Did anyone need us? Just look for the two girls yelling at each other about the New Mutants movie announcement. We’re all about the classic and the new and the new new, but our forever girl Dani Moonstar will always be the ultimate in kickpunching and love. A style salute to her in valkyria, to urban casual leathers, to throwing down for a full round in the Sienkiewicz demon bear arena of dreams.
The X-Men will always have our hearts, so when we were tapped for the Giant 90s X-Men Photoshoot at DragonCon this year, it wasn’t hard to say yes — especially since we were asked to be Jubilee and Dani Moonstar. (Just ask us sometime about how we feel about the next gens of X-Men.)
As always, the shoot was definitely a commitment and involved several long hours under the hot sun but we had a blast! There’s nothing quite like getting to be a part of something like this. Every single one of these cosplayers totally brought their A-Game to the shoot and it shows. We’re glad to have been part of it!
Dani Moonstar / Mirage: Bria (suit made by Leman Yuen)
Jubilation Lee / Jubilee: Lin
Individual photography credits are on each picture, but thank you to Pat Loika, Mark Shafer, and BeatDownBoogie for these!
Like I’ve said before, Dani Moonstar is one of my favorite Marvel characters and oh man was I excited to get to cosplay her at Dragon*Con this year! When I was doing my research into her Valkyrie looks, I noticed that she rarely wore the same version of the costume more than a few times. This was good because a) it gave me more artistic freedom with the different elements and b) it meant there was an easy way to cope with different climates. I could wear the leotard version for hot-as-heck summer cons or the full bodysuit version on colder days.
This worked out pretty well about a month ago when I went with some friends to local park to do some photoshoots. When my original costume plan fell through a few days before, this seemed like a great option. We all had a great time despite getting some weird looks from other park-goers and I had a ton of fun working with Jeremy.
Dani Moonstar (Valkyrie Variant): Bria
Photography by Jeremy Zeigler
(And yes, if anyone was wondering, my hair/braids are significantly shorter than they were in the previous pictures. My much needed hair cut was poorly timed.)
Convincing yourself to take the plunge and make a costume you’ve thought about for ages can be challenge in itself. I’ve adored Dani Moonstar for years. There’s something about her that I just really admire and respect especially once she loses her mutant powers but keeps on fighting. (Ask me sometime for my essay on why I adore the normal person amongst a superpowered team.)
When I was tapped to be Dani for the Giant X-men Group at Dragon Con, it was an easy decision to say yes and to immediately swear off cutting my hair until September so it’d be appropriately long enough. Sometime in July, I started taking a good hard look at my costume line up and found it… lacking. It needed another comic something and so I turned to my folder of future cosplay wants. Once again, the crazy armored Valkyrie version of Dani called to me but I knew that just wasn’t feasible. Right beside it though were variations on her Valkyrie look from her early headwing days and fan art which made me start looking at what I had…. and decide to go for it.
A couple of things were a first for me with this costume like figuring out the shoulder armor rig and especially the head piece which some how materialized in the last few days after my original plan for the wings fell through. (I’m glad it did though because I adore how this looks.) The best part about this costume is that it’s been drawn with so many variations that I had a ton of artistic freedom and even have a warm weather and cold weather version for it! (More on the cold version in a few weeks…)
Valkyrie Dani Moonstar: Bria
Photography by Carlos Adama Photography
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how wonderful it was to work with Carlos to take these pictures. He is amazing to work with and was incredibly patient with me even when I was having issues with the belt and couldn’t manage to keep my eyes open for shots because of ridiculously bright it was. Basically, if you ever get a chance to work with him, DO IT>
We’re back from another amazing nerd party weekend and while we’re still in recovery mode, we’re already excited to share some moments from our fantastic time at Dragon Con this year. Rocking out some classic scenes, meeting the incredible James Gunn, taking part in the X-Men photoshoot with some of our nearest and dearest — here’s a few sneak peeks at what we got up to this weekend!