Kate Funk has been making custom cat calendars for years, but she could only afford to print small runs that sold out quickly. So she turned to Kickstarter to help raise money to cover the costs. Her goal was to raise $3,500, but so far the project has raised over $17,000! They were hoping to print 20,000 copies of the 2014 calendar, and it looks like they can print much more than that.
The theme for 2014 is “Magical Creatures,” and she dresses up her cat AC in 12 exciting costumes. Looks great! Head on over to Kickstarter if you want to join in the fun and claim your calendar.
Gee, I wonder where George Lucas got the idea for Darth Vader and C3P0? Take one look at these old 19th century firefighter masks and it’s hard to believe it’s just a coincidence.
In fact, the manufacturer was named Vajen-Bader… is that where Lucas came up with the name Vader? Many collectors thinks so. Hmmm.
This pair of early rescue masks, shown above, dates from between the mid-1800s and World War I. They look a bit familiar, right? Almost a 100 years before Darth Vader and 3-CPO hit the big screen in “Star Wars” in 1977, these two smoke helmets were worn by firefighters carrying our rescues in smoke-logged buildings. The buzz among collectors is that George Lucas’s designers must have found inspiration in these smoke helmets and other like them. In fact, one well-known 19th-century manufacturer was named Vajen-Bader—you could easily get the name Vader from that.
Here’s some big costume news… An original Darth Vader costume is for sale! This is the costume used in Empire Strikes Back.
Christie’s Auction House in London has announced the sale, set for Nov. 25th.
The jet-black helmet, mask and armor worn by the intergalactic villain are expected to sell for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 and $365,000) at a sale of pop culture memorabilia next month.
Christie’s did not name the owner, identified only as an American private collector.
$250-$350 thousand? That’s a lot of money, but I expected a price at least in the million dollar range. I’m sure there are plenty of wealthy Star Wars fans who’d love to have this!
Comics superfan Vinnie Bartilucci has one of the coolest hobbies I’ve ever seen. He buys generic teddy bears from Build-A-Bear.com, then makes costumes for the bears based on comic book characters.
THEN, he goes to comic conventions and gives the costumed bears to the writers and artists who work on the comic. How cool is that? Visit Vinnie’s Build a Hero website to view all the costumes, along with photos of the artists posing with their bear.
The Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA just opened their fabulous Icons of Costume exhibit. Pulled fromthe collections of top Hollywood Costume designers, it features movie costumes from the 1940′s to the 1990′s.
The display with run through September. Very cool!
Costumes in the collection were featured in such noteworthy films as “Gone With the Wind,” “The Honeymooners,” “Doctor Doolittle,” “Shanghai Express,” “Reds” and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.” Ten of the costumes are from movies that received Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design, and five of those costumes (those from “Cleopatra,” “Giant,” “Barry Lyndon,” “The Adventures of Don Juan” and “An American in Paris”) landed their designers the award.
Take a look at these Japanese cat costumes, designed by Takako Iwasa. Very extravagant costumes, and the cats look so dignified. Most of these outfits cost around $40.00, and you can buy them online. It will certainly help if you can read Japanese.
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