Ashley Eckstein and Catherine Taber interview the top 3 finalists (including me!) at the Her Universe fashion panel! Check out the interview on MTV Geek by clicking on the logo below…
For me, San Diego Comic-Con is a sensory overload. A sensory overload of awesomeness that is! It’s only now (a week later) that I’m starting to process everything I saw and experienced. Whew! Here are some of my highlights from the con!
Cosplaying as the Millennium Falcon
When I decided to make my Millennium Falcon skirt, I had no idea what a challenge it’d be. It was one of the most difficult craft projects I’ve ever worked on. During the construction process I began to worry…would people think I’m crazy for wearing a foam starship around my waist?! I put those thoughts aside and kept plugging away, hoping that it would all come together. Amazingly, it did! When I hit the convention floor, I couldn’t believe the response. It was overwhelming! Since the convention, my skirt has been featured on some sites like Bit Rebels, io9, Technabob, & On Wednesdays We Wear Pink! I’m so thankful that everyone got a kick out of my “hunk of junk”. <happy R2-D2 sound> To read more on how I constructed my Millennium Falcon skirt, check out my post on The Star Wars Blog!
501st Legion Photoshoot
The 501st Legion is a group of talented people who create screen-accurate costumes. In the words of it’s founder Albin Johnson, the 501st is, “a worldwide costuming club that dresses in costumes of the Galactic Empire and associated ‘bad guy’ characters.” They also organize and attend charity events in costume which makes them even more awesome! Every year at Comic-Con the 501st members come together to do a group photoshoot. This year I was invited to check out the shoot by my dear friend Elton Hom (who is also a member of the 501st). He knew I’d be cosplaying as Miss Death Star that day so he thought it’d be fun if I stop by. Seeing so many of my favorite Star Wars characters (Stormtroopers, Tusken Raiders, Darth Vaders, etc.) all in one place was a little mind-blowing.
The details and craftsmanship on their costumes were like nothing I’ve ever seen before. They looked straight out of the Star Wars films! Not to mention all the 501st members I met were so incredibly nice and a lot of fun to hang out with!
I even had the honor of meeting the Supervising Director of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Dave Filoni!
Photo via Elton Hom
I didn’t think the day could get any better until the members let me photobomb their group shot! UH-MAZING. I swear I had to pinch myself and ask, “is dis real life?” Thank you guys for letting me crash the party!
Fun fact: I didn’t want to be late to the photo shoot so I had to be driven to the convention center in costume. Only problem is, I can’t sit down in the Death Star skirt! Instead I had to crouch down on all fours in the backseat of my car. I can only imagine what onlookers must have thought as we drove by!
Her Universe “Geek Girl Trendsetters” Panel
I’m obsessed with the Her Universe clothing line. They make some of the best geeky (Star Wars, BSG, Doctor Who) clothing & accessories for women. Thanks to Her Universe, I don’t have to shop in the little boys section or alter an oversize tee to have a cool, geeky t-shirt. So when I heard Her Universe and Ashley Eckstein (the creator of Her Universe) were hosting a panel at SDCC, I knew I had to go! The panel was called “Are You A Geek Girl Trendsetter?” and included a fashion show/contest where fangirls could show off their geek chic outfits. I wasn’t sure if I would enter the contest but after some encouragement from friends, I put on my Millennium Falcon skirt and headed to the panel. I was immediately relieved when I saw the lovely Amy Ratcliffe and my favorite cosplayer Victoria Schmidt, who had both entered the fashion show as well.
Amy Ratcliffe (@amy_geek) wearing an R2-D2 inspired skirt
Victoria Schmidt (@scruffyrebel) in her Dr. Who inspired ensemble
I also saw my friend and hero, Bonnie Burton! Bonnie is the author of The Star Wars Craft Book and she’s the host of Geek DIY, a new craft show on Stan Lee’s YouTube channel. (You gotta check it out! It’s so much fun to watch.) While waiting with the other 24 contestants, I admired everyone’s outfits—there were decoupaged accessories, a parasoled Captain America, a dress made from Star Wars bedsheets and even R2-D2 inspired shoes. Here are some of the fabulous creations I saw:
Super Mario Bros. Piranha Plant cocktail dress by Lindz
Amy’s hand-painted R2-D2 Tom’s
I always love Amanda Jean’s geek chic style!
