Cosplay Highlights from ACE Comic-Con Seattle!

Cosplay Highlights from ACE Comic-Con Seattle!

In my last post, I gave details on my first comic-con, ACE Seattle. It was a pretty long post and covered multiple topics, but I decided to break it into two posts because I think the cosplayers at this con deserve a post to themselves.

I love cosplay, and have tried out a few cosplays myself, even though I’m not very experienced at it. In fact, I went to the con as Claudia Donovan, my favorite character from the SyFy show Warehouse 13.

But even though I had heard that cosplay was super popular at cons, I don’t think I was expecting this many great costumes. On Sunday, I spent a couple of hours chasing down cosplayers and asking them if I could take their pictures – I missed a few great cosplays whom I saw on Saturday but not the next day. But all the people I did manage to ask, not a single one objected to their photos being taken!

So here they are. I’ve got pictures of 24 amazing cosplayers – some handmade costumes, others professional cosplayers. I’m not going to rank them, because that would be unfair to all the uniquely different and ingenius cosplays that I got to experience at ACE. Instead, I’m just going to give them to you in the order in which I got their pictures, and you can decide for yourself which ones are your favorites.

Spiderman (Spiderman: Homecoming): Adrian, FL

This guy is the first cosplayer I photographed, on Saturday, and I’m glad I did because I didn’t see him the next day. I think, given the number of Spideys I saw at the con, Adrian deserves credit for this original Homecoming idea. He pulled it off beautifully! The color contrast really pulls your attention to him – I had actually noticed him earlier in the day because I would see this pop of color out of the corner of my eye and turn to see him sitting in the panel audience, or walking around, and I just had to get his picture.

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Captain America: Akemi, WA

Now this is what I’m talking about! I forgot to clarify whether this cosplay is meant to be Cap or one of the “star-spangled man with a plan” dancers from Captain America: The First Avenger. Because of the shield, though, I’m going to guess that she’s Cap. Either way, this is one of the things that I love about cosplay – you can be as canon-exact as you want or not at all. Unlike some other mediums, fan art doesn’t have to be exact – spin-offs and new takes on familiar looks are what make cosplay so great! And I love the shield, of course. I wonder if she got Chris to sign it?

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Iron Man with Infinity Gauntlet (Avengers: Endgame): DoubleTakeCosplay

This guy is the bomb! I mean it: this professional cosplayer has everything down, even the sunglasses and the facial hair! I didn’t get his name but I did get his business card: the website doesn’t work but here’s a link to his Facebook page. This suit was so incredibly impressive I had to take a look at some more of his art. It looks like he does a lot of Marvel/RDJ cosplay and recreates Iron Man stills, though he has a few other things on there, too. That’s an incredibly specific niche but it fits him perfectly!

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Thranduil: Meesha, OR

This handmade edition of Thranduil is incredible! Cost-effective and creative, it adds a personal flair to the character while still remaining recognizable. And I love how you can combine fairly ordinary items of clothing together to create the look you want – you don’t have to handmake everything if you don’t want to! My first thought when I saw this cosplay was that if Thranduil wasn’t the king of the Wood Elves, he should be king of whichever branch of elves celebrate springtime. Great job, Meesha!

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Captain America & The Winter Soldier: Jordan, WA & Sander, CA

These guys are so adorable! And as far as I know, these two cosplayers don’t know each other. I was just getting a picture of Jordan when Sander’s parents came up to him and asked if they could get a picture of the two together (that’s why they’re not looking at me – Sander is grinning for his mom). But I mean, if my kid was cosplaying Bucky, I’d want to get a picture with somebody dressed as Cap, too!

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Spiderman: Jaime, WA

This Spidey was completely into it! When I asked him for a picture, he immediately gave me multiple equally awesome poses, so it was hard for me to decide which one to use. This one definitely looks the most like a poster shot, though, so I decided to go with it. I applaud not only the costume, but the full athletic characterization as well.

