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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Anti Ai-chan

I can't begin to tell you guys how excited I am to bring you this interview. It is with none other than the amazing Anti Ai-chan! She is one of my favorite cosplayers not only because of how many different kinds of characters she portrays, but she is an absolute riot! Her posts on Facebook as well as Instagram are hilarious! A down to earth girl with mad crafting and sewing skills. Did I mention that she makes the best Levi from Attack on Titan? Hang with me until the end of the interview and you'll see! Okay lets go!

EV:  Starting off would you like to tell my readers a little bit about yourself?
AAIC: Hi! I’m Steff, but the people of the Internet probably know me as Anti Ai-chan. I’m in my mid-twenties and don’t actually care for long walks on the beach. Seriously, that sand will be with you for weeks in places you don’t expect! I have a mop dog named Pickles. I stand at a whopping 62 inches and depending on who you talk to, I am actually a Vulcan.

Vulcan from Star Trek
EV: How long have you been Cosplaying?
AAIC: I've been cosplaying since 2003, which will put me at the 11-year mark in July.

EV: How did you get interested in Cosplay?
AAIC: I've always enjoyed dressing up from Halloween to school spirit days; dressing up was just always something I had fun with. When I discovered cosplay through the knowledgeable website, Wikipedia, I knew I just had to try it out at my first con, Anime Expo 03. After that, I realized the costuming world was the place for me and never went back!

Super Vanellope from Wreck It Ralph
EV: Did you ever think this would become such a large part of your life?
AAIC: No way! I mean, I went in thinking that I’d have some fun and meet some new people and in general, just have a good time. I never thought I’d still be going strong 11 years later. I never thought I’d meet creators of comics through the craft. I never thought I’d be close friends with some of the cosplayers I looked up to. I never even thought I’d properly make a costume well since my first ones were so bad!

I mean, there are some cosplayers I know who make their living on costuming now; and while I’m not even close to something like that, not a day goes by where I don’t do something even related to cosplay. It’s crazy how much it has just enveloped me.

Warden from SuperJail
EV: Do you prefer sewing projects or fabrication, and why?
AAIC: It probably depends on what I’m making. I love having giant props but, man, can they be a huge pain in the ass! On the other hand, sometimes it’s the smallest thing on a sewing project that I keep needing to redo. It just depends. I often times like to go back and forth between the two so I don’t get burnt out. I’d love to be able to work with more tools though. For example, molding and sculpting are so fascinating but it’s something I've never been able to personally try. One day!
Sailor Saturn

EV: Generally, how long does it take you to create a costume from start to finish?
AAIC: Gosh, it really depends. I've whipped up a costume in a day and some have taken me weeks. Due to the wonders of procrastination, I have also taken a year and a half to bring one costume to life; so really, it just depends on the project and your personal deadlines.

EV: Out of the many characters you've been, do you have a favorite?
AAIC: Cliche as it sounds, each costume has brought me a unique experience and I really enjoy them all in different aspects. For the sake of giving a proper answer, Vanellope will always be near and dear to my heart because we are very similar physically and personality-wise. In fact, people often ask if I’m manipulating my voice or am acting to be more like her! Haha! No, that’s just me and I love that kids will often think I’m the real thing.

Ruby from RWBY
EV: What does Cosplay mean to you?
AAIC: Cosplay is about having fun- nor more, no less. It’s not about the masquerade contests, who’s costume is more accurate, who did the better sewing job, etc. Cosplay is showing your love for a character or series. Can’t sew? Buy the costume! Don’t have the correct skin color? Doesn’t matter! Not the right gender? Who cares! Have fun and meet new people who share your love for that character or series; don’t bother with those who are too concerned about “perfection.” Do your thing and be you!

EV: Do you travel to conventions? If so, do you compete in costume contests?
AAIC: I usually don’t, simply because of the money involved. I would love to travel across the country or even go to SoCal more for conventions but personal bills come first. Even though I enjoy dressing up as a fictional character, I’m still an adult and need to know where my priorities lie.

