The Raven Queen- 2014 Photo Gallery

Every Friday I play Dungeons and Dragons 4e. It’s always a good time and  enjoy making my character’s back story and designing their appearances. As such, I wanted to do a tribute cosplay to one of my favorite 4e goddesses: the Raven Queen- Goddess of Death. There are not many good references of her so I made my own design using inspiration from Pinterest. The hardest part was probably figuring out how to do the feathers (since I don’t use real ones for ethical reasons). I have a tutorial elsewhere in my blog covering how to make the paper faux feathers seen in the headdress for anyone who shares to concerns of using real feathers. The second hardest part was just trying to find the time to make this cosplay. The whole thing was completed in less than a month. I am less than satisfied with the result and probably won’t be bringing this one to further conventions, but I did get some nice shots of it.

 

Here are a few by Casey Kwock: AX_Jessica-1

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Taken By Greg P Photography

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Anime Expo 2014 Con Review and Photo Gallery

Anime Expo 2014 has just concluded and WOW, what a year it was. This con has been getting bigger and bigger each year. That’s great… up until a point and that point seems to be now. Parking on Saturday was atrocious. Just getting off the freeway took almost 40 minutes. Finding parking was a chaotic free for all. Drivers ran red lights, blocked intersections, created a symphony of honking, and came pretty dang close to causing an accident. Then there was the southern California summer heat. The pre-registration line was over two hours waiting on day one.  The con staff did their best to manage the lines and the wait by passing out water and setting up shade, but something seriously needs to change about the wait to get badges.

As always, the convention draws some of the best cosplayers, both local and international. But even the best of cosplayers get tired and need a break to repair their costumes. Riot stepped up as the awesome company that they are and set up a “cospitality” station in the entertainment hall. This area featured tables and chairs for cosplayers to rest, free water to rehydrate, and supplies available to repair. They had everything from pins to paint to hot glue and nail polish. It was pretty much cosplayer heaven! Better yet, the Riot was giving out skins, lanyards, and pins.

Another fun feature for cosplayers are the sets of various environments available to use for free. While the sets themselves are a great, the staff are not. The people who donate the sets are very particular about the layout. Every detail has to remain exactly how they arranged it. The staff are there to enforce this, which is fine, but the manner in which they did so was extremely rude. What would really improve this area (aside from some manners) would be clearly defined lines for people to wait in to use the sets. Often times cosplayers and their photographers will mass together and slowly shuffle forward until they reach the set. A little more organization would go a long way.

The exhibit hall features the standard paraphernalia available at most other conventions. Many of the booths sell the same items, for varying prices. If you find something cool at one booth, be sure to look around and compare prices. I saw the DC Variant sculptures at 5+ booths with more than a 30 dollar range between the prices. Also, if you are here to buy stuff, hold off on buying the expensive items until Sunday. The staff are more open to haggling and would much rather sell to you than drag the unsold merchandise back with them.

 

Bane, Robin, Batman, and Harley Quinn:

Robin: Amsterdoodle Cosplay

Harley: Frekki Cosplay

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Robin, Two-face, Harley:

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Harley- Frekki Cosplay

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Harley Quinn, Robin, Bane, Harley Quinn:

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Harley- Frekki Cosplay

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Yasuo, Thresh, Nidalee:

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Rapunzel, Megara, Random Guy, Tinker Bell, Aurora:

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Zombies from Plants vs. Zombies:

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Poison Ivy, Riddler, Robin, Harley:

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Harley- Frekki Cosplay

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Wukong:

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Robin and Robin:
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NCR Ranger:

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Blood Elf:

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Maya:
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Karma:
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Vault Dweller and NCR Rangers:

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Officer Caitlyn, Braum, Ezreal, Soraka, Officer Caitlyn- League of Legends:

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Goddess of Death and Angel of Death

 

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Vocaloids:

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Rosalina- Mario Kart:

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Ed and Alphonse Elric- Fullmetal Alchemist:

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Totoro and Teto:

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League of Legends Meet up (Day Two):

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Melia- Xenoblade

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Poison Ivy- DC

Ivy- That Vegan Cosplayer

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Vi and Thresh- League of Legends:

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Male Ana and Elsa:

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Alphonse- Full Metal Alchemist:

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Santa- Rise of the Guardians:

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Ravio and Princess Hilda:

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Long Beach Comic Con Photoshoot with Thach

I met up with one of my friends from work, Thach Nguyen, check out his facebook page! Its still new, he just made it today! He’s just getting into  cosplay photography so we did a couple fun photoshoots throughout the convention. I think he did an amazing job so here I am posting up all his pictures!