Amanda’s lil’ Chewie hair clip!
Star Wars dress & purse made from vintage bedsheets!
The judges for the Her Universe panel were: jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino, senior buyer for Hot Topic Ed Labay, social media manager for Hot Topic Courtney Lear, actress Jaime King, actress Clare Grant, and author/geek extraordinaire Bonnie Burton.
We all modeled our geeky ensembles and shared our inspirations for our outfits. As each girl showed off her creation, I was in awe of the talent and craftsmanship that went into each design. So imagine my surprise when I took 1st place! I was totally shocked and completely honored that the panelists liked my Millennium Falcon skirt. Squee!
The Top 6 Finalists
Not only did I win a bag full of Tarina Tarantino jewelry and giftcards to Michael’s & Hot Topic, I even got to be interviewed for MTV Geek!
Me with Ashley Eckstein & Cat Taber!
The whole experience was surreal. Getting the chance to meet Ashley Eckstein, Catherine Taber (voice of Padme Amidala on The Clone Wars) and so many talented, crafty gals at the panel was definitely a highlight for me.
This year’s Comic-Con was more exciting and memorable than I could have ever imagined. My only regret is that I didn’t get to check out more panels! However I met some great new friends and reconnected with some of my old friends too.
One of my best friends, Stephanie Thorpe!
I’m so grateful to be a part of a community that is fun, supportive, and inspiring to be around. If you want to see some of the photos I took at this year’s con, check out my cosplay roundup on The Star Wars Blog or my album on Flickr! Thank you SDCC! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!
“Y: The Last Man Rising” is a short fan film based on the graphic novel “Y: The Last Man,” and it’s finally been released on IGN! The film is action-packed and even if you haven’t read the comics, you’ll definitely be entertained. I’m so proud to be a part of this project. I play a diner waitress about 1o min in. Congratulations to my friends Kent King & Christian Cardona who worked so hard to create this special film! Enjoy!
I recently saw a post on the Honestly WTF blog on how to make a decoupage floral bag. As with everything in my life, my first thought was, “how can I make this Star Wars-related?” To make my Star Wars decoupage bag, I decided to use some “Return of the Jedi” bedsheets I found at an antique store. I normally use paper to make my decoupage creations. However, fabric is a much better choice when decoupaging a malleable surface like pleather or leather.
There were so many cool images to choose from but I wanted to keep the decoupage simple. I chose to cut out Jabba the Hutt and a Gamorrean Guard. What can I say, I have a thing for that Hutt!
The toughest part of this craft was trying to find a suitable bag. I ended up finding this cool, purple purse for only $25 in the Los Angeles garment district! I picked a light gray paint for my contrast color and painted on a few coats.
Once the paint was dry, I used Tacky Glue to glue Jabba & the Gamorrean onto the purse. After that, I brushed on a coat of Mod Podge just to make sure the fabric was really tacked on. I painted on 2 coats of clear varnish to seal it all and add some shine!
I also added a small scout trooper to the inside of the flap. I thought it’d be a fun detail to see every time I opened the bag!
This craft was super easy to make and I’m in love with my stylish, new “Return of the Jedi” bag! Thank you Erica at Honestly WTF for the inspiration and tutorial! If you don’t have vintage fabric, Jo-Ann’s currently has awesome Star Wars, Spider-Man, and other comic book-related prints. The decoupage bag possibilities are endless! Happy crafting!
Hello & welcome to my new website! I’m so excited to finally have a real home on the interweb. [puts feet up on the couch] Ah, it feels good to be here. This is where I’ll be posting all about my Star Wars adventures, crafting projects, and acting news & updates. A huge THANK YOU to David Hoang for creating this awesome site! He’s an incredibly talented web designer and he also happens to be a fellow Star Wars fan. Awesome.
So come on in and look around! Stay tuned for my posts from San Diego Comic-Con!
1-up if you can correctly guess where you’ve seen this robot and who is in the costume. : )