#Mothra #Cosplay Day 9 A Motivation Challenge

Full color Right wing over Black and white Left wing

Full color Right wing over Black and white Left wing

Full color Right wing over Black and white Left wing

Yes, Gentle Reader, I had some serious motivational issues today. The other cosplayers who usually do Cosplay Sunday with me were not able to this week and I stayed out far too late last night drinking far too much. The food and the booze were both fantastic but the fun yesterday left me drained today.

Forgive me then, for not getting my sewing machine out and finishing up the little bit of sewing that the left wing still needs. I need to seam the sleeve part of the wing and top stitch the faux fur down. It’s not a lot of sewing but it is a lot of stop and start sewing. I can’t sew over the boning so I have to be very focused when I’m doing the top stitching and I just didn’t have it in me today.

Fortunately there is still plenty of painting to be done to finish both wings. I finished up the final coat of black on the front side of the right wing. Then I moved on to painting the black on the front side of the left wing and realized, to my horror, that I had not drawn the pattern quite correctly. Thankfully I caught the mistake before I got very much painting done.

Catching the mistake before it's too late.

Catching the mistake before it’s too late.

Now fellow cosplayers, mistakes happen. What’s important is how you recover from them. When I bought my paint I picked up a bit of thick white paint because the base fabric I’m using is white. So every time I paint the wrong color somewhere I just go over it with white until it’s covered up and then I can paint over it with the proper color. In this case I needed to white over a black line and change the shape of a curve before extending the black farther into the wing.

This is a hand made costume so remember to cut yourself some slack when you’re working on your own costume. Most people I know see every single flaw in construction when they make something but trust me, no one else will notice, or if they do they won’t mind. These little flaws are what make it unique, so be a little forgiving of yourself if you make a mistake. Recover, and carry on. (I know…it’s hard. I can spot every little misstep I’ve made on this costume but then I look at a picture and realize that even knowing where the mistakes are I can barely spot them).

Black and white for now.

Black and white for now.

So I got a good part of the black done on both sides of the left wing. I decided to stick with black today because I wanted to see the left wing as a black and white pattern and compare it to the full color right wing. I’m glad I did, the contrast is striking.

Since I have never seen a Mothra cosplay at any comic con I’ve gone to I decided to do a little Googling and see what other Mothras might be out there. I figured G-Fest would be a logical place to find Mothra cosplay. Then in the course of further Googling I saw a Mothra with the same wing and hat concept that I had–in a Godzilla Burlesque!! I don’t know whether to be delighted or scandalized. It just goes to show that there truly is nothing new under the sun.

My hat is quite different in style than any of the others I saw and I only saw original Mothra costumes and I’ve gone with Rainbow Mothra. I like the colors but I also like the shape of the wings better. I also like the feathery antenna of the Mothra I chose. As I said in last weeks blog post, choosing a subject for cosplay is very personal and there is no right or wrong choice. It’s what seems right to the cosplayer.

Painting in Progress

Painting in Progress

Pacific Rim, How To Train Your Dragon, Godzilla and More!

How To Train Your Dragon Movie Poster

How To Train Your Dragon Movie Poster

How To Train Your Dragon Movie Poster

That’s right, gentle reader, today is a medley of updates, impressions and thoughts. First up I saw a trailer for How To Train Your Dragon 2 and it gave me goosebumps! I got goosebumps watching the first How To Train Your Dragon. The visuals, even though they are stylized CGI are stunning. Yes I know it doesn’t follow the books hardly at all but I enjoyed the movie anyway. Anyway check out the official trailer from Dreamworks:

Fabulous, no?

Now as you know I’m totally a fan of Pacific Rim. I love, love, loved that movie. I’m going to see it again next weekend. I might sneak away and see it again mid-week too. We’ll just have to see. That being said, as a nerd, and let’s be honest here, I am a nerd; I’ve been following Pacific Rim’s performance at the box office. I know that if it does well enough, if it grosses enough money there will be a sequel and I really want a sequel. I want Pacific Rim to be a franchise. I want lots of Pacific Rim movies. The pundits say it needs to gross better than $40,000,000.00 domestically over its opening weekend to be on track for consideration for sequels. I’m hoping for it to do far better than that. It’s not quite there as of this morning so I’m kind of hoping that Sunday is a huge movie day for Kaiju fans. It’s an amazing movie. Go see it. Examples of the genre this excellent are few and far between.

Gipsy Danger & Mothra action figures

Gipsy Danger & Mothra action figures

Oh! And I went to Things From Another World and picked up a Gipsy Danger figure for my collection. They had Crimson Typhoon too but I didn’t have the second generation Mothra and she was really nice so I got her instead. Things From Another World is sponsoring the Rose City Comic Con and they have a lot of cool stuff. I was transfixed by the wall o’ Doctor Who collectables and they had several rows of Godzilla figures too. Yes this is a total plug but they’re a good, locally owned business. They have a website at www.tfaw.com where you can order your own cool things rather than always wondering, “Where does he get all those toys?” 😉

Speaking of the Rose City Comic Con, that is coming up in September and I am very excited about it. I couldn’t make it to the San Diego Comic Con this year, sadly but I will be going to the RCCC. Comic Cons are so much fun. I love seeing all of the amazing cosplay costumes and being amongst thousands of geeky, nerdy fans having fun. I also missed G-Fest this year, which is going on right now. One of these days I will make it to G-Fest.

Speaking of G-Fest and the SDCC Godzilla Encounter is still posting teasers and they’re fantastic. Godzilla 2014 will have a discussion panel at the SDCC, those of you going might check it out if you’re fans or looking forward to the new Godzilla movie. K.