Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sukoshicon January

Our January Meetup at Sukoshicon Birmingham was a BLAST!

The morning started out with a few fun panels and mini photoshoots with a few members. Everyone else spread out to the game rooms and vendor's areas.

Excerpts from our mini shoots!








One of the most notable panels of the day was done by one of our members, Yoko. It was a photography and modeling panel with special photographer guest Michael Smith from Emerald Coast Models. After the panel, there was a photoshoot outside with Michael and with Shawn Hunt (additional photographer) Even though IT WAS COLD Just about everyone with a good cosplay showed up for the pics. Here's the album on facebook.

Also, the contest was filled with Jedigami members! Sloth and Greed (Myself and Sasuke) both won an award, as well as Seth (the glove master) for his Gene (Outlaw Star) Cosplay.

Another incredibly fun panel was the "Iron Cosplay" panel. (Another one by Yoko) The competitors were instructed to construct an outfit from scrap fabric, hot glue, safety pins, belts, etc. They had to include the "secret ingredient", fit the theme of "Super hero", and be done in 30 minutes. Here's what my group (Myself, Emily, Liz and Michelle)came up with (and landed a total victory!)



Abmiki Sukoshi - Defender of Love and Justice with super awesome, heart changing, lightning powers!

Of course we can't forget about the rave at the end of the night, during which everyone danced their cares away in a mass of blurriness and lights xD

Needless to say, Sukoshicon was yet again a success, which marks another awesome meetup for the Jedigami. Our next meetup is going to be held at Kami-Con in Tuscaloosa - a super fun FREE con. Everyone loves free :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Let it Snow

In Alabama, Snow is a big freaking deal. Since we never usually get it, the fact that we've had snow covered grounds TWICE in the past 2 months is completely unheard of. And this time around, Snowpocalypse 2011, we got a solid layer of ice which has not even begun to think about melting....which is also unheard of. In 'Bama if it takes the time to snow, it's usually back to dirt and grass within hours. But since this time around has given us a lovely blanket of white, I can't stop thinking of it as a perfect cosplay background!

Since I didn't prepare myself with any costumes specific to snow/ice, I just tossed on a kimono and went outside.



Partly because I didn't have anything else prepared, but also because kimono was really the only idea in my head. I tried to google ice/snow characters, or characters that live in icy climates, and the answers were so sparse that I just sort of gave up. That's why this blog post is going to consist of a semi-long list of characters that one can cosplay in snowy situations. If you are like me, and want to brave the elements for good photos, this list should be of interest to you.

First I will start with the obvious ones, then I'll go into some anime/manga/game/movie/comic characters that I found by scouring google and picking the brains of friends.

Katara and Sokka
Avatar: The Last Airbender

Both characters live in the South Pole. Sokka cannot manipulate the ice, but Katara is the only waterbender in the Southern Water Tribe. She can bend water and snow as she so pleases - Making these two perfect candidates for a snowy backdrop.



Princess Yue
Avatar the Last Airbender

Another airbender character that looks amazing in snowy climate is the princess of the Northern Water Tribe. She's the daughter of the chief, and Sokka thinks she's a hottie. Her hair is snowy white, thanks to the fact that the moon spirit granted her it's power when she was born nearly dead. Thanks moon spirit, you rock for that.



Mr Freeze
Batman

A DC Comics Supervillian, and enemy of Batman, I think he'd be one of the most obviousl snow cosplay characters. Freeze is a scientist who must wear a cryogenic suit in order to survive, and bases his crimes around a "cold" or "ice" theme, complete with a "cold gun" that freezes its targets solid.



Toshiro Hitsugaya

Bleach

Hitsugaya's thing is ice. Hyōrinmaru is the strongest of all ice/snow Zanpaku-tō in the Soul Society. Hyōrinmaru's spirit is a winged Chinese dragon made of ice. The dragon flies at opponents and instantly freezes anything it touches. The chain-blade also freezes anything Hitsugaya traps with it.



Rukia Kuchiki
Bleach

Rukia has an ice attack as well, the Sode no Shirayuki. Each "dance" the blade performs produces a different ice based attack. In its released state the blade becomes completely white and a ribbon forms from the pommel, earning it the recognition as the most beautiful Zanpakuto in Soul Society.



