We retire to the loft!
And lo the conversation did flow naturally from things we hated to things we loved. Mage hats fit snugly into the middle of the spectrum.
Ah! My cameo appearance! Look at that derp on the iPad 8D Also omg how is everyone so hot
I make absolutely no apologies.
Tumblr, I need your help.
Here’s the story:
I got into one of the most prestigious graduate programs in my field in the world.
That’s great and everything, but I have a huge problem. I, my girlfriend, and our cats have no way of getting there. My parents do not support our relationship and refuse to help pay her way there and are treating her like garbage and are accusing her of being a burden on me and my education.
I was going to sell my car to get the money for our plane tickets, but as the car isn’t in my name, I legally have no right to the money. My parents are refusing to pay for anything even remotely related to my girlfriend or our cats. Now it’s up in the air if my car is even going to be sold at all.
We have already started going through our things to list them on Ebay, Craigslist, and StorEnvy. I don’t know if we can sell enough in time to buy affordable tickets along with all the other travel necessities.
Please, if you can help in any way, we desperately need it. We need to earn at least $5,000 in the next month in order to buy our tickets, vaccinations for our cats, and passports.
I hate doing this sort of thing. I don’t like to beg. This is my education and my future at stake and my parents stand to destroy all of that because of their misplaced prejudice.
If you can, please donate any amount you are able to spare to our Paypal account at junkeemunky(at)yahoo(dot)com.
If you can’t afford to donate, please reblog and signal boost this post. Please.
This all happened out of nowhere, and at the worst possible time. I’m still a bit stunned. We’ve been together for 7 years now. My girlfriend has worked so hard for this opportunity, I cannot believe HER FAMILY OF ALL PEOPLE would want to ruin it for her. Hell, even if you can only spare a dollar and a signal boost, we will happily take it. If you want to know other ways you can help out, here are four:
1. I’m busting my ass doing as many commissions as people are willing to throw my way. Hit me up if you are interested. Mostly drawing, but I’ll also take all the plush commissions I can fit into the next month.
2. I’m about to dump a million handmade things into our shop. http://www.storenvy.com/stores/34994-the-boneyard It’ll be constant throughout the next 2-3 weeks. I do pretty much everything. Sculpting, drawing, painting, repurposed/modified clothing and shoes, jewelry, plushes, stationery, comics, prints, accessories, etc etc etc. I’ll also happily take ideas and suggestions of specific things you’d like to see added.
3. We’ll be selling at SacAnime. For now, we’re planning to sell at the swap meet. We may also be sharing an artist alley table with a good friend. I’ll post an update when it’s 100% confirmed
4. I’ll be selling pretty much everything I own on our shop/ebay soon. Ben Nye and other cosplay makeup, lolita clothing and accessories, video games/consoles, artbooks, fabric, and probably a lot more.
Help my friends out! They’re excellent people and need your support so that Claire can start at the program of her dreams with Natalie there with her. Any donation, commission, sale … anything can help!!!
Sa hung out with Beth and I last night while we stitched and sculpted (because that’s basically how I get to hang out with people while in Crunch Mode), which basically meant giggling about art and life and Iron Man for hours. Perfect :)
She also brought over this really gorgeous birthday card she drew!!! I don’t think I can express how excited I was to see me as Isabela cuddling a duckie. (there was another duckie on the inside too omg duckiiiieeeeees) I’m barely restraining my urge to all caps as it is!! I just … I can’t, guys. I can’t.
Thank you so, so much, Sa :) It’s really a pleasure to get to spend time with you, even if we don’t always get to do it because work/school-life balance is annoying that way. Plus, you’re the best tour guide into the Marvel Cinematic Universe a girl can ask for! We’ll have to do Japanese food + Avengers + art talk + cosplay soon <3
Also, Sa is an amazing cosplayer (my Aveline!) and artist, so if you aren’t following her you definitely should. (She’s also a huge Marvel fan if you want more of that on your dash!)
