Friday, November 10, 2017

2018 Convention Schedule

2018 Convention Schedule

Right now the 2018 convention schedule is looking much more calm than this year's was, and that's probably a good thing. I went to 7 of the 9 I listed this time last year (Time Lord Expo got cancelled and there wasn't a Midwest Toy Fest), and added two more that weren't originally on the list, and I might have one more before the year ends! 

So how did 2017 play out? I attended:

Right now I'm looking at 6 events from 2018, which isn't too bad. Of course things change, so this might as well.

And of course, if you are an con organizer and think I'd be a good fit for panels or other con related things, either as a cosplayer or as a podcaster, please message me: stylesandsmarts (at) gmail (dot) com or fiveishfangirls (at) gmail (dot) com 

Keep calm and comic con

Fandom Friday Tidbits

Let's see what's been happening in the fandom-verse this week!

The Upside Downs
James Corden once again brings it with his sketch about the the Motown singing group "The Upside Downs" with the boys from 'Stranger Things'. Apparently those pearls of Dustin also help him carry a tune.

EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival
Walt Disney World has announced the dates for the 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: February 28 - May 28, 2018. The upcoming festival will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary with fan favorites like:

-Disney character topiaries
-Outdoor kitchens serving creative dishes and drinks (hence the festival's nickname "Flower and Wine")
-Garden Rocks music series with classic rock 'n roll stars from the '60s through the '90s (I saw Chubby Checker one year!)
-And more

First look at the 13th Doctor's outfit

The BBC and Doctor Who have given us our first look at Jodie Whittaker in her full Doctor getup. Many are making references to Mork from 'Mork and Mindy' and Wesley from 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'. I think it looks fun! The Doctor always needs a fab coat, and I bet those shoes/boots are great for running to and from the next adventure. Now the TARDIS exterior on the other hand....a sign of dangerous things to come?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fandom Friday Tidbits

*Trying something new! Let me know what you think!

Let's see what's been happening in the fandom-verse this week!

Thor: Ragnarok 4D
James Corden takes his "Crosswalk Theater" sketch from the street to the cinema with what he's calling "the future of 4D entertainment". With the help of Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Mark Ruffalo, and Tessa Thompson; a very lucky crowd got to experience Thor: Ragnarok in 4D! Warning, the performance does contain SPOILERS!

Doctor Who Dalek Operator Fired
Doctor Who Magazine has fired columnist Nicholas Pegg-who has, since 2005, also been one of the several actors who operate the Daleks in the TV series-after it was recently discovered that he his an offensive message in the magazine's 518th issue. Warning, contains NSFW language!

Walt Disney Hometown Museum Dreaming Tree Gala
On November 18, the Walt Disney Hometown Museum, will be hosting the inaugural Dreaming Tree Gala. The proceeds from this year's event will go towards "the return of Walt's dying gift to his boyhood home, Midget Autopia." The gala will be held at Disney's Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World, and if you cannot attend in person you can make a donation and purchase a ticket for a Disney cast member to attend.

BBC Inside Out - Bronies
The BBC recently did a segment on some of the My Little Pony fans in the UK. As a fellow Brony (yes, as a female I prefer the term Brony over Pegasister but that's my prerogative) I found this segment to be pretty positive towards the community (instead of painting them as perverts and uber-weirdos).

Nutmeg Kickstarter
My friend, Jackie Crofts, and her partner, have a Kickstarter going to raise funds for a hardcover edition of their comic 'Nutmeg' The book will contain the Fall arc-the first six issues-with 164 pages of content, including some bonus material. Plus some of the rewards are pretty awesome, who wouldn't want a Nutmeg themed oven mitt?

Nutmeg Hardcover Edition Fall

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Con Vlog: 2017 Indy Disney Meet/Indiana Toy and Comic Expo

(I totally forgot I was sitting on this footage!)
I attended two events in one weekend, that were on completely different sides of Indy! And this was the weekend AFTER GenCon. #Tired This was my first time attending the Indy Disney Meet and it was awesome! And ITCE is always a fun one-day show to attend down in Bloomington. I gave a full recap of both events on show #153 of the Five(ish) Fangirls

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Video: Harry Potter Tag!