Tiny Tina from Borderlands 
EV: What is your favorite thing about Cosplay?
AAIC: I really enjoy challenging myself with some of the costumes and props. I personally think I've come a long way from when I first started but with every costume I complete, I learn something new. It’s nice to look back and say “I’m made that” and be proud of something I put so much time and effort in; but at the end of the day, I’m always looking for ways to improve myself.

Concluding this interview, I leave you with two awesome photos. Hands down my favorite Levi cosplay (Attack on Titan).
Levi again, because...LEVI!
Levi from Attack on Titan

Are you curious about what goes on in Anti Ai-chan's day to day? Be sure to like and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see updates on her latest projects.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Ninja Shani

I'd like to introduce you to Ninja Shani. She's a comic book collector and a cosplayer hailing from Ohio. And a ninja. Recently I had the opportunity to pick the brain of an experienced cosplayer,  in my interview with Ninja Shani herself. Check it out!

EV: Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself!
NS: I go by NinjaShani in the cosplay community but my real name is actually Shannon Thrasher. I've always been called ninja as a nickname so NinjaShani just fit. I have 3 small dogs named scrappy, scooby & daphne who are basically my children. They mean the world to me! I'm a big comic book collector & I'm into cosplay, video games, & nerdy things. Hulk & TMNT are my thing. I also collect hulk statues (: 

EV: How long have you been Cosplaying?
NS: I've been cosplaying for a little under 3 years now.

EV: How did you become involved in cosplay?
NS: I've always been way into superheroes so when I first learned what cosplay was I was ready to get on board. I came across a guy that goes by "extreme costumes" & he changed my life. He is such a nice guy & really pushed me into building my first cosplay. Ever sense I've been hooked! 

EV: Do you remember the first character you portrayed?
NS: My first cosplay was "Dawnstar" from the "Legion of Superheroes". I really love legion characters so right away I was set on Dawnstar & her beautiful wings! I already read/owned many comics with her in them so I knew a lot about her character & costumes she wore.

EV: What does Cosplay mean to you?
NS: Cosplay means costume play. I feel that the definition doesn't do the word justice though. Cosplay can be so empowering & freeing. You can support & show your love for a character while being creative & showing off your art. It can be inspiring & so much fun! Gives you a real escape from the world when you need it!

EV: Do you make all of the pieces you wear?
NS: I make all my cosplays myself. It's my passion & I wouldn't have it any other way.

EV: What are your thoughts on making your own costume versus buying a pre-made one?
NS: I personally am a perfectionist haha so I like to do my costumes myself. But my friends & other cosplayers I've met have commissioned out costumes or bought already owned costumes which is completely fine as well. Each cosplayer is different & has their own way of doing things so I say do what you feel most comfortable with. The has wonderful tutorials for people just learning & also costumes for sale as well. 

EV: Do you travel often for Conventions?
NS: Right now I travel to about 1-2 conventions a month but sometimes it could be less/more.

EV: What is your favorite thing about Cosplaying?
NS: I love the process of making & finishing a costume. When I finish a costume I feel I've worked so hard on it is the best feeling in the world. I'm so proud to wear it & support that character while showing off my art. Plus it just makes you feel good!

EV: Do you prefer to cosplay with a group or fly solo?
NS: I like both! I'm lucky enough to travel to most cons with my friends who are very much into cosplaying so it's definitely fun to run around & cos"play" with them. I'm actually in a group of cosplayers called "the smashers" so we have a good time!

Ninja Shani is active on both Facebook and Instagram Follow both of her pages to see what goes on in the crazy everyday life of a ninja!

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dry Brushing

Are you familiar with dry brushing? This once spa treatment is gaining popularity, and for good reason! The idea behind dry brushing is to stimulate circulation and the body's lymphatic system while exfoliating. By using a dry natural bristle brush on the skin you are removing dead skin cells as well as stimulating and increasing skin cell production. This gives the skin a healthy glow! Although it seems as if this treatment is only beneficial for the skin, there are a lot more benefits to your overall health.

