"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
Spring 2018 brings a nature-inspired collection to Figment! Butterflies, Trees, Crystals, and more! This limited edition collection is the Bee's Knees! No, really, there's Bees, too!
This collection is limited edition, and some of these pieces have a print run as low as two pieces! So, hurry up and don't miss out! Nature is calling....
Only Available January 2018:
Midnight and Daybreak
Sizes XS - 5X!
Introducing the Mermaid Collection! Each pattern was designed by Midian and is available exclusively at Figment. The collection features leggings, yoga leggings, capris, kimonos, crop tops, and mini shorts! Sizes range from XS - 5X, depending on the product. If there's a product you'd like that I don't have available or in your size, don't be afraid to message me to see what we can do as a custom order for you!
The 2016 Holiday Collection is here! These designs are only available from November to January, and are made to order. New for 2016 are Chocolate Wonderland and Winter Mint!
These pieces are available in sizes XS - 5X, and make great gifts!
When Pittsburgh Comic Con sold out to Wizard World after their 2014 event, the collective nerd community of Pennsylvania cried. While there's definitely a place for large scale celebrity events, it's the smaller, truly comic- and fan-oriented conventions that we are feeling a lack of in our area. The initial Wizard World Pittsburgh was decidedly underwhelming and left everyone lusting for our old con back. Enter New Dimensions' exciting announcement that they were producing their own event!
New Dimensions is a comic book chain local to Pittsburgh with over 25 years in the biz. We've seen lots of comic and gaming stores come and go, so with a record like that, these guys are truly tapped in and know what the community wants.
Three Rivers Comic Con was hosted in Century III Mall. Even though I grew up in Pittsburgh, I had never visited this shopping mecca before. Unfortunately, the building seems to be outliving its era. Like most large malls, it is mostly empty now and slightly depressing, but that is a topic for a different day... and probably not for a costuming blog, haha. New Dimensions has a large location inside the Century III Mall, so I suppose it was an easy decision for them to keep their event close to home where they wouldn't just be helping out all of the artists and vendors of their con, but their own store, and the others in their mall. It was probably a nice boost for all.
That said, I don't think it was a prime location and with it already quite filled with vendors and, what I think was, a pretty good turn out, I foresee them needing to locate a larger space for subsequent events. We were happy to see lots of familiar vendors and artists we used to see at Pittsburgh Comic Con, as well as plenty of new faces as well. My husband's score of the day was a first appearance of Ra's El Ghul (which was in part a Father's Day present for him) and two very nice Ghostbusters figures. I left with a Grimm Fairy Tales coloring book straight from the Zenescope booth. Little guy scored himself two rides on the mall's amazing double-decker carousel and his very first comic book (Scooby-Doo... he's OBSESSED!).
Overall, we were quite pleased with the Con, and the price was spectacular ($10 for one day, $15 for two days, and $25 for the VIP weekend pass). My sister-in-law and her husband sprung for the $40 passes that included attendance to an exclusive beer release party for a special beer with label art created by Joseph Michael Linsner (creator and artist of Dawn, who the brew featured and was named for). You can read more about their experience at The Mom Next Door. We are all looking forward to where this Con goes from here!
Corsets are a great way to add flair and structure to a costume (or even a muggle outfit), but they are not something to jump into uneducated. I'm not talking about waist training here, just about safety and a basic comparison of some different popular brands. If you are interested in waist training, I really suggest checking out Lucy Corsetry and The Tightlacing Society (a Facebook group) for info. If you have health issues that make you concerned about wearing any sort of corset for any reason, it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor before jumping in.
If you follow me, you know that most of my costumes begin with deciding which corset to feature. My first corset was purchased around 2009 at Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival to the tune of $300, and I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into other than something pretty. The vendor actually did put his foot on my back to tighten it. Here is where I tell you not to ask or allow someone to do that to you, especially with a brand new piece. You can injure your corset or, more importantly, yourself. I don't recall the name of the vendor and my corset has no maker tags in it. It is, to date, the most expensive corset I've ever bought. Don't be like me. While I do love that piece, please do your research and make sure you're buying from a reputable company that makes quality products. Just because something is expensive, doesn't mean it's a well-made, trustworthy piece.
