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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Super Mega Fest 2017

Another con down in the books! We went to Super Mega Fest this past weekend and had a lot of fun despite not staying long. We usually go on family or kids day, so we visited the convention on Sunday.  There were lots of vendors and thing to see and there was even a scavenger hunt for the kids to do. We went to several different booths, got stamps and my son got a really cool Spider-Man poster!



My son and I did themed costumes again. We chose G.I Joe costumes! I wore my Baroness costume and he wore his Cobra Commander costume I made for him. I'll post costume notes on that towards the end of this post.

There were so many cool vendors there. One I especially liked had an interactive setup where you diffuse a bomb! It was fun and Cobra Commander was actually able to diffuse it (will a little help from dad)! Here are some of the pictures we took:












I ran into a few cosplay friends at the Con and met some new ones, and finally got to meet some in person. I have quite a few Internet cosplay friends, but we never make it to the same cons, but this time, I got to meet them. Especially my Senpai!





Cobra Commander Costume notes:

My sons Cobra Commander costume was challenging in some parts, but easier in others. I anticipated the helmet being the most difficult, but it was easiest. In fact, it was the first piece I completed.

  • Helmet Details: The actual helmet was made from EVA foam floor mats. I'm not sure what the thickness measures at, maybe 10MM? I had a template for a Kylo Ren Helmet that I modified around the front. I attached the pieces using hot clue (next time will either be contact cement or barge cement) and because of this, the surface was a bit uneven. So I went over the surface with white caulking to even it out. After it was smooth and dry, I painted a base coat of a darker royal blue with a white rectangle in the middle. The silver face mask I was so excited about. It came from Party City, it's their silver faceless mask. I'd come across it searching for something else so when I decided to make this costume, i remembered it right away. 
  • Cape Details: the cape was simple. I basically made two tapered rectangles. Luckily I didn't need to buy any fabric for this part, I used a matte satin for the black outside, and some leftover red heavy weight spandex for the inside. I overlapped the black around the red so as to make it look like trim I guess. Then I top stitched all the way around
  • Boot Cover Details:  The boot covers were a bit new for me. I've made boot covers for my own costumes but they are always out of spandex and I've attached them permanently to a specific pair of shoes. These boot covers are removable but are fitted to my sons shoes. I started by wrapping one of his sneakers in plastic wrap then covering the top and sides with masking tape. I drew a line from the heel to the toe and cut it all out. Since it was a curve, I cut darts on both halves. Then I used that to make a pattern for the faux leather. I love that material, it had stretch but was buttery soft! I stitched up the front and back seams and the darts and I extended the top to form boots. Lastly I attached three strips of elastic across the bottoms to hold the covers on tight. 
  • Pants Details: These were a lot easier than I anticipated. I used a pair of my sons jeans as a template. After stitching the outer seams I top stitched the red trim across the outside of each pant leg. Then I sewed up the inseam. After fitting my son a few times I had to bring them in two times to keep them from being so baggy. The zipper was a bit tricky, but I was able to get it on there. Granted it doesn't look exactly how I want it to, it was good enough. I also made belt loops (tedious work!). They were straight forward, stitching strips of fabric into long rectangles and then top stitching them to the pants. 
  • Cord Details: there's not much to say about this, I went to the home notions section of Joanns and found this cord/trim in a light blue. I also found gold and wanted him to wear that instead, but he chose the blue. I just hot glued it together and stuck it on his jacket!
  • Jacket Details: Speaking of the jacket....this thing was the bane of my existence for several weeks. It took me two tries at this thing and it still didn't turn out good.  First I used one of his shirts as a template. The sleeves were cut no problem. The back of the jacket was straight forward as well. But the front gave me quite the challenge. I had to make two separate fronts and start one from the left side, and one from the right. Then I cut each respective side top to the angle I thought was correct. The lapels were extremely difficult for me. Attaching the collar and lapels frustrated me and it took several times to get them on. I need to redo them because the seams aren't that neat. The buttons I sewed on by hand and I actually used the button hole foot on my sewing machine for the first time! I was slightly nervous about it, I didn't want to mess it up, but it worked pretty easily!
Overall I had a lot of fun at the convention (despite leaving early and leaving empty handed) and I had even more fun making the costume for my son. The end of the month we will be heading to another Con and we will be bringing back Lady Deadpool and Kidpool! 




lotsa love to ya!


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Von is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!












Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Northeast Comic Con


I'm a tad bit late on writing this, but better late than never, right? My first con of the 2017 season was March 4th being Northeast Comic Con. This convention was actually held at the Hanover Mall which was a new thing for me. Most conventions are held at convention centers, so when I head that this would be in a mall, I was very curious. My family and I made a day out of it traveling together. My son and I dressed themed as Mortal Kombat characters. I wore Raiden and he wore Sub Zero. I have to admit that I got a kick out of people looking at us confused. A lot of people did stop us for pictures, though. A lot of the mall goers seemed to have no idea that there was a convention being held there. I was honestly a bit nervous when we pulled up because I didn't see anyone in costume. They were all hiding inside where it was warm. The day we went, it was FREEZING!







Although I didn't buy anything, there was definitely a lot to see and do. I mostly enjoyed socializing with other cosplayers. It was really cold the day we went to the con, but the amazing thing about Northeast Comic Con, they do more than one convention a year! They will be hosting another con in the summer, at the same location. I am extremely excited for that! Ive got plenty of time to figure out a new cosplay (or an old one to revamp)!

lotsa love to ya!



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Von is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lobo Facepaint


I'm not sure if too many of you guys are familiar with this DC Character, so I'd really recommend you look him up because he is the definition of Badass. I Plan on doing a gender bent version of him possibly this year,so I figured I would play around with the makeup first.


I also got the Hasselblad camera attachment for my Moto Z phone and I wanted to try it out, so I decided to make a video. I haven't made a video or even streamed in quite some time and I really need to fix that. I haven't even blogged in what feels like forever but I am planning things out better so I will have more content generating on a regular basis across multiple platforms.


As I state in the description for the video, I'm not a makeup artist, nor am I using the correct paints/tools for face paint. I just wanted to try it out and have some fun. Later down the line if I start to become more interested in body painting, I will make sure to get the right stuff. But for now I don't want to spend money on unnecessary things.





So in the above video, I was using regular black gel eyeliner. I know,I know I used so much and it was a waste, but it was the old stuff. I would have had to get rid of it soon enough. The white is actual body paint I got from Party City. It too was old, lol. All my brushes were clean though, even though they didnt work so well. I might gather enough of the right paints to redo this and try it again some other time. Hope you guys enjoyed this video, I had way too much fun making it as you can see by my serial killer laughing. I should be back to a normal schedule posting and streaming and videos as soon as I get it all together.



lotsa love to ya!

   





Von is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Surviving a Horror Movie



A few years ago, I wrote an article about how to stay alive in a horror movie.  I decided to give it another go! Here are more ways to survive a horror movie!



Be Skeptical of the kids.
Children in horror movies are always creepy. Sometimes they just look plain evil (that may have sounded mean...). Kids always seem to see or suspect things and the adults always brush it off as being an overactive imagination. Yes kids can make up things, but when its a constant, or its really creepy and weird, maybe you should look into it. But when they start speaking to you in Latin or some other language they shouldn't know, it's too late, you fail.

Animals sense danger.
Animals seem to know when somethings not right. If your cat starts growling, arching its back and hissing, something is wrong. Kittie isn't just having a rough day. If your dog starts growling, barking, or whimpering, something is definitely wrong. Buster is never just fussy or needs to go out super bad. And when you are trying to call your pet and they don't answer it'll be too late to save them or find them. Something isn't right and you need to figure out what it is, like right now.

Sex can wait.
Seriously. In teen/young adult horror movies, this is the major turning point in the movie. It's usually when people start to die (or people realize a killer or monster is out there). You're in the house alone at night, or you're camping in the woods alone and decide what the hell, lets do it. Lets drive out to BFE and do it. How many times has someone gotten killed because they wanted to have sexy time? Too many. They always die in the worst, most embarrassing ways too. Lets go out to some abandoned area and have sex, There's no one there. wrong, There is someone there. They are watching you, and they are going to kill you.

The bad guy is never dead.
Okay so triumphant part of the movie you give it one hard go to kill the bad guy. You run him over with your car a few times. Or you stab it repeatedly, or you set the building on fire. Are you sure they're dead? You think they are but they're not. They never are. They're laying motionless and you maybe poke at them and they don't move. Then they somehow get away and find you. How can you make sure they are never coming back? I'm not really sure. I don't think you can. I guess dismemberment? Incineration? A hope, a prayer?

