My Cosplay Workshop at the Nashville Public Library

Hey guys and gals,

I’ve had a very busy month!  Feels like I’ve heard that somewhere before.  😉  I’m so happy to say one of my planned events was to do a cosplay workshop at the Nashville Public Library.  I was very excited and nervous at the same time when I was asked to help out!  I didn’t know what to expect, but the thought of being able to give back with my cosplay, even just a little, was a really nice thought.  A friend of mine works in the Teen Center of the library and follows my cosplay work online.  She said she told her boss about my costume work and wanted to know if I would want to help out with different events they were holding for there very own Cosplay Month.  Scheduling around work only allowed me to do one Cosplay Workshop, but that was still awesome.

I was asked to show up in costume and decided to go with Yoshino, from Date A Live.  I am very proud of this costume and it’s not too difficult to wear or get into with little help.  A lot of my major costumes take a lot of prep work and assistance to get into.  I really wanted to fix Yoshino’s helmet under the hood that holds the ears up, but this didn’t happen because of course I ran out of time to get it done.  I figured I could handle the vise grip pain my head gets for the short time I would be doing the workshop.  I had my typical cosplay prep blunders and it took me a good while to get ready.  Does anyone else have terrible makeup days?  My eyeliner would not go on right and it looked like a person with tremors put it on.  I ended up wiping all of it off and pretty much had to start my makeup over again.  The weekend before when I was going out for lunch my eyeliner went on without a hitch.  I scrunch my brow at you eyeliner!!  So I got my knee high pink socks on, my boots and dress on.  I headed out the door with laptop in hand, costume box, change of clothes and the foam head I created over the weekend.

When I got there I was in awe of how nice the Nashville Public Library is!  If you live in Nashville you need to go in there and check it out.  They seem to have a lot to offer adults and children.  The Teen Center is on the third floor and it is very impressive!  The left side is more casual where the kids can hang out.  They have study rooms, two rooms with a big screen to watch movies on, a nice manga library and kids were playing Naruto on a big flat screen when I walked in.  Actually they were on it the whole time I was there.  😉  Kids after my own heart.

On the right side of the center is a high tech studio.  They have mentors with all different specialty skill sets who teach at the library and at many other remote locations around Nashville.  I’m still amazed and envious of what the kids could learn at the Teen Center.  Lets see…., video production, photography, sound production, robotics, 3-D printing, etc.  Anyone my age, who is cool, is saying, “Why didn’t I have something like this growing up??”

Since I’ve gotten a little long winded I’ll cut to the chase.  They had a table set up with basic materials out on the table for the kids to make some costume stuff with and a sewing machine.  I was all prepared to give a speech on how I work through making a costume from research to the final product, but I really didn’t end up doing that.  I mainly hung out with the kids and helped them with what they were trying to make.  I answered questions if they had them.  It was very casual which was nice.  I had my cosplay emergency kit out if they wanted to see what goes into it, my laptop with costume photos rolling and the foam head I made.  I was excited talking with the kids and the other mentors who were asking about how I made certain things and about materials and even talking about conventions and the cosplay community.  I felt like I spoke the kids language when it came to the “scene”.  I wasn’t surprised that some of them have been to our local Middle TN Anime Convention.

So I told my friend before I finished up that I didn’t feel like I did a whole lot.  She very kindly said I was great and if even one kid walks away and learned something or had there interests sparked then it’s a good day.  That definitely gave me the warm and fuzzies!  What a nice way to end the day.  I hope to come help out again sometime!  I might be able to go back again in the summer and possibly do something more focused like have the teens sign up to learn how to do a head casting or maybe a basic sewing class.  Who knows!  I would definitely like to say a very special thanks to my friend Rebecca and the other mentors who helped me out while I was there and it was just fun chatting with them.  🙂

So I’m definitely inspired to finally make a photo book with my costume photos in it and I’ve been working on it all week.  It would have been nice to have for the cosplay workshop.  I’m not sure how cool or uncool it might be to have Coscards made, but I’m totally getting some.  They are basically cosplay business cards.  They usually have your costume photos on them with contact info and it’s good to have them to exchange with people you meet or photographers so they can get in touch with you.

Okay, I’m off!  Have a great weekend all!

-Little Neko

Friendship Friday: Ma Baby Is Talented

Hello friends,

Friendship Friday has been a ways off, but it’s back!  At least I think it is.  😉

This week I want to share with you how talented ma baby is!  His name is Donnie.  He is my baby and my best friend.  He’s extremely talented in many ways.  This guy is the King of the Internet and random knowledge, my half Korean extraordinaire, he’ll make all of us laugh, loves Mac N’ Cheese (in the Blue Box) and he’s highly intelligent.  He’s loving and he can even make costumes and props!  😉  No ladies, he’s not up for bids, but he might DJ your wedding.  At random he might make a personal Youtube vid about someone or something he truly appreciates or maybe something he wants to poke fun at, while at the same time singing the tracks.

