Denver Comic Con 2016:THE OUTFITS

Denver Comic Con is getting closer everyday, so that means it’s time to start thinking about what I’m going to wear. Since I go as press–and because sewing is my bane–I like to go to DCC in everyday cosplay. For last year’s convention, I ended up choosing to dress in Heisenberg everyday cosplay and Scarlet Witch everyday cosplay (I had big plans for doing Black Widow everyday cosplay, but that didn’t work out). So while I’ve got loads of other everyday cosplay outfits set up that I’ve done here on the blog and on Geek & Sundry, I wanted to create a couple of other options to potentially join my outfit lineup for Denver Comic Con 2016. Here they are:

Everyday Low-Key Hamilton Trash

Okay, so this is technically more of just an outfit, but I love this top that I got from Jordandene, and so I had to create an outfit to go around it. I’ve done Hamilton everyday cosplay before, but this shirt is too cute to not wear to big events like DCC.

Everyday Low-Key Hamilton Trash

 

Everyday Melisandre

You will have to provide your own 400 year-old body if you really want your everyday cosplay to be authentic.

…probably real fire, too, not just fire-inspired jewelry, though I don’t recommend that. You do you though.

Everyday Melisandre

 

Everyday Jenny Flint

I’ve been obsessed with this outfit since the moment I saw this episode. I just love the leather and lace Victorian superhero outfit look. Green ring for Jenny’s Silurian wife, Vastra, obvs.

Everyday Jenny Flint

 

Everyday Rey

Hot Topic and Her Universe just released their limited edition Force Awakens clothing line, and one of my favorite pieces (though there were many) was the Rey sweater. I don’t know what Rey has against proper sleeves, but I like her style.

Everyday Rey Cosplay

 

Snape-Ricot

Are you going to Denver Comic Con this year (buy tickets here)? With guests like Stan Lee, Jenna Coleman, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Karl Urban, Clark Gregg, and more this year’s convention is going to be GREAT. Let me know if you are going. I’d love to say hi! Even if you can’t go to the convention and you’re in the Denver area, be sure to hit up the 2016 convention beer launch for this year’s brew, Snape-ricot, at Breckinridge Brewery on Lincoln Street!  I love that this year’s convention brew is honoring the late Alan Rickman, and it sounds like it will be a pretty tasty beer! If you want to attend, there’s no charge to get in, the first 200 people to order the con beer get a special pint glass for free, and the artist behind the AMAZING Snape-Ricot pint glass artwork, Frankie Serna, will be there to sign your glass. And, of course, there will also be some awesome music by the Gin Doctors and Red 5.

What do you think of these looks? Do you have any suggestions of everyday cosplays I should try to Denver Comic Con? Are you dressing up for a convention this year? Tell me about all your convention plans in the comments! 

5 Fandom Friday: Fandoms I’m Thankful For

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Strangely enough, it’s been a long time since we’ve talked about fandoms on Fandom Friday, but happily we’re bringing it back to the source! It’s nearly Thanksgiving, so it’s time to take a moment to reflect on all the things we’re thankful for–fandoms included. I have quite a few fandoms to be thankful for. Whether they started me on my journey in blogging, creating amazing friends for me, or just gave me something great to watch or read I’m so happy for the fandoms in my life. I’ll be honest, I’m a proud, card-carrying member of quite a few fandoms, but here are my top 5:

Supernatural Fandom

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The Supernatural fandom was really the gateway fandom to get me into the world of geek blogging. I love the show a lot, but seeing the intense passion fans had for the show and the huge community behind it really motivated me to explore the blogging world more. I’m so grateful for this fandom–even though it can get kinda weird at times (looking at you, Wincest shippers).

Female Geek Bloggers

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*this gif is not a realistic representation of the FGB G+ Group. Though there are dozens of us. DOZENS!!!

Finding the G+ group Female Geek Bloggers was truly stumbling across hidden treasure. This group has been so amazing, and I’ve managed to not only find a bunch of other writers that I admire, but I’ve also made a few friends, too. The Geek Girl Blogger fandom/group/whatever is one I cherish so very much, and am so happy to be a part of.

The Walking Dead Fandom

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Look at that Tennessee Tophat run…

I love the Walking Dead fandom. One of the most fun things for me is to finding other Walking Dead fans in the wild be it at work, ballet, or while I’m live-tweeting each week. This is such a fun group of people, and it’s such a ridiculous fandom that we’ve actually got a show that airs after each new show to talk about the show. It’s out of control, but I love it so much.

Hanson Fandom

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Despite what this gif might make you think, Weird Al is not the 4th member of Hanson.

I remember the first time I heard a Hanson song. I was in the second grade at a roller skating rink (I’ve always known how to party hard). Despite what you may think, Hanson not only has several songs outside of “Mmmbop”, but they still are making new music. Plus, they usually do a walk for charity with their fans before each show. Hanson concerts are the best, because even if you show up to the concert alone, you’ll leave with at least two or three new friends. Hanson fans are the absolute coolest.

