8/4/14

Convention Recap: HeroesCon 2014

In late June, we flew down to Charlotte, NC for our very first trip to HeroesCon. My friends have been raving about how great this convention is, but since HeroesCon is approximately one month before San Diego Comic Con (our usual big annual convention trip), we've never been able to maneuver both conventions in the same year. This year, we finally opted to make the trip to HeroesCon in lieu of San Diego Comic Con, and it did not disappoint.

pre-HeroesCon digs: outfit details HERE
~baby's first bojangles~
AK & I arrived to Charlotte on Thursday afternoon (June 19th) and picked up our badges and some Bojangles after we dropped off our bags at the hotel. When Jordan arrived, we all went out to dinner and mingled at the Westin bar with a bunch of our friends. Although the Westin was already crowded with convention guests and attendees, it was nice to pregame the show with some drinks with friends and getting a chance to meet some of my long-time internet friends. Also, I got to debut my new booty shorts (a convention exclusive betty felon variant!).

brimperz
Since the North Carolinian temperatures averaged around the mid-90's the entire weekend, I opted for more casual, lightweight costumes for this convention. On Friday, I wore my Kate Bishop dress (by Suckers Apparel), with Jordan as my Hawkguy; on Saturday, I was Batmangirl, with Jordan as my casual Robin; and on Sunday, Jordan and I were Jon and Suzie from Sex Criminals. I originally had some different costume plans, but I opted to save one of my costumes for a cooler convention in the Fall (New York Comic Con, perhaps?) instead of getting sweaty and grumpy in a big heavy cape.

Let's Be Villainettes Again
The convention itself was a great time - although the layout of the convention included one of the largest Artist Alleys I've ever had to navigate, the set up of the convention made it easy to peruse through aisles upon aisles of talented creators. The cosplay attendance was also off the hook; the HeroesCon cosplay class photo was large and insane and I had a blast photographing and meeting some really amazing cosplayers throughout the weekend (psst, all of my cosplay photos can be seen HERE). I also got to meet some creators whom I've admired for years, as well as a chance to reunite with some of my long-distance friends whom I rarely get to see nowadays. We spent most of the weekend wandering around the con with Chris (and taking many #chrishaleyface photos, seen below), and I got to spend a good chunk of Sunday shopping and exchanging presents with Jessica and Zach (I'll post photos of my presents in a separate post) ♡


I think what I really loved about HeroesCon is that it was such a chill convention that felt like a comics summer camp with some of my favorite people in the community. It was one of the most positive convention experiences I've had in a while and I really look forward to making the trip down to Charlotte for the show next year (and for more Bojangles).


Side note: the TSA for JetBlue were super-nice and called me Batgirl.

Anyway, here are a ton of photos of my rly qt friends and all of the amazing artwork I acquired at HeroesCon 2014~~~

7/11/14

details [june 2014]










  1. arm candy: flicker watch (dollar tree) & vintage name bracelet (etsy)
  2. Since people keep bugging me for makeup tips, here’s a tutorial on how I create my day-to-day look.
  3. Valentino visited me when I was sick at home.
  4. new favorite boots (thrifted from goodwill)
  5. macarons @ h-mart
  6. no one does that to lex luthor and lives!
  7. fabric-shopping
  8. hawkguy fabric
  9. bff chick tract blood pact
  10. bat-studs
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7/9/14

Convention Recap: Special Edition NYC

this con is our con
L to R: Nick, Angelina, Lauren, some bat-idiot, Alex, Darshana, & Pat

First of all, I apologize for the radio silence - I got caught up in the whirlwind of summer adventures, errands, and conventions that I haven't really had a chance to actually sit down and write (and edit billions of photos). I originally intended for this recap to go up before I left for HeroesCon, but before I knew it, we were at HeroesCon, and here we are now (almost an entire month after HeroesCon). Life! ANYWAY...

Earlier last month, I made a quick excursion to New York for the first annual Special Edition: NYC on June 14-15 in Javitz Center North. Created by ReedPOP (who organize New York Comic Con), Special Edition was a more intimate show (compared to its larger multimedia predecessor) that served to showcase comic creators. Although Special Edition was less than a week prior to HeroesCon, I rounded up my friends to check out the show.



BATMANGIRL
Since I was still in the process of prepping for HeroesCon, I spent the week prior to Special Edition scrambling to get as much cosplay work and errands completed before I left for New York. After greatly altering some of my HeroesCon cosplay plans last-minute, I managed to whip up a Batman '66-inspired ensemble and finish packing, all while watching Frances Ha, Wayne's World, Heathers, and Fifth Element. I didn't originally have cosplay plans for Special Edition, so I decided to break in my Batmangirl outfit on the first day of the con and I had an absolute blast running around in a cape again. I'll post a more detailed post about my Batmangirl later.

