So I’ve made a pact with myself for this year’s costuming and Dragon*con:

Or rather a list to abide by…

1. Stop stressing out about costumes. It’s stupid. : There’s literally no need to give a shit what people think about your craftsmanship or how accurately you made something. WHO CARES. They’re shit fucks for pointing out anything anyway. I’ve tried making things incredibly accurate in the past…and guess what? IT’S UNATTAINABLE! Like perfection. At least for me it isn’t. And perfection is unattainable by all. So I’m trying to take more comfort in that.

2. If someone comes up to me and says something about my costume, for which they try to pass of as “creative criticism”. Be prepared, I might flash you my asshole. Good day to you.: No but seriously…I’m not even standing this shit any more. Nor am I going to humor any one else that does this. Or if I see it happening to someone else. I’m done with it. Try it on me and fear my wrath.

3. I’m not paying a good chunk of change I could be spending on something more clever, to babysit, give a shit about or follow around people who need to learn to have their own good time at a convention. : I don’t follow anyone around anyway, and I’m not keen on other people following us around. We’re loners and we like it that way. If you have a problem with that and I receive some tacky social media private message from you about it…AH GOOD DAY TO YOU.

4. Done with overly dramatic people who feel as if the world revolves around them. : Self explanatory.

5. If something breaks, rips, sweats off, etc. off of our costumes…I’m not giving a shit. : And if someone points it out, we’re reverting back to #2. It’s a convention. You’re meant to have fun. DEAL WITH IT.

6. I don’t buy the right fabrics. I’m learning to like that again. Because I do not have the money to be able to afford $$ -$$$ and higher range fabric. : When I can afford it, I get it. If I can make it work…I’ll make it fuckin’ work.

7. Stop letting no good, fuck face, pieces of shit get me down. : If you’re gonna act like a taint waffle, I’m not even going to give you the time of day. And yes, I realize there are loads of taint waffles at conventions. I’ve ignored far more annoying kids in middle school when I was 100lbs over weight. I can handle these douche canoes. I’m tired of letting others ruin a perfectly good hobby for me.

8. Be happy with the skills I have. : They’re what I have and I can’t change them. Only work as hard as I can.

9. Don’t work so hard for just a costume. : It’s just a costume. You’re getting too old to cry in the middle of your own floor because something doesn’t fit like it did on a size 2 actress. Fuck it. I don’t compete nor do I care to. I never started to sew to compete. I started it to be a part of a community during LotR. When no one gave a flying fuck if you had done something accurately or had any type of following on a social media site….because there wasn’t any social media sites! And I loved that…Miss it really…

10. Love what you’ve done in the past and embrace other things. : I like what I like and making costumes isn’t the only thing I do. It’s only part. 

Getting so seriously invested makes me feel like a fool. It makes me look like a fool too. I’ve treated others spitefully, inadvertently because others around me made me feel like I need to “up my game”. And for what? Ya know…piss off. I have no game to up at a convention and neither do you.

The spite, the dramatic over kill. The literal VENGEANCE….it’s taken a toll on me for the past 10 years. And if I’m going to step foot into a convention again, I’ve got to reform everything that I’ve witnessed in those years. 

It wasn’t the whole 10 years. Several were still light hearted. No cares of costumes being up to some sort of weird, invisible standard. It was merely to have fun. As the con scene got popular, the cattiness really revved up. And I feel like I became a damaged product of my con environment. 

Listen, I don’t care how big or small I look in a costume…why am I doing 300 situps to look skinnier in spandex? I should be doing it for my health. And I should be doing it when I want to do it.

If you don’t like my fat ass in spandex, well too bad. My significant other of 10+ years does.

And I don’t care. I’m older, wiser. I’m happier not giving a shit about how good my costume looks. I’ll still make stuff, as I still get excited for researching, fabric hunting and crafting. But I am completely removing the negative. 

So if you see something that you believe is “inaccurate” on our costumes this year and you come up and say something about it? Don’t be shocked when we flick you off and walk away. It’s the last childish act I’ll lend to this hobby of costuming and convention going.

Drama Stereotypes

Costumers: Masters of sass. Also- fed up with actors’ bullshit.

Props: Chill, like super chill. Until actors fuck something up. Low-key amazing.

Lights: Pretty shy unless they’re with other lights people, then they go crazy.

Sound: Mature, usually hanging out with older people. Mysterious?

