Who’s That Geek? It’s Anna Lee Mueller!

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Anna, aka Glitzy Geek Girl as Black Widow from the Avengers

Anna Lee Mueller, a geek girl blogger at Glitzy Geek Girl, is a true cosplay original. Cosplay is the kind of thing that takes practice and time to perfect, but from her very first cosplay, it is so painfully obvious that Anna is destined for Con greatness. Her character choices are original and perfectly crafted to work for her unique style. She crossplays and gender bends with the best of them. And she loves Disney as much the rest of the world should, so what’s not to love?

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Anna as Shredder from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Fiona from Adventure Time

Anna has worn a dozen cosplays so far, but many of them aren’t your typical ‘cute girl’ cosplays. In addition to this terrifying Shredder, she has also crossplayed a fantastic Legolas from Lord of the Rings. Other cosplays on her list of unusual character choices include Fiona from Shrek, Jessie from Toy Story 2, and Jigsaw from the Saw movies. It’s such an odd mash up of cosplays you don’t hear about too often, and these original choices truly make her as a cosplayer stand apart from the rest.

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2 of my favorite cosplays of hers have to be Sailor Venus and Annie from League of Legends. Have you seen my bear Tibbers? Annie is on my ultimate bucket list of cosplays!

Don’t let me get you too far off track, because Anna is a girl of many other talents besides just wearing cute costumes. She runs an Etsy store that sells Disney cosplay jewelry and unique Harry Potter wands. She offers DIY and tutorial posts on her blog as to how she crafts cosplay magic. She dyes her hair so much that you can never be sure which color it will be next. She goes to Renaissance Faires, which gives her a very special place in my heart, as I am a Renaissance Faire super geek! In short, she’s cosplay pro from Texas who demands you follow her on Twitter and check her out on Facebook. I will be staying tuned to find out which awesome cosplay choices she puts together next. Spoiler alert… I am looking forward to MORE DISNEY! I love her Jessie and Fiona cosplays so much, and word on the street is that she has a Frozen cosplay in the works. Disney is a way of life… and I think Anna gets that.

1. What was your first cosplay, and what was your favorite cosplay? 
Before I moved to Dallas I had never heard of comic or anime conventions. So when I saw an ad for the Dallas Comic Con in 2012 I decided to check it out. I really didn’t know much about costumes, but I kinda resembled my favorite comic girl Ramona Flowers. I found her purse on Amazon and since my real hair was already blue it was pretty easy coming up with the rest of her outfit. I was blown away by all the talented cosplayers at the convention and immediately decided I wanted to make more! It’s hard for me to pick my favorite cosplay, but I feel really proud when I look at photos of my Fiona from Shrek. That’s the first costume I made entirely by myself and the body paint took me nearly 2 hours to apply. Even Yaya Han complimented it and asked ME for a photo! I couldn’t believe it!

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Anna’s first and favorite cosplays

2. What would you tell a girl who wants to start cosplaying, but is nervous or scared?
As a girl that goes to a lot of conventions by herself, I find that wearing a costume actually helps me come out of my shell. Almost everyone around you is either in a geeky tshirt or costume themselves. It’s a great conversation starter to be dressed up because people will come up to you and say you’re their favorite character! Unless you plan on entering a costume contest there’s hardly any judgement on the quality of your costume. So don’t be nervous about whether or not it’s handmade, store bought, the right colors, etc. It’s about having fun and loving your character.

3. What was your favorite cartoon as a kid?
The cartoon that stands out in my mind as one of my favorites was Tiny Toon Adventures. I can still sing the entire theme song, and I carried around a Babs Bunny doll with me everywhere. I even had a Tiny Toons birthday party when I was in pre-school. My other favorite cartoon was Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. I still believe monsters secretly steal my nail clippings when I’m not looking.

4. Apocalypse!  You have to choose 1 guy (real or fictitious) to repopulate the earth with. Who do you choose?
Most of my male crushes are all fictitious characters. Since Divergent is the most recent book I read I would absolutely have to choose Four (also known as Tobias). I am sure he and I would get along really well, and I tend to fall for guys with tattoos. Plus, I’d like to think our kids would have nice mix of bravery and selflessness. That’s something the world could use more of.

5. What’s your favorite food?
Pizza! I used to be a cheese only girl, but lately I’ve discovered I like pineapples on it. It’s been my favorite food for as long as I can remember. I love it so much I have a slice tattooed on my arm!

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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.

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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!

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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!


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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.


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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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

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