Happy June!

It’s June! A few days until my birthday. There’s so much coming up, I can’t wait!

This upcoming week is the Superhero walk and Niagara Falls Comicon. Ill only be up Saturday. Ill be wearing my Kaylee Frye costume – look for the parasol LOL I want to get a photo op with Cary Elwes, but mostly I am going to see friends

Ive started working on the armor for Mera…hopefully I don’t doof it ๐Ÿ™ I know it won’t be perfect, but I really want to challenge myself and learn new skills. Ill be ordering the bodysuit as soon as the company gets back to me on a question I have.

Justice League of WNY is now officially a NYSย  recognized non-profit – whooo. I’ve filled in more events the group will be in in my appearance list

A Little Bit of May

Welp, I had another unexpected cosplay opportunity pop up. Kaylee, from Firefly. Think Geek had a MASSIVE one day clearance sale and I got her coveralls for $18 ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ Add in pretty much any of my raglan shirts and its mostly set.

I lucked out BIG time when someone was reselling the out of print parasol of hers that Think Geek had about 4 years ago. SCOOOORE On Poshmark of all places LOL

Still haven’t painted my ice axe for Lara Croft ๐Ÿ˜›

We have 2 walks this month, hopefully lots of fun

Spring-ish?

Holy cow, its FINALLY warm-ish. Temps are anywhere between 40-60 and honestly, Ill take it over the snow.

JLWNY has done a few events. We had something every weekend in April. Lots of fun and networking. Hopefully, in a couple weeks we will officially be a register charity group. We can then file for a fundraiser status soย  that we can raise operating expenses as well as for charities of our choice. After that, we will be aiming to earn a 501c3 tax exempt status – so fingers crossed.

ENDGAME – just OMG :O I held back my tears because I didn’t want to smudge my make up, true story. Ill probably see it again but not in costume so I can ugly cry all I want. I won’t give spoilers, but lets just say I concur that Steve Rogers has America’s Ass ๐Ÿ˜€ I also loved the shout out to A Force –ย  pleeeeeeease let that become a thing!

Costume wise, I need to finish painting the ice axe for my updated Lara Croft. Its going to be mostly Shadow of the Tomb Raider, with a bit of the movie thrown in. My steampunk Captain Marvel is one of those that I am working on at my leisure. You know, a bit here, a bit there. Its sort of my work on between bigger projects. I need to put the red cuffs on (might be a little challenge with the way the jacket is designed), make my gaiters, and an aviator’s cap. Im also making a new belt for American Dream. I needed new pants and they don’t quite match the blue of the top because its a different material (but otherwise I love them). If I use the belt that came with the costume,ย  I would have 3 different blues, so I decided to make a new brown belt so the color shift doesn’t look as obvious until I can buy the real replacement pants. Plus, I can make the pickets actually fit things like my phone and trading cards ๐Ÿ˜› My BIG costume Im gearing up for is Mera, JL version. I want to make the armor. While I like the made ones online, I think I can make it look better with the proper armor. Save my big purchase for Valkyrie. I hope to have it done in enough time for Fanexpo and to get a picture with Jason Mamoa in it ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

NFL DRAFT – I LOVE what Brandon Beane has done for the Bills. I LOVE that the players he selected truely want to be here. Exciting times ahead. Trust the Process. We get to the Super Bowl again, Ill fucking tattoo that somewhere. Although I want a Flerken tattoo first….assuming I can stop spending money on cosplay :O

 

I think I had my post disappear??

I swear I had made a post not tooย  long ago, but I see no evidence on it ;_;

So since the holidays, admittedly, not a whole lot except trying to stay warm. I’ve been fortunate that MOST of the bad weather happened on the weekends, so I didn’t have to go out. I did get 2 paid snow day from work tho, so SCORE!

One of my cats is having teeth issues and had been hiding on us. Because he wasn’t eating, he dropped a ton of weight, which became obvious on a typically broad (but not fat) cat. We have been giving him extra feedings, which he has been very happy about. Unfortunately, the other cats have learned this and have started following us every time we go upstairs. My cats are all 16 this year, so I am very happy to see my Alpha kitty have his personality back. He has taken to exerting his dominance over my Goose plush-stand in -_-*** He spent all of the last two days doing this:

….and YES, my Captain Marvel replacement did come in and ITS AWESOME! Its also THICKER than the previous model, so its a LOT warmer – its practically insulated. It might be an issue when the weather gets warm tho, so no sunny events come July LOL The more I wear it, the more it loosens up, so its been great. the only down side is that I didn’t specify the calf width and the boots don’t fit. I had to order a new set ;_; In the meantime, I’m wearing my black and red moto boots from New Rock that I usually wear with my Harley Quinn costume. Hey, it works!

