Spring Fling Check In

Hey there, Wastelanders!

So, those health issues I mentioned not too long ago are still going strong, if not stronger; they have kept me from doing a lot of things i want to do, including updating here as much as I would like. I’ve unfortunately had to reserve the energy I can spare for other obligations, but I am hoping that some medical leave and potentially experimental modern medicine will soon get me back on my feet and ready to write for you here more regularly!

In the meantime, you guys can check out new posts by me once a month over at Geekade.com, which has a great staff of contributors and podcasters you should totally scope! So far I’ve written about Mockingjay Part I, Sailor Moon Crystal, and made a Wednesday Addams cosplay out of stuff in my closet. More should be coming where those came from each month, so keep your eyes peeled and make sure to check out my fellow contributors!

I'll be Princess Bubblegum at Wizard Philly, Sat. May 9. Come say hello!

I’ll be Princess Bubblegum at Wizard World Philly, Sat. May 9. Come say hello!

In terms cosplay updates:

  • I will be posting my updates on my cosplays on Twitter (@crithitcostumes) and Instagram (@criticalhitcostumes), so follow me there if you are interested in following my progress!
  • I will be attending Wizard World Philadelphia this Saturday, May 9. I will be there as Princess Bubblegum (Scientist Edition), so please come and say hello. I might just have some candy for you if you mention this site!
  • I am planning to attend the Garden State Comic Fest (July 25-26) in New Jersey, with the cool peeps at Geekade (so long as my body holds up.) If everything goes according to plan, I will be there as the Pretty Guardian who fights for Love and Justice; Sailor Moon!
  • I am also planning to attend New York Comic Con (October 8-11). I plan to reprise the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, and possibly debut a new cosplay if I am able to!

I think that’s all I got for now, friends. I hope to write more soon! I have some medical appointments coming up that will theoretically get me mobile, energized, and out of the bathroom enough to be a person again soon, so cross your fingers to be hearing more from me! And don’t forget to check my Twitter.

Enjoy the sunshine, kids!

Support Great Art, Support a Great Cause

Hey there, chickadees! It’s been longer than I intended to go between posts, mostly because those health issues I mentioned before are still ongoing, but the holiday season did not really help either. I am hoping to get some more content up here soon once I’m more on the mend… but I will also be contributing to another site in a few weeks! I’ll let you guys know when it launches, but in the meantime you should check out G33kLife for some awesome content from the guys I’ll be working with in the future.

This post is just to let you know that Shawn Graham, a wonderfully talented photographer I had the good fortune to meet at PAX East last spring, has launched an e-book of cosplay prints from that very same convention! The book, Cosplay Noir, is for sale through his website here. All proceeds will go to Child’s Play Charity, a non-profit that collects games to donate to children in hospitals. Please take a look at Shawn’s great prints and buy a copy of the book! Help to support the artists (Shawn, his team, and all the skilled cosplayer who volunteered to participate!) and of course, help support some kids in need of a smile.

That’s all I have time for at the moment! I hope everyone had a great holiday season, and has a Happy New Year!


You can seriously just skip The Battle of Five Armies. Go see Into the Woods instead!

Enter, Ye Halloween Procrastinators

Tomorrow is the best day of the year: Halloween. It’s a day for gorging on candy, watching some Halloween classics (I’ve got Murder Party playing as I type!), drinking cider, and– best of all– it’s totally cool to wonder around in costume!

For some reason, not everyone starts working on their costumes during the summer time (okay, okay; I actually start in September/October, but I decide on my costume waaay before then! I already have next year’s planned!), so I thought it may be helpful to provide a couple of suggestions for costumes that you can probably scrape together with what’s in your closet, a trip to WalMart, and some cardboard pulled from your recycling pile. I would know– I have done a bunch of these costumes my own self!

Just don’t waste your dollars on an overpriced, poorly constructed bagged costume from a store, for the love of all that is spoopy. Please.


