New York Comic Con 2015: Cosplay Roundup

Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop Cosplay

Y’all are probably sick of seeing my femme Spike cosplay, but I’m not sick of wearing it. Any chance I get to pretend to be as cool as Spike Spiegel I’m going to take it. This cosplay was made by the very talented Stefánia Ágoston of Ticci Rockabilly. I wore this to the Fanbros: Crossplay Cosplay Contest and Party where I was one of the judges. Fanbros are the homies; I love their podcast and they are some of my favorite geek peeps. Check them out!

Neon Genesis Evangelion… Sweatshirt

I needed a day of rest from cosplaying so I wore my Neon Genesis Evangelion sweater from Apparel K on Thursday. I love how cute Sachiel looks on the sleeves of the sweater.

Sailor Goon Cosplay

For Friday, I went with a remixed version of my Sailor Goon cosplay. I traded my denim vest and shorts for a leather-ish vest and black shorts. I left the wig at home because I couldn’t be bothered… but also because I’m in love with my new hair color.

Sailor Moon from Earth 23 Cosplay

The Story

I’ll be honest, I had a lot of concerns about my Earth 23 Sailor Moon cosplay. Being a PoC I’m extra sensitive to appropriation. Nowadays everyone is being called out for it, both justly and unjustly. I was nervous that what I was doing could be considered the same thing. Race and culture bends in cosplay are nothing new, but I wondered if those cosplayers experienced that same trepidation.

I approached this cosplay with the utmost respect to Sailor Moon and Japanese culture; which helped subside my appropriation concerns. To me, this was more than a simple culture bend cosplay. I wanted to show the strong connection that black women have to Sailor Moon. Yes, women of all backgrounds grew up watching the Sailor Senshi. However, there’s a special connection many of women of color made with the Sailor Scouts. Here was this group of strong, but also flawed, teenagers kicking ass… and they were women of color. Something we could only really find in anime. My cosplay was my way of honoring that connection and hopefully uplifting women of color as well.

The Construction

I bought the fabric from Jabbie Kunda at the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn this summer. If you live in NYC and want to buy some beautiful African wax and kente fabrics, his permanent shop is located at the Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market (aka the African Market).

Stefánia of Ticci Rockabilly made my Kente Sailor Fuku and did an amazing job. To add a little poof I wore my petticoat from Bodyline and my friend Shanté made my beautiful ankh headpiece.

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The Compliments

The compliments were overwhelming. Instead of a magical girl transformation, I turned into a shy shoujo character like Rinko Yamato or Sawako Kuronuma. I felt not only extremely adorable, but strong as well. I believe people got the message I was trying to convey and I’m happy about that.

I met Amandla Stenberg (Hunger Games) and she loved my cosplay so much that she posted a photo on her Instagram! She was at NYCC to promote the comic she’s writing, Niobe: She Is Life, along with the artist Ashley Woods. The comic comes out November 4th. Preorder it now at your local comic book shop!

Steven Universe Cosplay

I wanted to do a Steven Universe cosplay but since I waited last-minute I ended up with just the shirt, gem and cheeseburger clutch (instead of a backpack). Still cute, though!

NYCC 2015 Cosplay

NYCC 2014 Cosplay & Coords: Sailor Moon, Space Dandy, Cowboy Bebop & More

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It was only a year ago when I posted “Confessions of a First Time Cosplayer” and look how far I’ve come! Now I know I’m not building Tali armor from scratch like my friend and cosplay sensei @DarthRachel, but I’m proud of myself nonetheless.

Sailor Goon

I introduce to you, Sailor Goon; my gangsta take on Sailor Moon. I was Sailor Moon and my friend Roshi was Black Lady. People at the con said we were cute and creepy so mission accomplished basically.

I was inspired by Asiey Barbie’s Sailor Gang art on tumblr. I tagged her on Instagram and Twitter and her reaction was, “O.M.G. yasss, this is EXCELLENT!” and “I am SLAYED. absolute perfection.” She reblogged my post on Tumblr which is probably why it’s getting so many notes and said “YOU GUYS LOOK AT THIS FLAWLESSNESS”. So of course that made my day!

Artist Babs Tarr was also a big influence on this cosplay design. Her Bōsōzoku Sailor Scouts helped us come up with accessories like the denim jacket, patches and ripped nylon stockings. Babs was at NYCC this weekend so I was lucky enough to meet her and get a gorgeous Bōsōzoku Sailor Moon print and my Batgirl #1 signed. She is super sweet and LOVED our cosplay. She took a photo of us and gave us some of her stickers I actually planned on buying anyway!