Donnie Prop Progress

So I got a little carried away there, but I love bragging on ma baby.  So back to the geeky stuff, in the costuming realm, he’s also the bee’s-knees!!  In my crazy race to the finish in costume making he has helped me by pushing out some great props.

Donnie Propsarrows

He can also sew and made his Orko costume from scratch!  He’s calls himself the Kat Handler because he has had to help me on too many occasions.  Helping me get around con in costume, carrying stuff and he has taken great pictures and video as well!  Example #1 below:

So ladies and gents if you have an amazing significant other that has been your handler, a shoulder, someone to make you laugh in the mitzs of a stressful, day before the con, last minute costume completion…., remember to let them know how much they mean to you and add on a big hug!  😉

Awesome Cosplay Donnie pics below!

Happy Valentines Day!

-LittleKat

 

 

MA D-CON PHOTOS ARE HERE!

Hey there duders, jobbers and friends!  I uploaded all of the things onto Flickr tonight, so go check it out!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ramenempire/sets/72157648065305631/

I also create a page on MA site for this years pics:

http://littleneko.com/catagories/conphotos/dragon-con-2014/

Yes, it’s all of the photos I so painstakingly took for you all at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA!!  First we worked non-stop for months on costumes and props for everyone and then we woke up at the butt-crack of dawn to pack the vehicle, which almost didn’t happen.  Then I made my boyfriend drive us all the way down to Atlanta, GA to go to the con (five hours).  Then we spent many hours putting on costumes, drinking and then taking pictures for you all.

YOUR-WELCOME….

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Of course I’m kidding!  We really do go through all of that of our own accord, but seriously enjoy the pics.  Because I’m usually so caught up in wearing costumes, I usually don’t get a ton of pics.  I decided it was better to have some photos than none so I snapped pics with my Iphone a lot and had my Canon Point N Shoot with me some of the time.  Since my friends are so important to me, you will see a lot of fun, casual shots in there.

Have a great weekend!

Love, 

Little Kat   > * * <

 

 

 

The Calm After the Storm that is Dragon Con

Hello All,

I don’t know about you, but I’m still recovering from Dragon Con.  It usually goes like this: You come back home, drag all or some of your belongings from the vehicle, plop them down in the living room, then don’t unpack for about a week or so.  You find what little you have left to eat and try to make a meal for yourselves or order pizza.  For us it was ramen noodles!  You pass out on the couch.  Then finally comes a feeling a dread when you think about going back to work.  Sound familiar?  That’s right.  You are experiencing what we like to call PCD or Post Con Depression.

Dragon Con, in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the biggest conventions on the East Coast.  We’ll discuss how big in a minute.  First I have to say there is something magical about this convention.  People just go nuts to prepare some of their best or most obscure costumes.  They even get excited to create original designs and it’s one of the places where original designs can get appreciated.

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There are so many ups and downs to the epic costumes!  You usually get all these amazing ideas after going to Dragon Con the year before or a couple months before the con.  Or suddenly your friends ask you to join them in an amazing group.  Then all of a sudden you have 6 costumes when you planned on doing only one new costume because you didn’t want to stress so much…..  Oh wait!!  That was my prep experience!  😉

For myself and most of my friends the convention is all about the costumes and hanging out with good people.  It’s always fun and a bit awkward explaining to my normie friends what one does at a con.  Of course at Dragon Con you can usually see a plethora of celebrities and the fun part is running into them in the elevator or on the floor.  I think I rode with one of the guys from Almost Human.  Funny thing was I just recognized him, but didn’t know what he was from.  I just chatted casually with this handsome guy.  🙂

Something very exciting and a little stressful for us this year was being in the Dragon Con parade for the first time ever!  My boyfriend joined me in the Borderlands costume group and we marched with them.

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The Borderlands group has been such a fun and friendly group the last two years.  They were fun in the parade as well.  We had Tiny Tina’s skipping around and talking to the crowd.  We had psycho bandits making creepy banter with the kids on the sidelines.  It was the BEST DAY EVER!!

So if you went to the con this year, you know there were some problems that arose, some not surprising.  If you have a fear of crowds, then run away!  You thought it was busy last year?  Oh no.  It was ridiculously packed.  So bad that on Saturday a lot of people felt like just staying in their rooms and partying to get away from the crowds or going to the Aquarium to get away from the con for a bit.  Thursday has become the new Friday and Friday has become the new Saturday and well…, who the hell knows what Saturday has become.

I didn’t run into any creepers luckily, but i heard some people did.  I imagine in a crowd of 70,000 people that is bound to happen unfortunately.  We just need to remember to continue to use common sense and protect ourselves from idiots.  Another downer is how busy and confusing the dealers rooms are to get around.  Luckily I heard from a dealer they are moving the dealers rooms and making two large rooms next year, in a different building.  I think this will be better.