Link (Adult or Kid), The Legend of Zelda

  • Green polo, several sizes too large
  • White tights (optional)
  • Brown boots
  • Cardboard weapons: shield, sword, or boomerang are the easiest to make. If you’re Kid Link, the deku shield means all you need to do is color in the red design!
  • Green Hat (this is the ONLY thing that makes stores already putting out Christmas stuff acceptable. Also, optional, since people tend to identify Link pretty easily if paired with one of his iconic weapons)
  • Brown belt

Hogwarts Student, Harry Potter

  • Black slacks or pleated skirt
  • White button up
  • Grey sweat vest if you have one, or a grey or black cardigan
  • You can buy a wand at a Halloween shop, but I promise you can find a perfect stick in the park for free, man.
  • If you’re an HP fan, chances are you have some item with your House on it. Incorporate that somehow if possible! If you don’t, you can wear accent colors to match your House (green/silver for Slytherin, scarlet/gold for Gryffindor, black/yellow for Hufflepuff, blue/bronze for book-Ravenclaw, blue/silver for movie-Ravenclaw)
  • You can McGuyver a crest patch out of, you guessed, cheap felt sheets! Cut out a shield shape in one of the colors of your house, and the first letter of the House name in the other. It’s not the most accurate crest of course, but it’s a nice little extra sumthin’-sumthin’ to make your costume look like you didn’t just decide on it that morning!

Velma, Scooby Doo

  • Orange sweater
  • Red pleated skirt
  • Orange soccer socks (I found a pair at Sports Authority on clearance!)
  • Red or brown flats
  • Glasses
  • Freckles
  • Magnifying glass

Shaggy, Scooby Doo

  • Brown pants, flares or actual bell bottoms if you’re ridiculously awesome
  • Green V-neck tee shirt
  • Skip shaving for the day
  • Accessorize with “Scooby Snacks” (relabel a box of your favorite cookies!) or a stuff Scooby doll if you have kids, younger siblings, or remnants of your childhood lying around

Fred, Scooby Doo

  • Blue jeans
  • White long sleeved shirt (not a button up though!)
  • You can fix a blue collar with some cheap felt squares from a craft store, like JoAnn’s or Michaels
  • Orange scarf trimmed down (I’ve seen these at Dollar Tree!), or an actual orange ascot if you have one

Clark KentSuperman

  • Superman tee shirt
  • Business casual clothes (slacks, button up)
  • Glasses
  • Notepad and pen
  • Daily Planet press pass (optional)

Addams’ Childrenthe Addam’s Family

  • Wednesday
    • black wig with braided pig tails
    • black dress with a white Peter Pan color (another easy fix with your new best friend, felt!)
    • black tights or leggings
    • black ass-stomping boots or Mary Janes
    • headless doll (optional)
    • dead eyed stare into the souls of others (mandatory)
  • Pugsley
    • striped shirt
    • black shorts
    • some sweet Docs or other black boots

A Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings

  • Do you own your own Ren faire garb? Well then, you’re done!
  • If you don’t rock out at the Faire during the summer, there are still eay ways to make this happen with a trip to your local thrift shop:
    • Men: white linen shirt, brown trousers, suspenders
    • Women: white blouse, earthy colored skirts (brown, yellow, orange, green, dark red)
    • Both genders should curl and muss up those locks!
    • Both genders can accessorize with a basket with some apples/carrots, and/or a super rad wizard pipe


You should seriously be able to swing together any of the above costumes with a trip to WalMart (or your nearest equivilant), a Thrift Store, and a dollar store. If you end up using any of these suggestions, or come up with your own Procrastinators Costume, send in photos! I’d love to see what you guys pull together, and maybe I’ll make another post (a little earlier in the month…) next year with your suggestions!

To close, here is a shot of my costume this year! Sorry for the derpy mirror shot; I’ll get a nicer one tomorrow or this weekend and will post it with my costume breakdown!

Happy halloween, ya goofs.

We've got SCIENCE!

We’ve got SCIENCE!


There and Back Again: A Cripple’s Tale

I’m back!

Apologies for such a long absence; as some of you know (hello, IRL friends!) I’ve been dealing with some crazy health issues the last few months so my energy and focus has mostly been on, you know, figuring that whole mess out. But I am now, at least temporarily, on the mend and should be starting some new medications soon which ought to help with my energy a lot. (Fingers crossed for superpower side effects!)

