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Friday, November 20, 2009  0 Comments

Steampunk Themed Cosplay at TusCon

A citizen journalist/blogger wrote about TusCon, a sci-fi, fantasy and horror convention that took place in Tucson over the weekend--this year with a Steampunk theme. This was her first con, so she shared her discovery.

“I admit while I am a die-hard sci-fi/scary book and Star Trek fan, I have not ever attended a convention for their genres.

“This little convention has a 36-year history and has usually been small with no advertising and is mostly centered on the literary arts. This year they had authors, panels and readings...an art show... dealers, movie screenings, anime, computer gaming, and CosPlay.

“I mostly saw costumes that were kind of western, kind of futuristic and didn’t understand why at the time…CosPlay is short for 'costume play' or in other words dressing up with an opportunity for role play. This year they had a CosPlay competition with a steampunk theme. Steampunk? What the hec is that?

“Just then I came across…Gary Hayes, all 6 feet 6 inches of him, in steampunk attire… I asked him, okay, what the hec is steampunk. He asked if I had ever read Jules Verne. Of course! Or seen the Wild Wild West series or movie. Yes! Well, that’s steampunk – futuristic western themes. Ahhhh. (If you have never read Jules Verne, you better get on it).”

In an earlier post to our costume blog entitled “You Might Be a Steampunk”, we explained that storylines and characters that fit in the genre come from the era when steam power was still prominent. The written works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne are central to the subgenre, but themes found there have been played out in anime and manga, film and role playing games, among other places.

Our Southern Gentleman costume would be a good fit, especially if accessorized with shiny brass retro-futuristic gadgets! Or we can always create a custom costume to your specifications....

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009  0 Comments

When Costumed Characters Get Cash Crazy

The L.A. Times’ Hero Complex column -– a great one for comic fans -- reported that a man dressed in a Spiderman costume was arrested in Hollywood last week. Distressing indeed, but apparently, it's only the latest in a string of incidents involving movie characters and celebrity look-alikes who vie for space -- and attention -- along the tourist-filled corridor that includes Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

Performers in superhero costumes, Elvis costumes, and others have worked on Hollywood Boulevard for years. They collect tips from tourists by posing for pictures or performing in front of the theater.

But sometimes the fun has turned violent. Tourists have complained that some costumed characters become abusive when the tourists refuse to pay them to pose for pictures. There have also been brawls. Two years ago, authorities convened a "superhero summit" designed to reduce tensions among the performers.

The meeting was prompted in part by an incident in which LAPD officers arrested a man in a Star Wars costume, dressed as the furry brown Chewbacca, for allegedly head-butting a tour guide who complained about the impersonator's treatment of Japanese tourists.

In other incidents, actors dressed as the superhero Mr. Incredible, Elmo the Muppet and the dark-hooded character from the movie "Scream" were arrested for aggressive begging. A man dressed as the horror film character Freddy Krueger was also taken into custody for allegedly stabbing someone, although no charges were filed.

This time, the victim, who said he had been hit on the face and arms, refused to press charges against the costumed performer. But when they discovered the warrants, Loomis was booked, and it appeared that the suspect and victim knew each other.

"Typical Hollywood; it's always something different," said Lewis, an officer at the LAPD's Hollywood station. As she spoke, Loomis, still wearing his Spider-Man outfit, sat nearby, handcuffed to a bench.

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Monday, November 16, 2009  0 Comments

Get Furry with FurFest 2009



This video takes you into the world of the Furry with a news story on AnthroCon in Pittsburgh from a few years ago. It’s a con for anthropomorphic cosplay, as well as for anyone fascinated with anthropomorphics--or humanlike animal characters. This could include artists, animators, writers, costumers, puppeteers, and just everyday fans who enjoy cartoon animals and their kin.

For those of you in the Midwest, you can go to FurFest 2009, coming up November 20 -22 in the Chicago area. Other furry cons include the Furry Fiesta, coming up in Feb 2010, the Furry Weekend in March and the Halloween-themed FurFright.

The website Therianthropes.com explained that a furry lifestyler is generally considered to be a person who has one or more of these characteristics:

• Integrating a perceived animal nature into one's persona (gait, use of voice, personality, instincts, etc.)

• Totemistic beliefs, specifically with regard to animal spirits

• A belief that animal instincts exist within humans, regardless of whether they are separate, immaterial spirits, part of the genetic code, caused by reincarnation from a previous animal life, or anything else

• A furry lifestyler may also take on physical attributes of an animal, although this is rare. Such attributes may be: hair style (including facial hair), tattoos, articles of clothing (e.g. a tail or ears), or jewelry. In a few extreme cases, some wealthy lifestylers have used elective surgery to affect a physical transformation.

• The practices and viewpoints of some Furry Lifestylers have some similarity to the ideas of Otherkin and Therianthropy.

Therianthropy, Wikipedia tells us, refers to the metamorphosis of humans into other animals, which have long existed in mythology, appearing in ancient cave drawings such as the Sorcerer at Les Trois Frères.

