Last year, Sierra of SierraRoses SFX Makeup had a cool idea to do a few different space-themed photo shoots that would involve airbrush makeup techniques. She loosely based the concept on this Planettes art series by GDBee Art. Sierra and Dan of Dan Arango Photography teamed up to bring this concept to life, and they were nice enough to invite me to be one of their models. Everything about this sounded super cool, so of course I said yes! We did the actual shoot last January.
For my character, Sierra chose a look based on the rings of Saturn. Although I did not have a costume at the ready, I was able to repurpose the catsuit and wig I use for my Darwyn Cooke-style Catwoman cosplay and add some different accessories to switch things over to the theme.
Three other cosplayers also participated:
Natalie was Neptune,
Evelyn was Mars, and
Angela was the Milky Way. They all did an amazing job!
For this year’s MAGFest, I went with a DC Comics/historical costuming theme. Two of my costumes were of Wonder Woman, while my third was of Catwoman. My Wonder Woman looks were the 1910s suit from the movie and a regency mash-up. My Catwoman was her Golden Age look, which debuted in the 1940s.
These were all relatively new costumes for me, and I had never worn them to a con before. (In fact, I had never worn any but the Regency Wonder Woman to an event before.) Although none of them had a specific connection to gaming, they were all well received at MAGFest. It was funny watching people trying to figure out what the 1910s suit was from. Then they would see my sword, and it would all click.
Wonder Woman’s 1910s Suit
I purchased this suit off of Ebay. All I had to do was buy some accessories to complete the costume. In comparing my suit to reference photos, I noticed that stills from the movie make the suit look grey, while on-set paparazzi photos make it look brown. I think the fabric is brown in real life, but the color temperature that the movie was shot at is much cooler, making it look grey on film. Regardless, I like my suit. I really enjoyed wearing it, as it is quite comfortable, and this is not a costume you see that often. My sword is by 3D Printed Debris.
Because we did more shoots than we have in previous years, we have relatively few hall photos. There were a ton of awesome cosplayers, of which this is just a small sample.
Shiny Eevee by Tara Lyn
Star Fox by Eric
Returning to event recaps (which I am super behind on), our first con of 2019 was MAGFest. We went Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this year, opting to skip Sunday in order to recover before returning to work. Those three days were pretty packed. We bounced between playing tabletop games, walking through the dealer hall, doing photo shoots, and socializing. MAGFest is always a great way to start the year.
On Thursday, we began the con with a photographers photo shoot meetup. The idea was to get group photos of photographers, since they so rarely get to have their pictures taken. Mike participated in the shoot, while I took photos. It was a fun way to start the con and nice to meet some more local and non-local photographers.
To finish out 2018, Mike and I attended one last D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meetup at the Mustang Sally Brewery. In order to change things up (and because I did not want to have to edit more photos), we decided to both go as cosplayers. The industrial-esque setting seemed perfect for our Knightmare Batman and Catwoman costumes.
We started off working with Ali of Alicyn Drew Photography. She was experimenting with gels and bouncing the light off of the metal of a brewing tank. It made for a really cool effect!
Last December, Mike and I returned to PAX Unplugged, which took place in Philadelphia. It is a tabletop gaming convention, and this was its second year.
We had a fun time, and it was a nice way to finish our 2018 conventions. There were some organizational issues the first year, and I could tell that a bunch of effort had been put into improving for year two.
PAX Unplugged is all about the tabletop freeplay area. This is your opportunity to try out new games or to play an old favorite with friends. Compared to the first year, they expanded the number of tables and the games that were available to check out. They still might need to increase the capacity next time, but it was much improved from the first year
There are always a bunch of awesome cosplayers at Baltimore Comic-Con each year, and 2018 was no exception. Seeing all of the many different characters and fandoms represented was so cool. I am already pumped for the 2019 installment!
Here is a selection of just some of the many great cosplays we saw over the weekend.
Sunday of Baltimore Comic-Con was one of the rare times that Mike and I cosplayed together. Mike debuted his Knightmare Batman costume, based on the Rules of Engagement arc in the Batman comics, issues 33-35, written by Tom King and penciled by Joelle Jones. We made this cosplay to match my Knightmare Catwoman costume that I already had. Most of it was done using purchased materials, although we did make the chest armor. The cowl is by Ryan Eaton Creations.
Here are a couple photos I took of Mike.
My purple Balent-style Catwoman costume is one of my favorite comic book cosplays, so I knew I had to wear it to Baltimore Comic-Con. Unsurprisingly, it was a big hit! As an added bonus, the weather was nice enough for us to do photos outside, which led to some cool shots, including at sunset. I had the opportunity to work with two great photographers in addition to Mike: Notsoprophoto Photography and S1 Price Lightworks.
Here is a selection of photos I did with Mike. (I did the editing.) These first several were shot in the middle of the day.
I organized a DC Bombshells cosplay group at Baltimore Comic-Con last fall. We had ten folks participate, which was way more than I expected. Everyone did an amazing job on their costumes! I, of course, chose Catwoman for my character.
Here is the group photo. Unfortunately one of our group had to leave before we were able to take this picture, so there are only nine of us here. Three of these ladies were people we just happened to run in to at the con, which was a lucky coincidence! I was quite impressed that Mike managed to wrangle all of us into one shot.
Here is a smaller group photo with our Supergirl, who had to leave early.
Our complete roster
Hawkgirl: Jessi Moon Cosplay
Batgirl: Cosplay Rae
Huntress: Goodbye Midnight Cosplay
Batwoman: AVY Cosplay
Shazam: Crazy Jae Cosplay
Wonder Woman: Lyliah Cosplay
Riddler: Cake and Cosplay
Harley Quinn: Raedioactivity Cosplay
Supergirl: NatArchaic Cosplay