Cosplay Tutorial: Create a Duct Tape Head Cast

Cosplay Tutorial: Create a Duct Tape Head Cast

Time for something a little different, if not just because my intended post for this week has spiraled out into something larger than originally intended. With all of the Pokémon Sun and Moon revelations rocking the Internet, I decided to return to humanizing Pokémon species for cosplay (my first was Cubone). A friend suggested a group cosplay themed around new Pokémon species as well as the Alolan Forms of existing ones, and the idea struck me: Create a human version of Alolan Marowak, roughly based on Yokai (Big Hero 6) with a skull helmet…

Pick a powerful memory, and take it with you.

Pick a powerful memory, and take it with you.

Think of that perfect time, that perfect moment in your life. Yes, that time. Wasn’t it great? Everything just felt right. You felt invincible, or perhaps exhilarated. Maybe both. It was an intoxicating high, even if drugs were not (or were) involved. There was nothing quite like it before, and nothing quite like it since.  I didn’t need to make a suggestion, you probably thought of something instantly. We all have those memories that stick with us, the ones where everything just ‘clicked’ or fell into place. Even if they were…

What do you do when plans go wrong?

What do you do when plans go wrong?

There is one overused quotation I see proven true again and again and again and again throughout life: “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” This nugget of wisdom by Robert Burns has been hammered into the ground for a reason: Rarely do things play out the way we wish them to. It’s stressful. It can be as minor as friends canceling for a night out or as major as a derailed engagement or lost job.  If no battle plan survives contact with the enemy, how do we…

Shoutout: Hardcore Zen, by Brad Warner

Shoutout: Hardcore Zen, by Brad Warner

What mental image does the word ‘Zen’ invoke in your mind? Japanese monks meditating peacefully by a waterfall? Daily blogs with vanilla platitudes about serenity? Surreal news clips at the end of The Daily Show? How about this instead: A rich school of teachings that are just as relevant today as they were millennia ago. Sure, a 1,500-year-old offshoot of a 3,000-year-old world religion sounds daunting. It never spawned on my PokéRadar, that’s for sure. Were it not for the subject of today’s shoutout, it probably never would have. Zen…

Neville Longbottom: From Bumbler to Badass

Neville Longbottom: From Bumbler to Badass

After taking a few years off following the seventh book, J.K. Rowling fired up the Harry Potter hype train and drove out of Platform 9¾ at warp speed. Pottermore launched (still think that name is weird), the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play entered production (complete with a generous helping of nerd racism), and Warner Bros. announced the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film (why there is a film based on one of Harry’s textbooks is beyond me). Supposedly, Niantic secured the rights for a Pokémon Go-style mobile game. The franchise is…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review

The grand literary saga of the Boy Who Lived finally continues in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child…as a stage play. It is a mixed bag, for sure. Some parts of the story deliver great character development, but it also suffers from an annoying protagonist and plot threads that feel like they don’t belong in the Harry Potter setting. Is it worth reading? Is it a good continuation? Well, there’s a lot to consider. J.K. Rowling wisely anticipated there would be hell to pay if the new story was inaccessible to people…