Bob has taken some AMAZING portraits of me in this costume and he won’t let me share them until he publishes his book of cosplay composites…which will be FOREVER since he is on image 25 and he wants 100 ;_;

Tomorrow is the Captain Marvel fan event and I AM SO EXCITED! And yes, Im dressing up. Im also going with members of JLWNY on FRIDAY (also in costume). Its also pay day so I plan on buying the CM BUILD A BEAR because I am ๐Ÿ˜› I’m probably always going to be 5 years old. Fight me ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s a shot of me with my friend and amazing artist, Will Rodriguez of Creative Zenith <3

Merry Xmas 2018

Pffft yeah, I don’t write a lot..

So, yes my MCU Captain Marvel came in and its awesome…and when I wore it for Halloween at work and for a party I was hired to entertain at a fire hall, I ended up puncturing it. It looks like when I went potty the back zipper flipped under and caught it ๐Ÿ™ Now the hole didn’t spread, which speaks to its durability. I was able to reinforce it and it SHOULD be ok, but with it being compromised, I was concerned.

Originally, I was going to see about replacing just the jumpsuit, but when I was looking up info for a friend, I saw that the shop made a new version already. I made a little noise and my husband, who was standing right over my shoulder, rolled his eyes and told me to go get it LOL I love him! But I waited for the Christmas Sale ๐Ÿ˜€

Now I DID start making a review video for the previous version….but the damage came right after I made the raw pieces. Now I will wait until I have the newer version and I make it a compare video ๐Ÿ™‚

Otherwise, Ive added a few more events to the 2018 Gallery and its now a wrap.

Ill be getting the site ready for 2019 and prioritizing my next cosplay goals. Some store bought, some hand made…we’ll see how it goes to see what Ill do first

Its been a crazy year. There’s been a few low points, with assholes crossing my path, but the GREAT people and experiences Ive had this year FAR outweigh them

I probably won’t have anymore updates until next year, so as my boss likes to say “See ya on the flip side!”

Im bad at titles

A few bits:

  1. My MCU Captain Marvel has still not shipped. When I ordered it says if you want it for an event to give 13 days notice. I gave 16. 16 days is how long it took my last order from them to come in. We are now on day 18 ๐Ÿ™ I hope it comes in this week…and definitely want it by Halloween ;_;
  2. I did wear the comic version of Captain Marvel at the Hamilton Comicon. I was the only one and it went over very well. I got to see a number of my friends and overall had a nice time.
  3. Checked email. Still no shipping notice ๐Ÿ™
  4. Video. Im going to be putting out some videos onto youtube. Im almost done with my first one, which is comparing the Injustice 2 Harley Quinn costume from XCoser and Procosplay. I intend to review all my bought costumes as well as go over how I made/put together others. There will be unboxings and who knows what else. I need better video lighting. Although my kitchen is bright enough, there isn’t enough directionally on me so my shadows are harsh on my face.
  5. Email ding…still not a shipping notice
  6. Met Larry Sharpe tonight, the Libertarian candidate for governor. This is a man who should be fixing the mess NYS is in.
  7. Added a few more appearances. Light the Night this Friday at Delaware Park, an grand opening for a Domino’s, and a Veterans Day parade in November.
  8. Thankful for spell check. Just saying.
  9. GTG to bed soon…hopefully Ill wake up to that shipping notice

Long time no blog

Yeah its been a bit. A lot has happened, some good, some bad. I update a lot over at Instagram.

So what has gone on? Lots of events. We just wrapped up Buffalo Comicon, Fall Edition. It was wonderful seeing a lot of friends. Ive got a ton of pictures, which I have to sort still before I put them up here

Members of the Justice League of WNY also participated in Offbeat Cinema segments, Cobblestone Live!, and Music is Art

Con-wise I only have Hamilton Comicon (Oct 13) and Joe D’s Toy Show (Oct 27). I am hoping that the costume I just ordered will be in time for both- MCU Captain Marvel ๐Ÿ˜€ย  Its a -little- more than I wanted to spend, but the shipping is what got me. I think the shoes made it heavier and cost more. The company isย  great tho, ProCosplay.com and I hadย  $15 off coupon I won in one of their groups. I actually don’t mind the shipping with them because they will DHL it overnight as soon as its made.

Im also working on a Lady Blackhawk, but I have to modify the jacket I found. This is mostly for when any of my friends want to do a Birds of Prey theme. Everyone goes for Canary or Huntress, so I wanted a different character I can pull off.

Bob put out a photography book on his Cosplay photography, so check it out. Im on the cover lol

Comparing Xcoser and Procosplay Injustice 2

Having had to replace my Injustice 2 Harley Quinn costume, I went with another company. I thought I would do a comparison for those thinking about it and wanted the pros and cons.