Today is Allegra’s birthday so I wanted to follow in Olivia’s footsteps and make my own little post about meeting her. The scene was set, NYCC 2011, our second-ever convention, and I’d been twitter following Allegra for a little while. She was tweetin’ about stuff, and in a slow moment between convention hecticness I sent a message asking if she was availabile to say hi and to get a picture. Tracy and I went down by the Uncharted 3 display and there we met the birthday gal and ended up chatting for pretty decent amount of time. Eventually Vox join us too, and we when we had to part ways sometime thereafter we realized we’d gotten so in to talking that we never took that picture. We laughed about it, and then I took this shot, which I don’t think I’ve posted before!
It was a fun time, and a signal of things to come.
This was also the con that I met a ton of other fine peeps, like Sheila, Kristin, Lorena, Tam, Aziza, and Cae. Aside from being a great friend, Allegra has also started nearly all of my cosplay and NYC friendships, something I’m really greatful for. I don’t think I’ve ever posed this picture, either, but here’s the DA gang up on stage while I served as bag man and took pictures excitedly.
She took Tracy and I under her (ducky?) wings, and supped us on a diet of bubble tea and cosplay. If you were here, and not dying while crossing the cosplay finish lines so ambitiously laid out before you, no doubt we’d be enjoying goofy ass times at the Spot, like so:
but in lieu of that, I wish ya well on a day that celebrates the existence of one hell of a person :).
oh my god my face though am I drunk I look drunk
did I have too much boba is that it
or maybe it’s all of that Dick fondling that’s helping me to simmer down or something
I’ve waxed poetic about how amazing Kevin and Tracy are before (and I do owe Smitty an awesome post too), but, in brief, they are two of the people outside of my family that I miss the most now that I’m here in Seattle. Not to get overly sentimental (wait for it), but there really is a hole in my heart there that I can’t quite fill, an urge for hours of talking about life, the universe, and just about everything over fantastic desserts and a few too many rounds of bubble tea (except for Smitty because he doesn’t like bubble tea I don’t get it). There are no Kevin, Tracy, and Smitty for me in Seattle; the only viable alternative would be for me to kidnap them and bring them to Ambrosia in the I District and piss off the wait staff there too.
(seriously I have found the place for us, you need to come to the place)
Miss and love you guys so much <3
Happy Birthday to the lovely a great Allykins! She is JP’s Warrior God Queen, and a plahnnigk mental. Everything she says goes.
I LOVE YOU GIRL HAPPY BIRTHDAY <3 <3
I HAVE A GIANT SWORD
(beth can you make me the thing)
Kelsey is the Arteeste for my awesome webcomic, and seeing as we’ve known each other for about a decade at this point, I’ve seen her grow physically, artistically, and as a person, just as she’s seen me do the same. There’s really nothing like growing up alongside someone (albeit in separate states, and with a three year gap) and continuing to be their friend after all that time to make you respect them immensely, not only for being loyal and amazing after all those years, but for absolutely 100% putting up with your horseshit. That’s friendship for you <3
This Allegra! She is one of the nicest people I have ever had the good fortune to meet.
She squeed and hugged me like were were old friends the first time I ever saw her in person. She’s sent me tomes of cosplay help and I can’t wait til the nect time we get to hang.
Happy Birthday Allegra!!!!
TRUE STORY: this was one of my favorite non-photoshoot pictures from PAX East. Anji and I have been chatting since … oh, jesus, Spring 2011? Neil Gaiman Contest? Am I remembering this correctly? Despite relative geographic proximity, we weren’t able to meet until PAX East this year, and I’m GLAD IT FINALLY HAPPENED, BECAUSE SHE IS AWESOME
Hugs and squees well-deserved, my dear. I hope your continued forays into cosplay and acting and life in general are happy and amazing, because if there’s anyone whose enthusiasm and desire to try and do and make and be inspires me … it’s you, BB. I mean that genuinely, and I want the world to see that too <3
Just wanted to wish my bestest friend a very happy birthday. I know she’s not big on celebrating but today is the anniversary of the birth of one of the best people I’ve ever known and that is something special.
