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Treasure Coast Comic Con ’15

This past weekend was the very first Treasure Coast Comic Con! In anticipation of this local con, earlier this year, the Treasure Coast Cosplayers formed. Since the groups creation, we’ve grown to include hundreds of cosplayers and con enthusiasts from the Treasure Coast and surrounding areas. We make up excuses to cosplay and hang out and we always have a fun time! TCC showed up and showed out at TCCC ’15 and I’m so proud to be apart of that! Here’s a bit of my TCCC 2015 experience.

Day 1

My best friend Kacie and I attended Saturday as Poison Ivy & Harley Quinn. We got to snap pics with our mini-me’s. (I gotta tell you, this little girl made me feel like a Disney Princess the way she hugged me!)

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We spent most of the day hanging with other TCC members. (I even got to meet a local 10!)

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Treasure Coast Cosplayers enjoying Treasure Coast Comic Con. And this isn’t even the whole group!

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Day 2

Sunday was quieter all around. About half as many attendees over all but we still had a pretty large TCC group in attendance.

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I met Iron Man and hung out with fellow Whovians.

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But the most exciting part of the day was that the promoters for the event asked our group if we would take a picture with all of the celebrity guests in attendance! It was awesome!

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The weekend was a complete success for me! I got to play with the TARDIS both days and I was proud of the two cosplays I worked hard making: Poison Ivy and The Doctor (10th, Brown Suit)


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I can’t wait for TCCC ’16. Thanks to all the awesome people who made this weekend so much fun for me. and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KACIE! I love you!

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

you can follow the Treasure Coast Cosplayers on Facebook and Instagram (@tccosplayers).

D.I.Y. – Cosplay Shoes

Today, I spent the day working on shoes for the Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn costumes I’ve designed for an upcoming comic con in my area. I want to share how I transformed two old pairs of shoes into villainous footwear with a little spray paint. Here’s the paint I used:

I started by taping off the shoes anywhere I didn’t want paint to reach. I used small pieces of tape, mostly, and spent a lot of time and care doing this. Putting in the time during this step really pays off in the end. For the Poison Ivy heels, I taped off the entire bottom of each shoe (I taped off another section later.) The Harley Quinn boots posed a slight challenge when I was deciding exactly how I wanted to spray them. I decided to only spray the tops of the boots with her signature diamond pattern bringing the red into the black lower half. (This way I wouldn’t have to spray over the zipper or buckles.)

I used newspaper to section off the bottom of the boots and protect the inside of the heels.

I used a pool noodle, cut in half, and more newspaper to steady the boots for spraying. I sprayed each pair of shoes with two thin coats of their respective base color allowing about 40 minutes of dry time between coats.

Next, I sprayed each shoe with two thin coats of glitter spray paint. Again, I allowed about 40 minutes between coats. (Before praying with glitter, I taped off the platform and heel on the Poison Ivy pair to achieve a two toned finish.)

Once completely dry, I sprayed each shoe with the glitter spray clear sealer and let dry. Finally, I carefully removed all the tape and admired my work. I also glued some of the ivy leaves from the rest of the Poison Ivy costume to the front of each green heel.

There you have it! Completely transformed a couple of old shoes into brilliant costume pieces. The techniques used here don’t have to be applied strictly to cosplay projects; you can jazz up any old pair of shoes however you’d like!

Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to post pictures of each costume once they’re  completed!

Love, GK

Currently Watching

It’s been quite a while since I’ve talked about what TV I’m addicted to (or pissed off at.) First, I have to briefly mention The Walking Dead this season:

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… that happened.

It was an amazing season but I won’t be diving into my thoughts this time. I’ve got some fresher things on my mind.

