Monthly Archives: August 2008

Live Fonts

Have you ever thought of your computer’s fonts as living entities? Me too. When I’m lying in bed at night, I often ponder what the fonts would look like if I were to meet them in person. Thanks to this College Humor video, I don’t have to wonder any more…and maybe I’ll get some sleep. Check it out:

As good as Comic Sans looks in costume, I now know he’s not the font for me. Ransom is definitely more my style!

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Lego Costumes

Lego Costumes

Someone named Simon has an incredible gift for making costumes out of Legos. We’re talking about a full body suit, how amazing!

Lego CostumesLego Costumes

He also made a very impressive Lego Darth Vader costume:

Lego Costumes

Head on over to gizmodo.com to read the full story and see the rest of the photos. Great job, Simon!

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Tribute to Bollywood

This is an interesting music video for the song Carmensita. Musician Devendra Banhart and his girlfriend, actress Natalie Portman, have a great time dancing and singing in their Bollywood-style costumes.

It’s definitely a parody of low-budget Bollywood films, with over the top acting, dancing, tongue-in-cheek subtitles, and brilliant costumes.

Check it out:

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Disney Characters Arrested!

Disney Characters Arrested

It’s not the sort of thing you want the kids to see…a handcuffed Snow White being dragged away from Disneyland by the cops.

It gets worse. Cinderella, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell were handcuffed, frisked and loaded into police vans last Thursday after a labor dispute involving three Disney-owned hotels.

Disney Characters Arrested

Disney Characters Arrested

Disney Characters Arrested

Following an hour-long march, thirty-two protesters, many wearing costumes famous Disney character costumes, sat in a circle on a busy intersection outside the park holding hands before being carted off in plastic handcuffs by the police.

Tourists in Disney T-shirts and hats looked on with bewildered faces as the costumed picketers we’re hauled away.

“It’s changing my opinion of Disneyland,” an Australian tourist commented.

Indeed, the “Happiest Place on Earth” was less than a fairytale that day!

Disney Characters Arrested

Disney Characters Arrested

[via CBS]

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Bigfoot Discovery is Really Just a Costume

Bigfoot Hoax

There’s been a lot of fuss in the news lately about the Bigfoot corpse found by hunters.Bigfoot Hoax Turns out it was just a costume.

There was a big press conference held in Palo Alto, CA.

Tom Biscardi, owner of SearchingforBigfoot.com owner paid an estimated $50,000 to Georgia residents Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer for their frozen “corpse” and the rights to the news story.

Meanwhile, many websites, such as MakeupandMonsters.com did their own detective work and compared the corpse photo to a popular Bigfoot costume.

Bigfoot Hoax

They noticed the face and nose were exactly the same as the costume. It wasn’t until many days later that the Bigfoot corpse was officially declared a hoax.

Why did they do it? The hoaxsters simply wanted “to give the psychos something to do over the weekend.”

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Dating Website Discourages Cosplay

Dating Website Discourages Cosplay

The popular online dating service eHarmony.com has published a troubling article about “Photos that Make you Look Undateable.” [link]

Their advice? If you want to find love:

1. Don’t post a picture of yourself in a bar.
2. Don’t post a picture with your Ex obviously cut out.
3. Don’t stand next to a celebrity or something expensive.
4. Don’t wear a costume.

Huh?

We get that some people really like to dress up in costumes even when it isn’t Halloween. However, while your friends may understand your penchant for dressing like the original Superman at Comic-Con, most people perusing your profile won’t.

Since when does a little cosplay interfere with finding love? And if someone is turned off by your cosplay, why would you want to date them anyway? Is the goal to get as many dates as possible, or to find someone compatible? I think we have a Quality vs. Quantity issue going on here.

eHarmony says, “When you’re putting yourself out there, it’s best to save the fun photos for later on down the road.”

So… the key to getting dates is to be fake and boring. Nice.

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When Cosplays Collide

Cosplaying is interesting. It’s one thing to dress up as a character you like, but cosplaying generally involves having to act like the character as well. Cosplayers pride themselves on having the most accurate, authentic costume possible, and when cosplayers start making up their own characters, things start getting a little crazy.

One interesting phenomenon I’ve noticed is something I’m going to call crossover cosplaying (this is not to be confused with crossplaying, which is crossdressing cosplaying). It’s when a cosplayer, usually for a humorous effect, combines two characters from two different canons. Sometimes a character from one canon is simply placed into a different canon, without being combined with another character.

Hello Kitty Darth Vader
A fairly famous example of this is the Hello Kitty Darth Vader.

 

Elvis Trooper
Perhaps an even stranger Star Wars crossover cosplay is the Elvis Trooper.

 

Sailor Blueberry Muffin
I like the Sailor Blueberry Muffin, a Sailor Moon and Strawberry Shortcake
crossover, which I found on cosplay.com. It’s delicious!

Obviously, this type of cosplaying veers away from the canon image that is so highly respected in cosplaying, which is why this is done more for fun and laughs. It also requires more creativity in designing the costume than normal cosplay, because the cosplayer first must decide which characters to combine, and then figure out how to make a costume which represents both of these characters in the way the cosplayer desires.

This isn’t a very popular trend yet—in fact, crossover cosplayers are kind of considered the oddballs of the groups! Some cosplayers feel that crossover cosplayers are just mocking the cosplaying phenomenon, but I think they’re just trying to have fun with costume design and characters they love.

Let us know about some crazy crossover cosplays you’ve seen!

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My Invisibility Cloak Costume

Many of you have probably heard about the new Invisibility Cloak that scientists are developing.

What a great costume this would be! I took a chance and contacted the scientists to see if they would let me try one.

The guy on the phone was like, “MyDisguises? Isn’t that the incredibly popular costume blog?”

“Yep,” I said.

“Hey, we love your blog. Sure thing, we can send you an invisibility cloak, no problem,” he said.

I was so excited. I couldn’t wait! And sure enough, several days later, I received a package in the mail.

Wow, it works great! I had so much fun wearing it. I took a bunch of pictures.


Invisibility Cloak
Here’s me sitting on a park bench.

 

Invisibility Cloak
Here I am about to kick a soccer ball.
 

Invisibility Cloak
Riding around town on my bicycle.

 

Invisibility Cloak
Posing with my girlfriend.

As you can see, I had a great time. It’s the best costume ever!

 
Looks like the kid in this video has an invisiblity cloak, too. I think his mom is one of the scientists, but I’m not completely sure.

I suspect these invisibility cloak sightings will become more and more common in the near future. If you spot someone invisible, please take a picture and send it to us!

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