Top 5 Cosplays on my Cosplay Bucket List

I’m getting the itch… to cosplay! So for 2014 and 2015 I am going to try to knock out as many of these as possible. The costumes for my chosen 5 are simple enough, so I can see this goal being completely attainable. Plus the world totally needs more cosplaying… and I need to do my part if we’re going to make the world a more colorful place <3

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Annie from League of Legends

Annie is one I’ve dreamt of ever since Mark began playing League of Legends religiously. She’s adorable and evil, a combination that I’m a huge fan of. She has this epic bear named Tibbers that she can summon… he is her faithful bear slave and destroyer of worlds. Annie has a really cute purple dress, adorable bear backpack, random cat ears, and adorable 80’s leg warmers. In short, she’s a cute fireball of purpley goodness.

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Kiss the Girl Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Ariel cosplays can be tricky, considering she’s a freaking fish. And I don’t see myself laying around a pool with my big green fin any time soon, so I’ve chosen to do “Kiss the girl” Ariel, or Kingdom dress Ariel. It’s recognizable enough, but I’ll actually get to use legs! The wig is key for this costume, for sure.

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Lydia from Beetlejuice the cartoon

One of my absolutely favorite cartoons as a kid was Beetlejuice. Lydia wore a fantastic spiderweb poncho, pink and purple eyeshadow, and a crazy ponytail that just don’t quit. It not only seems extremely comfortable, but recognizable as well. My hope is that I could get a Beetlejuice to cosplay with me, but I think this one can be recognizable alone as well.

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Disney’s Peter Pan

Peter Pan was a childhood idol of mine. He’s one of those androgynous cosplays that guys and girls can typically pull off. Peter is a young boy, and that makes girls the perfect choice to portray his youthful clean shaven look. We all know in the musical, he is usually played by a woman. And Peter represents a large part of my childhood and that notion of staying young forever. He’s adventurous, brave, charming and super cute! I gotta crow!

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Tina Belcher from Bob’s Burgers

BRB, writing erotic friend fiction. Tina Belcher was not my first choice for a Bob’s Burgers cosplay – it has always been Louise. But the more hilarious character development I see of Tina, the more I absolutely love her. She totally represents all of our awkward selves in our teen years, whether we like it or not. And again, it’s a simple costume that will be easy to put together. The key with this cosplay is that I believe it’s a must-do-as-a-group cosplay, which is why I am hoping me and my friends can do a Bob’s Burger group at New York Comic Con this year! So don’t be such a boob punch, and come hang out with me and Comic Con!


What’s on your cosplay bucket list? Leave a comment and let me know!

The Beer & Board Games Drinking Game

Beer and Board Games is a fabulous YouTube show where 4 guys get together, drink a lot of beer, and play board games. It’s full of epic things, like Baby Cookie, a creepy baby with a weird voice… epic Christopher Walken impressions… and Cape Date. It’s also full of crazy moments of Sloan Rage, in which Matt Sloan gets very angry… Dylan being ridiculously drunk and adorable… and Aaron being generally hilarious. So, I decided to make a Drinking Game to go along with the show.

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Check out the whole cast on their YouTube show and you can play along with the Beer and Board Games Drinking Game! Be sure to follow Beer & Board Games on Twitter!

Game of Thrones Tea Review

The wonderfully talented tea mistress Lydia of CeleryMoonDesigns has sent me her glorious Game Of Thrones tea to review! Oh sweet delicious and geeky tea, get into my belly! Lydia has devised custom house blends for each of the notorious Game Of Thrones families. She was kind enough to send me 3 blends: Caramel Stag (of House Baratheon), Black Blood (of House Greyjoy) and Dragon Kiss (of House Targaryen).

I would consider myself a new tea-er, but an avid one. I have been dabbling in the art of drinking loose leaf tea for some time now – there’s something meditative and magical about tea… sniffing the blends, taking it slow, and steeping a delicious brew. Let’s get straight into my om nommy experience with Lydia’s teas!

