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Comic Con 2010: Friday!

Tony Stark/Iron Man

Tony Stark/Iron Man

Hello Frocktalkers! I am totally exhausted after a long day 1 (for me) of Comic Con this year. I saw some amazing things and had a great time, and I have some photos for you after the jump!

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Follow the CDG Tweets!

Hey there Frocktalkers!!  Make sure you follow the CDG Twitter account for live updates on all the costumes at Comic Con!  They will be tweeting live from the Masquerade Ball – which is great, because I don’t recall anyone doing that in the past – get your Masquerade costume contest winners while they are steaming hot!

— KMB

Comic Con – Don’t Miss This!!!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you are at the Con in the next few days, you are not going to want to miss the following:

EVERY DAY from 9A – 7P at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel (just south of the Convention Center) is the COSTUME DESIGN ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT.  The exhibit is in the AQUA level, rooms 311 and 312.  There are going to be a LOT of cool illustrations there, including some that I did for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2!  Check it out!

Friday at 11AM in room 32 AB it’s the CDG TELEVISION PANEL, with designers Audrey Fisher (True Blood), Ane Crabtree (Justified), Shawna Trpcic (Firefly), Pamela Shaw (Assistant Designer, Vampire Diaries),  Jennifer Eve (Assistant Designer, Glee).

Friday from 12Noon – 1PM in the Sails Pavilion you can get AUTOGRAPHS from all the costume designers from the television panel.  And just between you and me, they will probably have some cool ephemera from their shows that they will sign for you!

Friday at 2:15PM in Hall H don’t miss Costume Designer Wendy Chuck and the panel for the upcoming film DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK!

Friday at 5:15PM, in Ballroom 20, it’s Costume Designer Audrey Fisher and the TRUE BLOOD panel!

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Comic Con – Get Your Costume On!!

Okay, Comic Con-goers… here’s the deal!  You wear costumes to the ‘Con, you get prizes.  Just an overview: the CDG will be awarding ribbons daily for the best costumes they see in the halls of Comic Con.  Then, Saturday night, the big Masquerade Ball takes place.  The CDG will be giving an award for their favorite costume at the Ball, and the award includes a gift certificate to ISW – aka International Silks and Woolens.  Believe me, you want this gift certificate. The David C. Copley Award – given by the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design – will also be given to an outstanding Masquerade Ball participant.  The Copley award comes with a $100 cash prize and a copy of the awesome book Dressed, by Deborah Nadoolman Landis!

So, ratchet up your game, people!  There are awards to win, ribbons to collect!  See you at Comic Con!!

– KMB

And Now, a Word From the CDG about Comic Con!

Our friends at the Costume Designers Guild are working their buns off to present a fantastic array of panels, sights and awards for your enjoyment at Comic Con!  Read on:

Studio City, CA July 13, 2010 – A sea of close to 150,000 Comic-Con attendees will swarm the San Diego Convention Center July 21-25, dressed in costumes they made impersonating their favorite idol, action hero, or theme.    Many of these costumes were originally designed and illustrated by professional Costume Designers and Costume Illustrators for movies and television shows. In its sixth year at Comic-Con, the CDG continues to create an exciting Comic-con experience for costume enthusiasts.

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Young Frocktalkers: Take Note!

Now, you know I am not a huge fan of giant corporations.  I am an advocate for the small business owner, and I will always seek out a mom-and-pop store before succumbing to a corporate giant.  However, the corporate giants sometimes offer some interesting incentives… and they can do this precisely because they are big and well-funded.  Here is a good example: if you are between the ages of 14 – 19, you could win $50,000 cash for college through Jo-Ann Fabric’s 2010 prom contest.

Here’s the deal: you make your dress and an accessory using fabric and other products from Jo-Ann.  You take three pictures of the completed ensemble, submit your receipts for the fabric purchase (must be from Jo-Ann’s), and get it all turned in to Jo-Ann’s by 6-15-10.  Finalists will be notified by 7-2-10.  Think about it – in this horrid economy, if you are a crafty mo-fo, you could get some big bucks for college, which would undoubtedly be very helpful.

The small print: you have to be a U.S. resident to participate, and the offer is void in Maryland and Vermont.  It’s a pretty great opportunity, so good luck to all of you!!

— KMB

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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