kyrax2:

operationbatgirlinc:

kyrax2:

duss005:

duss005:

i have a feeling a lot of people wont like this direction for her mask, but i wanted to keep it simple, avoiding the domino mask for now being i feel its more Bat-family oriented. I dont believe she’s under the bat group yet at this point, though, I could be wrong. Here’s hoping DC will use this design down the road.

i also should mention she shouldn’t really be this shiny.. my computer coloring skills are pretty limited and this is the only way i know how to color sketches. i like matte finishes a lot.

I love it!  I think the mask is perfect.  I think the whole thing is perfect!

Damn, but those purple boots/gloves are going to be a bitch to find/make, though…

Cosplay thoughts:

Belt base: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hot-Mens-Womens-Stylish-Candy-Colors-Silicone-Placstic-belt-Lowest-price-US-LO/390680461022?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222006%26algo%3DSIC.FITP%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140107083349%26meid%3D4995350052101395194%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D20140107083349%26rk%3D0%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D130907151792 (comes in purple) 

Pouches: They look to be hard plastic, so the same spray paint as the boots for this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qey4TJSNbOA

Boots: Source one, or smaller sizes (then spray paint). You can also make them using this.

Gloves: These look good. (I figure the tops can be ridged using this tutorial, if so desired.)

Cape: http://diyfashion.about.com/od/costumes/ss/Make_a_Cape.htm

My suggestion would be to take the same fabric as the cape and use it to make the shoulder stripe and the base for the leg belt, though both can be done with the utility belt base above if so desired as well.

And then the usual bodysuit resources. Given that the stripes terminate under the arms and above the knees, though, I think that it may be better to sew up the side stripes as their own thing and then add them over the bodysuit, rather than trying to use the Berrycastle trick as done for most Steph Batgirl costumes.

Main question is the new mask. A plain black bandana may be the best way to go.

All excellent thoughts.  I love that the kid’s tabi boots link has them in my size!  I wonder how comfortable they would be to wear around a con.  Perhaps instead of painting, cover the boots with the same fabric as the cape?  That way you could ridge the fabric (in the same way as the gloves tutorial) then attach to the boots (leaving the sole free, of course).

You know, I feel like I could actually manage that mask.  Part of the reason I’ve never tried a Cassandra costume (despite being the right height, if not the right build) is that I couldn’t bear the thought of a completely face-covering mask over my eyes, nose and mouth all at once.  But this doesn’t give me the heebee jeebees in the same way for some reason; maybe because it would be easy to pull down to breathe if I needed to and wouldn’t obstruct my vision.

Oh, good thoughts.

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kyrax2:

duss005:

duss005:

i have a feeling a lot of people wont like this direction for her mask, but i wanted to keep it simple, avoiding the domino mask for now being i feel its more Bat-family oriented. I dont believe she’s under the bat group yet at this point, though, I could be wrong. Here’s hoping DC will use this design down the road.

i also should mention she shouldn’t really be this shiny.. my computer coloring skills are pretty limited and this is the only way i know how to color sketches. i like matte finishes a lot.

I love it!  I think the mask is perfect.  I think the whole thing is perfect!

Damn, but those purple boots/gloves are going to be a bitch to find/make, though…

Cosplay thoughts:

Belt base: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hot-Mens-Womens-Stylish-Candy-Colors-Silicone-Placstic-belt-Lowest-price-US-LO/390680461022?_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850&_trkparms=aid%3D222006%26algo%3DSIC.FITP%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140107083349%26meid%3D4995350052101395194%26pid%3D100011%26prg%3D20140107083349%26rk%3D0%26rkt%3D10%26sd%3D130907151792 (comes in purple) 

Pouches: They look to be hard plastic, so the same spray paint as the boots for this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qey4TJSNbOA

Boots: Source one, or smaller sizes (then spray paint). You can also make them using this.

Gloves: These look good. (I figure the tops can be ridged using this tutorial, if so desired.)

Cape: http://diyfashion.about.com/od/costumes/ss/Make_a_Cape.htm

My suggestion would be to take the same fabric as the cape and use it to make the shoulder stripe and the base for the leg belt, though both can be done with the utility belt base above if so desired as well.

