What up guys, it’s (chiha voice) magical girl Monday.
There’s something so heartrendingly vast and beautiful and good about Macross Frontier that will always call me home, space home, and when a friend is like, hey photos?? I’m always, heck yeah photos. So, thank you Bryan Lee Cruz Photography for taking the time on a gorgeous morning during this past Katsucon to set me against a sky so big and bright and blue it makes me feel like crying, like stupid baby princess Alto tears crying, which is possibly the most relevant kind of crying possible.
Magical Girl Space Idol Things I Also Learned:
You can insta J-pop idol pose by holding your hands near your face.
Ranka Lee: Lin
Photography by: Bryan Lee Cruz Photography
So a very long time ago, Abby made me watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. It went only sort of well because Abby also decided to start the show when I was already half asleep but I liked what I remembered of it. Essentially ever since then, we’ve been trying to find a time to cosplay as Mai and Ty Lee because they are basically us in a nutshell. Several years ago, we ended up doing their beach outfits at Dragon Con but have always wanted to do the costumes properly. The problem always came down to how Mai’s a great winter con costume and Ty Lee’s a great summer con costume and we always dragged our feet on picking a con where one of us would be miserable.
And then the Fire Nation attacked. Actually no wait: the stars aligned. My friend Tini Howard was cleaning out her cosplay closet, sold me her Mai costume, and Abby basically went “JUST TELL ME WHAT CON” as soon as I told her I’d bought it. AND THEN THE STARS ALIGNED EVEN FURTHER because Katsu this year was actually reasonably warm so Abby didn’t freeze. What I’m saying is that this was meant to be.
Ty Lee: Abby Rou Cosplay
Thank you to my amazing British Clone Anna for the photography at Katsucon!
In case you thought I was kidding about Mai and Ty Lee basically being us, there was very little acting involved in these pictures.
We’re in the week leading up to Katsucon, an anime convention in National Harbor, MD (February 17-19), and we’re totally ready (not actually ready) to bring this. (Bria is ready. Lin is not.) But look for us in the following, and feel free to come up and say hello!
I fell in love with Aphra the very minute I saw the cover of Darth Vader #3. That was about two years ago and I’ve yet to find a reason not to love this sassy, rogue archaeologist who managed to survive working for Darth Vader. (Just barely but it still counts!) It means the freaking world to me that I have a character to cosplay in the galaxy far, far away who actually looks like me and who I love whole-heartedly. I will forever be indebted to Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca for creating her.
I’m especially excited because she got her very own comic book which debuted today! (And all of you should go read it ASAP!) And hey, if you need proof of how much I love Aphra, I’ve made upgrades to the costume since first making it back in July and I already have other upgrades planned AND I even want to make more versions of her various costumes because she has so many. Aphra is MY GIRL and if you need proof… well… this happened entirely by accident.
Dr. Aphra: Bria
Photography by the ever incredible Zhobot!
Double thank you to Heather of Zhobot for venturing forth to a random parking garage with me during what was decidedly winter so we could get these pictures!