My first corset. Sorry, I don't have any great pictures of it. This is the Ringmaster outfit my mom and I made for it. That's hubby as Cobra Commander on our first Halloween as a couple.
Don't be afraid to ask around and find out where other people you know or follow have gotten their corsets from and what they think of them. I was one of the first of my friends to get into them, so I didn't have this luxury. The pieces I bought after my RenFest corset were from Corset Story. Back then, you could get them for really, really low prices. I still didn't know much other than that I liked corsets. Corset Story is pretty prevalent now, but they are not a maker that I would recommend, especially for the prices they retail at now. I've talked to too many people who have had problems with the boning popping out, breaking, and actually injuring them (as in badly enough to scar). If that isn't enough, they really don't give you a very nice shape. While their stock photos may show them being very nicely hourglass shaped, that is not the reality of them. There is no waist definition. You just kind of looking like you're squished in a really big Chinese finger trap tube. For some shape comparison, here is my friend, Octavia, in a Corset Story piece, as compared to the stock photo of it. It was her first corset.
Do you notice how much less curve this piece has on an actual person? These next pictures are with a cincher from Timeless Trends.
I also want you to look at the stock pictures in comparison to each other. The Timeless Trends piece looks so very uncurvy until it gets on a body. Photos of corsets on a white background are easier to photoshop that pictures of a corset on a body. If you check out Timeless Trends' website, you'll notice that they do provide stock photos of their pieces on models. Now check out Corset Story's website. Pictures of their corsets on people are few and far between. There are definitely none available on the individual listings. You always want to be able to see a piece you are interested in on people, not just a background.
These next photos are of Octavia in a costume corset by Heavy Red.
As you can see in the stock photo, this corset is kind of a demi-bust, but depending on your shape it may or may not actually sit like that. Octavia is a busty girl, so it sits down lower on her than the Heavy Red model, which makes this long piece extra long for her and it's not very comfortable. This is why it's a good idea to really look at the corset you're thinking of buying on actual bodies.
So, what else should you learn before you buy a corset? You can tell by now that they are not all created equal; a lot of that has to do with boning. To say it simply, STEEL. You want steel. There is no room for plastic or acrylic boning if you want to actually look nice. Those are inferior materials that break easy, give poor support, and just do not look nice. There are two different types of steel bones: spring and spiral.
And now for more about why you don't want a Corset Story piece. They use none of the aforementioned types of boning. Their bones are steel, but they are hard, barely flexible sheet or scrap steel. Between this and their curve-lacking pattern, it's no small wonder they make people look like they have less curves with it than without. So, while they have attractive designs, you're better off going with a more simple corset and embellishing it yourself. Bonus: you won't look like everyone else!
Measuring yourself correctly is key. Different brands may want different measurements taken in different ways. Read their FAQ and if you still have any questions, don't hesitate to contact them and ask questions to make sure that the piece you get is the best fit and style for you. Don't tell them that your measurements are smaller than they really are. Pretty much everyone wishes that they were skinnier, but wearing things that are too small for your body is never a good idea, especially when they're corsets. You can end up hurting yourself. If you live near a place that sells corsets or you know that a maker you like is coming close to you soon, there is nothing like a live fitting to help you find the piece that will work best for you. No one knows their work better than the creator!
Once you have your corset, it is tempting to put it on and lace it down as tightly as you can for the most dramatic shape. Don't do it! Your corset needs to warm up to you and you need to get used to it. Put it on so it's comfortable and once you're used to each other, snug it up a little bit at a time. If something hurts, that's bad. You don't want your corsets to hurt. Don't be afraid to reach out for help if something seems wrong.
Good brands to start with:
Damsel in this Dress
There are lots of other brands that I am looking forward to trying, so keep an eye on my blog! ;)
Don't think that you can't wear corsets at all if your first one doesn't work for you the way you want it to. There is no single corset style that works for every body. There is some trial and error here. I'm pretty sure most people who have bought corsets have had several that simply didn't work for them. It happens and it will be OK.
Have you worn a corset before? Let us know what it was and your experience with it in the comments! If you have any questions that I didn't answer, ask me in the comments or on Facebook! I promise to answer them as best I can!