Harry Potter Tag Questions 1) Favourite book? 2) Least favourite book? 3) Favourite movie? 4) Least favourite movie? 5) Favourite quote? 6) Favourite Weasley? 7) Favourite female character? 8) Favourite villain. 9) Favourite male character? 10) Favourite professor? 11) Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies? 12) Is there a movie you preferred to the book? 13) If you could remake any of the Harry Potter movies which would it be? 14) Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of? 15) Which class would be your favourite? 16) Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn? 17) Which character do you think you’d instantly become friends with? 18) If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be? 19) Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change? 20) If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be? 21) Hallows or Horcruxes?

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Do You Believe In Magic?

The Magic of David Copperfield truck
Me with one of David Copperfield's trucks (2001-2002'ish)

I love magic and magicians. I remember when I was a kid, my grandfather had this book, an encyclopedia of sorts on how different things work like telephones, magnets, and it even had a small section on a few different magic tricks. It included illusions like sawing a woman in half and Houdini's milk can escape, and I was fascinated! I would gravitate to that section of the book every time I went to visit and could pull it off the shelf.

Houdini and his milk can
Do NOT try this at home! (image)

My mother also dabbled in magic for a short while when she had a short gig as a party clown. She'd dress up for children's parties and do simple tricks like pulling a bouquet of flowers out of a hat, making scarves appear and disappear, that sort of thing. When we'd be at home, I play with the trick wand that could break apart into pieces and then magically get put back together. I was easily amused as a kid.

But what really cemented my fascination with magic and illusions is when I watched my first David Copperfield TV special, The Magic of David Copperfield XIV: F·L·Y·I·N·G – Live The Dream. I remember sitting on the couch, glued to the TV as I watched Copperfield appear in an elevator suspended above the stage, perform a card trick with Orson Wells, and perform one of his greatest illusions...flying. I cried when Copperfield pushed against the ground and took off, soaring across the stage like a bird in flight. I watched every single one of Copperfield's TV specials until he stopped doing them after "Tornado of Fire" in 2001, although you can find almost all of them (even the ones from the 1970's!) on YouTube.

That hair though!

I was lucky enough to see David Copperfield live during his "Portal" tour, and I got to have a nice chat with one of the semi-truck drivers after the show. He told us about what it's like moving all of the equipment from city to city (without spoiling anything obviously) and even gave me a pin with David's face on it! Since then, Copperfield has now been performing regularly in Las Vegas, and I really want to get out there and see him again.

Of course, the other well known magic-related TV special was the run of "Breaking The Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Reveled" Of course these specials were controversial, giving away how the magic is done? How dare they! But I've never been one to suddenly become disappointed when I learn how something is done, there's a reason I love devouring the behind-the-scenes bits on DVDs from my favorite shows and movies. Many of the illusion reveals are available on YouTube (linked above) and at the time of this posting, the full specials are available on Netflix.

Unfortunately the age of magic specials on TV seems to have gone the way of the dodo. There's a few exceptions like Penn and Teller's Fool Us on the CW. Is it due to a wane in public interest? The age of the social media where our attention spans have gotten too short? Is magic no longer "special" because it can be so easily explained? I don't know the answer, but it's a shame either way. Guess it's time to start planning that trip to Las Vegas.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cosplay Anatomy: Applejack

Hat: Thrifted
Shirt: Thrifted (Embroidery/Applique by my mom)
Shorts: Forever 21
Suspenders: Kohl's
Bag: Forever 21
Shoes: Columbia
Wig: Ebay
Leather bracelet: Marshall's
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Apples: Thrifted

Applejack was one of my first cosplays, debuting at Indy Pop Con all the way back in 2015. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has a pretty solid following, but Applejack is one of the "Mane 6" that you don't see cosplayed much (compared to Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie). I love Applejack, her honesty and no-nonsense attitude are charming and help her be the voice of reason with the group.

This cosplay is definitely comfy, and thankfully not that hot! The wig is a bit warm, but that's to be expected anytime you wear a wig. I'll eventually need to upgrade the wig, the color isn't quite right, but it'll do for now.

One of my favorite parts of wearing Applejack is the "in character" experiences I've had, including two separate instances when I've talked to a little MLP fan as Applejack. (Which I go into more detail about in my recent "Cosplay Tag" video).

Now let's get to apple buckin'!

