Yesterday at the cafe there was a woman standing behind me who was just stunning, her hair wrapped in a gold fabric, two sparkling pink jewels affixed to her precisely drawn face, great lips, great eyes, a wonderfully animated energy.
Nearby stood a child, about four years old, wearing gold spandex pants and a pale pink tutu. The child could not stop staring at the woman, and she finally noticed and said, “What’s your name?” The child looked at her unblinkingly and still did not say anything, though he was smiling. Then an older woman next to him spoke instead.
“This is Edwin,” she said proudly.
“Edwin, I like your tutu,” said the woman.
The older woman said, “He’s really into them right now, he’s got a bunch of them.”
The child continued to be so delighted by this gorgeous woman’s appearance, he smiled and circled her. “Edwin, high five!” said the woman and they smacked their hands together.
After they left I said, “You’ve got a big fan there.” And the woman said, “No, I’m a big fan of HIM.”
And I felt as if I was witnessing the forming of a memory. Not my own, but all of theirs.
“On a hot summer’s day in 1986 I was taking photos of a new group called Salt n Pepa for a British magazine called Sky. Salt n Pepa were like sisters, funny, cool girls from Queens wearing big gold earrings, chains and fake Louis Vuitton bags. It was their first ever photo shoot and we spent the day hanging out on Avenue C, on the Lower East Side. After that I met Hurby ‘Love Bug’ Azor, their manager, he asked me to shoot their album cover. A year later they had a new look and were the first girls to sport kente cloth hats, leather baseball jackets, spandex and gold dookie rope chains.” - Janette Beckman.
Select spots given to those with an affinity for Lady Jams, Olden Dance and Remixes.
Freshman Orientation will begin shortly with a screening of both movies, a dance class (PP choreo), and a vocal class.
Campus Courses include, but are not limited to:
- ‘Embracing Your Inner Bella’ - ‘Writing fanfic 101: how to complete a fic’ - ‘Triple Treble and the Art of A
life’ - ‘Writing fanfic 102: Proper Spelling of Character Names’ - ‘Writing fanfic 103: Just Because It’s Not Canon Does Not Mean It Can’t Be Written’ - ‘How To Avoid Muffgate in the Performance of Life’ - ‘Understanding You Inner Beca While Embracing Your Outer Chloe’ - ‘Ear Monstrosities: Why Spikes Are A Bad Life Choice For The Everyday Woman’ - ‘Let It Out: How Not To Choke It Back’ -’“Snow” Angels, Upside Down Sleeping and Whisper Talking. Lessons by Lilly’ - ‘Other Kinds of Music To Be Made With One’s Mouth’ - ‘Gynecologists: When To Listen and When To Ignore’ - ‘Mermaid Dancing (floor mats required)’ - ‘Girls Who ‘Hang Out’: A Sapphic Travel Through Time’ - ‘Putting The ‘Butch’ In Bass: When You Secretly Love Your Best Friend’ - ‘Triple Treble: The Real A,B,C’s’ - ‘The Language of a Bella, from Aca-scuse Me, Dude Seriously, to Totes’ - Triple Treble, the A,B,C’s and other cunnilingus Tricks’ - ‘Shower Acoustics and Other Water Activities’ - ‘Crocodile Wrestling Certification’ - ‘Bringing The Pain: Tips for Telling Your Boyfriend that You’re Secretly in Love With Your Best Friend’ - ‘K Cup Wizard: Tricks of the Trade from a Coffee Go-Getter Extraordinaire’ - ‘Grooming Today: How to Tame Your Hairy Situation’ - ‘Residual Heat: Your Lady Doctor Was Correct’ - ‘Physical Education: Vertical Running and other Horizontal Lessons’ - ‘Gingers and the Hearts They Break’ - ‘Blondes with Bluetooth’s: The New Commodity’ - ‘Short Stack, Shawshank and other Prison Names’ - ‘Mariah Carey and Lady Chart toppers’ - ‘Measuring The Behind of a Prince’ - ‘Lady Jams A-Z’ - ‘A Capella: The Proud Nation’ - ‘Acapella, A Capella, Ac-apella: Knowing The Difference’ - ’Braids and Gold Spandex: Privilege Not A Right’ - ‘Butt Confidence: Chi or Stank’ - ‘Truth or Myth: Everyone Loves A Good Bloe’ - ‘How To Live on the $20 Stolen From Your Best Friend’s Purse’ - ‘Flightlight Etiquette’ - ‘Fairies, Sprites and Trolls, oh my!’ - ‘The Junk Legacy: Perfecting The Syncopated Booty Shake’ - ‘Capers: One Mans Salty Peas, another’s Delicacy’ - ‘G# and What Comes Next: The Dangers of Nodes’ - ‘Confused Sexuality and Collegiate Affairs’ - ‘How To Hit The Sweet Spot’ - ‘No Diggity: Awakening your Homosexuality Through Rap’ - ‘How much Does It Cost To Mail A Small Moose’ - ‘ ‘Cornelius!’ The Hazards of Saluting The Flag’ - ‘History of the Laser Dragon Ninja League’ - ‘20/20: An Insider Scoop on John and Gale’ - ‘Portable Podcasts and You’ - ‘A Capella: Misogyny and other Outdated Practices’ - ‘Muffgate: Awakening The Desire of Middle Aged Men’s Fantasies’ - ‘Snap Your Fingers If You’re Feeling Frisky’ - ‘Lady Bits, LAdy Jams and Other Things To Say About Your Junk’ - ‘Sorority 101: Where To Leave Your Backpack’ - ‘Can This Shirt Go Into The Pool? A Lesson In Laundering’ - ‘Conversational Showering 2.0: Sarcasm, Suds and Sexual Overtures’ - ‘Breaking Free of the Shrink wrap and Getting the Hell out of Kuwait’ - ‘What The Hell Are We Watching: A Lesson In Fresh Maid Pornography’ - ‘Mayer & Tina = Tayer’ - ‘Oral Magic: The Guide to Barzillians’ - ‘Feelings Something: What Should and Should Not Go Up Your Bum’ - ‘Kissing Vs Crystal Meth: Which Path IS Right For You’ - ‘How To Make Your Sweat Smell Like Cinnamon’ - ‘Captain America’s Home Cookin’ Channel (live filming daily) - ‘Feeling Joy: A Pyromaniacs Cautionary Tale’ - ‘9 Miles: A Treble Journey’ - ‘Remixing This Business: The Art of Vocal Layering’ - ‘Burrito Launch for Dummies’ - ‘The Modern Day Hipster: From Saracha to Bassoon Cases’ - ‘Bumper Allen and Why He was Not YouTube’s Next Justin Beiber’ - ‘The Wars’ - ‘Blue Toenails, Messy Buns and other Shower Chic Looks for Serenading Your Lady Love’ - ‘’ “Not Doing Anything Crazy” and Other College Lies To Tell Your Parents’ - ‘Ginger Self Flagellation Through The Ages’ - ‘Dixie Chicks: Why So Serious? An Evolution of Lady Chart Toppers’ - ‘I Blew It Before It Was Actually Happening’ - ‘Drunk, Blurry and When To Worry’ - ‘Gingers: Turning Your Dreams Into A Reality’ - ‘The Minstrel Cycles Give Girls of Today a Lesson In Teen Hygiene’ - ‘Look Who’s In Treble: An A capella Guide to Teen Pregnancy’ - ‘Jiggle Juice, Toners and Experimentation’ - ‘Les-Be-Honest About Gambling Addiction’ - ‘Thumb Rings and Other Gay Red (rainbow) Flags’ - ‘Economics 101: How It’s Ebbin’ and Flowin’’
So step right up all of you crazy youngsters, your education is just around the corner
We’re bringing you more Cosplay Cover Spotlights! Next up is a Cap Santiago, who will be on Nova #1 Cosplay Variant, on sale now.
Born and raised in New York City, Cap went to his first convention at 10yrs old. It wasn’t until he started attending anime conventions that he discovered cosplay, debuting his first costume in 2006.
We asked David to walk us through the process of making a Nova costume
I started the black Nova costume by making a pattern out of cotton muslin, while taking into account the percentage of stretch in the spandex. In other words, I reduced the pattern size to accommodate the stretchiness of the fabric, so that it would fit snugly. I used a standard sewing machine with a zigzag stitch to sew the entire costume. The bodysuit and gloves are made of satin spandex, which is much shinier than standard spandex, and also very “slippery” to the touch. The gold parts of the costume are made of metallic spandex.
The design called for a gold band that encircles the shoulder area, a small shoulder extension, but also long sleeves. To accomplish this design, I made a sleeveless lined outer layer, which had the gold band appliqued in place, and also had an extended shoulder piece, which was supported on the inside by a band of stiffer fabric called spacer spandex. Then, I made a thinner lining piece for the chest, and attached the long sleeves to this layer. I stitched both layers together at the neck and waist, so that nothing would shift around.
The collar is stitched over the double-layered chest piece. To make the gold design on the chest front and back, I carefully hand-basted the gold applique into place about 1/16 of an inch from the edge. I had to be careful because metallic spandex will scar if pinned, so all stitching had to be within the area that I then machine zig-zag stitched to apply the applique. The applique is all one large piece that starts at the waist in the front, continues over the shoulders, and ends at the waist in the back. It was very tricky to apply it in one piece, but I didn’t want it to look segmented. It was especially
challenging to bisect it perfectly with the back zipper.
The boots of the costume were altered from faux leather superhero-styled
boots. I cut the front of the boots to be shorter than the back, as per the NOVA images, and then finished the raw cut edge by sewing a piece of leather to the raw edge and folding it to the inside of the boot. Then, I masked off the areas of the boots that needed black details, and painted the boots with acrylic paint for leather. I mixed a few different gold shades together to try to match the gold of the spandex. I used an airbrush to apply the paint.
The belt of the costume is made from a wide non-roll elastic band,
which I covered in spacer spandex, and then in the gold spandex. I
used the spacer spandex as the in-between layer to add dimension to
the belt. The belt is stretchy, so it can be a solid band with no
openings like the NOVA’s.
The helmet was a Vacu-formed Etruscan helmet that was recut and trimmed to fit my head, the face was sculpted to fit and applied to the front of the helmet. The face was attached with Methacrylite adhesive and the edges blended out with autobody filler “Bondo”. The seams on the helmet were made by appling a second layer made from a second Etruscan helmet. the raised ridge along the bottom edge was made from hand cut sheets of rigid plastic, seamed together with Methacrylite and blended with Bondo leaving the inside hollow.
The star was sculpted in clay, moulded in plaster and cast in semi-rigid latex with wire inserts for extra rigidity. after the latex was conformed to the helmet , it was coated with a thin layer of epoxy to create a smooth surface for paint. the eyes are made with a milky translucent acrylic sheet . the lights are a row of white LEDs wired to coin cells located in the raised edge along the bottom of the helmet. The paints are auto-body paints with automotive clear-coat.
The gaunlets are tapered vacu-formed cylinder .the outer layer was cut and trimmed from a second layer of the same cylinder and applied with Methacrylite adhesive. the hand back was carved wood then plastic was heated and shaped over the wood forms. the gold paint was custom mixed bronzing powders to match the gold fabric. the powders were suspended in a clearcoat and applied with a spraygun.
When he’s not working on his cosplay, Cap volunteers at a shelter to help stray animals.
My cotehardie wasn’t looking fancy enough so I added a lion. Because when in doubt, add a lion…or something.
There might end up being two lions, but i’m worried it will look like the paws are framing/pointing to my crotch which wouldn’t be a great look. So i’m starting with one.
I traced the outline onto fusible interfacing, ironed it onto gold spandex, and cut it out. Now it’s fused to the front panel of the cotehardie. I’m going to sew around it with a blanket stitch and embroider on details.
I don’t think they really knew what lions looked like in the 1300s which is why the paws look like chicken feet and the anatomy is weird.
"How do I look?" Harley asked, coming into Duke's dressing room before the show. Her body was smeared, nearly covered, in gold paint. She wore gold, tiny, spandex shorts, and a gold sports bra. On her eyes was dark purple eyeshadow, accompanied with long lashes.
“So damn sexy” I gasped, admiring her every move as she walked in. I couldn’t take my eyes off her and I couldn’t decide whether this was good or bad, If I was performing with her and she looked this fine.
So I’ve been cosplaying about twelve years now, and I like to think I’ve gotten pretty decent at it, AND YET. Last year I made my first real superhero costume (Jean Grey’s green-and-gold Phoenix outfit) - spandex bodysuit, zipper up the back. In doing test-fits, the zipper got jammed at one point because it was my first time sewing in an invisible zipper. Okay, fine, took it out and put a brand new one in. Everything looks great, yay!
Fast forward to Anime Boston, where I wore it at a con for the first time for the Marvel photoshoot. As the group is trying to find a place to fit all of us, someone says ‘Hey, your zipper’s coming apart’. I reach around, and yes, the coil has popped open at the top of my back. Of course, reaching around makes it split even further.
Thankfully one kind soul had a couple of safety pins in her purse, so we got it back together enough and I spent the whole shoot trying to make sure none of the angles showed the back and the gaping zipper. Then I got home and investigated heavy-duty invisible zippers.
Submission Sunday: Have you ever had your costume break during a convention?