Thursday, October 27, 2011
Typically, I'm not fan of Wonder Woman in pants but as a Wonder Woman in New Jersey in October, I can say appreciate the option for costuming. I just don't think it will be recognizable to most people on the street. In fact, I don't think any of them would look at the "pants" version and know who she is.
I had wanted to upgrade my bodice to make it longer. So when I began working on it, I decided to just make the silver accents and save my original bodice as is. I also began toying with alternating fabrics and then the new 52 came out and her bodice has blocked pieces giving it a texture the traditional suit didn't have. Back in September, I finally had something I could consider done.
The choker is made from a foam sheet and glued to metallic spandex that I had leftover. The armbands are also strips of foam and glued to metallic spandex strips. In fact, all the fabric from this project is from my leftover scraps. I have a hard time getting anything to stick to those foam sheets and I use the glue by that brand that says it's for the foam! Needless to say, I have no idea if the fabric will stay when I go to put these things on.
Like the costume, none of the accessories look the same from page to page so I just made up my own designs and have them in silver to show a link to the new 52.
Since my original red and white boots are completely worn out and starting to get holes and lose soles, I had bought a new pair for this year. I was going to get rid of the old ones but I'm going to recycle them instead. If it doesn't rain tomorrow, I'll take that old pair and try spraying the red with black Plastidip so that they resemble Diana's new black and white boots.
SUPERHERO WEEKEND STARTS ON SATURDAY AT COMIC FUSION IN NEW JERSEY!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I joined Jill Pantozzi (blue), Ashley Neuhaus (black), Melissa Kay (star sapphire), Ali Coluccio (indigo), Beth Kaboth (green), Lisa-Michelle McMullan (orange), and Josie Kavadoy (yellow).
Jill was responsible for all of the logo necklaces which were made by a company called Sandbox.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This year the event kicks off with a new official name globally, WOMEN OF WONDER DAY still headquartered in Portland, OR but at NJ's Comic Fusion our Superhero Weekend continues as a two-day event October 29-30, 2011.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Costume Tutorial: Ms. Marvel / Carol Danvers (Marvel Avengers)
Date: Completed September 9, 2011.
Debut: October 1, 2011 at Superheroes for Hayley fundraiser
The steps on how I made this made this from leftovers and repurposed items is at AmberUnmasked.
Monday, October 3, 2011
A flood of spandex-clad heroes from DC, Marvel and Dark Horse descended upon Flemington, NJ October 1, 2011 to help raise money for Hayley’s family.
The event was organized by Flemington’s Hometown Club who has also put together other fundraisers during the year for Hayley’s family. Hayley is 13 now. She was released from a Philadelphia hospital for treatments for malignant pinoblastoma.
We were supported not only by members of the 501st and Rebel Legion but also the Capital City Jedi Knights who gave demonstrations all day long to the local padawan learners. They learned proper fighting techniques for lightsabers on the soggy field in front of the Dutch Market.
Generous costumers came from West Virginia, north Pennsylvania, south Jersey and New York City to donate their time and talents for the day. The craftsmanship of the costumes and the variety of personalities in them makes for a great social networking experience in honest-to-goodness real life instead of online.
The East Coast X-Men seemed to be led by Jubilee (Jackie) rather than Cyclops. She “blasted” Batman among others with her pockets full of gold tinsel. There were a few professional photographers that absolutely loved her. The X-Men and the Avengers playfully sparred all day leaving the Justice League to go about its own business.
We owe thanks to all the merchants of the strip mall: the Dollar Store and the Pet Store that allowed us use of their bathrooms for changing. Some of us still opted for the parking lot but bathrooms are so appreciated!
Friday, September 23, 2011
The American Apparel company was launching XL sizes and were looking for a plus sized model. Nancy was upset about the contest description's wording. Words like "bootylicious" and "needing extra wiggle room" offended her. She entered the contest with over the top pictures of herself covered in food while she was in full beautiful makeup and wardrobe at lovely sets. The responses were overwhelming when she had won. But then AA rescinded or rather denied her The Next Big Thing.
After a huge backlash, AA reached out to Nancy and she was invited to the company.
She has graciously offered to fly Shannon and me out to LA to visit American Apparel and get a look at what it’s really like being inside the company.You can follow the updates about what happens next at American Apparel when Nancy arrives on her blog which now calls EXTRA WIGGLE ROOM.
I agreed, as long as I could write about what I saw. She said that would be fine.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I said I'd never make this version, commonly known as the Jim Lee WW or WW600 or New U WW unless someone else contributed to the cost. Well I was bored one day and in the end, it only cost me $6 in a zipper and bias tape because everything else you see in the bodice was leftover from other projects.
Monday, September 19, 2011
I've also relisted my Neon Harley suit that was made as a test for this outfit.