Cosplay Anatomy is an ongoing series of posts where I breakdown the parts of my various cosplays. This allows readers to find out how I completed the look and how they might go about making their own.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

You haven't seen THAT!?!

I'll be the first to admit, I'm a creature of habit. I eat the same foods, I shop at the same places, and I watch the same TV shows and movies over and over and over. I like what I like and it's a bit of a struggle for me to try something new. That being said, as I get older and meet new people and talk about the things they like, I've curated a list of TV shows and movies that I'd like to get around to watching eventually....this list is constantly growing, but here's a handful of movies that currently need checking off*

The Big LebowskiJaws

Jurassic ParkPulp Fiction

The Shawshank RedemptionThe Godfather

AlienBlade Runner

Dr StrangeloveThe Terminator

*I had already started writing this post last week, and it just so happened that I FINALLY saw The Big Lebowski over the weekend. That rug really did tie the room together.

All movie poster images are from IMDB

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Random Vlog #29: Backpack Giveaway, Strange Socks, The Trucker

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Seventeen Questions

I'm currently sick and don't have much motivation to film anything or write anything, but I figured stealing this idea from Seventeen Magazine would be easy enough ;-)

1. Most Played Song
It's constantly changing, but at the moment "24K" by Bruno Mars

2. Best Candy
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, duh!

3. Favorite Disney Princess
Merida and Anna

4. Best Past Halloween Costume
Princess Jasmine from Aladdin (I swear I have video/pics somewhere, I just need to find them)

5. Word You Overuse
Do curse words count? LOL!

6. Nicknames
Fungus, Monkey Butt, Rachie

7. Fave Comics Character
Iron Man and Jessica Jones

8. Current #WCW
Krysten Ritter

9. Fave Fast Food Chain

10. Best Thing On Their Menu
Their breadsticks, duh!

11. Fave School Subject
Drama or Color Guard (I was a performing arts nerd)

12. Best Binge Watch
Sherlock, I was hooked within 10 minutes


13. Celeb Crush
Omg where do I start?





14. Ideal Date
Dinner (preferably at a bar/pub/gastro pub) and movie

15. Worst Past Halloween Costume
Not necessarily worst, but just one I never got to do as a kid, a Power Ranger. All these years later and I still want a Power Ranger costume.


16. Fave Celeb on Insta
Chloe Bennet, she seems so down to Earth and goofy

17. Scariest Movie
Ugh I can't stand scary movies, so I try to avoid them at all costs. However Carrie (the Sissy Spacek version) scared the CRAP out of me when I was younger

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Post Gen Con 50: What I Did and Didn't Do

If you remember, before Gen Con I made posts about games I'd like to demo along with a two-part post about things to do besides gaming. Now Gen Con is over, what, if anything, from those "plans" did I actually check off?


Of the games I had listed, I didn't manage to demo any of them. I did stop by the USAopoly booth on Sunday with the intent of trying Codenames Disney, but no one ever bothered to come up and offer to do a demo, even though there were other people standing there with me also waiting and there were reps standing there. #FAIL


The 32nd Annual Gen Con Costume Contest and Parade: DONE! (Sort of)
I did catch some of the parade on my way to the costume contest, so I was a viewer in passing. The costume contest itself once again did not disappoint. There are so many talented people who come to Gen Con, the judges had their work cut out for them.

Our friends from "And Sewing Is Half The Battle" in their Amok Time Star Trek group
Our friends from "And Sewing Is Half The Battle" in their Amok Time Star Trek group

This year's Best In Show winner!
This year's Best In Show winner!

Candy Land! I loved this game as a kid!
Candy Land! I loved this game as a kid!

Dine from a food truck: DONE! More than once!
It was super hot, so waiting in the lines for the food trucks wasn't the most appealing, but I couldn't pass up on the options that had my name written all over it. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of everything.

Mac and cheese with bacon and sour cream
Mac and cheese with bacon and sour cream

Shopping The Exhibitor Hall: DONE!
We aren't a big gaming household, so a lot of what was for sale didn't hold much interest. I did pick up two new games that I think will be good for us when we go camping or have friends over. I did stop by the Who North America booth (more than once, they are family after all) and Con*Quest Journals to say Hi. I also stopped by the Buy The Rights booth and ended up interviewing them for the podcast!

