just plain sara: August 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Baltimore Comic Con Costume Winners

Baltimore Comic-Con Announces Costume Contest Winners

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:

Over-13 Category
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

Under-13 Category
Best Male Superhero: Michael P. - Two-Face
Best Male Non-Superhero: Jeffery S. - Link from Legend of Zelda
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.

Sign up to be a hero for Hayley - casting call

I'm helping rally some costumers to appear at a fundraiser for 12-year-old Hayley. I made a Facebook event specifically for costumers only so that we can see who can definitely appear and as which character. This isn't for RSVP'ing to the event in general.

OCTOBER 1, 2011

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

Bill Losey
(732) 873-1056
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
(908) 806-8476

Monday, August 15, 2011

Deciding on my costumes for Baltimore Comic Con

I'm almost certain that I'll wear my Dark & Strange Alice Liddell outfit on Sunday Aug 21 for the Baltimore Comic Con. I can't decide what to wear for Saturday though. I've narrowed it down to three: Rogue, Black Widow and Ace. What do you think? Post your votes. I don't have to pack until Wednesday.

I'll be at the booth of Jake Warrenfeltz most of the time. I hope to circulate a lot more than last year because I think I will know about 80% of the artists at the show and I want to say hello to all of them. 

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ep 27 of GameDames talks about Cosplay Girls and the "Sexy" debate

The latest episode of the Game Dames podcast features Jill "the Nerdy Bird" as a special guest talking about her San Diego panel Oh You Sexy Geek and her experiences in costume this year at Comic Con International.

‎"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?