Or, you can cosplay Sode No Shirayuki herself, since she's super gorgeous.



Oren Ishii
Kill Bill

Speaking of pretty Asian ladies wearing white kimono in the snow, how about cosplaying Oren Ishii? The Entire final battle between Beatrix Kiddo and Oren Ishii was outside in the snow.



Ur and Gray Fullbuster
Fairy Tail

Either character would be appropriate for snow, since they are Ice Mages. Ice Make Master is a form of alchemy magic that creates shapes or objects out of ice. In Gray's case, he uses Static ice magic, meaning he can shape his ice into weapons or attacks. Ur was Gray's teacher in the magic of the Ice arts.

 

And Cosplaying Gray is easy because he practically never wears clothing.

Lyon
Bastia
Fairy Tail

Like Gray, Lyon practices the ice magic, Ice Make. Which allows him to form any type of object from ice. Unlike Gray whose version is static (which allows him to create weapons), Lyon´s Ice Make is Living (aka Dynamic), which means most of his creations are animal familiars made from ice.



Cygnus Saint - Hyoga

Saint Seiya / Knights of the Zodiac

As a Saint born under the Cygnus constellation, Hyoga is able to control and manipulate ice and snow as he pleases. By increasing his Cosmo, Hyoga can freeze objects and people. Hyoga is another perfect character for an icy photoshoot.



Crystal Saint
Saint Seiya / Knights of the Zodiac

The Crystal Saint is Hyoga's master in the anime adaptation. His Cloth resembles a snowflake when not being worn. His home is Siberia, and his constellation is Corona Borealis.



Haku
Naruto

He was a villager from the Land of Water and a member of the Yuki Clan. He later became a Ninja after meeting
Zabuza. Haku's most noticeable power was the utilization of water and wind chakra to create ice. His power over ice granted him special techniques, like the Demonic Ice Crystal Mirrors and Thousand Flying Water Needles of Death.



One could probably also cosplay Zabuza in the snow, even though he focuses on Water techniques. Since he's always with Haku, I would still say he'd be a good one to consider having a snowy backdrop



Evangeline
Negima

As a dark mage and vampire, Evangeline specializes in ice-based spells and dark magic, and is shown to be incredibly powerful once in her full capacities. she is still a very skilled fighter and can effortlessly take down a man twice her size, largely due to her mastery of the Japanese martial art Aikido.



Nobara Ibaragi
Gakuen Alice

Nobara is a middle school student in Gakuen Alice. She is in the Dangerous Ability class, and the only known female member. She appears only in the manga, possesses the Ice Alice and has multiple personalities. Complimenting her Alice, her appearance somewhat relates to the depiction of "Yuki Onna" (lit. Snow Woman).



HoroHoro
Shaman King

His guardian ghost is Kororo (losely meaning Ice) Horohoro mainly uses his oversoul to freeze water vapor into ice and use it to attack his opponents.



November 11 / Jack Simon
Darker Than Black

MI6's top agent, and a field leader whose civilian alias is Jack Simon. November's ability enables him to freeze liquids, including blood. He is able to shape water into projectiles by freezing it and subsequently hurl them with lethal precision. He can also create protective shields out of frozen water.



Aidou Hanabusa

Vampire Knight

Aidou is known among the Night Class as "Kaname-sama's right hand" and has a fierce admiration for Kaname that borders on jealousness. Aidou is a noble-class vampire and possesses the ability to freeze matter.



Sailor Mercury
Sailor Moon

In Japanese, the name for the planet Mercury is Suisei (水星), the first kanji meaning 'water' and the second indicating a celestial object.  Sailor Mercury's abilities are water-based due to this aspect of Japanese mythology. As she grows stronger, Sailor Mercury gains additional powers - mostly improving their strength with the addition of "Freezing" or "Snow"



Vexen
Kingdom Hearts

Vexen is the nobody of Even and is Rank IV within Organization XIII. He controls ice and uses it to command storms and blizzards, freezing his opponents solid, while defending himself with his massive shield.



Kula Diamond
King of Fighters

Kula has an impressive control over ice. When using her powers, Kula's hair becomes blue. As the Anti-K', her fighting style is primarily based on K's, but adapted to her ice-based powers. She also fights using her ice skates.




