I was recently a featured cosplayer in the March 2015 issue of Seattle Magazine (both print and online). The feature is part of a larger article about Emerald City Comicon. Click the title above to read the full article.
My youngest daughter decided she wanted to be Fierce Deity Link for Emerald City Comicon this year. I started her costume a few weeks ago. The game is fairly old so the character detail modeling is poor. My main reference has been from an official Nintendo statue.
Here's my current progress so far. I build this out of EVA foam, both floor mat and craft. The next step will be to seal the foam then primer and paint it.
Progress as of 2/7/15
I have an incredible wife. Seen in this photo cosplaying with her father as Ellie and Carl Fredricksen from the movie UP.
She's an amazing mother, photographer, writer and friend. She cosplayed for the first time at Emerald City Comicon over the weekend and wrote this funny piece about her experience: click here to read the story on her blog.
The past few years cosplay has become a big part of our family. We're heading into our 4th Emerald City Comicon and this year it's bigger than ever. Even my 70 year old father-in-law has decided to join us in costume! He totally came up with the idea himself and has been excitedly working on his cosplay. We were joking the other day that he could end up being the oldest cosplayer at ECCC!
So, amongst the feverish costume building that I've been wrapped up in, my awesome wife took the time to write a really great article that compares the fandoms of the sports and geek worlds. Here's a link to her article 'Fandom' in which I think she did a fantastic job writing. I hope you enjoy it.
She also took this photo, which I like because it focuses on the fan taking a picture of a cosplayer (who just happens to be our daughter!)
One of the things I've done with my daughters (both teens) on a yearly basis is attend Emerald City Comicon. This year will be our 4th year. The last few years we've gotten into doing cosplay. Cosplay is a lot of fun, my girls really enjoy it and we work diligently on recreating accurate costumes. It's truly a whole family effort. I'm the accessory and prop guy, my extremely talented mother-in-law handles all the sewing (I can sew but her skills are way beyond mine) and the girls work on the details: design, hair make-up, etc. For those who haven't seen our past efforts here you go:
Every year the costumes get more involved and this year I really have my work cut out for me. Seriously, my oldest K has decided to be Loki from 'The Avengers'. Of course she didn't choose the simple version, she wants the King Loki version. This is one intricate costume
Body armor, helmet, cape, scepter, that's a lot of building. It's definitely going to push my creating skills and I'll get to learn to use some new materials along the way.
Fortunately my youngest E has chosen a simpler character to recreate. One of our favorite movies as a family is 'The Emperor's New Groove'. It wasn't a Disney smash as it was made at the end of their traditional animation run, but it is a hilarious romp. One of the best part of the movie is its bad-guy or bad-girl in this case; Yzma. Yzma is bitingly voice by Eartha Kitt. I love films with a great antagonist. Best of all she is balanced out but a very funny side-kick name Kronk. He's a big Oaf with a soft heart and some real skills in the kitchen. E has requested that I cosplay along with her as Kronk. So this year will mark my first foray into full cosplay regalia at the con! We've decided to go in their Secret Lab attire:
So bear with me for the following few months as there are going to be a lot of cosplay posts as I document the build process, which is something I haven't done before. I've already started the building on Loki here's a sneak peek: