Pre-con interview: Veron

For our final interview before the TBCC starts (who's ready?!), we're featuring Veron, a cosplayer, model, artist, and all-around talented gal (take one look at her 8 and 1 cosplay meme, and you'll see what I mean) with an eclectic portfolio to blow your mind.

Photography by David Love Photography

Pre-con interview: Moderately Okay Cosplay

Continuing our cosplayer spotlights leading up to Tampa Bay Comic Con, today we have a brief interview with John of Moderately Okay Cosplay. Don't trust the name; his cosplays are fun and fantastic...especially if you're a League of Legends fan!

Photography by Chasis Photos
C: What was the first time you encountered cosplay, and what did you think of it at the time (versus how you think about it now)?

Photography by N/A Studio
J: The first time I encountered cosplay was in late 2012.  There was a character from League of Legends that I wanted to dress up as, but Halloween was about 10 months or so away.

So a friend of mine at the time said, "Hey, why don't you make this costume and we'll go to a convention?"

And I'm like, "Oh, like an anime convention?"  And, you know, I had never been to one before so I didn't really know what to expect, but I made my cosplay, and it was so terrible because I had no idea what I was doing.  And we got to the convention, which was a few weeks after and EVERYONE was stopping me for pictures so I was really ecstatic about it, it was definitely a really good first experience.

At the time I thought it was cool that I could dress up as anything I wanted to at any point of the year and not just have it reserved for Halloween, but now I think of cosplay more as paying homage to the characters I love and actually getting to become them.  I guess both are pretty good reasons to cosplay though!

C: How would you explain the convention experience to someone who has never been? What are your favorite parts, the parts you avoid, etc.?

Photography by Ace T. Cosplay & Photography
J: That's a hard question.  But I think the one thing to remember is that there's something there for
everyone.  You want to learn about anime/TV shows/comic books/etc?  There are panels for that.

You want to buy a bunch of cool stuff?  Conventions usually have awesome dealer rooms.

You want to cosplay for your first time?  Awesome, do it.

I think my favorite part about cons is that, for the most part, there's very little judgment.  Everyone is super open and welcoming and meeting new people is a breeze because everyone is there for the same thing, you know?

I guess the part I avoid coincides with that, and that's the people who try to start drama.  It happens in any circle, so it's not like a shock that it happens, but there are a lot of people who have egos over playing dress up, which, when you put it in writing, looks just as silly as the concept of it is.  But, like I said, I try to avoid it and just have a good time.  Life's too short!

C: What are your current "dream" cosplays, and do you have any plans to tackle them soon? Why or why not?

J: My current dream cosplays would have to be Fierce Deity Link from Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, Gambit from Marvel's X-Men, and Red Hood/Jason Todd from DC Comics' Red Hood and the Outlaws.

I am currently in the process of making Fierce Deity Link and Red Hood, and I will be making Gambit sometime in the future.  And, you know, all three are relatively simple cosplays on paper.  They aren't full armor or any massive sewing or prop-making, but I think, at least for me, they're dream cosplays because they're my favorite characters, not because of how complicated they are.

So, they're my dreams because I want to do them justice, like, do the characters justice.  I want to fully embody that character, not just be like "Eh, yeah I guess I tried on this, but I'm not happy with it."

I will actually be wearing Fierce Deity Link for my first time ever on Saturday of Tampa Bay Comic-Con!  So I'm pretty excited for that.

Photography by Papanotzzi
Thanks, John!

Find Moderately Okay on Facebook, and keep an eye open for him at TBCC!

Pre-con interview: Leaping Lizard Cosplay

This weekend, MyGeekery is heading to Florida for our first Tampa Bay Comic Con, where we'll (hopefully!) get to meet tons of new awesome people. For those of you who can't make it, we wanted to spotlight a couple of the con's coolest cosplay guests...starting with the fantastic Liz of Leaping Lizard Cosplay. Courtney touched base with Liz last week to ask a few cosplay/con-related the result beneath the cut!

Photography by NBMA Photography

Ant-Man has arrived...and our excitement is not small scale!

I have been awaiting Ant-Man for a LONG time. I have enjoyed all the hype and unique marketing techniques deployed by Marvel, and now the time has finally arrived to see this small scale superhero on the big screen. Now, this is just my reaction to the movie, but I'll do my best to keep out any spoilers for those who haven't seen it yet.

Celebrate summer with 15% off!

Summer is officially here!

To celebrate, we're running a promotion on all MyGeekery items! Save 15% on every order by using coupon code "Summer" upon checkout from now until September 30th, 2015. Go ahead - buff up your geeky wardrobe while you can!

Interview: The Sisters Mischief

We're giant fans of family cosplay here at MyGeekery...not least of all because some of our family does it!

If you've been tracking with us, especially at our conventions, you may have heard us mention The Sisters Mischief. Well, full disclosure: two of the five sisters help out around here, and have even run our booth. That said, we thought it was time to feature them. Well. Some of them; there are five, after all, and sometimes it's a little hard to tell them apart.

Read our interview with 3/5 of The Sisters Mischief - Ara, WonWon, and Yumi - below the cut!

Design of the Week: Red on My Ledger

Meet an agent who knows what it's like to be unmade. She's got red in her ledger she's determined to wipe out, and if we were her enemies, we'd be very, very scared.

This newest design is printed on a stone grey shirt that won't shrink or fade, guaranteed to be soft and awesome.

Heroes Reborn trailer and news

After hearing whisperings about the new Heroes series for what feels like ages, it's great to finally have some solid news (and more than just that first infuriatingly hopeless trailer). In the last week, we've gotten not only a satisfying new trailer, but some character posters, and finally, a synopsis that promises the show will be as character-driven as the first.

NBC just released the following synopsis:

A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.

Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, Chuck) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.

Noah Bennet, aka HRG (Jack Coleman, reprising his role from the original), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, A to Z) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.

While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, Once Upon a Time) just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, Criminal Minds), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, Shameless), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, Death Yankee 3), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, The Boy Next Door).

Meanwhile, Erica (Rya Kihlstedt, Masters of Sex), the head of the highly successful tech conglomerate Renautas, has an agenda of her own.

For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past, including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), among others. Yet, together, their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind.

What do you think? Can Heroes Reborn possibly stand up to the original series?

Design of the Week: On Your Left

There's probably only person I'd want on my left in a fight...even if it means getting lapped trying to keep up.

Show your support for your favorite Avenger with this soft 100% pre-shrunk cotton shirt designed by our artists at MyGeekery!

We finally have our new Spiderman...and it's not who we guessed.

It's a big day for Avengers and Marvel fans in general. It feels like plans for Spiderman have been in teeter-totter mode for months. Now, finally, we have some solid news to latch onto...and it's (hopefully) good news, at that.

As announced on Marvel's blog this morning:

Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017.
There you have it! We not only have our new Spidey - Tom Holland, a relative unknown (though if Tom Hiddleston's and Chris Hemsworth's Marvel debuts say anything, he won't stay that way for long!) - but a release date, and a director: Jon Watts of upcoming thriller "Cop Cars".

What do you think? Are you relieved/excited Marvel has picked a no-name to launch to stardom, or were you holding out for Asa Butterfield?

We're getting a Boondock Saints prequel...

Although we're being denied the chance to see Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery return as the vigilante MacManus brothers, an official TV prequel is in the oven, and with the movie's original writer-director Troy Duffy on board to pen the story...well, we're crossing our fingers that we won't be disappointed. Deadline had this interesting tidbit:
Duffy has written a first episode and a bible for the project, which traces the origins of the vigilante brothers Connor and Murphy MacManus as Irish immigrants in South Boston. A search is underway for a showrunner to join the drama, which will be taken out, eyeing a straight-to-series order.
What do you think? Will the show do the Saints justice?

Design of the Week: Jurassic Berk

We know one attraction that would be sure to lure guests to the dangerous dino park.

A certain useless reptile by the name of Toothless!

Find this soft 100% cotton tee designed by our artists only in the MyGeekery store!

Batman v. Superman synopsis

While it doesn't say anything we probably couldn't have figured out watching (rewatching, more like) the trailer, Warner Bros has given us our first official synopsis for DC's make-or-break Batman V Superman film:

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Released neck and neck with the news that Marvel won't be hosting a panel at SDCC, fans are naturally wondering if DC is going to step up to bat and give us some juicy tidbits about the movie that's kind of taken a backseat to Suicide Squad in recent weeks. What do you think? Will DC get their momentum back up at SDCC? Can we expect an exclusive clip?

Design of the Week: Fortunately, I am Mighty.

We've got a new motto for you.

More homework than you can possibly get done? "Fortunately, I am mighty." 

Running a 5k you haven't trained enough for? "Fortunately, I am mighty." 

Bad day at work dealing with grumpy people? "Fortunately, I am mighty."

This 100% cotton shirt designed by our artists is guaranteed to make you feel just a little bit mightier.

Interview: The Malice of Alice & Kelly is Nice Photography

Chances are, you've seen at least some of the pictures below. It could have been on Telegraph, Buzzfeed, or Bored Panda, to name just a few; Alice and her mom Kelly's beautiful creations make an unforgettable impression. While Alice brings the modeling and the acting (one look at her portfolio of chameleon expressions and you just know she's going places), Kelly brings her camera and her eye for the the beautiful, the whimsical, the soft and then sometimes dark. They're a powerful team, but you know what my favorite part is? Their art  - Alice's cosplay and Kelly's photography - is how they spend time together. 

If you don't know their family's whole story, check it out here. Then read on below the cut for our interview with Alice and Kelly!

To boldly Changle, China.

Just the other day, a couple of us at MyGeekery were talking about how sad/frustrated we get thinking about millionaires who spend their money on golf clubs and nice cars. Nice cars are all well and good, but...why not make it a DeLorean? Or a Batmobile? And golf clubs? Wouldn't you rather have a life-size Hulkbuster?

The Wall Street Journal
So we rejoice in reporting on this piece of architectural glory built in China's Changle by game-developer NetDragon Websoft. You recognize what this 6 story, $100 million dollar building is, don't you? I'll give you a hint.

It's the USS Enterprise.

"The interior features other Star Trek-inspired elements, including automatic sliding gates between the different working areas. There are also 30-foot metal slides on the third floor that allow quick access to the ground level, and a replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur nicknamed Stan (after the palaeontologist who discovered parts of its skeleton in South Dakota in 1987)." via Telegraph

Not convinced it's the real deal? Here's a shot of it from Google Earth.

Design of the Week: Sunnydale High School

Show your school pride...for Sunnydale High School!

This vibrant gold and maroon shirt is the perfect shout-out to fellow Buffy and Whedon fans. Put it on, wear it out (to school, maybe?) and watch proudly as folks try to figure out your mascot.

All set for school apparel? How about a Sunnydale decal instead?

Interview: SoulFire Photography

What do Dragon Age: Inquisition, Tolkien, and RWBY all have in common? If you answered they're awesome, well, yes, you're technically correct. But they're also a few of the fandoms with a few of the characters Sonja of SoulFire photography has brought to life through her colorful albeit sometimes gut-wrenching work (yup, the proof's in the pudding) with cosplayers of all genres. Below the cut you'll read about her approach to working with cosplayers, her dream shoot, and her journey as a photographer. So check it out!

Design of the Week: The Door of Time duo

Even the Doctor knows that it's dangerous to go alone!

We now have a colorful 11" x 17" ready-to-frame poster to accompany our Doctor Who/Zelda parody shirt, which features the Song of Time summoning the TARDIS from the heart of London.

Clothe your inner geek!

Interview: The Pixel Peddler

 One of my favorite parts of going to conventions is walking through the artist and vendor halls and seeing some of the creative ways people appreciate their geekery with their art.

For Allen, also known as The Pixel Peddler, that means taking painstaking care to arrange beads into pixelated portraits of some of fandom's most beloved characters. If you can't tell from his giant Link portrait above, his fun and colorful creations look like they jumped straight out of an old game console (just check out the shading on those boots - amazing).

Find the full interview below the cut!

Trailer Round-up

With summer almost upon us, it's time for another round-up of new movie/TV trailers and clips!

See the rest below the cut.

Design of the Week: Fantasy Worlds Sign & wall-arts

If you could go to any fantasy world...where would you go?

A fan favorite, our Fantasy Worlds Sign wall-art comes in two sizes and points the way to just a few of our favorite fandom locations. Is it missing something? Want to trade Hogwarts for Hyrule?

No problem. We'll customize it for you! Just send us an e-mail and one of our artists will be in touch.

And don't forget to check out our full range of geeky wall-arts!

Interview: Aicosu

For me, getting into cosplay for the first time felt like opening a Russian nesting doll; every time I thought I'd found the end of the cosplay community and was about to step into a void on my own, I found someone out there had taken the time to make a tutorial, or already asked the questions I had, or compared eBay wigs so I wouldn't have to. Like any time you get more than one human liking the same thing each in their own way, the community has had its kerfuffles. But on the whole, I've found it to be full of fun people who are happy in their geeky skins and helpful to boot.

Sheila and Sylar of the couple cosplay team Aicosu are two such cosplayers. Their Tumblr has been an awesome resource for new and veteran cosplayers alike (Sheila is a master tutorial curator), and with over 90 cosplays in their portfolio, they've done the trial and error thing**, understand the wonder that is hot glue, and always have an encouraging word for cosplayers who might be stuck. Check out my interview with them below.

**Seriously though, it's hard to imagine the error part, because I'm pretty sure they're perfect. 

The wait lengthens for Sherlock series 4

Sometimes it feels like if Steven Moffat isn't breaking our hearts one way, he's bound to break it with another.