Mizore Shirayuki
Rosario + Vampire

Shirayuki Mizore is a Yuki-Onna. Keeping in line with Japanese mythological monster, she has the ability to control the element of ice at will, and can form clones composed of said element.



Sub Zero
Mortal Kombat

When he first appeared in the first Mortal Kombat, Sub-Zero featured only two special moves: his ice blast and sliding kick. These moves have become Sub-Zero's trademark since then, being featured in every game he has appeared in.




Olivier Mira Armstrong
Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Major General Olivier Mira Armstrong is Alex Louis Armstrong's older sister. She is in charge of Briggs, the northern military border. Due to the extreme cold at the Drachma border, Olivier Milla Armstrong and her men appear in heavy coats with shoulder pads to denote their respective ranks. Armstrong's men have done extensive research into designing new equipment that will work in the subzero tempetures. She is called "Ice Queen"



Iceman
X-men

Iceman possesses the power to radically decrease the temperature of ambient water vapor in his immediate environment, thereby freezing it into ice. In this manner he is able to quickly form a great variety of ice structures, including projectiles, shields, ladders, baseball bats, etc.



Have fun figuring out how to cosplay this guy.

Ice Master Card
Yu Gi Oh!

Although it's less of a character and more of a trading card, you can't deny the cool costume this could be.



Snow
M.A.R.

The only princess heir to the crown of Lestava. She is a user of ice-themed ÄRMs, and later water-themed.



Fai D. Flourite
Tsubasa

Fai is a powerful magician from the country of Seresu. Fai appears to be happy-go-lucky and good-natured, and acts very carefree. He is very often (nearly always) depicted with Ice and Snow covered scenery.




Although I'm sure there are TONS of characters I didn't cover, I feel like I got the most important ones. I'll probably come back to this list often to add to it, because I'm sure later I'll be like..."ZOMG So-And-So TOTES BELONGS ON THIS LIST" So check back for updates :)

In the meantime, go brave the ice and snow and get those amazing cosplay shots you dream about.








Sunday, January 2, 2011

Cosplay Review 2010


It's the beginning of a new year! 2010 was FILLED with cosplay for me. It was probably my busiest costume year to date. Due to work, I was only able to attend a few cons, but I still stayed super busy with crafting and sewing. I owe this increase in craft to the formation of our cosplay group, Jedigami. Ever since the group began, I've made it my personal goal to wear something different to each meetup, even if I was only to attend the meetup for a few hours. It keeps me busy, on task, and I enjoy the challenge of getting new costumes together in short periods of time.


This post is basically a review of cos-crap I've done all year. Pics of my finished work, and some of my faves I've taken of other's outfits and our group cosplays at cons and meetups.

Probably the first photoshoot I did in'10 was the kimono shoot I did with my two japanese-enthusiast friends, Sheridan and Vicki. I only own a few kimono and obi selections at the moment, so Vicki graciously ( or somewhat graciously) lent her kitsuke services and obi selection to us for the shoot.






Vicki stops to smell the flowers. Or at least pose with them.



Sheridan with fan in hand. And that fan was used generously througout the day, because it was HOT.

Basically anime and steampunk cosplay all started with May (Imagicon). I started cos-work for Imagicon in January, and STILL found myself stressing at the last minute to finish the costumes in time.

The first huge project of the year was the steampunk white rabbit, Mostly made for the Imagicon promo at the Alice in Wonderland premier, but used again at the actual con. This group was a huge hit, which was great, since it was my first steampunk endeavor ever.



Sheridan as Alice, Vicki as the hatter, and myself as the rabbit,



Who says Boba Fett can't be in Wonderland?

Another group endeavor we tried out was Fullmetal Alchemist. I have to say, this group turned out pretty well. Although my dress was supremely hard to walk in, the costume I made for my husband as Greed remains my favorite of his costumes to date. I feel like he was pretty much a dead ringer for Greed.



Sheridan, Vicki, Myself, Sasuke, and Gavin don our FMA attire.



Pretty much the only picture I actually liked of myself in this costume xD



Probably the best cosplay picture of my husband of all time.