Cosplayers (click to view their facebook pages! Please send me a like or a comment!!):

That Vegan Cosplay as Posion Ivy/Huntress

Amsterdoodle Cosplay as Robin/Melia

Frekki Cosplay (me!)- Harley Quinn

Alex Siemons- Scarecrow/Himself

 

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Long Beach Comic Expo-Con Review and Cosplay Gallery

Last weekend was my first time attending Long Beach Comic Expo. From what I gathered on the website, it seemed to be run by the same people as Long Beach Comic Con. I figured it was the same convention by a different name. As per usual, my group ended up leaving a little late. By now its become tradition to leave almost exactly an hour after the estimated departure time. (A side note, its also tradition to head to Juice It Up before every convention, it’s loads of fun to see the workers’ reactions!). The drive was a little hectic, I can’t really say I liked the area we drove through to get there. The immediate area around the convention center is relatively clean, but some of the other parts of the city… well let’s just say it’s not exactly what I am used to in my prim and proper little suburban neighborhood. The pedestrians in the street made me nervous, the cyclists were reckless, and the other drivers were impatient.

Once we got to the convention center, we found out that there were at least two other events going on. Outside were the usual awesome cars, cosplayers, and bewildered bystanders. The expo was held upstairs, in a room much smaller than the one used by long Beach Comic Con the year before. We saw everything inside within an hour or two. There were the usual vendors and some awesome artists. It was great fun for a little while, but as my group and I were browsing we saw a woman crying. From what I heard later on, she was one of the vendors and someone stole her money. I’m not sure what kind of shitty person would do that, but I hope karma bites them in the butt.

Since the exhibit hall was so small we spent most of our time outside and downstairs taking pictures and getting pictures taken. In all, the con was pretty fun. I am glad I didn’t have to drive or pay for a ticket (yay professional pass!) It’s a great little con for cosplayers and anyone local, but it’s not something I would suggest driving more than an hour to attend.

Well the review is over so now it’s time for everyone’s favorite part… the pictures!!

 

Outside were a couple of amazing custom cars. This is the highly detailed inside of the Pizza Planet Truck:

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Harry Potter Group:

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Wicked Witch- Wizard of Oz

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Nidalee- League of Legends

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Bebop and Rocksteady- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

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Lady Sylvanas- World of Warcraft

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Harley Quinn and Jokers- Batman

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Harley Quinn- Batman

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Harley and Harley + Joker Car

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And so concludes my little cosplay gallery from LBCE. I seriously thought we took more pictures than this. Ah, maybe next time.

 

 

Cosplay Fake Feather Tutorial

Hey everyone, Wondercon was great but it’s time for me to start work and prepare for the next convention! I’m planning a Raven Queen outfit to hopefully be ready to debut at Anime Expo 2014. For those who don’t know her, the Raven Queen is the goddess of  death in Dungeons and Dragons (4e). It’s been a while since I have posted a tutorial and working on this costume has given me a great opportunity to show you all a quick preview. The Raven Queen really doesn’t have much in terms of reference or design images online, so I’ve created a board of inspiration over at Pinterest which I am using to create my own design for her. If anyone would like to check that out for their own cosplay reasons it can be found right HERE!

Anyways, as you might have guessed from her name, the Raven Queen is going to need some feathers in her attire. For ethical reasons (which I do not wish to discuss or argue, and which aren’t relevant to the costume) I don’t want to use real feathers for this. I’ve searched far and wide and come across a few tutorials to make faux or fake feathers. The process is usually very long or expensive. I want to make two full wings, so I need something quick (and preferably cheap). That’s why I’ve decided to use paper. Yup, paper. And after a few prototypes I found a technique that I am happy with. Quick, easy, and cheap! Here’s what they look like when photographed with an iPhone with terrible kitchen lighting:

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Materials: -Cardstock (paper thicker than printer paper, but not nearly as thick as cardboard. It can be bought in bulk packs at craft stores and office stores)

-Scissors (nice and sharp ones)

-Paint (in what ever color you want the feathers to be)

 

Step one: Take the paper and fold it in half. Or just… make a fold. I get about 3-5 feathers on a single piece of paper depending on the size of the feather. Just make sure the paper fold is thicker than the desired thickness of the feather.