A ridiculous amount of nerd news and events have occurred since my last post, and I’m frankly not sure where to begin. We’re coming up on the third and (thank the Valar) final installment of the Hobbit films, as well as the first Mockingjay film. I’m really excited for Mockingjay and will try to get a review of the film up here once it’s released! In the meantime, I recommend you check out some of the trailers; here’s one for your viewing pleasure!


Guardians of the Galaxy was released, and it was awesome. We’re FINALLY GETTING A WONDER WOMAN MOVIE, plus a roster of more sweet DC films has been released.

SDCC and NYCC happened, though I wasn’t able to attend either because of that whole super-sick thing.

Halloween is coming up, and I’m very excited to be making some progress on my costumes (this year, my boyfriend and I will be rocking out as Finn and Princess Bubblegum (Scientist Edition), and I’ll be dressing as Wednesday Addams for work on Halloween proper!).

Sailor Moon has been streaming from Hulu, and its amazingly gorgeous reboot Sailor Moon Crystal has also been released. Expect some posts on those in the near future!

Agents of SHIELD has also started up, and man are they bringing their A-game this season. Expect some FitzSimmons gushing in the near future. </3

I started watching Young Justice, and have finished Season 1. I’m hoping to get a full post up on the season soon, and I’m really hoping Netflix will get Season 2 up, like, yesterday, so I can get my fix of Young Justice-Robin kicking ass.

Lastly, there is the atrocity going on known as Gamergate. I am not going to get into this awful situation beyond saying that everyone needs to learn to treat each other with equal dignity and respect, and threatening someone who tries to speak out about inequality with violence is just wrong. Let’s just all stop being dicks for a change, okay people? Nerds and geeks should be working together for a happier world, filled with equal representation in comics, games, and film entertainment.

This is all I have time for today, but hopefully you’ll be seeing more posts from me! As always, if you’re interested in submitting a post for this page please e-mail me at ahearn.sann@gmail.com and I’ll be very excited to hear from you and coordinate a post!

Packing for PAX!

Hello, my chickadees! As you may be aware, PAX East is this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and I will be all over it this year, like a nerd at a nerd convention. I’ll be rocking my 3 Day Pass, and what I hope will be a darn fine Vault Dweller cosplay. If you see me, please come say hello! I promise I won’t use my sledgehammer to bludgeon you and loot your body for bottlecaps or ammo. Really. I promise.

I will be tweeting about the weekend from @sannahearn, so be sure to follow me if you want updates from all the dorkiest panels (I am suped for that mythology in gaming panel on Sunday!) and photos of the coolest cosplays. I will be writing a recap post of my weekend here when I return, but in the mean time I thought you may like a quick tutorial on how I made my Vault 101 jumpsuit. So check it out below, and let me know what you think in the comments!



Hey there, Wastelanders!

This is my tutorial for altering an existing jumpsuit to make it into a Vault 101 suit. If you want to create a jumpsuit yourself from scratch, God speed; I had a very hard time finding any tutorials for that, and the only patterns I was able to find for jumpsuits were really for rompers, which helps no one. I wrote this tutorial assuming you already have some sewing knowledge, and a machine.

I approached this project with the goal to make the costume look as realistic as possible. I wanted to wear something that had utility, durability, and, most importantly, would keep me warm in the Boston spring but not overheat in the BCEC. It’s been stated that the Vault suits would actually be made from leather, but as a vegetarian with a relatively cheap plastic sewing machine and barely any money, there was no way I was going to tackle that undertaking.

I ended up buying this jumpsuit, opting for the heavier and darker twill fabric to try and make my suit seem more functional than the poplin suits I’ve seen most other Vault cosplayers use. I bought my suit without realizing this handy belt-less version was available, and I recommend using the belt-less version for your outfit. I originally planned to just remove the belt, but I like the assistance it gives my silhouette and was not confident that I would be able to remove it cleanly; I was not willing to risk a frayed, tangled mess on my front.

The twill fabric is lighter than I expected, but definitely warm; I’ve taken to wearing my suit around my apartment to break it in (and as a way cooler substitute to a sweatshirt) and have had to revise my planned outfit for the PAX weekend, learning it is far warmer than I expected. I’m planning to wear black leggings, a black or grey tank top, and a long sleeved thermal shirt which is very thin but very warm. If it’s particular cold, I’ll wear two sets of leggings and add a tee shirt to my torso; if it’s very warm I’ll just wear the tank and leggings. The fabric does fray pretty easily, so keep that in mind when cutting.