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Jedi with a Yellow Lightsaber: Mark, WA

This guy was hanging out near the vendors who built life-size working R2-D2s – I’m guessing he’s with them, though I didn’t ask. I’m not exactly sure if his cosplay is a particular Jedi or not – as far as I know yellow lightsabers are only wielded by the Jedi Temple Guards. But then again, I’m not as up to date on the Star Wars fandom as I used to be, and he may be cosplaying a specific named character. Either way, it’s super cool, and I’m so glad I was able to get a picture!

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Captain America & Hawkeye: Brandon & Chance, CA

We caught these guys as they were leaving. Brandon’s movie-accurate suit (stealth suit from CA:TWS), which is my personal favorite, looks great on him, and goes perfectly with Chance’s Endgame Hawkeye, complete with swords which aren’t pictured because they’re sitting on the floor at his feet. Father/son bonding at its best – way to go guys!

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Captain Marvel & Spider-Gwen: Emma & Amber, CA

These guys are super cute! This is the first and only Spider-Gwen I saw hanging around the con, so she stood out as one of a kind! I love the detail, right down to the white headphones to complete the look! And Captain Marvel’s costume has a lot darker, more serious colors than some of the other cosplays of this costume I’ve seen – definitely more reminiscent of Endgame than her original movie or the comics. I love it!

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Captain America x2: Bentley and Harper

These cute kids were super eager to pose for me! They were so adorable I forgot to write down where they’re from, but that’s okay – the pic is all that counts! Kudos to their parents both for bringing them to the con in true Marvel style and for letting me get pictures of them!

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Bro Thor & Shuri: Dustin & Laqawzia, WA

I love the creativity on this one! Both cosplays are spot-on, and out of all the different Bro Thor cosplays I saw that day (I think I saw 5 or 6) this one was one of my favorites. I was temporarily confused by the spear and thought maybe Laqawzia was cosplaying Okoye instead of Shuri, but I should have known just from the costume colors which character she was. Darn! I guess it just means I need to go watch the movie again.

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Captain Marvel: Michelle, ID

Michelle really got into her cosplay! Full suit, perfect hair, and my absolute favorite pose! She had that particular pose all ready the moment I asked her, so I knew she’d already been thinking about how she wanted to portray her particular iteration of Carol Danvers. Way to go, Michelle!

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Harley Quinn: SmallRiniLady

This awesome lady is the second professional cosplayer on this list, and I’m telling you, professional cosplayers are super cool in my book! She handmakes all her own costumes and actually judged the cosplay contest on Saturday night. I also love the idea of Harley Quinn as a marionette – so creative! Here’s her website so you can check out her stuff!

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Hydra Cap & Winter Soldier: Tesla & Nikki, AZ

This cosplay is really cool! For one thing, I haven’t actually seen a Hydra Cap cosplay before, so I had to ask and make sure it was what I thought it was. But I also love these two because of their presentation and movie-accurate Winter Soldier costume, complete with book, which it looks like they got signed by both Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan!

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Thor & Loki: Bernadette & Mary, WA

All I can say on this one is – very nice! I thought I was done taking pictures at this point, but then I saw them walk by and couldn’t miss the opportunity to chase them down. Plus, I had to get at least one Loki on this list, and this particular Loki is incredibly well-done! The Tesseract in her hand is actually a baseball display case with what looks like tissue paper and blue lights inside it. And they’ve both got bags around their waists, both as part of the cosplay and so they don’t have to carry any other bags around – clever!

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Winter Soldier & Black Widow: Dawn & Amethyst, CAN

Woo-hoo! First and only Canadians on the list! With a very unique cosplay idea, as well! Of all the Buckys walking around, this is the first one-armed Civil War Bucky I’ve seen! And the sign is hilarious – the other side says “I’VE HAD WORSE”! Congratulations to these guys for a well-done and unique cosplay idea!

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And finally, I want to give a shoutout to a couple cosplayers whom I saw but was not able to get pictures of – the full-costumed Batman who spent Saturday roaming around the con doing the Christian Bale voice, pointing at people and going, “I’m Batman!”, and telling kids, “Be good for your parents!” He was definitely entertaining and I wish I could have gotten a photo.