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In case you haven't noticed yet, we try to go to as many conventions as we can. Steel City Con has been a staple in our routine for several years and takes place every four months. It's predominantly a toys and collectibles show, but they also bring in celebrities. When we began going it was pretty small and kind of flea market-ish. This all changed in December of 2013 when they began getting more popular celebrities to attend the show. With the selling out of Pittsburgh Comic Con to Wizard World, and their first lack-luster event, fans in PA are looking for events that will give them more bang for their buck, so I can understand how this show got picked up on their radar. Unfortunately, Steel City Con just seems to be going to all lengths to show how poorly mismanaged this convention is. I spoke some about this in my previous post regarding this show, so I won't reiterate those points here, but detail our experience this time. I apologize for the lack of photos. I did dress up, but I was quite upset and didn't get any pictures taken. I think you'll understand once you read about our experience.
My family lives approximately two hours from Pittsburgh, so it is no small decision to choose to drive four hours round trip when we choose to attend an event. We also usually bring our toddler with us because he really truly loves going to Con and seeing everything (and he's generally pretty well behaved). My husband works a second job which doesn't allow us to leave super early on Saturdays, so I have time to check my email and do our normal morning routine before we leave. Nowhere did I see signs of the impending disaster that was awaiting us. My brother-in-law and his wife (who you can expect an even more scathing review from on her own blog, detailing her interactions with the manager of this event on Facebook. Check her out at The Mom Next Door.) arrived at least an hour ahead of us and said that they were waiting in line for tickets. We've been there before when they had a long line to get in, so this wasn't particularly alarming or anything. What is alarming is that they were still in line when we go there. Upon arrival we learned that the show was apparently sold out. Steel City Con, itself, had made no attempts to tell people this at all. The only mention of it I could find today was renowned artist Ed Beard Jr. making a note of it on his post to Steel City's own page on Friday night! The staff had known for quite a while that Saturday's tickets were already completely gone and made zero effort to tell anyone.
Unfortunately, no, it doesn't seem like they did sell more tickets or that anyone was even keeping track of how many people were leaving the convention to let those waiting get in. We waited for probably two hours outside in the sun with a toddler and no one came to give the queue any updates. There were some folks desperate enough to get in that they were buying wristbands from people who were leaving and gluing them back onto themselves to get in for what they came for. No attempts to disperse the line or turn people away were made. Steel City Con was happy to leave people standing outside for hours with vain hopes of getting in after long travels.
Ultimately, I'm glad we didn't get in because it was apparently so packed that it was difficult to move. Having a toddler in a stroller, that's a big hazard. Steel City had apparently anticipated the crowds because they had at least six policemen patrolling inside and out (who weren't doing anything, really, when they noticed the wristband scalping folks were doing). It has been well known to this event's staff and attendees that they need a larger venue, but allegedly the manager has a special deal with the Monroeville Convention Center, so he won't move on to bigger and better things, despite the obvious detriment to his event and how much more money he could make if he did. If you try to explain these things or voice your disappointment to the manager over on his Facebook page, you'll be met with rudeness, threats, and the almighty ban hammer (no, really, just wait until you see my sister-in-law's post).
My family had a shopping day in town and then went home, having dispersed our Con funds at local businesses instead. Sorry, artists and vendors who we really wanted to support-- Steel City Con made that an impossibility for many. Sorry to friends we were looking forward to seeing. This event has been removed from our priority list. I doubt that I will go back to it at all unless there is a big celebrity (like Christian Bale or Harrison Ford level) who I cannot miss meeting. My husband will likely only return if there is a celebrity signature he needs for a poster, and then, he will carpool with someone and not be spending much time or money there either. So long, Steel City, and thanks for all the missed fish. I am now looking forward to Three Rivers Comic Con's debut next month and SciFi Valley Con in June.
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If you ever watched Clueless and didn't want Cher's computerized closet, then you may just want to skip this whole post. I, for one, have been longing for that sucker since my pre-teen years. OK, so these closet apps aren't really intended for costumers, but let's be serious here, my blog demographic probably cares way more about our costumes than our muggle clothes. Not that I'm saying you can't use these apps for your normal person wardrobe, either, just that that is not my primary motivation for downloading them. The only thing I've used on the computer that would compare is Polyvore's website, so you may see me compare to that at times. My ratings will be putting them in the order that I like these specific apps. ((Side note: There are a couple of apps geared towards guys. I didn't choose any of those to see how they stack up against these ones, but they are out there!))
