abby dark star

July is here and so are some new books!!! 📚🎉

Love and Other Alien Experiences by Kerry Winfrey (July 11)
All The Ways the World Can End by Abby Sher (July 11)
Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn (July 18)
Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener (July 18)
Wesley James Ruined My Life by Jennifer Honeybourn (July 18)
Vanguard by Ann Aguirre (Book 4 of the Razorland Saga | July 28)

Shizuka Marikawa was one of my favorite “High School of the Dead” characters.

For this costume, the skirt is ACTUALLY Christian Dior that I found on ebay and T_T tore to shreds.

The shirt was purchased, and then tailored with princess seams, and tan trim added. Wig was arda and cut n styled by me, and the bag modified by me. :)

Photo by Oscar C Photography:


Last year there was a great movement about #CosplayCredit. I think that this is an important thing to talk about since our community has gotten pretty big recently!

Credit those involved in your cosplay.

The costuming community is big, yet still very small.  People will talk and it’s never good to get caught taking credit for someone else’s work.

Credit your photographers, your make up artist and those that made all that hard work possible. Now I’m not saying you have to go into an Oscar speech and thank your mom and the midichlorians, but crediting is important.

“But ABBY! I can’t credit the person who made my amazing {insert costume here}! While I got my piece, they screwed me out of money, took forever and etc.”

Sadly, that happens.  Fortunately there is an awesome way to handle it. “{commissioned costume piece”} BAM. Done. NO drama, no llamas. If someone asks for particulars, “I had the piece commissioned; unfortunately I can’t recommend the person involved anymore.”

Leave it at that. “BUT ABBY! I WAS WRONGED!”

I get that. There are a lot of wrongs in this world. People don’t always do right. A lot of people make mistakes. There are ways to handle it that keeps peace but allows people to be honest. The simple statement of not recommending someone in this situation does that.

Now, if you can recommend someone, if they’ve done something SO AMAZING make sure you do so.  This is VERY important if their livelihood is in prop/costume making. When you don’t credit these sources you are taking these people’s abilities to pay their rent, grocery and other bills. Appreciate them by your recommendation and honesty.

#CosplayCredit supports our community. It shows that we have a wide network of awesome, talented people. How fantastic do you feel when someone gives you a compliment? Share that by giving credit where it is due.

Costume: Satele Shan from Star Wars: The Old Republic

Leathers: Twisted World
Wig/LightSaber/Armored Parts: Abby Dark Star/KeAbtium
3D Printed Parts: Ed W.
Saber decal: FonCo