~spooky magical girls with Katie & Chan~

Star Trek print, by Annie Wu

Mike & Laura Allred signed my Wonder Woman x MAC Cosmetics tote bag

I crashed at Lauren's place for the weekend and on Saturday, we all got dolled up and met up with our friends at the Javitz Center. Since the crowds at NYCC can easily match the claustrophobic density of San Diego Comic Con, it was so relaxing and chill to actually walk around the Javitz during Special Edition without having to deal with any crowds. Because of this, I felt like I was actually able to better navigate the show floor and actually enjoy the convention with my friends and comfortably photograph cosplayers (btw here are my photos from the show), which are luxuries that I really don't get at many cons nowadays. I got to visit some of my friends who were tabling and I got to meet Mike and Laura Allred, who were as sweet as they are talented.

BRUNCH

brunch baes

On Sunday, we treated ourselves to bottomless brunch at Gallow Green (on top of the McKittrick Hotel, where Sleep No More takes place). I want to go back to that brunch every day of my life. After brunch, we got to wander around the convention for the last few hours of the show, and before I knew it, I was already on the bus back to Boston. Also, Taco Bell and alcohol and qt photoshoots happened at some point. Anyway, I'm jonesing to return back to NYC sometime soon~~~

Okay, now I have to write a post about HeroesCon BYE.

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6/3/14

and your friends they sing along and they love you


Our friend Joe (aka j-hat, aka Disneyland Corndog, aka Les Villainettes Fan Club President) came to visit us during Memorial Day weekend for Boston Calling and sleepovers and corn dogs. We've been friends with Joe ever since we met him at San Diego Comic Con 2010, and he's been one of the main reasons why we've returned to the con annually. Since we were unable to make the trip out to SDCC this year, Joe journeyed all the way from LA to reunite with us~ To celebrate the occasion, we awarded him with the Certificate of Achievement of Friendship and eight medals for completing eight mighty quests throughout the weekend.

 

Joe, our teenage fan club president.

On Saturday, we spent most of the day in City Hall Plaza for Boston Calling. I haven't been to a music festival since Warped Tour in high school, so it was a nice change of pace to our usual fare of shows at the Brighton Music Hall or the Paradise. We wandered around the Plaza and got drinks and met up with Giovanni and Doug at some point in between bands. The headliners for the Saturday line-up were The Decemberists and Death Cab For Cutie, but I was the most excited for Jenny Lewis' set since I've been a Rilo Kiley fan for over a decade now. For whatever dumb reasons, I've never had a chance to see Rilo Kiley when they were still together, and I've only previously seen Jenny and Johnny perform a free mini-gig at Newbury Comics a few years ago. Anyway, Jenny performed "A Man/Me/Then Jim" and "A Better Son/Daughter" and made everyone cry and it was beautiful and so was she.

And then it rained a lot as The Decemberists started, so AK & I hid out in Panera until the rain stopped (at approximately the same time that Death Cab's set started, coincidentally enough).

Boston Calling: Jenny Lewis; Boston Calling babycats; AK & Joe; Doug & Giovanni

On Sunday, we trekked out to Fenway to check out the Trifecta: Year One art show and pick up a copy of Brian Butler's SXSW Showdrawn zine. I met Brian back in college during my Kaiju Big Battel days, and he's since moved on to a variety of art projects, including a backup in the Regular Show comic and documenting concerts through his Showdrawn series, with his series of SXSW concert drawings collected in his latest zine. Another artist that caught my eye at the gallery was Matthew Zaremba's series of black and white artwork, featuring his wry commentary on life and stuff.

Brian Butler's SXSW Showdrawn; Trifecta selfie; artwork by Matthew Zaremba

And then we snuck into a church.


All in all, we had a fun weekend with Peter Pan - CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING ALL OF THOSE AWARDS AND MEDALS~!

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6/1/14

details [may 2014]



  1. so this arrived at my doorstep on friday. stay tuned for an unboxing post
  2. macarons, bears, and kewpie dolls~ (bodyline)
  3. new comix (from hub comics)
  4. beauty school dropout (sally beauty supply)
  5. we found our family crest at five horses tavern
  6. who let the dogs out? (spotted at comicopia)
  7. betty-never-beth (sex criminals)
  8. spoiler alert: zac efron says "i'm batman" in this movie
  9. inspirational words from adam j. kurtz
  10. sweet bb momo, baby of the universe
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