 I purchased the smallest size available, 38 Short.  For reference, I am 5’1″ and about 120lbs, and this is what the sucker looked like.

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To start, I put my suit on inside out and used safety pins to pin the excess fabric and experimented moving around. I recommend having a friend help do the pinning; I did it myself, but it took far longer than it would have with help and I had to redo a lot of the pinning as I went, realizing it was completely uneven. Make sure you try the suit on after making any adjustments to ensure it still fits right. Practice a range of motion with the pinned suit to make sure you didn’t pin it too much (I did toe touches, windmills with my arms, some lunges, made sure I could sit cross legged on the floor and get up without ripping anything or getting stuck. I also ran through a few possible photo poses to make sure it was okay).

Safety pins in place

I removed the safety pins and replaced them with straight pins, like so. I did this one section at a time, to try and avoid any pins falling out while sewing another part. I started with the top, taking in the sleeves first and then the sides, and then any excessive fabric in the back, then I went on to the pants. I am still having issues with the crotch/lower torso area because I am so short, but am not sure how to adjust this area without inhibiting my access to the pockets, which I really want to keep. It’s nothing major, just a little unsightly bagginess around the butt, crotch, and hip areas, but it’s only noticeable when I sit. If I wanted to take the suit apart and re-sew, I think I could fix it, but just don’t feel it’s worth the effort and danger of ruining my costume so close to con time.

Back and arm, straight pins in preparation for sewing.

Make sure you hem the excessive fabric after you cut it! I don’t really sew “properly” because I am lazy and self-taught, so what I did was sew along the pinned alteration marks, then cut the extra fabric, and went over each section with a zigzag stitch twice to hem it.

The Numbers

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Homemade Stencils

I made my numbers myself; since I’ve never used an iron on applique before I was hesitant to try anything new on my suit that could potentially ruin it and require me to order another one. The stripes on front and numbers on the back are essentially patches I made myself, double-layering some yellow “bottom weight fabric” I got at Jo-Ann’s. I should have hemmed them properly before sewing, but the thought only occured to me after I sewed the stripes on, while I was plucking stray yellow threads from all over my suit. My numbers on the back were properly hemmed before being attached, though, and they are still pretty frayed. I decided not to sweat it, and will just chalk it up to some of the wear-and-tear caused by the Wasteland!

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I wanted to sew the numbers on my collar as well, but they proved to be too small for my stupid arthritic hands, so instead I bought some yellow fabric paint and spent about 2-3 days painting light layers of the numbers onto the collar.


Check out those digits! (with bonus sledgehammer preview)

Et, voila! Your very own Vault 101 Jumpsuit.

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Game Alpha Review: Rust!

Alrighty gamers, it’s been a good long while since I’ve given you the scoop on any games (other than updating some previous posts; seriously if you haven’t bought Space Engineers yet you really should.  They implemented multi-player, for heavens sake!).  Today we bring you the skinny on a new(ish) game that is in Alpha: Rust.  There is only one goal in Rust: Survive.  Whatever it takes.  Survive.

Rust is a multi-player online game (servers range from 10-80 slots, but I have never seen more than 50 people actively playing on a server) with no story yet (it’s still in Alpha), but it has an interesting enough premise.  You spawn in the game world with a rock, some bandages, and a torch.  Where you go from there is up to you.  When I first started playing Rust, I likened it to a combination of DayZ and Minecraft.  They have since removed Zombies, so it is more like a prettier version of Minecraft.  It is still very fun!  And there are many more dangers than Zombies.


Rust is a game that was developed and produced in 2013 by Facepunch Studios, the same people who brought you Garry’s Mod.  It is currently in Alpha/Early Release stages.  It was previously a web-based game but they made it stand alone following the community feedback.

Rust began as a DayZ clone because the developers were annoyed by bugs and other issues in DayZ.  The developers thought they could do better, and they came up with Rust.  They collectively made the decision to leave the world empty and leave the creation of the majority of towns to the player.