The apps that I am going to be testing out are Stylebook, Pureple, Stuff N Style, TRiFT, ClosetSpace, and Stylicious. My phone is an iPhone 5s and, really, I don't get very much into app usage, so if I'm excited about these, you'd best believe that it's probably worth being excited about. The app names below will be linked to their websites if you are interested in getting them.
I am not receiving any money or anything by doing this review and comparison, no one asked me to do it. I saw a need and felt like I could fill it. #1 will be the highest rated, #6 is the lowest.
This was the first one I downloaded because some gals in a costuming group I admin on Facebook had brought it up a couple of times, so I figured it must be worth checking out. Perks, I guess? Stylebook says that you can send items from your closet to your friends to help you figure out outfits, but only if they are on the same wifi network. I really wish that there was a way to see what your Facebook friends have in their closets, especially since my motivation for using these apps is costuming. This app can back your closet up to your cloud storage, and it is currently not available for Android.
The "Help" section was easy to find and I read through at least the beginning of it to figure out how to use the thing. It was a very long and in-depth guide. I do confess that I decided to purchase this app on New Year's Day, and, while I don't drink, I do admit to having stayed up pretty late and then getting up early with my little guy, so I was pretty tired and not in the mood to immerse myself in that. They do recommend taking pics against a solid, contrasting color backdrop because you're going to be editing the background out. If you're anything like me, the editing part is going to be kind of tedious; I almost wish that I had just edited them in Photoshop on my computer, then sent them to my phone. Polyvore's website editing is easier, too. If you're sitting there going, "Well, I just won't edit them," think again. You need to remove the backgrounds so that when you experiment with making outfits they can layer and you actually get the effect of seeing what the outfit will really look like, like Polyvore.
Once you save your photos, you can input info for each item like color, fabric, size, brand, season, whether it's currently lent our or at the cleaners, and how much it cost. The only bits there that really interest me are what size it is (especially for corsets since I have a range of sizes over several inches) and item cost. Why item cost? Once you have your looks made and saved, you can add them to the calendar so you know how often you use it, as well as your cost per wear. I like that idea because you can decide whether or not it was a fiscally sound purchase, but you also have the price on hand in case you ever decide to sell or trade the piece. I do like, especially since I'm adding unconventional wardrobe items, that Stylebook allows me to add new and different categories. I doubt I'm going to find an app that already has a section for me to add my corsets. ;) It also gives you options for different classifications for your looks you create and lets you add new ones there, too (which is good because there was no Steampunk category)!
Stylebook will keep track of your most worn pieces, as well as things you've never used, and the items you've gotten the best value out of with their "Style Stats." When you're prepping for a trip, you can make a packing list with this app so that you don't forget any of your important costume components (I can't guarantee you won't leave behind your pajamas or toothbrush, though).
Probably the feature of this app that I would use least is the "Style Expert," which houses various style articles like "How to Define Your Personal Style," "30 Days of Fall Outfits," and "How to Decorate Your Office." Interesting bits under that header, though, include the "Valet," which is a clothing care guide and reference, and "Michael Duru Clothiers" where you can actually send questions about fit to expert tailors, and contains information on things like finding a good tailor and dry cleaner, and more! I don't see myself using the "Shop" feature of Stylebook at all. I don't like to use apps for shopping to start with, and, as I keep saying, I want this app primarily for costuming stuff, and I doubt I'll find much in there any way.
Current Apple App Store Rating: 4/5
My Rating: #1
Adding items to this was easy, but making new categories was a little bit more involved than Stylebook. Pureple actually suggests that you use stock images from the web instead of your own (more on that in a sec). It can't edit your backgrounds for beans, and doesn't seem very good at recognizing the item in the pics (see the witch hat in the pic below-- if I edited out any more background, it started to remove the hat). You also can't rotate your pics once they are added, which you'll notice in my pics here in a sec. This app does have an option to suggest outfits for you, but I don't think it really takes colors or anything into consideration, just gives you random things together. These were two suggestions it gave me to go with this skirt. The first one? LOL, no, totally not viable. The second one... maybe? But, probably not.
