Category: Cosplay

When a Chance Meeting Reminds You that You Matter

I just unsubscribed from a monthly social events club called “UpOut.” It wasn’t working for me, but that’s not relevant. The last ticket I nabbed was to the Chicago Wine Festival After Party at the Godfrey Hotel. I was promised champagne (there wasn’t any.) I hadn’t been feeling very social, and much to my chagrin,... Read more »

Geekheart Guidance: Cosplay after baby

I’m excited to offer another round of Geekheart Guidance, where I answer advice questions for readers. I admit, I have been procrastinating on this particular submission. I was intimidated, for reasons that should soon become clear. S writes: I’m in my mid-30’s. I have had 2 kids, and the stretch marks to show for it.... Read more »

Zero tolerance: Naming my cosplay harasser

NOTE: Comments on this post are temporarily set to CLOSED, meaning they must be moderated before appearing. I want to publicly thank C2E2, Chicago’s premiere comic convention, for action they took this afternoon. I was not going to attend their Mardi Gras event tonight due their affiliation with a traumatic figure from my past. Now,... Read more »
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Santa hat strut: Cosplay photos from Con Alt Delete 2015

Merida from Brave, with hair as orange as could be!
The art of cosplay often comes with suffering- painful shoes, itchy body paint, wigs that are too tight. Perhaps the greatest nemesis of the cosplayer is cold weather. I’ve always struggled with winter conventions. Costumes warm enough for the season are often unflattering. They’re ALWAYS too hot for the indoor portions of cons. So, you... Read more »

Photos from Lakeshore Beverage's Return to the Throne

Daenerys Targaryen amidst the Dorthraki arc. During the costume contest, she chowed down on a bloody heart. HARDCORE.
It happened again! My friends at Lakeshore Beverage invited me to run the costume contest at another OH SO COOL Game of Thrones beer party. Brewery Ommegang celebrated the re-release of the its first two GoT brews. Both are now available in a sweet gift set for the holidays. …You know, in case you were... Read more »

6 Reasons Why Photobombing is the Worst

Friday night, my friends and I got together for Lakeshore Beverage and Brewery Ommegang’s latest Game of Thrones beer event- Return to the Throne. It was a fantastic time. Unfortunately, several of the photos taken by Geek Girl Jess are unusable. Why? PHOTOBOMBING. Photobombing is the worst. In case you haven’t heard of this “trend,”... Read more »
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14 ways cosplay has changed in 14 years

So, I just got a KILLER Morrigan photoset back from Matthew Sperzel Photography. It mostly looks like this: …and it got me thinking: Gosh, cosplayers in 2015 are lucky. My yellow eyes, light-up staff commission, picture-perfect photo editing, even my wig- none of these were available when I started. I’ve been cosplaying for 14 years,... Read more »

The cosplay gods giveth, and the cosplay gods taketh away.

Lately, a bunch of my free time has gone to Dragon Con prep. I am working on 2 or 3 new costumes for the Labor Day weekend. I’m pretty behind, given that I wasn’t cosplaying during unemployment. Let me tell you about my projects, for context: 1. Gunner Yuna from Final Fantasy X-2. 2. Morrigan... Read more »

Final thoughts and cosplay from C2E2 2015 - SUNDAY

This Captain Marvel made some amazing fabric choices. <3
My C2E2 coverage is finally wrapping up this morning. I had to sleep FOREVER before I could even think about blogging. I crashed for 3 hours right after the show yesterday, then slept for another 10 at night. Being a children’s superhero is a BIG job. Jess and Kat (my photography help this weekend) joined... Read more »
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Super cosplay from C2E2 2015 - SATURDAY

Yesterday's GGC photography volunteer, Jess, being photographed by today's volunteer, Kat. I LOVE YOU GIRLS!
I made a bad choice at C2E2. I bought a new cubicle’s worth of art right at the very beginning of the day. Thus, I was stuck hauling my purchases around for hours. I was dressed as Daenerys (fairly popular) and taking photos of my own, as well. I could have used four more arms.... Read more »