Most of us are not nerd celebrities, so we can’t just ask some folks to make us a TARDIS door for our home gym. But we can certainly shove an action figure inside a mason jar with some glitter. That is well within our capabilities.
Holly Conrad of Crabcat Industries (you might also know her from Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay) created a replica of Winifred Sanderson’s book from Hocus Pocus for a friend’s wedding. And I want it so bad. She sculpted, cast, and painted it while Hilary Grimes bound it into an actual book. I mean, boooooOOOOOOOk!
The talented Holly Conrad and Jessica Merizan have their own show on The Nerdist channel where they usually teach cosplay tips or other DIY projects. This time around they had the opportunity to learn how to make puppets from Julie Zobel of the Jim Henson Creature Shop. No fair!! But really, it’s pretty awesome and I’m super jealous and they’re hilarious.
When I found out I was on a panel set for 9 p.m. Friday night of New York Comic Con I figured it would be the panelists and ten of our friends. Much to my surprise, it was standing room only to hear psychologists Robin Rosenberg and Andrea Letamendi and cosplayers Holly Conrad, Bill Doran, and yours truly talk about the psychology behind cosplay and cosplayers. Moderator Jenna Busch helped lead us through some interesting statistics on the people who do it, how much time and money they spend on their costumes, and the reactions of those outside the geek community. Thanks to Lawrence Brenner for videotaping the hour-long panel!