I had another wonderful opportunity to work with my friend Beth of Early Bird Photo (formerly BWPW Photography) in January. I told her I wanted to do a shoot featuring my Black Canary cosplay (based on the art of Ed Benes), which is not one I wear all that often. Beth found some awesome locations (very industrial looking but still colorful). One was a car mechanic shop that was being renovated and the other one was, I think, a former gas station or convenience store. Both had interesting colors or patterns painted on their walls, which created a lot of visual interest.
I can’t wait to work with Beth again. If you are ever in the Durham, NC area, I highly recommend booking a session with her.
Last day of the con, last costume. I went with a casual option because, let’s face it, I’m usually exhausted by the Sunday of a convention when it’s three days long, much less four days. During the holiday sale season I found a dress at Hot Topic that was Mulan themed and less than $30. Score. All I had to do was accessorize. I made a necklace out of jade-colored Czech glass beads (and a pair of gold dangle earrings, though they are hidden by my wig in the photos) and a hair flower out of an organza flower base, some ribbon, and rhinestones. Topped it off with a Diana wig in black from Epic Cosplay.
I need to do a proper post recapping how I put this costume together, because I actually bothered to take pictures of some of the process. I was lucky and was able to snag one of the Batwoman dresses from Hot Topic before they sold out, but then I went on an odyssey searching for proper socks and how to make a con-safe bat. It turns out that if you look for black and red socks, nearly all of them are black with red stripes, not red with black stripes. Until you specifically search for soccer and rugby socks made in the UK. Go figure. I was fortunate to find a foam bat that I could draw on with Sharpie markers. Some cons let you take in wooden props, but some do not, so I wanted something that was even less likely to fail a weapons check. I also assembled the hat (sewing the ears and attaching a logo patch) and made the mask (using techniques I learned at Costume College last year).
When a fountain interrupts your photo shoot…
On to photos of my cosplay from Friday at MAGFest. I debuted a new Judy Hopps costume, which turned out nicely. Plus, I got to meet up with my friend Marcus, Dragon the Keyblade Maker, who was cosplaying as Nick Wilde. Mike took some great photos of the two of us. It was cool to have a cosplay team up.
This year’s MAGFest took place right after I finished a large project at work, which for some reason meant that I decided to cosplay all four days of the convention. It was my way of letting loose, I guess!
To keep things manageable, a couple of my costumes were on the low key side, starting with this version I put together of Princess Luna from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
This costume was inspired by these galaxy tights I got from ModCloth. I was wearing them at PAX East last spring while also wearing some Yaya Han fox ears, and a lady asked me if I was dressed as Princess Luna. I said no, but I also said that it was a good thought. Fast forward to late last year, and on a whim I ordered a Hestia wig in the Blue Black Fusion colorway from Epic Cosplay and a dark blue alicorn ears/horn/wings bundle from Yaya Han. Then I found a beautiful Luna necklace from We’re All Mad Here. Throw in a simple t-shirt dress, and I was good to go.
I’m in the process of making a crown to go with this for the next time I wear it, but other than that, I’m very happy with the result!
Here are photos of some of the many, many cosplayers we saw at MAGFest. I was really impressed by the great variety of fandoms represented. Characters from movies, comics, video games, cartoons…. Compared to the other gaming convention we go to (PAX East), the cosplay community at MAGFest appears to be larger and much more active. This may be because of the size of the greater DC market and the high number of cons that take place here.
We rented two prime lenses to try out that weekend, both Nikon f1.8’s, but one was a 20 mm and the other was a 24 mm. We liked them both, but in the end decided to purchase the 20 mm. It should be a nice addition to the line up.
The Purple Man and Psylocke
Snorlax (Black Meadow Studio)
The Smash Bros Photo Shoot
I don’t really know what this is, but points for effort!
Fix-It Felix (Fix-It Jim Cosplay)
Rom as Vyse from Skies of Arcadia
Katie as Crash Bandicoot
Dragon the Keyblade Maker as an original character Jedi
Original character faun
Original character ram
David as Duke Thomas
Here are the hall shots we took of cosplayers at PAX East. There were a ton of wonderful costumes. When PAX East first started, the number of people coming in cosplay was relatively small. It was great to see so many costumes in the seventh year of this con.
Navi and Link
I think this is a kimono design of Sailor Moon
Male version of Metal Gear Solid’s Quiet
Catwoman and League of Legends Poro Queen (Little Lulu Puff and AzzyLand)
League of Legends PROJECT: Leona
Thor (Bonnies Cosplay)
Ash and Misty
This may be a steampunk Harley Quinn
League of Legends Star Guardian Lux
League of Legends Order of the Lotus Irelia
League of Legends Queen Ashe and Winter Wonder Lulu
Sailor Chibi Moon
League of Legends Poro Queen (Little Baby Chan)
Spider-Gwen (Nearly Farley)
Winter Soldier/Bucky and Captain America
George R.R. Martin
League of Legends Anivia (CFStudios)