Now onto the most uncomfortable costume ever made in existence of all time EVAR. Sephiroth.

I love the way it turned out, but mess was hard to make and even more difficult to wear. It was at least over 9000 degress in this outfit, and the wing kept wanting to fall down, thus forcing us to create a strange tie off system to keep it pointed up. The shoulder armor was incredibly hard to move my arms in, and I can't count the amount of times I smacked them into things. However, the big pick-me-up of this mini photoshoot was the fact that my husband's costume was pretty epic. I worked my butt off on making his buster sword and it photographed like a charm.





Pics taken before we gave up for fear of heat stroke...

Steampunk was HUGE at Imagicon in 2010. Luckily I found a magnificent dress and jacket just before the con, so I began work on my Vampire/Huntress Adella Stride.



We also did some Kimono stuff throughout the weekend, because let's face it, it was the coolest thing we could wear that wasn't a bikini. Need I remind you, it was HOT.



Sheridan sports the blue



Vicki in a lovely brown ensemble.



And myself in my white kimono, the thinnest one I own, mind you.

After Imagicon, we all started having cosplay withdrawals. So thank GOD our fearless leader Wes decided to form a cosplay group, bound for meetups every month. Dare I say, this is possibly one of the best things to ever happen to Birmingham's cosplay community.

In somewhat chronolocial order, or as much so as my memory serves me.



Videl Satan. Because I was just watching DBZ for the first time, and I fippin' love this character. I decided two days beforehand that this was who I wanted to be at the first meetup, so I threw this together.



Meetup number 2 - Sheridan in a super cute wa-loli and myself as Umbreon Gijinka.

Sukoshi-con was our third meetup *I think....* It was Sukoshi-con's first Birmingham 1 day con, and it was so much fun.



Myself in Wa-loli



Orihime Liz and Wa-Loli Sheridan



Dante Wes...



And Loli-Gijinka-Umbreon Sam

September meetup was swimming at Oak Mtn!



I went as Videl Satan.



Sasuke and Gavin duke it out as Gohan and Naruto



Liz sneaks around in her awesome Darth Lydia outfit

October was the Botanical Gardens cosplay photoshoot, and also our 5th meetup at Jeff State Park. Sheridan and I decided on Bleach Characters (Nemu and Momo) and met up with a few other Bleach fans while taking our pics.





More friends in cosplay -



Nicole and Melanie - Happy Kagura and Disgruntled Kyo



KJ in an epic Cammy cosplay

Also in October was Halloween (as it usually is...) So I fashioned a Rambo chick costume and a Fork-attack Zombie.





Had to show off Sheridan's awesome Halloween Witch Costume.

November was Sukoshi-con's Huntsville con. It was a lot of fun, as per usual, and we were able to take photos in front of the space and rocket center, which rocked hard.



Melissa Mao, from Full metal Panic



Rocket~!



Pretty picture of Luna / Liz in the fall leaves.

And we can't forget about the Harry Potter movie premier...



So Bellatrix made her way out of the costume closet.

And our Thanksgiving meetup at Ryan's.

Closet cosplay Knives Chau.

December was SO BUSY. Thanks to Christmas, it was a pretty stressful month, but I got through it and still turned out two costumes. We had our Jedigami Christmas party at my house this year, which was such a great time. I definitely want to make it an anual event.



Cait Sith steals sushi...

The party featured a mini costume contest - and the winners were Pikachu and Naruto (complete with tails)





Honorable mention to the super cute Christmas girls xD



Last but not least, To close out the year with a bang, Myself and 4 friends made a formal Sailor Moon troupe (complete with Moonlight Knight!)



Liz as Jupiter, Sam as Saturn, Seth as Moonlight Knight, Myself as Pluto, and Formal Venus

Sorry for the crazy image heavy post this time. On second thought, I'm not really that sorry.

2010 was filled with cosplay fun and cosplay fails. Here's to hoping '11 is the best costume year yet :D

Plans for 2011?

Lady from DMC
Yoko Littner from Gurren Lagann
Anya from Code Geass
Sailor Pluto
Sailor Saturn
Eruka Frog from Soul Eater
Tifa from FFVII

and whatever else I feel like throwing together. Can't wait to get started!