the riddler

June’s Cosplay Karaoke

Last night I enjoyed another amazing Cosplay Karaoke Party with my friends of The Treasure Coast Cosplayers. Here are some of my favorite shots from the night!

I was also given one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received. One of my favorite people on this planet, Mike, got me a blue box (external hard drive) with a TARDIS on it and had another great friend of mine, Scott, to load it up with all the existing Classic Who episodes!!! I can not express just how much I love these two and how happy they made both of my hearts!


Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

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Loot Crate – Villains 2

After last month’s Heroes 2 box, why wouldn’t Loot Crate follow up with Villains 2. As a recent subscriber, I was happy to see what this box held since I wasn’t a subscriber for the original Villains box. Here is my monthly (shoddy) unboxing video.

Thanks for watching!

Love, GK

Riddler Cosplay for Karaoke

Last month, the Cosplay Karaoke party I hosted at the bar I work at was such a great success, that those of us over at Treasure Coast Cosplayers decided to do another one last night. I dressed as The Riddler but I wish I had gotten more pics of what everyone was wearing.

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After all the fun and drinking, a bunch of us finished the night at Steak N Shake where the poor service gave us plenty of time to bullshit and draw on our placemats.

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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

The Riddler :: Steampunk/Burlesque

Every year, I eagerly await Halloween. Most of the time, months prior, I know exactly what I’m being and exactly how I’ll put my costume together. This year, that wasn’t the case. I looked forward to the holiday as normal but I had no idea what I wanted to dress up as. (This proved to be incredibly stressful) Now, one Halloween costume is never enough and each year, I dress up in at least two costumes for different events but there is always a “main” costume, the big one. This year, in addition to my A Clockwork Orange and Nerdy 1950’s Playboy Bunny costumes, I put together a pretty kick-ass Steampunk/Burlesque Riddler costume. I brainstormed the costume, accumulated all the necessary pieces and supplies, and constructed my costume in less than 48 hours. If there’s one thing I do well, it’s put together an amazing costume. Here’s how I did it this time:

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On the left: all the items I bought for this costume – a lime green jacket from goodwill for $2, purple mask, mini purple and black topcoat, “steampunk” goggles, metal buttons and chain link from Wal-Mart (about $20 total), purple gloves and bowtie from Party City (about $8). I also bought a black tutu but didn’t end up using it with this costume. The purple tights from Target pictured with the purchased items, I actually had in my sock and tights drawer but they originally cost about $3.

One the right: all the items I already had – black corset, long black sheer skirt, lime green lace bra, lime green and white thigh-high stockings, short black shorts and white garter belt.

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On my previously mentioned trip to Wal-Mart for costume supplies, I also picked up some pray paint, fabric dye, ribbon, glitter and iron-on question marks (that I also didn’t end up using). I had more purple spray paint, fabric glue and stencils. I got to work.

I spray painted the metal buttons, chain link and goggles. I also spray painted purple ?s on the jacket. (Unhappy with the spray job on the goggles, I ended up painting them again by hand with acrylic paints and sealing with a glossy clear coat)

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I sewed the buttons and segments of the chain to the front of the jacket. (I sewed on four of the above pictured sets total). Using the lime green fabric dye, I set out to transform the white garter belt and stockings. This was the second time I ever attempted to use fabric dye and this was the second time it completely didn’t work. On the package it states that best results are not achieved on synthetic fabrics like nylon but you would assume it would work a little. No. As soon as I rinse the garments the color rinses completely out as if it weren’t dyed at all. I went with my usual means of dyeing to get this job done: Sharpies.

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For those of you who have never used the heaven-sent miracle instruments, Sharpies, to dye synthetics, allow me a brief tutorial:

1.) gather Sharpies in necessary colors

2.) pull Sharpies apart and remove ink-thingys

3.) slice ink-thingys open

Now, in the past I have mixed and made various shades buy combining Sharpie “ink-thingys” in squeeze bottles full of rubbing alcohol. I use these solutions to dye wigs usually. (And it works freaking fantastic!) This time, I threw these ink-thingys into a shallow pot of boiling water after removing from heat and then added the lingerie. I let them soak for about 10 minutes which was probably way more time than even necessary (compared to the hour time with that good-for-nothing fabric dye).

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I absolutely loved the way the garter belt came out! The stockings looked great too, an enhanced version of their original state. Thrown all together, a little pinch here and a little altering there, here is the final product (the back of the skirt isn’t well shown but its very bustley back there and when the front in hiked just a tad higher than seen below, the green garter belt really pops):

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So that’s that. My 2014 Halloween costume: Steampunk/Burlesque inspired Riddler. I’ll definitely have to post an update with more detailed pictures of the whole costume and my makeup under that mask. I was extremely proud of my brainchild and how it all came to fruition. I’m pretty badass sometimes. The only disappointment with my costume this year is that NPH totally had to steal my shine. He has cuter accessories anyway; I don’t have a foxy husband or adorable twins…

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Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

My sister snapped this pic of me when she woke up for work early Tuesday morning to find me on the back porch working away after an all-nighter. When she opened the door she said, with true honesty, “You’re insane.” My initial reaction was to spit out some reasons to the contrary but I couldn’t find the words and after some sudden self realization, I had to agree with a “…yeah.”

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