Game Play

Rust is a purely survival game.  As I said earlier, when you start the game you spawn in a field with a rock, some bandages, and a torch.  You notice a health meter, a rad meter, and a food meter.  It becomes pretty clear that your first priority is to find some food and shelter.  Any action you take results in the food meter going down.   If it is night time and you don’t have a fire and shelter then you will get a Cold warning and your food meter will dwindle faster.   There are bears, wolves, boar, chicken, rabbits, and deer that you can attack to get meat (and other resources) from.  Some of them fight back.  Since you’re basically naked until you get some form of crafting material to make clothes or armor you should stick to chicken, rabbits, and boar to start.  Deer run away very quickly so I would avoid them until you get some better gear.

Once you get some meat, you should find a tree pile to chop down to get some wood, and maybe some rock piles to hack away at to get some metal and stones.  Build a shelter. SURVIVE.  Think of what you might try to do when you’re really in a survival situation.  There are lots of things that you can craft in order to accomplish your goals.  Is running around with a stone the best way to kill an animal or chop down a tree? Probably not.  What’s this? You can craft a variety of hatchets, piecemeal weapons (hand-made shotguns, shells, revolvers, bows, etc).  You should make use of every resource you can find.  There are supply crates strewn across the map.  They are mostly near towns though, and where there are towns there is radiation.  Radiation is indicated by a ticking Geiger counter.  The louder and more rapid the ticking the faster your rad meter will fill up.  500 rads and you will start to have radiation sickness and begin to die.  You can fix this by eating a variety of foods or finding Rad Pills.   They clearly put a lot into this.

There are a variety of threats in Rust.  If you’re on a PVP server, people are your biggest adversary.  If they think you are a threat or have something you can use then they WILL kill you.  It’s up to you to find a way to prevent it.  If you’re not on a PVP server, then the world itself can be a threat.  You can fall from a height and break your legs which leaves you crawling for a few minutes.  You can hit something and start to bleed.  If you don’t use a bandage, then you will bleed out.  Then there are the animals.  Bears and Wolves will actively chase you and try to, well, eat you.  That isn’t a pleasant experience, and I wouldn’t recommend it.  Get a bow and arrow or a handcannon or pipe shotgun to deal with them.


Rust is in a pretty good state, graphically, for an Alpha.  The recent update on Friday changed the graphics for wood and rock piles: they now break apart when you chop away at them which is a cool feature.  The grass bends down as you walk over it (which lets you track people!) and slowly regenerates.  The creatures are pretty cool looking.  The structures that you can build look pretty realistic as far as what a person in the wild would be able to make (with the exception being the guns; i don’t know how someone in the wilderness can make an M4 or a P250 with their hands but that’s neither here nor there).

Overall Thoughts

The Good

  • If you have a small-ish group of friends, it can be a great game to play.  It forces cooperation among friends and suspicion about rivals and unknowns.  It’s basically an apocalypse simulator.
  • It’s very good fun usually! It can get a little tedious at times, but as I said, it’s a fairly realistic simulation of what we’d likely need to do to survive.
  • The graphics are pretty amazing for an early alpha game that is < 1 gig in size.  The textures are amazing.
  • The game play mechanics are also pretty well thought out.
  • The crafting system is merely okay.  Weapons are crafted with random perks (number of mod slots) which is nice but I’d kind of like to see some sort of rhyme or reason to it.  If I’m making my 30th handgun you’d think I’d have better luck than making my 1st or 2nd one.
  • Players are harsh.  You’ll notice this is in both the Good and the Bad sections, and it’s for a reason.  Players should be harsh in a cold world like this, but at the same time… See below.
  • The developers are pretty active and seem to be releasing updates and fixes on a regular (once a week or so) basis.

The Bad

  • People will kill you on a PVP server for seemingly no good reason.  That’s the risk you take for playing on a PVP server.  The PVE servers don’t usually have this problem, but they’re also few and far between and also very low population at the moment.
  • There aren’t really penalties for death (other than losing your inventory).  It’d be kind of cool (and frustrating) if there was a penalty for dying.  Lose a randomly chosen plan from your knowledge of plans for example.
  • They should really implement some sort of player trading system other than just throwing things on the ground and hoping the other party doesn’t run off.
  • Players are harsh!  There was a PVP server I connected to, I ran up to a tree and started chopping away at some wood, and a guy shot me in the face with a shotgun and then ran off.  No rhyme or reason to it.  I wasn’t taking a scarce resource like metal or food.  I just wanted some shelter.