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Step 2: Draw a basic guide on the paper that look like half a feather. After a few feathers you’ll get the hang of it and won’t need any sort of guide.

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Step Three: Cut it out.

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Step Four: Begin to make cuts for the texture of the feather. These cuts should be angled in the way that the fluff of a feather would grow, that is, in a general downward direction. Just make sure not to make them too long or you’ll risk cutting the feather in half. Make a few of these large cuts until it looks right. The picture below is just an example of the depth and angle of the cut, it needs a lot more before it starts looking like a feather!

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Step Five: Make a bunch of smaller cuts all down the side. This gives the feather even more texture. This step can be skipped if you don’t want the feather to look as ragged and worn. At this point I’ll also make one or two larger cuts and take out a small triangle to imitate the way the feather fibers separate in real feathers. Sometimes I’ll also leave the tip of the feather longer, with less little cuts. You can see an example of this pictured in step six. Remember to vary the cuts when making multiple feathers!

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Step Six: At this point I have a lot of mess and a lot of little paper bits everywhere. The feathers are looking decent, but they need some color. Time to get out the paint! This is one coat of black spray paint. I had about 20 feathers and I wasn’t going to try to hand paint all of them. The very bottom of the feather is white from where I taped it down to spray paint. I purposefully make the stalk longer to account for the lack of paint there, but the area will be covered when the feathers are layered anyway.

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Step Seven: I bought some cheap metallic blue and green acrylic paint and lightly added some streaks along the cuts, just so it wasn’t solid black. I also used a glossy clear spray over the whole thing. At the end of this whole process my glorious clump of feathers looks like this:

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I think they look pretty good for being made out of paper. Pretty soon I’ll post up another tutorial and show how they look when implemented into a costume! I hope you all enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. There are many other tutorials out there for fake feathers, please keep them in mind when considering using feathers in costumes! The birds will thank you :)

Wondercon 2014- Cosplay Gallery

Wondercon 2014 just ended and I have to say, this is still my favorite convention of the year. This was also my first year attending Wondercon as a professional so that made things even more exciting. Wondercon is held at the Anaheim convention center- a great location for anyone local.  The Anaheim Convention Center is in  clean and safe location. Parking is made easy, especially for Disneyland annual passholders who can park for free a short walk away. As with any convention, I would reccommend bringing a packed lunch. There’s plenty to eat around the convention center, but the close proximity to Disneyland means that all the food is grossly overpriced. The time of year also ensures perfectly mild weather, sunny but not too hot (although Saturday did get a little warm). My group and I saw many amazing costumes there but we were only able to get pictures of a handful. Wondercon remains my favorite convention because of the high percentage of cosplayer attendees and the high quality of the costumes present. Here is just a portion of the great cosplayers we encountered…

 

Thresh (me) and Jinx- League of Legends

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Melia- Xenoblade

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Sansa, Khal Drogo, Daenarys, Cersei- Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice)

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Zorg- Fifth Element

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DC Meetup

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Luna Zhiri 2014

Here is another mini gallery posting, again with Casey Kwock as the photographer. His facebook page can be found HERE!! Go check it out! Some of my followers may remember this costume from a contest I entered with it at LBCC. Until then it was kept in storage and brought out just for this photoshoot. Unfortunately it wasn’t returned to storage right away and it spent an unusually hot day in the car. The heat melted a good portion of the wonderflex armor and effectively ruined the costume shortly after the shoot. I haven’t tried to repair it yet, but as of now this costume is retired.

For those unfamiliar with this costume, it is based on the Neverwinter MMO armor seen in the character creator for Devoted Clerics. Luna Zhiri is my original character used in various stories and a pirate themed Dungeons and Dragons campaign. She’s a tiefling and her backstory is super convoluted and complicated so I won’t bore anyone here with the details. Instead, enjoy the details of the costume!!

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