As you can probably tell, Sailor Goon was my favorite cosplay of the weekend. The fun part was coming up with ways I could change Usagi’s regular costume from Moon to Goon. And my friend Roshi was giving some Black Moon realness with her Black Lady cosplay. Surprisingly, Sailor Goon was the first woman I’ve cosplayed. Up until now I’ve Rule 63’ed my favorite male characters like the Eleventh Doctor, Spike Spiegel and Space Dandy.

Space Dandy

Space Dandy is amazing… and weird. But that WTFness of Dandy is why I love it so much. I remember how excited I was hearing that the GAWD Shinichirō Watanabe of (Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo) was going to be the chief director of a new anime called Space Dandy. I admit, I had to adjust to the randomness of the show. Although Dandy is a bounty hunter in space, it’s nothing like Cowboy Bebop. Once I got that through my head, I fully enjoyed each episode. The finale was mind-blowing. Maybe I’ll blog about it at some point.

I’m not a crafty person at all, but I managed to make some Dandy accessories and I’m really proud myself, even though these are nothing compared to other stuff people make. It’s my first time “crafting” so give me a break! I made the necklace out of poster paper and paint marker, but it doesn’t look that bad as it sounds. It’s kind of like a Monet and looks better the further away you are. I hope my kanji isn’t too embarrassing; it was my first time writing that as well. The jacket is from Csddlink and I made Dandy’s belt buckle out of foam which I painted gold. Since I decided to go with high-waisted leggings, I turned the buckle into a pin. The items that are missing are his hair, bracelet and shoes. So this is kinda a half-assed cosplay. But now that I have most of his costume, I’ll give the rest my best effort next year.

I made a Space Dandy playlist because the music is so good. Shake your booty while reading this blog post, baby. It’s the Dandy way!

 

Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop 

If this looks familiar it’s because I did this female Spike last year. I loved it so much I had to do it again! Nothing new added to this except I’m channelling Faye Valentine with my purple hair. It’s been a year and I still haven’t gotten a good Spike wig. I’m the worst you guys I’m so sorry.

Kawaii Street Style

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I wasn’t always dressing up as someone else at NYCC. These last two additions aren’t cosplay but some pretty cute coords if I do say so myself.

On Friday I wore my new favorite sweater from Omo-Cat called ‘Toast Girl’. I was going for kawaii street style and did cult party kei makeup which is hard to notice because… you know… I’m black.

Subtle Princess Serenity 

*Queue magical girl transformation* I went from Sailor Goon by day, to Subtle Princess Serenity by night (with an emphasis on “subtle”). I wore this to the Fan Girls’ Night Out Party hosted by Geek Girl Brunch (that org I co-founded). There are tons of galaxy prints out there but the Shadowplay NYC shop on Etsy has some of the best I’ve seen. Better than Black Milk (yeah I said it!). I ordered two dresses from them and wore the Mystic Mountain Jersey Dress to FGNO. It features a Hubble Print of the Mystic Mountain, a Pillar in the Carina Nebula. I kept the space theme going and paired my Nebula dress with Princess Serenity and Sailor Moon accessories. I got so many compliments!

Well, that’s a wrap for my New York Comic Con cosplay and coords! Stay tuned to see if I get better at cosplay crafting next year. Spoiler: I probably won’t. I already have my eyes set on Leatherface Joker, Spider Jerusalem from Transmetropolian and a a young Major Motoko Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Arise (all featured in my Cosplay Bucket List post).

Tattoo Tuesday: LunaRae’s Sailor Moon & Lion King Ink

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LunaRae is back with new tats! You may remember her from her Yoshi and Fullmetal Alchemist Tattoo Tuesday Featurette a while back. We’ll she mentioned in that interview getting new ink and now she’s here to show it off!

If you’re interested in being featured in a Tattoo Tuesday or Tattoo Tuesday Featurette please email me at girlgonegeekblog(@)gmail(dot)com. 

Tattoo Tuesday Featurette Interview with LunaRae:

What are your new tattoos of and why did you get them? 

Girl Gone Geek Blog Tattoo Tuesday LunaRae tattoos Sailor MoonLunaRae: Sailor Mars tattoo – this is the symbol seen in Sailor Moon Super S and Sailor Moon Stars. It took me a while to decide but I liked the idea of keeping my ankle tattoos as symbols. Sailor Mars is my favorite Sailor Senshi. I’m also an Aries, and my name is Rae. Perfect huh? After not being able to see my best friend/sister in over a year (because she had to move away for a while), we are finally reunited and I have my matching [Simba tattoos] this time!