I've just added my UMBRELLA ACADEMY RUMOR costume as well.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Amber- your tutorial is soo helpful! I have a bunch of questions and if you have a minute to answer them- I would be so appreciative! 1- Did you use a standard sewing machine or an overlock/serger? 2- Did you press open the seams afterwards? I know doing
I guess Formspring cut you off. I answered all the questions at my site: http://www.amberunmasked.com/tutorial-rogue-traditional/
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Are you still doing commissions? I am desperate to find a good psylocke costume and am having a helluva time finding anything even close online! Thanks!!
I only do commissions for friends that live nearby because it's too important to have fittings. You can join thesuperherocostumingforum.com and make a post that you're looking for someone.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
ComicFusion.com - shop's main site
Art auction gallery - http://www.facebook.com/me
General informaion - http://www.amberunmasked.c
Superhero Weekend is a 2-day celebration at Comic Fusion in Flemington, NJ. Oct 29-30, 2011. Activities include the comic art auction, raffles, exclusive purchases, photo opportunities with costumed heroes, and a chance to meet some of our artists.
Sign up to be on our Costumed Character List! We do have some specific guidelines. We ask for the characters to be friendly for all ages - non-violent, non-scary. No horror movie characters, no zombies, no machetes, etc.
The 501st will be there at least one day that we're aware of. They're always a huge hit!
There is a lot behind the stores accessible from Main Street and also Bloomfield Ave. There's usually plenty of street parking. Most spaces are technically 2 or 3 hour spots but they are rarely chalked.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 24, 2011 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the winners of the 3rd annual Costume Contest. The contest took place this past Saturday, August 20, 2011and saw a myriad of incredible and creative costumes. With approximately 200 entries and costumes ranging from classic super-heroes to video game characters, this was by far the best and most successful contest thus far.
The grand prize winner for Best Over-all Costume, and the recipient of the $1,000 cash prize, was Robert Day for his Optimus Prime costume.
Winners for this year's contest include:
Best Male Superhero: Wade Brown - MODOK
Best Male Non-Superhero: Vincent Posbic - Master Chief from HALO
Best Female Superhero: Lisa Hissinbothan - Storm
Best Female Non-Superhero: Devin Houser - Joker
Best Group (majority of member over 13): Jay Buechle & Leigh Alexander - Bengali & Cheetara from ThunderCats
Best Male Superhero: Michael P. - Two-Face
Best Female Superhero: Maria H. - Hitgirl
Best Female Non-Superhero: Ashley L. - Zombie from Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (tie) & R. Hill - The Corpse Bride
Best Group (majority of member under 13): RJ, Peter, and Jayden J. - Luke Skywalker and Mandalorians
Save the Date! Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!
That's right! Mark your calendars now for next year's Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we'll see YOU in Baltimore!
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con just celebrated its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con was held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.
Hayley has malignant pinoblastoma (brain tumor).
*** I don't want to confuse anyone with the costuming roll call for our Superhero Weekend at the comic shop which is a different charity event at the end of October.***
The 501st (Star Wars Empire) contact I have is reaching out to the Event Organizer about having their Garrison formally invited. Someone is also helping to see if we can arrange for one of the 1966 Batmobiles to be there for photo opportunities.
October the weather can be anything from 50-70, sunny or miserable. You just never know. If you have to change your "assignment" at the last minute because of it, that's understandable.
* Ms. Marvel - Amber
* Symbiote Spidey - Peter
* Xavier Student - Janine
* Static Shock - Gregorio
* undecided - Diana
* Supergirl (blue) - Jessica
* Gambit or Superboy - William
* Inspector Gadget or Jay Garrick Flash - Andrew
* Nick Fury - Ray
* Wonder Woman - Carolann
* Dr. Bruce Banner - Jesse
* Cyclops - Christopher
* Batgirl - Cassie
* Captain America - Rafael Captain Pedragon (needs a ride from Hoboken)
* Storm - Maki Roll
* TDK version Batman - Gareth
HomeTown Club USA
PO Box 7292
Somerset, NJ 08875
PLEASE INVITE YOUR COSTUMING FRIENDS. *There will be a bouncy house!
19 Commerce Street, Flemington, NJ
Monday, August 15, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Would a women's (US) size 6 shoe - fit you, be to big or would your feet demolish them if you managed to stretch them on your feet? (fit you, be to big, or be demolished)
I'm registered at Barney's and there's a lovely pair of Steve Maddens on my list. Knock yourself out trying to find my shoe size, Batman. Let me know how it goes. Anyone have any questions about my career or comics?
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
"We're putting ourselves out there to enjoy the costume and show off the craftsmanship; we're not there to pose for you sexually," Jill Pantozzi explains about an incident where someone tried to photograph her cosplay group's asses.