Exploding Kittens (NSFW Edition) and Pictopia The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Exploding Kittens (NSFW Edition) and Pictopia The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Panels: DONE! But not all that I planned.
I missed all of the podcasting related panels due to other things popping up, but I did make it to Wes' Photography In Cosplay panel. He's also made his notes available online for those who missed it.

Wes "The Portrait Dude"

As I mentioned quite a bit on this week's podcast, but time management is a big thing with Gen Con because of how big the con is. Yeah I missed things, but I wasn't nearly as run down by the end of the weekend either (unlike last year). So I call that a win.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gen Con 50 Preview: Things To Do (Besides Gaming!) Part 2

See Part 1 Here

Yesterday's post focused on just some of the things you can do while attending Gen Con that doesn't involved playing a game. I continue that stream of thought today with two more things you can do during the "Greatest Four Days In Gaming":

-Shopping In The Exhibitor Hall

Gen Con Exhibitor Hall

Hall H, aka the exhibitor hall at Gen Con is HUGE to say the least. Some of the bigger-name companies (Mayfair, Paizo and Upper Deck to name a few) have massive footprints, taking up large sections of the floor. There a plenty of kind folks who will gladly take your money, and even if you don't want to buy anything, don't be afraid to stop and take a look at what they are offering. Many booths have specials or limited-edition releases, or might be having a give-away, or demos of their games.

Also in the Hall H is the Family Fun Pavilion, Entrepreneurs' Avenue, The Art Show and Authors' Avenue.

Some folks worth visiting include:

Adventure Scents: Booth #167
Buy The Rights: Booth #3056
Con*Quest Journals: Booth #2306
Devious Weasel Games: Booth #2557
Syrinscape RPG Sound: Booth #343
Who North America: Booth #132

-Attend Panels

The Shake Ups in Ponyville

Panels (or as they are called in the catalog, seminars) at Gen Con can vary widely in their subject matter. anywhere from "How To Create & Grow A Geeky Blog" to "What's Up With Feng Shui from Atlas Games" and a whole bunch in between. Many seminars/panels are free to attend (but you should still sign up before hand) but some do require payment, usually because they are more hands-on and you'll have something tangible to take with you at the end.

Some panels to consider:

All hosted by my friends Matt and Shirley from The Nerd's Domain
Thursday 2:00pm Podcasting 101: Content (Crowne Plaza: Pennsylvania Stn C) SEM17104308

Getting a podcast started can be tough, and we understand that. This panel will discuss the content side of a podcast, how to get started, & will cover on-mic talent, music, and so much more.

Thursday 3:00pm Podcasting 101: Tech and Equipment (Crowne Plaza: Pennsylvania Stn C) SEM17104310

Getting a podcast started can be tough, & we understand that. This panel will discuss the tech side of a podcast, how to get started, & will cover mics, hosting online, & so much more.

Friday 1:00pm Podcasting 201: Advanced Techniques (Crowne Plaza: Pennsylvania Stn C) SEM17104312

Do you have a podcast & you're not sure how to grow your audience? Are you having trouble building a community? This Q&A session will be an open discussion to help elevate your podcast.

Friday 2:00pm Podcasting 301: Actual Play Podcasting Tips and Tricks (Crowne Plaza: Pennsylvania Stn C) SEM17110662

Interested in podcasting, but want to run a table top game, & not just talk? This is the seminar for you. We'll cover everything from suggested specific equipment to storytelling.

Saturday Noon Photography In Cosplay (Crowne Plaza: Grand Central Stn A) SEM17119099

Learn about Cosplay Photography and editing from one of the pros! Join The Portrait Dude in this interactive Q&A and demo on photography and editing.

Hosted by The Shake Ups
*Saturday 3:00pm The Shake Ups In Ponyville: A Tribute to My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic! (Westin: Grand Bllrm V) ENT171043038

An award-winning power-pop band that writes and performs songs inspired by My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic! Upbeat, catchy tunes and fun for the whole family!

*Requires a fee

Summer to Fall Transitions with AUrate

Even though we're still hitting 80+ degree days here in the mid-west, I'm fully aware that fall is coming. With that comes a change in wardrobe and that also means finding new ways to accessorize! I'm not much into jewelry, especially bigger and eye-catching pieces, I'm much more into subtle and more delicate looking pieces. That's why I'm loving the new Summer Must-Haves Collection from AUrate.

