Wondercon 2014 – Cosplay Reveal!

With Wondercon just around the corner, today’s “outfit” features some very interesting accessories. For example, a girl’s gotta have her gloves…

Robin Arkham City Gloves

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The Stylish Geek + The Geek Speak Show!

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Henry from The Geek Speak Show and discuss the upcoming panel that I’ll be in this weekend at Wondercon - The Battle For Multicultural Heroes. Check out my interview below! For the full podcast (“The Warm-up to Wondercon 2014″, listen to it here). It’s going to be a great discussion with Tony Kim (Crazy4ComicCon), Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), and clinical psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi (Under the Mask) so hope to see you there!

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Cosplay Tutorial: Empire Strikes Back Bespin Han Solo Costume

Female Han Solo Empire Strikes Back

[Photo taken at the San Jose Tech Museum: Where Science Meets Imagination Star Wars exhibit]

To be honest, the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind to make another Han Solo cosplay. But on a 4 hour road trip home, I suddenly had the urge to want to re-make my original Han holster and with that, I figured why not make a new costume to go with it? I ended up doing a lot of research on this since unlike A New Hope, Han has a few more costumes in the Empire Strikes Back film and he only wears the Bespin outfit for a portion of the movie – at least until he gets frozen in carbonite. Reference photos are key and luckily I found a few great ones like the ones below. I also combed through a bunch of forums to get some ideas of how other people were making the shirt and jacket.

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Han Solo Holster Tutorial – How to Wet Form Leather

Han Solo holster tutorial - how to wet form leather Anyone who has done leather crafting knows that it can be tedious, frustrating, or even painful. But like most things that take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, it’s all worth it in the end when you have a beautifully crafted piece. I’ve now made two holsters from scratch and wanted to share a quick tutorial on how to wet form leather to make your own holster or leather pieces. The idea of wet forming leather is just to get the leather into the shape that you want (box shape, gun shape, etc) and hopefully these tips can help you get started!

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Visit to the Star Wars Exhibit – Where Science Meets Imagination

Han Solo Star Wars where Science Meets Imagination - San Jose Tech Museum exhibit When I found out that there was going to be a Star Wars exhibit coming to the Bay Area, specifically the San Jose Tech Museum, I knew I was going to have to check it out ASAP. And while reading up on it, I was even more excited to find out that there was going to be a full sized Millennium Falcon set there – something called the “Millennium Falcon experience”. I had no idea what that would entail, but the prospect of me being able to take a few awesome photos inside a Millennium Falcon was motivating enough to decide to make a somewhat new cosplay just to wear to the exhibit. Having already made the ANH Han Solo a couple years back, I had always wanted to re-do the holster/belt properly with my new found leather crafting skills. So with that began my latest cosplay quest to make the Empire Strikes Back version of Han Solo. The second time around was definitely easier (write up coming soon!), but making that holster was still very challenging. In fact, I’ve heard from most Han cosplayers that that holster is quite a pain in the Wookie. Anyhow, if you can’t make it out to this exhibit, I pretty much captured the whole thing on camera. More pics after the jump!

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One More Pumpkin…

Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkins

Halloween may have come and gone, but I wanted to take one last chance to post some pics a la Instagram. This year, I carved a record number of pumpkin (9 total!) and I hope that I don’t have to beat that number anytime soon.  Since five of them were for a commission project, I was a bit sad I didn’t have any of my own so I decided to just do one more. One more led to another 3 and I think I’m all finally carved out. Phew! On with the pics…

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NYCC 2013 Recap

Lady Vader at New York Comic Con 2013

Lately my weekends have been pretty typical – hang out with friends and family, watch movies, play some games, watch a lot of football. However, this past weekend was incredibly unexpected since I flew 3000 miles to spend a day at New York Comic Con! Even though I hadn’t planned on going, I took an unexpected last minute trip to New York and suddenly realized I would be there the same weekend as the con! With some last minute luck, I was somehow able to scramble for a ticket, packed my cosplay, and hoped for great New York weather. Since I only had time to go to the con on Saturday, I spent my entire day on the floor, seeing some old friends, getting a taste of New York cosplay, and meeting some great people. I actually hadn’t been to NYCC since 2008 and OMG, I was seriously blown away by how large it had become. I would say it’s pretty comparable to the size of SDCC minus all the downtown activities and maybe a little less crazy in terms of lines. To New York Comic Con I will say, “Impressive, most impressive.”

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