Part of the problem here is I had to put corsets, vests, and jackets in with tops, because they don't initially give you all sorts of different categories. You can add your own categories, but I didn't realize that until I did some digging. It would be a lot easier to add categories as you're adding items like Stylebook lets you, rather than add items to wrong category, then go back and change it all to the correct category once you've figured out how to add it.
The intriguing bit of this app was that it would allow the other community users to build outfits for you from your closet. Unfortunately, this isn't entirely true. The community can only access items in your closet that you add from the web, not anything that you take pics of. For costumers, that's a problem. We make stuff; we buy handmade; we thrift. OK, so, I doubt ANYONE is going to be able to find EVERY article of clothing they own in web pics, regardless of whether your goal is costuming or not. The only way I can maybe see around this is if you want to have a site just to add pics of your stuff to and then upload to the app, but that is just waaay too much work. It's already a lot of work to get photos and add them. I think this is a huge failing for this app because it renders that cool feature useless.
With Pureple you have the ability to pimp yourself out as a stylist or to hire one to help with your looks. Unless you can somehow scout out a stylist who is into your type of costuming, this is another feature fail for me. Not to mention that there are lots of Facebook groups where you could get style advice for free. If being or hiring a stylist is up your alley, it would seem that you need to do that from Pureple's website; I haven't found anywhere in the app to do that. You can also add your items to your wardrobe from the website, but I wasn't able to get it onto my phone from there, so I don't think that feature works very well. Basically, this seems like a pretty basic app made by people who don't really know how to give consumers what they really want.
$1.99/Month Paid Features: No ads, cloud backup, multi-device syncing.
Cost: Free OR $1.99/month
Current Apple App Store Rating: 4.5/5
My Rating: #3
3. Stuff N Style
Items were easy to add to this app, but you don't get to add prices, and you can't add your own categories, which is a deal breaker for me-- where do my corsets go?? Stuff N Style would rather see you organize things by hashtags. I don't really do hashtags to start with, and I'd rather just have accurate categories right off the bat. Another fail was their editing. Once your pics are uploaded, you can't rotate anything, and editing out backgrounds is not easy either; it was such a pain that I just left them in. This is the result after I tried to remove the background on this corset.
This app does have an interesting feature where a stylist will put together a look for you from your own items. My estimate for a look is two days, but it took three. This is the result I got, even though I asked for them only to use items from my closet. The only thing here that is mine is the shirt, so I guess you can add other items even if the requester asks you not to? That's lame. What's the point of asking people to only use your closet? Admittedly, Muggles might be confused by my stuff, but still, you could try a little harder. Maybe I don't like your fake hipster glasses, but if I was going to style you and you own them, that gives me a clue into what you like and I might include them. Meh.
You can save your outfits and add them to the calendar, but Stuff N Style doesn't give you any statistics like how often you've worn something or give you packing lists. This is a very basic app.
Current Apple App Store Rating: 4/5
My Rating: #4
TRiFT...hmmm.... what can I say about TRiFT? I disliked this app so much that I didn't even upload anything. Instead of taking pictures of individual items, they want you to take pics of outfits actually on you. Unless you have a full length mirror and like to have your phone/camera in all of your pics when you're trying to plan your outfit, this is just a bad set up. As much as we all like to play dress-up, this is just way too much work when there are other apps out there that don't make you have to do that. The way TRiFT works to make your new outfits reminds me of those fashion plate drawing things all little girls had where you choose the bottom and the top, no, really. In TRiFT, it lets you swipe through the tops, bottoms, shoes, and even your head, to create your outfit. Weirdness. Basically, this app wants you to take a photo of your outfit every day, but it doesn't do anything to organize stuff, so if you really are a chronic OOTD person who really does that EVERY DAY, you might wind up with a lot of pics in the app, but you have to scroll through EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. to make a new outfit.
Current Apple App Store Rating: n/a (app has not recieved enough review yet on the app store)
My Rating: #6
You will notice at this point that I got tired of apps not being able to rotate my photos and just went and did that myself. ClosetSpace made me kind of mad because in order to add your items it makes you input the brand, at least one color, as well as where and when you bought it. Additional information you can add to each item is how much it was (and if you bought it on sale), size, fabrics, patterns (which, if I'm going through all of this work already, why don't they have damask??), and how well it fits. "Item Style" is the category and, while you can't add your own, it is quite extensive and does include corsets! POINTS! You will recall me saying at the very beginning of this journey that I really doubted that I'd find one with them already there! ClosetSpace does not want you to edit out the background for your items, just crop them.
