Get Ready For Geek-Inspired Couture In The Her Universe Fashion Show at SDCC

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Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein in a Darth Vader inspired look, photo credit Kelsey Edwards Photography

If you love TARDIS gowns and gender-bending Loki cosplay, you’re going to love to see what Her Universe brings to San Diego Comic-Con. If you like to design those things, you’re going to want to participate. Her Universe will be presenting a “geek couture” fashion show and design competition, and the grand prize is your own fashion collection for Hot Topic.

This isn’t a cosplay competition. It’s a fashion design contest. They can be couture-style or ready-to-wear. (See below for a few sample idea sketches.) And you don’t have to be a professional to enter–call it your own at-home, geeked-up version of Project Runway. (You’ll have to furnish your own Tim Gunn telling you to, “Make it work!”) Two grand prize winners will get that chance to co-design a collection for Hot Topic with Her Universe’s founder Ashley Eckstein.

For those who just want to see the results, The Her Universe Fashion Show will be held July 24th during SDCC at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel (near the San Diego Convention Center where Comic-Con is held). Entry will be first come-first served and admission is free with a San Diego Comic-Con 2014 badge.

“Fangirls are already using the halls of San Diego Comic-Con International as their runway to showcase custom fashions. We wanted to give these designers a bigger stage to share their talent and also provide an educational experience in the fashion industry,” said Eckstein.

Only 30 people will be chosen to show their designs at SDCC, so get to work! The deadline is April 4. Enter at www.heruniverse.com/fashionshowcontest. You can also watch Eckstein rocking a handcrafted leather ensemble designed by Doug Dunnam in this video:

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Bumblee-inspired look, credit Her Universe

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A frock to make even Captain Kirk jealous, credit Her Universe

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Lookin’ like Loki, credit Her Universe

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Try to look a little livelier than Lori’s Ghost, credit Her Universe

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TARDIS dress not actually bigger on the inside, credit Her Universe

 

San Diego Comic-Con: Mixo Kooky Kans

Batman Kooky Can…Nice Abs, Batman

Even if you never see a single panel, you can still keep yourself completely entertained and likely empty your wallet looking through the vendor booths at San Diego Comic-Con. It’s been three full days and I still walk down the rows certain that I’ve seen everything, only to find that there are entire areas of the floor that I’ve completely missed.  It’s like little elves sneak in at night and add new stuff while I’m sleeping. Wandering through a newly discovered area this morning I came across Mixo Kooky Cans and fell in love.

This brand new product is launching itself during the convention and judging by the number of sold out signs scattered across the booth I wasn’t the only one drawn to these adorable renditions of superheros and Smurfs and monsters.  I was too late to get Batman or Superman because they were behind the dreaded sold out tape, but the monster series, which includes kid-friendly, cute versions of vampires is going home with me.

Vampire Kookycraft Graveyard

These retro-style tins are 8.5″ tall and come in sets of four that are sold individually.  Open them up and they get even better.  Each is filled with either tasty Mixo candy or a Kookycraft which is a bit like old style paper dolls only better. I spoke with Reis O’Brien, Art Director at Mixo, who told me that they wanted to turn scary monsters into lovable creatures, striving for that warm-fuzzy vibe that kids and adults both love.  If you look at the vampire graveyard you can see that effort in the smiling faces that stare out from gargoyles and the moon and even the vampire in his hearse.

Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters!

Since this was the company’s debut, not every item was available for purchase just yet.  There are plans for Ghostbusters and Hello Kitty cans as well as more monsters and superheros.  If you couldn’t make it to San Diego you can still get these adorable collectible tins directly from Mixo as well as see their future releases.  Just remember, these are so cute that if you want them for yourself, you’re going to have to fight to keep them away from your kids.

 

San Diego Comic-Con: Sleestaks and Sea Monsters with Sid and Marty Krofft

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

I grew up in the seventies when Saturday mornings belonged to kids. I’d wake up at the crack of dawn and run downstairs to turn on the TV just loud enough to hear, but not loud enough to wake my still sleeping parents. There were some wonderfully cheesy programs on Saturday mornings, but my favorite show, the one I’d never miss, was Land of the Lost.

First, it had a fantastic opening sequence, with an earthquake and then a little raft plummeting to it’s near doom. Second, it had a theme song that to this day, I can sing on cue. And lastly, it had Sleestaks, those creepy human-alien-lizard-things-in-rubber-suits-that-hissed. I hated the Sleestaks and they scared me so much that they gave me nightmares, but I still loved that show. At San Diego Comic-Con on Friday I attended a panel with the show’s creators, Sid and Marty Krofft, and I was star-struck.

These two little old men sat at a table on a stage while fans who still remember shows like Banana Splits, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and H.R. Pufnstuf delighted in their every word. We listened as they talked about their early lives selling cars and working in a circus. We heard about how cheaply their shows were made and how they would be impossible to make today.

They made jokes at each other’s expense and were so genuine that it felt like we were all just sitting having coffee, not in the middle of a convention center with thousands of people outside the doors. And yes, they did address the what-are-you-smoking accusations and assured the audience that no drugs were used in the creation of their wild and crazy shows. Amid the stories, the reminiscing, and the brotherly teasing, there was one thing that was perfectly clear. These guys love what they do.

They love it so much that they’ve never stopped. The fans have never stopped loving these shows either and the Krofft brothers are rewarding them with new projects like the September release of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters on DVD and a new version of The Bugaloos. At the end of the panel they encouraged everyone to take a free posters promoting Sigmund and come by their booth later that afternoon for signatures. We all dutifully filed past the little box of posters to grab our treasure and then snapped pictures as H. R. Pufnstuf himself waddled out onto the stage and it was wonderful.

It wasn’t a room filled with two thousand people who’d been waiting in line for a day just to get a seat. There weren’t hundreds of cameras and screaming fans, but these guys, these two brothers with some crazy ideas and a lot of determination reached the hearts of countless kids years ago, and with the release of their new projects are certain to create a whole new generation of devoted fans.

 

Gearing Up for San Diego Comic-Con

I read something scary on Twitter the other day: words so alarming they actually made me gasp.

Only six weeks until SDCC!

Six weeks until San Diego Comic-Con?! It hardly seems possible! And yet it’s true. Actually, since that tweet was several days ago, there are less than six weeks until the biggest event of my family’s summer: Comic-Con begins on Thursday, July 21.

Time for this con-crazy mother to get her ducks in a row. This will be my fourth time attending SDCC, which is the biggest and most crowded comics convention in the United States. Every year, I’ve shared photos, stories, and panel recaps at my blog. This year, to pile extra fun on top of the Mountain of Fun that is SDCC, I’ll be writing about my con experiences here at GeekMom. I’m super-excited to be here!

As the con countdown commences, I’m keeping a sharp eye on the Comic-Con website for panel and event announcements. This year my husband (a comic book writer and editor) and I are bringing our three oldest kids, so we have a lot of planning to do. Some of my favorite things about comics conventions are the writer and artist discussion panels—I love to hear other creative folks talk about their work. Last year’s panels were amazing, especially the kids’ graphic novels discussion, the epic fantasy panel, and Michael Scott’s interview with Rick Riordan.

It was also pretty exciting when the actor who played Young Benjamin Linus popped up in the audience at the LOST Encyclopedia panel.

Of course the very best part of any comics convention is gawking at the fabulous costumes.

I hear a couple of other GeekMoms will be in attendance, so we’ll have to have a geek meet for sure. If you’re going too, leave a comment and let us know!