Cosplay Ladies of Comicon: Jenifer as Elsa

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The Costume:  Unless you’ve been spending the last year or so in the remote wilds of someplace or other, it is quite impossible not to recognize the lovely Elsa from Disney’s animated feature, Frozen.

Choosing a Character:  It’s really a special thing when you are able to find a character that is not only a lot of fun to dress as, but also resonates with you as a person.  Jenifer chose to dress as Elsa not for all the obvious reasons, but because Elsa was the first character in whom Jenifer was able to see someone who struggles with anxiety and depression but was not the villain of the film.  And for those of us who face challenges like these and more in our daily lives, Elsa is more than just a pretty lady with even more pretty/icy powers.  She is a character to whom we can relate.

Favorite Part of the Costume:  The cape, it makes her feel majestic.  And might I personally add, the loops were a great idea, functional and add a nice bit of drama!

Biggest Cosplay Challenge:  The bodice.  Choosing a multicolored bodice to represent the way ice can reflect the colors that surround it was a really visually striking idea.  Sadly, it was not an easy task.  When Jenifer’s first attempt to make the bodice changed color as a result of some fabric glue she used, she had to regroup and come up with a new plan.

Cosplay Experiences:  Jenifer has been cosplaying since February of 2013 and is happy to say that her experiences have been mostly positive with a few exceptions.  When we chatted, she took a moment to mention what a great time she was having at Boston Comicon.  Truth be told, based on how everyone (especially the younger kids) was reacting to her costume, I can’t say that I was surprised to hear it.

Thoughts on Clown Spiders: Jenifer was gracious and accepted a sticker with our would-be mascot on it, but shared that while a fan of clowns, spiders fell into the category of things she found terrifying.  Sounds like Tiny Doom can add another member to her “Spiders are Horrible” club.

Jenifer, thanks so much for taking time out during your busy day!

And for those of you who want to know more about this cosplaying lady, you can follow her Tumblr.

How To: Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Disney’s Haunted Mansion

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Greetings, Mortal!

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion and Disney (never one to miss a promotional opportunity) has decided to start the party early rather than wait an additional 5 years for the Golden Jubilee. The internet is filled with all sorts of news about new merchandise, a tv special, and a delicious teaser for a new movie. All this can be pretty hard to navigate for some, but for those of us who feel that the Haunted Mansion is quite possibly the greatest ride the parks have ever created, it’s a fine time to once again join the 999 happy haunts and celebrate.

In order to start things off right, I have compiled a guide bursting with spooky goodness and ideas for all levels of Haunted Mansion fans – from the tech buffs to the all out Disney-phile. So hop in your doom buggy, relax, and just make sure you keep an eye out for unwanted hitchhikers.

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Cosplay Ladies of Comicon: Midge Scully

The Boston Comic-Con Cosplay extra-special extra posts continue! Next up is Midge Scully!

 

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Not a lady to mess with.

The Costume: I’m embarrassed to admit that I was sure I already knew what this costume was, and I was wrong. Midge here is not, as one might imagine, a gender-swapped Lobo. She’s cos-playing as Slobo,  Lobo’s teenaged clone from Young Justice #38-55. While you might think the distinction is minute, I felt bad for jumping to conclusions: 1. Because Slobo is a teenager and thus less jacked than regular-sized Lobo, Midge’s costume is even better and 2. Because Midge seemed pretty enthusiastic about the character, and I was ashamed I’d never heard of him. Apparently his only appearance so far is in that short run in 90’s era Young Justice, but still. Midge told us it’s pretty fun and since it’s written by Peter David, who tends be  reliably good, I believe her. So thanks to this conversation, I have a new comic to check out. Hurray!

Favorite costume piece/biggest challenge: The chain with hook and the shoe caps – she put this costume together at the last minute and didn’t think it would come together so fast! Plus the shoe caps are removable, making the boots wearable for multiple costumes. Since having looked at her cos-play page and seen the wide variety of characters Midge has done, that’s just plain sensible.

 

Cosplay experiences: So far, so good! Midge told us that she’s had only positive experiences at this stage. What she likes about cosplay, she said, is that you get to meet people who like what you like, and it’s great to see their excitement when you’re in costume as a character they’re really into.

 

Thoughts on Clown Spiders: We showed her a sticker with the image of Tiny Doom’s nemesis. “I like it!” she declared. “I like spiders, I think they’re cute. Clowns not so much…” We’ll call this one a conditional victory for our mirthful mascot. Thanks for your time, Midge!  (click the link to see more of her work!)

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This is what one looks like, if you were curious.

How To Start a Convention Sketchbook

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Boston Comic Con has come and gone for the year but comic conventions continue to happen all over the country just about year round. Whether you’re a frequent con-goer or you only visit one convention a year, you may be in the market for a souvenir of your time spent at comic cons near and far. If you are, then it’s high time you started a convention sketchbook. A convention sketchbook is convenient, inexpensive, and a great memento of your encounters with famous artists.

Benefits of a Convention Sketchbook

It’s cheap. Though getting the sketches you want can end up costing you (more on that later), the initial cost of starting a convention sketchbook is very low. All you really need is the sketchbook, which isn’t going to cost you much.

It’s portable. Bringing a few issues of comics for your favorite writers or artists to sign is easy. But when you want autographs from several creators in hardcover editions of their works, you’re going to be toting around a heavy load in what is usually a very crowded space. A convention sketchbook allows you to get souvenirs from many artists all in one small, easy to carry book.

