Admittedly, I’ve come late to the superhero game. I didn’t really, truly get into The Avengers until the Marvel movie universe made everyone love superheroes (admit it: Captain America is dreamy). Growing up, I had a general awareness of Batman, Superman, and all the other biggies, and I do remember liking Superfriends (I always very specifically liked Jayna of the Wonder Twins). But in general, that whole world just wasn’t my thing. Continue reading Becoming My Own Superhero
What defines the worst cosplayer? Perhaps not remembering much about the character. Not even their real name. That was me!
This is She-Ra, Princess of Power. In case you aren’t familiar with her, you might know her brother He-Man. When I was little, I watched He-Man on a regular basis, and then She-Ra too. I have fond memories of visiting my Grandma with my sister. First we got a snack of two cookies (never enough!) and a cup of milk (eww, but I had to drink it.) Then we would sit in front of the TV and watch those two cartoons.
Skeletor was seriously bad when I was six. The speedos didn’t faze me. I wondered why that scene of He-Man throwing a rock was in every show. I loved, loved, loved She-Ra’s pegasus. And she was so cool.
Flash-forward to now, decades later. My sister decided she wanted to be She-Ra for Halloween last Fall. Our mother made a fantastic costume. Getting ready for ConnectiCon this year, I remembered the costume and decided I could cosplay! I haven’t cosplayed in several years, and with no work involved getting it ready, I figured I was all set.
Forgot about the research part. Research? Yeah. I watched the cartoon thirty years ago, so my memories are really, really vague. It didn’t occur to me that I should review some stuff before going to a geeky convention where people might actually be FANS of my character. Oops.
It started the morning I was getting my costume on at a house crowded with people all going to the Con.
ME: (getting the headpiece on over the wig)
CON-GOER 1: You look adorable!
CON-GOER 2: That’s fitting since her name is Adora.
ME: No. I’m She-Ra.
CON-GOER 2: Right… and her real name is Adora.
ME: It is?
CON-GOER 1: (laughs)
CON-GOER 2: (sighs)
ME: Didn’t He-Man have another name too?
CON-GOER 2: Yes.
CON-GOER 2: Adam.
I filed that information away in case someone called me Adora instead of She-Ra. I was all set! Except I wasn’t. The first person to recognize me unfortunately knew way more about the show.
REAL FAN: She-Ra! Yes! Great costume!
REAL FAN: Watch out for (insert random strange name here.)
ME:…um…yeah! Yeah, I will!
(Walking away with my son)
ME: Was it obvious I had no idea who she was talking about.
MY SON: Yes.
I ran into the fellow con-goer from the morning and pumped her for more info. I couldn’t remember most of what she told me (should have written it down) but I did remember the power sword words: “For the honor of Grayskull… I am She-Ra!” Good for me. By the end of the day, I didn’t run into anyone who quizzed me, but I did get some thumbs up from fans, and one photo taken. Yay!
Next time I cosplay I promise to know a little more about my character before parading around. I really am a fan of She-Ra, just a very old one.
Happy Comic Release Day! Welcome to another installment of GeekMom Comic Book Corner, where we recap our adventures in comics for the week.
Dakster Sullivan — Batman: Li’l Gotham
In continuing my holiday comic book theme, I was very excited to check out this months issue of Batman: Li’l Gotham, focuses on the December Holidays and in true winter fashion, Mr. Freeze is our main villain in this issue. The past couple of issues have been a lot of fun to read and this issue is full of both humor and heart. Both the writer (Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen) and the artist (Dustin Nguyen) do a great job at capturing the characters in this unique digital comic book series.
After the orphanage choir never makes it to the Gotham tree lighting ceremony, Batman and Nightwing head out to investigate why. What they find is a bus of frozen adults and a snow globe of happy children, in the “protection” of Mr. Freeze.
My favorite versions of Mr. Freeze are the ones where he has a heart, but uses it the wrong way. In this story, he does just that, claiming to be the children’s protector from the the cruelness of the Gotham City streets.
The issue has a very touching ending and includes a new version of “Jingle Bells”, sung by none other than the Joker. I highly recommend you check it out this holiday season. It’s a great story to read with the kids or alone on a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Batman: Li’l Gotham is only available digitally and can be found on Comixology or through the DC comic book app.
Curious to know what I’m pulling this week? Check out my pull list on Comixology.
Kelly Knox – Masters of the Universe #8
When I read the news last Wednesday that the latest Masters of the Universe digital issue was a one-shot story telling the origins of She-Ra, I couldn’t wait to get it downloaded. Although I have fond memories of watching She-Ra: Princess of Power as a girl, I couldn’t tell you much about it now, so I was looking forward to the refresher.
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and not because of the candy. I love to dress up in costumes. And even though I have two professional grade costumes in my arsenal of attire, I don’t wear either one of them on All Hallows Eve. Instead, I like to find cheap and creative ways to dress up as whatever floats my boat at the time.
This year, I’m going to be taking advantage of the t-shirt costumes out there and sporting a character from my childhood.
For those of you who love to dress up, but are on a budget, here are some great t-shirt costume ideas for you to consider.
For the Ladies
For the DC Comic fans, Batgirl and Wonder Woman are both great looking options. Just add some black or red leggings and you are all set to go kick some tail. For Batgirl’s look, you can add an inexpensive black mask to complete the costume.
If you prefer the sci-fi hotness of Star Trek over superheroes, check out this Star Trek uniform dress. To complete the look all you need are some black boots and you are all set to go.
You could also wield a sword and command the power of Greyskull as She-Ra
For the Guys
How about going as a Ghostbuster? With some khaki pants and this costume t-shirt, you are all set to chase after some ghosts. If you want to spend some extra money, you can grab this Ghostbusters Proton Pack backpack to complete the look. Think of it as a wearable candy sack.
Then again, who could say no to being “expendable”? This Star Trek shirt pretty much says it all and the best part? No extra accessories required. Just put on the shirt, grab your candy bag and head out the door.
While I don’t understand the whole Zombie thing, I’m sure those of you that do would appreciate this Walking Dead costume t-shirt. Just make sure you dead up your face before you head out for the night.
For the Kids
Not sure about where you live, but here in Florida, mother nature likes to throw little rain storms in when they are least wanted. If your little one wants to be a superhero and you want them to stay dry, check out this awesome little raincoat. They get to have fun of dressing up as a superhero and you get some piece of mind that it’s okay for their costume to get wet.
My son loves anything that has a cape on the back, and that’s why this Superman t-shirt makes the list. No matter what they wear with it, they will look cool. Why? Because it has a cape. Duh!
For the toddlers who just want to hang out on the high seas all day, this pirate costume shirt comes in various colors to fit any pirates favorite color.
For a cute take on Kermit the frog, pick up a plain green t-shirt, some green face paint and a Kermit the Frog beanie hat for a cute variation on the famous Muppet. If your little one is not a big Muppet fan, check out these Angry Birds hats instead. With a plain color t-shirt and some jeans, they are all set to go after those piggies. This is also a neat idea for parents.
Unisex and All Ages Costumes
Harry Potter is fun for everyone which is why everyone can wear this Tri-wizard Tournament jersey. If the ladies want a little more form fitting shirt, check out this one. To complete the look, get yourself a wand and call it a night. The kids might need a smaller size so try this one out.
The best part about t-shirt costumes is that you can wear them year round! That means you are definitely getting your money’s worth out of them.
Do you have an inexpensive costume idea? Share them with us in the comments. We’d love to hear them.