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Comic Con: Masquerade – and More News

It's a Small, Thrilling World After All

It's a Small, Thrilling World After All...

Hi frocktalkers!  This is my final post from and about Comic Con 2009.  I attended the masquerade last Saturday night, and it was fantastic.  I had to leave at the halfway point, unfortunately, but I wanted to share my photos with you.

Additionally, the news is that I will be teaching a class at UCLA this fall, for MFA/Costume students.  It’s a very exciting opportunity.  I will be teaching 8 out of 10 classes in costume design, while costume supervisor extraordinaire Heidi Higginbotham will be teaching 2 out of 10 classes in script breakdown, budgeting, and running the department.  So you can imagine that the pace of life around here is going to ramp up quickly!
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Steampunks Elucidate Their Universe!

Professor Jager, detail

Professor Jager, detail

It is with great pleasure that I present to you this evening, an interview with some of Southern California’s most prominent Steampunks.  Here, we get to the heart of Steampunkiness – the hows, whats, and whys of it all.  Never before has there been such clarity!  I am deeply appreciative that they took the time to answer these questions, so we can all learn a little bit more about this beautiful costume aesthetic.  Answers below are from Gail Folsom, Andrew Fogel (a.k.a. Baron von Fogel) , and Nick Baumann (a.k.a. Crackitus Potts).  Read on…
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Comic Con: Day Three – Steampunks!

Detail of a backpack worn by Professor Jager

Detail of a backpack worn by Professor Jager

What is steampunk?  Is it a genre?  A special-interest society?  A sub-culture?  An aesthetic movement?  I think the answer is: yes!  Steampunk has its roots in the Victorian-era science fiction writing of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.  Consider The War of the Worlds (1898), The Invisible Man (1897), and The Time Machine (1895) by Wells, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1872), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1871), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) by Verne.  These books were revolutionary when they came out – it was the birth of science fiction.  Steampunk is born from this period – a time when the world was on the verge of the technological explosion that led to widespread use of electricity and automobiles.  Steampunk captures an era where steam (as a power source) held infinite potential, horse-drawn carriages roamed the land, and brass, leather and wood were king.
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Comic Con: Day Four!

Red, blood-shot eyes.  Last day of the Con!

Red, blood-shot eyes. Last day of the Con!

Okay, I just arrived back in LA from San Diego, and I am totally wiped out.  Today was “Kids Day” at Comic Con, and I went with Mini Darth Vader and his dad to seek some good times.  Good times we found, in the form of lots of fun kid-friendly activities.
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Comic Con: Day Three

This is Saturday, traditionally the most packed day of the convention.  The above photo is from when I tried to board the trolley at Old Town at 9:15 AM. It was like Tokyo rush hour… no one could even get ON the train; it was already full to capacity. In any case, I started my day at 8:30 AM and I am just now getting home at 12:37 AM to post.  I have so many pictures, so many good stories, and so many crazy things to tell.  I will tell you one story now, and post the others when I get back to LA on Sunday night/Monday.  The story I am going to tell you involves Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
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Comic Con: Day Two (Star Wars Day)

The Dark Lord and his minion.

The Dark Lord and his minion.

Today at Comic Con was Star Wars day. It is intense, fanboy heaven, however you don’t have to be well versed in Star Wars lore to enjoy the spectacle.  I have seen all six movies, some of them several times, but I don’t know a Zygerrian from a Zelosian.   I arrived at Comic Con this morning with two children who have never seen the film, mind you.  That didn’t stop the older one from developing a deep and profound connection with Darth Vader, a preoccupation that started a year ago, possibly from last year’s exposure to Star Wars day at Comic Con.  If these kids can enjoy Star Wars day without ever having seen the movie, imagine what Star Wars day is like for fans.
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Comic Con: Day One

Comic Con kicked off with a bang today.  The exhibition hall was again wall-to-wall people, clamoring for glimpses of the newest, coolest, and most hard-to-find bits of popular culture.  Arriving at 12:30 – yes, late, I know, but I missed my train – I strolled the convention center floor in pursuit of good stories to share with you, Frocktalk readers.  And let me tell you, I was not disappointed.

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Comic Con: How To, Without Losing Your Mind or Anything Else.

Comic Con can either be totally fun or a complete nightmare.  It’s all about how you approach it.  This is my third year at Comic Con, and I have learned a few things over these years that can make it better for everyone.  Here are my top ten tips toward making your Comic Con experience more enjoyable.
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Comic Con: Preview Day!

OK, so today was the “preview” day/night of Comic Con.  Let me tell you, it was overrun with people, already.  The line just to pick up passes was a quarter-mile long, no joke.  But the best thing happened when I was walking up to the convention center.  That’s when I saw THIS GUY:

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Comic Con – the rumblings of madness begin…

Hello Frocktalk readers!  It is Wednesday of Comic Con week, and that can mean only one thing: kick-off party!!  I will be covering all of Comic Con, starting tonight, trying to give you the best (costume-intensive) coverage I can.  I will be posting at night when I get home, so stand by for pictures and stories of mayhem.  If you haven’t checked out the schedule, take a look at it HERE, and if there is something special you’d like me to cover, hit me back and I will do my best.

— KMB



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