It’s unique. It’s highly unlikely that anyone else will ever have a convention sketchbook exactly like yours. It can serve as a journal of your trips, of artist’s changing styles, and even of your personal tastes in comics.

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Cosplay Ladies of Comicon: Myratheon Cosplay

The cosplay of Boston Comic Con 2014 did not disappoint, and we took another opportunity to profile some of the amazing work that was on display.

First up:  Myratheon Cosplay

Costume made by: The lady herself!  This was an original design and which all components of the costume were hand made…even the mask and her hand carved sword!

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So fierce!

 Favorite costume piece/biggest challenge: That mask you guys, this pic, taken in the crowded convention hall does not do it justice, so be sure to check out her facebook page for more pictures.  The Anubis mask is Myratheon Cosplay’s favorite part of the costume (The Red Menace and I felt the same).  It was also her biggest challenge.  In speaking with her you could definitely get a sense of how proud she was of her work…and she should be!

Cosplay experiences: Myratheon, has, for the most part had good experiences with the Cosplay community.  No doubt signs like this help:
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Her hard work has been well received which has helped her gain confidence.  She did however have a tougher experience at Connecticon where she received some negative feedback on her gender-swapped costume of Scar from Disney’s The Lion King.  Some of the organizers felt she was sexualizing a Disney character.  Her response?  “Since when do lions where clothes?”  Check out pics of this costume and decide for yourself…

Thoughts on Clown Spiders:  Here’s a place where Myratheon Cosplay and I differ.  She found our Clown Spider stickers adorable!

 Where will she be next: You can see her next at Rhode Island Comicon!  Maybe you’ll see some of  The Ladies there too…

 

Tiny Doom’s Boston Comic Con round up!

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This year’s Con shirt

After a great experience with a 2-day pass last year, I (and The Goog and The Red Menace) decided to attend all 3 days of Boston Comic Con 2014.  Armed with Ladies SWAG and excited to see friends, cosplayers, and creators, we embarked on our 3-day Con Saga.

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The Red Menace Tells You What to Read Next!

Boston Comic Con is this week, so I thought we were overdue for some comic book reviews. If you’re going to be in town for the con, keep an eye out for us! When we’re not walking around talking to cosplayers and getting tongue-tied in front of our favorite artists, you’ll be able to find us at either the Comicazi  (B605-609) or the Bad Kids Press (C405-409) tables. You might even see us in the audience of the special live Hadron Gospel Hour show!

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Hadron Gospel Hour is a fun comedy-scifi podcast, and they’ll be performing live at 2 pm at The Boston Button Factory as part of Boston Comic Con! Sound like it’s up your alley? You can grab tickets online for just $8 via http://hadrongospelhour.brownpapertickets.com/ or  at the door for $10.

Now that all of that excitement is out of the way, on to the reviews!

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Go Smurf Yourself: A Review of The Smurfs Anthology

As we grow into adulthood, we become aware of certain universal truths – all living things must die, everyone will experience loss at some point in their life, etc.

But just as undeniable, but slightly less cited is the following truth: There are few things that can rouse blinding hatred like a Smurf. And as a child, I was able to witness this first hand each time the 80s cartoon came on TV. Without getting into too much detail, we were a house divided with young Smalerie solidly in the pro-Smurf camp. Even as an adult, I can’t hate them. They were one of my earliest introductions to fantasy as a genre, and The Smurfs and The Magic Flute was the first film I remember seeing in the theaters.

So when Papercutz generously sent us a copy of their Smurfs Anthology (Volume One), I was the natural Comicazi Lady of Choice. While reading this and making my notes for this review, I was tempted to rouse Little Smalerie again, but she is currently sleeping under the coffee table while watching Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City and I’d hate to bother her.

So here we go, a totally mature and grown-up review of the Smurfs where I don’t even suggest once that you replace the word “smurf” with obscenities for your own amusement.

The Smurfs Anthology, Volume 1 by Peyo

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The Five Most Traumatizing 80s TV Toons

Searches for terrifying or shocking kids’ cartoons usually turn up the same old lists of cartoon conspiracy theories (which never make sense and always conclude that the cast of the show is actually dead) or “adult” scenes from old theatrical shorts (which are often taken out of context and come from cartoons that weren’t intend for kids in the first place.) But there’s no need to resort to crazy theories or cartoons that were really for adults to find ‘toons that can leave some permanent scars on young viewers. Even if you just check out one decade – the one I spent my formative years in – and limit yourself to television animation, you can find a treasure trove of shocking and disturbing animation aimed squarely at children. Here are just five of the most nightmare-inducing animated TV episodes of the 80s.

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What’s it about? Good guy scientists battle bad guy subterranean monsters with occasional help from elemental creatures.

Why is it nightmare fuel? Inhumanoids is not a great cartoon, in part because the heroes were totally forgettable and wore terribly designed armor. What it had going for it was the monsters, and the creators of the brand knew it because the show is named after them. There was a lava spewing monster, a plant creature, and others. But the most terrifying member of the Inhumanoids is D’Compose. D’Compose had a weird reptilian skull for a head and an exposed ribcage. His power was turning people into monstrous undead creatures.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 101: Part 2

Remember about 4 weeks ago when I shared Part 1 of my primer on Guardians of the Galaxy…..well now it’s time for Part 2!

As before, I’m giving you comic-based info since I haven’t seen the movie yet, and am largely trying to stay away from information beyond the trailers.  And there have been some pretty fun trailers, with excellent soundtracks.  Check this extended trailer featuring The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb.”

Hopefully you checked out Part 1 already, so 3 guardians to go…

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He’s called The Destroyer, not the giver of hugs

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