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Sundry Sunday :: Comicon 2017.

6 Mar

It’s been a convention weekend. I have pictures, but they’re just of me and drift partner ’cause while I compliment the heck out of people I’m getting worse and worse at asking for their pictures. Whatever.

Thursday, in which drift partner pulled out her Red Lantern getup and I… went as Columbia from last fall’s Rocky Horror production on Fox. I couldn’t help myself. Finally a chance to be Columbia without booty shorts! Which are fine for other people, but not for me.


(I will also brag: I spray-glittered the hat, hand-studded the bustier, and personally patched/drew on the back of the jacket [not seen in this picture] and the boots.)

Friday, we were blessed Princess Leia Organa and her gal pal Evaan Verlaine from the Princess Leia comics, which you should read if you haven’t.



Saturday, drift partner was the fabulous Jillian Holtzmann and I was big ol’ robot Aida of SHIELD, circa 4.08 when she got shot and had science gloves.



(Those science gloves, while definitely a first draft [I’d like to make them over, possibly from scratch], were a whole slew of fun modification adventures. And yes, there are tiny LED lights on there.)

And today, as before, Dany and Nym.



Anyway, it was nice and Vincent D’Onofrio and Evangeline Lilly and Terry Dodson of aforementioned Leia comic and Kate Leth of Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat are very nice. And we are now dead.

–your fangirl heroines.



Sundry Sunday :: Emerald City Comicon 2016

10 Apr

Friends, this is the longest I’ve been away from my blog… ever.  Convention was 4 days this year (and the night before was spent heavily preparing) and things got away with me, so in the interest of keeping this somewhat quick I will just post our group’s pictures.

Thursday, wherein drift partner and I were Gogo Tomago and Honey Lemon and our other friend was Maria Hill!


Acquisitions/mods, and the disc is her doing (a painted frisbee).


The purse is by other friend and the rest was acquisitions and already-haves (the sweater is that) and also those heels are in fact like 4 inches tall and destruction.  Thursday was the short day and we did this then for a reason.


Sewn by her.

Friday, in which friend, not pictured, repeated her Orange Lantern costume and drift partner and I were Isabelle Hartley and Victoria Hand because look how alive.


Acquisitions.  Look at that awesome rubber knife she found ’cause Isabelle doesn’t like guns.


Acquisitions and already-haves (the purple blouse is the latter).  The pink bits are extensions that are separately pinned in.  Also, that lipstick shade is called As You Want Victoria.

Saturday, in which friend was Rey (and how do we not have pictures? It is a mystery) and we were Nymeria Sand and Daenerys Targaryen once again, this time with modifications.


This one was overhauled.  Notable updates include the belts and the buckles (hand-done by myself with clay and paint).


Modifications include the wig (extensions were sewn in for braids) and the ring (because now that there’s been a notable closeup I felt compelled).

Sunday, today, wherein friend was Bucky, drift partner was Natasha, and I was undercover-at-Hydra Bobbi.


A new tactical suit for Natasha! Also a new wig.


So.  I have low-key been actually teaching myself escrima moves over the last few months.  My batons are actual practice batons (foam, but they’d hurt if I hit you properly with them), although I added the caps with foam and duct tape (they also have taser jewels on the tops).  The boots and jeans were already had, the tank top was acquired, the jacket was one I already had that we sewed the leather onto, and the wig is the same one I used above for Victoria and at Halloween for Wanda.  And I’m really freaking proud of this one, guys.  There’s also a baton holster on my back, not that you can see it here.

Con notes: childhood heroes (Christy Carlson Romano of Even Stevens, Linda Ballantyne [who is not Emily Ice Tits, but was Sailor Moon in the latter seasons] and Susan Roman of the original Sailor Moon dub) were wonderful, Nathan Fillion was a sweetheart, Elden Henson was also a sweetheart.  Other people were charming, though I know less about them and feel less qualified to comment.  Fun was had, many a thing was purchased.  All the usual goodies.

–your fangirl heroine.


Sundry Sunday :: ECCC, day 3.

29 Mar

And first general pictures from the rest of the convention.  Because other people make kickass costumes too!

This is a picture of me with the only other plainclothes Peggy I saw.  By plainclothes I mean not in some variety of the military outfit or the blue suit/red hat combination from the first episode and promotional photography.  I saw dozens of either of those varieties, many of them wonderful, but there were no other alternative varieties.  So obviously, I had to take a picture with this one.

And then on Saturday, when Jemma, I got it in my mind that I wanted to take a picture fangirling over a Peggy.  When I found a Peggy, though, I wasn’t actually with any of my people so there was nobody to take the photo.  “Selfie?” this kind Peggy suggested.  So this is my fangirling selfie face, I guess.

I saw this Nick Fury and asked for a photograph.  “Oh!  Are you Jemma?” he asked.  He was the first person I’d spoken to all weekend who called her by her first name, and this was important to me, so while the ecstatic smile on my face is in character, it is also because I was genuinely happy.


Some of the excellent Game of Thrones costumes I saw.

