February 8

Your Ultimate Convention Going Checklist

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Convention season is approaching (actually, I’ve got three cons this month!), and I’ve put together a checklist for con-goers getting ready to go to their next convention. If you’ve never been to pop culture convention, or even if you’ve been to dozens, it’s always good to be prepared. Check out the list of things to take and even research before going so you can have the best con experience ever. There’s even a downloadable version of the checklist, including tips for cosplayers!  Do you have any advice for folks getting ready to go to their next convention? Share them with us in the comments or on FB!

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January 18

Upcycle Old Comics Into Cool Jewelry

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I got some great free comic books over the last year, and now that I’ve read them, I don’t have a burning desire to keep them.  But I hate to just throw them away.  I mean, the artwork is cool. So I turned to Pinterest for ideas on what to do with old comics, and ran across this great tutorial by Shala on Don’t Eat the Paste. You can make your own stylish, one-of-a-kind bracelet using old comics, Mod Podge, and a bracelet blank.  Shana’s got step-by-step instructions along with pictures that make creating this jewelry masterpiece a snap. Isn’t Mod Podge glorious? I’ve seen great examples of using comics on furniture, shoes, and even coasters.

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October 31

Lady Skellington for Halloween

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Just in time for Halloween, Darkspectre Custom Couture of Newberry, FL, posted this image of a gender bent Jack Skellington dress on Imgur.

It is a one of a kind commission piece, and the store do not have any more in stock, as all of their items are hand crafted and made to order. Their garments are not costumes, but rather, they are actual clothing quality pieces and meant for wear. This dress was in the works for four months.

October 18

Now For A Different Kind of Halloween Costume

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I love this costume for its simplicity, it’s relevance and it’s creativity. A year ago, Hangintough (also on Reddit and Twitter, where he’s known as Lord_Nugget) posted his Halloween costume on imgur: a life size CVS Pharmacy receipt.

All he said about it was that he got a three foot long receipt for buying Tic Tacs. The comical costume was printed on about 20 pieces of 11″ x 17″ paper that were taped together on poster board. He then put wire on the back to hold it up and covered the entire costume in packing tape so it wouldn’t rip. The brilliant costume cost about $15.

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July 20

It’s not too early for Halloween Costume Ideas!

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I just got to see the Minion movie this weekend (laugh-out-loud-adorable, by the way) and thought I’d share this epic Minion Halloween Costume tutorial with you all.  Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous posted this one a couple of years ago, but given the recent movie, I imagine Minions will be super popular this year.  Plus, I think it’d be pretty easy to adapt these patterns to adult sizes, if you’re of the adventurous type.

For more Minion-related goodies, check out The Costume Wrangler’s Geek Crafts Pinterest Board! And don’t forget to share your awesome Minion creations with the Geek Crafts family!

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July 13

Cosplay at O Comic Con

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Those may not be the droids you’re looking for, but O Comic Con’s inaugural show was definitely something to see, especially the cosplay. (All photos courtesy of Brent Schumacher from BPI Multimedia).

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasuring of taking The Costume Wrangler’s Closet to O Comic Con, the first pop culture convention in the Omaha, NE region.  The expected turnout was estimated to be around 3,000 people.  They had twice that over the course of three days, and attendees did not disappoint when it came to the cosplay.

SheHulkFrom She-Hulk, to Thor, to Anime characters, Steampunk Wonder Woman, kids in costume, the 501st Legion, a kick-butt dinosaur, and so much more, there were tons of great cosplayers strutting their stuff at O Con.  For more of the extraordinary cosplay that was at O Con be sure to take a look at professional photographer Brent Schumacher’s galleries here!

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