Grips: Technically they have to be quiet, but they fucking rock black. Calm under pressure.

Stage Managers/Directors: Bossy, but that’s in the job description. You might think they’re sarcastic, but you can never really be sure.

Hair/Makeup: Literally all they want is for actors to fucking hold still and not to touch their head.

Publicity: What even are you?

Starring Roles: Welcome to superiority complex city. But, on the other hand, they’re usually super sweet and not aware of how condescending they are.

Chorus or Supporting Roles: Usually humble and grateful, but can also be verrrrryyyyyyyy bitter.

Audience: ALL THESE PEOPLE DON’T GET ALONG FOR MONTHS FOR YOU TO THROW YOUR PROGRAMS AND SHIT ALL OVER THE FLOOR

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VIDEO: DeAndre Jordan gets a first look at the new Batsuit, Batmobile, and the Superman and Wonder Woman costumes for “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice”.

Toys R Us has got some pretty cool exclusive toys for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Firstly, they’ve got War Machine roleplaying gear.

Then, they’ve got some 3.75″ action figures.

And finally, they’ve got some exclusive Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver Minimates (pictured here with the Iron Man and Black Widow pack).

This is important because Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch have been left out of pretty much all merch so far.  I mean, Scarlet Witch has two action figures and a Funko Pop coming out down the road, but I want merch for her nooow, and aside from the Lego minifigure and these Minimates, I haven’t seen any.  And it must be even rougher for people who love Quicksilver, because I haven’t even heard rumblings of upcoming stuff for him.

But anyway, there you have it: Toys R Us exclusives for Age of Ultron

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So I’ve been working hard and I’m getting a bit more efficient at getting costumes done quickly, and I’m able to take on some more commissions.  I’m trying to save up money to go with my friends to Japan next year and it would really help if I could get more costumes made!  This would be my first vacation since 2012 and I could really use one!

All of the above costumes were made by myself!  I have a BA in theatre arts and one of my emphases was costume design, and I did costumes for several shows while in college.  Since then I have done work on some films and tv series, as well as many costume commissions for cosplayers and professional princess companies.  

My specialty is gowns, and they often tend to be Disney, but I’m open to other things as well.  I can also do some jewelry and accessories and wigs.  I don’t do full body spandex suits, fur suits or heavily armored costumes as these are not my fortes.  

I’m currently booking into July; I may be able to take rush orders with shorter deadlines depending on what it is.  

If you’re interested in a costume, please send me a message either on my Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/tangledthreadsdesigns or you can send an e-mail to tangledthreadsdesigns@gmail.com

Thank you so much!

Amazon.com: Delicious Women’s Phd Darling Sexy Costume: Adult Sized Costumes: Clothing

The reviews on this, some apparently from women with doctorates, are something of a remedy for the generally depressing fact of its existence:

First things first, I am a lady Ph.D.

Like all lady Ph.Ds, I frequently ask myself: “How could I be sexier?”

Delicious costumes has come to my rescue! I can now lecture in my 5 inch gold spiked heels and “barely there” regalia while giving nary a thought to the male gaze and its implications on the prevalence of rape culture in our society.

I fully expect my chili pepper rating on RMP to go through the roof once I begin to greet my students in this costume. Hopefully I can keep my “post structural hegemonies” from engaging in some wardrobe malfunctions. Then again, who cares?

I’m sexy! Forget about the 7 years I spent sweating out a dissertation and engaging in innovative research!

SEXY!!!! 

There are many more reviews like this on the item page.

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Cats + Needle Felting = Super Awesome Giant Cat Head

In their ongoing efforts to make all of our wildest dreams come true, the people of Japan have now created this incredibly realistic gigantic wearable cat head. Made of sheep’s wool felt, this colossal kitty is the work of teacher Housetu Sato and his students at the Japan School of Woold Art.

The Japan School of Wool Art is the only school in the wold that offers a course devoted solely to teaching students how to create lifelike needle-felted cats, which may be the most awesome things we’ve heard today.

“Sato-sensei is an expert in this niche field and has even published a series of books on how to make realistic felt animals. He instructs students from complete beginners onwards in this special art…”

In the photos above you can see Sato’s students playfully modeling their fantastic oversized feline mask, which will soon be on display at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum for the Heisenkai Choice Exhibition. Museum visitors will apparently be able to try on the giant cat head themselves, giving us still another reason to go to Japan asap.

[via RocketNews24]