  • Healthy skin- By gently exfoliating the skin, you are ridding its surface of dead skin cells. Skin cell production increases, pores are opened and cleared of debris and are able to absorb nutrients better.
  • Stimulated Lymphatic & Circulatory system- Increased circulation helps to detoxify the body and boost your lymphatic system
  • Relieves Stress- Increasing the blood flow throughout the body helps to calm and relax you. Its almost like a massage!
  • Reduces Cellulite- A biggie, when you exfoliate the body you also help to smooth out and reduce cellulite.

So is there a specific way to do this dry brushing thing? Yes! Have you ever had a body wrap? Their technique is to start at the bottom and work their way up. You will do the same when dry brushing. You want to make long firm strokes always working your way inward towards the direction of the heart. Here is a diagram showing front and back how to brush the entire body:

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The preferred time of the day to Dry Brush is the morning, although I never do it then. For me its more convenient to either do it before bed, or before a shower in the middle of the day. I hope you were able to take something away from this article! Dry brushing is beneficial in more ways than one, and in today's society, we need all the help we can get!

Take More Photos

Photography has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. While still living in Kentucky, I started a photography company called Evons Imagery I did several photo shoots and had a blast working with my clients. However since moving to Texas, I haven't really worked with too many clients. I decided a little while ago that if I cannot get clients to photograph, I will just be my own client. That would not only allow me to use my equipment, but it will help improve my technique as far as lighting is concerned. I did a short photo shoot of myself for Valentines Day, and I am planning on doing another shoot within the next few weeks. Indoor lighting is tricky as it is, but at least I will be able to hone my skills a bit more. Since I haven't done any shoots since Valentines Day, here are some shots from previous photo shoots. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Cosplay Method

As a lover of cosplay, I get really excited when I figure out a character I want to be. As you guys know, I am aiming for a booth for Geekfest which is mid August. I wanted to be in costume while at my booth (partially because I want to be festive, and the other reason, well I havent made any costumes since Halloween of last year). After a while of trying to figure out my characters, I finally decided on who I wanted to be!!!

Frenzy, Big Barda & Faora

I decided that I wanted to start with Faora first because her armor seemed the most intricate. When I make a cosplay I always have to sketch it out first. I have my own method of doing things and I dont know what more experienced cospalyers do, but this works for me. I draw out front and back of my costume and that gives me a good idea of where to start. Then I mark out a template in cardstock.

front & back sketch of Faora's armor
Armor on her gloves seemed to be an easy place to start so that was the first template I made.

 In the two above photos, I cut out my template (cardstock) and placed them on my fingers and hands using a combination of small rubber bands and tape. This is just to make sure that things will interlock well together, fit well together and to see any adjustments that I may need to make. Once I make any adjustments, I cut out each piece in craft foam. I seal front and back sides of craft foam with Mod Podge (several layers).

That's where I am right now. I have sealed the hand armor pieces and i am now ready to start spray painting. Once I have completed this step I will post back with more update. I will also update once I start on Frenzy and Big Barda. I am really excited about these costumes and since I have plenty of time to work on them, I hope they will look better in person than I can picture in my head!!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Man of Steel

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe

Run Time: 143 Minutes

Release Date: June 14, 2013

First let me say, that I am a  HUGE DC fan. But when I first saw that there would be a new Superman movie, I was a bit underwhelmed. The movie seemed like it would be good, but lets face it...this was yet another remake of this superhero. I love movie adaptations of comic books but in my opinion at that time, they could have gone with a lesser known character. I waited until Man of Steel came out on DVD and rented it from my local redbox. Lets just say that from that first evening that I watched Man of Steel on my couch, I totally changed my opinion of this being another remake.

Henry Cavill as Superman

Henry Cavill did an amazing job playing Superman. I think physically he looked the part and his voice was perfect. For such an iconic role, I think Henry Cavill did it justice.