Xcoser’s version: $116.19 with free shipping since its over $99
Procosplay’s Version: $129 +$45 shipping

Turnaround time: XCoser’s took a full month from order to delivery. Procosplay took 16 days.

Material: Both are pick up leather. XCoser’s is thicker and shinier than Procosplay’s. Both are constructed well.

Fit: With XCoser, even though I am a small on their chart, I ordered medium because I was unsure since it was my first costume shop order. I would say that the top fit true to their medium. I had to get a strapless +2 cup bra to fill it out. The pants are very very tight. I cant really sit very well in it. It really digs in and gives me a muffin top ๐Ÿ™

With Procosplay, I fell into their large size. The top jusssst fits and the pants are a little loose, but not annoyingly so.

So piece by piece….Xcoser on the left and Procosplay on the right on all pictures

Jackets: I like the fit of the Xcoser’s. Its sturdy and comfortable. I wear it out as a regular jacket sometimes. Its not totally screen accurate, but I dig it. The emblem isn’t quite right and was my only real complaint.

With Procosplay its more screen accurate. They squished up the sleeves, which I don’t like. I love to wear my jacket pieces out, so Im not sure I would with this one with the sleeves permanently up. The epaulets also need to be secured. Emblem is accurate.

Winner = Both

Tops: Xoser cheated and made it a bustier. Its very short compared to how it should be. I feel weird wearing it without the jacket, so on hot days, I would swap in my Arkham City top instead. I also needed a +2 cup strapless bra to fit into it. See comments above about sizing.

Procosplay made an actual vest. My problem with it is the top between the shoulders and the breasts kinda puff out, while it is just fitting from the breast down. You could see way too much through the arm holes. I did bring in the seams at the top and that helped, but didnt fix it 100% However, it is wearable now sans jacket. On the plus side, its comfortable and I don’t have to wear a bra. Its also more screen accurate.

Winner: Procosplay

Cincher: XCoser’s is very thick and sturdy. Procosplay’s is a bit loose. The gap in front is much larger than I prefer and it has a different red as the trim for some reason.

Winner: XCoser

Pants: You can see from the picture that the XCoser one is more of a slim fit cut and that Procosplay is more of a boot cut. XCoser barely fit me. It made my butt look great, but I couldn’t really sit. It also split on me along the belt area early June, hence trying a different company. I may tailor the Procosplay one’s a little bit, but now I can sit and do action poses.

Winner: Procosplay

Belts: XCoser’s is nice and thick….but barely fits on me. Procosplay’s is very long (likely to accommodate all sizes they carry) but can’t hold up too much

Winner: Neither, I bought a new one from Walmart for $6 that was similar in look to Procosplays =/

Pouches: Xcoser’s is large and with a snap shut. They are however shallow. Great for carrying trading cards. Procosplay’s is shorter but has more depth. The flaps don’t clasp but it didn’t matter.

Winner: Both. Its your preference and depends on what you intend to carry. Neither will carry a large phone. I have a tactical case that blends in.

Knee and elbow guards: Xcoser came with these weird fabric ones that cut off my circulation. Procosplay came with real guards.

Winner: Procosplay

Holsters (guns not included with order): XCoser’s snaps to your pants. They are accurate for the pistol intended. Procosplay’s the straps of the holsters are more accurate but the holster isย  not. Ive taken the top strap from Procosplay and put it on the holsters from XCoser.

Winner: Xcoser

Accessories: Xcoser came with none. I had to buy additional gloves and goggles for it. Procosplay came with goggles and gloves.

Overall my winner is Procosplay. XCoser is still a great choice if you are looking to save a few bucks and don’t mind waiting.

Taste of Buffalo

WNY Superheroes and Cosplayers had a blast at the Taste of Buffalo this year. Big thank you to Paula’s donuts for bringing us in. Kids of all ages really enjoyed seeing the different characters! I even ran out of trading cards to pass out! So next year, I would definitely bring more as well as wear costumes that have cards made up.

It also didn’t matter what my costume was, I was baking LOL Sure Susan, wear Black Widow on a 84 degree day XD

Thanks to all the vendors who enjoyed seeing us and gave us free food – Sidelines had AMAZING fried pickles! Bravo! has THE BEST Lobster Bisque

Hopefully, we’ll be back next year! ๐Ÿ˜€

Replacing InJ2 HQ

So, at Flower City I had a little incident with my InJ2 pants and it split along the belt line. Thankfully not in other places ๐Ÿ˜ก

After selling off a few things and getting some monies owed to me, I went ahead and ordered a new one. Im trying a different company, Pro cosplay. I had good recommendations for them and it looks more screen accurate.

Taste of Buffalo will be the last time I wear the current InJ2…but I have a back up costume in case my mending doesn’t hold up ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Hopefully at the end of this month Ill have a new one. Ironically the old old was delivered this month last year, so its a weird anniversary? o_O

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