Cosplay Adventures with Venom

Cosplay Adventures with Venom

Time for another cosplay post! This time, our subject is everyone’s favorite salivating symbiotic scoundrel: Venom, debuted at Animazement 2016. It was a very different process from my previous endeavor with Cubone, but the unique challenges were fun nonetheless. It involved a lot of hot glue and the stench of liquid latex, but I’m quite pleased with the result. Inspiration I’ve always been a fan of Venom, ever since first seeing him in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and always choosing him at my local pizza joint’s Marvel vs. Capcom cabinet….

The Way of the Spiral: An Introduction

The Way of the Spiral: An Introduction

In the journey of life, one needs a code, a credo, a compass to guide them along, so they do not find themselves lost or stranded along the way. Some find that in religion, some find it with a role model, some find it within a personal philosophy. Having a direction in life does not imply rigidity. There is still room to explore and find new paths. It is all too easy to find one’s self stuck when they lack a greater goal or some thought or idea challenging them…

An Ode to Vegetable Oil

An Ode to Vegetable Oil

My fellow cosplayers, let me tell you a story of happiness, heartbreak, dread, redemption, and household cooking products: The day vegetable oil saved my favorite cosplay. I arrived home last night to see my Civil War Spider-Man had arrived, two days early in fact!. I tried it on, it fit perfectly, I selfie’d it up, thrilled to wear it at Animazement. When I’d had my fun, I put it on a hanger and took it up stairs to safely store in my closet. I open the door, and I see…

The Flash: Ascendance Through Altruism

The Flash: Ascendance Through Altruism

My recent television addiction has been The Flash. I’m not much of a binge-watcher, but I usually have a show I put on in the background while I craft. After iZombie and my yearly re-watch of Gurren Lagann, I decided to give into the hype (universal acclaim among my friends) and check out the adventures of the Scarlet Speedster.  I was hooked immediately. I sped through the first season in about a week and now I’m catching up on season two. God I love this show and its no-expletives-given attitude with throwing Silver Age weirdness onscreen. Something…

The Motivational Music of Sonic the Hedgehog

The Motivational Music of Sonic the Hedgehog

For several generations of gamers, the words ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ conjure both fond nostalgic memories…and recent frustrations. A player’s age can be quickly identified by exactly which Sonic games they consider to be cornerstones of their childhood. Gamers in their late twenties and early thirties point to the classic, side-scrolling Sega Genesis games. The generation that immediately followed (including myself) admonishes a different era: the Sonic Adventure duology and the various 3D titles that followed. After a strange misstep on the Sega Saturn with Sonic 3D Blast, the Blue Blur burst onto the Dreamcast (and…

Spambot Comment Spotlight

Spambot Comment Spotlight

Before your blog starts getting comments by actual human users, you’ll start receiving weird comments with poor grammar (or possibly not even written in English) that either make zero sense or make sense and are actually random advertisements. Yep, we’re talking about roving spambots. These things seem to find your blog before you even attempt promoting the thing and even more roll in once some exposure is attained. These bots either drop off comments written by someone who’s first language isn’t English or are randomly generated from lists of common…

Optimism: Be a Light in the Darkness

Optimism: Be a Light in the Darkness

Optimism. Sounds like a dirty word. That bright-eyed, Kingdom Hearts nonsense doesn’t belong in the real world, right? Only a rose colored glasses-wearing fool would turn a blind eye to all of the problems and strife of the world. Pessimism is totally where it’s at. There are chemtrails, Illuminati, Donald Trump, Reptoids, an economy on the verge of collapse, and crappy localization of Nintendo 3DS RPGs to worry about! Surely, those glass-half-full people are just idiots with their heads in the sand. But what if they were onto something? Hell in…

All I Need to Know, I Learned from Gurren Lagann

All I Need to Know, I Learned from Gurren Lagann

It’s high time for post about the spectacularly exhilarating masterpiece of the mecha anime genre, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. If you haven’t noticed from past posts or the Facebook page, I’m a huge fan. The very name of this blog is a reference to the anime series that defined my life’s philosophy as an adult. I have a recreation of Kamina’s tattoos on my left arm, to always remind me of the lessons it taught me and the emotions it made me feel. If you haven’t watched the show, I implore…