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House Baratheon: Caramel Stag

Brew for at least 6 minutes then serve hot with honey and milk to taste. A popular tea that is delicious, rich and creamy with a pleasant aroma. The rooibos flavour is strong like Stannis, charismatic like Renly and full bodied, indulgent and decadent like King Robert. REDBUSH TEA, ALMOND, CARAMEL

I drank this tea straight, with no honey or milk – and it’s a good thing, because it’s perfect and sweet the way it is! It’s no wonder this is a popular brew, because it’s incredibly delicious. Like eating a Werther’s original candy, it’s not too overpowering, but it did make my taste buds sing a happy tune. This one was my favorite! I would pair it with some buttery cookies, or make it an after dinner brew.

House Greyjoy: Black Blood

Brew for 5 minutes then serve hot with honey or milk and sweeteners to taste. A simple but powerful black tea with a fresh taste of orange that cuts through the strong flavour. This tea once brewed is red like iron and like the Ironborn, strengthens the longer you brew it for. CHINA TEA, CEYLON TEA, ORANGE PEEL, RED SAFFLOWERS

This brew packs a punch, but it doesn’t overpower with the orange. It goes down easy, and for me, it did not need any honey, milk or sweetener. This tea picked me right up off the Iron Throne and tossed me off the edge of the Eyrie. It’s a perfectly peppy tea and a fabulous wake up call for the morning. Gods knows I love my caffeine. :3

House Targaryen: Dragon Kiss

Brew for 2 minutes then serve hot with a slice of lemon or cold over ice. Dragonwell leaves are the main part of this tea giving it warmth. The pineapple and papaya cubes make this tea more exotic than most and this unique appearing tea has a subtle strength, much like Daenerys. CHINA GREEN SENCHA, DRAGONWELL GREEN TEA, PAI MU TAN WHITE TEA, PAPAYA CUBES, PINEAPPLE CUBES, ROSE PETALS, STRAWBERRY PIECES

I drank the Dragon’s Kiss tea hot with no lemon to start, but I also tried it with lemon. I think the lemon detracted from the already amazing fruit flavor, so my recommendation is to drink this one straight up. For the record, I am not a huge fan of fruity teas, and usually go for a basic black or green… But this tea packs a pleasant punch and was absolutely divine! I can see how it would be tasty cold, so I’d also drink this one cold in the summer. The smell of this tea was my favorite. Divine!

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All 3 of these teas blew me away with their unique and original flavors, powerful potency, and super great scents. It’s obvious Lydia has a gift for crafting these blends, and it has given me such a new found respect for the art of tea craft. I don’t know how you did it Lydia, but bravo – I highly recommend you all check out her Etsy and buy some of this delicious tea!

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What Game Of Thrones tea collection would be complete without matching drink accessories? I made my tea experience extra full of Westeros awesomness with my Game Of Thrones wax seal sigil coasters and House Stark and House Targaryen mugs.

You’d better, hurry… Winter is Coming. Buy Lydia’s Game Of Thrones Unique Tea Blends Here!

Geek Girl Advice: Things I wish I could tell myself before my first cosplay.

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Making the choice to create a costume and parade around a room full of people who are obsessed with whatever you’re dressed up as is pretty ballsy. The cosplay community doesn’t take their fandoms lightly, and thus it can be stressful and difficult to build up the courage to cosplay, knowing how judgmental the community might be. But cosplaying is super rewarding, and a unique way to artistically portray a character or series we often times have very deep connections with. I remember when I first made the choice to put together a Sailor Saturn costume for NekoCon in Virigina. I knew how much I loved Sailor Moon and the character. I was so excited… but so terrified. I really wish I had some of this advice before I got started.


Hope Erica: Make sure it will still be comfortable after six hours. If you have to think about the costume, you will have less fun.


Koriann Naya Bishop: Duct tape is simultaneously your best friend and worst enemy. It can help hold you up, keep heavy/bulky accessories is place, but avoid putting it on your skin if possible. If you need a little help defying gravity (especially my fellow anime/comic cosplayers) try saran wrap between your skin and the tape. It’ll stick to your skin tight enough to protect you from some serious pain when you have to cut yourself out later.


