Into the heart of Gaming!

Getting away from cosplaying for a bit as I talk about that a lot, we will move on to something else that I truly enjoy. What’s that? Gaming! Any type of gaming! When I went to Mt. Hood Community College back in 2003/2007 I started to play Yu-gi-Oh. I really enjoyed learning it and playing it with all my other gaming friends, however my interest slowly died out as I got into MMORPG games.

MMORPG stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. That is a mouth full. Some examples would be: Starcraft, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars, and Diablo. There are many more out there but these are the four I am most familiar with. As far as MMORPG games go World of Warcraft is my favorite. It’s the first one I was introduced to and it will probably be the one I stick with. I’ve tried Starcraft and Diablo which are both made by Blizzard, however I was not nearly as enthused about them as WoW (short for World of Warcraft). I liked the idea of being able to create  a character that I could somewhat personalize and gallivant around  an entire fantasy world with Ogres, Shaman, Dragons, Gryphons… etc.. the list could go on and on. A couple MMORPGs that are not nearly as big as others is Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Trek. Both are really fun to play. There is also Lord of the Rings MMORPG which is amazing if you love that world, which I do!!

Of course, there are other gaming platforms as well. Nintendo (recently WiiU and soon to be something new… 🙂 ), Playstation, Xbox, and the once great Sega; just to name a few. We can’t forget about card games as well like Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering. Out of gaming platforms Nintendo and Playstation have been my two favorites. However one of the only games I really liked on Playstation was Alias. On Nintendo some of my favorite games are Zelda (any of them), Mario (any type), and Lego (all of them). I told ya I like gaming!

Anyway, all this to say that I just got to talking to two amazing men who have a YouTube Channel called Consuming Fire Gaming. They talk while playing games and they also read scripture!!  It’s pretty awesome and I enjoy watching them. Take a look and subscribe to it.

Oh and a quick spot on Cosplaying. I finished my Elsa cosplay. I was going to wear it to the Harvest Hustle tomorrow, however they needed me in a star wars outfit, so I get to wear Rey again!!  YAY!!

Consuming Fire Gaming You Tube Channel

Consuming Fire Gaming Facebook Page

 

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Don’t Give Up, Don’t Quit

​Is there anyone else, aside from me, that gets made fun of for cosplaying or going to comic cons? I thought for sure that after becoming an adult (which was 16 years ago) that I wouldn’t have to deal with immature people making fun of me just to make themselves look and feel better. Just recently I heard someone say that cosplaying and going to comic cons was childish and immature. 
Cosplaying is an art. It takes time, focus, and a great deal of talent in order to create something that you don’t really have a pattern for. It’s not just a costume, it’s a masterpiece. When I go out dressed in whatever I have made, people get to see an art form. It’s like going to a gallery filled with sculptures and paintings that you’ve never seen before. You stop and admire the art that someone put their whole heart into. 

The first cosplay I fully made was the Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time. It’s what started it all. The day I finished that costume was the day my father passed away. He always told me that I was talented and that I could do anything. So I did. He never got a chance to see my finished work, but I can hear his voice saying “that’s amazing”. So when I hear someone saying that cosplay is childish and immature, it hurts. It cuts deeper than some could ever imagine. When I was faced with that, I almost gave up until those that were the closest to me reminded me just how far I have come.

I’m 34 years old. I enlisted in the US Navy when I was 18 and honourably discharged on September 11th 2001. I’ve moved to 3 different states since I married the love of my life and best friend.  I have my bachelors in Creative Writing and English, graduating with the highest honours. My husband and I own a house, have a 6 month old baby girl, 2 beautiful and amazing step kids (one who loves to dress up as well and asks me every year to make a costume for her), and I started my own business. I have accomplished a lot, but it wasn’t on my own. I believe in an omnipotent God who guided me and saved me through many areas in my life. He blessed me with a talent to sing, play guitar, write, act, and create beautiful costumes. Through Him I am able to Cosplay and I use it for His Glory! 

Imagine being in a place where people think that Christians look down upon comic cons and cosplayers. This is what happens today. At Rose City Comic Con last year I was walking into the front door when a sidewalk evangelist was protesting the comic con and saying that everyone who went was going to hell. I was shocked. I’m a Christian. I’m a follower of Christ. This disgusted me more than anything that someone could mislead so many people just because they don’t think its right. I don’t see anywhere in the Word of God that says a person can’t have a hobby, read comics, or make costumes. If your a Christian and you do read comics, go to comic cons, or cosplay, be aware of the characters you are portraying. Make sure they are good and clean, and that it doesn’t take away from the Lord. 