And speaking of Game of Thrones!  My everything friend in the Ygritte costume (with a bow and arrow set I recently modded), another friend in the Oberyn costume, and me in the updated Dany costume.  More on this later, and also pardon my face, I don’t have any other pictures of the other two from today on my own camera.

And these two as Bucky and Tasha.

ANYWAY.  Quick highlights: Chloe (who acknowledged our Skimmons enthusiastically and appreciated crafts thoroughly), Hayley (who was generally beautiful and sweet), Gina (who is a goddess), Finn Jones (who poor buddy was often lonely and thoroughly seemed delighted by the flower crown I gave him).  Panels were nice, walking was nice, seeing things was nice.  I saw a lot of costumes that I was incredibly impressed by but did not understand well enough to take a picture.  I made many line friends.  It was pleasant.

–your fangirl heroine.

Sundry Sunday :: Comicon, day 3.

31 Mar

Today was exhausting. Many lovely things happened; also I realized that yesterday I forgot to mention both that J. August Richards is a lovely man and Jim Beaver referred to the cast of Deadwood as being like a family.  Today Alan Tudyk signed a dinosaur for my mother and Eliza Dushku pronounced my name correctly on the first try (this is a very big deal).

Now costumes!

This is what she defines as “lazy-ass Faith” and so here she is threatening Angel-puppet with a stake.

This girl was Kiki of the delivery service, which made me very happy.  I have seen that lots of times because my junior high school Japanese teacher thought it was a good idea to watch it a lot.

I saw a good wedding dress Sansa yesterday too, and both did very nicely on the details of this dress!  Which was exciting.

And this fellow was Moss of The IT Crowd and that is great also!  He had the Internet.

Aaaaand.  I have found yet another variety of Nora to do.  This is 5×01 Nora, just post-explosion of the car/staking of her chauffeur.  This is why there are slight fake wounds on my face and scorch spots on my jacket, and this will be seen in detail on Tuesday also.

–your fangirl heroine.

Spectacular Summaries Saturday :: Comicon, day 2.

29 Mar

Whoo!  Saturday is our big day, as always.

As with the other con back in September, I was very excited to see a Repo! cosplayer.  I can’t explain to you how much I actually genuinely love that movie.  I might actually try sometime, I’ve been getting very nostalgic about it.

Also, look!  Batwoman!  Yay, thanks friend for previously teaching me who this is.

I was also very excited about seeing Pacific Rim cosplayers.  I’m very sad in retrospect that I didn’t ask the above Kaidanovskys to get a picture of the backs of their jackets also, because they did the details on the backs entirely out of gold and silver safety pins and it was one of the most impressive things I saw all day.  Also, that Newt’s tattoos were drawn by hand (they’re sleeves, but still, and I believe it was the Hermann who drew them?  One of them did, at any rate).

One of the most fun things about cons is, for me, meeting canonmates.  There was an absolutely amazing giant group that I saw yesterday, and another one I saw today (when I mean giant, I mean like… Jaime Cersei Melisandre Sansa Varys Arya Catelyn Ned Robb Jon Ygritte and… a couple of others I’m just blanking on at the moment, I think) and we exchanged pleasantries and accolades, but being that we were on our way somewhere and they were doing something else and so I don’t have a picture.  I talked to this group at length, however, and we were mutually excited the efforts that the other had made; we shared fabric geeking and various tips of the trade and techniques and whatnot.  Also, as you can see here we did in fact upgrade my particular dress, which I will get into further on Tuesday.

And here, again, is my lovely Cersei.  We didn’t do much to upgrade her dress, and while she did actually take a picture with that other group’s Cersei (who had the same dress, although with the armor corset) I don’t have a copy of that either; nonetheless, she is lovely and here she is!

My other lovelies today were Sif and lady!Thor.  Armor and weapons of their own construction and absolutely gorgeous to look at, but they either have explained this on the internet or I will have them explain this on the internet and count them as guestbloggers on Wednesday or something.  Anyway, point is, yay.

Also, this is Sif swearing fealty to Dany.  We have a long and elaborate reasoning for this that involves interdimensional portals and also my friend’s theory about Queen Sif.

And at the end of the day, just as we were leaving, we happened to find this wonderful pair being Loki and Hawkeye; naturally, this meant that Loki had to be battled, both by the three good guys and by just Sif.  (There is also a theory about this.)

–your fangirl heroine.

Fictional Friday :: Comicon, day 1.

28 Mar

Yay!  Conventions.  Today was pretty low-key (i.e., throw together MCU whatnot with things we either can buy at regular stores and may otherwise use or already have laying around) as Fridays always are.

This is the only picture I got in proper lighting, because we kept being distracted doing other things like sillies.  But this other Simmons actually found me and demanded a photograph.  It occurs to me that you can’t see the insignia on my lab coat very well, but there is in fact a SHIELD patch sewn over the breast pocket of this lab coat.  Which, thanks to my being Dakota from Planet Terror a few years ago for Halloween, was something I just had laying around anyway.

Because we are sillies, we took the rest of our pictures… in the tiny entryway of the restaurant where we got dinner afterward.  Hence the horribly lazily blacked-out background there.  Here is my everything friend being Pepper Potts.  (That is the wig, incidentally, that my mom has used for Sophie-Anne.)