Morgan O’Brien: Your home made Fiona cosplay will stand out amongst the 20 other store bought Fiona cosplays. But it stood out.


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Kristin Hackett as a superhero of her own design, with other cast members from Syfy’s Fangasm
Kristin Hackett: Have fun!


Brittany Smith: People will try to stop you for pictures. Its ok to say no if its stressing you out or you have to get somewhere. They will understand. I got totally mobbed by people with cameras the first time I cosplayed at a con and it was extremely stressful! I was used to LARP settings and totally not expecting it.


Kendra Linn VanDonkelaar: People won’t care that your Guthrie is excited and hyper. They will love you and you don’t have to worry about being tooooo annoying.


Carrie Biermann: MAKE SURE YOU CAN STILL GO TO THE BATHROOM WHEN IN COSTUME. three of my corsets are long-line, because i have a long torso, but they’re hell when trying to use the facilities in costume. (too much good posture is a bad thing!) I have gone back to regular-length corsets wherever I can for just this reason. Movement, especially in the LARP setting, is key. If you can’t move, you can’t engage.


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Mia Moore as Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter! Photo by Mel Shardae
Mia Moore: Do it for yourself and have so much fun with it! Don’t be too hard on yourself 🙂


Jacci Kaschak: Do not get discouraged or intimidated by others no matter what they say; confidence and pride in whatever you create is a major part in cosplaying well.


Bethany O’Connor: Don’t worry about how much better the other cosplayers look. Don’t worry about how much more elaborate their costume is, or how much prettier you -think- they are than you. A huge part of cosplay is “owning” the character whose shoes you’ve stepped into. You may not have the best costume, but you sure as Hell can play your part like a champion. Also: Rubber cement and bobby pins.


Koriann Naya Bishop: You’re going to be surrounded by potentially thousands of excited, hyper people. Damage happens. Keep a small sewing kit/tape/glue/other quick fixes depending on your costume’s material in your carrying bag or hotel room. Not only can you save your own costume on the fly, but someone else might need a helping hand.


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Ayla Almee: Don’t worry, you’ll get better. A good photographer helps as well!


Ebs: Balance ur body size with self conscious. If u got a skinny bod totes go all out but if ur a curvier girl, know what works


Cheryl Lim: Charge all your electronics, and have some quiet time to prepare. Pack the emergency kit.


Cassidy Noga Scott: Take lots of pictures. Make sure to get some at the start of the day with your camera or phone – no telling what could happen and there isn’t always time to pose for a quality picture (and there’s the issue of lighting and stuff too). Also: be the character. Don’t be self conscious. You probably won’t see any of the people again and hey, you’re in costume. So you’re awesome. (:


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Me as Revolutionary Girl Utena Tenjou/bellydance mash-up
Leslie Stewart: A good wig is your best friend! A wig will make the costume, and helps to make the role-playing experience more immersive. Role-playing is key and adds to the costume on a whole ‘nother level, so get INTO character. Don’t stress. Stay hydrated and well fed. Take group photos with people in your ‘series.’ Make friends, swap Facebooks, and stay in touch with other geeks who love the same crazy crap as you.


Melissa Ann Paris: Take pictures, relax and have fun, don’t worry about things being not ‘perfect.’


Michelle Otte: Make sure “big” costumes have ventilation and a good eye hole… Conventions aren’t fun if you can’t breathe or see the sale items. Also if you have to take big costume off for a little bit do not feel bad about this, though people may heckle you for it.


Jamila Rowser crossplays an epic Spike from Cowboy Bebop
Jamila Rowser as a crossplayed Spike from Cowboy Bebop!
Jamila Rowser: Don’t let your non-sewing abilities stop you. You can find someone else to help! Also, be creative and remix your cosplay is just as great. You can make it steampunk, cyberpunk, crossplay/gender bend, post-apocalyptic, mashups, the possibilities are endless!