When I go to a comic con it’s almost like my mission field. God has blessed me with being able to create some amazing projects and has given me the strength to remind people that it wouldn’t be possible without God. I know what you are thinking… here she goes with that Christian rhetoric… yes, I talk like this, but I’m also there to make friends and to spread the love of God without judging.

To those of you who feel drag down by others because they don’t understand what you do or why you do it, don’t let it get to you. Keep going. Push forward. DON’T QUIT. It’s easy to quit and let them win, but you can’t do it. And for those of you who are the ones that make fun of this craft and the comic conventions… do me a favour… you try to do what we do. It’s not easy, but it sure is fun!! 

Cosplayer 2.0!

It has been awhile since I’ve written anything. I do apologize for my lack of keeping up with my blog. I do have a good excuse, I promise!

Because of being pregnant I have not been able to work on any of my cosplays. I was not able to try anything on or do any photo shoots for that matter. I was, however, able to wear my Queen Gwenivere costume for Halloween. 20151031_113812

I used the wig I am going to be using for Galadriel, but without the extensions.

Since then, my husband and I moved from our townhouse into a home of our own in November, just after thanksgiving. My craft area has become somewhat of a disaster. I don’t have a specific room for everything just yet, however I am making do with what I have.

On January 30th, 2016, my little COSPLAYER 2.0 arrived at a whopping 6lbs 4 oz and 18 inches long!

She doesn’t know it yet, but I have some major ideas for baby cosplays! In fact, I recently made her a Tinkerbell outfit to match mine! I have not made her wings yet, but that will come with time. The pattern for her Tinkerbell outfit is really simple and will not take much to make it again as she gets bigger. Now her Snow White one I have in mind for her, that will take a little longer and I have to wait till she is the size I want her to be for that one.

Now that I am back to my original size (actually I am 15lbs less then when I started) I’ll be back to making and doing photo shoots of my cosplays. I hope to do a photo shoot of the Evil Queen very soon. I still have my Peggy Carter skirt to finish and work on my husband Captain America costume, all before September for Rose City Comic-Con.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Nine Month Project!

Being a cosplayer is so much fun and a lot of hard work. You get to create things that your mind has already plastered into a form and make it real. Whether its a game, movie, tv show, comic book, or book character, you can be anything you want. I always feel that the prerequisite to cosplaying is that you know your character and you work hard at creating it yourself (or sponsor someone to do it for you).

I was really excited these past few months leading up to Rose City Comic Con as I was starting to work on Peggy Carter from Captain America. On June 12th I had finished the jacket, despite feeling nauseous, and tried it on. One of the worst feelings a cosplayer or designer can ever have is making something you know is measured correctly and not fitting. That’s exactly what happened. I put on the jacket and could not button it around my waist. I didn’t understand why it didn’t fit cause I measured everything right and I hadn’t gained any weight. It should’ve worked just fine!

I went into depression mode, crying, and wanting to dump the whole idea of cosplaying all together. I couldn’t believe I had screwed up so bad. I didn’t want to have to make it over again. The next day I was still really nauseous so I stayed home and relaxed, trying not to think about my costume and my ultimate failure, which seemed to make the nausea worse when i started to worry. Come Monday I was still not feeling well and couldn’t understand why. I didn’t have a fever and I wasn’t throwing up, but my stomach was spinning. I called my doctor and made an appointment for that evening. When we got to the doctors, the first thing they had me do was pee in a cup. Fun right? NO!! My husband and I sat in the room waiting for the results, which didn’t take long at all. Less then a minute! The doctor came in and sat down with us (I was the last appointment of the day) and the nurse opened the door and whispered something to my doctor.

“Janice, it’s positive. You’re pregnant!”

You could hear a pin drop for the next 10 seconds as I had to seriously think about what she just told us. Tears welled up in my eyes. My husband and I cried together. We had been trying for 5 years to have a baby and God had finally blessed us with this opportunity. Of course, it just had to come at the most in opportune moment for me. *Laughs* I even told myself that I didn’t want to get pregnant for at least another 2 years so I could work on all the cosplays I had planned. However, creating a child is ten times better than any cosplay creation!

