WonderCon Recap: Part Two

Part One of our WonderCon recap, we discussed the con floor and a a couple of the panels.  For Part Two, we wanted show you some of the fun cosplay we encountered as well as our cosplay choices.

Day One of the con, Scout and I went with casual Cap and Falcon.

If you ever want to get into cosplaying but aren’t feeling fully confident yet, I suggest a cosplay like this.  Everyday clothes with a prop or two.  A cosplay like this is a nice way to ease into it.  We got a lot of positive reactions to this cosplay as well.

Scout’s t-shirt is from Fallas.  My t-shirt and boots are from Target.  My jeans are from Torrid.  Scout’s shoes are from Payless.  The wings and goggles were in a set from Amazon.  My shield was a lucky find at a con for fifty bucks, but I found a good option for you here.

As you can see, with the exception of the shield, this cosplay is very inexpensive and oh-so-easy.  If you decide to go with a cosplay like this, please share pics with us!

Day two of the con, Scout and I wore our new Cap and Nick Fury cosplays.  I will go into more detail on both in part three.

Day three was the big Harry Potter cosplay group, which we were so happy to be a part of!  We wore our Hufflepuff student cosplays that day.  Where to find these items was covered here.

Here are some photos from that day:

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In parts three and four, I will go into detail of our new Cap and Nick Fury cosplays, the Marvel group photoshoot and some more great cosplay we saw at WonderCon 2016.  Until then…

Love, Kim and Scout

WonderCon 2016 Recap: Part One

For the first part of our WonderCon 2016 recap, we’ll take a look at some of the programming and the con floor.

Before the con even started, we got the great news that WonderCon is headed back to Anaheim next year.  Now, no offense to the LA Convention Center (the staff at that convention center seriously could not have been nicer!), but WonderCon needs more room.  Not to mention that the availability of hotels in the area, the affordability of hotels in the area and the general “nerd camp” vibe that Anaheim brings to the table.  Lastly, the most excellent fountain for group pics.  It can’t be beat.

I’m picky when it comes to WonderCon.  It is the kid’s and my favorite con of the year, hand’s down.  It is a huge cosplay con, and it is the perfect size in my humble opinion.

Now, on to the show!

Day One was our busiest panel-going day.  We attended the Her Universe SDCC Fashion Show Preview.  Long story short, the fashion show will happen again this year at SDCC on Thursday afternoon.  There will be three winners this time.  A judge’s winner, audience winner and a home audience winner.  The show will be streamed on the new Comic Con HQ channel with a documentary on the show preparations, bios on the contestants, geeky girl fashions, etc. preceding the show itself.  After that news, we got a preview of what last year’s winners have designed for Hot Topic.  They designed a Star Wars The Force Awakens collection that should be beautiful!  We didn’t get a very good look at the designs as of yet, but they are going to be very high-end looking with a good price point.  Best news of all, plus sizes will be made available at the same time this year.  So, hooray for inclusion!  This is something that Her Universe has emphasized from the very beginning and kudos for that!  Here are some pics from the presentation:

The panel was attended by Hot Topic executives as well as last year’s winners.  Ashley Eckstein moderated.  Ashley is wearing the Captain Phasma jacket and leggings, which are going to be a must-have for me!

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I ran into Tony B. Kim of crazy4comiccon.com fame:

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Afterwards, the kid and I went to Comic Book Law School, which is a stop I make whenever I can for that continuing legal education that I have to get (What better place to get your credits than at a con?  I mean, you’re already there!). Michael L Lovitz, Esq. teaches this series at WonderCon and SDCC.  If you are in the legal field or a creative one and want to know the ins and outs of rights and licensing as well as intellectual property, then look up these great panels.

Between these panels, the kid and I hit the floor for a bit.

There were a lot of great fashion booths at this year’s WonderCon.  Here is some of our haul:

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We got some fun t-shirts, and I scored a Cap sweater.  I was disappointed by the availability of plus size fashions.  As always, the t-shirt offerings were teeny tiny ladies t-shirts or men’s shirts that I have to surgically alter.  The nerd girl struggle is real!

 

 

Parts two, three and four will explore all the great cosplays we saw as well as the Marvel and Harry Potter group photo shoots.

Love, Kim and Scout

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Part Two

Part Two of our adventure to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be all about the wands choosing the witches and our cosplay.  For Part One, click here.

To get your wand, you have to go to Olivander’s, makers of fine wands since 382 BC, which is a long time according to our Wand Master.  You wait in a cue to get into Olivander’s for the ceremony in which one lucky witch or wizard gets to have their wand choose them.  Scout was the chosen lucky witch this time!

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Waiting to go into see the Wand Master.

There are wands literally floor to ceiling:

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Scout was chosen to have her wand found by the Wand Master.  She was measured and then after a couple of “No, that is not your wand, Dear.” moments, the magick happened:

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This, I believe, is your wand my Dear!  Then it was my turn to go into the shop and choose my wand.  I chose a Reed wand and Scout’s is an Ash wand.  There are 12 different kinds of wands, each with different characteristics so you can find a good fit.  You can also buy replica wands for pretty much any character you can think of in the Potterverse.

Our wands and the interactive map.

Each wand comes with an interactive map (some replica wands are not interactive, so ask your wand master when you get there).  The map is a guide to the shop windows in Hogsmeade.  You stand on a gold platform and perform the spell with your wand to make something happen in the shop window.  The wands are an excellent replacement of our cheapy wands that we had been using in our Hufflepuff student cosplays.  Which leads us to our cosplay.

We wore only the uniform dress from Hot Topic to the park because it was an unusually warm day, but for cons, we go all out.  Here are some pics of our cosplay full-on.  Shopping guides below.  Scout is wearing a small in the dress and I’m wearing a 2X.  I am a size 18/20 for reference.  As usual, if you like the cosplay photos, please check out Justin Davidson Photography’s webpage to book him here.

Hogwarts uniform dress from Hot Topic

Robes from Universal Store

We had an amazing time at Hogsmeade/Hogwarts!  Check it out if you are in the LA area! Until next time…Accio, Happiness!

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Love, Kim and Scout