AUrate specializes in conflict-free jewelry and giving back to the community, for every pair of earrings sold, they donate to a under served public school system. Their solid gold jewelry is make from 14K and 18K gold, and will hold up to everyday wear, plus they offer a lifetime warranty. An added plus is the pieces in this collection are super cute! I'm loving that they offer many of their pieces in traditional white and yellow gold, but also have the trendy-yet-becoming-timeless rose gold. The pieces in this collection can easily mix-and-match, something I love to do, I don't feel compelled to make sure my jewelry is matchy-matchy.

Burgundy dress with vans

As you can see, these pieces can easily be part of any outfit, no matter how dressed up or casual. You can go from the office to after-work drinks, to weekend errands and look chic no matter what. Even a simple pair of earring can pull together any look. The smallest accessories can make the biggest difference!

Suede moto jacket with booties

Pieces from the new collection, along with the rest of AUrate's pieces can be purchased online, or if you're in the area, visit their store on Madison Ave in NYC

*All jewelry featured is available from AUrate, all clothing/shoes/bags are available from Nordstrom.

Image 1: Dress, Bag, Shoes
Image 2: Jeans, Jacket, Booties

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gen Con 50 Preview: Things To Do (Besides Gaming!) Part 1

Well folks, it's here. Gen Con starts later this week. I'd like to think I'm prepared, but at this point I'm not sure. I've still got a lot to do before Thursday, and have to get it done on top of my day job, plus recording and releasing this week's podcast, sleeping, and general life....But for better or for worse, Gen Con is coming....

Ned Stark Gen Con posts meme

So besides gaming, as it is the "4 Greatest Days In Gaming" what else is there to do at Gen Con? Quite a bit actually:

The costume parade will take place approximately an hour before the contest, anyone may join the parade, it's not just limited to those who've entered the contest. The parade will gather just outside Hall A, with the route entering Hall A, crossing through the Event Hall and exiting out Hall D. It will continue into the Crossroads Corridor and exit outside. The parade will then continue east down Maryland Street through the Maryland Street Motor Lobby where it will turn right at the corner of Capital Avenue and will commence at the Capital Avenue Plaza.

At 4pm the costume contest will begin in the 500 Ballroom of the convention center. The contest is FREE to watch and doesn't require any pre-registering or event tickets. Come see some of the most talented cosplayers around!

The Blood Mobile will be onsite for three days, Thursday-Saturday, and thanks to The Westin Indianapolis, there will be TWO Blood Mobiles on site on Friday!

The Blood Mobile will be located at the following locations during the following times:

Thursday, 10am-3pm, just outside the Westin
Friday, 11am-4pm, at the Indiana Convention Center (at the Maryland Street Motor Lobby)
Friday, 10am-3pm, just outside the Westin
Saturday, 10am-3pm, at the Indiana Convention Center (at the Maryland Street Motor Lobby)

To sign up and/or to check your eligibility, click the link above

Saturday evening at the Union Station Grand Hall, come dance the night away to classic hits from the past 50 years of Gen Con, along with the latest geek anthems. You're encouraged to show up in your best historical formal attire. 

-Dine from a food truck

Gen Con 50 Featured Food Trucks
Making sure you get something to eat is an important part of any convention experience, and Gen Con gives you plenty of options with a street full of food trucks. This year, the options have expanded even further, with trucks located on South Street in front of Lucas Oil Stadium, in addition to Georgia Street and Capitol Avenue. The trucks will be in rotation throughout the con but the general hours are:

Georgia Street and Capitol Avenue: Wednesday, 5-11pm; Thursday-Saturday, 11am-11pm with an hour change over between 4-5pm; and Sunday, 11am-5pm

South Street between the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium: Thursday-Saturday, 11am-5pm daily

I'll be back tomorrow with Part 2, panels and the vendor hall!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Gen Con 50 Preview: Demos, Demos, Demos

I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a gamer. I play Farmville 2, Doctor Who Legacy and Frozen Freefall. I wouldn't know Settlers of Catan from D&D if my life depended upon it, so it might seem odd that I'd be attending Gen Con again this year. And while a majority of the Gen Con attendees spend all 4 days playing their game of choice, there's also the option to participate in demos of new games and maybe find a new favorite. Last year I discovered Happy Salmon and finally got to play the uber-popular Exploding Kittens. This year, I've got my eye on a few new games that I hope to try* during the "Greatest Four Days In Gaming":

-From Czech Games (Rooms 231 & 232): Codenames Duet and That's A Question! (if you want to get a jump on the crowds, both are available for pre-order and can be picked up at Gen Con)

Codenames Duet keeps the basic elements of Codenames — give one-word clues to try to get someone to identify your agents among those on the table — but now you're working together as a team to find all of your agents. (Why you don't already know who your agents are is a question that Congressional investigators will get on your back about later!)