I’m loving your geeky collection of tattoos! Any plans for new ones?  
LunaRae:  Future tattoo plans?: I’m debating on The Hunger Games Mockingjay pin for the outside of my left leg. The book series is by far one of my favorites, and the movie was really good as well. The other idea is to do my favorite APC (A Perfect Circle) album design (“Mer De Noms” album). There are always ideas going through my head about adding to my Yoshi tattoos on my back, but I’m still up in the air about it.
Where do you live on the internet?

I’m on Facebook of course, though I keep that personal. I do have a photography page there “LunaRaePhotography“. I am also on Deviantart, LunaRaeB.
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Tattoo Tuesday- Sailor Moon

I, like many little girls, absolutely adored Sailor Moon! I had a major crush on Tuxedo Mask, yes I was fully aware he was animated… don’t judge me. I thought Rei/Sailor Mars was kind of bitchy but I still kind of liked her because of that. But I connected more with Lita/Sailor Jupiter because she was a tomboy and I was going through that phase at the time. Not many other little girls I knew went out and caught crickets with their dad for their pet chameleons, and liked it. I used to doodle the Sailor Scout symbols in my notebook in school and I patiently waited for the day my cats at the time, Speckles and Sheba, would talk like Luna and Artemis. Looking up these tattoos was like diving headfirst into a magical ocean of nostalgia and I hope you enjoy these tatted up Sailor Scouts!

And because my job isn’t done until the Sailor Moon theme song is stuck in your head for at least half the day… Come on, sing it with me (you know you already are) “Fighting evil by moonlight…”

No nudity but some are NSFW.

I include all the information about the tattoo that was available. If you are interested in having me feature your geeky tattoo on a future Tattoo Tuesday feel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com.

NeneneSumiregawa tattoo by Timmy Tatts at Tattoo Marks in State College [Source: Deviant Art]

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nikianime tattoo designed by her [Source: Deviant Art]

hotcooquita tattoo [Source: Deviant Art]

Sailormoonangel22 said about her tattoo, “I love her transformation in The Promise Of The Rose. I wanted something that could represent my transformation through the struggles in my life and why not have a hero from my childhood”  Tattoo done at Tattoo UK, Rayners Lane [Source: Deviant Art]

0flying0unicorn0‘s Eternal Sailor Moon tattoo [Source: Deviant Art]

isma-angel said this about their tattoo, “I love Sailor Moon. Therefore, what better way to top my sleeve tattoo than to have Usagi right before going Moon Princess-y at the end of the R movie. I LOVE how this came out. I don’t have the words to describe how much I love my tattoo and my artist.” Tattooed by Jody Wells at Accent Tattoo & Piercing Ukiah, Ca. on 1/9/10 [Source: Deviant Art]

This is what BubbleColourSlut had to say about her tattoo, “This is my first tattoo. I chose Sailor Moon because she’s played a positive role in my life and I am entirely obsessed. I’m so happy with the artwork and how it looks. The art work is from the reprint manga, and it will not be my last tattoo, I want the companion (Chibi-Usa) to this one as well.” [Source: Deviant Art]

Raflyn said this about their tattoo, “This is the tattoo I got while studying abroad in Japan. I got it in Ame-Mura at Chopstick Tattoo–Nattsu did my tattoo. Since Sailor Moon started my love of Japan and the Japanese language, I thought it was fitting to get this tattoo in Japan!”  [Source: Deviant Art]

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TiAmoItalia‘s tattoo, “[Source: Deviant Art]

innocentkitty214 luna tattoo by Kris at theinkwelltattoo.com [Source: Flickr]

Krysti’s Lucky Luna tattoo”Its Luna from Sailor Moon as a japanese Lucky Cat, with the sign for Venus in the coin. Venus is one of my favorite Sailor Scouts and her symbol is precious. It turned out better than I could imagine and since Pooka is a fellow nerd –  I cant wait to go back to her for more nerd tattoos!”  Done by Jessica “Pooka” Herrera at Phat Joe’s in Miami, Florida. [Ckrystipryde Blog]

NeneneSumiregawa‘s Sailor Scout symbol tattoo done at Tattoo Mark in State College [Source: Deviant Art]

Sailor Saturn Tattoo tattooed by Todo at Off the Map Tattoo in Easthampton, Ma [Source: Off The Map Tattoo]

Jacklyn’s Sailor Jupiter tattoo [Source: Tumblr]

Sailor Mars [Source: CrunchyRoll]

Neon’s Chibi Tattoo [Source: Tumblr]

