Who’s That Geek? It’s Mia Moore!

Mia Moore as Ramona Flowers
Mia pulls off an incredible Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim.

Sailor Moon Lolita. To some, these 3 words have no meaning. To me, this meant the start of a beautiful Internet friendship with one Mia Moore. See, Mia Moore is like the Stewie from Texas. She adores Sailor Moon, lolita, and cosplay! She’s practically perfect in every way. She’s a college student with a keen fashion sense. Check out her outfits here! She also does some really amazing cosplays. You can find them all here. Such a fan of the LSP one! She also attends lolita meet-ups – the last one she went to was a Sailor Moon lolita mash up, and she made a very adorable lolita Artemis!  Be sure to check out her blog for some other great content, including fabulous DIY tutorials, beauty and fashion tips, vegan recipes (she loves the animals!) and general lifestyle magic. Now, you have 3 jobs. Be sure to check out her blog, follow her on Twitter, and check out her Instagram!

1. Who was your fave Sailor Scout the first time you ever saw Sailor Moon, and who is it today?
My original favorite was Ami/Sailor Mercury! I thought she was so cool and tech-savvy and smart. Watching the series again now is so funny, all the computer gadgets look so dated. And for whatever reason, everyone thought Ami was lame! These days, I really love Usagi. I relate to her because I’m a little bit of a cry baby too, but I’ll fight for what I believe in!

2. If  Mia Moore was to become a Sailor Scout, what kind of colors or accessories would you choose? What would your attack be called?I’d do pink and teal probably, it’s one of my favorite color combinations! I’m not too creative with attacks, but since all the planets are taken, I wonder if I could be Sailor Virgo or something like that? It’d be fun to be based off the Zodiac constellations!

3. What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?
I loved The Powerpuff Girls, Batman, Sonic the Hedgehog (the awful one), Dexter’s Lab, Hamtaro, Animaniacs…. the 90s were a great time for cartoons! Only recently are we starting to see some really excellent cartoons again.

4. What was your very first cosplay?
My first cosplay I ever made was a Rattata to my friend’s Youngster Joey.  It wasn’t very good but it was super fun! The first cosplay I ever bought was Piyoko from Leave it to Piyoko! and it was awful, as most Ebay costumes are. I don’t think I’ve purchased a costume since then.

5. BOOM! Apocalypse! The world ends and it’s only you, and one other guy, real or fictitious, to re-populate the Earth. Who is it?
Zuko. Zuko is one of my biggest fictional character crushes I’ve had in a long time. Though I guess it couldn’t be Zuko without his honor, they are a package deal!

Quick, easy, and cheap last-minute geeky Halloween costumes!

As a person who is exceptionally passionate about costuming, LARPing, and fandoms, I have more than enough costumes on hand for any party theme. Most people dress up once a year. I dress up once a month. And I’ve hosted my fair share of theme and Halloween parties. Sometimes, people don’t show up in costume. What a buzz kill! But fortunately, I’ve developed some quick and painless costumes you could easily throw together in the last few moments before a party. Perfect for people who forgot to get a costume together, people who want to save some money this Halloween, or who just don’t want to go to a lot of trouble – but still be a big hit with their geeky friends! And remember – role-playing helps to bring a costume to the next level!

Hipster Disney Princesses cosplay
Photo by namine-yaoilover on DeviantArt

A Hipster Disney Princess

Do you have a yellow dress, and a book? Maybe a red and blue top, stuffed woodland creature, and a yellow skirt? Perhaps a purple t-shirt, green jeans, and a fork. Add a pair of hipster glasses, and you’ve got instant hipster Disney Princess.

No Face from Spirited Away, or Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service

To re-create No Face, all you need a black balloon, a piece of paper, and some markers. Cut out an oval, draw the No Face face, tape it to the black balloon, and carry it around with you. Or you can just wear the mask right over your own face! Simply wear all black. I did this costume for my dog a couple of years ago. Easy and quick! Kiki is quick and painless too. A purple dress, red bow and a broom. Easy as can be!