Now all my cosplay projects have come to a screeching halt. Am I sad that I’m not working on them?  Yes, but I know that I’ll get to do it again. Cosplaying isn’t going anywhere, it just has to be put on the back burner for a bit. What I think of now is all the many cosplays I get to create for my baby!!

God has a plan for all of this and I’m thankful He chose this time to make it happen. It reminded me that sometimes things won’t always go as I planned and they probably never will… and that is okay!

So here’s to a new adventure!!!

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To Cos-play or Not to Cos-play…

Last year, sometime in the summer I believe, I attended my first ever Comic-Con in Boston, Massachusetts. I wasn’t really set on Cos-playing at the time, but I was sure that I wanted to dress up. I decided, since I had beautiful long brown hair at the time, to cos-play Vala Malderan from Stargate SG-1 (the last three seasons). I already had the SG1 black combat uniform because I was Samantha Carter for Halloween a couple years before that.The only thing I really needed to do was straighten my hair and place it in pig tails.

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Vala Malderan Cosplay – Boston Comic-Con 2014

Who knew that this would start me on a long journey of Cos-playing that has a never ending future. From that time on I have been contemplating many different characters to cos-play. Recently I have gotten involved in a Lord Of the Rings Costuming group on Facebook, which I met at Emerald City Comic-con this past February. After my SG-1 Cosplay I wanted to step up the game and make my own.

Sewing is not new to me. I have made many costumes/outfits in my time but cos-playing is a bit different. It’s a lot more about accuracy and characterization than it is about just making a costume.  I had picked up a pattern for the Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time, and knew in an instant that was my next adventure. I started by searching many fabric types that could possibly work and be accurate. I also needed to keep it in my price range, which made picking out fabric quite a challenge. However, thanks to the wonderful 50% off coupons I get from Joann Fabrics, I was able to find a brocade fabric that would work perfect. It was still a bit on the expensive side since I needed almost 9 yards of fabric, but thanks to my mom and dad for a generous birthday gift, I was able to splurge a bit.

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Evil Queen from Once Upon A Time Cos-play Rose City Comic-Con September 20th 2014

Tuesday, September 9th, I started to make the Evil Queen Cos-play. I was planning on wearing it on Halloween  since I wasn’t sure when the next  comic-con was that I could attend. That day I got a call from my mom saying that my dad had passed away from a heartache. This news came as a complete shock and in order to keep my mind off of it, I continued to work on the cos-play. It took me two days to finish it, just before I would fly out for my dads funeral and memorial service. The day of my fathers Memorial was the Rose City Comic-con in Portland. Well, since my dad had given me the money to purchase the fabric for this cos-play, I figured, what better way to remember my dad then showing up in my cos-play at comic-con. As I walked around and people stopped to get pictures of me, I was constantly reminded of my dad and how he would be saying, jokingly, “You ain’t got no talent”. It was a phrase I heard quite often from him when I finished a new project or decorated another cake. He said it to remind me how much talent I do have, and I can’t thank him enough for that.

After this I was so excited for the next comic-con and all the things I could possibly do. However, the next comic-con I went to, I didn’t cos-play at. Instead I went, supporting my F-Cancer shirt from Stephen Amell, and got to meet him as well. It was a huge moment and I do not regret not cos-playing for that.

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Tauriel from The Hobbit Cos-play Photo by: Jenelle and Jan Newton

The next plan was to invade Emerald City Comic-Con with my two cousins. My cousin Jenelle Cos-played Batgirl and I cos-played Tauriel from the Hobbit. This cos-play took the longest to make and had much more fabrication involved. My brother-in-law helped make the leather waist guard and arm bracers after I created the design to be imprinted on it and i made my own bow and arrows out of pvc pipe, craft foam, clay, and other materials. The finished work was amazing and it was the first time I ever had to wear a wig.

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Tauriel, Thandruil, and Bilbo Emerald City Comic-Con 2015

At Emerald City I made a couple friends who cos-played as Bilbo Baggins and Thandruil. Their cos-plays were amazing. I was basically in awe of how much work they put into it. I also knew that I needed to step up my game a bit. They were the ones that told me about the Lord of The Rings Costuming group, which I am now involved in and enjoying the many updates of the cos-plays that people are working on.

I liked my Tauriel so much that I decided I wanted to make another Lord of the Rings character, so I chose Galadriel.