And then the usual bodysuit resources. Given that the stripes terminate under the arms and above the knees, though, I think that it may be better to sew up the side stripes as their own thing and then add them over the bodysuit, rather than trying to use the Berrycastle trick as done for most Steph Batgirl costumes.

Main question is the new mask. A plain black bandana may be the best way to go.

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"The only variable you can control is yourself. You can forget who you are, or you can be who you want to be. That’s why you stay. You stay for a second chance.”

(Source: eliestarr)

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Thank you! <3

Bryce

Yeah, we can do that! It definitely looks like a really good resource site, and we’d love to see it succeed. Best of luck!

andontillmorning asked: Loved your "Cheap and Easy" Black Bat cosplay post. Super helpful! I was wondering if you have any suggestions for a Cassandra Cain Batgirl outfit--what materials to use for a breatheable full face mask, where to buy a good utility belt, etc. Thank so much!

Thank you!

I (DaggerPen) actually have a comprehensive Cass Batgirl outfit tutorial here! I changed the cape in my final version using a cape I bought at the Ren Faire, and hence suggest using a totally different cape method (look for a good semicircle pattern and be prepared to use a whole lotta fabric), but the rest has worked out perfectly for me.

Now that all is said and done, I do suggest that you do a separate neckpiece for the cape, making kind of a yoke thing in two halves shaped for your neck and shoulders with a bit of seam allowance, and then stitch it up and turn it inside-out. Then attach the cape bottom to the yoke, ideally using velcro so that it’ll pop off instead of ripping if it gets snagged on something, and use velcro to attach your neckpiece to your fabric to take some of the weight off your neck if need be.

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A Victory, and Battles Still to be Fought

So, NYCC is over, and with that, the question becomes - what becomes of Operation Batgirl Inc now?

We got, in general, a pretty good turnout at the con. We had at least one Stephwing, one Spoiler (who I believe was Robin Steph on another day), one Princess Batgirl from the final issue of Steph’s Batgirl run, three Steph Batgirls, two Cassandra Batgirls, and three Black Bats. I did not spot any Oracles, alas, but I’m sure there were ones I missed. So in terms of con turnout? We’re going pretty damn strong. I am not certain how many of these cosplayers were inspired by us specifically, but really, as long as they show up and ask questions, it doesn’t matter. Our cause remains strong.

And in terms of changes at DC itself?

Well.

Stephanie Brown is coming back. As Spoiler, yes, but that’s a fine identity, and the one we all figured she would have in her eventual return anyway.

Snyder, in his announcement of Batman Eternal, credited the vocal fans of Stephanie Brown for her return. He personally invited Kyrax2 (who in turn invited me) to come up to the mic and ask the infamous question - is Stephanie Brown coming back? And at last, the answer was yes. Yes, she is.

After two years of vague promises and incessant questions, after abrupt replacements and baffling recolorings, Stephanie Brown is back.

This is a major victory.

But at the same time, our fight is not yet done. The representation of women in DC Comics retains many problems. And Cassandra Cain, just as near and dear to our hearts, has not yet returned. Creators have sworn to try to bring her, too, back in the wake of this announcement, but it is up to us to keep the demand up. It is up to us to keep asking the hard questions, to keep demanding DC do better.

There is still much to fight for. But we stand here today victorious, and this victory will pave the way for so many others.

And end to Operation Batgirl Inc? I don’t think so. If anything, this is just the beginning of our victories.

After all

It’s only the end if you want it to be.

Steph, Cass, and Oracle cosplayers! Let’s meet up for a photoshoot on Saturday near the DC Superman 75 years exhibit at 1:30!

NYCC SCHEDULE!

fjdesanto:

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So hey, you want #CYBORG009? Want it signed? Well, here is my New York Comic-Con signing schedule at the BOOM!/Archaia booth (#1344):

Th, 10/10

3-4 p.m.

Fr, 10/11

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

1:30-3 p.m.

Sa, 10/12

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Su, 10/13

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

So come on by!!

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agnesgarbowska:

Spoiler!! I have not painted her in a while. Stephanie Brown is such a fun character in all her forms!

I will be at NYCC! Find me in the Artist Alley at D4!

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