In addition to our many Catwoman photo shoots at PAX East, we also did pictures of a few other costumes. On Friday, Mike wore his Garfield the Deals Warlock cosplay again, so I got photos of that. Then on Saturday we had the pleasure of shooting with our friend Liz of Goodbye Midnight Cosplay in her Witcher/Star Wars mashup. Finally on Sunday we reprised our My Little Bruins costumes.
We were in a bit of a rush on Friday, so I did not get a lot of photos of Mike in his Garfield the Deals Warlock. (Garfield is a character in The Adventure Zone podcast.) I was also in the process of learning how to use our new camera. Despite these logistical challenges, I’m quite happy with how the photos came out.
The faces Mike makes!
At PAX East this year, I did something I’ve always wanted to do, which is cosplay Catwoman for multiple days of a con. I have so many Catwoman costumes that I can wear several distinct looks back-to-back, which allows me to highlight the many facets of the character. Catwoman was created over 75 years ago, and I love exploring her rich history.
For this con, I chose “Knightmare” Catwoman for Thursday, DC Bombshells Catwoman for Friday, and Jim Balent-style Catwoman for Saturday. These are three very different takes on the character, and I love cosplaying each of them.
The “Knightmare” Catwoman design is from the “Rules of Engagement” arc in the Batman comic, written by Tom King and drawn by Joelle Jones. I whipped this cosplay up quickly for a photo shoot earlier in the year, but this was my first time wearing it to a con. It’s one of my more practical costumes!
We mostly shot in a small area with large windows on the second floor of the convention center. The textured concrete wall in this photo is one of our favorite spots, as you’ll notice from our pictures throughout the weekend. There are not that many great backgrounds at the BCEC, so we’re usually shooting here or in front of the many plate-glass windows.
PAX East is probably the least cosplay-heavy convention of those that we go to regularly. With the exception of Overwatch and League of Legends cosplay, it’s a bit of a mixed bag as to what you’ll find. That being said, the cosplay you do see is great. Plus, with all the windows throughout the BCEC, there’s a decent chance of getting good hall photos.
This year we saw few cosplayers on Thursday and Sunday, but a bunch on Friday and Saturday. On to the photos!
The only hall photo we took on Thursday was of this awesome Aloy by Fenix Fatalist Cosplay.
Daisy as Raven. Well done on the makeup!
What a cute Poe Dameron/BB-8 cosplay! Featuring Jason.
I haven’t done a tutorial or dress diary post in so long! I used to love writing these, but between my job and photographing a lot of events, I just haven’t had the time. However, I have been trying to take progress photos regardless, and I just uploaded a bunch from my DC Bombshells Catwoman build last winter. I’m really pleased with how that costume came out, so I wanted to share how I made it.
My primary references were these two images. The first is an illustration by Ant Lucia, who did most of the designs for the DC Bombshells.
The second is a photo of the statue that was produced based on Lucia’s art. I also own one of these statues, so I could take a look at it in three dimensions.
I also looked at the sketches that can be found in the book, The Art of DC Comics Bombshells. Based on these references, I broke down the costume into its component pieces: the dress, the hat, the gloves, the jewelry, the shoes/stockings/garters, and the props.
On Sunday of Awesome Con, I decided to wear an older costume, my Stephanie Brown Robin. I had last worn it to PAX East in 2015, so I thought it was time to bring it out again. For this wearing, I fixed up the belt and made a new mask.
On Saturday of Awesome Con, Maggie and I decided to both wear Outlander costumes. We had planned to do that last year, but it fell through. When I posted our plans on Facebook, I found out that Rebecca was also going to wear an Outlander cosplay that day, so I arranged a meetup for us three to do photos with Mike.
The afternoon light was a bit strong, but Mike made the best of it by strategically angling us with the sun at our backs.
On Friday of Awesome Con, I wore my DC Bombshells Catwoman cosplay for the first time. To be honest, I hadn’t originally planned on finishing this costume for Awesome Con. I had started it on a whim when I had a quiet weekend earlier in the winter, and I had no firm plans or expectations. But then Jamey said she was trying to finish a DC Bombshells Black Canary for Awesome Con, so I decided to make a push as well. I was on a busy project at work at that time, so I cut my sewing close. I was putting the final stitches in my gloves on Friday morning. However, it all worked out in the end!
I started out the day by taking a few photos with Mike. Gave us both a chance to warm up before shooting with others later.
Mike and I saw a lot of excellent cosplayers at Awesome Con this year. Since the convention is pretty open in terms of theme, there is always a really large variety of fandoms represented, which I love. You can find something for everyone.
The Little Mermaid
I was excited to get the opportunity to work with a number of different photographers at the March D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meet up. I debuted a new cosplay, “Knightmare” Catwoman, based on the “Rules of Engagement” arc in the Batman comics, written by Tom King, with art by Joelle Jones. The design is similar to that seen in the Batman nightmare sequence in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but interpreted for Catwoman. (Given that the movie was only so-so, I was excited that Tom King decided to bring that costume design into the comics universe, both for Batman and Catwoman. It takes an interesting costume and puts it in a better story.) It was the perfect cosplay for a shoot at the Graffiti Warehouse, and it used a lot of things I already had in the closet. (Yes, I have now gotten to the point where I have done so many Catwoman cosplays that I can throw a new one together using a lot of things I already have!)
On to the photos. I’ll start with the ones that Mike took of me (and I edited), followed by ones taken by other photographers.
Mike and I started by working in the ground floor room of the warehouse, which has lots of cool graffiti, but is also pretty dark. We had to be creative to get decent lighting. Mike had me get up on a metal countertop facing the center of the room. He said he wanted to try a “draw me like one of your French girls” pose. I was skeptical it would work. Hence this face.
But I have to say, it did work!
In March, Mike and I were able to attend another D.C. Cosplay Photo Shoots meet up. The location was the Graffiti Warehouse in Baltimore, which is a really cool artist space with lots of graffiti murals both inside and outside. The theme was “Grit,” meaning rough-and-tumble or post-apocalyptic characters. However, due to a busy local cosplay schedule (Katsucon was just a couple weeks beforehand), cosplayer signups were on the short side, so the theme ended up being expanded to anything that would fit with the location.
I invited Maggie along because I thought she would enjoy participating in a D.C. Cosplay shoot. She wore her beautiful Violet Baudelaire costume (from A Series of Unfortunate Events).
This post is about the photos that Mike took of other cosplayers (and I edited). I’ll follow up with a post on photos of me later.
This was my first time editing in Lightroom, as Mike and I finally decided to upgrade from Adobe Bridge CS5. It took a little getting used to, but a lot of the basic layout and tools are similar. Plus, it gave me the opportunity to play around with some Scott Kelby presets, which I had wanted to do for a while.
On to the photos!
The first cosplayer that Mike worked with was Lily of Cool Beans Cosplay, as fem Spider-Man. I love her costume, especially with all the colors and textures.