So here’s a short list for cosplays I might be doing this convention season.
- Black Skirt
- Black Suspenders(had some but it went missing)
- Pumps(I will buy these from taobao
- Superman shirt
- Red Vest
- Straw hat
- Straw sandals
- Yellow Sash
- Meat(going to use GreatStuff to make this)
I’m going for something like this,a gender bend
- Turquise Skirt
- White top with bow
- Red Rain Boots
- Circle Framed Glasses(real or otherwise)
Bulma(Buu Saga Bulma)
- Red Dress
- Yellow Scarf
- Yellow High Tops
Things in blue are things that I already have.
These are really simple,but hey,
I am only a neophyte cosplayer,
First thing you need to know is that this isn’t starting from the beginning there is no “Alpha we need to find teenagers with attitude”.This is starting right after Tommy turns from his life of evil to becoming a good guy.
What you need to know:
This isn’t a new version of the story, this is the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers you grew up with, just expanded.We have our original five teenagers with attitude Trini, Billy, Zach, Jason, and Kimberly plus Tommy as the green ranger.We even have an Angel Grove 2.0, 2016 edition along with a vlogging Bulk and Skull.
What’s there to like about it:
If you like me and have a great love for all thing Sentai. I like the fact that we are seeing into everyone’s head.Seeing into the thoughts of each character as they try to come to terms with an enemy becoming a friend, or if that’s even possible.I don’t remember them going into real detail on the internal conflicts of Tommy becoming a good guy after being brainwashed or the rangers not fully trusting Zordon’s decision to take him on(but I’ll rewatch it just in case).Also we really never got to see them in school,Zordon would call them and they were always like yep time to skip class,yep.Or everything would conveniently happen right after class.Also I love that they have a Kobayashi Maru training scenario.
So if you want a little Power Ranger’s with your morning coffee.Give this a read.
BTW:There was a #0 I missed it so if I buy it I’ll blog about it later.
So I’ve always wanted to take Capoeira. It’s been a style that I’ve been wanting to take since I was a teenager.But when I was in college I just didn’t have the time or money to train like I wanted to. So I held off on any kind of training,that was until I lived in Korea.I basically spent my whole time in Korea training,well not just training but that was a big part of my life.I normally trained for an hour or two, five days a week.So my life revolved around Taekwondo, teaching English and my friends. Regardless if I had to go out or not I had to meet you at ten when Taekwondo ends or until nine when the later class started.
Things are different now I’m not making near as much money,but training in martial arts is something I’ve always been passionate about.Since the days of watching Bruce Lee movies with my uncle I’ve wanted to train.It’s my favorite way to workout and something I want to consistently do.
Well why not,it’s a beautiful style about feet,force,and rhythm,and the root of slaves creating this fighting style is inspiring to me.I don’t have a lot of upper body strength, so I want to focus on styles where I do have some force,my legs.That’s the biggest similarity between these two styles,other than the fact that I’ve studied both.Now don’t get me wrong taekwondo can be really beautiful I’ve seen really awesome music videos that show the style in all it’s glamour, but Capoeira is musical in it’s very nature.It’s based on music and balance and communicating a story between two people.It’s a very different style of sparring,it’s called playing instead.I’m not going to say it’s easy because staying on beat plus correctly landing a kick isn’t easy,especially when you have to be able to pull your kicks anytime.Making a full impact kick with no intentions of hitting the person is really hard.Also the fact that your kick’s height and speed change with the music.So not only do you have to be aware of yourself and your opponent but you even have to be aware of the tempo of the music.
Oh yeah let me not forget, why I’m now an official Capoierista now you ask. So as I said before,Capoeira was made by slaves in Brazil, after slavery ending for a variety of reasons Capoeira was made illegal in Brazil.So much so that anyone caught practicing would go to jail.To protect themselves and their identify they made apelido(a nickname).So when they would play they would only be known by that name,so if they were arrested and questioned they truthfully couldn’t give up names.Even though it is no longer illegal the tradition of apelido continues.On Monday I was given a name by my mastre[sensei/master/sabomnim].Normally it’s not a name you make up yourself, but one given to you by your mastre. It is given via aspects of the way that you train,and aspects that your mastre reads of you as a person.I am now Sabia,and it’s really cool.A sabia is a Brazillian song bird,did I also mention most capoeiristas with this name are awesome(no pressure).
So if you’ve read any of my blogs you’re probably noticed that I’ve spent most of my post-college life as an EFL(ESL) teacher.You’re probably assumed that ,that’s what I studied in school.You would be wrong.
I like the insane person I am, was an art based major,a film major to be specific.
Well for me my childhood was filled with Bruce Lee movies,westerns,and old school science fiction shoes and fantasy movies.I grew up on shows like Star Trek: TOS, Quantum Leap, Buffy, Hercules, The X-Files,and a whole lot of anime.Science fiction and fantasy were the main genres that filled my life.And I read a lot of fantasy.A whole lot of Arthurian legend and medieval fantasy.A lot of wizards, dragons, knights, and magic.
There was just one thing I noticed from almost all those shows and books is the lack of representation of those of color.As far as the fantasy world, the excuse I often hear is that it is just being accurate to medieval history;but that doesn’t really work for worlds like the Lord of the Rings.So people have the nerve to say that in this fantasy mythical world ,that someone created can have elves and dragons, but no people of color.It just doesn’t make sense to me,how someone could see the world and write stories so limited is beyond me.And as far as science fiction is concerned,the lack of Black, Asian, and/or Hispanic captains is really sad.With most sci-fi shows you probably will get one Asian and one Black character,who probably won’t be the main characters.And if it’s a smaller production you’ll just have one minority,just enough for the cast to be considered “diverse”.It’s kind of funny you’re much more likely to see a green alien than a brown one.
Anyway seeing the fact that those are the kind of shows and books out. I’ve decided that if I waited for Hollywood to give me what I wanted, I’d probably would be waiting forever.So, I decided that why should I expect Hollywood to represent me when it never has.I want to write screenplays and make stories that are staring people of color and that actually represent everyone.
That is why I do what I do.