Although Sherlock fans may have gotten used to the painfully long wait between new episodes (gotten used to...not enjoyed), the latest news from Moffat - that Sherlock's 4th season won't even begin filming until spring of 2016 - is hitting hard.

Whether or not the delay is due to the growing demand for Benedict and Martin remains to be seen, but an Entertainment Weekly writer was able to confirm that Martin joining the lineup for the next Captain America movie wouldn't interfere with series 4. Maybe Moffat just has something else up to his sleeve.

At least we have the Victorian Christmas special to look forward to. Fingers crossed that it's about five hours long...that would hold us over.

If I had Ant-Man's powers...

...I would live in this.

The team at Titans Creations took two months and 10,000 bricks to create this work of art for Legoland Malaysia's May the 4th event, and all the hype it's getting is well-deserved. The amount of detail in this thing is incredible - it was even given the thumbs-up by a real live Master Builder.

All we can say is...SPACESHIP!

Design of the Week: Agent Carter

The name's Carter...Peggy Carter.

We're celebrating the renewing of Agent Carter for a much-deserved second season with our newest design...a re-imagining of the famous James Bond opening, featuring one of our favorite ladies of Marvel!

Interview: Doctor Dan the Pancake Man

Breakfast is my favorite meal. Scrambled eggs, bacon, cinnamon buns, a tall glass of orange juice...for me, you just can't beat it. And today we're talking about the middleweight champion of the Breakfast Food world: pancakes.

If pancakes are the middleweight champion, Doctor Dan the Pancake Man is...okay, it's an imperfect metaphor. Basically, if you didn't know pancake art is a thing, you're about to be pleasantly surprised by the following interview with one of the world's only pancake artists - and certainly the only one I've seen pour a pancake of Nick Fury's face that looked both uncannily real and unbelievably delicious.

Daniel Drake has been professionally making pancake art since his visit to the Today Show in 2013. How does one get into the pancake dancake biz? Read on to find out...and look to the end for a special deal on Wizard World St. Louis tickets!

New Ant-Man poster ahoy

Now that Age of Ultron is blowing up box offices around the world, Marvel has moved onto pushing their next summer flick: Ant-Man.

The team at MyGeekery has mixed feelings about our little friend (and by that I mean some of us are pumped while the others are already looking ahead to Civil Wars), but seeing this new poster, we can agree on at least one thing: that suit is sweet, and we're looking forward to seeing some wicked cosplays of it in the future.

Also, has anyone else noticed how Evangeline Lilly and Bryce Dallas Howard's respective characters in Ant-Man and Jurassic World kind of look like cousins? It's probably the hair.

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More "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" characters revealed

Vanity Fair is making us exceptionally happy.

Yesterday, May the Fourth, VF revealed some exclusive new Star Wars photos taken by the incredible Annie Leibovitz that answer a few of our more pressing questions...mainly, the ones about the mysterious Kylo Ren and Lupita Nyong'o's previously unseen character. So today, for Revenge of the Fifth, we're serving them up with a healthy helping of excitement. Are you ready?

Gwendoline Christie as First Order officer Captain Phasma. Send help. I repeat, send help.

J. J. directing Daisy Ridley as Rey. Four for you J.J., you go J.J.

From VF: "Galactic travelers, smugglers, and other assorted riffraff fill the main hall of pirate Maz Kanata’s castle." Looks like a wretched hive of scum and villainy to me.

That X-Wing though.

Kylo Ren revealed! Ready, set, cosplay.

Lupita Nyong’o will be appearing as CGI character Maz Kanata. Lupita can do no wrong, but knowing Star Wars's history with CGI characters....our fingers are crossed for the best!

226 days left, folks.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron spoiler-free review

NOTE: We decided to make this review as close to spoiler-free as possible for anyone who hasn't had a chance to see AOU yet, but there will be mentions of plot points that may have escaped you if you haven't kept up with all the TV spots and trailers. Proceed with caution!

Well. I'm not quite sure where to start. I would have liked to have seen the movie again before tackling a review of it, because it's just that big. That part wasn't surprising; I knew the run time, and how many characters Joss Whedon was juggling, and all the connections that needed to be made for Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Having read a lot of reviews that said Whedon had "Spiderman threed" AOU (yup, that really is a term now) with too many plot points and bad guys, I went into the theater hopeful but wary. I wanted to keep my expectations reasonable.

I'm happy to announce that Age of Ultron not only met, but exceeded my expectations. It had its flaws, certainly - and everyone I've talked to has their own idea of exactly what those flaws were. The ones that seem to be universally agreed upon are ones that, on the whole, are balanced by what Whedon did right.