Michael Shannon as General Zod

Michael Shannon played General Zod. First I have to admit how much I love Michael Shannon as an actor. I hadn't realized he was in the movie prior to seeing it. So that was a pleasant surprise! Although he never said  "Kneel before Zod" He did a phenomenal job of playing this character. This movie also gives a bit of a back story as to why Zod is the way he is, and I think that gives a lot of insight (as well as plot depth) to the movie.

I really enjoyed this movie. As a matter of fact, I have watched it several times! The movie explains why Superman's parents sent him to earth, and shows his development from a boy not knowing why he's different, to a man living up to his potential and being what he was destined to be. I think if you read a bit into it you can find that to be an inspiring message! 

The fight scenes were also great! Superman's first real fight they destroyed EVERYTHING! Not literally but there was a lot of collateral damage which visually was pretty cool. And we also got to see a badass female, Faora, kicking butt! And you know how much I love a strong female character!

Antje Traue as Commander Faora

But the final fight scene between Zod and Superman was epic. And that's the way a fight should be in a superhero film! 

To be honest, after writing this review I will probably watch Man of Steel tonight! I could watch it over and over again and never tire of it! I highly recommend watching it if you haven't!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Take a Guess

I've got some really cool changes coming up! Can you guess what will be incorporated into these changes based on this picture?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day to everyone out there! In the festive spirit, here are three really cute St. Patrick's day craft ideas!

1) The first craft comes from Club Chica Circle. This is really a two for one craft idea. Aren't these adorable?? I love the pot of gold but the Leprechaun hats are absolutely adorable!!

2) Up next we have Hoosier Homemade with a really sweet door hanger. This is really cute for St. Patrick's Day, but would also be useful for other holidays, or permanent decorations in your home! Seriously, I want to make one with pictures of my family for my living room.

3) Lastly, we have a cute idea from Prudent Baby that kids of most ages are sure to love! Regardless if your child is still a baby, or even a preschooler, stamping is always a big hit! This craft is simple and can be turned into a card or another memorable item.

My husband is half Irish so I'm sure we will be drinking a beer tonight, but other than that we have no real plans today. What are you doing for St. Patty's Day!?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dont Mind the Changes

I just wanted to let everyone know that things will be changing here and there soon. nothing drastic (yet) but you may notice menus changing, layout tweaks, etc.

Eventually I will rework this whole blog layout but not all at once. So thats about it, enjoy these pictures of my cat!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Dark Knight Rises

I am a HUUUUGE DC comics fan. Just going to put that out there!

This movie review was written by Anthony Marchio

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard

Genre: Superhero

Running Time: 165 minutes

Release Date: July 20th, 2012
Where do I begin. In 2005 Christopher Nolan took over the Batman Franchise of films. He started the trilogy with Batman Begins. In that film, we saw what the fans say was one of the best Batman films. As it portrays how he became Batman. In 2008 Nolan returned to direct the sequel to Batman Begins. Called The Dark Knight. It was a perfect Batman movie, in which he goes up against The Joker played by the amazing Heath Ledger.


The Legend Ends. The Dark Knight Rises is one of the best films to close out a trilogy in a very long long time. The movie was excellent, phenomenal and perfect. A fantastic finish to the NOLAN SAGA of BATMAN. Story was great. The ending was amazing and one of the best. Hats off to Chris Nolan for making this trilogy one of the best experiences ever. Tom Hardy as Bane was very good. Bane was such a ruthless character and took no mercy in people.


Tom Hardy played the role very well, we couldn't understand much of his dialogue which was ok. Since his physical appearance and body language saved that. Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle was sleek and sexy. She made the role hers and what it is. I wanted more of her character, but from what we got. It was just the right amount.


The movie starts off a bit slow. Which takes time to build the characters of Bane and Catwoman. But the last 45 minutes to an hour. Is well worth it. Action and fighting. It's what a true Batman movie really is. I highly recommend this final movie. In the The Dark Knight Trilogy. Chris Nolan directed three amazing films. That will surely be seen as one of the best trilogies in a long while.


The Dark Knight Rises gets 5/5 stars