Reading isn't always good for you.
Under normal circumstances, reading is a good thing. When you find some sort of old looking book with strange writing and strange (scary) pictures, DO NOT READ IT! Seriously. No matter how interesting it looks to you, incantations are always bad. Don't read them in your head and most certainly don't read them aloud. All you're doing is asking to die at the hands of the demons you just summoned.

I'll be back.
When you're with a group, some genius (note- sarcasm) decides it would be good to split up, or they will go ahead and get help. They leave you, or your small group and say they'll be back. Nope. You are not Arnold Schwarzenegger, and you will not be back.  By saying "I'll be back" you're subliminally telling your peeps, "I'll be dead soon, so say your goodbyes." The only case this doesn't fail, is when two people go to get help. One of them most certainly dies, but sometimes the other person makes it out. But sometimes they die too,

Don't go there.
There are all kinds of really bad hiding options. These are places you should just avoid at all cost. Basements. You're basically underground in a cement lined hole in the ground. Most of the time basements are dilapidated and grungy, not to mention the high creep factor. And most basements only have one entrance...the way you got down there in the first place. Nowhere to exit if the killer or monster is in your house upstairs! Bathrooms. Aside from the grimy germs, there are stalls. Stalls that people can hide in. Even if you look under the stalls as you are walking by, someone could be standing on the toilet seat and you'd never know they were there. That is unless you push open the door. Even then, they're more ready to attack than you are to defend. Don't, just don't go there. Closets are another bad place. Most closets aren't very big. They are tight, confined places which you have no way to escape from. A tiny wood paneling door would be the only thing separating you from the killer/monster/bad guy.

I'm okay with admitting that I am the worst person to watch scary movies with. I generally shout statements like those above at my TV when the characters make stupid mistakes. All are valid points though, am I right? What are some other tips you can think of on how to survive a horror movie?


lotsa love to ya!

 





Von is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Harrison's Comics



I love discovering new comic book shops. In my area there is one that I frequent but Saturday I spent a large chunk of the day with my family outside of our normal wandering radius. We were going to Pokemon TCG open play in Lexington Massachusetts which was the nearest place that held game play. My family has become obsessed with playing the Pokemon trading card game, so this was well worth the 40 minute drive.We went to a collectible shop where they played, but we were also told about a comic book shop, Harrison's Comics and Pop Culture That held Pokemon open play and drafts. So we made our way over there and It was magical. First, their location was in a mall but it was huge.


I'm pretty sure that you guys are aware of my love for Deadpool, so I was naturally drawn to all of the Deadpool items they carried. They had quite a few more deadpool things (plushies, more comics, action figures, figurines etc) but I didn't take pictures of them.




This deadpool mask and word bubble combo is actually at my local comic book shop. The speech bubbles are an ingenious idea and I had to take a good hard look at the mask. I am slowly upgrading my lady deadpool cosplay (very slowly) and I have been on the hunt for a new mask. Although this one is very nicely made, its not feminine enough so I passed. But I definitely could appreciate the quality and the humor in this set.


They also had these adorable Sailor Moon key chains. I wouldn't necessarily consider myself a moonie although I do like Sailor Moon, but these were so cute! I find that the older I get the more 'cutesy' things I am attracted to. It took a lot for me to walk away and not purchase one, especially the heart locket.


Do you see that Cobra Commander laying smack dab in the middle of this picture? I had to take a picture of this because I found it coincidental. You see, I have been working on a Cobra Commander cosplay for my son recently. His version has the reflective helmet instead of the one pictured below. I laughed to myself a bit when I saw this. It basically solidified that no matter what I need to get this costume done. I say that because I've run into a few issues when making the jacket and I was honestly considering scrapping the idea. Now I will figure out a way come hell or high water to get it done. Once it's finished you can definitely expect a post with detail on that costume!



There was also a giant Hulk that I totally didn't see for the first 30 minutes I was walking around their store. This thing was at least 8 feet tall. Probably more since I'm terrible with guessing numbers of any kind.


I ended up getting this Deadpool comic book, I needed some light reading anyways. In the last month or two I've amassed quite a few Deadpool comic books and I need to organize them. That's a weekend project for sure.

Although I was there for a bit longer than I'd planned on, I have to say that I enjoyed my time there. There was so much to see from collectibles, comics, vintage toys, action figures, they had quite a variety of items to choose from. I strongly believe in supporting your local business so I feel that I did my part by making a purchase. I will definitely be going back there a few times a month, considering they are the closest place that holds Pokemon TCG drafts and open play.

lotsa love to ya!



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Von is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!