen characters, but to no particular success with respect to sales (certainly nothing to indicate that the Avengers are the most popular movie characters in America).

Replacing at least two of its Avengers big three — Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man — suggests Marvel’s commitment to telling its own stories, albeit in a grandstanding, headline-grabbing way. A woman taking the name and role of a male Norse god? A black man representing all of America? These are moves that upset the right people, and that guarantees attention.

Which leads in to the second point. These changes suggest an agenda. I’d call it progressive agenda, but it’s not. Putting women and people of color in key positions isn’t progressive, it’s just evidence that superhero comics are slowly catching up to the present day. It just happens that there’s a strong regressive agenda in our culture that’s resistant to that kind of change.

Marvel’s only motive here may be to stir up controversy and hope it translates to sales, but I think there’s enough evidence in the publisher’s support for books like Ms. MarvelCaptain Marvel, and Mighty Avengers, that the publisher is sincere in its efforts to reach out to audiences that traditionally haven’t been well-served by superhero comics. There’s always more work to be done, but Marvel’s output feels more inclusive with every passing quarter.

READ MUCH MORE

"Putting women and people of color in key positions isn’t progressive, it’s just evidence that superhero comics are slowly catching up to the present day."

This article brings up some great points. It makes me outright happy that a company I love and value is taking these motions, listening to their fans, and balancing the representation. I just hope they stick with it.

Make Mine Marvel

anaaesthetic:

In a continued effort to bring new readers to the world of comic books, Marvel teamed up with ABC’s The View to promote the next story arc in Thor, God of Thunder. Looks like a new hand will be wielding the mighty Mjolnir, and it’s not the typical male archetype we’ve come to expect from our Asgardian hammer tosser. The new Thor will be a woman. 

“This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before,” said series writer, Jason Aaron. 

Aaron will be joined on the book by Cyclops artist, Russell Dauterman.

Just who will take up the mantle of the God of Thunder? Marvel may wait til San Diego Comic Con next week to drop that bombshell on us. But on The View, a little clue was hinted about her origins, “The story behind her is she created herself. She was saved by Thor and she came down to Earth, followed him, and made herself look like Thor and so now she’s taking over.” 

Look for this epic new journey of Thor this October.  

YEEEEEEEES. I can’t wait! Thor has always been one of my favorite reads. I’m delighted that they make the distinction of her NOT being gender- bent, but her own person. And look at that design! *drools* Looks like I’ve got another Asgardian costume to make!

cosplayleague:

Hel by bellechere (FB)
Original Photo by dtjaaaam (FB)
Photo Edit by Slim Summers
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cosplayleague:

Hel by bellechere (FB)

Original Photo by dtjaaaam (FB)

Photo Edit by Slim Summers

You can find more from the Cosplay League at the following links

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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.

This is me. Both Shulkie and Kristoff.

The Jess to my Carol; the Spider-Woman to my Captain Marvel! I had the best time at Denver Comic Con paling around with my friend mylifeasaweapon.  This person is a great example of the beauty of friendships made from chance meetings at conventions. It was Sunday evening last DragonCon, I didn’t want the con to be over, I was waiting for friends who I weren’t sure were going to show up, and I had too many troubling personal things on my mind. Up comes this sweet stranger who remarked I was looking a little sad, but who loved that I was dressed as Catwoman. It immediately lifted my spirits! We got into a nice, long conversation. Li’l Loki and I have been in contact ever since, and I leaped at the chance to do this collab. My favorite comic friendship! It fits us pretty perfectly. Thank you to WeNeals Photography and Retouching for the pic! I love having moments like these captured.  Captain Marvel mask made by 4th Wall Design. Everything else made by the respective costumers.

The Jess to my Carol; the Spider-Woman to my Captain Marvel! I had the best time at Denver Comic Con paling around with my friend mylifeasaweapon.

