I really enjoyed going to Wondercon this year with my friend Annie! We just went to look at the dealer’s room, largely for artist alley and small press. Part of what I really enjoy about Wondercon lately is it feels to me like what SDCC used to be. It’s a big con but not as huge and crowded as SDCC now is. There are also lots of awesome independent artists bringing their personal comics, sketchbooks and pins and such. To me that is the most enjoyable part of going to a comic convention, finding awesome art! I didn’t take many photos but here’s a few photos of what I bought and some cute folks we saw.
Some adorable keychains and pins I bought! I love the trend lately to make enamel pins and detailed acrylic items.
Some beautiful books I bought! Song of the Sea, Spam Vol 3 by Mingjue Helen Chen and Le Petit Loup are from Stuart Ng. The Lonely Vincent Bellingham by Diana Huh.
Beautiful prints! Claire Wendling shibe family, @nidhiart Otter family, cats by @elsasketch and Polaris by Alina Chau.
Adorable child Jawas.
Super cool punk girl vest!
I found an awesome Scruffy from Futurama cosplayer! I worked on Futurama for a long time so it’s always awesome to see people cosplaying it.
Hey folks! Sorry, I realized I never actually blogged about the Jane Austen Evening this year. It’s one of my favorite yearly events held at the beautiful Pasadena Masonic Lodge by the Society for Manners and Merriment. I really love the Regency period and Jane Austen books and films and on top of that I really enjoy sharing this enthusiasm with friends!
Due to busy holidays, I wore the same hot pink gown I made last year. You can read more about how I made my gown here. I really love this gown though, so it was no huge sacrifice! There is a great variety of people who attend the event. Some that love to dance English country Regency dancing, some that love to make costumes and every combination in-between! You do not have to attend the event in Regency wear, you can attend in formal wear. Some folks rent costumes, others buy from Etsy, others borrow, others make from scratch! The event starts with mingling and then goes on to tea and live entertainment. This year there was a lovely live band playing period appropriate music. In some past years it’s been a Regency improv group. A lot of tea attendees bring their own fancy tea cups and plates and candelabras to dress up their tables. I love how whimsical this makes it. Some enthusiastic Regency costumers actually wear more than one look for the event. They have a day gown for tea, which is more casual, and they have a fancy evening gown for the dance. There are dance classes weekends prior to the event and even someone as clumsy as me has been able to get passable at dancing thanks to them. This year I danced at least 5 or 6 dances thanks to my gracious partners! You can dance with your friends or be asked by strangers or ask strangers yourself. Everyone is very nice and it’s a lovely evening.
I’m super happy to show you this Project Yokai photoshoot I did with my friends IamChubbyBunny Michelle, YumeNinja, Max Song and Big White Bazooka Photography! I’ve wanted to do a yokai inspired kimono shoot for a long time and it was awesome to finally do it with awesome and talented friends. Yokai are Japanese spirits and monsters.
It was really cool to use my kimono collection in such a beautiful way. Michelle did most of the set dressing and it was amazing how she took a pile of kimono and obi and turned it into a separate environment and feeling for each yokai look. Each person chose which kimono and obi they wanted and the style of their character and I helped to dress them. The kimono dressing is not strictly traditional. We were more going for a fantasy look. Yume did a lot of help with our makeup and Max’s hair as well. Everyone pitched in getting everything pretty.
My Hannya mask / demon woman inspired look. I’m wearing a traditional Japanese wig. I made the faux obi out of sequin fabric. The outer white wedding kimono is one my husband bought for me while we were dating!
IamChubbyBunny Michelle in her Tengu (mountain bird demon) inspired look. I really love how dramatic she looks. Michelle made her awesome wig, hair pins, tengu fan and wing back piece! She’s also wearing awesome one-tooth geta like Tengu do.
YumeNinja in her Kitsune (fox demon) inspired look. I love how colorful she chose to represent her kitsune. Yume made her awesome wigs, ears and tail! Her outer kimono is one that my cosplay friends and I (HCC) won in a cosplay competition, so it feels awesome to see it used in such a beautiful way.
Max Song in his Yuki Onna (snow demon) inspired look. I love how cool he looks! Eric did some really awesome stuff with lighting in this one, too.
NOTE: I do NOT take costuming commissions. Please do not ask to buy these or for me to make you one, sorry! I just don’t have time. If you would like to try to make your own, please see construction, pattern and fabric details on my costume page here!!