Additionally, one of the cutest and cleverest cosplays I saw was the little kid who came third in the costume contest. His mom had dressed him as Disappearing Spiderman, complete with a whole sleeve of his costume brown like it was turning into dust and a little sign that said, “Mr. Stark, I don’t wanna go!” The little guy was definitely an attention grabber, and loved every minute of it!

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A First-Time Experience Attending ACE Comic-Con Seattle

I had the fantastic opportunity this past weekend to visit ACE Comic-Con in Seattle, and since I was approved for a press pass (amazing, right?) I got to bring in a camera with me! You know what that means – bring on the pictures!

I confess that I am not a photographer, and borrowed the camera from a friend. So don’t expect anything artsy. But you know what they say, no pics = it didn’t happen.

A lot of this trip was a first for me – first time on a Greyhound, first time in a hostel, first time in Seattle – and first time at an actual comic-con! I was excited about the list of celebrity guests for this particular con as well – Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Lee Pace, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Taron Egerton. I know those aren’t all the guests who arrived, but they were the ones I was familiar with beforehand and whose panels I attended.

This trip was completely unexpected and yet a complete blessing and joy. I thank God that He gave me the opportunity to be there and that the trip went as smoothly as it did!

Attending

I don’t know exactly what I was expecting for my first time at a comic-con, but I just want to shout out ACE for exceeding everything I had been imagining. It was incredible! I traveled to the con alone, because I found out I could go at the very last minute (literally the day before). However, I made some wonderful friends at the hostel I stayed at, and ended up attending the con with them.

The view from the window of my hostel room

These friends both had photo ops and autographs with a couple of the celebrities, namely Chris Evans and Lee Pace, so even though I was unable to purchase any ops myself I stood in line with them as emotional support. This led to the lucky chance that I was able to go into Chris Evans’ autograph booth and I got to see him in person!

There have been a few trolls online complaining about the lines and the security, to which I say: please, just don’t. Security was thorough, but quick. The lines were orderly and well managed, and even though they got a little behind on the first day and some people didn’t get their autographs for Chris, they worked very hard to make up for it and got them all in on the second day. Even when I left my phone in the bin at the security checkpoint and had to go back for it, the staff were extraordinarily helpful and pleasant.

The line for one of the photo op sessions

So again, I want to affirm to everyone that ACE is amazing – 10/10 would recommend, and I would go back. Problems are unavoidable, but it’s the way they’re handled that shows whether they do a good job or not. And they do. You go, ACE!

Panels

In between standing in line for ops and enjoying the vendors, I was able to attend three panels – Avengers Assemble, featuring Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, and Don Cheadle, The Galaxy is Calling, featuring Josh Brolin, Zoe Saldana, and Lee Pace, and Taron Egerton’s panel. All were extremely fascinating, and the live streams can be found here if you want to see them for yourself.

A couple highlights from each panel:

Avengers Assemble

Chris Evans accidentally swore during the panel, and, though I personally don’t like swearing, it was incredibly amusing to hear the entire audience immediately react, almost with one breath: “Language!” The poor guy was mortified because there were children in the audience, and Jeremy and Don jokingly got up and left the stage, only to come back around the other side, surprising the moderator.

One of the first fans in line to ask a question had a support dog with her dressed as Iron Man, and as soon as Chris saw it, he jumped off the stage and beelined for it. Since I was pretty far back, I was unable to get any good pictures of this, but here’s proof it happened.

Jeremy had this moment where Chris whispered something in his ear and he cracked up and couldn’t stop laughing for like a full minute. I have no idea what it was but just watching him doubled over in silent laughter with Don rubbing his back was so much fun to watch.

And my favorite moment in this panel was when one of the fans asked Don Cheadle to do the “baby Thanos” (the hand motion that his character Rhodey does in Endgame when they’re talking about ways to stop Thanos from getting the Infinity Stones:

The Galaxy is Calling

This panel was just as much fun – it included Lee Pace not knowing that Endgame had been re-released with more footage and Zoe Saldana talking about being in the top two highest-grossing movies of all time (and saying she can’t pick which one she wants to win in that current battle). All three of them talked a little about what it’s like to act wearing tons of prosthetics and makeup.

