Cosplayn Jane

It has come to my attention these past few years that I really enjoy dressing up in costumes. October of 2014 I did what I dubbed the “Costume Challenge” where I wore a different costume every week day. If you are doing the math that is 23 different costumes! Now the stipulation was that the costumes were pulled from my pre-existing wardrobe/costumes (with the exception of the April O’Neill costume, which was rented) and props were created from supplies around the print shop I worked. So, some costumes are better than others…

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Growing up my mom hand-made our costumes and she taught me how to sew. However most of my costumes are more compositions than built/sewn from scratch (why re-invent the wheel?). My favorite costume that my mother made was Demona from Gargoyles only using my action figure and the TV show as references for the pattern. She surprised me at school and came dressed as Eliza Mazda. I barely recognized her in the black wig. Best. Mom. Ever.

I’ve attended many special film screenings, premieres, festivals, art exhibits, concerts, and fundraisers in costume. Managed to win a fair amount of costume contests, including one at Guzu Gallery’s “Icons of Horror” art show with my Ash costume and was featured in Gore Noir Magazine’s coverage of the show.

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Above are some of the highlights over the past few years. I didn’t really think of myself as a cosplayer, because I don’t use a lot of elaborate wigs or makeup. But I’ve come to embrace that title and am currently working on an official Cosplayn Jane website which will hopefully roll out in a few months. I’ve got an exciting collaboration project in talks right now, but that’ll have to wait before I can make any official announcements.

Until then, if you want to follow my costumed antics more closely, follow me here:

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The Chewbacchus!! ?

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THE Wookiee (AKA Bigfoot in Space) + Roman god of Wine & Revelry = Chewbacchus.

This weekend I am going to New Orleans for the first time! My good buddy Katie and I, who I’ve known since middle school, are road tripping there. We are staying at a friend’s place for an event on Saturday, February 7th called the Chewbacchus and the after party, the Chewbacchanal.

For those that are probably wondering “what the hell is a Chewbacchus?”, well friend, it is a nerdy aspect of Mardi Gras (or as we have started to call it, Mardi Groot) where you parade down the streets dressed as your favorite sci-fi/fantasy/horror/whatever character and throw awesome handmade geek swag to onlookers. Unfortunately, yesterday was the last day to sign up to be in the parade, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to watch!

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Alien Stripper Pole. 2014.

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Bar-2 D2. 2014.

 There are different krewes you can choose to roll with, including the Wyld StallynsChew-Bake-UsSith HappensThe Galactic SenateReady Player OneAlien Stripper PoleBrowncoat BrassThe Rolling ElliotsMen (and Women AND Aliens) in Black, and so forth. There are tons of krewes and subkrewes in this thing, so there is something for every kind of nerd. I’m torn between joining the Browncoat Brass or the Krewe of Calamitous Intent next year. Along with the krewes, there is the parade’s security team, The Red Shirts, which I think you can still join to ensure the revelers safe passage through the city.

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The Barship Enterprise.

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus announced that the theme for this year’s Mardi Gras Parade is Chewbacchus 2015: “The Cult of the Sacred Drunken Wookiee!” Chewbacchus started in 2011, but is growing quickly. It’s been announced that Peter Mayhew (the original Chewbacca) and Andy Richter will be in attendance this year. Peter and his wife probably got a lock on the King and Queen of the festivities. However, one year they chose some redshirts for King and Queen, applauding the underdog! So it could be anyone’s guess who will win the crowns this year.

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The Krewe du Who and the Face of Booze.

I am going as Elizabeth Comstock from Bioshock Infinite and giving out small handmade Bioshock themed notepads with salts, the Lutece twins, Columbia coins, and guns/ammo on them. Pictures of those notepads are posted below. I’ll be rolling with the Krewe du Who, so if you see the giant Face of Booze, I’ll be not too far off. I figure that a lady who makes tears in time and space probably fits in just fine with the Timelord crowd. Allons-y Booker!