And here is my other everything friend as Skye.  She is hacking things on that phone.  That is what she’s doing.  My plan is to eventually Photoshop the backgrounds entirely out of these pictures and put them in a slightly more appropriate location, but eh, various associates of SHIELD are often in dark and at least somewhat metal rooms.

Also, here is our requisite Skimmons picture.

–your fangirl heroine.

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Sundry Sunday :: Comicon, day 3.

4 Mar

(And stories from the other two days that I was too busy to share before, too.)

me as nora

Today our theme was British characters.  This was basically the idea I came up with and then finalized when I got the Vampire Authority necklace for Christmas.  Because Nora Gainesborough is one of my favorite characters to be for a day.

marmie as luna

And my friend was Luna Lovegood.  Because these were things we had laying around, mostly, and she is IRL a blonde, so.  This, we figured, is 2-3 years post-canon Luna, essentially post-grad Luna: she’s done with school, she’s not yet ~settled~ into something yet, and she’s just being wacky and kind of badass.  “Oh, I think I’ll try cutting my hair!” and so on.

(We also came up with a really elaborate explanation of how/why Nora and Luna might actually know each other, but it’s super-speculative and goofy, so only if you want me to share.)

some people as kaylee and inara

I see a fair amount of Kaylees at Comicon.  Kaylee is a fairly straightforward costume.  I don’t see many Inaras, though, and I’ve never seen one who has this outfit, which as I have said before is my all time favorite Inara outfit.

a merida

I saw a few Meridas, but this is the only one I managed to photograph.

a bride

I saw a Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace on Halloween last year, but I have never seen someone at ECCC actually cosplaying Tarantino before.  So this Bride made me super-happy.

lady hobbits!

Lady hobbits!

another poison ivy

There were so many Poison Ivys this year!  And I like that every single one of them was different and cool.

a ramona

A Ramona Flowers who makes their own subspace hammer is my favorite Ramona Flowers.  Also, her outfit is super-accurate re: details, and that’s great.

a black widow

If I had more nerve, I would try to do Black Widow myself.  As it is, I just appreciate the hell out of those who do.

zombie housewives

I’m not actually sure if these guys were meant to be from something or if they were just zombie 50s housewives, but either way, they’re fantastic.

cigarette girl!

I thought at first she was meant to be a Captain America dancer, then I thought maybe she was just a patriotic cigarette girl.  She was actually working for Espionage Cosmetics and I’m very glad she passed along the handout, because I then went to the booth (the handout touted cosmetics that were Game of Thrones-y and Firefly-y and nerdy in many other ways) and bought a set of eye shadows (mostly the Game of Thrones ones, which you guys will… maybe see displayed in the near future, I’m not sure) and had a really lovely conversation with the woman at the booth about things I cosplay (she had seen our Daenerys and Doreah yesterday and seemed impressed; she also approved of Friday’s and today’s) and about the fact that she once did makeup for something with Fran Kranz and got to kiss kiss marks onto his face (I expressed my jealousy, yes) and about all of the nerdy things we have named our pets and electronics (the fish at their offices are named after some of the Cabin in the Woods monsters, which I thought was the best thing ever).  So, thanks, woman at the booth whose name I never caught!  That was quite a nice surprise!

I think the only other stories I’m going to get into are my celebrity ones, actually.  We went to Natalia Tena yesterday morning, first thing, so we were some of the first in line.  Her hair is red right now, and she is lovely and adorable.  She greeted us with some variety of “ooh, ladies!” accompanied by nods of approval (I suppose?) and when I set my dragon cage on the table, she said something along the lines of “oh, so cute!” followed immediately by motioning to Drogon (the black and red one) and adding, “oh, but that one’s an asshole.”  To which I sort of shrugged and smiled sheepishly.  I know, but I am his mom, and I love him anyway.  She was super-sweet and her panel later in the day was also this giant festival of endearing.

Today I went for Kristin Bauer van Straten (here just Kristin Bauer, but I tend to full-name her [not unlike I full-name Pam] because I like it and it’s what I’m used to).  I got a photograph, which I will be posting on tumblr and returning here to link once I get the digital copy sent to me, and then I popped upstairs for a signature, because, well.  Both of these lines were full of fan conversation (I got to explain to strangers why I love season five in all of its unbooklike weirdness and also talk to strangers about how freaking beautiful this cast is and other things) which was fun.  When I got to this line, she greeted me with a “hello again!” and that was very cool, and she was both patient with and understanding of what I meant when I explained to her that I’m sure she gets this a lot, but I just have to say how important Pam really was and is in my life for a variety of personal reasons that are not always well-handled or shown in the media and I really like having her representing.  She seemed genuinely pleased to be of assistance in that way, and that was nice.  (Also her eyes are… basically glamour-inducing pretty in real life.)

Oh, and also there was running into friends both “from real life” (a couple of girls I knew freshman year of college, one who I hadn’t seen since about then and one who I see sometimes but not nearly enough, so that was cool) and from the internet (hey, Lentils, you are a delight) and that was fun, too.

–your fangirl heroine.

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