I have decided that Josh Brolin is a teddy bear – no, literally – he has these smile wrinkles that reminds me of the kind of guy who flips burgers and makes horrible dad jokes. Seeing him on stage (and not having really seen much of his other roles), it’s a credit to his acting that I found it hard to believe that he’s played such intense villains.

He was asked, “If Cable was a rapper, and if he had a rap battle with Deadpool, what would his rapper name be?” And somebody in the audience shouted, “Cable One!” (which I personally like), and he said he’d like to be C-Steely, and that he would definitely win. And he caused an uproar by pretending to snap on stage.

Lee Pace got asked a fascinating question involving a show he did, called Pushing Daisies, which I hadn’t heard of so I had to look it up and watch it when I got home. The premise of that show is that he played a character called Ned, who has the power to raise people from the dead by touching them. However, if he touches them again, they die instantly, and if he doesn’t touch them again within a minute, someone else dies in their place. Makes for a really interesting story – I recommend the show, it’s pretty funny – but the question that he was asked was also interesting.

Lee Pace in Pushing Daisies

The question the fan asked was, If you were Ned in Infinity War, and you watched Loki die, is he really dead, and if he was would you touch him and bring him back to life? And he said that if the person who would die instead was Thanos, then yes, he definitely would, but he didn’t want to presume too much about the situation. It was a fun concept, though, and really set my imagination on fire for a bit, though.

And Zoe Saldana gave an amazing answer to a question about actors and other artists who are just starting out – know the history of your craft and learn to be passionate about what you do. And her encouragement in that moment really connected with me and I think that’s one of the best answers I’ve ever heard to that question.

Taron Egerton

To be honest, the only one of Taron Egerton’s movies I’ve seen was Robin Hood last fall, which was really good. And I decided to attend the panel, and I’m glad I did, even though I did feel called out a little when he said he’d be surprised if anyone there that night hadn’t seen Rocketman yet (*sheepishly raising my hand*).

But it was really fascinating when he was talking about filming that movie, including details of a scene where he is singing underwater, and the diving and unique experiences involved in getting that scene made. I always love hearing background information on how movies were made, especially straight from the actors or directors themselves.

But the number one thing that impressed me most about Taron was his incredible memory. All the fans who came up to ask him questions, he remembered – their names, what they’d asked for in their photo ops, even that one girl ran a fan page for him (which she seemed mortified that he knew about). The only other celebrity I know of who does that is everybody’s favorite Tom Hiddleston, and the amount of attention and respect that kind of memory implies is amazing!

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That synopsis wasn’t nearly all that happened during these panels, just some things that made an impact on me. I was so incredibly blessed to have been there and gotten to experience these panels live!

Vendors

So when my friends and I were walking around between panels, there were a lot of things to look at. One friend and I got caricatures of ourselves (as Avengers Loki and Ragnarok Loki) at a caricature booth, and both my friends and I tried out a VR game which was completely awesome – I see VR getting big in the future, ladies and gentlemen!

My friend Momo trying out VR for the first time

And there was even a booth where some people had recreated Baby, Dean’s Impala from Supernatural, in all detail from the show, down to the carved initials, the toy soldier stuck in the door handle, and the concealed weapons in the trunk.

There were so many great artists selling their art. I wanted to buy the entire con and decorate my house with their art because it was all so good. There were two vendors in particular that I want to give a shout-out to:

Tony Santiago

His art is incredibly lifelike. I came back to his booth probably six or seven times just to look at the art, and every time, I saw a character or several I hadn’t seen on my previous trip around. If I’d had the money, I would have bought several of his prints to hang on the wall because they’re so realistic they look like photos. He is really able to capture the essence of a person’s face and posture in a way I only wish I could – definitely check out his site if this is something you are interested in!

Hannah McGill

The other vendor I want to promote is Hannah McGill, an independent author and illustrator in the middle of her first graphic novel, Warlock’d. It’s not finished yet, but the plot she described sounded amazing! Additionally, she’s done all the art for her book herself! I especially loved all the images of birds she had scattered through her collection of art. I love small, independent artists and I want to give her kudos for making it to ACE to promote her book! Check out her website here!

Finishing Up

I know this has been a really long post, so for the last element that I loved about ACE Seattle, I’m going to publish as a new post in its own right. It will feature pics of only some of the awesome cosplayers who allowed me to photograph them while I was there.

Thanks for reading! I had a great time, I definitely recommend ACE, and I plan to attend and cover more cons in the future!

One Thing You’ll Never Take Away: A Tribute to Tony Stark (SPOILERS!)

One Thing You’ll Never Take Away: A Tribute to Tony Stark (SPOILERS!)

I want to start off this post by saying that I never really liked Tony Stark. Well, I can’t say I never liked him. I just never considered him one of my favorite characters out of the many to choose from in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Usually, I don’t pick favorites at all, but when the question came up, he was never a first choice.

I mean, who would pick “genius, playboy, billionaire, philanthropist” Anthony Stark as a role model? Who likes listening to somebody that arrogant and snarky? Pick Captain America, the do-gooder who always does what he believes is right. Or Thor, the buff god of thunder with a redemptive origin story.

Not Tony. Tony’s too flawed.

Tony Stark Was Made to be Hated

I once read something about Stark’s character origin that I thought was interesting, so I went and dug up the article again. Long story short, Tony Stark was created to be despised.

Stan Lee recalls in an interview for the first Iron Man film:
“I think I gave myself a dare. It was the height of the Cold War. The readers, the young readers, if there was one thing they hated, it was war, it was the military. So I got a hero who represented that to the hundredth degree. He was a weapons manufacturer, he was providing weapons for the Army, he was rich, he was an industrialist. I thought it would be fun to take the kind of character that nobody would like, none of our readers would like, and shove him down their throats and make them like him … And he became very popular.”

https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/little-known-sci-fi-fact-stan-lee-thought-marvel%E2%80%99s-readers-would-hate-iron-man-first

And I thought that was very interesting. How do you make people like a character who represents everything they hate?

But then look at what Tony Stark became. From the minute Robert Downey Jr. stepped in to play the billionaire in 2008, a previously unknown character suddenly became a household name, and it’s not because of the storyline, it’s not because of the CGI, it’s not even because of the music (though I love it to death).

It’s because of the character and Downey Jr.’s portrayal of him.

That being said, back to the original question. Most likeable characters are generally agreeable. Some of the more interesting ones start out with issues, but go on the “hero’s journey” like Luke Skywalker or have a redemption arc like Thor. Usually, unlikeable heroes don’t last very long, which is why there are so few of them.

So what makes Tony different?

The Story of Tony Stark

Let’s look at Tony’s journey throughout the MCU. There will be Endgame spoilers in this section so if you haven’t watched the movie yet, a) go watch it and b) please don’t continue reading past this point, though I don’t know why I bother as the spoilers are all over social media anyway.

Iron Man

Tony Stark is basically the father of the MCU in terms of characters. In Iron Man, after being attacked and captured in Afghanistan by the Ten Rings, Tony, a completely self-enraptured, profiteering celebrity arms dealer, realizes that his weapons are being stolen and used against American citizens.

He builds his first suit as a way to get out of the cave and when he gets home, building a better, more streamlined suit becomes his obsession. Soon not only has he designed one that can fly, but is basically his own personalized weapon only he can control. Using the suit, he rectifies the wrongs that his company had been causing and becomes a national hero.

Iron Man 2

Fast forward to Iron Man 2. At this point in a typical hero’s journey type story, Tony should be sorted by now. Right?

Not even close.

Tony allowed the suit and his own genius to boost his own ego. Being the hero and getting to save everyone all the time went to his head and made him more arrogant than ever. It’s not that he was doing anything wrong per se, he made the US safer, he saved countless people, he definitely qualifies as the good guy.

But I think pride has a unique place among other character flaws because it’s something everyone struggles with. Tony Stark became the embodiment of one of the sins that roots more deeply and is harder to beat than almost any other. It doesn’t cause any obvious problems, not right away.

But left unchecked, pride is one of the most dangerous and self-destructing things that can ever ruin a person’s life, or in Tony’s case, the world.

The Avengers and Iron Man 3

The Avengers does a bit for his character development, but not much. The movie makes sure viewers are aware that he “doesn’t play well with others” by focusing on his conflict with the other Avengers, specifically Cap. The end of the movie also establishes, however, that he is capable of working with other people and even more than that, that he is willing to sacrifice his own life to save the people he loves.

Follow his story through Iron Man 3 and you can see that his arrogance is still there, but by the end of this story, he realized to some extent what his pride had done to Pepper, and from there his character development started to skyrocket.

Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War

In Age of Ultron, it seemed he had become more of a team player. However, this movie is where that arrogance started to cause major issues for more than just himself. Ever since the Battle of New York, he’d had PTSD about what would have happened if he hadn’t been able to save everyone. His pride made him take the weight of that burden onto his own shoulders. He became obsessed with finding a way to protect the earth from alien invasions.

He went behind the team’s back and coerced Bruce to help him use the Mind Stone in Loki’s scepter to try and create what he called “a suit of armor around the world”. And then the plan went out of control. Ultron emerged, twisted Tony’s plan to include the death of all humanity, and suddenly Tony has put the entire world in danger because he didn’t listen to his teammates.

An encounter with Scarlet Witch makes his PTSD worse, and by the time you get to Captain America: Civil War, he’s so afraid of himself and his own arrogance that he agrees to the Sokovia Accords. This is a large part of what caused the division between himself and Cap.

I want to make sure you’re understanding this.

Make a note here that Tony is still trying. Despite his flaws here, he still cares about his friends and the fate of the world more than anything else in the world, and he’s willing to do anything to ensure their safety. What his pride is preventing him from seeing, however, is that he alone is not responsible for the fate of the world. He cannot expect himself to take on that burden alone.

His character development has gone on an amazing journey by this point in his story – he started out only caring about himself and now he’s destroying himself trying to keep everyone else safe.

This is also the main point of conflict between Tony and Cap. Tony has gotten so paranoid that he has placed safety above freedom. Steve believes nothing is more important than freedom – evidenced very clearly by his stance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And then when he felt he had failed, his pride prevented him from taking responsibility. Instead, he blamed the others.

Infinity War and Endgame

And then comes Avengers: Infinity War. After finding out that the baddie responsible for the danger to the world since the Battle of New York is planning on attacking, after having been a part of such a catastrophic team split that he doesn’t even feel he can call on Steve for help, he chases his young protegee Peter into space and loses everything.

Very little of this is actually his fault. But his pride and ever-decreasing self-esteem causes him to think that it is.

Now for the Endgame part. Captain Marvel rescues him and Nebula from a slow death drifting in space and he gets reunited with Pepper.

And he gives up. He finds a cabin in the woods, hides away with Pepper, has a kid: Morgan. He’s lost a lot, so he’s clinging to what he does have, because for once in his life, he’s stopped believing it’s up to him. He’s lost hope.

But, irony of ironies, guess what?

According to Strange’s visions of the future, the fate of the world actually is up to him.

He refuses the team’s suggestion of time travel when they approach him for help. He doesn’t want to lose his family over the chance of bringing Peter and the rest of the world back.

But Tony Stark is, deep down, a hero. He could never be anything else. And for once in his life, he puts away his own desires. His genius kicks in and he realizes, not pridefully but accurately, that he can help.

An accurate assessment of one’s abilities is not pride, it’s common sense. And Tony realized that without his expertise, that slim chance of recovering what was lost was no chance at all. And ultimately, that expertise was the only way to save everyone. Tony’s ultimate goal, to keep the world safe from otherworldly threats, was finally accomplished.

At the cost of his life.

A True Hero

He knew that was probably going to be the price. And he paid it willingly. Not for attention or recognition, not for a martyrlike self-shouldered burden of care, but for his love for his friends and a desire to make the world better. And I love Pepper’s words to him as he lay dying in the aftermath of the battle: “We’re going to be okay. You can rest now.”

What does the life of this one remarkable character say to us? It says that even the most flawed people can be heroes. It says that it doesn’t matter the mistakes you’ve made in the past if you make the right decisions in the future. In our lives, no matter how broken we are or how many mistakes we’ve made, God can still use us if we let go of our shortcomings and follow Him instead. It says that if Tony Stark can be a hero, so can we.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

John 15:13, KJV

This is what makes Tony Stark a great hero. He wasn’t my favorite character originally. He was created as an embodiment of everything people hate. His movie character was dominated by pride and caused as many problems as he solved. But not every hero is perfect, not every hero never makes mistakes or has no flaws.

A hero is someone who cares for someone else more than they care for themselves, and is willing to take action to defend them.

From the moment he created that suit to escape from the desert cave to that final, defiant snap wielding all six Infinity stones, Tony Stark created a legacy for himself that other characters will be hard-pressed to match.

He is, and always will be, Iron Man.

So, to Tony Stark, my favorite Marvel hero:

Love you 3000.

My 2019 List of Upcoming Media

My 2019 List of Upcoming Media

My 2019 List of Upcoming Media

Hey everyone! Since its the beginning of the year I thought I’d update everyone on the books, TV shows, and movies coming out this year that are on my radar. I’ll see how many of these I can catch (and possibly write about) through the year and I’ll come back to this post in December and see how much I accomplished.

Some of these I’ve been looking forward to for quite a while, others I just discovered in my search for new things coming out this year. Either way, here’s my list and I hope you find something that interests you!

If you have something I should add to my list, let me know in the comments!

It would be a very long post if I introduced each item on here, so I decided to just list their names and release dates for now. Links lead to the trailers for the movies and shows. If there’s no link, that means the trailer isn’t out yet.

Movies:

  • Spiderman: Far from Home (July 5)
  • Cats (December 20 – based on the musical)
  • Inversion (release date TBD)
  • Boss Level (release date TBD)

TV Shows:

  • Good Omens (first half of the year, release date TBD)
  • The War of the Worlds (later in the year, release date TBD)

Doctor Who series 12 doesn’t look like it will be coming out until 2020.

Books:

  • The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini (sequel to the Inheritance Cycle)
  • Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  • Mind Games by Shana Silver
  • Dragon Ghosts by Lisa McMann (Book 3 of the Unwanteds Quests)
  • We Walked the Sky by Lisa Feidler
  • The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix (first book the the Greystone Secrets series)
  • The Other Lady Vanishes by Amanda Quick
  • Time Jumpers by Brandon Mull (Book 5 of the Five Kingdoms series)
  • Invisible by Andrew Grant

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I feel like my TV shows list is kinda small, though of course I’m not counting the shows that are not coming out this year or that are releasing new seasons but I haven’t seen the previous seasons yet.

If you have anything else you think I should be interested in, mention it in the comments and I shall be eternally grateful (I feel since I mentioned Toy Story I had to say that).

My Top 10 Fandom Christmas Posts 2018

My Top 10 Fandom Christmas Posts 2018

My Top 10 Fandom Christmas Posts 2018

Merry Christmas, everyone! For this post I decided to pick my top 10 favorite Christmas posts off Pinterest and Tumblr to share with you guys. Most are fandom-related, some aren’t. I’ll try to be fair – one post per fandom. I won’t let Doctor Who hog all the glory, even though it has so many of the best Christmas memes. Let me know in the comments what you think of my picks, and if you have any other memes you’d like to share!

Let’s get started!

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This meme is from the Christmas episode Voyage of the Damned, and my brain was doing the same thing as the Doctor’s face while hearing Mr. Copper’s wildly extravagant rendition of our Christmas escapades.

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Most of the time, I don’t get the fascination with text posts involving the young versions of characters, but this one is so stinking cute I had to make an exception. And the fact that it doesn’t involve Johnlock (which I do not ship and which there are a bajillion posts about) is a definite plus.

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Woo! Way to go, Loki! Just the idea of Loki in a Santa hat is hilarious, though. I want one of those cardboard cutouts….

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I’m a fairly new SPN fan and I haven’t made it all the way through the show yet, but I’ve seen enough that I understand this one just fine. You get that grandma-killer, Sam and Dean!

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That’s a lot of cookies, for sure. My family used to do something like this every year, though I was little so I don’t know for sure if we really had that many cookies.

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Whoa. Cool it, Peeta. What’s Katniss supposed to say to that?

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I’ve always wondered about that myself….

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Ruuuude! That’s just rude. Dumbledore, you leave my baby Severus alone! I will admit, it is kinda funny though.

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Not many Jingle Bells parodies are this well done. I have seen this one a lot and it has made me laugh every single time.

What did you think of my list? Please comment and let me know! Christmas posts are fun – I wish I could have picked more than 10 for this post. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful week!

How Halloween Turned into My First Attempt at Cosplay – Part 2

How Halloween Turned into My First Attempt at Cosplay – Part 2

How Halloween Turned Into My First Attempt at Cosplay – Part 2

Okay. Sorry it took so long to get the other half of this out. I would have done it last week, only the Avengers: Endgame trailer dropped and that took priority. If you haven’t read the first part of this post, go ahead and read that first.

But, back to my cosplay story….

After my successful Amy Pond, I was feeling pretty confident that I could pull off Loki.

I mean, it wasn’t going to be perfect, since I didn’t have a black wig or hair dye and I don’t have the skill at the moment to make movie-accurate armor. What I did have was horns and a scepter provided by my friend Emily, a green cape from Party City, a cardboard box, a paper bag, markers, glue, Scotch tape, and a whole lot of determination.

So I mentioned in my last post that I had cut out armguards off a template I found on Pinterest. I got them wet, bent them around my forearms, then let them dry in that shape by putting my water bottle and a glowstick package on their sides on my desk and placing the cardboard pieces on top.

When they were dry the next morning, I very carefully took orange and brown markers and drew a design which I copied from a couple different Pinterest designs. I drew the original design in orange, then highlighted the edges and important sections in brown. Here’s a picture of the finished design:

Next time I go for a costume like this I’m going to try to recreate this look with craft foam, spray paint, and a craft awl to create actual texture, but overall, I was pretty impressed with how it turned out. I then decided to make guards for the upper arms to match, and ended up with this:

I then cut strips off my paper bag, taped them to the sides of the guards, and strapped them to my arms.

Cool, right?

So, with the horns, scepter, cape, and arm guards, I felt like I was pretty close to done, but I wanted to add just a little bit more. So I took my paper bag, and cut a long strip that I taped across my chest from my left shoulder to my waist like a sash.

I was going to leave it at that, but I wore the costume all day on Halloween, and halfway through the afternoon I decided I needed a little bit more. So I cut up more of the paper bag to put over my shoulders to suspend the cape a little more, and also added some strips around my thighs to add to  the aesthetic. Those didn’t last very long (needed to use something a little stronger than paper and tape on fabric) but it looked great if I was standing still.

I wore my tall brown boots because I always feel impressive when I wear those (and I don’t own any black ones), and slicked my hair back behind me. The horns were a little top-heavy as you can imagine, and I had to really cover them in packing tape to get them to stay together, but it was so worth it!

I wore it all day, through all my classes, and got so many compliments on it (I want to point out that I didn’t’ carry the horns and scepter around all day, though!). Then I wore it trick-or-treating with a bunch of friends to all the theme houses next to the campus, and over to the university president’s house, where he was serving cookies and cider. I put my name on the list for his costume contest, and he took a picture of me in my costume for future reference.

Guess what? The next, day, my picture appeared on his Instagram along with the announcement that I had won the contest! The prize was a $50 gift card to the campus bookstore, which is super helpful for next semester’s books.

So, thanks to Emily and my obsession with fandoms, my first foray into cosplay was successful and I can’t wait to do it again!

If you have ideas for which characters I should cosplay next, comment below and let me know! Thanks for reading!