Photo by Clint Davis

Dexter Morgan

A green long sleeved shirt, black gloves, and a fake bloody knife. Voila! Instant morally conflicted serial killer. You can take the costume to the next level with a black apron and plastic face shield mask, available at your local home improvement store. Make sure to sneak up on people and poke a fake syringe into their neck.

Photo via tshirtonomy

Someone from Star Trek

A monochromatic t-shirt or dress in blue, red, or yellow, and a piece of paper designed to look like a communicator pin, and you’re in business! Make sure everyone knows the star date, and run around asking people to beam you up! Just don’t be the red shirt…

Hogwarts Student

A tie, graduation robe, cloak, sweater, or simply just a plaid skirt and a button-up white shirt will easily make this costume. I had an old church choir robe that I used in a pinch to throw together Moaning Myrtle. You can carry around a broom or a wand so people are sure to recognize you!

A Zombie from the Walking Dead

You can take any outfit you already have, and rip it to shreads. Cover your face in fake blood, and you’re set! Simply shamble off. Added fun: Add hipster glasses, and you can say you liked to eat brains before it was cool.

Luna cosplay
Photo from allure.com

Luna from Sailor Moon

A traditional black cat costume, with a geeky twist! Cut a yellow moon out of paper, and tape it your forehead. Ask everyone where Serena or Usagi has gone off to, and sound very frustrated in that adorable British accent of hers.

Louise from Bob’s Burgers

All you need is a green dress, a pink bunny eared hat, and you have instant snarky burger queen!

Casey Jones cosplay
Cosplayed by dochappenin as seen on DeviantArt

Casey Jones from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

A hockey stick and a baseball bat are probably enough for people to get it, but a mask would make it perfect. Draw the mask onto a piece of computer paper, cut it out, and attach. Voila!

The 9th, 10th or 11th Doctors

Depending on what kind of a suit selection you have, it’s easy enough to pull off one of the Doctors. A sonic screwdriver is the perfect accessory to make sure people know who you are! Make sure to break out a few famous quotes, (“Allons-y!”) or ask people if they’ve seen Rose, Donna, or River. Don’t be afraid to take applications for a new companion!

Meme costume
Photo by RubberDogTurds on Reddit

Any number of Meme/Internet Costumes
From Gersberms girl, to the socially awkward penguin, to Antoine Dodson! Some cardboard and paint will easily make you a meme sign. Design yourself as a YouTube video by constructing the YouTube interface on poster board. Or a red bandana and afro – and voila, hide yo kids, hide yo wives. There’s a whole lot of great Internet themed ideas here.

A crew member of Serenity

Depending on what you’ve got available, you could probably pull off one of the cast members of Firefly quickly. Find a Hawaiian shirt, a plastic dinosaur, and a cheesy sense of humor to quickly pull of Wash. A brown trenchcoat and a fake gun are a quick Malcolm Reynolds. Some John Lennon sunglasses and a nice white dress shirt, black vest, and black pants make an easy Simon Ram. And combat boots, a dress, and acting really weird turns you into instant River Tam.

Spoiler alert
Photo via io9.com

Spoiler alert

Make a sign that says “Spoiler alert” and rattle them off for the masses. Anytime someone talks to you, shout a spoiler. “Dumbledore dies!” “Bruce Willis is a ghost!” “Ned Stark gets his head chopped off!” “Soylent green is people!” People may hate you by the end of the night.

Featured image from Infinity House Magazine

Leave a comment and add your own ideas!

Ghibli Week: 4 Epic Studio Ghibli Cosplays

The Secret World of Arrietty

Arrietty Studio Ghibli Cosplay

Arrietty Studio Ghibli Cosplay
Amazing cosplay of Arrietty from The Secret World of Arrietty, by Yuuri-k. I could just put her in my pocket! I can’t get over the detail of her hair clip!

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl and Sophie

Howl's Moving Castle Studio Ghibli Cosplay

Howl's Moving Castle Studio Ghibli Cosplay
What a spot on Howl’s Moving Castle cosplay! Howl and Sophie are performed by Feeracie and Trust Our World Now.