This person is a great example of the beauty of friendships made from chance meetings at conventions. It was Sunday evening last DragonCon, I didn’t want the con to be over, I was waiting for friends who I weren’t sure were going to show up, and I had too many troubling personal things on my mind. Up comes this sweet stranger who remarked I was looking a little sad, but who loved that I was dressed as Catwoman. It immediately lifted my spirits! We got into a nice, long conversation. Li’l Loki and I have been in contact ever since, and I leaped at the chance to do this collab. My favorite comic friendship! It fits us pretty perfectly.

Thank you to WeNeals Photography and Retouching for the pic! I love having moments like these captured.

Captain Marvel mask made by 4th Wall Design. Everything else made by the respective costumers.

epicallyepicepicosity:

Mark Meer (Mass Effect) talking to who I believe is Belle Chere

That time when I accidentally upstaged my VIP-celebrity-guest friend, haha! It was nice seeing Mark outside of the craziness of DragonCon…even though we were talking about DragonCon here, trying to synch up costume schedules. We’re just a little obsessed.
My Loki is mylifeasaweapon :)

epicallyepicepicosity:

Mark Meer (Mass Effect) talking to who I believe is Belle Chere

That time when I accidentally upstaged my VIP-celebrity-guest friend, haha! It was nice seeing Mark outside of the craziness of DragonCon…even though we were talking about DragonCon here, trying to synch up costume schedules. We’re just a little obsessed.

My Loki is mylifeasaweapon :)

mylifeasaweapon:

Started pulling shots off my camera, here’s a few before I go to bed! I had such a great time running around with Belle all weekend, and of course, chilling with my local friends :D
All edits are mine
AoA Loki: me
Siege Loki: asgardiantelevision
Hela: bellechere

VENTS! It’s all about the floor vents.

I miss you already and I haven’t even left CO yet!

meg-galacticat:

Was happy to run into bellechere at C2E2 and grab a photo!
Squirrel Girl: GalacticatSpider-Woman: BelleChere

My favorite Squirrel Girl! <3

meg-galacticat:

Was happy to run into bellechere at C2E2 and grab a photo!

Squirrel Girl: Galacticat
Spider-Woman: BelleChere

My favorite Squirrel Girl! <3

spandex-nation-cosplay:

Belle Chere at Hartford Comic Con as Hel

I’ve discovered my signature look: Crazy Eyes. It’s pretty easy for me to do. I might want to tone it down, when I bring this to Denver Comic Con.

Here’s my Hela, from Hartford Comic Con! Looking forward to wearing this alongside mylifeasaweapon's Loki this weekend! :D

My new costume that I debuted this past weekend at Hartford Comic Con: Hela, Asgardian goddess of Death! Queen of the Underworld! Daughter of Loki!

Thanks to nerdcaliber for the interview and photos!

bostons-deadpool:

WELCOME TO THE INTERNET!
I’LL BE YOUR GUIDE!

Arcade Hecarim: Nicholas Poulos
Deadpool: James “Boston’s Deadpool” Ryan

Original Photo by. Panda Valentine
Edited Photo by. Joseph B. B. Quinn

I’m so happy I was there for this. All four of us Hartford Comic Con costume contest judges were absolutely cracking up.

What’s this smouldering collection of uber talented people? It’s the cast for an upcoming project called A Night in New Orleans, organized by CosCouture!

We’re looking to answer the question ‘What would Marvel characters do on a night off in New Orleans?’ If you know me, you know I’ve always wanted to visit NOLA, and this project would be bringing me down to portray my favorite character, Rogue, to boot! I’ll be in the company of these 13 other great costumers and 3 photographers, and we’d be staying in the French Quarter, everyday photographing some pretty epic ideas at recognizable NOLA locations, all culminating into an epic battle (of course!). The end result will be a calendar that will be sold for charity (100% of profits to Geeks Empowering Extraordinary Kids) and a coffeetable photo book.

Course, it can’t happen without proper funding. Right now we’re struggling on just getting the word out there and need all the help we can get. Please check out the Kickstarter, and if you can’t donate (even $1 would help!) then please share this around.

This would be a dream come true for me. If you’ve ever appreciated my costuming, please help out with this. Thank you! :)