I was jealous of my best friend Meghan at 4th grade recess. We would play “Batman” on the playground based off the old Adam West reruns, and she always got to be Catwoman as she supplied her own cat ears. She graciously lent me a rubber toucan nose with an elastic string attached and said I could be Penguin. So I ended up carrying an extra straw with me from the school cafeteria and perfecting Burgess Meredith’s evil laugh/quack at the age of 9 or 10.
Fast forward about 23 years later and I am winning third prize with my boyfriend as Lady Penguin and Catman at the Redford Comic Con Cosplay Contest! This was my second go at cosplay and my first time entering a contest for it. Why Lady Penguin? As you can see, it has nostalgia attached to it. I was able to modify my Zatanna costume and use it again. Most of both costumes were items I already owned (including a rhinestone studded cigarette holder thanks to a two decade long obsession with Audrey Hepburn). It was also great for a gender-swapped villainous duo cosplay. And I like purple! 🙂
This was just the beginning to an epic bird-themed weekend of fun! But while we’re talking Batman ’66, allow me to mention that Franchi’s Radio Funhouse also premiered on Saturday (the same day as the con). This may be part of the reason why I was a little late (it was) because I was listening to hear how to win a complete DVD set of the Batman ’66 TV Series. It could not have been more appropriate listening to the show while I was getting ready. It’s a new radio show hosted by Christopher Franchi featuring my friend Lizmo as co-host. They talk comics, horror, movies, collectibles and all things geeky. Please follow their radio show page on facebook!
I had a legitimate reason to be late to Redford Comic Con (my winning the DVDs is TBD), and I was still able to enter the cosplay contest and pick up a nice little haul of goodies. I took a chance on one of those little Funko mystery boxes with the vinyl figure inside and ended up with this tiny surprise, foreshadowing an upcoming costume. Too cute and perfect! You’ll have to wait to find out what the costume is! Redford had a nice local, smaller-scale, affordable and FUN con. I would like to become involved with them as an exhibitor in the future.
After the con, it was off the meet legendary film actress Tippi Hedren, star of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” and “Marnie.” I attended a VIP dessert with her at Redford Theater where I ate wayyy too many sweets and got to hear her talk about her experience working with Alfred Hitchcock and all the humanitarian work she has devoted her life to. What and amazing and stunningly beautiful human-being inside and out. It was a pleasure to get to sit with her and chat about “Marnie”. She signed my two DVDs and took a picture with me.
The VIP Dessert ticket included an 8×10 signed glossy and entry into Saturday night’s showing of “Marnie” and Friday or Sunday’s showing of “The Birds.” Tippi was present at all movies to talk about the films before they started and during intermission. I enjoyed the Sunday afternoon viewing of “The Birds”. It was the perfect way to wrap up my exciting weekend!
With all this fun going on, I’m beginning to accept the postponing of the release of Skin of the Night. With Halloween being basically my Christmas I am SO busy right now. I put my first round of orders in for items that will be available for purchase at ComiqueCon next month. This may be my only book signing for 2015 and also the debut of my line of geeky original fan art merchandise. Please come out and support me and also be a part of making history: this is the first ever comic book convention devoted to women comic book creators! I am honored to be a part of such an elite event and grateful it is so close to home. Mark your calendars! I will be posting more details and also what I’m bringing soon!