The Ugly

  • Due to the nature of the Alpha, things change frequently and often unexpectedly.  The changes are sometimes minor (they finally eliminated zombies; the replacement however was wild animals like bears and wolves.  They intend on making the zombies into something else but haven’t decided so they went with a placeholder of animals, which is very silly) and easy to get back up on your feet from.  The changes can also be drastic (like when they changed and added things to the map and to the server code which necessitated a wipe of almost all the servers.  Even if the server you were on wasn’t wiped there was a good chance that your house could now be replaced with a mountain or rocks) and almost heartbreaking to recover from.
  • The learning curve is steep.  EVE-Online levels of steep.
  • The game throws you into the mix and says good luck and have fun.


Maybe hold off for a little bit.  The game is good fun, but the bugs and problems with server resets are still a little frustrating to deal with.   $20.00 isn’t a lot of money for a game, so if you have money to burn and are looking for something fun, if frustrating then I’d highly recommend it.  Wait a few more months and let the game let a little bit more polish.

New Years Resolutions Schmesolutions

In case you can’t tell, I’ve been sucking pretty hard at updating again. Derp. I have a ton of perfect valid reasons for my bout of blogging sloth, but I won’t get into that now. (No really! Some are, like, super good reasons.) I want you to know that from now on, I am going to my darndest to be better. All for you, my dear Reader.(…s?)

For the sake of moving on with life and assuaging my guilty conscience, here are some mini-recaps of some of the things that have happened I meant to write about but, y’know… Didn’t.

Oh, also; spoilers for whatever thing is underneath the bolded title of that thing, I guess? Enjoy!

Thor: The Dark World
Rating: Aww yeah!

I’da paid double to see this version. Amirite right, ladies?

Okay, okay. This came out practically forever ago, and in all honesty I don’t remeber enough to break it down in too much detail. All I can say is it was a bajillion times better than the first one! The biggest qualm I had was that the Elves were such poorly developed characters; I felt absolutely no sense of suspense or dread about their plan succeeding. Pretty much the moment they showed up on screen my suspense of disbelief was suspended.

On the flip side: You can practically feel Joss Whedon’s influence saturating the best parts of the script, Tom Hiddleston is the best part of the film once more (his little “ta da!” after zipping through the portal was the BEST LINE), Kat Dennings was super fun and I’m glad she got as much screen time as she did, and Chris Hemsworth is shirtless! For like, 45 seconds, but still! And it’s for literally no reason. Seriously; there is a scene change, and suddenly he’s just hanging out shirtless in his chambers, looking pensively out a window and washing chastely but hunkily in a basin, and then it’s a new scene. Nothing particularly dramatic had even happened before it, to make it look like he really had to mull something over…

It was a great movie!

Catching Fire
Rating: Amazeballs.

Ugh, my heart guts!

I had hesitant high hopes for director Francis Lawrence‘s take on the second installment of the Hunger Games tetralogy. The only other film he directed that I had seen was I Am Legend (which I only watched because I heard he was directing Catching Fire) and while I enjoyed it overall it had some serious problems.

I do not feel the same about Catching Fire.

This was so much better than the first movie; both as an adaptation, and as film. I expected to have a more difficult time choking down the forced love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale than I did, and it was a relief. Don’t mistake me; I still think there is absolutely zero chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson (though both perform wonderfully), or with Willow Shields’ Primrose OR Lenny Kravitz’s Cinna. Katniss and Peeta’s costumes for the chariot ride are still mega lame, and, worst of all, there was still too much damn shaky camera! You half lied to us, Francis. What the heck, man?

For everything that grated my nerves in Catching Fire, there was something I loved that negated it. I much preferred Woody Harrelson’s Haymitch in this film to the first; he gets the darker edge he needed, though I was very disappointed we didn’t get to see any of his Games. The riot and murder in District 11 was exactly what it needed to be, and Gale’s whipping was appropriately brutal and haunting. Elizabeth Banks made Effie so wonderfully alive and sympathetic, her outbursts against the Quell nearly made me tear up. Jennifer Lawrence was utterly brilliant once again, and her expression at the very end of the film filled me with nearly overwhelming pride and hurt for District 12. Amanda Plummer’s Wiress was as perfect as I expected it be, and Jena Malone’s Johanna Mason was as perfect as I’d hoped it to be. Oh, and Phillip Seymore Hoffman. Need I say more?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Rating: Heartbreaking

Oh, Martin Freeman; enjoy the screen time while you can.

