george of pirate's swoop

One of my favorite things about Tamora Pierce’s books is how there’s a constellation called The Cat that occasionally disappears from the sky and walks among humans. I love how In the Hand of the Goddess, when everyone is suggesting names for Alanna’s black kitten with purple eyes (who she names Faithful), someone suggests Pounce. I think it was Raoul, but I don’t have the book in front of me. Then, in Terrier, the exact same cat is Beka’s friend, and she named him Pounce.

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Okay, so, the beautiful Rayne Cat’s Eye and I have decided that our next cosplay is going to be Alan/Alanna and George from The Song of the Lioness (a book series by Tamora Pierce). I’m playing ‘Alan’ as she appeared in 'In the Hand of the Goddess’, or, book two of the series. She’s playing George - yay for height differences!

At the moment I’m working on costume ideas, as no huge detail is given in regards to clothing in the series. I made Rayne a shirt, which I designed, for her George cosplay - and she loved it. However, I loved it, too! So I made one for me, whoops!

Anyway, that’s MY 'George’ shirt, down the bottom although I’m playing Alan. Far above it is me showing off that I am in fact 'copper haired’.

Above it is my 'leather’ pants. They’re actually just white jeans underneath it all, but hey, it’s appearance that matters (in this situation). :P

So yeah!

For George, Rayne is buying some (actual) leather pants, and she’s wearing a shirt that’s almost the splitting image of the one shown above. Leather boots and gold earrings will join the costume at some point, too.

For Alan/Alanna, I’ve got those 'leather’ pants,  and brown boots. I’m making a brown shirt and a royal red vest/tunic. 

So that’s our next cosplay!

I’m a really big fan of Bill Watterson’s classic comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, so I reread our Calvin & Hobbes collections a lot. Recently I realized that my Alan of Pirate’s Swoop was 10000% Calvin as a kid. Bright, creative, energetic, mischief-maker, too smart for his own good, and a little bit lost and confused about the world at large.

For example:

I saw that and thought immediately, Oh my god, one of the twins did that to Alanna at some point, you know they did. You know they made her want to bang her head against the wall ALL the time for the kinds of things she couldn’t even yell about, like she was just like “GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY” and they were like “What? What did I do?”.

And also there was this piece of a larger strip, which reminded me of my fic about Thom’s bear:

Enjoy some other Calvin and Hobbes strips that made me think of either my Alan, or the parent/child dynamic I imagine Alanna had with her kids in general:

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