Otherkin are a primarily Internet-based subculture of people who identify in some way as non-human. Common creatures otherkin identify with include angels, demons, dragons, elves, extra-terrestrials, fairies, kitsune, lycanthropes, and vampires, among others.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009  0 Comments

Gogo Yubari Halloween

Here's a picture of me in my Gogo Yubari costume I purchased from you a few months ago. Enjoy & feel free to post this pix up on your site. Thanx!
-Sin

Wicked...
- Erik

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Friday, November 13, 2009  0 Comments

Assassin's Creed



"I thought you might like a picture of the costume. thank you sooo much. I love it" - Becca

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Friday, November 6, 2009  0 Comments

The Wonderful LARP of Oz


In an earlier post to our costume blog, we mentioned this year marks the 70th anniversary of the movie, The Wizard of Oz. So it’s therefore timely that an Oz Larp would be about to take place, November 13 – 15! Here’s a paraphrasing of a description from a post to LARPspace.com:

With the Wicked Witch destroyed, the Wizard passed his crown to the Scarecrow, widely believed to be the most intelligent creature in Oz. Then the girl and the Wizard returned to their own lands, leaving the Scarecrow to rule.

Devices left behind by The Wizard have been studied and improved upon by those of the Tinsmith-trade, leading to the creation of a complex art of steam and gears, whose power rivals that of magic.

The Constructs, those timeless servants of Oz, have become more common in the land. While only a scant few, like the Scarecrow, are beings animated by the Powder of Life, many others are once living creatures saved and given new life by the Wizard's Sciences. Beings sustained by complicated machines and strange devices are called the Tin Men.

The animals in Oz have always been able to talk, but now most wear clothes and carry weaponry, like any other respectable Ozian. Now The Lands north of The City of Emeralds are in peril once again and a new summons from the Scarecrow King is put forth:

"Adventurers from all across Oz, bring your might--be it sword, spell or craft to aide this troubled land. Beasts have become uncommonly savage, Constructs have begun malfunctioning, Rumors of a terrible power amassing strength are whispering among the other territories. The time for the great deeds of heroes has returned."

Check out our Wizard of Oz costumes and accessories, not to mention masks, hats and wigs, and check out LARPSpace.com for more information. The pictures were borrowed from the LARP’s Facebook Event Page.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009  0 Comments

Time for Pacific Media Expo!

The Pacific Media Expo is coming up this weekend, so get ready to experience “The Crossroads of Asian Pop Culture”. Pacific Media Expo considers itself a new generation of convention for a new generation of fans. PMX, for short, it brings the cutting edge of Asian entertainment to America, whether it is the newest anime from Japan, the hottest bands from the Pacific Rim, the latest street fashion from Harajuku, or the most disturbing horror films from Asia. PMX seeks to create an entertainment community for artists, industry, and their fans.

We mentioned to you in our costume blog in September that the cosplay Fan film, Fanime, would be filming interviews at PMX. But you can also look forward to the PMX CosFest, their Official Cosplay Competition.

They’re planning for this event to truly be a cosplay extravaganza, with great skits, special performances, and amazing costumes. They welcome costumes from J-Rock to J-Pop to Anime to C-Pop to Asian film, Asian animation, Asian comics, Asian-origin video games, or Asian music stars. They also welcome EGL (Elegant Gothic Lolita) and EGA (Elegant Gothic Aristocrat).
Online CosFest registration is now closed. But you can still sign up for the event at the convention. For more info, see their website.

Also, though not cosplay, it is a chance for girls to dress up…there will also be an Angelic Pretty Wonderland Tea Party for everyone who likes clothing covered in lace, frills and ribbons like that of the fairytale princess. Light snacks, tea, and entertainment with your friends, plus get a chance to talk with Maki and Asuka from Angelic Pretty about the creative process behind your favorite designs and learn what inspires them. L.A. fashion designer Tarina Tarantino will be attending the Wonderland Tea Party as a special guest of Angelic Pretty.

Check it out!

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Monday, November 2, 2009  0 Comments

Costumes to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Halloween may be over, but we can still dress up for Thanksgiving! We’ve got almost a whole month to plan, so here we go!

Do a search on Thanksgiving from any page on Moon Costumes.com and you’ll find a Men’s Pilgrim costume, and some children’s costumes: a pilgrim and a Native American warrior. There’s also a mascot costume of a turkey carrying a pilgrim. But that’s not all we have!

In our Early American History Costumes section and you can find more costumes that help celebrate the first days of America. But you should know that though we want to use politically correct terminology to acknowledge the contribution of the Native Americans to Thanksgiving, not all costume names reflect this. So please don’t take offense, or think we intend or encourage any disrespect. Many costumes are named using terms that were accepted in the past. For example, you’ll find an adult male Indian warrior, a Native Brave, American Indian Man, a Brave, an Indian Man, Indian Maiden, Little Fawn Leather, along with a Colonial Man, Colonial Shirt, Colonial Breeches.

For women, you’ll find costumes for a Pilgrim Lady or two, a Native Princess, Colonial Girl, Prairie Woman, Tiger Lily, Indian Maiden, Indian Princess, Indian Lady, Pioneer Dress, Colonial Lady, Indian Princess, and Pocahontas.

If you search for “Turkey” you’ll find two more team mascots to complete the collection with the costume mentioned above.

And if you go to our Kid’s Historical Costumes section you’ll find a couple of Colonial Girl costumes, and Indian Girl, a few of Colonial Boy costumes, a Pilgrim Girl, and American Indian Girl, a few Indian Boy costumes, and a Pilgrim Boy.

So put on a family play re-enacting the first Thanksgiving, and then be sure to join our Facebook group! Happy November!

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