By the way, cheers to Dragon Con for having the fastest and most awesome registration line ever, this year!!  It was amazing.  We were in there so fast, I almost didn’t have my ID and such out by the time I was at the front of the line.  Much improved from the 4 1/2 hour wait I had about 2 years ago.  Thank you!

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So I have more I could say about the con, but I’m sure you’ve had enough for now.  I’ll wait to make another post where I can talk about ma costumes!  Yay!

So have a good one!  I’m gonna get back to catching up on life now.

Ja Mata!

-Little Neko

PS:  Dragon Con picture gallery soon to come!

 

Friendship Friday – July 11th, 2014 – They Can Open Doors!!

Happy Friday all!! I hope everyone is having a great July.  At least the normies out there get to enjoy normie things like barbecue’s and boozing it up while floating down the river or something, while the geeks going to Dragon Con are spending every waking minute working on costumes and props!  😉  I admit I wanted to have less stress so didn’t take on any huges projects this time, yet I still feel stupid busy. So our Friendship Friday star of the week is my friend Elizabeth!  I’ve been so lucky to meet her and her fiance last year at Dragon Con.  Elizabeth has a passion for all things Dinosaur as you can tell from the photo below!  She and her fiance work on some impressive projects involving mold casting and intricate detail work with materials like foam, resin, fiberglass and latex to create amazing creations.  On a second note, Elizabeth was another member of our awesome Masters of the Universe group, costuming as Swiftwind.  🙂 I love the fact that when this picture was taken I didn’t know who the raptor was.  I just thought the costume was amazing! IMG_2679r So happy weekend gang and stay cool in the gang, -Kat

Friendship Friday – July 4th, 2014 – Shaaaaawing

Happy Happy Fourth of July to everyone in the USA!!

This is one of my favorite holidays and we’re about to head out to a friend’s house to celebrate with food, drink and fireworks, like most American’s tonight.  I’m still very sad I have to work tomorrow.  Always kind of puts a hinderance on the night.  You know what I mean!  🙂

So all I’m leaving you with today is a little Elina sandwiched inbetween a little bit of Wayne and Garth.  I title this “Shaaaawing”.  😉  I thought these guys were great. They were in character, doing what Garth and Wayne would do, so I asked them for a picture.  Unfortunately I didn’t get their real names.

SHAAAAWING!

Shaaaawing!

Happy Fourth of July and I hope you all have a great weekend!  🙂

-Kat

Friendship Friday – June 27, 2014 – Going back…TO THE FUTURE!

Hey everyone, I’m posting this week’s Friendship Friday.  This week we’ve got Doc Brown and Marty from Back to the Future 3…otherwise known as my friends Chris Lee and Thomas.  They really nailed the oddball Western outfits from the movie (with some help from Chris’s wife Leah), and Chris’s steampunk sniper rifle is also a site to behold.  This shot is from DragonCon 2012:

Marty and Doc Brown

 

Thomas is an uber-geek with an encyclopedic knowledge of TMNT, G.I. Joe, and Masters of the Universe.  His figure and collectible collection is probably worth more than a reasonably priced used car.  For reals.  But he also has some great, fun costumes that he shows off for several cons.  He was Hordak for a He-Man/She-Ra group we were involved in, and really did a knockout job (maybe we’ll show that one off in the near future…)

Chris Lee is basically a MythBuster crossed up with a Star Wars documentarian.  He makes fantastic props and costumes from all over the sci-fi, Hollywood, and cult classic spectrum.  But his biggest claim to fame these days is his Full Scale Falcon project.  He’s in the process of building a 1:1 scale Millennium Falcon.  Yep, you read that right (and can read more about it in the link above).  Beyond that, his collection of R2 robots, steampunk gear, and crazy inventions make him the closest thing I know to an (evil?) genius 🙂

Have a great weekend (and get busy on those costumes/props)!!!

Your Friendship Friday Pic: Crimson Viper

I could very easily write a book about this lady’s talent!  You have seen her in so many of my pictures on here before.  She is someone I costume with often and has become one of my best friends.  Her name is Brandi Burns and she does amazing work with her husband Jimmy Burns over at Angry Dog Studios.  Brandi has a huge collection of quality costumes she has made over the years.  This is just one of them!  Suffice it to say you will be seeing more of her in the Friendship Friday posts because there is a lot of great stuff to see.  I also am posting my own photos for now.

This character is Crimson Viper from the video game Street Fighter 4!  How amazing is that wig work!  If you wanna see more of Brandi’s costumes, plus her and Jimmy’s convention photos check out their site: AngryDogStudios.com

Crimson Viper from Street Fighter 4

Crimson Viper from Street Fighter 4

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Happy Friendship Friday and have a great weekend!  😉

-L. Neko