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke Cosplay Studio Ghibli

Princess Mononoke Studio Ghibli Cosplay
This Princess Mononoke is perfection! San is modeled by Lovely Orange.

Ponyo Studio Ghibli

Fujimoto and Granmamere

Ponyo Granmamere and Fujimoto Studio Ghibli Cosplay

Ponyo Granmamere Cosplay Studio Ghibli

Alita b Angel and Arlo Arleh had the balls to do an underwater photo shoot for the role of Fujimoto and Granmamere from Ponyo. Talk about getting into the role! I don’t imagine I could ever look so beautiful underwater!

Ponyo cosplay

And I guess I should include one of myself doing Ponyo. She is absolutely my favorite Ghibli character and movie. I love her crazy spirit, and I am sure if I wasn’t a vegetarian, I’d eat ham too :3 Makes me wish I’d done a professional photo shoot, compared to all these other amazing cosplayers!

Post a comment with your favorite Studio Ghibili cosplay that you’ve seen!

That awkward moment when George Takei’s Duela Dent Facebook post turned into a geek girl gender war

George Takei posts Duela Dent cosplay

So I accidentally (and I think subconsciously) participated in a not-so-obvious gender battle yesterday. Or perhaps it was never a gender battle to begin with. Let’s discuss. It involved a mistaken cosplay shame meme. An Internet troll posted a meme, shaming a cosplayer’s Duela Dent costume, unaware that she was actually a legit comic book character, but instead believing that she had just put together 3 different ideas into a (very good) mash-up cosplay.

Let’s talk about the language on the meme. “Trying to hard” connotes shaming for effort. Why would we ever shame someone for putting in too much effort? Even if this was, as the meme maker falsely believes, a gender swapped steampunk Joker…. so? If someone tries to do something, and they put hours and hours into it, and it’s obvious they’ve put a lot of hard work into it, why would we try to shame them for it? This raises the question – if it was a male cosplayer with a similar 3 way mash-up, would he be “shamed” for extra effort? Even if the cosplay was executed terribly, if the effort was there, how could we shame someone in the cosplay community for partaking in a hobby we all love so much? But sadly, shaming exists. It isn’t something I ever expected to find so predominant in the geek community, but here we are.

It’s obvious the quality of her costume is incredible. But the meme maker’s issue seems to be with the quality – as well as diversity. It sounds to me like this person doesn’t like cosplay in general, with a statement like that. If they were a true cosplayer, I would doubt they would shame a member of their own community, no matter what they wore! I personally would give a 3-way well executed mash-up costume 5 stars! Mash-ups are hard! I did a “Dalek Princess” at New York Comic Con last year, and I don’t think most people got it. And anyway, if you’re going to be taking issue with any mash up cosplayer, it’s gotta be this guy first and foremost. *shudder*

I’m not sure exactly why I commented the way I did. Oh yeah, that’s right, because I’m an Internet pixie. I make stupid jokes. And I think I did immediately think, “Oh it’s because she’s a woman!” Looking back, yeah, it’s not blatantly about the fact that she is a girl, and a geek. But I think it might be, and even subconsciously, I was wondering, if this sort of thing is related to her gender. Is it that the meme maker (who obviously never heard of Duela Dent) assumed she was doing this for attention? For sexual glances? For something we’d stereotype the “Idiot nerd girl” for doing? What exactly makes the meme maker so mad? Is the meme maker a man?

I put my feelers out to the Geek Girl Pen Pals Facebook community and got some fantastic responses.

Post a comment to let me know what you think about my comment, this meme, and gender roles in the geek community in general. Did this thread get turned into a gender war for no reason? Or is it secretly about the fact that she’s a woman all along? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Other cool articles on the topic
Blogpost # 3: Discrimination in Cosplay
Misogyny and Size Discrimination in Cosplay
The Negative Side of Cosplaying
I’m a Black Female Cosplayer And Some People Hate It