I had the pleasure of setting up shop at TopCon this past weekend, a small convention in Topeka, Kansas. It being their hometown, of course the IBOTKS were there (Iron Brothers of Topeka, KS). They’re a family cosplay group that’s built some amazing Ironman themed cosplays, along with many other costumes too. I just happened to catch this video of Ironman and War Machine getting their groove on with a T-Rex (and it’s hard to see, but there’s this little kid in the middle of it all dancing his little heart out too). Needless to say, it was a fun weekend. If you want to see more pictures from TopCon, head on over to their photo gallery!
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Spidey Matt Cosplay attended DragonCon, and he used it to showcase a new costume he came up with: the Amazing Uncanny Spider-Clops!
Does he shoot spiders from his optic blasts? Ewwwwwwwwww, shudder! Was Peter Parker bitten by a radioactive Scott Summers? Spidey Matt’s thought was it was a spider bitten by a radioactive mutant. It wasn’t until Ben Gray (Uncle Ben / Jean Gray) died, that he became a hero.
If you check out his Facebook page, Spidey Matt has some really great tips on how to put together a good Spider-Man suit. It’s definitely worth a read.
Mikaela Holmes, a costume and experimental fashion designer and artist, and currently an in-house content creator for the Instructables Design Studio, recently posted her directions for an upcycled Ant Man helmet over at Instructables.
This Ant Man helmet is literally made out of stuff that was lying around her studio, strategically painted, glued and duct taped together. It’s not a very hard project, and you don’t need any fancy tools to make it. And the best part about this helmet is that you’re not required to have specific items to make it. In fact, Mikaela gives alternatives for a variety of different parts. And let me know if anyone can get their hands on some Pym Particles…I’m just asking…for a friend.
I like this craft for it’s ease, it’s versatility and it’s “green-ness,” because it’s an upcycling project. Blondje601 wanted a nicer place to keep his comics, instead of just regular boxes, so he picked up an old metal filing cabinet from Goodwill for a few bucks.
He spray painted it black, and, using an overhead projector, he drew on two different Batman logos. When those were painted, he also painted the handles yellow. Boom, instant new custom storage.
The great thing about a project like this, is that you could do it it, for maybe even cheaper. By checking your local Craigslist “Free” section or Freecycle, you could score yourself the same kind of filing cabinet. Don’t like Batman (well, you might want to keep that to yourself so I don’t judge you), how about a red and blue cabinet for Spider-Man or Wonder Woman? Orange, black and white for the Rebels of Star Wars? You could even do lavender and pale yellow for a Fluttershy-themed cabinet.
If you don’t have access to a school’s old fashioned over-head projector, like Blondje601 did, then check with your friends. You could always use a USB micro projector plugged into your computer.
And remember, an awesome cabinet like this doesn’t have to be just for comics. Even important files and bills need a cool place to live. Really, the possibilities are limitless.
When preparing your tacos and chimichangas, you’ve got to have the right tools on hand. Inspired by a French comic, Instructables user BrittLiv set out on a journey to build a knife block of their very own. After a lot of trial and error, research, and more trial and error, BrittLive finally arrived at the delightful creation pictured above. It was 3D printed in sections, assembled, coated in a special resin, and then painted. BrittLiv has included all the files they created, along with a detailed narrative of their process, all on Instructables. If you’ve got a 3D printer, a love for the merc-with-a-mouth, and a lot of perseverence, you too can create your very own Deadpool Knife Block.
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A few weeks ago I got to meet one of the artists behind the incredible Lego work I kept seeing at area conventions. His name is Allen T. Hickman. For Planet Comicon, he created this amazing Captain America: Civil War mural. That Captain America Shield? He created that too. And people, he doesn’t use a computer program to do it. Want to see more of his awesome stuff (not just murals, but fully realized Lego models too!), then check out Allen’s Facebook Page and take a look at some of his incredible creations. Be sure to hop on over to The Just Brick League Facebook Page too and check out more of his Lego masterpieces. You can also find video of the Lego awesomeness that Allen and Ty Forshee brought to Planet Comicon 2015 on YouTube, posted by Gabe Counts.
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