When you make outfits, ClosetSpace it lets you add occasions, which is obviously great for costumers because things you wear to Conventions, etc, may not necessarily be appropriate for "Night Out" or "Workwear". When you make an outfit idea, this app just makes a collage of your items. I'd rather see them displayed as an outfit like Polyvore or StyleBook instead. If you get tired of seeing your items small on your phone, you can access your closet on their website, too.
If you don't want to pay for StyleBook, I would say that ClosetSpace would be an acceptable second choice.
Current Apple App Store Rating: 3.5/5
My Rating: #2
This app is very basic. It doesn't even want to crop your photos when you upload them. Yeah, I get that you can do that stuff before adding it to the app, but, honestly, you don't know that until you try and it's kind of frustrating. The categories are "slim pickin's", leaving a lot to be desired, and you cannot add your own. Once you add an item, you can go back into it's info to add things like brand, size, and price. I'm not sure why you can't just do that when putting the item in to start with, though. When you create an outfit (they call them "Looks"), you just select your items and arrange them in a simple collage. You can add info to the outfit such as occasion, season, and style, but, again, your options there are super basic.
The other features of Stylicious include a shopping section, full of high-priced designer items, and an inspiration page, again populated by looks beyond the means of most mortals.
Current Apple App Store Rating: 3/5
My Rating: #5
I am surprised that Polyvore or a big fashion magazine haven't attached their name to any apps that help with real outfit planning (Polyvore does have two apps, but neither are geared towards using your existing wardrobe). Stylebook is the app I'm choosing to stick with and feel that it was worth the pittance of $3.99 for the better features. Which app are you choosing? Let me know if the comments and don't forget to join me on Facebook!
I have to admit straight from the beginning that this isn't something that I had planned to do tonight! I've known for a while that we were going to see the new Star Wars movie tonight, but I decided only a few hours beforehand that I wanted to dress up for it! I didn't do any practice on this makeup, and everything I wore was from my existing wardrobe. I do have an interest in building upon this for an original Sith character eventually! Sorry these aren't great photos, I just thought it would be fun to share with you. Did you dress up to see the movie or do a Star Wars cosplay lately? Share your pics with me on Facebook!
I didn't want to go too over the top with my makeup for tonight because I'm wearing makeup for a few parties and events this weekend and was worried about breaking out. When I improve on this look, it will definitely be more elaborate! I highly recommend looking up other Sith makeup to get some ideas as to what kind of look you really like.
I would normally have started off bare faced, but I went to hubby's holiday work luncheon earlier today, so all I did was take off my eye shadow and blush, then touch up my concealer and powder.
Next I applied some red/copper eye shadow. I took it up further than I would for regular looks because Sith need drama!
I darkened my eyebrows to go with the wig I planned to wear. If you aren't wearing one, you can do your regular brow treatment or you could look up a tutorial to "disappear" them and be more elaborate. It was also at this point that I realized I should actually put on what I was planning to wear so that I wouldn't mess it up later! I layered three shirts. The turtleneck was because it's December in Pennsylvania. Don't worry about the lace on the shoulders of the top shirt-- it'll get covered up; I know that lace is very much not Sith-y! ;)
Added red wings.
Went to town with eyeliner! Don't worry if you screw something up-- incorporate it into your design! Mine is far from perfect, but it worked for tonight and I don't think it's too bad for no practice on this look! I also did some contouring for sharper cheekbones.
Sorry that the final picture of the whole outfit isn't great. Hubby doesn't usually work my phone and I forgot to try again after the movie. I hope that you had fun watching this anyway and that it might help you with a direction to take your own Sith look in. May the Force be with you, and don't forget to share your pics with me in the comments or on Facebook!
On 12/5/15, we went to Steel City Con in Monroeville, PA. This event is held three times a year; this year we got to go twice because we were on vacation for the summer one. The price for Con entry has increased this year to $30 for a one-day pass. When we started going to this con, it was only $15. That said, it has grown significantly in the last two years. I was surprised to see that they had begun promoting it as a Comic Con this time around. Steel City began as a toy and collectibles show. I feel like this was just throwing around buzz words because Pittsburgh Comic Con got bought out by Wizard World after last year and most people were disappointed with their first event this fall.