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Another show that rocked pretty hard but has since ended is Marvel’s Agent Carter. I love the WWII era and I love a kick-ass chick so, most of the time I was loving Agent Carter. There were times, however, when I was like “WTF?” or “Come. On…” I’m super excited about other Marvel TV projects including Daredevil, on Netflix now, and AKA Jessica Jones, on Netflix later this year. Which brings me to Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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I’m still pretty obsessed with Fitz & Simmons in spite of a lack of any real actions in their plots. This season, all the action is with Skye… Daisy… whatever. I can’t help but get annoyed with Skye sometimes because she’s always trusting a hunky dude too quickly or bitching and moaning about everything thats wrong in his life. GRANTed (hehe), theres a lot wrong but still.

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This season, I’ve really fallen in love with Bobbi and Hunter. Like a lot of folks, I’m hoping these two can work it out in the end. I recently read that there may very well be another Marvel spin-off featuring my favorite scorned couple which I’m pretty jazzed about. I’ve always loved Kyle MacLachlan and absolutely adore him as Daisy’s bat-shit crazy dad. So, right now, Skye is in what I think is a different dimension with other gifted peeps, there’s two SHIELDs, no Fury and I’m just like “Where the hell is Agent Hill to clear this shit up?” Only a few more episodes this season and things are already crazy.

Last season, Agents of SHIELD took a while to really get going; to really grab my attention. There were plenty of episodes I considered pretty slow and ultimately not even necessary to watch. Maybe that’s the issue first season comic shows encounter because Gotham found itself in the same predicament.

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When I first started watching Gotham this season, I really had to force myself to tune in. I would get myself backed up for weeks because I just wasn’t completely interested in the stories. I was annoyed at some of the idiot-proof, blatant “clues” at who characters are. (Yes, it’s Catwoman. But why is she being called “Cat”? Ok, it’s The Riddler, must he have question marks all over his property already?) But I held on, mostly because I wanted to like the show. I’m so happy I did because it’s really picked up steam and I feel like it’s finally starting to come together. Each week, I find myself finding Gordon more and more attractive, Penguin is pretty freaking amazing, having always been a Riddler fan, I’m loving watching Ed find his madness but what the hell is the deal with Fish Mooney? I love a badass bitch, I do. Sometimes, I’m like “Hell yeah, Fish!’ most of the time, though, I’m thinking “why haven’t they killed her off yet?” I mean, she’s now chillen’ in some underground holding cell… I don’t know. I’m pretty much over her. My favorite part of Gotham?

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Alfred! So amazing. He’s so sweet with Bruce and super tough other times. He’s also a total badass! Sean Pertwee and David Mazouz are easily my favorite part of most episodes. Sometimes, it’s a little fluffy but I love their relationship and seeing Bruce really grow into who he will be. I’m completely sick of Barbara and for that matter, Gordon’s Doctor chick is pretty lame too. Selina Kyle is interesting to watch but some scenes are harder than others to believe. I’m especially not buying the girlie-mentor crap going on between her and Barbara the last couple of episodes. Poison Ivy is one of my favorite villains ever so I like when she pops up here and there. I don’t like, however, that her name is Ivy… again, it’s one of those dumb “clues”. There’s only two more episodes left this season and I’ll probably end up doing a season wrap-up.

I really hope to get back into Arrow & The Flash. I gave it a real effort but there was a lot I just couldn’t stand… mostly Laurel. (Shut up, Laurel.) Once this season wraps up, I’ll probably jump back into the CW’s comic shows. I’ve also been meaning to get caught up on Game of Thrones for a while now. (It would be a lot easier if I had someone to watch it religiously with).

Before I end this post, I have to mention:

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Oh, Don. What will I do one you’re gone for good? I’ve spent the last several years loving Mad Men and I’m sad to see it go. This season I’m most excited to see how the stories of the ladies are played out.

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Peggy: a sister doing it for herself. Joan: earned her spot at the top. and Sally: basically looking like a mini-Betty while representing a new generation.

Also worth mentioning: Silicon Valley. It may not fall into an obsessive category but I loved this show last season and am back on board for season 2.  

Thanks for reading!

Love, GK