Design of the Week: Posters!

Did you know MyGeekery specializes in more than just t-shirts? Decals, Wall Arts, posters...we're growing more every day. Check out these recent additions to our poster collection - all designed by our small team of artists!

Big Damn Scuffy Lookin' Heroes

The Green vs. The Machine

The Heroes of Time
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Interview: Skahfee Studios

For a while now, I've been looking for something to hang above the Tolkien-centric bookcase in my living room, next to my museum-edition Sting (okay, okay, I'll stop preening now). Imagine the excited symphonies that sounded in my head when I happened across Scott Smith of Skahfee Studios' booth at Indiana Comic Con in March and found this perfect illustration of Smaug above The Lonely Mountain, made completely out of quotes from The Hobbit. Pretty sure my money grew wings of its own and flew out of my wallet at mach speeds.

I'm not sure if I even waited to hang it up before I sent Scott a message, asking for an interview. Scott is a pop artist who molds his typography to create stunning visuals from fandoms near and dear to the geeky heart. Currently, he travels to conventions around the country, sharing his art full-time with the world. Read on below the cut to learn how he tackles each piece and why he made the scary jump from "cubicle slave" to full-time artist.

Rest in Peace, Andrew Lesnie

As a Lord of the Rings superfan, I was deeply saddened to hear Andrew Lesnie, Academy Award-winning cinematographer for both the original trilogy and The Hobbit films, passed away on Monday evening. If you've spent as many hours as I have binge-watching The Lord of the Rings extended editions for their behind the scenes content, Mr. Lesnie's was a familiar face.

To say he deserved his award would be an understatement; he brought so much to these films, and to the rich, believable portrayal of a beloved fantasy world. He paid equal attention to both the homey details in a hobbit hole and the beauty of a sweeping vista, and he will be missed, not just be the folks who knew and loved him personally, but by the countless others he made believe that Middle Earth was real.

We'll leave on this note, shared by Peter Jackson early this morning on his Facebook:
Being an only child, I grew up wondering what it would be like to have a brother. It wasn’t until today, in trying to deal with the terrible news of Andrew's passing, that I came to realise how much he had become that person for me - someone I could  intrinsically love and trust - which I know now means someone who is up for all the good and the bad. Andrew was an irreplaceable part of my family and I am in total disbelief that I’ll never again hear his infectious laugh, nor benefit from his quiet wisdom, or enjoy his generous praise.  Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he believed in - he was his own artist, separate from me, but always working generously to make what we were trying to create together better. On set we developed an ability to work together using  a minimum of words - a rare meeting of minds. I will always remember turning up, countless times, at five in the morning -  all those quiet moments I had with him when I could step on to set and know he was there - unfazed, ready, listening, interested, more importantly - ready to catch me if I faltered. He always had my back. The more anxious I became, the more calm he would be. A solid rock in the unpredictable world we both chose to work in. After 17 years and 8 movies together, the loss of Andrew is very hard to bear.
My heart goes out to Jack and Sam, of whom he was enormously proud and to Marce, who gave him so much happiness.
Dearest Andrew, you never sought nor wanted praise - you never needed to hear how good you were, you only ever cared about doing great work and respecting the work of others. But on behalf of all those who were lucky enough to collaborate with you, love you and in turn, respect your mastery of story, of light and of cinema magic - you are one of the great cinematographers of our time.
Rest in Peace, my friend.

Trailer roundup

You can tell movie season is upon us, can't you? We can barely keep up with all the clips - let alone trailers. Below the cut you'll find the last week-and-a-half's worth, for those who might have missed one!

Design of the Week: The Green vs. The Machine

Place your bets! What will happen when the heavyweight champion of the world meets his match? Wear this soft 100% cotton shirt to the match of a lifetime: the Hulk vs. the Hulkbuster! (Presented by The Shawarma King on Friday, May 1st)

This t-shirt was originally designed by our artists at My Geekery.

Six Things Saturday: Marvel edition

Every Saturday, we help supplement your weekend with a quick roundup of geeky things that have recently caught our eye. WARNING: They might not always have a rhyme or reason (Death Star soap? Do we need a reason?). 

The internet is a big, crazy place. Here are just a few of its gems.

Avengers pillows
Starlord pancake
Infinity Gauntlet mug
Uptown Funk superheroes
Thor cosplay
Baymax lamp
1. Geometric Avengers pillows
2. Starlord pancake art
3. Infinity Gauntlet molded mug
4. Uptown funk superhero cover 
5. Spot-on Thor cosplay
6. Baymax LED lamp