Sing Along with Horrible Feeling, Once More!

In honour of this year’s “Sing Along with Horrible Feeling, Once More!,” which is a screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog and the “Once More With Feeling” episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, (Check it out before they sell out) my family has decided to undertake yet another Great Family Cosplay Challenge. We’re going to dress up as the Evil League of Evil. Although the League is only seen for a brief second at the end of Dr. Horrible, the cosplay potential is extraordinary.

So stay tuned for costume updates as we attempt to recreate infamous characters such as Fury Leika, Fake Thomas Jefferson, Dead Bowie, Snakebite (this will be me), and even Bad Horse.

“The Evil League of Evil
Is watching so beware
The grade that you receive
Will be your last we swear

So make the Bad Horse gleeful
Or he’ll make you his mare…

You’re saddled up
There’s no recourse
It’s Hi-Ho Silver
Signed, Bad Horse”

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C4 2015

C4 2015 was amazing.

This is the first year we went both Saturday and Sunday and I would never do anything else.

My Star Wars family also entered the Novice costume contest category, and we won second place.

Star Wars Family

C4 is my favourite event of the year. Since I’m not super into a lot of video games or comic books and I’m not a walking encyclopedia of geek knowledge I tend to forget that I’m a massive nerd, a title I want to wear proudly.

At C4 I can terrify poor Steven Universe cosplayers by being so enthusiastic about their costumes and I can freak about that one guy who looked EXACTLY like Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I can drool over lightsabre katanas and no one judges me.

Well maybe the Steven Universe cosplayers thought I was batshit crazy. (I got REALLY excited, okay!) I didn’t see any Steven Universe cosplayers Saturday, so the ones I came across Sunday got the full five of two days worth of pent up excitement.

Ruby and Saphire

But at C4 we all get excited about something. My little sister bought My Little Pony artwork that she fell in love with. My youngest brother just started playing the second Mass Effect game, so every time he saw a Shepard he couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. My dad got to meet Pablo Hidalgo, the man partially responsible for Star Wars D6, which is the “style” he DMs for both my siblings and I, with him own party and later this month at JimCon.

You don’t want to hide anything at C4. Because every gasp, every smile, every time you ask someone for a picture or call a friend over to look at something, you make someone’s day.

We made a TF2 Medic’s day. Apparently no one knew who he was, but my family crowded around him oo-ing and ah-ing over his costume, which was amazing, right down to a bloody Archimedes on his shoulder.

TF2 Medic

At C4 (or I assume any other comic con) every time you let your nerdy colours fly, you make someone else’s day brighter (or their wallets fuller).

It’s an amazing ego booster.

Every Time I heard the words “Hey, it’s a female Han Solo.” Even if they didn’t talk to me in person, I felt like I was a part of the big picture.

So relax, don’t hold in that gasp when you see a jaw-dropping Loki helmet or an extremely cute stuffed Princess Bubble Gum or a Big Daddy costume so immense he can’t wear it for more than a couple minutes at a time.

Fangirl. Ask for pictures with your favourite characters, or even just take pictures to show friends. REMEMBER: Cosplay does NOT equal consent: Ask before you touch. I’m talking to YOU creepy Snake guy.

C4 is where you won’t be judged, you’ll be appreciated. Let your inner nerd, no matter how specialized, shine.

Barf and Solo

Costume Data Required?

Have you ever wanted to cosplay Star Wars?
Like, really hardcore cosplay where every detail is cinematically correct?

With the help of the wonderful people at The Rebel Legion, you can.

They have a huge database of characters with detailed costume ‘requirements’ for their members, but it’s accessible to the public.
While the requirements are intense and in some cases overwhelming, it can be an amazing reference for costumers who are worried about accuracy and a great jumping off point for more casual costumers.

Order of the Jedi: How Do You Watch the Star Wars Saga?

Star Wars Saga

My family’s giant Star Wars cosplay has sparked a lot of interest in our friend circle. Many of our friends have decided to join us at Comic Con.
In preparation for the hectic costume-scramble of October, my family is hosting a Star Wars viewing. We’ll sit down and watch the movies back to back. Some of our younger viewers will be watching the series for the first time.
And we are once again faced with the time honoured question:

In what order do you watch the Star Wars movies?
There are two main camps on the subject, the “Release Order” camp versus the “Episode Order” camp.

It’s pretty simple:

Watching them in release order means you watch the original trilogy first, and then watch the prequel trilogy, which is how people who went to each opening night would have seen them.

Watching them in episode order means starting at the first prequel movie and watching them in sequence, chronologically, if you will.

However, when I was originally introduced to Star Wars I watched them in something dubbed the “Ernest Rister Order.” The order is as follows: IV, V, I, II, III, VI. It means the original movie is the introduction to Star Wars but also that there are no spoilers from the prequels before you discover them in the original trilogy.

However, in 2011, a new method rose to popularity, called “The Machete Order.” This viewing sequence was created by Rod Hilton in 2011. Read his in-depth article on the subject here. He based his order on the Ernest Rister Order but cuts out Episode I completely. His argument is that the first episode adds nothing to the plot, almost none of background characters carry through to the next movie, and (in his opinion) isn’t interesting or well written.

At our movie-viewing extravaganza, we’ll probably end up watching in Machete Order since it removes a two hours of viewing time (and most of Jar Jar Binks) but we’ll see.
I’d love to hear from you: How did you watch the saga? How do you wish you’d watched it? How would you show it to someone else?

Comment below or tweet me @hannahgehman

Cosplay: The Saga Begins

There are seven people in my family. We all have varied interests and pass times, but something we do have in common is a love for costumes.

Since I was little I’ve had rocking Halloween costumes. I’ve trouped around my neighbourhood as Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh, Jessie from Toy Story and many other well-loved characters. As my siblings and I grew older, Halloween began to morph into something different.

While the little ones still go trick-or-treating,  our sights have been set higher. We now attend Central Canadian Comic Con, which happens to always fall around the end of October.

Now, instead of just heading out into our suburban neighbourhood where the chances of my family’s obscure, geeky costumes getting recognized are rare, we take on an entire building full of thousands of people, adults and children alike, who are wearing equally obscure and geeky costumes.

Last year was our first year where we decided to incorporate an overarching theme for all seven of our costumes. Our theme was “steampunk.”

Steam Punk Family

We had a blast making costumes and moving through C4 as a large group costume, something not many people do.

But this year we’re going bigger.

This year we’re pulling out all the stops.

This year, we’re doing Star Wars.