Friday, June 23, 2017

Jen's Gems: The Smallest HufflePuff Room, Rainbow Roots, and Cosplay To Make You Cry

What's that? You want to see more of my favorite internet finds?

AS YOU WISH:


I would so watch this. :D

And while we're talking Wonder-full things, you know how I'm always going on about aging your plastic toys to bring out the detail? Well look how gorgeous the new Wonder Woman toy sword turned out by Nerfenstein Blaster Mods & Props!

You can watch her Youtube tutorial here. (She completely repaints it, but if you're not up for that, try just brushing on and wiping off some black paint to make the details pop.)

I found the toy sword on Amazon for $20, so I assume it costs the same or less at Walmart or Target. Anyone spotted these at their local stores?

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I like to watch crafty Youtube channels to help me fall asleep at night, and here's this week's latest find:


Cute dollhouse builds by The Hollycopter! I like how she modifies an existing kit - especially her using printable fabric to make the bedding and curtain. If you like this one, check out her Dollhouse Miniatures playlist for half a dozen more rooms, including Toy Story, Pikachu, and Disney TsumTsum themes!

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Over on Instagram, I started following HairByMissKellyO - a wizard colorist who specializes in pastels, rainbows, and all things that make me wish I wasn't so lazy with my hair upkeep:

 Rainbow roots!
Sooo prettttty.

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If you're not already a fan of The Bloggess, do yourself a favor and go read her latest post. Only Jenny can make terrible news absolutely hilarious. (I was reading parts of it aloud to John yesterday in the car.) Also, spoiler: she just got diagnosed with Hashi's, too. Is there something going around? 


Oh! And did you know Jenny made a coloring book called You Are Here? It's a weird mix of deep thoughts, quasi-poetry, affirmation, and brilliant silliness about whales with handguns - all combined with her gorgeously intricate ink drawings:

I've been too afraid to color in mine yet, but there are some beautiful examples floating around online.


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And finally, while this isn't new, Charles Conley's story crossed my feed again last week (thanks, Celia!) and it is SO worth sharing and reading and re-reading.


Conley is an incredible cosplayer - his armor skills are drool-worthy - and after debuting his Batman armor at Dragon Con last year, he shared this story on Facebook:

"I was walking around posing in my Dark Knight when I happened upon a little (POC) boy in a black and yellow batman costume. He couldn't have been more than 5 or 6. With him was his mother. This little boy saw me approaching and immediately stopped dead in his tracks, tugging at his mother's hand. I could see him point at his hand (the skin) and then pointing to me. I approached and he was a little intimidated at first as any little kid is when meeting a lifesized armored character. I knelt down and reached out my hand for a high five. With all the force he could muster he slapped my hand, with the biggest smile on his face. He told me he wanted to ask me something so, still kneeling I leaned in with my ear. "Batman" he said timidly "You're brown, just like me! Does that mean that I can be a real superhero someday too?"

Now here's the part where I bawled:

"I then ignored my #1 batman rule and removed my cowl so he could see my face. His face lit up and I teared up even more. I looked this kid dead in the eye and said "you can be any superhero you want to be and don't ever let anyone tell you different. Being a brown superhero is a very special thing and I know you're going to make a great one." 

There's more, so click over to Conley's original Facebook post below, where you can also share it on your own page. (Which you should.) You can also follow Conley's cosplay page, Ebony Warrior Studios. I hope I spot him at Dragon Con this year, so I can get my awkward fangirl on, maybe give him a fistbump.


You're making the world a better, place, Charles! Thanks for being you.


 


K, gang, your turn! What's the best thing you've seen online this week?

18 comments:

  1. The pastel rainbow hair looks like rainbow sherbert I used to eat as a kid. Is it weird that I want to lick her head?? I'm with you...the colors are beautiful, but it takes a lot to get me into a salon one time. The constant touching up just wouldn't happen. So I'll admire the hair of others from afar.

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    1. I had the EXACT same thought. (Rainbow sherbert, lick) Although now I have the sensation of having a hair in my mouth.

      But no...not just you...not weird.

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  2. That Charles Conley story was wonderful! Thanks for sharing, Jen. I know that I'll always find something uplifting, educational, entertaining or thought-provoking (and fun!) on EPBOT. Thanks for all the work you and John do to make this and Cakewrecks possible.

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  3. I saw Charles Conley on an episode of Cosplay Melee. He is crazy talented! His story about why he got into cosplay is really touching too.