Star Wars Fandom

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I have always loved Star Wars, and I clearly remember the first time I saw the films. The Star Wars fandom is great, because the universe is so incredibly vast, which leaves room for fans of all sorts of “dedication” levels–and Star Wars fans are a largely welcoming group. Sure, we can be kind of critical towards the movies (looking at you Episodes I-III), it’s only because we all have so much love for the franchise. The Force Awakens is giving the fandom a whole new life, and I can’t wait to see how it continues to grow and evolve.

What fandoms are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments, and as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!

Everyday Cosplay: Captain Phasma

I am already OBSESSED with Gwendoline Christie’s Captain Phasma. Gwendoline is an all-around lovely human, as I learned this year at Denver Comic Con, so it’s no surprise that I’m obsessed with her character from The Force Awakens. Just look at her:

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While I know absolutely zero about Phasma, I think she’s going to prove to be quite the formidable foe. I can’t wait to see her up on the big screen! While I’m already pretty positive what I’ll be wearing to the Force Awakens premiere (probably my Welovefine dress), I’m still not 100% set, so I thought I’d create an everyday cosplay look to pay tribute to the amazingly badass Captain Phasma–complete with some winter wear essentials to keep you cozy while you’re waiting to be let in to the theater.

Everyday Captain Phasma

Have you decided what you’ll be wearing for the Force Awakens premiere next month? Which character are you most excited to meet for the first time? And on a related note: are you buying into the internet conspiracy theory that Luke is actually Kylo Renn (for the record, I’m not)? Let me know in the comments!  

Everyday Cosplay: Chewbacca

We’re getting close and closer to the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so as the date gets closer, here’s another everyday cosplay look that YOU can wear to the premiere–or to any other inter-galactic errands you might have.
Today, I’m paying tribute to everyone’s favorite walking carpet, Chewbacca. With the creation of more fandom-oriented outfits, you now have the option to either take the subtle route in your Chewy tribute, or you can go all out by wearing one of the newly introduced, super furry Chewy jackets. Regardless of if you want to let your geeky, Chewy-loving flag fly high, or if you want to keep things on the DL, this look is perfect for anyone who loves a Wookie. Everyday Chewbacca

Geek and Sundry Post: JJ Abrams Is Great for the Star Wars Franchise

Star Wars holds a special place in the hearts of many sci-fi fans. So while we’re all SUPER excited about The Force Awakens coming this December, there’s still a bit of concern that we’ll have another disappointing trilogy and obnoxious characters on our hands, not that I’m thinking of anyone in particular…

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*ahem*

I’m over at Geek & Sundry talking about ways I think JJ Abrams will be good for the franchise, and bring in several new fans. Check out an excerpt:

We could talk for hours about what we did and did not like about the first three, but suffice it to say that Lucas faced a set of challenges and expectations that simply are not being placed on JJ Abrams—which is great for The Force Awakens. Though he is telling a continuation of the Star Wars saga, he isn’t seen as the series patriarch. Abrams is new bloo, and fans everywhere expect him to bring a fresh, new perspective to the franchise. Lucas has been tinkering with the Star Wars universe for years, creating things like the prequel trilogy and even tinkering with the original three films by adding weird, sometimes unnecessary, and occasionally awkward CGI characters to a movie born well before it existed. You could say Lucas got a bit of tunnel vision when it came to the franchise, and I think fans everywhere are excited to see how an outsider will bringStar Wars to the screen again. There are several Star Wars fans out there who, while they love the original three (and maybe even the newer trilogy), are a bit wary of Lucas’ ability to create another good Star Wars film. Bringing a fresh face into the mix, free from any Star Wars fan hate will really free Abrams up to focus on creating a great picture.

Additionally, Abrams is also pretty famous for revamping another classic science fiction franchise, Star Trek. Abrams did a great job depicting the familiar world from the Star Trek universe while adding his own personal touch (LENSE FLARE!) to update look and feel of a sci-fi classic. While a lot of die-hard Trekkies weren’t thrilled with Into Darkness, there’s no denying that Abrams managed to take the helm of the Star Trek franchise and create a movie that excited longtime fans  while also bringing new ones in. Both Star Trek movies are good films, and — love or hate Into Darkness — the alternate universe aspect of the movies makes both films an interesting addition to that particular canon…

There’s a TON of pressure on Abrams to make this movie work, and work well. However, I think that with the Disney powerhouse behind the movie, a seasoned, trusted director at the helm, and a horde of crazy talented actors, we’ll have a great film on our hands. With products out there like the cartoons and comics, new fans are already being brought into the Star Wars fandom, and I think that will only continue as time goes on.

Do you think Abrams will be good for the franchise? Can you see him bringing in new fans in a way Lucas never could? Are you excited for Force Awakens? Read the rest of the article at Geek & Sundry, and let’s talk about it!

Star Wars Watch Party: Themed Snacks

With the release of The Force Awakens getting closer every month, it’s time for Star Wars fans to start re-watching the original six. If you’re like me, a one or two-night binge simply isn’t going to work, so watching all six will take some time–which is why I’m starting now.