The Oh You Sexy Geek panel had at least seven panelists plus an impromptu speaker, Seth Green who was in the front row supporting his wife who was on the panel; apparently Seth was given a considerable amount of time to chime in. This led to the ladies of the panel not having as much mic time as expected. The only male panelist actually scheduled was Chris Gore (FilmThreat.com) who didn't even arrive until five minutes before it was over at which point his opening remark caused controversy and seemingly insulted most of the audience. (Full disclosure: Seth and Chris are two of my celebrity crushes.)
The "Sexy Geek" controversy easily spirals. From accusations of pandering to sexualizing female comic/gaming characters to addressing the large issue of women in the media/commercials. Somehow, this has become a bigger issue than DC's relaunch of all their titles. DC has been accused of sexist practices, not hiring women, failing to publicize titles/works that do have female creators and eliminating female characters from solo titles.
Is there a way to be a Sexy Geek and still be part of a supportive community that includes female creators, fans and characters without singling them out as the token sexy female?
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I created a tutorial of sorts, more like a "how not to do this" blog on AmberUnmasked. I documented BOTH attempts at the dress plus the monkey's outfit. (*as always be warned, the direct page linked is safe but other content on my site might be considered nsfw).
You can follow along Victoria's other costuming adventures at her facebook fan page and her twitter feed.
|photo by Seraphim Images|
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
You may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound (maybe you never wanted to) or crawl around on all fours like a feline femme fatale (marginally more appealing), but that is no reason to cast a cold eye on the superhero-infused styles set to alight in stores this fall. (Which means, in the alternative-reality universe we actually inhabit, that they are arriving on racks right now.)
Monday, July 18, 2011
I just listed two costumes on etsy. I'm hoping the PayPal works because I have it routing to someone else's account since I can't use it (FUCK PAYPAL). However, I am extremely desperate for money and need to start selling off my suits.
Please read the descriptions carefully.
The first two are pretty simple and only worn once. A generic X-Men suit that would be fit for Rogue, Kitty or Jean Grey, pretty much any Xavier Institute student. Bodysuit only - not the buckle, belt, leggings, etc.
The second is my classic Star Sapphire / Carol Ferris. It's the suit & headpiece only, not the gloves, mask or ring.
I AM NOT TAKING COMMISSIONS. I am only selling off what I have already made in the sizes specified.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Would you consider dressing up as the "pants" version of Wonder Woman just for a good gag/alternate outfit one day at a con for the people who are familiar with you?
Only if someone else paid for the materials. It's no as bad w/o the jacket but I wouldn't spend my own money on it. I would love it if the pants were blue & she kept her old boots. Right now, I'm trying to save to make the Adam Hughes white gown version. It's like 12 yards of silk for that.
Friday, July 1, 2011
|TONY RAY AS PATRIOT|
|THE BEST LITTLE WONDER WOMAN I'VE EVER SEEN, NYCC 2010|
(and she designed the costume with her dad!)
|PAIGE IN AN ORIGINAL WONDER WOMAN|
|AMERICAN MAID SEEN AT BALTIMORE CON 2010|
|ME AS POWER GIRL AND BRYAN AS SUPERMAN, NYCC 2009|
|DAVID AS BUCKY CAPTAIN AMERICA|
photo by Kathy Napalinga
|WWII CAPTAIN AMERICA BY NEW2SITH.NMFORCE|
photo by Bryan Humphrey
Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Hopefully very soon. A new one was just approved.
Comic Fusion is the comic shop where I work in NJ. Are you asking about fabrics because you have a fetish? I'm not about to encourage this conversaton.
I can't remember specifically but one year I dressed up at Comic Fusion for every car show in town and that's during July & August. I'm sure it would have been in that time frame. Masks while sweating are particularly annoying.
I recently found your web site and through it Guns of Shadow Valley. I will be writing a review of the web comic on my own blog (Slap Bookleather) and would like to include a note about you. Would you mind if I put up a link?
I'm ok with it but I think you should ask Dave & Jim too. Since my work is a range from PG-13 to adult, they might not want the association with me.
Not my thing. I have very strong opinions on the subject. My modelmayhem inbox is 90% "photographers" whose portfolios consist of only bondage despite how there's nothing in my own port or profile to indicate I ever would consent to it. I consider it my role as a journalist to present it as a valid form of entertainment and educate people but on my own deeply personal level that should not reflect upon my fellow models, I think the idea of a woman being treated that way is vile. I don't see a single empowering thing about it unless the photoshoot tells the story about her escaping (like the way Princess Leia eventually kills Jabba). I'll never discourage my modeling friends if that's what they want to do but I'll usually chime in that they'll need an escort with them unless they have absolute trust in the photographer.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tons more pics on facebook.com/amberunmasked too.