I didn’t have super high hopes for Desolation, as you probably remember from my recap of An UnExpected Journey, and this piece of Orc waste didn’t even come close to those subpar expectations. At some point I will write a full length review of this, so I actually won’t go into it too much hear, but you can rest assured I was deeply disappointed by Beorn’s scene (Freaking, really? Come on, wardrobe/make up, Wtf.), and the terrible and stupid love triangle between Kili, Legolas, and Tauriel (who I actually enjoyed in the few scenes the love triangle wasn’t mentioned, hinted at, or shown). Benedict Cumberbatch was a fantastic Smaug, and Biblo’s Conversation with him was wonderful (and practically the only seen poor Bilbo was in!), but it just wasn’t enough to save this stinking multimillion dollar pile of disappointment.

I hope your happy with yourself, Mr. Jackson. I’m sure not.

PAX East Cosplay Progress
Status: Assembling the Puzzle

Okay, so last time I mentioned doing my cosplay for Pax East, I said I was going to be Zelda from Twilight Princes. Sadly, that will not be happening. I just haven’t dedicated myself to perfecting my sewing as much as I wanted to (again; I have reasons!), and I had a shift in my finances that wouldn’t have let me make the costume as perfect as I want to.

So I have had to change my plans a little, but I am much more stoked for my new project: Fallout 3 Lone Wanderer (Vault 101 jumpsuit). I chose this as my alternative cosplay for many reasons– firstly, of course, because I flipping love Fallout 3. In addition, I will have a much easier time altering and modding an existing jumpsuit instead of sewing a satin floor length gown from scratch. Plus, this will be warmer for walking around Boston in early April, I get to wear boots and make a Pip Boy 3000, and I have a huge selection of other fun props and weapons to practice crafting! The open endedness of Fallout leaves so much room for creating my own character, my own cosplay. Heck, if something breaks, falls off, or spills on my costume, it’ll just make it look more authentic.

Plus, I get pockets.

I’ve already gotten almost all of my materials and pieces: a jumpsuit, belt, gloves, and knee pads to modify; most pieces for the construction of my Pip Boy (a huge shout out to Sew Old School Crafts; I am relying very heavily on these tutorials for my Pip Boy, and bottle caps, and I am hoping to make the mini-nuke purse as well, because its fantastic and adorably bad ass). I also plan to make at least one prop weapon to lug around- probably a sledgehammer, because that just seems fun! It’s one of my favorite weapons in the game; I love melee the stuff!

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Just gotta put it all together…

For anyone wondering where I got the jumpsuit I am modifying, I got this one; however, I recommend getting the beltless version. I may or may not have missed that it was an option when I ordered. I would return my belted suit, but receiving the one I got took longer than I have been told, so I don’t want to go through the effort- the belt seems like it will be easy enough to remove.

I have a lot of work to do, but I think I’ll be able to manage with plenty of time for revisions. I’ve never done any kind of prop construction before, so my biggest challenge is the darn Pip Boy. I am hoping to make it so I can use my iPhone as the screen, and I think my plan with work. If anyone knows of a good app for iPhones that would emulate a Pip Boy (except for the weather one that already exists; it’s no good for my purposes), please let me know! I’ll trade you 5 caps for it. 10?

I’ve just started goofing around foam to practice carving. It’s very messy, but fun when I don’t accidentally slice off a chunk of something I needed. I’m glad I have a lot of glue left over from my Flame Princess cosplay construction!

My very own Pip Boy! Oh GEE!

My very own Pip Boy! Oh GEE!

I will be sure to post some more progress pics, and maybe even my own tutorial or two as I go!

So, there you have it. For now. If you’re interested in seeing more regular posts up here, well why dontcha submit some material? E-mail me at ahearn.sann@gmail.com with an idea (or an actual draft, oooh!) and I’ll hook you up.

Thanks for reading!