Of course, if you’re also like me, you’ve recently discovered that one of your closest friends has never–NEVER, I say!!!–seen any of the Star Wars films.

Star-Wars-Gif-whatI know. 

After learning this shocking news, me, my husband, and my friend’s husband decided it was imperative to repair the ills of her childhood by having mini watch parties for each of the Star Wars films.

Of course, when you’re taking a friend down the rabbit hole of Star Wars fandom for the very first time, there must be a sense of occasion. So here on the blog I’ll be posting a few ideas you can employ to make your Star Wars watch parties a bit more special, be they simply a re-watch to get you ready for Force Awakens, or if you’re watching the films for the very first time.

Previously, I gave a few Star Wars-inspired everyday cosplay ideas. While it’s great to look cute, a good watch party is nothing without tasty snacks, amirite? For our rewatch party, I made a Death Star-esque fruit pizza. Check it out:

Death Star Fruit Pizza

It’s no work of culinary art, but it was a fun, easy, themed snack. It’s also hella tasty. Next time, I’d probably used fewer blackberries to make the line and circle stand out more–I had just bought a TON of blackberries, and I felt badly for not using them.

Want to try to make your own Death Star fruit pizza?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1-2 cans of refrigerated cressent rolls (I usually use 2 if it’s for more than 4 people)
  • Cool Whip
  • Chocolate Pudding Mix
  • Fruit (I usually do bananas and berries, but do what sounds yummy to you!)
  1. Spread the cressents to cover a greased pizza pan, and cook it according to the instructions on the packaging
  2. Mix the pudding mix together with the Cool Whip
  3. Spread the pudding/Cool Whip mix onto your cooked cressent base
  4. Arrange the fruit in the best Death Star shape you can muster
  5. If you have time, pop it in the fridge for an hour or so to cool (not necessary, but it tastes better cold), and enjoy!

Not into fruit pizza? Here are a few other fun, Star Wars snacks from around the interwebz that you can try (links below)!

Rebel Cookies and Blue Milk (Nerdist)

Tie Fighters (Catch My Party)

Storm Trooper Marshmallow Pops (Mummy Deals)

Obi-Wan Kabob-ies (Catch My Party)

Lightsaber Pretzels (Two Sisters Crafting)

Leia Cupcakes (Catch My Party)

What are some of your favorite Star Wars-inspired snacks? Are you planning a Star Wars watch party to get ready for Force Awakens? Let me know in the comments!

Cinema Blend Post: Star Wars and the Mysterious Captain Phasma

Hey, guys! So the end of this year has been nutty with me starting at Cinema Blend and entering into crunch time for my studio’s production of The Nutcracker. Because of that, I’ve been a bit scarce around here, and I apologize for that. Things will get back to normal once Nutcracker ends, I promise! For now, I’m at Cinema Blend talking about a new character that is headed our way on The Force Awakens. I hope you’ll join me over there to talk about this “Captain Phasma” person. Seriously am I the only one who thinks that’s a dumb name?? Honestly, with all the fuss over “Saber-Gate“…

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…you’d think there would be more hubbub over giving a character a name that makes him sound like he’s Captain Planet’s right hand man, amirite?

Also? That light saber is actually awesome, so…anyway…On to my Cinema Blend article…

Last week brought the clever, trading card-themed release of several character names for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. That adorable droid that looks like a mash-up of a soccer ball and R2-D2 is named BB-8. The sith with that arguably awesome lightsaber is named Kylo Ren, and Jason Boyega’s character is named Finn. However, the name that has really got Star Wars fans talking is Captain Phasma. Who exactly is Captain Phasma?

Prior to Disney’s character name release, Disney filed copyright applications for each of their characters names that were a part of the release. However, Stitch Kingdom has uncovered that along with the characters registered who were represented in the teaser trailer, allowing us to put a name to the face (or back, in Kylo Ren’s case), a “Captain Phasma” was also a registered name…

Read the rest at Cinema Blend!

Cinema Blend Post: My Only Problem With The Force Awakens Trailer

Unless you’re living under a rock (or, asleep I guess…or fighting the maddening Black Friday crowds), you’ve probably heard that a teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released online today. I’ll embed it below, for your viewing pleasure.

I’m over at Cinema Blend talking about why I’m a bit bummed we didn’t get to see Luke, Leia or Han. The trailer was AMAZING, but I was really, really hoping we’d get a glimpse of at least one member of the amazing trio. I hope you’ll follow me over to Cinema Blend. Let me know what you thought of the trailer in the comments, and be sure to visit my Cinema Blend author page to see all of the other stuff I’ve written for them!

The Star Wars fandom imploded when the trailer for The Force Awakens was officially released on iTunes this morning (you can see it in theaters, too). Not to oversell it to you, but it was kind of amazing. Amazing new Sith lightsabers, cool new droids, new faces, and the Millennium Falcon even got its chance to shine. I loved it, but I couldn’t help feeling like there were three very important faces that were missing: Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Han Solo.

Here are 5 big reasons why their absence really does matter…

Read the rest over at Cinema Blend!