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This X-Men / Jem Mashup Cosplay is Truly Outrageous!

Finally, the 80s mashup we didn’t know we were waiting for!

ChubbyBunny Michelle and Yume Ninja organized this group of rock star mutants for an X-Men and Jem mashup photoshoot! The same team that was behind the Sailor Moon Biker Gang Cosplay and the Gotham Playboy Bunnies group has brought together yet another group of totally outrageous cosplayers for “Jazz and the Hardlight Projections,” inspired by the art of Rage Gear Studios, and photographed again by Greg De Stefano.

Hit play on our Behind the Scenes video of the magic! More photos and credits below!

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Long Beach Comic Expo 2011: Recap

Long Beach Comic Expo came and went this past Saturday, a small convention dedicated to comic-lovin’ put together by the Long Beach Comic Con crew. Again, I am happy to have these conventions so close to where I live (I don’t have any stalkers out there, do I?)! My friend/co-worker, Liz Ohanesian, was covering the con for the hand that feeds us, LA Weekly, and I agreed to accompany her with my camera.

For me, the day started out extra early. I had bought a badge to be an extra for The Guild, season 5 since they were filming at the convention. All of us extras had to be there by 7:30am. Brutal. I was also on set the Thursday before the convention. It was a 8am to 8pm work day and I felt it. Shooting movies, films and webseries shows truly is a labor of love for these guys and I can not imagine doing it on a regular basis. I found newfound respect for the people of movie land.

Still, the experience to be an extra for my favorite web series was truly a dream come true! I’ve had fantasies about this, people! My mad love-girl-crush on Felicia Day is no secret! I can’t talk much about the details and what I witnessed but it’s all going to be coming out this summer time. That’s not too far away so hold on– I will probably make another blog post once the episode is out. Then I will reveal and tell all. I have to say that I did meet some awesome people on set, so shout out to all my fellow Guildie-extras!

Around noon time, I discarded my Hollywood dress and Liz and I met up and hit the convention floor. I love smaller conventions. I have been going to bigger conventions for many years and those experiences have prepared me for all-day-shenanigans… I often forget that this is not the case with small conventions.

In about two hours, Liz and I have walked in circles around the exhibit hall about 25 times and already met and talked to a bunch of creators. Liz’s articles are online:

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Long Beach Comic Expo: Five Things We Love About Small Conventions

It was real treat to meet Steve Niles (author of 30 Days of Night) in person. In my ‘woke-up-too-early-today’ daze, I completely walked by his booth and missed him. Luckily, he recognized me from my twitter account and flagged me down. I was fangirl-strucked for a couple of minutes (this only happens in front of comic book creators and the Supernatural cast members… go figure) but quickly snapped out of my zombie state. We chatted with him for awhile and received copies of his newest project. Super cool and nice guy and I highly recommend tracking him down on the convention floor.

As Liz mentions in ‘Five Things We Love About Small Conventions’ – Long Beach Comic Expo was not only fun for comic book lovers, but a great way to meet some of the best artists, writers, etc. in the industry. Although the exhibit hall was somewhat crowded since it was a small one, it was completely possible to talk to the people at their booths and get to know these talents.

I can’t say enough good things about LBCC and everyone involved in the organization. Keep it up and I will be there every year!

Check out my LA Weekly Slideshow from the convention!

Cosplay in America, Launch Party

Cosplay in America is a photography book by Ejen Chuang. In 2009, he went to six different anime conventions across the country, compiling photos for the book.

The result? The first and most extensive documentation of last year’s generation of cosplayers in America.

All characters, all races, all genders are featured in this book– and if you’re familiar with the convention scene, you would probably recognize quite a few people. The book is straightforward but its design is quite sleek and cool– Cheung took great care with all the pictures. All his photos reflect how much he admires the hobby and the people who love it.

The launch party book was hosted in Royal-T’s backroom. Quite a good crowd of photographers, onlookers and cosplayers showed up. Yes, I did decide to cosplay for the event just to get into the spirit of things, of course! Though it isn’t easy to take pictures while other people are taking yours! It is definitely a strange feeling every time I put on a costume again, but I can’t always deny my love for dressing up.

CLICK HERE for those morbidly curious about my old cosplay years!

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Nonetheless, I believe the party was a success and everyone was enthusiastic about the book. Others were excited to see cosplayers featured in the book show up and I spotted a lot of autograph signing.

Tune in Tokyo (currently featured in LA Weekly’s Best of LA People 2009!)  kept the Japanese music pumping in the room. Cosplayers jumped on the dance floor to show off their para para moves (my videos of those will be uploaded soon, by the way!) and eager voices sang along with the Pokemon theme song.

Cosplay in America//Launch Party

Cosplay-lovers should definitely add this book to their collection. It is a good representation of– well, cosplay in America!

The book sold out at the party, but Chuang is taking more pre-orders at his website and you can find him at conventions selling copies.

Cosplay in America Website

Cosplay in America Twitter

Don’t forget to check out his website for more information.

Watch the slideshow of the photos I took at the event:

CLICK HERE to view the flickr gallery.