The party game That's a Question!, takes the familiar format of challenging others with questions, then voting on what they'll say.

Czech Games Codenames DuetCzech Games That's A Question!
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-From Breaking Games LLC (Booth #2329): Sparkle*Kitty

A fast-paced, fun-filled, family card game where players are princesses matching cards to cast hilarious spells to escape from their towers. Up to 8 princesses can play, so it's great for families, parties, and even fancy balls.


-From USAopoly (Booth #149): Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle with the Monster Box of Monsters expansion and CODENAMES: Disney Family Editon

Play as your favorite characters and defend the wizarding world from evil forces. Enhance your abilities as you build your deck with over 140 cards. Seven successive game adventures offer increasing difficulty  as you battle Villains and unlock new abilities, secrets and challenges.

Venture into the Forbidden Forest with The Monster Box of Monsters, the highly anticipated expansion to HARRY POTTER™: HOGWARTS™ BATTLE! Play as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville or Luna Lovegood™ as you face frightening creatures and challenging encounters. Beware of any wrongdoing that might earn you detention! Only working together to defeat the evil forces and protecting iconic locations will make the Wizarding World safe once and for all!

Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle Deck Building Game

The Disney Family Edition of Codenames combines the hit social word game with some of Disney’s most beloved properties from the past 90 years. Two Cluemasters give one-word clues to help their teammates identify the Disney characters, locations and items from a 25 card game grid.  Including both pictures and words, it’s family fun for Disney fans of all ages.

CODENAMES: Disney Family Edition

-From Big Potato Games (Booth #2115): The Chameleon

One secret word and 16 possible options. Everyone knows the secret word except for the Chameleon – but who is the Chameleon?
Your mission is simple. Using one word each, players must prove their innocence and catch out the imposter. But be careful: choose a word that’s too obvious and you might give away the secret word. Choose a word that’s too vague and people might start to think that you’re the guilty one.
Fresh from the mind of Rikki Tahta (Coup) and crafted by Big Potato, The Chameleon is a game of suspense, trickery and some serious mob mentality.

*Not every game that debuts at Gen Con is available for official demos in the companies' booth, sometimes you have to sign up like you would for other gaming. Always check the events catalog to see if signing up is necessary.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Cosplay Anatomy: Marvel's Jessica Jones

Marvel's Jessica Jones cosplay

Wig: Amazon
Scarf: Forever 21
Wool Coat: Wilson's Leather Outlet
Faux Leather Jacket: Thrifted
Shirt: Thrifted
Jeans: Thirfted
Boots: TJ Maxx
Sunglasses: Forever 21
Gloves: Thrifted (I cut the fingertips off)

Marvel's Jessica Jones cosplayMarvel's Jessica Jones cosplay

I had a little bit of an idea of what to expect when Marvel brought Jessica Jones to life on Netflix, but what expectations I had were blown away once I hit play. Krysten Ritter is amazing as everyone's favorite, alcoholic PI (and what's funny is Krysten is the polar opposite of Jessica in real life, just check out her Instagram for proof #JessicaJonesWouldntKnit) 

As what continues to be a running theme with me, Jessica Jones is a warm costume, even without the winter coat. The wig is warm, the faux leather jacket is warm, jeans and boots are warm...but Jessica Jones has a uniform and she sticks to it. She's not feminine, she's built up a hard exterior to avoid getting emotionally hurt, and caring about how she looks is very low on the priority list.

I love cosplaying as Jessica Jones, even if she's not as recognizable as other characters. Maybe that'll change with The Defenders dropping on Netflix in a few weeks ?It certainly stretches my abilities as a cosplayer to act as a character who's so damaged and bitter at the world.