Part of what has helped this convention grow so quickly is bringing in celebrities. They get various actors from many different shows and movies, and there's also usually a WWF wrestler or two (though I'm not entirely sure how that fits in if you want to be a Comic Convention and not just a Pop Culture Con). My brother-in-law and his wife (who you can follow at The Mom Next Door) had lots of fun meeting Jason Mewes this weekend; they also talked with Tom Savini (who is usually at this Con. He's pretty cool. :) ) Our friend, Justin, got a fun picture with Ric Flair, too. My husband had a hilarious encounter with John Ratzenberger (of Cheers, most notably, but he was also in Star Wars, Episode V). Me? I just went to have fun and didn't feel like putting any money out for celebrity encounters (which is my usual MO). Little guy and I saw lots of Star Wars guys and spent some time looking for a nice Jack Skellington for him to snuggle. I was disappointed because there was an awesome Santa Dr. Doom cosplayer who I wanted to get a picture with as I was doing some Christmas Steampunk, but I couldn't locate him again after lunch. I was happy to get to see my friend Andrew of Nerdiculous, though!
If you're looking for a good mid-sized Con, this is a good pick. There weren't as many cosplayers this time, but with it being winter in PA, I can't blame them for not trusting the weatherman and wanting not wanting to freeze their assets off. There are a wide variety of vendors, but I always wonder why they let people like home renovation or gutter vendors even buy tables? Are you really that desperate (Actually, they might be. Finish reading this article.)? This is not the demographic you're looking for. This convention continues to be child friendly and not insanely overwhelming. I wish that I had had more money to spend there (don't I always?), but I did pick up cards from a few vendors that I really want to look into for future costuming pieces.
As much fun as I had, I have to admit that since attending Sci Fi Valley Con with Jason Lennox in the role of vendor that I've seen more of the politics of cons, and I am apprehensive about the future of Steel City Con. In the weeks leading up to the event, it was revealed that there were some shady moves being made by the man behind the curtain, the man who promotes and handles this convention, Dominic Alessandria. Author Mike DiBaggio, felt the need to let his fans know why he was suddenly withdrawing from this event and will not be attending ever again. I'm not going to get into all of the details here, but you can read then on Mr. DiBaggio's blog here, as well as the follow-up post here. Needless to say that if a Con is scaring off it's vendors, it isn't long for this world. I'm not sure why Allessandria feels the need to be so hard on his vendors. This is not the first time that I've heard that he is not a great person to work with. I've yet to take my own business to a Con as a vendor, but it is something that I look forward to exploring in the future. I do not think that Alessandria sounds like the type of person I would like to do business with. Throwing down edicts just a few weeks prior to the event and "altering the deal" is a recipe for a quick disaster. There were several empty tables on Saturday, victims, I'd assume of these changes and it's fallout. As Princess Leia said, "The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems will slip through your fingers."
What's your take on Steel City Con? Let me know in the comments below! And don't forget to follow me on Facebook!
I had SO MUCH FUN with this shoot I planned for DuBois Area Fantasy Photoshoot! I wanted to try something different and do sort of a punk-y take on traditional Day of the Dead style. With this look, I did have some trouble finding what I wanted, which led to me buying three different skirts, three tops, and designing my own leggings, too! If you like the leggings a lot, you can purchase your own pair, too! I did my own makeup for this event. :)
These are pics from the first day we shot. The second day was more goth-y looks and I'll share those as soon as I have more back from our wonderful photographers!
Mask, Headdress, Necklace, and Leggings: Figment Costuming
Corset: Damsel in this Dress
Skirt: Altshop UK
Wig: Cosplay Wigs
If you want to see more images from this shoot and the other models, you can find there HERE!
I am SO EXCITED to share this with you! I have added my very first pair of leggings to my store! I created this design for my own leggings for my Day of the Undead photoshoot coming up next month, but I've had such a positive response to them that I went searching for a way to make them available to you, too! Right now they are available in sizes XS - XL, but I have talked to the factory and they are looking into making plus sizes available, too! I will definitely make sure to let everyone know when that happens!! Are there other designs you'd love to see on leggings? Let me know in the comments and I just might make your dreams come true!