Lessons in Family from Fire Emblem Fates

Lessons in Family from Fire Emblem Fates

Before the dust even settled on Nintendo’s grand Switch presentation, the Fire Emblem hype train crashed into the station like Prince Hector’s axe. We got hit with announcements of four new games: Fire Emblem Warriors (Dynasty Warriors gameplay in a Fire Emblem setting) for Switch, Fire Emblem Heroes for mobile, Fire Emblem Gaiden: Shadows of Valentia for 3DS, and an unnamed main series game slated for Nintendo Switch. Since Heroes dropped last week, I have a relevant excuse to discuss four of my favorite characters: the Royal Family of Nohr…

Shoutout: The Alabaster Girl, by Zan Perrion

Shoutout: The Alabaster Girl, by Zan Perrion

Sit back and relax… I will sing you the song of women. What women? you ask. All women, I answer. Even me? you ask. Especially you, I answer. And what will you sing to me? you ask. Ah, my love, I will sing to you of hidden truths Yes, hidden truths and secret secrets… —Zan Perrion, The Alabaster Girl Every once in a while, you come across a book that metaphorically smacks you over the head, a book that wakes you up like a bucket of ice water being thrown on…

Inattentional Blindness: Spot the Invisible Gorilla in Your Life

Inattentional Blindness: Spot the Invisible Gorilla in Your Life

Tell me if this sounds familiar: A task or situation consumes your thoughts. It could be a boss fight you just can’t beat or a number on the scale that just won’t budge. Perhaps it’s a bad situation in your life, whether money’s tight, your significant other dumped you, or all of the Nintendo Switch preorders sold out before you could get one. Whether the situation is dire or just inconvenient, you may just be suffering from a case of obsession-induced tunnel vision, and failing to notice an invisible gorilla in your life….

Cosplay Tutorial: Simple Spider-Man Web Shooters

Cosplay Tutorial: Simple Spider-Man Web Shooters

Between the Spider-Verse comic crossover and the webhead’s triumphant homecoming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man character cosplays are all the rage at comic conventions lately (like my friends the Web-Warriors). It’s easy to see why, there are plenty of webslingers to choose from and they’re not difficult to procure and wear. A decent Spidey/Silk/Gwen suit costs less than $100. Every spider needs a pair of web shooters though, and today I’m going to show you how to make a cheap and easy pair in just a few hours. On…

False Attribution: Most People Don’t Care About You (And That’s Great)

False Attribution: Most People Don’t Care About You (And That’s Great)

“Oh no, that person over there noticed I’m getting a little pudgy.” “These people looking at my Facebook see that I’m not posting pictures with a significant other, they must think I’m lame because I’m single!” “My friends saw me order a cheaper drink at the bar, they probably think I’m a broke loser.” “I wasn’t invited to that party, everyone in the group must hate me.” Ever say statements like those to yourself? You’ve probably thought at least one of them, or something similar. In this social media-driven modern…

Announcement: The Birth of Mewtwo: Lost Creation Radio Drama

Announcement: The Birth of Mewtwo: Lost Creation Radio Drama

The Christmas season is over, and it’s time to look forward to the coming new year. I have several projects in the works for the website in 2017, and I’m excited to finally reveal one! Read on to learn about Theditor and I’s new collaboration: The Birth of Mewtwo: Lost Creation. The Birth of Mewtwo In 1998, the Pokémon anime made the leap from television sets to the big screen with Mewtwo Strikes Back. To promote the then-upcoming film, a five-part radio drama entitled The Birth of Mewtwo was produced to…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 4: Great Power, Great Etiquette

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 4: Great Power, Great Etiquette

Note: This is the fourth entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, and part three! You’ve chosen your character, you’ve assembled your costume, you’ve joined a crew of fellow costumed Samaritans to volunteer with. Now comes the exciting but sometimes scary part: diving into character to brighten the day of a child less fortunate. It’s intimidating as you suit up for your first hospital visit or charity benefit, I won’t lie. Once you cross that first hurdle though, you’ll find a heartwarming experience…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 3: Heroes Unite

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 3: Heroes Unite

Note: This is the third entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, and part four! You picked your character. You acquired their costume. You’re well on your way to being a superhero for someone less fortunate. But what is just one hero though? If the Avengers, Justice League, and the X-Men taught us anything, it’s that a group of heroes can accomplish much more than any solo underoos crusader. Route 29 Batman rides solo, but it’s always more fun with friends. You’re probably…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 2: Suit Up

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 2: Suit Up

Note: This is the second entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part three, and part four! Last week, I detailed the first step in entering the world of charity cosplay: Choosing your character(s). It’s an important decision, because you need the right ‘fit’ to best portray a child’s hero. The thought and research spent picking a hero (or villain) was the easy part, though. If you don’t have your chosen costume already, there is much time and money to be spent ahead. I…

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 1: Choose Your Hero

The Newbie’s Guide to Charity Cosplay, Part 1: Choose Your Hero

Note: This is the first entry in a four-part series about entering the world of charity cosplay. Check out part one, part two, part three, and part four! Children love their heroes. Think back to your childhood (or now!) and how your favorite superhero or hero from another inspired you. One of the most thrilling experiences is ‘meeting’ that hero. Just look at stories of Hollywood actors visiting children in hospitals in character, like Chris Evans (Captain America) or Johnny Depp (Captain Jack Sparrow). But, what if I told you that you don’t have to be…