Allegra you are one incredible woman. You’re smart, talented, loving, dependable, fun, helpful and very dedicated to your friends and family to name just a few of your many qualities. Truly a beautiful person inside and out. I’ve learned so much from you about so many things (from Dante to duckies and everything in between) You are a blessing to me and many others. I’m so happy to know you and am so proud of you.
Happy Birthday BB!!!
Note: I used a photo from the first time we met because from the moment Allegra gave me that first giant bear hug I knew that she was someone really special… And kind. I still really appreciate how welcome and at ease she made me feel that day.
CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC: best friend <33333333333
It’s my friend’s birthday and since I don’t have any photos of us together, here’s a STORY!
I technically first sorta met Allegra at PAX East 2012, except I am hella shy, and so I mostly just hovered in the general area and didn’t say anything. I might’ve said I liked her Isabela daggers, but I’m not sure. IT WAS MY FIRST PAX. I only knew the three people I came with (though we were introduced to other lovely people that we spent a good part of the weekend with). Anyways, so that’s how we met, kinda, assuming any words were spoken.
Anyways, so I sneakily found everyone I met at PAX via the use of tumblr (thank) and found out she’s pretty awesome. Sent her a message letting her know she’s awesome, and somehow via the use of reblogging things and also random twitter conversations we became frenz. And that was pretty cool.
So here’s my actual story. That was the back story. So PAX East 2013. I arrive with this year’s group, aaaaaaaaand our hotel’s not ready. Kinda shit. So they let us use the change rooms in the fitness centre to get ready since we kinda want to enjoy our con. I finish getting into Isabela and Alex who’s half asleep in the chair waiting for us girls and our costumes, is like “Oh I saw Allegra” and I was sad because I figured I missed her.
NOPE. We finish up, go up the escalator to cross the sky bridge and there she is. And she RUNS OVER AND JUST. SQUEALS AT ME. And then gives me a big ol’ hug and it was wonderful. And the day that had started pretty bad got better. And frenz.
Happy birthday Allegra. <3
I also dug through and couldn’t find a picture of us together (HOW HAVE WE NOT DONE THIS), but I did find a picture of you from that PAX:
(Olivia as Morrigan in Tam’s costume, Alex Mercer by zacloudseth and photo by refesarf)
I remember Tam coming up in her Femris costume, followed by a friend who had borrowed her Morrigan costume for the con. Morrigan seemed quiet, I don’t remember if I had quite caught her name but she seemed really, really nice and was absolutely rocking the costume. I mean seriously, look at that badass up there. SO awesome.
You said … something. I don’t remember what it was, but you seemed like you were down or something along those lines, and I remember thinking: “Well that’s not right, this is her first PAX and she should be having fun!” So I told you … something along the lines of how awesome you look and it may have been word vomity, I’m not sure, I can’t quite remember now. I probably sounded dumb, and I do remember thinking that I wanted to talk to you longer but the stars never aligned. Thank God for tumblr :)
The thing that always astounds me about con and geek culture in general is how strong our friendships can be despite how little we end up seeing each other in person, if at all. Olivia and I are friends now, not because she said she liked my (Melissa’s, credit where credit is due!) Hearbreaker and Backstabber or because I thought she made a gorgeous Morrigan, but because we chatted in the year between PAXes, grumbling about progress and flailing over each others’ work and sending each other pick-me-up messages when we were feeling insecure. Also limecoco and cute things and gross sobbing because we only get to be in the same place like once a year and that’s criminal
So, for me, running up and pulling Olivia into an enormous hug—and not just because she was dressed like Izzy at the time, though I am morally obligated to at least flail at Izzy cosplayers—was the most natural thing in the world. Because frenz!!!!!!!!!!!! I had no idea you’d had such a rough start to your day, so I’m glad I was able to help <3
Thank you so much for the post and b’day wishes, BB <333333333333333
Chandra Nalaar from Magic: The Gathering
Cosplayer: Brittany of Punished Props’
Photographer: Soulfire Photography [WW / TM / dA / FB]
HELLO FRIEND BRITTANY (of Punished Props) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON MY DASH