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    1. I was wondering if that was him. It's amazing how cosplay can take a shy dude and turn him into a superhero. This guy has a bright future -- whatever he chooses to tackle.

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  4. Jen, I went and looked at Charles's fb post. It was moving. Yes it was. Then I went on and looked at all of his posts and got to the one that said basically that Otto (the kid that died that was in N. Korea) deserved what happened to him. NO!!!! He put up at big ol post that says #sorrynotsorry. What is wrong with this guy??? I am appalled that you of all people would support a person like this. That kid did not deserve to die.

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    1. Oof, I'll admit I only gave a brief once-over on Conley's page, so believe when I say I'm not endorsing anything other than his stance on cosplay representation. His original post links to his personal FB page, which I'm guessing is where you saw that - might be better to stick to just his cosplay page. :/

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    2. I don't think his Facebook post was saying that Otto deserved to die. If you look at Conley's other posts in context, I think he was expressing his frustration that when a Black man is killed by the police, some people will act as though it was justified because the Black man was allegedly breaking the law. Now, those same people are saying how sad it is that Otto died - as a result of being punished for allegedly breaking the law. He's comparing the two situations and the way that certain people react to them.

      Jen, if you feel you'd rather not post my response because it will blow up into debate, I understand. I don't want to debate either. I just felt that saying Conley's post said "Otto deserved what happened" was reductive and wanted to give it some context.

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    3. I don't want to argue about it and this will be the last thing I say. I respect everyone's thoughts and how they see it. This is how I saw it and it made me very mad. To post #sorrynotsorry when a kid lost his life and you spin it into a racial thing is not cool.

      Jen, I have followed you for a very very long time, you do awesome stuff. I was taken aback by this guys posts. I am all for equal rights and race NOT being an issue. Everyone no matter what should be able to do something that anyone else can do! You push that so much and you have helped so many, myself included. Thank you.

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    4. I'm sorry, but for there to be equal rights, race HAS to be an issue. Because things are not equal now. We like to pretend they are because on the surface we've come a long way, but they're not equal. We have a very long way to go. I can't blame Conley or anyone else for feeling frustrated by that. When racial injustice isn't happening to you personally it's easy to believe it isn't happening or that something isn't about race when it actually is.

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  5. Jen, do you know about the Recolor app? You can take a picture of a coloring page and color it in on your device. The Bloggess herself recommended it.

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  6. Feels leaking right out of my eyes... Thanks Jen :)

    Reminds me of my littlest niece, who is a Spiderman fanatic, when I asked her what she was going to be for Halloween last year.

    "I'm 'piderman, BB. Did you know girls are 'pidermans too?"

    Yep, my brother & his wife are doing pretty good things there.

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  7. Did you see the video of John Boyega pranking fans at the Star Wars celebration? The third one was Charles Conley and it had me in happy tears of joy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFjeq4Q6be0

    As for texasnascargirl's assertion about Conley's post - go read the post. He's just saying that he can't be expected to feel sympathy for someone steeped in white privilege. He said nothing about the guy 'deserving what he got'. That's texasnascargirl's interpretation of what he said, not what he actually said.

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    1. It was my interpretation. exactly. #sorrynotsorry didn't bother you? What did it have to do with white privilege? Conley took it there and it should not have been. A kid lost his life and that guy did not care.

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    2. I'm not here to get into an argument about BLM, just to point out when someone's words are twisted.

      This is not the place for this kind of debate.

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  8. Have you followed "MisaOnWheels" on Facebook and Instagram?? She's a gorgeous young cosplaer, ia wheelchair. You'll cry. trust me.
    AbbyS

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  9. I would also recommend following Mr. Conley's cosplay page only. I stopped followng his personal FB a while ago, due to his extreme comments (race-wise) and, frankly, making me feel uncomfortable/unwelcome on his page because I happen to be white, and not because I have easily hurt feelings. I'm usually very accepting of all people and meekly mind my own business; but if you wish to friend/follow Mr. Conley, be aware that there is harsh language, hostility, etc. As I said earlier, best to follow just his cosplay page.

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  10. I have just discovered Epbot, and I have to say thank you for providing a wormhole of avoidance for all the chores I should be doing but am here instead. Thank you for the link to The Blogess - I've been aware of her for ages but hadn't followed for a long time - but I so sympathize with the feeling that every time I go to the doctor they find something else wrong. And I'm totally sending the link to Epbot to my daughter - she's been having anxiety AND is a total geek/fangirl. She'll love it. Thanks!

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