A Quick NYCC update!

All that prep for the cosplay and here I am with my munchkin and my niece (she came as Alice from Alice: The Madness Returns). I am super exhausted so… Not much to say here.

Those masks came out creepier than I thought they would…

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Super Creepy…

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Here are the masks all painted and done. They turned out darker than I thought they would…

All that’s left now is to punch holes in them so we can take them on and off easier. Then that’s it! Tomorrow, me and the kiddo will be in full cosplay!

I am super excited…

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NYCC Cosplay Progress

Since I keep letting my kid pick what cosplay we will do for NYCC (I seriously need to stop doing that I think…), I’ve been making Silent Hill Nurse outfits for us.

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I used black tea to stain the bandages and nurse costumes. I steeped them for about an hour and I left the bandages rolled up so the color would be uneven to give them a more rusted/dirty look. I unrolled them to dry, though.

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Once the bandages were dry, I made plaster gauze with flour and water and wrapped the strips around styrofoam heads. It took them FOREVER to dry. I had to bake them on the lowest temperature in the oven for about half an hour to get them hard enough to see if they fit around our faces.

Protip: Don’t leave them near your dog. They smell like bread and they may try to eat them.

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As for the nurse part, I put the tea stained jackets in the dryer for 20 minutes after they line dried to make sure the stains set. Then I took them outside with a bottle of fake blood and just squirted it randomly on the fabric.

I’m sure my neighbors were thrilled to see my “bloodstained” driveway…

I’m giving the masks another day to dry until I get to painting them and punching a hole in them so string can be attached. When they’re done, I’ll post pictures of those. I made them without the back of the head (I saw a lot of tutorials online that were covering the whole head and all I could think of was getting overheated and having to take them off every five seconds).

I got the nurse coats and hats from Amazon with my Swagbucks points (that’s a referral link) and the bandages from the pharmacy. This is the first year I’ve gotten this crafty with a costume so I figured I’d post this in case anybody wanted to give it a try. I’ll be posting pictures of us in them of course.

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New York Comic Con Here I Come… Maybe

Today, I was able to get my boss to spring for the professional pass for NYCC. If all goes well, me and Misfit Librarian will be going. But here’s the rub:

This year, you have to apply and we find out in 21 days IF we get to go.

To the person(s) who somehow gamed the system to score 4 day passes on the cheap, thanks for making the process harder for us. You suck. T_T

Other than that, I am excited to go. I toy with the idea of dressing up as Poison Ivy or my usual “Gonna have to carry a bunch of crap” uniform of jeans and an obnoxious t-shirt. Depends on what I feel like doing. :p

Will you be at the con this year?

My Saturday Adventure (with pictures)

My BFF learned I’d never been to Strand and decided this grievous error MUST be corrected. So we met up to see this magical place which boasts 18 miles of books.

It also involved beer but more on that in a second. XD

Here I am right out in front. This is after we went through the place and I decided if I wasn’t careful, I would never leave. XD Here’s some photos of the cool things I found.

These were just too cool not to take pictures of. XD I really wondered if those stories were in fact “droll” but alas, this book did not call to me to bring it home.

Here’s the Graphic Novels section where I (obviously) spent a great deal of my time. I am impressed with their selection and saddened by my nerd-knowledge of which titles were out of print and which weren’t. But I rationalized it with the fact it IS in my job description to know such things. XD

I talked myself out of buying these but I am glad they exist. 🙂

I was tempted to buy this book just for the title that made me want to throw rocks at Conrad. I decided rock throwing was not a valid reason to buy a book. :p

I’d say something clever but you’d probably never heard of it. XD

Someone should be either kicked in the shin for this pun or given a raise. I root for shin-kicking.

I had entirely too much fun here and I have to give it up to the staff here who totally didn’t mind me walking around with a camera taking pictures like an ass. In the end I came away with:

“The Book-Bills of Narcissus” by Richard Le Gallienne. I dunno why but this book called out to me to be bought. I’ve only just started it and I love it. XD

I have the giant hardcover of this book which I plan to unload on some unhappy soul. I much prefer this manageable paperback.

Because it’s true. XD

This now lives on my fridge but I may move it to my desk at work. 😉

We also went to Barnes and Noble where I picked up:

My monthly Pagan magazines which I will have to get a subscription to. It’s just easier.

For after reading all the “serious” books and my brain needs some pure junk/candy to read. 😉

It amused me. What can I say?

I’m working my way through the first three so having the next three on tap just makes good sense.

And I went to Sephora. I needed to be schooled on how to use the makeup. Nail polish I can do but other “girly” things baffle me. I stand by my assertion that eyelash curlers are based off of some demented medieval gynecological device. *shudder*

We also amused ourselves by going to a Halloween store. Upon seeing me taking pictures, I got whined at by the staff because they “don’t allow photographs of their merchandise.” They will be very annoyed then. >}

I enjoy this hat. ^_^

It’s a shame they got all whiny about me taking pictures because I would LOVE to put a link to their site to credit them for this funny set up.

This costume should be added to this list. I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.

After all that play it was time to get down to some serious business. And as a writer, that means drinking.

Here’s where we went. This place is awesome. From our table we could see the brewing tanks. There are no pictures of those because of this:

The sampler!! 😀 This was the most impressive assortment of beer I have ever tasted. One of these is chocolate coffee beer. Three great tastes they made taste great together! I should order a barrel to appease me then I have PMS. There was also a blueberry ale with actual blueberries floating in it. I’m in love with this place!! Of course, we didn’t just drink. That would be silly.

Toll House Cookie Pie. In case you didn’t understand, COOKIE PIE. Thank you, humanity, for restoring my faith in you.

I had an absolutely fabulous time. Only one thing about my trip disturbed me. We went to Forbidden Planet, which is (duh) a comic book shop where I expected to drop tons of moneys which could have fed my family. I only saw ONE book I wanted; a Lady Death art book which I was NOT paying 50$ for. Just no. I liked it but not THAT much. I left without buying a single thing; which scared me more than the slutty Green Hornet. It wasn’t that I didn’t find anything good, I either already owned it or could get it from my library.

At the end of the day my feet and calves were sore but it was worth every freaking step. I would do this again in a heartbeat. I can see Strand as a place where a great deal of my money would be spent on old and strange books like “Book-Bills of Narcissus.” I love random finds like that.

Now, I’m back to work writing. I’m working on Greenhouse and trying to come up with a decent idea for this fan-fiction contest from Otakus & Geeks. It would be cool to win it. ^_^ My problem is picking which of the many series/movies I like to write about. I have literally thousands of choices. 0.0 Halp?

I am also slowly getting back into the habit of reading and commenting on other blogs. I was so backed up, I just deleted everything to start fresh. I need to be more active. :/ I keep thinking if I spend too much time doing anything but writing, I’m not writing. And then what’s the point? But I enjoy people (in small doses XD) so I should be more sociable. 😉 I know I keep saying that but I’m tying here. :p