“This is the time key that Chibi Usa uses to travel between Crystal Tokyo and (1995ish) Tokyo.” [Source: Bublasaur Eyes Blog]
Angel Butler and her friend got matching Sailor Moon wand tattoos, ” My best friend Meghan and I got new ink on Thursday :) It is the wand from Sailor Moon. This tattoo represents our favorite show as children (and I still continue to watch it) and our friendship. I love this tat so much. It didn’t really hurt either! It just sounded weird hahaha” [Source: Flickr]
Ofsorrowblue said this about her Doom Tree tattoo, “I got this tattoo dedicated to my childhood love of sailor moon. This is the doom tree from the series. I got this because I found beauty in the story behind the doom tree”  [Source: Deviant Art]
Shelliroth said this about her tattoo “The design is from the top of her Neo Queen Serenity crown, but with the crescent moon and stars added. The coloring was largely based on the inside of the eternal moon article. I just took elements I liked, and made something with all of them.” Done by Spider at Five Star Tattoos in Battle Ground, WA. [Source: Deviant Art]
Ochibawolf‘s Cosmic Heart Brooch Tattoo she said, “I really love it! My tattoo artist designed the color part of it, and I designed the brooch itself. Here is my rough design that I gave to my tattoo artist. I’m super happy with it, and I’m glad the red worked out fine. This was done at King Pete’s Tattoo(www.kingpetetattoo.com by Pete himself.”  [Source: Live Journal]
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Ritzeratzekatze‘s Sailor Moon Brooch tattoo [Source: Deviant Art]
Im-a-hot-toepicker said this about her tattoo, “Sailor moon tattoo of her Super S Compact, Done by Chris at Fuzion Ink in Norfolk, Va. It’s SO awesome I love it, but hurts SO bad!!!” [Source: Deviant Art]

Anime Burlesque

Kitty Cadillac as Ichigo Momomiya (Tokyo Mew Mew)

(Some images below NSFW)

Calling All Otakus!

From the same people who brought you the Sci-fi, Video Game and Star Wars Burlesque Shows, now comes Anime Burlesque. These burlesque dancers take on (just to take it off) some of your favorite female anime characters.

“Devil’s Playground returned to Bordello on January 8 for Anime Babes, a burlesque show dedicated to Japanese animation favorites. Characters from Pokemon, Tokyo Mew Mew, Fullmetal Alchemist, Sailor Moon, Speed Racer and Neon Genesis Evangelion made an appearance throughout the night. (LA Weekly)”

But wait, they don’t have Faye (Cowboy Bebop)?! Come on! They wouldn’t even have to sex-up her outfit either since her gravity defying short shorts which barely supported by suspenders, cropped shirt are revealing enough to start with. Well here’s hoping they have a part two, since they have done that with previous shows.  Who would you want to see burlesqued up if they have a part two?

I’m happy that Devil’s Playground does these Geeky Burlesque shows but to be honest I feel like I’ve seen better cosplay at cons #imjustsayin.

Read a review of the show here from Liz’s article: “Anime Babes from Sailor Moon to Rei Ayanami: This Isn’t Cosplay, This is Burlesque”

Check out their Comic Book Vixens Burlesque Show (some images NSFW)

Previous Shows: Science Fiction, Video Game & Star Wars Burlesque Show

 

Courtney Cruz as Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Courtney Cruz as Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)

Daisy Meadows as Sailor Moon

Daisy Meadows as Sailor Moon

Lucy Fur as Pikachu (Pokémon)

Lucy Fur as Pikachu (Pokémon)
Olivia Bellafontaine as Lust (Fullmetal Alchemist)

Sin Fisted as Trixie (Speed Racer)

[Sources: LA Weekly, Topless Robot, LA Weekly Blog]

Picture of the Week- Who Watches the Empire?

Jonah Block created this great mashup of Star Wars and Watchmen. This was featured on Tee Fury a few weeks ago, but fear not, you can buy prints, skins and shirts with the artwork here on Society 6.

Check out his website Amateurish at Best for other great art!

His Deviant Art gallery Biotwist

Jonah’s profile on Tee Fury and past shirt designs

Facebook: The Art of Jonah Block

Some more of Jonah’s art that I like:

Minimalist Doctor Who (prints, skins and shirts available here)

“Fighting evil by moonlight” Sailor Moon Head [Source: Threadless]

The Son of Manio [Source: Threadless]

Superhero Minimalist Shirt (which I posted about a few months ago here with other superhero minimalist art) 

[Source: Culture Popped and Tee Fury]

Happy Labor Day!

I want to wish everyone a fun and safe Labor Day!