20150505_224852I have not worn this cos-play at any convention, yet, however I have plans to wear it to the next Emerald City Comic-con. For now, I am finished with it and will be doing a photo shoot with my cousin sometime in the near future.

My future cos-play endeavors include: Tinkerbell, WWII Peggy Carter and Captain America (with the help of my dear husband), Storm from X-Men, The Winter Sisters (Frozen), Disney Snow White and the Once Upon a Time Snow White, and Cinderlla.

I am so blessed to be a part of such an amazing art form. I’ve met many wonderful people along with seeing some amazing cos-plays that I can’t even begin to imagine how to do it. I’m still new to all of this, but its a growing fascination and I’m getting more involved in understanding what it is to be a cos-player. May I never loose sight of what it really means!

Games, Gamers, and Goodies

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When my husband and I moved to Florida, we met a really sweet couple from the church we started to attend. We’ll call them Friend and Friend’s Husband. I call her by friend and she does the same for me, but that’s another story altogether. We all share the same nerdiness. Friend’s Husband and my Husband like computers, building them, and first person shooter games (aka FPS), while Friend and I like movies, books, and other such things. We would watch movie together at least once a week and even tried to do a full Harry Potter marathon (not sure we made it through all eight).

One day, Friend’s Husband asked us to come to a LAN Party (Local Area Network). I was extremely clueless as to what he was talking about, however my husband, very quickly, said yes! I have to admit, I felt pretty stupid when I asked my husband what he said yes to. Apparently a LAN Party is when you get to play games with other gamers and snack on goodies. They set up a bunch of computers (you can even bring your own if you’d like), all with the FPS Unreal Tournament on them, then link them together on the same network and BAM, instant gaming party that can last for hours! Oh, and there was lots of food and pizza!

The first LAN party was a blast. I believe it was even the first time I ever played Unreal Tournament. I’m not entirely great at FPS games, nevertheless I was quite happy when my kill score was higher than my husbands. Of course, that did not happen nearly as often as I would’ve liked.

Since then we’ve been to every LAN party they hosted, even from 3,000 miles away. Although we play Unreal Tournament still, we have upgraded to playing Modern Warfare (MW) and Battlefield 3 (BF3).

Last Saturday was our most recent party. We had a tough time trying to get into the game/network (tends to happen when we don’t run practice connections beforehand), but as soon as we were able… IT WAS ON! There is one map in Unreal Tournament where we played capture the flag, but the map was so short you could see the enemies flag have of a football field away from you. It is definitely the most entertaining map as we had about 12 or so people hopping around grabbing the flags and killing each other. Sometimes you couldn’t tell where you were compared to everyone else, or if you even grabbed the flag. I don’t even want to say what my death toll was for that map. It’s embarrassing.

Needless to say, after the many LAN parties we have attended, I can sufficiently say that my kill score is now steadily higher than my husbands. Of course, I’m not nearly as good as the other friends we were playing with. It will take a long time of playing FPS games before I even get to that. However, when my husband and I play one on one in BF3 or Call of Duty, I tend to always be the dead one. I can say, I’ve learned a lot from him.

It is sad that the party doesn’t last longer, but honestly, I can only take so much of FPS games. After a while I start to get a bit nauseous. This is why I like playing games like World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings Online, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and Star Trek. These are all MMORPG’s (Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game). They are not the only games I play, but I do like them the most.

I’d like to know, what is your favorite video/pc game to play?

Lastly, check out this video by K-FaceTV on YouTube! They do incredible parodies!

Welcome to the World of Nerd Fandom

Welcome friends, family, and fellow nerds (even if you aren’t one, that is still okay). I’m thankful you have decided to follow my blog. We are going to have lots of fun and some interesting topics. Of course, like the title says, Welcome to the World of Nerd Fandom. That’s right, everything that will be discussed on here is all about nerd stuff. What is that? If you like comics, cosplaying, movies about superheros, fantasy books and movies, sci fi, gaming, or even lots of computer stuff (my husband will be doing a couple blogs on here as well), then you are in the right place!

Periodically (once a week to start maybe twice) I will be posting different blogs about comics I’ve read, upcoming cosplays, the latest news of the nerd world (sometimes written by guest authors) and even talking about different artists.

This is a new journey, so bare with me and my newness. Lets just have fun!!!