Thanks to all the Larpettes and Iggles who took the time to answer. Leave a comment and tell me which advice you wish you could give yourself before your first cosplay!

PS: Good news! Remember that Hot Topic shirt from a few months ago, practically bullying cosplayers to do it “right” or not at all? Well, good news, that shirt has since been removed.

Chicks from cartoons whom I adore!

  • Noodle from the Gorillaz: Japanese-born adorable-san has a back story that would cause anyone to giggle. She was dropped on Murdoc’s doorstep in a FedEx crate with no memory of her past. She suddenly regains her memory at the slip of the phrase, “Ocean bacon” (WHAT?!?!) A musician and a secret government soldier, Noodles is equal parts adorable and badass. …Oh and she’s a fan of Miyazaki to boot. …AND Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto has done her voice. She is epic ultimate amaze.
  • Ginger from As Told By Ginger: She’s the all-American sensitive sweetheart. Constantly journaling her feelings, she’s trying to find her place in the world (aka Junior High) and establish some kind of a credible reputation aside from Complete Geeky Loser. (which I can always relate to) She’s paired with her bestest pals who have their own quirky adorableness (OMG Macie is so freaking adorable as the little seal girl.) She’s attempting to juggle the demands of a mother-in-need with her desire to break into the, well, “popular” group. Funny but sentimental and sweet, it’s a cartoon I have always loved.
  • Wednesday Friday Addams from The Addams Family: Her first appearance was in 1938, which makes her the oldest cartoon I totally love. Her macabre sarcastic wit is ultimately completely loveable. She’s teeny weeny but wise beyond her years in some of her representations. In the 60’s TV show, she’s adorably spooky, with aspirations of being a ballerina who also raises pet spiders. But her gimmick in the movies is she does not smile no matter what. She was one in a million in a culture of peppy pop stars, and a lot of young freaks certainly looked to her for inspiration in being -just- a little different from the rest.
  • Mandy from The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy: Mandy is a huge bitch. I can’t really sugar coat that, she really really is. She’s smart and sassy – but cynical and moody. Her best friend Billy, has the blissful ignorance of a stupid dog who doesn’t know what else to do but hang around it’s owner. Mandy, his “best friend,” puts up with his brainless antics in a less than subtle way. She’s bossy and constantly berates Billy for being, well, a Billy. She’s also adorably manipulative and exploitative. She’s just bitchin.
  • Jane Lane from Daria: Jane has always appealed to me for 2 reasons. She is hilariously sarcastic and she is le artiste. Her style beckons to beatnik, mod poets with a hint of gothy anti-conformity. Which of course is a central theme of Daria. Not fitting in, not giving a flipping (insert explicative here), and letting the world deal with it as they will. Jane wants to be an artist but is troubled by the concept of going to art school to be “taught” how to be creative. Isn’t that sort of not the point? She has one good friend, which is plenty for her, who shares her hatred of humanity. She is the embodiment of a confused coming-of-age artist… who also wants to punch people in the face as hard as she can.
  • Bubbles from the Powerpuff Girls: OMG BUBBLES! She is basically the most adorable-sauce thing ever in existence. Her simple sweetness and naivite will not be tainted by this world’s Naysayers and Negative Nancies! She does what she wants! She is the joy and the laughter! She colors with crayons! Her best friend is a stuffed animal: Octi the octopus! And she sees the good in everyone, even if they are bad, evil, awful villains whom she shouldn’t be trusting. She’s the ultimate sweetheart and there is no reason that anyone should ever say ANYTHING bad about her. If they do, I will hunt them down… *fist shaking*
  • Judy Funnie from Doug: Last, but certainly not least, we have the theatrical older sister of Doug Funnie. She’s dramatic and totally into costumes. (Gee, I wonder why I like her?) She has a token black trunk full of theatrical garb and is very into performance art. She constantly sports her French beret and sunglasses (nothing says cool like a beret and sunglasses…) and is the ultimate moody artist. Which is why, of course, I love her.


Which cartoon chicks do you love?